What’s New

MSCA Sales Institute is the first and only focused training program specific to service sales in the HVACR industry. Sales Leadership Symposium is on January 29-30 and and Sales Basecamp is on February 5-6, 2018 so sign up now!

MCAA’18 Convention Registration is Open!

You are invited to join the MCAA family at our annual convention, this coming March 25-29 at the beautiful JW Marriott Hill Country resort in San Antonio, Texas. You can view the planning guide and register online at our special MCAA’18 website!

Many thanks to all who attended and made MSCA CONNECT 2017 the best attended and the most successful MSCA conference to date. To those who were unable to attend this year, here’s a peek at what you missed and a good snapshot of what’s to come for MSCA CONNECT 2018.

Staying on top of your company’s finances can be challenging, especially during periods of economic volatility. With that in mind, MCAA’s Management Methods Committee produced bulletins that address the most critical accounting and financial issues facing your business.

MCAA’s Ladder Safety Training Video will show your workers how to inspect, transport, set up and use ladders safely. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Faced with new, more stringent building requirements mid-project, J.W. McClenahan Co. got a boost from the engineers at Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.,® who rapidly designed new trench drains and had them verified by a third party to satisfy city inspectors—all in just four months.

One of the highlights of MSCA CONNECT 2017 was the appointment of Jaimi Lomas as the first female chairman of the MSCA Board of Managers.

MSCA and Convoy of Hope Video Highlights at the Palm Beach County Food Bank in Boca Raton, Florida. With HOPE anything is POSSIBLE.

While renovating a historic building, Commonwealth Plumbing found that Viega’s double drop elbows were the best solution for accommodating new bathroom sinks in a tight space with limited design options. By using pressed fittings, Commonwealth not only saved time on installation but also avoided soldering in an old building with a lot of wood.

MSCA and Convoy of Hope in the News! With HOPE anything is POSSIBLE.

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Last Chance to Register for MCAA’s Technology Conference

Don’t miss your chance to attend the MCAA Tech Conference, the best place to learn about the latest tools and processes shaping the industry.

Announcing the winners of MSCA’s Social Media Survey! Congrats to the 10 winners who won – just for completing the one minute Social Media Survey! Many thanks to all who responded to the survey for your valuable feedback!

MCAA student chapter members have been challenged to plan a project involving the renovation of the mechanical systems of a Brazilian restaurant in mid-town New York City—Fogo De Chao Steakhouse. The project, which was provided by Arista Air Conditioning Corporation, was announced during MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum in Indianapolis. Members of MCAA’s Career Development Committee will review the teams’ proposals and select the “final four” to present their proposals at the MCAA 2018 convention in San Antonio in March.

Small ideas can make a big difference to your company. The MCAA Technology Conference is an event that doesn’t just provide a few small takeaways, but a wealth of ideas that can be applied across your business. Technology is providing so many new tools, processes and software that even the most established contractors are having a hard time keeping up. The MCAA Tech Conference is your crash course on the latest tech trends in the industry and how other contractors are taking advantage of them.

MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference App is now available to install on your iPhone, Android or Tablet! Search MSCA 2017 in Apple App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android). Please download and install the App prior to the conference and don’t forget to log into your app using your conference registered email address and the password: MSCA2017.

Register now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. Join us January 23-25, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California, for this “must attend” conference for all safety professionals. The 2018 conference theme is “Not on Our Watch,” where attendees will get even better at helping our fitters, plumbers, and service technicians protect themselves for workplace hazards. 

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know to catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA. See you all in Boca Raton, FL for the MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference in October!

Nick Espinosa, a white hat hacker will be one of the key speakers at the 2017 MCAA Tech Conference. Recently, he was interviewed to talk about some of the risks that mechanical contractors face, the steps you can take and how damaging a hack can be for your business.

In episode six, we preview the MCAA Tech Conference with an interview of one of the featured speakers, Nick Espinosa. Nick is a white-hat hacker that talks about cyber threats and security issues that contractors face every day.

If you missed Plumbing Service 101, Cash is King, no worries! It is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

The MCAA and the UA have teamed up to provide additional financial relief to 357 field and office employees of our South Texas members who were victimized by Hurricane Harvey. Each employee is receiving a $500 relief check, with half coming from the MCAA Disaster Relief Fund and half from the UA’s Charitable Trust. This is in addition to the $1,000 relief check each employee already received from MCAA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Here’s the reaction of one of CFI Mechanical’s employees: “Chuck, once again I am floored by the generosity of others. Today I received a second check for disaster aide from the MCAA along with the UA Charitable Trust. Together with their members, they raised more to assist flood victims. This will help while waiting for the insurance company to decide what might or might not be covered. I have never been more proud to be a plumber for a union contractor that is so active in MCAA. Thank you again for your generosity!”

