Smart Solutions

Message from William Hughes, M/SC Chair: Prime Pairings

This issue of Smart Solutions exemplifies how member contractors and manufacturer/supplier partners pair their expertise with the right products to keep projects on time and within budget while meeting clients’ needs. For example, Hermanson Company used Miller Electric’s new XMT® 350 FieldPro System welder along with a custom-built pipe turner to speed up welding in close quarters. For a senior living facility, Daikin’s know-how allowed for successful installation of a new chiller that involved coordinating with Chicago city services around street access while ensuring the well-being of 200-plus senior residents.

Despite having limited experience with snowmelt systems, A&R Mechanical Contractors Inc. knew they could rely on Viega for a client’s custom-designed system, successfully installed in time for a snowy winter. Rock Hill Mechanical was confident that Anvil International’s Gruvlok® system was a better choice than the originally specified PVC products for the mechanical room of St. Louis’ new aquarium, and the ease of installation allowed them to meet the job’s tight timeline. John W. Danforth Company quickly installed a new, more efficient hot water system in a nursing home, thanks in part to Ferguson’s expertise in selecting the ideal replacement system.

Partners in Productivity

Member contractors count on manufacturer/supplier products and services to help them improve productivity and keep costs down. R&S United Mechanical Services turned to NIBCO INC. for their innovative, easy-to-install, and cost-effective press joinery system solutions for several high-profile New York City projects. Letsos Company and CFI Mechanical used Uponor PEX for two high school plumbing projects to realize faster installation and cost savings over traditional approaches.

After winning a major renovation project, the Dorvin D. Leis Company, Inc. decided to ditch the string and tape for cutting-edge Trimble products and software, saving time and increasing productivity. LAARS Heating Systems adopted MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies, then created new digital workflows that save the company significant time with each service visit. XOi Technologies’ cloud-based mobile app is helping Havtech streamline communication and improve efficiency.

Expert Advice

Annually, in the construction industry, about 8 percent of all falls from elevation involve the use or misuse of ladders. In this issue, CNA offers guidelines for selecting, inspecting, and using ladders safely. Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.®—the first American company to design, manufacture, and market a siphonic roof drain—explains how the drains work, how they can improve efficiency, and how they can save money in labor and materials.

MCAA2020 is your chance to get expert advice in person from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with them!