Smart Solutions

Message from Bill Tavenner, MS/C Chairman: Productive Partnerships

Bill TavennerMCAA members continue to seek ways to stay competitive. This issue of Smart Solutions demonstrates how our Supplier Partners are helping you resolve demanding technical challenges, increase efficiency, and improve productivity. Read how an exceptional designer from Anvil® International helped Bennell, Inc., figure out how to install multiple systems in a cramped mechanical room. Similarly, engineers at Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.® rapidly designed new trench drains to keep J.W. McClenahan Co.’s project on track.

Learn why Arden Building Companies chose Victaulic’s easy-to-install grooved connections to speed up installation for a major renovation. Or how Commonwealth Plumbing used Viega fittings to accommodate the tight spaces of a historic building.

Also see how contractors are tackling complex jobs. James Craft & Son Inc. found that only EVAPCO, Inc. had cooling towers with a small-enough footprint, yet large-enough capacity, to meet its client’s needs. Daikin’s commercial rooftop systems, paired with its software solution, met the stringent demands of a museum storage facility. With aerial lifting by Erickson Inc., Hill Mechanical Group placed equipment on a downtown Chicago rooftop in just a few hours. John E. Green Company trusted Johnson Controls products to meet energy efficiency demands and save installation time. P1 Group installed 300’ of Aquatherm piping in just 24 hours, minimizing downtime for their client.

Members are always finding new tools and products to beef up productivity, such as Uponor’s AquaPEX® crosslinked polyethylene piping, which saved Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors installation time. Josam Company’s easy-to-install Pro-Plus trench drain system cut labor and installation time for Miinc Mechanical Contractors. Atomatic Mechanical Services’ relies on the quality of Wheatland Tube’s domestic pipe to ensure leak-free pipes and save time both onsite and after installation.

On the technology side, to battle “the paper demon,” Egan Company installed KEY2ACT’s MobileTech solution, slashing billing time and eliminating time-consuming paperwork. Implementing an integrated software solution from Jonas Construction Software helped Flo-Tron Contracting reduce payroll processing time by 50 percent. Anderson, Rowe & Buckley deployed MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies, cutting labor costs. With Rhumbix, Independent Mechanical Industries, Inc.’s foremen fill out time cards on their phones in minutes, minimizing errors. Milwaukee Tool’s digital equipment tracker helps JH Kelly manage inventory and recover tools quickly.

Finally, read about SPX Cooling Technologies’ donation of a Marley® NC cooling tower to the Steamfitters UA Local #602 Mechanical Trades School for its apprenticeship program for another example of how our Supplier Partners recognize the needs of the field and work with you to meet them.

Bill Tavenner, Chairman