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Message from William Hughes, M/SC Chair: Partnership Fuels Productivity in a Pandemic

Facing a global pandemic, member contractors and manufacturer/supplier partners are working together to respond to urgent needs and keep projects on track. Ferguson Enterprises, Bradford White, and Sloan all provided needed materials in record time—with Helm Group (formerly Mechanical, Inc.) among those working on the ground nonstop—to convert Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center into a field hospital. In New York City, The Harris Products Group rapidly customized and delivered oxygen systems for two field hospitals. Also in New York City, Xylem – Bell & Gossett helped a small public hospital quickly increase the number of intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients.

Responding to new concerns in light of the pandemic, Sloan provided touch-free plumbing systems to a new office building designed specifically to promote employee health. While some businesses struggled with the Paycheck Protection Program loan application, Johansen & Anderson pulled the necessary data in less than 30 minutes, thanks to Jonas Construction Software. John W. Danforth Company is using Raken’s app to demonstrate what they have done during the pandemic so they can get paid for it.

Member contractors like Braconier continue to seek out competitive advantages. They adopted eSUB’s platform to standardize project management and operations, dramatically cutting down timecard and payroll processing time. Using XOi, SitelogIQ is including video and photos in quotes, expediting quote approval.

Our supplier partners are helping contractors who face tight timelines and budgets. Anvil International’s Gruvlok® products helped Holmberg Mechanical meet a short turnaround time for Seattle’s new Colman Dock and also to secure the Buy America Act certification needed for the public project. Victaulic’s newest pipe joining system enabled Shoemaker Mechanical to replace a cooling tower in less time than planned and with fewer people than expected.

With a range of Sioux Chief Manufacturing Company products, Murphy Company dramatically cut down its plumbing installation time for a new St. Louis high-rise. Guy’s Mechanical Systems discovered that the Viega MegaPress Press-In Branch Connector saved time in its remodeling of an aging 20-story building in downtown Pittsburgh. Testing out MILWAUKEE TOOL’s new MX FUEL™ Equipment System, J.F. Ahern Co. deemed the handheld core drill to be much more efficient than a traditional drill, providing more control and more power.

Also in this issue, CNA explains how to protect your business from risky drivers. Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. describes how to manage potential water problems in buildings that have been closed. ServiceTrade offers one way to analyze your own data to reveal current opportunities in the market. NIBCO INC. examines different types of welding, with an emphasis on the benefits of laser welding for precision and speed.

MCAA appreciates its 2020 sponsors. We encourage you to learn more about how all of our manufacturer/supplier partners can help you stay productive during these uncertain times.