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Don’t miss out on early bird registration for MSCA22 beyond! You still have a few days left to take advantage of all that the MSCA22 Education Conference has to offer at our early bird rate.

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

The PCA has partnered with Lexington Plumbing of Kansas City to host the 2022 PCA Plumbing Service Conference from September 14 – 15, 2022. The event, which is modeled after MCAA’s Fabrication Conference, will center around a hosted facility tour of Lexington Plumbing’s commercial plumbing service operations. Registration is now open. Space is limited to 65 participants, so don’t delay – register today!

The Construction Labor Research Council’s (CLRC) new report, Contractor’s Cost Conundrum, explains some of the economic and staffing challenges faced by contractors. The report shows that recent increases in material prices dwarf the cost of living. It also explains variability and shows that extreme variability over time results in unpredictability in the cost of construction commodities and spending on construction and employment, making it difficult for contractors to plan.

MCAA’s Safety Statistics & Awards program recognized 90 MCAA members’ safety performance in 2021. All applicants received a valuable benchmarking report that will allow them to compare their own 2021 incidence rates with the aggregate rates of the other participating MCAA companies overall, those in the same size category, and with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics incidence rates. Those who qualified also received a certificate of commendation. Congratulations to all!

Make sure your service techs have the up-to-date safety training they need to protect themselves from arc flash and electrical shock hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The session covers all applicable OSHA requirements, NFPA 70E provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

Modern construction projects require expertise in multiple forms of scheduling to account for proper work sequencing, resource allocation, and production planning. MCAA’s Scheduling Best Practices offers tips for adapting and improving skill and competency at scheduling. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Since 2010, MSCA has partnered with Convoy of Hope during the Annual MSCA Education Conference to support a local organization in the community where the conference is being held with needed supplies and hands-on assistance. In 2022, we will support the Community Action Partnership Orange County, a charity that has worked to enhance the quality of life in their community since 1965 by seeking to end and prevent poverty. $50,000 is a lofty goal, but now is the time to go above and beyond.

Association Execs: Get Best Practices to Help Your Association Succeed – Register for the AEC Best Practices Conference by End of Day Monday, June 27!

The AEC Best Practices Conference is the place to be to help your association succeed. Join us July 24 – 27, 2022, in Savannah, GA, to find out what’s new at MCAA and the United Association (UA), get apprenticeship selection best practices, and learn about Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) reports that will keep you on the cutting edge of bargaining trends and settlements. You will also find out how to guide your association to healthier trust funds, get tools for navigating strikes and work stoppages, learn how the Labor Management Compliance Council is helping CPMCA yield market growth through effective government affairs, and learn about your peers’ experiences with MCAA’s Field Leaders Conference. There will be plenty of time to network and share ideas, so don’t miss out. Register today!

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

Immediate Stop Use/Recall – Select 3M Shock Absorbing Lanyards

3M has notified the industry of a potential manufacturing issue that could result in some lanyards not performing properly in the event of a fall. This could result in severe injury or death. Select 3M™ DBI-SALA® ShockWave™2 Arc Flash Shock Absorbing Lanyards are impacted and should be removed from service. See the recall notice for details and information about replacements.

When working on multistory apartment complexes or other large commercial buildings, you may be tasked with installing firestop products or materials around service penetrations, which can be a daunting task involving dozens or hundreds of units and a plethora of floorplans. You will also likely encounter a wide variety of pipe types and sizes along with slab heights. You will need versatile, efficient, and reliable options to cover the range of pipe penetrations for the job, while also keeping in mind firestop and building codes. Here are some tips for selecting the best cast-in-place firestop sleeve for the job.

More workers are killed or injured in and around excavations than in any other phase of construction work. MCAA and safety partner CNA offer resources that reinforce the importance of trench protective systems to keep your team safe during Trench Safety Stand-Down Week June 20 – 24, 2022 and every day.

Markups provide funds to cover overhead costs, a fair and reasonable profit, and some cushion in case estimated costs are exceeded. MCAA’s Service Markups vs. Construction Markups discusses the elements of a job estimate that may be considered for markups. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

Join us September 29-October 1 at the Boston Marriott Newton for MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum! We’re getting back to the basics this year and focusing on all the things that make mechanical contracting such an exciting career choice. Registration is complimentary for all students, faculty, local affiliates, and MCAA members.

MSCA is conducting a comprehensive benchmark survey to obtain data in the HVACR and plumbing service industry. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, but yields an incredible amount of knowledge. Please complete the survey by June 23, 2022.

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

The full-featured digital version of MCAA’s Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide enhances the look and feel of our printed directory. Download your copy for digital-only benefits that help you stay connected throughout the year. Printed copies will mail in the next few weeks.

Tolin Mechanical of Denver, CO, adopted the XOi Vision app to streamline data capture and communication among its technicians and customers, improving customer satisfaction, decision making, and repeat business. Tolin is a full-service facility management company that works with commercial, industrial, institutional, and government organizations to maintain safe, healthy, and energy-efficient building operations.

WiMI Conference Delivered Education & Networking

MCAA thanks everyone who attended the second annual Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) Conference in Austin. It was a time to come together, to learn from peers in the industry, to expand networks, and to grow this incredible initiative. We are proud to have brought together such a dynamic group of women! Take a look at how the attendees spent the three jam packed days.

The layout of a construction job site and its corresponding security plan often make the difference between controlling losses and suffering costly thefts. MCAA’s Contractor’s Equipment: A Guide to Better Security provides general guidelines for improving security. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

Association Execs: Get Best Practices to Help Your Association Succeed at the AEC Best Practices Conference

The AEC Best Practices Conference is the place to be to help your association succeed. Join us July 24 – 27, 2022, in Savannah, GA, to find out what’s new at MCAA and the United Association (UA), get apprenticeship selection best practices, and learn about Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) reports that will keep you on the cutting edge of bargaining trends and settlements. You will also find out how to guide your association to heathier trust funds, get tools for navigating strikes and work stoppages, learn how the Labor Management Compliance Council is helping CPMCA yield market growth through effective government affairs, and learn about your peers’ experiences with MCAA’s Field Leaders Conference. There will be plenty of time to network and share ideas, so don’t miss out. Register today!

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) fall protection standard Z359.14-2021, Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems, will go into effect on February 1, 2023. When it does, MCAA member companies will face several changes and additional testing requirements in an area that is among the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most frequently cited violations. Prepare your company now by familiarizing yourself with the changes and purchasing equipment that meets the new standard.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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

Join us for the 36th Annual MSCA Education Conference where we will push beyond the boundaries to look at where our industry is headed in the future. Collectively we go beyond what we can do as individuals, and when we share our knowledge, our expertise, and our ideas, we move beyond what we can do on our own to something extraordinary. We look forward to seeing you October 16 – 19, 2022, in Huntington Beach, CA!

Nashville Machine Company took on the complicated task of removing and replacing an aging water heating system so large it would not fit through the mechanical room doors. Installing a new system from Lochinvar went smoothly thanks to the flexibility of the Lochinvar products, which also promised excellent energy efficiency, making them the ideal choice for the project.

Insurance is a costly but integral part of a contractor’s business. MCAA’s Insurance Punch List helps contractors understand how and why premium dollars are spent and when insurance is needed. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

Built by MCAA, NECA, and SMACNA leaders, the MEP Innovation Conference is the place to share and learn about the latest tools, software, technology, and processes aimed at improving contractors’ productivity and profitability. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, June 15, 2022. 

Having interns working at MCAA member companies is a win-win for the mechanical contracting industry. Employers get top talent and build a pipeline for future employees. Students gain experience, create connections, develop skills and further their interest in mechanical contracting. Internship grants funded by the John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF) reward both the hiring company and the student.

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

A&R Mechanical Contractors, Inc. credits PypeServer software with dramatically improving efficiency in its fabrication shop; pipe cutting tasks that used to take hours can now be done in 10 minutes or less. Justin Powers, A&R’s virtual design and construction (VDC) and fabrication business unit manager, oversees work across the spectrum from contract award to field installation. He described his company’s typical workflow and tools and the impact of integrating PypeServer software.

MCAA and MCAC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), confirming the long-standing partnership and collaboration between the two associations. In addition to the promotion of the mechanical contracting sector, the MOU also sets out guidelines on the sharing of educational resources, industry best practices, as well as attendance at MCAA and MCAC events.

When a customer files bankruptcy, mechanical contractors face legal and other pitfalls that may affect their business relationship with that customer. MCAA’s Doing Business with a Customer in Bankruptcy reviews each of these to help contractors preserve relationships and protect their bottom line. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Make sure your service techs have the up-to-date safety training they need to protect themselves from arc flash and electrical shock hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The session covers all applicable OSHA requirements, NFPA 70E provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

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

MCAA recently submitted comprehensive comments in support of the Biden Administration’s proposed comprehensive modernization of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts regulatory provisions. The comments confirm the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) goal of modernizing the Davis Bacon regulations, citing the accretion of regressive policy implementation over the years that sought to avoid giving proper weight to collective bargaining rates in the Davis Bacon wage survey and wage determination process.

Ongoing supply chain and project timeline issues continue to be challenges for many companies. This makes it more important than ever for contractors to find ways to improve efficiency and make up for lost time on projects. Get tips to improve productivity and save time on projects from Miller Electric Mfg. Co.

Save the Date for MSCA22 beyond

Join us for the 36th Annual MSCA Education Conference at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa on October 16-19, 2022. As always, the program will be packed with four days of remarkable educational offerings, current industry trends, and connecting with friends! Registration opens June 6 with early bird registration of $1,600 for members and $650 for partners.

There are unsung heroes among us who go beyond what is asked of them, to do the things that are truly needed, out of the kindness of their hearts and with a passion to make a difference for the better. Help us honor these generous and caring individuals today by nominating them for the MSCA Everyday Hero Award. 

MCAA Member Contributions to Ukrainian Relief Hit $77,000

Thanks to MCAA member contributions, an additional $5,750 has been donated to The MCAA Charitable Fund for Ukrainian relief. These donations will be added to $46,250 in member contributions and $25,000 from MCAA previously donated to support the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is actively saving and protecting the lives of victims of armed conflict and violence in Ukraine. MCAA will continue to forward additional donations to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Please consider making a donation using the link on the MCAA website.

Many projects involve team members from the start, before working plans and specifications are developed. MCAA’s Team Management in Construction explains what teams are, how they are formed, and how they operate to prepare mechanical contractors to be effective team members. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) has released its 2022 Union Craft Labor Supply Report. The industry’s only union-specific report focused on construction and maintenance shows great confidence in the industry’s growth prospects.

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

In today’s high-tech world, when people talk about tool timesavers they tend to focus on the latest Bluetooth technology or the newest gadget. Yet, technology is not the only way to cut down time on a jobsite: tools that allow you to work smarter, not harder, can help any professional get to the next jobsite more effectively and efficiently.

MCAA/TAUC/NECA/SMACNA Collaborate to Improve Third-Party Pre-Qualification

MCAA partnered with The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC), the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) to investigate how third-party pre-qualification requirements affect members’ businesses. An article in The Constructor User reports the findings.

Companies that let employees use company vehicles may face liability should an accident occur. MCAA’s Avoiding Potential Liability from Employees’ Use of Company Vehicles describes the most common types of liabilities and offers tips to help reduce them. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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

Thermal Energy or Clean Energy is the reduction or elimination of carbon dioxide from energy sources. For example, heat pumps are a clean energy source for water heating and comfort cooling and heating. We will be joined by subject matter expert on geothermal HVACR technologies, Jay Egg. Join us on Thursday, May 19th at 1pm Eastern.

Missouri’s C.E. Jarrell Mechanical Contracting Co. Inc. finished an extensive project ahead of the fast-track completion date by using CerroPress® press-to-connect domestic water fittings and CerroTube™ copper plumbing tube from Cerro Flow Products LLC®. Press fitting saved time and labor compared with sweating or soldering joints. Without a need for flame, Jarrell did not need a fire watch or special permits. They installed CerroPress copper fittings in sizes 1/2” to 2 1/2” throughout the facility.

Thank you to all who participated in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction! MCAA members from all over the country took part in daily Safety Stand-Down events hosted by our national partners – MILWAUKEE TOOL, TYFOOM, Little Giant Ladders, CLICKSAFETY, and CNA.

MCAA is conducting a membership survey to gather data to support our claims that improvements in the administration of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Davis-Bacon rules will improve competitive conditions in the markets for those projects and overall project performance. Please take 10 minutes to support your association’s efforts in this important area of federal construction policy. Survey responses are due by May 9, 2022.

Managing retainage has become a significant issue for a mechanical contractor’s cash flow strategies. MCAA’s Managing Retainage – A Critical Component of Effective Cash Flow offers ideas for effectively managing retainage. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

Now, More Than Ever, is the year to attend the WiMI Conference, June 6–8 in Austin, TX. This year’s agenda includes riveting educational sessions.

Transform the way you lead – the way you think about leadership – by developing the skills that will take you and your team to the next level. The recently refreshed curriculum of the Advanced Leadership Institute provides the very best in executive education, hosted in beautiful Chapel Hill, NC.

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

The performance of any health care building is linked to the HVAC ecosystem, as accurate indoor temperature and air quality are critical in health care settings. However, each project comes with its own set of challenges. IMI Hydronic Engineering has over 300 years of combined experience on hydronic systems.

Carlos Arias Will Join the MCAA Staff

MCAA is pleased to welcome Carlos Arias to the MCAA staff. Carlos, who is originally from Guatemala, will be the new voice answering the phones at MCAA starting May 2, 2022. Carlos began his service career in the hospitality industry with many years at several major Washington, DC hotels. He has spent the past 16 years working in property management in Gaithersburg, MD, a suburb near the MCAA office. On weekends Carlos spends time with family and friends at cookouts, enjoying music and dancing, and traveling to the beach. Join us in welcoming Carlos and his family to the MCAA staff family.

