Smart Solutions

Message from Frank Schaetzke, MS/C Chairman: Prefab, Products, and Productivity

In this issue of Smart Solutions, learn how contractors are increasing productivity and efficiency by using prefabrication, building information modeling (BIM), and enhanced products. For example, CFI Mechanical relied on Technical Sales International’s BIM software to execute an $8.5-million job and prefabricate piping, completing the job two months early. ACCO Engineered Systems used BIM to manage the complex tasks of creating “North America’s greenest urban office building” (and installed Daikin McQuay chillers to meet demanding efficiency standards).

Smith & Oby Company prefabricated thousands of feet of pipe using ERICO’s new CADDY® ROD LOCK channel nut, saving time and money. U.S. Engineering Company employed a multi-trade prefabrication process using Victaulic grooved systems to increase productivity while staying on schedule and on budget.

Software solutions are also helping members gain a competitive advantage. Tweet/Garot used Bidtracer’s invitation management software to win and manage a $165-million contract to renovate the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field. ACCO is putting WennSoft’s MobileTech solution in place to streamline processes dramatically and eliminate paperwork.

Member suppliers continue to improve products to meet increasingly complex needs. Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.’s Enviro-Flo drain solved a dirt-floor arena’s unique problems. For a biotechnology company’s exacting requirements, Hart Engineering turned to Viega ProPress systems for stainless steel to get clean, consistent connections quickly. Auburn Mechanical installed Aquatherm’s polypropylene-random pipe systems to combat the aggressive water that had damaged a jail’s existing pipes. Pyke Mechanical installed a new, high-efficiency BITZER Screw compressor at only marginally higher cost than rebuilding its client’s original compressor.

Members are finding that GRINNELL Grooved Flexible Couplings reduce vibrations and minimize noise while also providing a tight seal to prevent leaks. They are also using positioners designed specifically for the pipe welding industry, such as those built by Team Industries, Inc., to reduce welder fatigue and increase the work quality. To fill the occasional need for large, specialized equipment, contractors are renting from suppliers such as Lifting Gear Hire Corporation.

Finally, members can rely on our partners at CNA to keep up to date on how to protect their businesses. In this issue, learn whether your company needs a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number.

I encourage you to support the suppliers who support your association by choosing their products and services for your next bid. Visit for a complete list of MCAA Supplier Partners or find them in person at MCAA 2013.

Frank Schaetzke, Chairman