Now that we have most of 2017 in the rear view mirror and are looking forward to 2018, what do we know and how will this information affect the mechanical service industry? You won’t want to miss Dr. Kuehl’s informative education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

MSCA recently released an electronic version of its newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Service Technicians. It is now available in print. The manual includes substantive revisions to sections on CPR, choking, OSHA, arc flash and electrical shock protection, and refrigerants, and new sections on hexavalent chromium, manganese, noise and zinc.

Dr. Rao, a highly rated MCAA ALI presenter and Babson Executive programs instructor, shares how embracing innovation will enable us to implement new technologies into areas of our business for sustainability, stability and growth. Don’t miss Dr. Rao’s education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

Congratulations to everyone at MCAA member West Chester Mechanical of Aston, Pennsylvania for being named Plumbing & Mechanical’s 2017 Mechanical Contractor of the Year!

Values-based companies are built for growth and have employees who manage and motivate themselves. Robert Richman shares stories of the strength of the core values at Zappos.com then shares the science behind why they work so well. Don’t miss Robert’s education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

Register Now for the MCAA Technology Conference November 8 – 10 in Austin, Texas

MCAA’s annual Technology Conference is the one place where mechanical contractors in construction, plumbing, and service can get tech info you can actually use. Designed by contractors in your business, our goal is to provide takeaways for everyone attending. So if you’re a CEO or an IT geek, Director of Operations or BIM ninja, or just about anyone else wanting to know where the mechanical industry is heading and how you can use that knowledge in your company NOW, this conference is for you. The registration fee is only $595 – a special value available only to our members and exhibitors.

Learn to embrace your complainers and turn negative, impossible situations into positive, possible solutions! Don’t miss Jay Baer’s Education Session, Hug Your Haters at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Get your staff invested in your business decision making! Don’t miss Julie Williamson’s Education Session, Bringing The Possible to Life: Influencing Decisions Across Your Business at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

The UA/MCAA Labor Relations Conference will be held at The Mirage in Las Vegas, November 14-15. The theme of this year’s Labor Relations Conference will be “Highlighting Best Practices.” Want to join us? It’s still not too late to make your hotel reservation.

Most in the HVAC industry know all about the commissioning process but a new resurgence of retrocommissioning is making a comeback in the HVACR industry. Thom Brazel and Dick Starr, both former MSCA Chairman of the Board of Managers, are featured in a recent article about retrocommissioning in The News.

Egan Company installed the MobileTech solution from KEY2ACT, slashing billing time and eliminating time-consuming paperwork. Chris Yelle, Egan’s service operations manager, estimated that Egan will see its return on investment (ROI) within 18 months of implementing MobileTech, which connects field staff to the back office, providing instant access to the information and enabling both sides to easily manage service calls and appointments.

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know to catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA. Don’t forget to register for MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference to be held in Boca Raton, FL, October 15-18!

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), the non-profit foundation of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), today announced a collaboration with a software developer, BuildingSP, that will result in a freely available building analysis add-in for the Autodesk Revit building information modeling (BIM) platform. The Revit add-in is called the MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) and analyzes a building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) spaces for congestion and complexity.

This week’s Speaker Highlight is UA’s Mark McManus! He will speak on October 16th at our Opening Celebration at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL.

With their new Jonas Construction Software, Harrell-Fish Inc. (HFI) is now able to turn around billings about five days quicker, improving their cash flow in the process. They have also reduced their payroll processing time from about four hours a month spread out across three employees to about an hour only with Jonas.

When PAR was contracted to provide all of the plumbing for Riverside K, a 32-story luxury condominium on Manhattan’s West Side, they knew that space inside the walls would be tight. HOLDRITE support systems made for a simpler installation while also saving PAR time.

This week’s Highlight is our One-Day Optional Bonus Program, Managing Your People Profits, on Sunday, October 15th from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Knowing when to service or replace aging plumbing equipment is critical to maintaining a clean, operational commercial restroom. Like regularly changing the oil in your car, consistent preventive maintenance helps avoid critical, costlier repairs down the road.

Come learn about the latest HVACR and plumbing products and services on Supplier Partnership Day at our Exhibitor’s Display on October 16, 2017. The MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference will be held October 15-18, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL at the Boca Raton Resort and Club!

If you missed Plumbing Service 101, Finding and Developing Great Plumbing Techs, no worries! It is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Have you registered your crucial service dispatchers for MSCA Dispatchers Professional Development Training Program, September 18-19, 2017, in Dallas, TX? This class is almost SOLD OUT so register now to ensure that your service dispatchers are well-prepared to effectively perform their role!

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

With customized solutions from Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., Pan-Pacific Mechanical (PPM) met the challenges of the California Building Code and their client’s demand for a visually pleasing building. Jay R. Smith’s willingness to provide products that adapted to PPM’s custom approach ensured that construction of the new Kaiser Permanente San Diego Regional Medical Center (KPSD) went off without a hitch.