To survive and grow in today’s marketplace, mechanical contractors must become better managers and business professionals. MCAA’s The Management Audit: Peer Group Guidelines explains how informally organized groups of non-competing contractors can assist each other through idea exchange to run their respective businesses more professionally and more profitably. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

This year’s National Safety Stand-Down will take place May 2-6, 2022.  The goal of the Stand-Down is to raise awareness to fall hazards and reinforce safe work practices that help prevent fatalities and injuries related to falls. MCAA has partnered with industry leaders to bring you daily trainings and education events, across the county.​

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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

Dormatech Mechanical Systems of Northern California faced a familiar litany of challenges using multiple software platforms to manage its business. After switching to an integrated BuildOps software solution, Dormatech rapidly increased revenue by 50 percent.

A company’s employee manual sets expectations and delivers information. MCAA’s Guide to Human Resources Policies provides guidance on human resources policies to help MCAA members design their own employee manuals. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

Three powerful, motivating and dynamic women – Sara Ross, Valorie Burton and Michelle Poler – will inspire women at all stages of their careers during the 2nd Annual WiMI Conference in Austin, TX, June 6-8. Don’t miss it – register today!

MCAA has partnered with industry leaders to bring you daily trainings and education events across the county.​ Register now for MCAA’s daily offerings presented by MILWAUKEE TOOL, TYFOOM, Little Giant Ladders, CLICKSAFETY, and CNA.

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

Founded in 1975, Auburn Mechanical of Auburn, WA, has decades of experience taking on large, complex projects, but internal processes—communication, documentation, record keeping, and information sharing—can pose the biggest challenges. Justin Pritchett, construction division manager at Auburn Mechanical, points out that the more manual steps involved in such processes, the higher the risk that those steps will not be completed. Procore’s integrated, fully mobile digital construction management solution puts Auburn Mechanical’s voluminous project information literally at the fingertips of craft labor in the field, streamlining processes and reducing the risk of lost, missing, or incomplete data.

The education MCAA members and local affiliates depend on just got a little less expensive thanks to a new program that offers a 20% rebate on instructor fees for select National Education Initiative (NEI) classes, up to $5,000 per class. This benefit is available only to MCAA members and local affiliates in good standing who book courses via the NEI Initiative portal.

Understanding the elements of a basic financial statement is a must for anyone in business. MCAA’s Guide to Financial Statements demystifies the process of preparing and analyzing the financial information that is essential to your company’s success. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

New field supervisors often lack essential management and leadership training. MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors fills that gap with the management and leadership training these team members need to confidently tackle today’s business challenges. The May 16-17, 2022, program will advance leadership, coaching, planning, time management, communication, and motivation skills, giving supervisors and their companies a competitive edge. Register today!

In response to popular demand, we have added one final Pre-IPM class to our 2022 training roster. If you have Assistant Project Managers, Project Engineers, new hires, or people transitioning to the office from the field or Estimating, this online course is for them!

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh joined Vice President Kamala Harris April 12, 2022 to announce a first-ever Occupational Safety and and Health Administration (OSHA) National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect workers from indoor and outdoor heat hazards. The NEP lists construction among the industries expected to have high exposures to heat-related hazards resulting in illnesses. MCAA is representing our members’ interests with OSHA because we know there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our workers, and you’re invited to join us.

The National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB) has released a new Technical Bulletin that explains how to determine the number of test coupons required to meet the minimum weld length for radiographic examination under ASME Section IX.

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

Called on to help a Chicago condominium that was having repeated pump failures, AMS Mechanical Systems determined the cause to be metal debris in the pumps. Metraflex Company’s LPD Mag, a high-efficiency, low-pressure-drop Y-strainer with a neodymium magnet, proved to be the perfect solution. AMS found the new, low-cost strainers were easy to install and effectively fixed the problem.

MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors fills the knowledge gap for field supervisors who are new to the role or lack management and leadership training. The May 16-17, 2022, program will advance leadership, coaching, planning, time management, communication, and motivation skills, giving supervisors and their companies a competitive edge. Register today!

MSCA Sales Masters is the preeminent Sales Course to prepare your sales team for future success. NOW is the time to provide this relevant and important training to your sales employees to ensure their skills and abilities are focused, fine-tuned and far-sighted.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like C. Richard Barnes and Casey Elford, experienced mediators and trainers. Richard and Casey help emerging and high potential leaders build the skills they need to succeed in mechanical contracting.

Whether you’re establishing a new fab shop or looking to keep yours operating at peak performance, MCAA’s Factors to Consider in Establishing, Operating and Maintaining a Fabrication Shop provides tips to enhance your company’s productivity and profitability. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

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

Tight timelines are a constant in building, but supply chain disruptions triggered by the COVID pandemic have complicated matters further. Olson Plumbing turned to Josam Company for drainage products that could meet the specifications and timing required for a new Colorado hospital. Josam’s packaging, labeling, and shipping method saved Olson Plumbing time onsite, cutting labor costs.

Now, More Than Ever is the time to get involved with Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI). The WiMI Conference is back, and it’s filled with information and inspiration, exceptional networking, and crucial conversations to empower you to succeed. Networking and social events will help you enhance your professional network. From industry newcomers to executives, and everyone in between, this is the event to attend for all women in the mechanical contracting industry. Register now for the June 6-8 event in Austin, TX. Space is limited.

Noreen Cournoyer Will Join the MCAA Staff

MCAA extends a warm welcome to Noreen Cournoyer, who will be joining the staff as MCAA’s new Associate Director, Conference Services starting April 4. Noreen previously planned events for the New Jersey Association for Justice and the National Association of Attorneys General. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and has since earned the Digital Event Strategist (DES) and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credentials. She holds leadership roles with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Capital Chapter and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Research Foundation. MCAA is pleased to welcome Noreen to the staff and to the MCAA family.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like Chip Mitchell, a senior level executive with more than thirty years of combined business and legal experience in the construction industry. Chip helps contractors better understand the risks imposed on their company throughout a contract and how to handle those risks.

MCAA’s Multi-Employer Defined Contribution Plans – Are You Liable for Another Contractor’s Delinquency? offers strategies to help you minimize potential liability for uncollected contributions in a multi-employer defined benefit pension plan. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

As construction-related claims become more frequent and expensive than ever before, new trends have emerged in the types and causes of losses. CNA offers tailored coverages to help construction companies mitigate these risks, along with resources to help keep projects and workers safe.

Are you looking to re-energize your Foreman or Superintendent so they can better lead the team? Do you see your Journeyman or Apprentice as a future leader? If so, register them today for MCAA’s upcoming Field Leaders Conference, May 11-13 in Rochester, NY. 

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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

MCAA has joined forces with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) to create an even more robust guide to equipment recovery costs for mechanical, electrical, line and other construction contractors. The guide offers insights on contractor-owned equipment to ensure industry professionals have the most updated costs to inform internal estimating, project proposals for new and potential customers, and cost accounting efforts.

For decades, engineers have relied on a formula dating from 1940 to estimate peak water demand, a key factor in specifying the smallest pipe size that will provide sufficient water pressure for every fixture in a building to function normally. Sloan’s chief scientist, Kay Herbert, Ph.D., has developed a new formula that yields more accurate water demand estimates— which can save costs, reduce water use, and prevent bacteria growth. (Sloan is a benefactor of MCAA22.) The new formula is ideal for modern engineers grappling with green technology, touch-free fixtures, and hygiene concerns in the post-COVID-19 era.

MCAA’s Fraud Prevention provides guidance to assist you in considering the sources of fraud and establishing policies and procedures to prevent its occurrence as much as practically possible. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

The student chapter at Missouri State University proudly nominated Jacob Nelson for the MCAA 2021 Educator of the Year based on his mentoring, mechanical industry knowledge, chapter activity participation, and involvement and creation of student-focused networking opportunities with their local MCAA Chapter, MCA of Greater Springfield, Missouri.

An integral part of MSCA’s Sales Institute, the Sales Masters program is meticulously tailored for intermediate to advanced HVACR and plumbing sales professionals looking to take their careers to the next level. The intensive nine-day program will provide industry-specific training not found in any other sales program. Individualized feedback and step-by-step involvement of the attendee’s sales manager/leader will ensure that attendees reach or exceed all personal expectations and goals.

MCAA applauds Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, Wage and Hour Division Acting Administrator Jessica Looman, and all U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) policy leaders for their work developing well-considered regulatory procedures modernizing U.S. prevailing wage protections for construction workers, responsible employers, government agency construction agencies and programs, and the taxpayers generally. The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register on March 18, 2022.

At the MCAA22 Awards of Excellence Breakfast on March 16th, The University of Maryland, College Park was awarded the 2021 MCAA Student Chapter of the Year for their continued achievement and overall focus on offering career opportunities in mechanical contracting to their student membership.

At our National Convention, newly appointed MCAA President Bob Bolton (Arden Building Companies) identified small contractor education as a focal point of his presidential agenda for the coming year. MCAA recognizes that for small to medium sized member companies, sometimes sending a project manager away for a week or more of offsite training simply isn’t practical. The Preparatory Institute for Project Management is designed to provide an accessible, strong foundation in mechanical project management education – delivered in weekly 90-minute sessions, without a PM even having to leave their desk.

At the MCAA22 Awards of Excellence Breakfast on March 16th, McMaster University was awarded the top prize of $10,000 and a trophy for their outstanding work on the 2021-2022 Student Chapter Competition.

Larry Fisher Wins Erik Wahl Painting, MCAA & Members Give $71,250 for Ukrainian Relief

Congratulations to Larry Fisher, the winner of the Statue of Liberty painting created by internationally recognized artist Erik Wahl during the MCAA22 Closing General Session. MCAA members contributed $46,250 to The MCAA Charitable Fund to be added to MCAA’s $25,000 donation for Ukrainian relief. All donations will support the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is actively saving and protecting the lives of victims of armed conflict and violence in Ukraine.

Mark Rogers, President of the John R. Gentille Foundation, announced the recipients of the following scholarships at the Awards of Excellence Breakfast at MCAA22.  He noted that the students receiving scholarships were selected for their academic performance, leadership skills, interest in developing a career in the mechanical industry, work ethic, and technical abilities. 

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

MCAA22 concluded a week of reuniting and learning with final thoughts from MCAA President Armand Kilijian. UA Assistant General President Mike Pleasant joined us to talk about the power of the UA/MCAA partnership. Armand recognized outgoing Board members, then turned over the presidential gavel to new MCAA President Bob Bolton, who thanked Armand for his service and announced MCAA’s donation of $20,000 to the Homenetmen Western US Region to establish the Kilijian Family Scholarship Fund. The Executive Committee and new Board members were introduced, then Erik Wahl inspired us while painting. In addition to MCAA’s $25,000 donation, MCAA raffled Erik Wahl’s Statue of Liberty painting to raise money for the Ukrainian Relief Fund.

Way Engineering, Ltd. partnered with Victaulic to provide the HVAC mechanical work for a new Houston, TX, highrise, saving the contractor money and time throughout the complex project. Thanks in part to Way Engineering and Victaulic, the 1.14-million-square-foot Texas Tower successfully achieved LEED® Platinum status, WiredScore Platinum Certification (for digital infrastructure), and WELL™ Building Standard certification. Victaulic is a major sponsor of MCAA22.

If you are interested in learning and sharing knowledge on the impact of supply chain chaos on welding; improving your welding business through technology; safe pressure testing of piping systems; building a digital manufacturing fab shop — not to mention networking with friends, colleagues, and new acquaintances — then don’t miss the NCPWB Annual Technical Conference! Register today and join us April 24 – 26, 2022.

MCAA’s The Next Generation of Data Security provides guidance and insight on current tools and techniques to protect your data and operations. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

MCAA celebrated members’ and future professionals’ achievements during the MCAA Awards of Excellence on March 16, 2022. We welcomed our newest local affiliate, the Greater Boston PCA, and a new student chapter, the MCAA Student Chapter at SUNY Buffalo State College, sponsored by the Western New York Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors. Two new scholarships also made their debut: the Thomas J. Wanner Scholarship and the DeWalt Patriot Scholarship.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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

Add Your Donation to the MCAA Charitable Fund’s Ukraine Relief Efforts

MCAA President Armand Kilijian announced that the MCAA Charitable Fund will make a $25,000 contribution to help Ukraine and invited everyone to add their own donations to that amount using the link on the MCAA website.

MCAA President Armand Kilijian kicked off MCAA22 with an inspirational speech highlighting the value of MCAA. “Most of all,” he said, “the MCAA gives us the opportunity to network with our colleagues who share their time and good advice. There’s no price tag for that kind of colleague-to-colleague experience.” The session also included a tribute video honoring John Gentille’s 24 years as MCAA’s CEO and the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award, MCAA’s highest honor, to Brian Helm.

After losing a large project because they did not work in Revit, icon Mechanical made the switch to Revit, later adding Trimble SysQue. Tim Riedle, vice president of engineering for icon, credits the addition of SysQue with helping icon get ahead of schedule on their projects. (Trimble is a benefactor of MCAA22.)

MCAA’s How to Find, Hire and Manage Student Interns will help companies develop a successful strategy for recruiting and managing student interns to ensure that every internship is rewarding for both the student and the company. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

Join Safety-Talk for an Instant Network of Safety Professionals

MCAA’s Safety-Talk email listserv puts the collective brain trust of a network of safety professionals at your fingertips. MCAA members are invited to join in – ask questions, share information, and be in the know about all things safety. Contact MCAA’s Raffi Elchemmas to join or learn more.

Be on the lookout for student chapter members wearing HIRE ME pins during MCAA22! Stop by our newest event on Tuesday morning for a geographical spin on finding your next hire. During Networking and Recruiting 360: Find Your Next Employee, students and members will connect in a reception-style environment to discuss full-time, internship and co-op opportunities in your area. Exchange your completed color-coded map for a small gift and to be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card.

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

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced the roll-out of the Maryland Vendor Information Electronic Warehouse (MD-VIEW), one of the first of its kind in the nation, at a press conference held on February 28, 2022. The payment portal provides real-time, prime contractor payment transparency to empower Maryland contractors with the information they need to better manage cash flow, an issue that for decades has had a particular disparate impact on small and minority contractors. MCA-Maryland and MCAA members played a part in making this happen.