Don’t miss Emmy-nominated Actor, Voice Actor, Accomplished Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Author — John Ratzenberger who will speak at October 18th’s Closing Session at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

This week’s conference highlight is Tech Demos! Come join us at the registration area for demonstrations and display of all things Tech from October 16-18, 2017 at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

This week’s Sneak Peek is Mick Ebeling, Founder of Not Impossible Labs, who is scheduled to speak on October 17th’s General Session at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Zurn Industries, LLC enabled U.S. Engineering Company to “move the chains” faster than usual during the rough-in phase of building a new stadium for Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Patrick Barnett, project manager for U.S. Engineering, said Zurn’s lean construction practices provided “at least a 10-percent” labor savings for the company.

For the eighth consecutive year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope will work together to assist a local charitable organization, this year in Boca Raton at the Palm Beach County Food Bank, during MSCA 2017 Education Conference to be held this October 15-18. We need your help in reaching our minimum donation goal of $50,000 to assist Convoy’s Children’s Feeding Initiatives.

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know to catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA.

A Sneak Peak at the MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference Opening Session with guest speaker Vinh Giang who will demonstrate how your beliefs dictate your actions and in order to achieve “The Possible,” you must first break down what you think is impossible.

In this third Plumbing Service 101 webinar series, Finding and Developing Great Plumbing Service Technicians, you will learn about the important traits to look for in your recruiting efforts and the skills needed for success.

MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, is four days packed with networking, interaction and engagement! The conference theme for 2017 is “The Possible”!

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know to catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA.

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA.

If you missed the February or April Plumbing Service 101 webinars, you can access them in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Your Service Field Supervisor plays a key role that directly impacts your bottom line. MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors is focused training designed specifically for improving the performance of service field supervisors.

If you missed the February webinar of Plumbing Service 101, Plumbing Service Business Basics, it is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Mechanical Service Contractors of America is pleased to announce its much anticipated Plumbing Service 101 webinar series and workbooks! Each webinar and workbook module will focus on a key facet of operating a successful plumbing service business. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

If you have an iPad or iPhone, it’s easy. Follow these simple steps to customize your MCAA.org experience by making, for example, the Safety Excellence Initiative or MSCA.org an app on your home screen.

In the latest PCA Podcast, Armand Kilijian from O’Brien Mechanical in San Francisco joined Sean McGuire to talk about water efficiency challenges that contractors face in California. The conversation explored the city’s infrastructure inefficiencies, the requirements of retention cisterns, purple pipe and onsite water treatment and reuse systems.

In our Tuesday TechTalk, @mcaageek Sean McGuire asks, “Are tablets replacing mobile phones on your jobsite?” What is becoming clear is that the importance of phones is diminishing. With a six-month payback period, more contractors are choosing to provide tablets to their workforce and explore their benefits and productivity.

PCA Chairman and MCAA Board of Directors member Armand Kilijian joined the Plumbing Podcast to discuss the importance of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to plumbing contractors. Don’t miss episode 6!

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has raised civil penalties for violations of its rules to take into account inflation since penalties were last set. The new Interim Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 1, will take effect on August 1, 2016 for violations that occurred after November 2, 2015.

MCAA’s technology partner BuiltWorlds summarized the hot topics presented at the 2016 Construction Technology Conference.

Josh Bone, of JBKnowledge, principal author of our Construction Technology BIM Software Analysis Research Report, conducted a webinar on its findings. If you missed it, check out the archived webinar.

If a unique management idea helped your company overcome a challenge and improve your bottom line, consider nominating that innovation for the next prestigious E. Robert Kent Award! You and your innovation will be recognized during the Awards of Excellence program at MCAA 2017 in San Diego.

If you are considering hiring an intern for this summer and you haven’t yet lined up candidates, go to MCAA’s career website, MCAAGreatFutures.org. Over 200 resumes of well-qualified students from across the U.S. and Canada are posted and they’re eager to work for a mechanical, mechanical service or plumbing contractor to learn the business.

MCAA has just made available its Safety Bulletin with information about the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised recordkeeping rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The revised rule requires affected employers to electronically submit, annually, specified occupational injury and illness information directly to the agency. The bulletin provides information on key

If keeping your plumbing service trucks stocked with the right equipment for the right jobs has proven to be more challenging than it should, then check out this week’s Plumbing Pod podcast. Ed Gormley of Gormley Plumbing & Heating (McMinnville, OR) shares tips for inventory management, standardized tools, and software that can be used to

If you missed Courtney France’s webinar on April 14 about how our industry is responding to the water crisis, check out the Plumbing Contractors of America’s (PCA) latest podcast, Water Crisis: Pushing the Limits of Building Water Conservation. France of France Sustainable Solutions and Sean McGuire of MCAA discuss the PCA webinar she led that