Renovating an active hospital is challenging in the best of times; to complete a transplant hospital’s new unit in the midst of a global pandemic, Rand Construction needed products that could be delivered on time and installed quickly and safely. Gruvlok® grooved couplings and fittings from ASC Engineered Solutions were the perfect fit. ASC is a major sponsor of MCAA22.

MCAA’s United Association National Labor Agreement Summary and Comparison bulletin provides a list of the current UA National Agreements along with a summary of their provisions, labor groups affected, and the jurisdictions covered. This information will prove particularly helpful for contractors facing upcoming labor negotiations. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

For twenty years, MCAA member companies have been sending their executives to the ALI to develop the skills and networks of those who lead their organizations. This fall, the ALI will have a refreshed curriculum and a new home. The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business, located in Chapel Hill, NC, is ranked #2 in the country for Custom Executive Education.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

The sales world has evolved over the last two years to meet the challenges of today. The MSCA Sales Masters classes have been updated to better prepare sales teams for future success. NOW is the time to provide this relevant and important training to your sales employees to ensure their skills and abilities are focused, fine-tuned and far-sighted. Registration is open for our next two-part class. Week 1 will take place May 1-5, 2022 in Itasca, IL (near Chicago). Week 2 will be held November 6-11, 2022 in Houston, TX. Don’t delay – register today!

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

Gallo Mechanical, the Gulf Coast’s leading mechanical and plumbing contractor, saw an opportunity to eliminate paper and automate its fabrication shop with advanced technology. After a competitive bid, Gallo selected MSUITE’s FabPro for its ability to integrate with TigerStop and track time and production in the fab shop. “From the start, the integration between MSUITE and TigerStop saved our firm $4,000,” said Ray McDonald, Gallo’s general manager and fabrication coordinator.

As President Biden and our western allies level sanctions on Russia, options for cyberwarfare against Russia are being planned and executed against Moscow. Official Russian government websites have already experienced outages and disruptions and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is warning of retaliatory cyber-attacks on U.S. infrastructure and businesses. Now is the time for your business to prepare for this possibility.

NCPWB’s General Welding Guidelines provide background information and supplementary instructions to contractors and welders who are using National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau Welding Procedures Specifications (WPS). It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

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

When University Health System in San Antonio, TX, invited Brandt to bid on the mechanical and plumbing contract for their new facility, they requested the same systems and products—including NIBCO valves—that Brandt had used on a smaller project with University Health a few years earlier. “The best sales tool is performance,” said Kyle Holmes, senior vice president at Brandt. In addition, Brandt welcomed the opportunity to use NIBCO pressed fittings for the job, saving labor and avoiding the risks of welding. NIBCO is a major sponsor of MCAA22.

This updated program will help new and experienced dispatchers understand their vital role in their companies and advance their careers by enhancing their ability to contribute to your company’s success. Register now for the April 12-13, 2022 event in Denver, CO.

Attendees at MCAA’s Field Leaders Conference will hear from dedicated industry professionals who will share their real-life tips and tools for success on the job site, including ways to professionally control crucial job site conversations. Those who attend will leave this 3-day conference with actionable education. Learning from some of the industry’s best, they will be inspired to take this knowledge and apply it to better themselves at work, and in life. Register today and join us May 11 – 13 in Rochester, NY.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Business Transition Options for the Mechanical Contractor bulletin and podcast, which reviews the various options for transferring ownership of a company and showcases the advance planning and analysis needed for a successful transfer.

Ali Brown has joined the staff at MCA-Omaha as the Associate Executive. She replaces Michele Hoffman, who is now MCAA’s Director, Career Development. Ali’s background made her a good fit for the role. MCA-Omaha Executive Vice President Kelsey Johnson said, “I am so excited to have Ali fill the role of Associate Executive at MCA-Omaha. It was an amazing opportunity to “go full circle” with a member of our student chapter. Ali has the first-hand knowledge and expertise from being a long-time and active member, and she will no doubt bring new and creative ideas to the already successful program.”

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

THE CROSBY GROUP has issued a remove from service and arrange for return and replacement notice for a selection of screw pin anchor shackles. These shackles may have a condition that can reduce the ultimate load capacity from the published catalog values. The shackle bow may have a previously undetected indication, and continued use may result in loss of load, property damage, severe injury, or death.

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

Early February saw the release of the first report related to Executive Order (EO) 14025, White House Task Force Report on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. MCAA and the UA provided joint input for the report. MCAA and the Construction Employers of America (CEA) also filed an amicus brief with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on the topic of worker misclassification. February also marked the publication of an EO requiring project labor agreements (PLAs) on direct federal construction projects. MCAA’s partnerships ensure our members’ voices are heard.

Beyond the Classroom videos showcase how MCAA student chapter members and MCAA members alike are benefiting from the program. They also share the opportunities available to students who choose careers in the mechanical industry.

Amanda Haneke Joins the MCAA Staff

MCAA is pleased to welcome Amanda Haneke to the MCAA staff. Amanda is the new voice answering the phones at MCAA. She took over the role from Melanie Thompson-Ott, who is now the Assistant Director, Registration and Conference Services. Amanda previously worked for Starbucks and Severn Bank (now Shore Bank). She lives on a farm in Davidsonville, MD (20 minutes from Annapolis) with her grandmother. When she isn’t busy taking care of her grandmother or five chickens, she is an avid gardener and canner. She grows vegetables and herbs and makes pickles, relish, jams, and other treats. Her passion is baking custom cakes. Join us in welcoming Amanda and her family to the MCAA staff family and congratulating Melanie on her new role.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Scheduling Best Practices bulletin and podcast, which look at how contractors can adapt and improve skill and competency at scheduling, which is necessary to deliver the value that customers expect on time.

The Industrial Relations Council (IRC) for the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry gathered recently to thank outgoing council member Scott Strawbridge for 22 years of faithful service.

If you are interested in learning and sharing knowledge about all things NCPWB related, this is the event for you. Register today and join us April 24 – April 26, 2022!

Struck-by incidents are a leading cause of injury and death in the construction industry. MCAA has partnered with CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Work Group on Preventing Struck-By Injuries to research factors that contribute to struck-by incidents and ways to prevent them. Please consider participating in this meaningful research initiative to protect construction workers and prevent struck-by injuries and fatalities.

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

The MCAA 2021 MEP Innovator of the Year award goes to Jeff Elwell, Director of Innovation and Technology from E.M. Duggan Company in Boston, MA.

After last year’s hiatus, the MCAA is thrilled to offer congratulations to graduates of the first-ever double-class of the Advanced Institute for Project Management! Registration for the January 2023 AIPM classes will open on October 1st, 2022.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Exposed: Keeping Your Data to Yourself After an IT Breach. This resource explains what company executives can do to protect their companies if their website is hacked and defaced, their files are held for ransom, or their Data Center goes offline with no estimate for restoration.

MCAA’s first Field Leaders Conference of 2022 will be held in Rochester, NY, May 11-13. Registration is now open!

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

MCAA’s Safety Statistics & Awards program rewards MCAA members’ safety performance, because safety is your top priority. All applicants receive a valuable benchmarking report that will allow them to compare their own 2021 incidence rates with the aggregate rates of the other participating MCAA companies overall, those in the same size category, and with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics incidence rates. Those who qualify also receive a certificate of commendation.

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

Watch the video to see highlights from the 2022 MEP Innovation Conference.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MSCA’s Plumbing Service 101 webinars and workbooks. These resources cover fundamental plumbing concepts for mechanical service contractors thinking about entering the plumbing service business.

Union representation rates in the construction industry inched up slightly in 2021, increasing to 13.6%, with 1,112, 000 of the 8,157,000 workers “represented” by unions, up from 13.4% in 2020 (993,000 of 1,050,000 employed).  Among those 1,112,000 represented  by unions, 1,024,000 were classified as union members, leaving some 88,000 (roughly 8%) of the remainder classified as represented by unions (covered by a collective bargaining agreement (CBA)) but not reported as union members.

MCAA and MILWAUKEE TOOL congratulate Don Campbell, our 2021 Safety Professional of the Year award winner. Don is a longtime safety leader and vice president at P1 Group in Kansas City, MO, and a member of MCAA’s Safety & Health Committee. The award was announced at MCAA’s Safety Directors’ Conference in Florida. The award is presented annually to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led his or her company to achieving an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence.

CLRC Releases 2021 Year End Settlements Report & Video

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), a longstanding partner of MCAA, has released its 2021 Year End Settlements Report and associated video. The report covers the first year of newly bargained settlements to assist readers in understanding current trends. It also covers all years of negotiated settlements to assist in projecting future labor costs. In addition to a general overview, the report provides various detailed data cuts, including by geographic region and specific craft. For additional information, contact Carey Peters, Executive Director, at 202-347-8440 or clrc@clrcconsulting.org.

OSHA Officially Withdraws COVID-19 ETS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has withdrawn the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard on vaccine mandates as an enforceable emergency temporary standard. OSHA remains committed to pursuing a proposed rule through the formal process. Both MCAA and the UA continue to strongly encourage the vaccination of workers against COVID-19.

Last week the MCAA presented one of the most exciting Safety Directors’ Conferences ever. The first in-person conference in two years brought together safety professionals from around the country for world-class education on best practices and safety and health issues specific to the mechanical industry. Participants also heard keynotes on safety leadership from Capt. Richard Phillips, Olympian Vince Poscente, and longtime safety advocate Regina McMichael during the January 18 – 20, 2022, event in sunny Florida.

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

Sales Basecamp is where it begins for entry-level service sales personnel in the HVACR and plumbing industry. This in person class will be March 28-29, in Linthicum Heights, MD, next to BWI airport.

They negotiated change orders, they reviewed contract clauses, they learned best practices for everything from precon to close-out… and at the end of their Week II session, they headed home as the first Institute for Project Management graduates of 2022. We congratulate IPM Classes 79 and 80 and thank them for the energy and enthusiasm they brought to the classroom.

This week, we focus on NCPWB’s General Brazing Guidelines. These guidelines provide background information and supplementary instructions to contractors and their brazers who are using National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau Welding (NCPWB) Brazing Procedure Specifications (BPSs).

Twenty three MCAA Student Chapters submitted a proposal for the Lake Placid Olympic Center Revitalization project. We would like to congratulate the Final Four and Certificate of Merits. Don’t miss out on seeing the Final Four compete during the Student Chapter Competition on Monday afternoon at MCAA22!

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Corporate Mechanical of New England (CMNE) is pleased to announce their new comprehensive plumbing capabilities, serving commercial and residential customers throughout the Boston area. The Woburn, MA, company is a member of the New England MCA and MCAA.

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

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) invites MCAA members to participate in its 2022 Union Craft Labor Supply Survey, the industry’s only union-specific survey focused on construction and maintenance. The survey is once again being conducted in conjunction with the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC). Survey responses are due by February 11, 2022.

The Greater Boston PCA Is MCAA’s Newest Affiliate

MCAA is pleased to welcome the Greater Boston PCA as our newest affiliated association. The coalition of roughly 60 union plumbing businesses is based out of the Greater Boston area. Remarking on this milestone, Andrew DeAngelo, Executive Director, said, “I am very excited to work with you and be a part of MCAA!”

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on the MCAA/CNA MICROLEARNING SAFETY VIDEO SERIES: Refraining from Distracted Driving. This video will teach your workers how refraining from distracted driving can help prevent motor vehicle collisions.

Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a decision regarding the highly controversial OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19 vaccination.

Congratulations to everyone at Bassett Mechanical for being named PHC News magazine’s Contractor of the Year. The company, which is a member of MCAA and the MCA of North Central Wisconsin, was selected for its effective Behavior Based Safety Program, 85-year history, comprehensive capabilities, and customer-centered approach. Included among these pillars is the company’s long-standing motto, “We Answer to You®”, and its vision of Creating Customers for Life®.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like Frank Favaro, President of ServeCentric Coaching in Cleveland, OH.

To operate with fabrication level precision, it takes precise ITM content that doesn’t come with the software out of the box. Contractors need to create their own catalog of ITM components or work with third-party providers to purchase ITM-managed databases.

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

Today is the first day the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) can begin enforcement of the planning and record keeping mandates in its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on vaccine mandates. While the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments of the appeal on January 7, 2022, it has not reached a determination. While that could happen at any time, it will most likely happen before the February 10, 2022, the compliance deadline for testing. MCAA has all the tools to help your company comply today.

The most effective inspection that a contractor can do to protect himself from bad welding is fit-up inspection, and this bulletin explains why.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on the MCAA/CNA MICROLEARNING SAFETY VIDEO SERIES: Worker Personal Health. This video will teach your workers simple personal health practices that can help reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

MCAA and long-time partner in safety CNA bring you the prestigious MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program. The annual awards honor MCAA member companies’ successful safety programs and innovative safety initiatives because nothing is more important than the health and safety of our workers. Take a moment to celebrate your company’s successes in 2021 – apply today!

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Just Announced! The NCPWB 2022 Annual Technical Conference/Committee Meeting will be held at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key, Clearwater Beach, Florida, April 24-26, 2022. Registration will open soon!

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

There have been many requests from MCAA members for a simple and easy way to track & report the Emergency Testing Standard (ETS) from OSHA for both the vaccine requirements and weekly testing. Tyfoom has created just that!

Nominations Are Open for MCAA’s Board of Directors – January 14 is the Last Day

The future of MCAA is fundamentally linked to the quality of the individuals who serve on its Board of Directors. MCAA members who would like to be considered for one of four vacancies are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Applications should be returned no later than January 14, 2022. Candidates and their spokespersons will be scheduled for interviews at the 2022 MCAA Annual Convention. Those who are selected will begin their terms in March 2022.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s website, home of the latest information and resources from your association, at your convenience.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcement of its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on vaccine mandates in early 2022 barring an emergency stay from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). MCAA’s Safety Bulletin on the ETS, the MCAA Model COVID-19 Mandatory-Vaccination Policy, and NEW MCAA Model COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing and Face Covering Policy outline what needs to be done to be compliant with the ETS.

MCAA and long-time partner in safety CNA bring you the prestigious MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program. The annual awards honor MCAA member companies’ successful safety programs and innovative safety initiatives because nothing is more important than the health and safety of our workers. Take a moment to celebrate your company’s successes in 2021 – apply today!

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

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Resource Center, which includes a variety of filters to help you find trusted information and tools, easier and faster.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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

Our graduates have gone through a two-week program that provides intensive, in-depth coverage of a host of topics essential to successful mechanical project management.

A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the stay of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on vaccine mandates and testing on December 17, 2021. An emergency stay application has since been filed with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and OSHA has announced new compliance deadlines for implementation and enforcement of the ETS.

The new year will bring a new opportunity to take advantage of MSCA’s Sales Leadership Symposium. Taught by industry experts, the symposium will teach sales leaders how to drive revenue growth and enhance profitability through a structured sales approach. Attendees will take home innovative ideas, crucial skills, and an invaluable Sales Leadership Tool Kit with over 90 pages of resources. HVACR and plumbing industry sales leaders won’t want to miss it! Register now and join us January 13 – 14, 2022, in Phoenix, AZ.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on the MCAA/CNA MICROLEARNING SAFETY VIDEO SERIES: Proper Material Staging. This video will teach your pipefitters, plumbers, sprinklerfitters, welders, service technicians and fabrication shop workers how to protect themselves from the musculoskeletal injuries that occur when materials are improperly staged.

The Safer Federal Workforce (SFW) Task Force issued updated Frequently Asked Questions based on Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance on non-enforcement of vaccination on Federal contracts and subcontracts. The guidance, which applies to those that had been governed by the vaccination mandates in EO 14042, comes after recent court decisions stayed the effectiveness of those rules pending further legal challenges.

‘Tis the season for giving. We are giving students a few more weeks to get their scholarship and awards applications in! All applications are now due on January 3, 2022.

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

Piping Systems Inc. invested in a Watts-Mueller cutting system when it became clear that its current tools were too slow for jobs involving large-diameter pipe. Using the WM Classic Series WM-60 6-axis pipe profiler, a job that once took seven hours to cut was complete in less than an hour. “We knew the ability to reduce cutting times so much would give us a competitive advantage and the investment was necessary,” said Piping Systems President Jeffrey Bunker.

Dustin Allen of Trimble and Trent Station of J.W. McClenahan discuss the advantages of using cloud-based collaboration tools that allow you to leverage your investment in BIM to streamline Revit prefabrication workflows.

Legislative and regulatory developments are picking up pace in Washington, DC, in advance of the Congressional recess. Key issues of interest to MCAA members include vaccination requirements, clean energy, electric vehicle tax credits, and revised Davis-Bacon regulations.

At the request of members and local affiliate executives, the deadline for MCAA/MILWAUKEE TOOL Safety Professional of the Year award nominations has been extended until Friday, December 17, 2021. The award is presented annually to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led his or her company to achieving an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence.

MCAA Member Baker Group announced that BJ Baker III stepped down as Chief Executive Officer on December 6, 2021. BJ’s innovations during more than 45 years with the company, including 38 years as CEO, have shaped Baker Group into an industry leading specialty contractor. He will continue as the Chair of the Baker Group Board of Directors and remain an active member of the leadership team. Gary Bridgewater will become Baker Group’s new CEO and Doug Kumm will fill the role of President.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA/NECA/SMACNA’s White Paper on Project-Specific Loss of Productivity Analysis Methodologies. There is no question the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the construction industry as a whole. This white paper has been prepared as an independent guide for contractors who are required to, or choose to, prepare project-specific labor inefficiency analyses.

Safety and health professionals are registering for MCAA’s 19th annual Safety Directors’ Conference in record numbers. Don’t miss out! Join them at Disney World in Orlando, FL, January 18 – 20, 2022, to: get the latest information on the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), explore the newest safety innovations, hear from Olympic Skier and Best Selling Author Vince Poscente on Radical Safety, and more. You won’t want to miss it! Explore the event brochure to learn more. Better yet, click the register button and sign up today! We look forward to seeing you there!

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Nominations Are Open for MCAA’s Board of Directors

The future of MCAA is fundamentally linked to the quality of the individuals who serve on its Board of Directors. MCAA members who would like to be considered for one of five vacancies are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Applications should be returned no later than January 14, 2022. Candidates and their spokespersons will be scheduled for interviews at the 2022 MCAA Annual Convention. Those who are selected will begin their terms in March 2022.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the federal contractor vaccine mandate. This injunction prevents the U.S. government from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on federal contractors, temporarily shutting down the vaccine requirement by the current administration. It is likely that the government will appeal. MCAA will keep you informed as we are in the process of putting together further communications. A copy of the order is attached.

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

Lochinvar boilers installed more than 25 years ago on Finger Lakes Community College’s (FLCC’s) main campus delivered state-of-the-art high efficiency in their day, but the college needed to upgrade to meet its ambitious energy-reduction goals. EMCOR Services-Betlem recommended Lochinvar’s XRGI®25 combined heat and power system, integrated with a new KNIGHT® boiler system, to provide hot water and space heating across nearly 500,000 square feet of campus buildings—resulting in a cogeneration system that creates energy as it works.

23 Submissions Received for MCAA’s Student Chapter Competition

Congratulations to all who worked tirelessly on MCAA’s 2021-2022 Student Chapter Competition. Twenty-three of our student chapters submitted proposals for this year’s competition. Results will be announced in January. And of course, MCAA’s Annual Student Chapter Competition would not have been possible without the support of our competition partners. Thank you Procore, Trimble, and Ferguson for supporting MCAA’s 2021-2022 Student Chapter Competition.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s GHS (globally harmonized system) Pictograms and Hazards Poster. This poster will teach your workers to recognize the pictograms used on chemical labels and understand the hazards associated with each.

On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on ensuring adequate COVID safety protocols for federal contractors. In short, the order is extensive and requires all contractors working on federally funded projects over $250,000 to comply with all guidelines provided by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (SFWTF).

Student project proposals are due no later than 8pm EST tonight, December 3rd, 2021.

The 2022 MEP Innovation Conference will teach you about the newest tools, software, tech and processes to improve productivity and profitability. Join us in Tampa, FL, January 24-26, 2022.

Get the Management & Leadership Skills Needed to Help Your Company Succeed with MSCA’s Service Managers Training

Whether you have come up through the trades with little or no formal management training or you want to enhance your management skills to become a more effective leader, MSCA’s intensive four-day MSCA Service Managers Training, April 4-7, 2022, is for you!

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

MCAA is ‘ALL IN’ for our 19th annual Safety Directors’ Conference at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, January 18-20, 2022.

AIM Mobile Technology and Field Implementation Services from Marking Services Inc. (MSI) allow Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) to keep track of documents for thousands of facility assets—which not only helps them comply with rigorous requirements for health care institutions but also saved money by ensuring easy access to warranty information for a failing piece of equipment. The move from paper to digital helps the hospital provide care that aligns with best practices.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Electrical Hazard Safety Training Video and its materials. This video will teach your fitters and plumbers to recognize electrical hazards and perform their jobs safely.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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

Students, we know you are busy so we have extended the deadline for scholarship and award applications.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 on November 5, 2021. While the standard has been temporarily stayed by the Fifth Circuit, MCAA wants to help mechanical construction, service, and fabrication shop employers prepare in the unlikely event the stay is temporarily lifted and OSHA decides to initiative enforcement. To that end, we’ve prepared this Safety Bulletin offering a quick overview of potential impacts and a Model COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Both are now available free to members as a benefit of membership.

Some technical papers and websites on brass corrosion repeat the same caution that dezincification will occur in alloys containing more than 15-percent zinc. A few will go beyond that simple statement to talk about efforts to solve this issue. The 15-percent zinc limit is generally the only thing that stays in the readers’ mind if they are trying to design a part that is in an environment that could lead to dezincification. Wieland Chase explains the processes leading to improved dezincification-resistance.

Michele Hoffman Will Join the MCAA Staff

MCAA extends a warm welcome to Michele Hoffman, who will be joining the staff starting January 1, 2022. She will be MCAA’s new Director, Career Development as Megan Walsh moves back to full time responsibilities in the Events Department. Michele comes to us from MCA-Omaha, where she spent 13 years working with their local board and committees, and in event management and communications roles. During that time, she served as the Industry Advisor for the University of Nebraska Student Chapter, which was named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year in 2015, 2019, and 2020. She has been a member of MCAA’s Career Development Committee since 2018. Michele is originally from central Illinois, a graduate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (Advertising Major), and currently resides in Omaha. MCAA is pleased to welcome Michele to the staff, and her husband Eric and their two children to the MCAA staff family.

MCAA congratulates our very own Megan Walsh, CMP, DES, on her selection to the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) “20 in Their Twenties” class of 2022. This award identifies and brings together the brightest and most talented young event management professionals from around the world.

MCAA offers a capsule digest of some key public policy, legislative, and regulatory developments in Washington, D.C., that will influence the MCAA policy agenda in the near and intermediate terms.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on the MCAA/CNA MICROLEARNING SAFETY VIDEO SERIES: Safe Lifting Technique to Help Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries. This video will teach your pipefitters, plumbers, sprinklerfitters, welders, service technicians and fabrication shop workers how to protect themselves from the musculoskeletal injuries that occur when materials are improperly lifted and moved by hand.

MSCA is holding an in person Sales Leadership Symposium, January 13-14, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ!

Over the course of the MCAA22 Convention there will be opportunities to hear from inspiring speakers on the topics that matter. Join us as we reunite in San Diego March 13 – 17, 2022. We can’t wait to see you there!

Nominations Are Open for MCAA’s Board of Directors

The future of MCAA is fundamentally linked to the quality of the individuals who serve on its Board of Directors. MCAA members who would like to be considered for one of five vacancies are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Applications should be returned no later than January 14, 2022. Candidates and their spokespersons will be scheduled for interviews at the 2022 MCAA Annual Convention. Those who are selected will begin their terms in March 2022.

The Baker Group recently hosted 200 contractors to their Des Moines, Iowa operations as part of the 2021 MCAA Fabrication Conference, powered by MSUITE. As hosts, they shared with attendees how they perform every aspect of their operations, including BIM, engineering, multi-trade fabrication, safety and transportation.

Scan the QR codes in the photo to get to the applications or click learn more to get the links!

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

Advanced Institute for Project Management: A Few Seats Remain

There are still a few seats available in the MCAA’s top-level project management training program, the Advanced Institute for Project Management. Class 18 of this annual course will take place in Austin TX, January 31 – February 4, 2022. Intended for senior project managers, project executives, and operations officers, this five-day program will cover a host of topics appropriate to those who are managing multiple large projects, other project managers, a PM department, or the project-driven portion of company operations. Tuition for the course is $2,900. Registration is done online, and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the AIPM webpage where you can learn more about the program and access the registration link.

Atomatic Mechanical Services Inc. credits XOi with helping them manage their workload. “Before using XOi, we were on the brink of having to hire more inside support to handle quotes,” said Jordan Goldenstein, general manager of Atomatic’s residential group. “Now, with this smoother process, we are able to handle the work with our existing personnel.”

On Friday, November 12, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit continued its stay on the implementation of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on vaccine mandates and testing pending a full review of the request for a permanent injunction. It also directed OSHA to “take no steps to implement or enforce the mandate until further court order.” MCAA will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

As MCAA resumed in-person programming this fall, industry leaders from across the nation gathered at Babson College for this year’s Advanced Leadership Institute. This cohort of executives from both the construction and service sectors studied strategic decision-making, managing organizational change, conflict resolution, and a whole lot more. After two intensive weeks of leadership education, Friday marked the graduation of the 21st Advanced Leadership Institute class.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s 2021 3D Scanning Technology Research Report. The report assesses various laser, non-laser scanning and photogrammetric hardware and software tools used by mechanical contractors. MCAA members stand to benefit from these and other rapidly evolving technologies that can expedite work, increase precision and prevent mistakes.

Innovation comes from hard work, grit and the successes and failures that go along with it. If you are fortunate, you can improve your processes from the trials and errors of your peers. Join MCAA, NECA, and SMACNA for the MEP Innovation Conference, powered by Trimble, the most in-depth conference on construction technology and innovation. Register now for the January 24 – 26 2022, event in Tampa, Florida. Capacity is limited and it will sell out.

Congratulations to the Sales Masters Class of 2021! Over 2 weeks these attendees worked hard to hone in their sales skills and now they are ready for great things!

Here are a few notable examples. There’s much more to explore. See the full program, meet the speakers and learn about everything we have planned for when we reunite in San Diego March 13 – 17, 2022. We look forward to seeing you there!

The MCAA along with Lori Ann Lange and Lauren Rayner Davis of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. present a webinar on the recent federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The mandate requires covered government contractor and subcontractor employees working on or in connection with a federal government contract or subcontract over $250,000 to be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021. The webinar addresses key issues regarding the applicability of the vaccine mandate and what contractors and subcontractors need to do to comply.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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

Registration is now open for MCAA’s 19th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, January 18-20, 2022. This conference brings together hundreds of occupational safety and health professionals, MCAA local affiliate executives, United Association safety instructors, principals, owners, and others who have safety and health responsibility.

OSHA ETS on COVID-19 Stayed, Delaying Enforcement

On November 6, 2021, the attorneys general in ten states (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa) sued the Biden administration over the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 that would have been effective immediately. As anticipated, the ETS has been stayed by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. MCAA members won’t have to worry about enforcement until the courts hear, and rule on, the lawsuits.

With MSUITE’s FabPro software, Limbach successfully streamlined operations in a pop-up fabrication shop with multiple trades working side-by-side, minimizing assembly and installation time. The combination of exceptional teamwork, technology, and advanced planning led to completion of the project two months early and helped the building owner save $5.6 million.

Starting Monday, November 8 at MCAA FAB 2021 The Baker Group will take you inside their operations to showcase the newest digital integration.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Mechanical Service Safety Training Video and its materials. This video will teach your service techs how to protect themselves from the most common safety hazards in the field.

The Safer Federal Workforce (SFW) Task Force issued more detailed compliance guidance for direct Federal prime contractors and subcontractors performing on direct Federal contracts subject to the COVID-19 employee vaccination mandates under the Biden Administration’s Executive Order 14042. MCAA summarizes the November 1, 2021, guidance.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19. This ETS is effective immediately, although all aspects of the standard, other than testing, are enforceable starting December 5, 2021. Testing requirements become enforceable starting January 4, 2022.

Know someone who deserves to be named MCAA/Milwaukee Tool’s 2021 Safety Professional of the Year? Make sure to nominate them by December 13, 2021.

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

When Bayer’s Plumbing of Newburgh, IN, needed a modern grease interceptor solution for a local deli, they turned to MIFAB for a product that cost less and was much easier to install than traditional riser systems, according to Matt Pry, project manager. Because local regulators had been approving poly hydromechanical tanks, Bayer’s Plumbing proposed a MIFAB high density polyethylene (HDPE) interceptor for the long-time local dining staple EMGE Deli in Evansville, IN, winning the job.

Watch the first in a series of webinars leading up to the 2022 MEP Innovation Conference.

MCAA is ‘ALL IN’ for our 19th annual Safety Directors’ Conference at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, January 18-20, 2022. This conference brings together hundreds of occupational safety and health professionals, MCAA local affiliate executives, United Association safety instructors, principals, owners, and others who have safety and health responsibility.

Thank you to everyone who attended MSCA21 … it was a resounding success! We enjoyed the beautiful casitas at the JW Marriott in Scottsdale, Arizona with views of Camelback and Mummy Mountains. We heard the inspiring life story of JR Martinez who kicked off our conference speaking  about how his struggles and successes helped him  face adversity. Then Kevin Brown touched our hearts as he described the ways we can all be heroes. And to end our conference we learned how to continue to go together, with Shola Richards.

MCAA’s 2021 GreatFutures Forum has come to a close. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from the event!

MCAA is now accepting applications for the 2021 MCAA & MILWAUKEE TOOL Safety Professional of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led his or her company to achieving an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence. The award winner for 2021 will be announced during MCAA’s 2022 Safety Directors’ Conference.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Jobsite Safety Inspection Checklist. This checklist can be easily customized to help keep you organized and on track when you perform safety inspections.

Help MCAA and Our Alliance Partners Learn About the Use of 3rd Party Pre-Qualification Services

MCAA together with our specialty contractor alliance partners – TAUC, NECA, and SMACNA – are asking for your help in learning more about the experiences of contractors who are required to utilize 3rd party pre-qualification services. Please spend a few minutes answering this 16-question survey by Friday, November 19, 2021.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

November 5 is the Last Day to Apply for National Committee Service in 2022

Member involvement from those serving on MCAA and MSCA national committees helps all of us run more successful businesses and strengthens our industry. MCAA/MSCA members who are willing to serve on a national committee in 2022 are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Completed applications are due by November 5, 2021.

On October 25, 2021, the White House revoked the prior COVID-19 travel restrictions and announced that as of November 8, 2021, international travelers traveling to the U.S. by air will be permitted to enter the U.S. if they are fully vaccinated, can present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their entry into the United States, and agree to comply with public health precautions established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Earlier this week, the Senate confirmed Doug Parker to the lead the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Parker will be the first head of OSHA in almost 5 years. Prior to OSHA, Parker was the Chief at Cal/OSHA, where he administered their COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS) for workplace safety. He is an outspoken advocate for workers’ rights.

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

MCAA and MSCA gave a very special thanks to Barb Dolim for her service as MSCA’s Executive Director for more than 39 years. MSCA Chair Mike Star, the current members of the MSCA Board of Managers,  many of the past MSCA Chairs, MCAA President Armand Kilijian, and MCAA CEO Tim Brink were on hand to express their thanks and wish Barb well on her upcoming retirement. The celebration took place at MSCA21 in Scottsdale, AZ on October 14, 2021.

By installing Procore software, Monterey Mechanical Co. was finally able to offer mobile information access to everyone on its team. The efficiencies gained work out to a savings of one day a week of work per employee. Monterey Mechanical credits Procore with helping them complete projects early, as in the case of a Brentwood, CA, water treatment plant, and under budget, as with a San Francisco wastewater treatment facility.

Advanced Institute for Project Management: Registration Opens October 26

Registration opens this week for the MCAA’s top-level project management training program, the Advanced Institute for Project Management. Class 18 of this annual course will take place in Austin TX, January 31 – February 4, 2022. Intended for senior project managers, project executives, and operations officers, this five-day program will cover a host of topics appropriate to those who are managing multiple large projects, other project managers, a PM department, or the project-driven portion of company operations. Tuition for the course is $2,900. Registration is done online, and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the AIPM webpage where you can learn more about the program and access the registration link starting this Tuesday.

MCAA first launched the Technology Conference for MCAA members back in 2016 as a way to share knowledge and spark ideas and innovation through collaboration, demonstration and peer-to-peer instruction. The event has continued to grow year after year. In 2021, the conference was renamed and pushed further with the inclusion of NECA and SMACNA contractors providing a broader depth of experience. This year, MCAA, NECA and SMACNA have announced a joint partnership, bringing over 60 of the most innovative contractors to present January 24-26 at the 2022 MEP Innovation Conference, powered by Trimble.

CLRC Releases September 2021 Settlements Report & Video

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), a longstanding partner of MCAA, has released its September 2021 Settlements Report and associated video. The report provides timely information on current trends in union craft wage and fringe benefits increases in the construction industry. In addition to a general overview, the report provides various detailed data cuts, including by geographic region and specific craft. For additional information, contact Carey Peters, Executive Director, at 202-347-8440 or clrc@clrcconsulting.org.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Quality Assurance Manual. This user-friendly, comprehensive guide will help you develop QA processes and documenting systems; it provides an easy way to evaluate your existing system.

MSCA recognized outgoing Board members, welcomed a new chair and introduced the members of the 2021 – 2022 MSCA Board of Managers during the MSCA21 Closing Session on October 17, 2021.

On October 15, 2021, the White House announced that as of November 8, 2021, the COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travelers coming into the United States will be lifted for those who are fully vaccinated or can present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their entry into the United States.

The Trustees of the UA International Training Fund (ITF) are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all employees, instructors, and students participating in training events sponsored by the ITF. To ensure safe and healthy training, the ITF has developed and adopted the following Preparedness Plan.

For the past eleven years, MSCA has partnered with Convoy of Hope to help local charities in the communities where we have held our annual conferences. On Tuesday, October 12, numerous MSCA Board and member volunteers delivered a tractor trailer of needed supplies to the Phoenix Rescue Mission, a short distance from the location for MSCA21.

Nominations Are Open for MCAA’s Board of Directors

The future of MCAA is fundamentally linked to the quality of the individuals who serve on its Board of Directors. MCAA members who would like to be considered for one of six vacancies are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Applications should be returned no later than January 14, 2022. Candidates and their spokespersons will be scheduled for interviews at the 2022 MCAA Annual Convention. Those who are selected will begin their terms in March 2022.

Come enjoy all the awesome sounds, styles and way cool dance steps from the 1980’s decade we’d love to forget, but are happy to remember. Complete with skinny ties, fashionable hairstyles, and horn-rimmed glasses, the Spazmatics recapture the best of the worst. Don’t miss the Spazmatics at MCAA22’s Opening Party on Sunday, March 17th.

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

Seven years ago, MSCA introduced the Everyday Hero Award, thanks to the inspiration of MSCA21 D.S. O’Brien Award winner Dick Starr.  The award was created to recognize an employee from one of our member companies who, in his or her own extraordinary way, quietly gives of their time and skills to benefit others while seeking no recognition or compensation. 

Dick Starr received the 2021 D.S. O’Brien Award of Excellence at the MSCA21 education conference in Scottsdale, AZ on October 14. This award was established in 2000 to recognize individuals who exhibit extraordinary dedication and outstanding commitment to our industry and to MSCA.

The ultimate goal of every heating and cooling installation is to provide the desired indoor climate at the lowest possible energy cost. Today’s advanced control technology means that, in theory, achieving this goal is possible. In practice, however, even the most sophisticated controllers do not always perform as promised. The result is lower-than-desired comfort level and high energy expenditure. The controllers can only perform their functions as specified if the three key conditions for hydronic control are fulfilled.

With a combination of planning, clear policy, and common sense, your business can use social media to engage with its target audience and achieve its goals. MCAA’s Management Methods Bulletin: Guidelines to Using Social Media in Your Business is intended to provide necessary advice and insight to businesses that choose to use social media platforms to promote their products and services and connect with their customers.

Since 1996, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has presented their annual Industry Partner Award to individuals or organizations who are allied with the electrical construction industry. This year, NECA presented and recognized MCAA with the 2021 NECA Industry Partner Award at their annual Convention in Nashville.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Accident Investigation for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video. This video provides your supervisors with step-by-step instruction on how to conduct a thorough accident investigation. It also helps them understand why accident investigations are so valuable.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

MCAA Seeks National Committee Recommendations

Member involvement from those serving on MCAA’s national committees helps all of us run more successful businesses and strengthens our industry. MCAA members who are willing to serve on a national committee in 2022 are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Completed applications are due to MCAA by November 5, 2021.

FARO Technologies Inc.’s FARO® Focus S 350 Laser Scanners “are really allowing us to send one guy in to a project and capture in a few hours what a team of people used to do over the course of a week—field measuring, documenting, etc.,” said Mark Lamberson CPD, national virtual design and construction manager of Limbach Holdings Inc.

Registration for the MCAA22 Convention is now open. Register today!

MCAA has updates to two items relevant to the Biden Administration’s recent COVID vaccination mandates, including a Federal contract clause and guidance on health plan coverage issues relating to vaccinations.

The Baker Group will host the 2021 MCAA Fabrication Conference, powered by MSUITE, in Des Moines, Iowa November 8-10.  The conference combines a full day facility tour of The Baker Group’s fabrication facility with education and programming on new processes, tools and techniques to improve your productivity and fabrication.

MCAA recently announced the launch of the new MCAA/CNA Microlearning Safety Video Series. Together with our partners in safety, CNA, we developed a series of easy-to-watch safety videos that are each under 3-minutes! Please enjoy the four MCAA/CNA Microlearning Safety Videos.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Heavy Equipment Safety Training Video and its materials. This video reminds your workers that awareness is key to accident prevention when they are working around heavy equipment.

P-number is a numbering system used by ASME for grouping materials of similar weldability so that Code users don’t have to qualify every material that is being welded.

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

Teresa Pezzi Will Join the MCAA Staff

MCAA extends a warm welcome to Teresa Pezzi, who will be joining the staff starting this week. She will be MSCA’s new Executive Director, learning the ropes from Barb Dolim before her retirement at the end of the year. Teresa comes to us with 14 years of experience in event production and management, and specializes in building and maintaining client relationships. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in her home state, but has happily transplanted to the East Coast. Teresa has been working on events for MCAA/MSCA since 2019, including the inaugural WiMI conference. MCAA is pleased to welcome Teresa to the staff, and her husband, Tobin Coziahr, to the MCAA staff family.

You have probably heard about “the five Ps:” Proper planning prevents poor performance. This concept is particularly important when embarking on a commercial retrofit project to reduce water consumption.

MCAA and the UA Introduce Clean Energy Heat Pump Performance Training Program

Together with the United Association (UA), MCAA is excited to bring you a new Clean Energy Heat Pump Performance Program. Heat pumps provide clean energy that can reduce or eliminate carbon dioxide from energy sources, thus operating more efficiently. Numerous state and federal financial incentives make heat pumps beneficial to both building owners and contractors. Signatory contractors and UA members are uniquely qualified to get trained and perform the work to reduce the carbon footprint for any state or city. Email Raffi Elchemmas (raffi@mcaa.org) or Robert Vilches (rvilches@uanet.org) to sign up.

MEP Innovation Conference, powered by Trimble, returns in-person to Tampa, Florida, this time with added partners and collaborators. MCAA, NECA and SMACNA have partnered together to develop the 2022 MEP Innovation Conference, a showcase of the best ideas, processes, workflows and solutions for all of the MEP trades. Registration for the January 24 – January 26, 2022 will likely sell out fast, so register today to save your spot!

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Successful Project Management Flowchart and its companion guide. The Successful Project Management Flowchart is a comprehensive roadmap outlining the key components of mechanical project management, from project acquisition through post-job review. In addition to mapping each step, it identifies the key stakeholders who must be involved in each task.

Guardian has issued a Stop Use & Inspect Notice on a selection of Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs). This notice expands the scope of a previous notice (G-S006-A) and communicates immediate stop use and inspect information regarding a selection of Guardian SRLs with a cable lifeline and external energy absorber. In certain circumstances, the product’s energy absorber may not deploy and may cause serious bodily injury or death.

The Safer Federal Workforce (SFW) Task Force, established by President Biden in Executive Order 13991 (January 20, 2021), issued COVID-19 Safety Guidance on September 24, 2021, in furtherance of the Federal prime contractor and subcontractor vaccination issued by the President in Executive Order (EO) 14042 issued on September 9, 2021.

MCAA believes the timing is right to release a microlearning safety video on Workplace Violence Protection. This stand-alone microlearning safety video highlights the vital course of action to protect yourself and your co-workers in the event of a workplace violence incident, such as an active shooter.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

The project was released this afternoon to the student chapters participating in MCAA’s 2021-2022 Student Chapter Competition. The project this year, provided by Mollenberg-Betz, Inc. in Buffalo, NY, will require students to work through a lot of logistical challenges as they contribute to a Lake Placid Olympic Center Revitalization job.

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

When it came time for Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center (LHDCMC) of Lanham, MD, to update its aging HVAC infrastructure, it quickly awarded the business to the Daikin Applied team in Washington, DC, which has helped the hospital meet its patient care and comfort needs for years. The project leads helped LHDCMC secure a $160,000 energy efficiency rebate from the local utility provider, and the updates will save the facility over $70,000 per year in energy costs. The work had to be completed in the midst of a shutdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Asbestos Awareness for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video and its materials. This video will teach your workers to protect themselves from the hazards involved in working around microscopic asbestos fibers.

While manufacturers are working to keep up with demand, unprecedented material shortages, product price increases and ongoing supply chain disruptions are impacting nearly every product category, supplier and consumer. Ferguson’s Vice President of Logistics Brian Sullivan and Director of Category Management Scott James, share insights into today’s challenging supply landscape from a global perspective and how MCAA members can use that information to aid in critical business decisions and business planning.

Together with our partners in safety, CNA, MCAA developed a series of easy-to-watch safety videos that are under 3-minutes! Please enjoy our fourth microlearning video on Refraining from Distracted Driving to Help Prevent Motor Vehicle Collisions.

MCAA’s 2021-2022 Student Chapter Competition Project will be released next Tuesday, September 28th at 2pm EST.

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

Installing Marley® Cooling Towers from SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., Wayne Crouse, Inc. shaved several days off of the schedule for a challenging project at a large university medical center in Pennsylvania. Extensive advance planning and coordination with the hospital, contractors, and trades was key.

MCAA’s Safety & Health Initiative explains how the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are responding to the new vaccination mandates projected to affect two-thirds of American workers.

Alston & Bird Summarizes the Biden Vaccine Initiatives Announced September 9, 2021

President Biden’s speech detailing a national strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic introduced two executive orders and certain administrative actions that will increase mandates for vaccination in both government and private workplaces. Alston & Bird summarizes these measures and provides links to additional resources.

The Biden Administration’s Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, Executive Order 14042 issued September 9, 2021, applies to direct Federal prime contracts above $250,000 and all lower tier subcontracts for work performed at the project site and facilities where work is performed pertaining to covered prime contracts and subcontracts. It does not apply to Federally assisted contracts or suppliers on covered prime contracts. The EO pertains to both prime and subcontractors, irrespective of total employment, while the other Biden Administration EO on vaccination applies to all employers (Federal contractors or subcontractors or otherwise) who employ 100 or more workers. MCAA will keep you apprised on regulatory developments along this ambitious and unique regulatory schedule.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Mechanical Construction Workers Toolbox Talks. Each of the six volumes in the series includes 52 talks, everything you need for a year of weekly worker safety training without the stress of having to prepare the training from scratch.

Two weeks ago, we announced the launch of the NEW MCAA/CNA Microlearning Safety Video Series. Together with our partners in safety, CNA, we developed a series of easy-to-watch safety videos that are under 3-minutes! We have already seen Safe Lifting Techniques & Proper Material Staging, and next week, we will highlight Distracted Driving. Please enjoy our third microlearning on Personal Health to Help Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

MCAA Seeks National Committee Recommendations

Member involvement from those serving on MCAA’s national committees helps all of us run more successful businesses and strengthens our industry. MCAA members who are willing to serve on a national committee in 2022 are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Completed applications are due to MCAA by November 5, 2021.

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

MCAA and the UA Issue Message Supporting COVID Vaccination

MCAA President Armand Kilijian and UA General President Mark McManus issued a message highlighting the importance of the COVID vaccine to protect not only ourselves and our families, but our jobsites, our fellow members and contractors, and our end users.

CRW Mechanical won the bid for a parking garage’s gas piping project by switching to a Milwaukee® M18™ Force Logic™ Long Throw Press Tool rather than using a traditional all-weld approach. The Press Tool saved CRW Mechanical 15 percent on the project’s labor costs, and the crew saved 125 hours—all with just one Long Throw Press Tool onsite.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Scaffold Safety Training Video and its materials. This video will teach your workers to protect themselves from the hazards inherent in working at heights on both mobile and stationary frame scaffolding.

The MCAA Field Leaders Conference (FLC) provides those working in the field with the skills needed to be business and results oriented leaders who focus on growing company culture, brand and profits. During this two-day intensive course, field leaders will learn from industry experts including facilitators who have been in their shoes and worked their way through the ranks to become successful business owners and from their peers from around the country as members of breakout session teams. We will be in Boston October 6 – 8, 2021 and in Seattle October 27 – 29, 2021. Register now to attend!

Last week the MCAA announced the launch of the NEW MCAA/CNA Microlearning Safety Video Series. Together with our partners in safety, CNA, we developed a series of easy-to-watch safety videos that are under 3-minutes! Please enjoy our second microlearning on Proper Material Staging to Help Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries.

On September 13th and 14th MCAA’s Career Development Committee will be hosting welcome back meetings for all involved in an MCAA student chapter.

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

Once you have a team ready for MCAA’s 2021-2022 Student Chapter Competition Project you will need to email mwalsh@mcaa.org with all members’ names and emails.

For a demanding new warehouse project with a nine-month timeline, Current Mechanical counted on Victaulic’s experienced virtual design and construction (VDC) team, fabrication services, and grooved mechanical couplings to save installation time even as its workforce was stretched thin. “With the labor shortage, I am not sure we would have been able to complete this project without using Victaulic’s fabrication services,” said Steve Lewis, project manager at Current Mechanical.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on PCA’s Pre-Fabrication Operations Guide for Plumbing. This guide provides insight to help plumbing contractors build their fabrication capabilities. It also includes ideas and processes established fabricators can benchmark against.

MCAA is pleased to announce the launch of the NEW MCAA/CNA Microlearning Safety Video Series. Together with our partners in safety, CNA, we developed a series of easy-to-watch safety videos that are under 3-minutes long! Please enjoy our first microlearning video on Safe Lifting Technique to Help Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Don’t forget these important dates! Everything GreatFutures related is here at a glance for you.

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

Following an energy audit, McKinstry specified Uponor’s flexible Ecoflex preinsulated piping to resolve a remote Minnesota school’s longtime heating problems and save the school thousands in energy costs. Ecoflex proved easy to install, allowing workers to lay hundreds of feet of piping in just one week.

MCAA President Armand Kilijian had the honor of addressing the United Association (UA)’s 40th General Convention this week is San Diego. Armand was greeted by fully vaccinated delegates and a standing ovation as he highlighted the importance of the UA and MCAA relationship, saying “We could not be as successful as individual contractors without our UA labor partners… and trust me when I say that each of us knows that.” 

We understand your time is valuable and there is an overwhelming amount of information out there. So, we have streamlined our resource center to help our members find trusted information and tools, easier and faster. Our resources are developed by contractors for contractors who understand your unique needs.

MCAA has revised the inspection section of the Aerial Lift Safety Training Video to include pre-use inspection testing tilt sensors and pothole protectors on boom and scissors lifts. The video teaches viewers how to protect themselves while working with aerial lifts, including topics such as load capacities, inspection, function testing, what to do in case of a problem, fall prevention & protection, and safe operating procedures.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on NCPWB’s Welding Talks, a series of 25 short talks that teach your welders to protect themselves from common welding safety hazards, including grinding, respiratory protection, electrical safety and more.

Scholarship applications are now online. Click here to learn more about the essay questions and special submission information for the Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarship.

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

Welcome back students and faculty! While you were away this summer, MCAA’s Career Development Committee has been hard at work on some exciting things. Take a look!

Prefabrication was just one of the ways that Olson Plumbing and Heating leveraged Viega ProPress to take on a mountain of a project: building a new visitor’s complex at the summit of Pikes Peak that met strict environmental standards … during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We prefabbed all the domestic and hydronic piping, as much as we could, to minimize labor at the top,” said Josh Crippen, superintendent at Olson. “We prefabbed our pump skids, all the water heater and boiler skids, all the waste and vent piping. As much as possible.”

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Preparing for and Handling OSHA Inspections for Supervisors. Preparedness is key to getting through an OSHA inspection and saving the company time and money. This video will prepare supervisors so they will respond effectively, even during surprise OSHA inspections. This is particularly important now given the current administration’s emphasis on enforcement vs. employer outreach.

As MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series comes to a close, we look back on the last year and the more than 25 Manufacturer/Supplier Council (M/SC) Governing Board members who joined us each Friday. Each week, one of MCAA’s Executive Committee members or CEO conducted an interview of a key M/SC company employee in an effort to inform other MCAA members about their company and their partnership with MCAA.

The PCA’s new Plumbing Service Conference is a great way to learn how contractors have added plumbing service operations. The conference is filling up fast, so register now!

Even as the pandemic begins to ebb, the role of the salesperson will never be the same. Many new lessons have been learned. New proven best practices have been implemented. New sales opportunities are flourishing. The MSCA Sales Institute recognizes the impact the pandemic has had on the sales function and has updated all sales classes accordingly in order to better prepare sales teams for future success. NOW is the time to provide this relevant and important training to your sales employees to ensure their skills and abilities are focused, fine-tuned and far-sighted.

Mark your calendars! The last day to register for the 2021 GreatFutures Forum is September 3rd.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

OSHA recently updated their guidelines on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, which reflects the July 27, 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mask and testing recommendations for fully vaccinated people.

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

Congratulations are in order for the newest batch of Pre-IPM graduates! Classes 11-14 of MCAA’s newest national education program have just completed their 12 weeks of introductory project management training. How did it go? Well, here’s what our recent grads had to say about it.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that benefit MCAA members. This week, we focus on MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum, where MCAA members can meet and help shape the students that are our industry’s future. It’s also a great place to find your next intern or new hire and have a great time.

Our Job Fair is one of the main events at the GreatFutures Forum. MCAA & MSCA member companies from across the country will be onsite and ready to discuss internship, co-op and full-time job opportunities with students like you.

AEC Recognizes Ed Kommers

MCAA’s Association Executives Council (AEC) recognized outgoing Chair Ed Kommers at the conclusion of the virtual AEC Business Meeting on July 28, 2021. Ed (MCA of Western Washington) led the AEC for two years – a full year longer than usual – during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under his leadership, the Council developed virtual resources to assist many local affiliates with leadership transitions during this difficult time. Thank you, Ed!

Join MSCA in Supporting Convoy of Hope’s Aid to the Less Fortunate

We are just two months away from this year’s Convoy of Hope project at the Phoenix Rescue Mission just prior to the MSCA Conference. We hope we can count on your support as there is a lot of need in the local community. The Mission has played a vital role in helping the less advantaged in the Phoenix area cope with the pandemic by providing food, housing and counseling. They need our help this year more than ever. We also will be packing thousands of hygiene kits during the packing party at the conference. These kits, filled with essential supplies like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc. will be shipped to areas recently hit by disasters such as the fires and droughts in the west. Your donation toward our $50,000 goal will go a long way in supporting these efforts. Checks payable to “Convoy of Hope” should be sent to MSCA, 1385 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Thank you in advance for your support.

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

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MSCA’s HVACR 101 Workbooks. The series of 10 workbooks familiarize new staff with the industry equipment, processes and terminology they’re likely to encounter to help them succeed in their jobs.

Join us October 17th-19th at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ for the 2021 GreatFutures Forum! At the forum we have a ton of exciting things planned and we hope to see you there!

In the 26th episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, Brian Helm, MCAA’s Immediate Past President is joined by Mark Wilke, AVP – Construction Segment for CNA.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

AEC Welcomes New Leadership Team

MCAA’s Association Executives Council (AEC) welcomed new leaders at the conclusion of the virtual AEC Business Meeting on July 28, 2021. Chair Rick Lundvall (MCA of Rockford, Inc. and Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois MCA), Vice Chair Chip Martin (CPMCA) and Program Chair Valerie Pope (MCA of Central Ohio, Inc. and MCA of Cincinnati, Inc.) will lead the group’s efforts in the coming year. Congratulations to all!

New National Service & Maintenance Agreement Effective August 1, 2021

A new six-year National Service and Maintenance Agreement has been finalized, approved and signed by the UA and MSCA/MCAA effective August 1, 2021. This Agreement will continue to play an important role in growing the HVACR market for the organized sector.  Several important modifications are included in the new Agreement, which should benefit all national signers and local UA unions. Click “Learn More” for details on the changes in the new Agreement and a link to the new document.

Contractors looking to enter the service business or benchmark their own operations frequently ask, “How much does it cost to put a new truck on the road?” During PCA’s 2021 Plumbing Service Conference, Neptune Plumbing will answer that question by showcasing how they outfit their plumbing service vehicles. Join us September 20, 2021 – September 21, 2021 in Cleveland, OH. The conference is filling up fast, so register now!

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s new safety training video, Master the Mechanics: Hand & Power Tool Safety for the Mechanical Trades. The video provides trainees with information on the most common hand and power tool injuries in the mechanical construction and service trades. It highlights the tools most likely to be involved in an injury incident, and teaches proper use of the tools to help prevent injuries.

Melanie Thompson-Ott Will Join the MCAA Staff

MCAA is pleased to welcome Melanie Thompson-Ott to the MCAA staff. Melanie will be the new voice answering the phones at MCAA starting August 2, 2021. She will take over the role from Priya, who is returning to her previous support role for NCPWB, JRGF and NEI. Melanie has been working in the legal field for over 15 years, mainly as a litigation paralegal with a background in real estate and antitrust law. Originally from Miami, FL, she completed her paralegal studies at the University of Maryland. On weekends she enjoys creating customized chocolate treats, shopping, travel and reality television. Join us in welcoming Melanie and her family to the MCAA staff family.

MSCA’s Everyday Hero Award is a great way for you to honor those individuals working for your company that go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities, churches or within their own families. The deadline for nominations has been extended until August 20, 2021. The winner will be recognized, and MSCA will make a very generous donation to their charity of choice. Submit your nomination now!

Join us October 17th-19th at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ for the 2021 GreatFutures Forum! At the forum we have a ton of exciting things planned and we hope to see you there!

Raffi Elchemmas Will Join the MCAA Staff

MCAA extends a warm welcome to Raffi Elchemmas, who will be joining the staff starting August 2, 2021. He will be MCAA’s new Executive Director of Safety, Health and Risk Management, learning the ropes before Pete’s upcoming retirement. Raffi comes to us from Milwaukee Tool, where he was the National Manager, Health & Safety. He is a board-certified ergonomist with an MBA in Sales Leadership & Health Sector Management from DePaul University. He has been a member of MCAA’s Safety and Health Committee since 2019. MCAA is pleased to welcome Raffi to the staff, and his wife Martha, daughter Nina, and son Vartan to the MCAA staff family.

MCAA and the UA File Joint Comments on Proposal Requiring Contracting Officers to Rate Performance of First-Tier Subcontractors

MCAA and the UA filed joint comments on a recent Department of Defense (DoD) procurement policy change proposal. Under the proposal, DoD contracting officers would be required to rate the performance of first-tier subcontractors on DoD construction contracts. MCAA and the UA support the proposed rules, which will lead to more discerning past performance evaluations of first-tier subcontractors competing for subsequent prime contract awards. MCAA and the UA also call for DoD and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-wide use of past performance evaluations of first tier subs in all prime contractor responsibility determinations.

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

In the 25th episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, Brian Helm, MCAA’s Immediate Past President was joined by Chris Peppler, Sr. Director, Marketing and Product, MEP Division for Trimble.

The PCA’s new Plumbing Service Conference is a great way to learn how contractors have added plumbing service operations.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s 2021 3D Scanning Technology Research Report. The report assesses various laser, non-laser scanning and photogrammetric hardware and software tools used by mechanical contractors. MCAA members stand to benefit from these and other rapidly evolving technologies that can expedite work, increase precision and prevent mistakes.

In the 24th episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, Timothy Brink, MCAA’s CEO is joined by Matt McGrath, Global Channel & Distribution Manager, Sporlan Division for Parker Hannifin.

The 2021 GreatFutures Forum is right around the corner! Join us October 17th-19th at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. At the forum we will have many fun and engaging activities and our tour of SLOAN Park will be no exception!

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

STIHL Cut-Off Machines Safety Recall

STIHL is recalling to repair certain TS 410 and TS 420 cut-off machines manufactured between January 2021 and April 2021. In some of these machines the flywheel can break apart while the engine is running, posing a projectile hazard to the users or bystanders. If you have any of these machines, immediately discontinue use and take them to an authorized STIHL dealer for free repair.

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

MCAA’s new safety training video, Master the Mechanics: Hand & Power Tool Safety for the Mechanical Trades, provides trainees with information on the most common hand and power tool injuries in the mechanical construction and service trades. It highlights the tools most likely to be involved in an injury incident, and teaches proper use of the tools to help prevent injuries.

Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Overview

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Overview. The United States Department of Defense has created the new CMMC standard that will soon be required for corporations and entities that want to bid as a contractor, or act as a subcontractor, for DoD projects. This whitepaper is designed to give electrical and mechanical contractor corporate leadership and their IT Directors an overview of the CMMC standard.

The 2021 GreatFutures Forum is right around the corner! Join us October 17th-19th at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. Here’s a look at our Service Contractor Panelists and what they will be talking about!

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

With an increase in ransomware attacks and cybersecurity breaches, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) is taking steps to make sure construction projects are more secure during their design and construction. Many of the breaches over recent years have come through portals created for contractors building, installing and maintaining systems. In response, the DoD has decided that contractors need to have a mandatory level of cybersecurity in place. The United States Department of Defense has created the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standard that will soon be required for corporations and entities that want to bid as a contractor, or act as a subcontractor, for DoD projects.

Want to turn your field personnel into leaders? Then register them for the 3-day Field Leaders Conference. This conference offers them a chance to learn from peers around the country as well as from MCAA’s seasoned roster of instructors – many having been in their shoes! If you’re still unsure if this program would be beneficial to you and your company, all you need to do is check out this video…

The PCA has partnered with Neptune Plumbing of Cleveland, Ohio to host the first PCA Plumbing Service Conference from September 20 -21, 2021. Similar to MCAA’s successful Fabrication Conference, the centerpiece of the Plumbing Service Conference will be a hosted facility tour of Neptune Plumbing’s commercial plumbing service operations. Registration is NOW OPEN for PCA, MCAA and MSCA members to attend.

A Technical Bulletin just issued by the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB) addresses significant changes made in ASME Section IX, 2021 edition, that are of interest to mechanical contractors and piping fabricators. Opinions expressed in this article are Mr. Sperko’s, not the official opinion of ASME BPV Standards Committee IX. These changes become mandatory for new qualifications January 1, 2022.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s revised Management Methods Bulletin on The Next Generation of Data Security. This bulletin is intended to provide guidance and insight of current tools and techniques to protect your data and operations.

The 2021 GreatFutures Forum is right around the corner! Join us October 17th-19th at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. Here’s a sneak-peak at our keynote speakers and what they will be talking about!

If OSHA’s new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 applies to your company, it may be helpful to understand what the agency’s compliance officers are looking for when they are inspecting affected workplaces, and how they are directed to issue citations for violations of the standard.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

MSCA has been honoring our industry’s heroes for the past seven years during our annual education conference. These unsung heroes, who do extraordinary things every day, simply out of the kindness of their hearts, truly make a difference for the better not only in our industry but in our communities as well. Help us recognize these generous and caring individuals at this year’s MSCA21 being held October 14 – 17, 2021 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, AZ by nominating a hero today!

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

Principal Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Jessica Looman has joined the lineup of speakers for the Construction Employers of America (CEA) legislative and regulatory conference on Wednesday, July 21st from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT. The virtual event will focus on key regulatory and legislative issues affecting the union construction industry today. As with previous in-person conferences, the CEA will host both Regulators and Representatives from Congress for their expertise and insight on a variety of topics.

TAUC Invites MCAA Members to its Industrial Grade Innovation Conference and Expo
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Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s new safety training video Master the Hazards: Refrigerant Safety for Mechanical Service Technicians and its accompanying materials. This video provides essential information on the potential hazards associated with refrigerants, the ASHRAE refrigerant safety group classification system, proper use of refrigerant safety data sheets to identify the hazards and appropriate protective measures, and how to prepare for unexpected refrigerant releases.

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

With just 25 months to construct a 12-story, two-building assisted living facility in Dallas, TX, Brandt Companies relied on the Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) HoldRite products they have trusted for more than 15 years to save time while meeting code requirements. Brandt was commissioned to install firestop and plumbing systems. Project Superintendent Andrew Meshell and Project Manager Spencer Jackson chose HoldRite’s engineered firestopping solutions and pipe support products.

MSCA21 Sells Out in Record Time

Online registration for MSCA21 has closed due to overwhelming demand. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions we had to limit attendance this year. If you are currently registered and need to make any changes or if you would like to get on a waitlist for conference registration, please email mscaconference@mcaa.org. We truly appreciate everyone’s support and look forward to a great live event this year.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on Tools to Reduce the Cost and Risk Associated with Welding and Brazing. This resource highlights the many ways that the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB) keeps contractors informed about welding and brazing technology, and simplifies welding and brazing qualification practices.

Watch Past Webinar with Joe Montana on Mindset and the Power of a Winning Spirit (in Business and in Life)

You can now watch our latest webinar from June 17th with football legend turned entrepreneur, Joe Montana, co-hosted by BuildOps CEO and Co-founder, Alok Chanani. Joe shares his take on leadership, teamwork, and how to be your best in every situation with real life examples on and off the field.

In the 23rd episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, Robert Beck, MCAA’s Senior Vice President/Treasurer welcomes Terry Dugan, Vice President – North America for Trane. The Sponsor Spotlight Series is a new way for MCAA contractor members to learn more about the Manufacturer/Supplier Council (M/SC) Governing Board members, their products, their relationship with MCAA, and what being a member means to them.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Slowing down the pace or rate of change isn’t an option, especially true after this last year. Therefore, skilling your people to more readily adapt to change as well as bounce back quickly from challenging setbacks is your organizations competitive advantage. During this session you will learn how building your “Bounce” skills is a critical element in creating and sustaining your Leadership Vitality. During MSCA21 October 14 – 17, 2021, Sara will walk attendees through a systematic “bounce approach” framework to strengthen the skills of resilience.

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

Pandemic legislation has created significant opportunities for small and medium sized businesses. Rules ever changing, the programs have been shaped time and time again. Spend one hour with Withum experts as they detail some of the programs which have been most beneficial to businesses. The free webinar takes place June 28, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT.

Upgrading from Excel to LaborChart for labor scheduling proved to be an ideal solution for Martin Mechanical Inc., streamlining communication and making life easier for the whole staff. With LaborChart, “all the information is in one place and it’s easier to navigate. This helps everybody in our company,” said Seth Rogers, project manager and manpower supervisor for the Kansas City, MO, contractor.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers. This quick reference tool provides critical information on 61 safety and health topics that are specific to work performed by mechanical fabrication shop workers. The topics include everything from bloodborne pathogens through welding-cutting-heating, and zinc exposures. The manual also includes updated information on how to properly administer CPR.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) is pleased to bring you the McCarl Group’s 3 part virtual workshop for the owners of contracting companies. Combining over 50 years of construction industry experience you will benefit from a number of strategies designed to provide the participants with the tools necessary to navigate the future.

Baker Group Chairman and CEO B.J. Baker, III signed an Employer Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve (ESSNGR). The June 14, 2021 signing was part of an event highlighting Baker Group’s continued commitment to supporting employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve. The company is an MCAA member.

As of Thursday, June 17, 2021, the United States has a new federal holiday commemorating June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved African Americans were granted their freedom in Galveston, Texas marking the official end of slavery in the United States. MCAA commends President Biden and all the legislators for recognizing Juneteenth as a crucial part of the American story and their efforts to unify all Americans.

The Construction Employers of America (CEA), of which MCAA is a charter member, will be hosting this year’s legislative and regulatory conference virtually on Wednesday, July 21st, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT, and it will focus on key regulatory and legislative issues affecting the union construction industry today. As with previous in-person conferences, the CEA will host both Regulators and Representatives from Congress for their expertise and insight on a variety of topics.

We are excited to finally open registration for the MSCA Annual Education Conference (October 14-17) and the MCAA GreatFutures Forum (October 17-19) at the J.W. Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn & Resort. We will share experiences, explore new innovations, and connect with potential employers and employees. Reservations are processed on a first-come-first-serve basis and rooms are limited! Together, we will mingle, meet, and collaborate on a brighter future this October in Arizona! Register today before we sell out!

Tim Brink Highlights Opportunities for MCAA and Its Members

MCAA Chief Executive Officer Tim Brink spoke with ENR about opportunities and new areas of growth as the construction industry emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that, “leveraging this infrastructure investment policy round is a golden opportunity to maintain high-road contracting systems for the long-term benefit.” He added that new technologies and increased communication present new opportunities for MCAA members.

In the 22nd episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, Bob Bolton, MCAA’s President-Elect is joined by Wayne Garrett, Managing Director, NA Applied Equipment for Carrier Corporation.

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

Havtech and MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions (MacMiller) are among those MCAA members using XOi Technologies to capture facilities information that helps them improve service and better communicate with clients. In a highly competitive market, video documentation helps them get client approval quickly, demonstrate that work is completed, and bring technicians up to speed quickly before they go onsite to provide service., and versatility are critical when making purchases.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Service Technicians. This quick reference tool provides critical information on 84 safety and health topics that are specific to work performed by mechanical service technicians, including information on the newest and most frequently used refrigerants, substantive changes to NFPA 70E, and new information on how to properly administer CPR.

OSHA recently released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 covering settings where employees provide healthcare services or healthcare support services. Contractors providing healthcare support services, such as equipment and facility maintenance, may have to comply with several provisions in the ETS. However, the standard does not apply to “well-defined hospital ambulatory care settings” where all employees are fully vaccinated, all non-employees are screened prior to entry, and people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not permitted to enter those settings. Contractors whose employees are not providing healthcare support services are exempt from the ETS. However, OSHA has updated its guidelines for employers based on the most current guidance from the CDC. Employers are urged to comply with the updated guidelines.

MCAA’s Government Affairs Committee offers an update on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill, including a big victory for prevailing wage policy, possible upcoming positive administrative reforms in the federal prevailing wage program, a shift in construction workforce policy in MCAA members’ favor, an update on PBGC grants for critical and declining multiemployer pension plans, and MCAA advocacy for COVID-19 pandemic cost escalation adjustment clauses in federal contracts. The committee remains busy protecting our MCAA members’ interests on Capitol Hill and providing members with the latest information through programming like the virtual MCAA/CEA National Issues Conference slated for July 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT.

OSHA Releases ETS on COVID-19 and Healthcare Facility Ventilation Requirements

OSHA’s recently presented Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 (ETS) describes specific requirements for healthcare facility ventilation systems. The requirements apply to employers who own or control buildings or structures with an existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system(s) where employees provide healthcare services or healthcare support services. If your company provides HVAC services for an affected employer, the contents of the ETS ventilation provision may be helpful to you.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

As time together at the MSCA Conference winds to a close, Shola Richards will take you on an insightful journey as he shares a refreshingly practical playbook to build and sustain a joyful workplace culture. You will learn actionable strategies to transform your work culture, amplify team civility, and inspire yourselves and others to consistently bring their best to their work. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference, October 14 – 17.

Every day, the construction attorneys at Cohen Seglias are approached by clients as to how to address the current crisis due to the significant fluctuation in pricing in construction materials, equipment, and energy. The Construction Contracts & Risk Management Group at Cohen Seglias has prepared a material price escalation package to help contractors weather the storm.

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

With technology changing at a rapid pace, adding new tools to your truck can provide a quick productivity boost. Keep in mind that a tool’s weight, size, overall portability, and versatility are critical when making purchases.

In keeping with its commitment to funding the mechanical contracting industry’s most critical human resource needs, the John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF) underwrites many of the activities of the MCAA Career Development Initiative. Chief among these is an internship program that allows MCAA members to identify and evaluate potential full-time hires for their companies. 

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Construction Workers. This quick reference tool provides critical information on everything from aerial lift safety to preventing overexposure to zinc to keep mechanical construction workers safe. It includes new information on administering CPR, beryllium, recent changes to NFPA 70E, and more.

MCAA, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), and other organizations are partnering with Dodge Data & Analytics on a study of jobsite safety. The study will track trends in U.S. construction industry safety practices, and MCAA members are encouraged to participate. The survey will close on June 23, 2021.

Come together at this year’s MSCA Conference October 14 – 17 for a motivating and entertaining general session that will help you be your best when it matters most. Kevin Brown, author of The HERO Effect, will show you how to achieve greater results by eliminating “ordinary” thinking and mastering the habit of excellence. During this session, MSCA will present the Everyday Hero Award to one of our industry’s unsung heroes. There’s still time to nominate someone for the award. Nominations are due by August 1, 2021.

In the 21st episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, Rick Gopffarth, MCAA’s Vice President/Assistant Treasurer welcomes Mark Marini, VP – Morris Group International for Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.®. The Sponsor Spotlight Series is a new way for MCAA contractor members to learn more about the Manufacturer/Supplier Council (M/SC) Governing Board members, their products, their relationship with MCAA, and what being a member means to them.

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

Depending on the application, check valves can get a bad rap. They are blamed for problems such as water hammer, vibration, reverse flow, leakage, or component wear and damage—all of which are harmful to downstream systems. However, the real cause of these problems usually stems from poor sizing and inadequate selection of the check valve for the application.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Fire Safety Training Video and its materials. This video will teach your workers to recognize common causes of jobsite fires and how to prevent them.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

As we come together for this year’s MSCA Conference we will celebrate a year of resilience, perseverance, and hope. Our Opening Session speaker J.R. Martinez, a U.S. Army veteran who was wounded during his service, will remind us that resilience shows up in the world in many ways. His inspiring message of hope, optimism, and resilience will demonstrate that a combination of gratitude for what we have and a commitment to reaching for what we want, despite current circumstances, are the building blocks for a better tomorrow.

The successful design and construction of health care facilities requires a carefully planned approach and coordination with a number of different trade contractors. Problems can occur when the project is not well-coordinated, which can lead to contractors’ extra work claims, requests for time extensions and reimbursement of costs associated with claimed delays, and disruption to the work. Register today for Alston & Bird’s webinar on Thursday, June 3 from 2pm – 3pm ET.

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

DOL, OSHA, and other federal agencies, are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. OSHA does not wish to discourage workers from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, or disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination through May 2022. The agency will reevaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.

OSHA is reviewing recent CDC guidance and will update their website accordingly. However, until those updates are completed, the agency is referring affected employers to the “CDC guidance for information on measures appropriate to protect fully vaccinated workers.” The highlights of the guidance published by the CDC follow.

A new report provides MCAA members with a mechanical industry specific look at how MCAA members are using construction technology. The report, developed by JBKnowledge, is based on the 2020 Construction Technology Report released in March.

To provide an energy-efficient system for a Kansas county jail, Lexington Plumbing employed Lochinvar’s exclusive SMART SYSTEM interface to simplify installation and operation of two new Lochinvar ARMOR water heaters. “We consistently recommend Lochinvar equipment because of their constant innovations and technologically advanced systems,” said Don Lawhon of Lexington Plumbing.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Inspecting Materials Handling Equipment Safety Training Video and its materials. Damaged and defective materials handling equipment can be hazardous. Protect your workers by ensuring they receive proper training with these resources.

We heard you. We know you’re eager to get together with other students and with contractors from around the country. And, honestly, we can’t wait to see you, too! So, we thought, let’s not wait. Let’s all come together. And what better place than in conjunction with the highly anticipated, in-person MSCA21 Conference this October. Students and contractors can meet, inspire, hire, share ideas, and generally have a great time.

Mask Mandates Are Falling – What Are Employers To Do?

On May 13, 2021 the CDC unexpectedly recommended that, with limited exceptions, fully vaccinated individuals can resume all indoor and outdoor activities without wearing masks or social distancing, except where required by law or workplace guidance. In response to the confusion created by differing State and Federal guidelines, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. has prepared an overview for employers so they can create policies for addressing the vaccination status of their employees.

Department of Labor Issues Cybersecurity Best Practices for ERISA-Covered Plans

ERISA-covered plans often hold millions of dollars or more in assets and maintain personal data on participants, which can make them tempting targets for cyber-criminals. Responsible plan fiduciaries have an obligation to ensure proper mitigation of cybersecurity risks. The Employee Benefits Security Administration has prepared the following best practices for use by recordkeepers and other service providers responsible for plan-related IT systems and data, and for plan fiduciaries making prudent decisions on the service providers they should hire.

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

Helm Group, Inc. (formerly Mechanical, Inc.) combines leading technology like BIM 360 within Autodesk Construction CloudTMwith Lean construction principles to implement new design, engineering, and construction methods. For example, by fabricating multitrade skids in an offsite fabrication shop, Helm Group increases collaboration and drives efficiencies to deliver highly complex projects while achieving certainty in cost, schedule, and quality. BIM 360 enables the coordination and data sharing that allows the fabrication to be so accurate that, once it arrives onsite, all that is necessary is to lift it into place and install it.

Get the Management & Leadership Skills Needed to Help Your Company Succeed with MSCA’s Service Managers Training

Whether you have come up through the trades with little or no formal management training or you want to enhance your management skills to become a more effective leader, MSCA’s intensive four-day MSCA Service Managers Training, is for you! Join us November 2-5, 2021 and register today.

MSCA has been honoring our industry’s heroes for the past seven years during our annual education conference. These unsung heroes, who do extraordinary things every day, simply out of the kindness of their hearts, truly make a difference for the better not only in our industry but in our communities as well. Help us recognize these generous and caring individuals at this year’s MSCA21 being held October 14 – 17, 2021 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, AZ by nominating a hero today!

In the twentieth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, Robert Beck, MCAA’s Senior Vice President/Treasurer welcomes Greg Lowman, Vice President and Managing Director, North America for Baltimore Aircoil Company. Join us on May 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s WebLEM+Plus, a systematic approach to labor estimating that’s proven successful for hundreds of mechanical contractors in generating hundreds of millions of dollars in annual construction.

The CDC recently changed its recommendations regarding the use of face coverings for fully vaccinated individuals. Under the new guidance, fully vaccinated individuals, in most cases, no longer need to wear face coverings indoors or out, or practice social distancing. However, the loosening of the agency’s COVID-19 face covering recommendations do not change affected employers’ OSHA compliance obligations. Masks and distancing are still mandatory “where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), in conjunction with Special Pathogens Laboratory (SPL), will offer an interactive ASSE 12080 Legionella Water Safety and Management Specialist Certification Training. Three dates are available: June 7-9, August 23-25, and October 18-20.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Registration is NOW OPEN for NECA’s virtual, industry-wide safety professionals conference, to be held this May 25-26, 2021. For the first time in NECA history, the 2021 NSPC will be open to NECA members and non-members, allowing industry professionals a chance to gain the full value of NECA’s renowned safety education and networking.

MSCA has partnered with Convoy of Hope since 2010 to deliver supplies to families in need who live in cities where the association holds its annual conference. This partnership has resulted in the donation of more than $550,000 in food, goods, labor, and equipment that benefit individuals and families nationwide. This year, we will support the Phoenix Rescue Mission, and we need your help.

In most states employers may legally require their workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations, provided that they make reasonable accommodations for medical or religious objections. However, doing so could result in negative consequences, so there are several items your company should consider before deciding whether to require their workers to get vaccinated.

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

As we wrap up our Beyond the Classroom series, we wanted to highlight the endless opportunities the mechanical contracting industry has to offer. Scott Hinton, Vice President of Harrell-Fish, Inc. and a member of MCAA’s Career Development Committee and MCAA’s Board of Directors, describes the unique nature of mechanical contracting saying, “People do not seem to get stuck in roles. They get more opportunity to advance and continue advancing throughout their careers.”

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s electric arc welding safety training video and its materials. The video will teach your workers to work safely while either performing or working near electric arc welding.

A properly performed butt fusion on polypropylene piping is a wonder of the modern world: two pieces of pipe (or a pipe and fitting) become one solid piece. The joint is as strong—if not stronger—than the pipe itself. There are no leak paths, and, when properly performed, the fused joint will remain leak-free throughout its 50-year-plus year lifespan.

The full-featured digital version of MCAA’s Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide enhances the look and feel of our printed directory. Download your copy for digital-only benefits that help you stay connected throughout the year. Printed copies are in the mail. Whichever version you choose to use, the directory is free as a benefit of membership.

MCAA’s Government Affairs Committee offers an update on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill, including tax credits available to employers under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the rescinding of the Trump Administration’s pending regulations that would have relaxed safeguards against worker misclassification. The committee remains busy protecting our members’ interests on Capitol Hill.

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC)’s seventh annual study on the current state of the union construction and maintenance labor supply throughout the United States finds that many remain optimistic in spite of dipping growth projections. The study, produced in conjunction with the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), also shows an easing of the labor shortage.

MCAA’s Construction Safety Week celebration concludes with a look back at the fall prevention and protection resources we have been highlighting during the week.

MCAA is celebrating Construction Safety Week May 3 – 7, 2021 by highlighting the resources you need to revisit best safe work practices on fall prevention and protection with your workers. Today we focus on MCAA’s Model Fall Rescue Safety Program and Plan.

MCAA is celebrating Construction Safety Week May 3 – 7, 2021 by highlighting the resources you need to revisit best safe work practices on fall prevention and protection with your workers. Today we focus on MCAA’s Model Fall Protection Program.

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

MCAA is celebrating Construction Safety Week May 3 – 7, 2021 by highlighting the resources you need to revisit best safe work practices on fall prevention and protection with your workers. Today we focus on MCAA’s Fall Prevention and Protection Safety Training Video and its accompanying materials.

High Purity Systems, Inc. (HPS) of Manassas, VA, relied on Orbitalum® high-purity tube cutting, facing, and orbital welding systems to meet the urgent infrastructure needs of a large biopharmaceutical company’s COVID-19 vaccine research and production effort. The project called for thousands of high-purity welds, so HPS partnered with Orbitalum, based outside Chicago and distributed with support from E.H. Wachs.

MCAA is celebrating Construction Safety Week May 3 – 7, 2021 by highlighting the resources you need to revisit best safe work practices on fall prevention and protection with your workers. Today we focus on MCAA’s Ladder Safety Worker Training Video and its accompanying materials.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s newly revised Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E) Video and its accompanying materials. These resources teach service techs to protect themselves from electrical shock and arc flash hazards when working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. Topics covered include how to work safely near energized electrical conductors or circuit parts.

MCAA’s MEP Innovation Conference delivered contractor-based case studies to over 1,300 attendees and demonstrated how members are using these tools to thrive in today’s industry. Over three days, 32 breakout sessions, 30 roundtables and more than 100 exhibitor demonstrations, contractors learned about the arsenal of new tools designed for a digital age. Sessions focused on real-world practical applications in use by contractors.

Southwest Town Mechanical was recently recognized as the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards winner for 2020 in Size Category 1, Zero – 100,000 Work Hours. Southwest Town Mechanical’s aggressive approach to solving COVID-19 related issues, such as lack of available PPE and sanitizing chemicals, set the company apart.

Celebrate Construction Safety Week along with MCAA May 3 – 7, 2021 by revisiting best safe work practices on fall prevention and protection with your pipefitters, plumbers, service technicians, welders, and fabrication shop workers. The resources you need are available free as a benefit of your MCAA membership. Each day during Construction Safety Week, we will highlight one or more of these resources.

If your company uses the KLEIN TOOLS NCVT-1 NONCONTACT VOLTAGE TESTER with any of the SKU numbers listed below, stop use immediately and contact ncvt1support@kleintools.com for instructions. The tester has a potential safety issue. The on/off button of the NCVT-1 is intended to be pressed down and then released. If the button remains depressed during the power on or power off cycle, the tip of the tool remains illuminated in green, indicating the tool is “ready to detect voltage,” when it is not.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Effective public policy advocacy and non-partisan political activities go hand-in-hand with a broader suite of association member services at MCAA. When MCAA’s Board of Directors re-instituted MCAA’s Political Action Committee over 20 years ago, they did so with a renewed commitment to building the profile of pipe trades union-signatory employers’ key role in the industry, and in policy deliberations in Washington, DC. That foresight and initiative have paid off and will continue to do so into the future with our members’ and local affiliates’ ongoing commitment to that vision.

Join us as we come TOGETHER, in person, to experience the best the industry has to offer. Together, we will review how the past year has impacted your business and your customers. More importantly, we will look forward to a bright and successful future, all from the comfort of the award-winning J.W. Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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

If your company is requiring its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 it runs the risk of acquiring recordable illness cases. OSHA considers employees’ negative reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines to be “work-related” and therefore subject to recordkeeping and reporting mandates when an employer “requires” the vaccination.

Northern Ohio Plumbing Co., Inc.’s (NOP’s) creative approach to mounting A. O. Smith tankless water heaters saved the contractor installation costs and saved floor space in the mechanical room. The water heaters themselves and the layout of the mechanical room promise to make maintenance a snap.The owners of the Holiday Inn-Cleveland Clinic, which opened in May, were inspired to use tankless water heaters because of the nearby Cleveland Clinic’s interest in energy efficiency and sustainability. The 199,000-BTU A. O. Smith units deliver a uniform energy factor of 0.93 and, working together, provide more than enough hot water for the guests and staff of the hotel. Ultimately, NOP put in 29 wall-mounted A. O. Smith ATI 540H-N fully modulating condensing tankless water heaters.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Twenty Top Safety Hazards Training Video – Part 2 and its accompanying materials. These resources will teach your workers to recognize and protect themselves from twenty more of the top safety hazards in mechanical construction.

Matrix HG, Inc. was recently recognized as the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards winner for 2020 in Size Category 2, 100,001 – 250,000 Work Hours. Matrix HG, Inc.’s COVID-19 virtual safety education program set the company apart.

In the nineteenth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, MCAA’s CEO, Timothy Brink welcomes Johnson Controls’ General Manager – HVAC, Fire and Security for Texas Area, Brandon Jackson.

Visit the Resource Center to view our three new NCPWB webinar resources on piping codes, ASME code welding requirements and internal oxidation with Walter Sperko. Walter J. Sperko is president of Sperko Engineering Services, Inc., who provides engineering consulting services to customers in the metal fabrication industries in welding, metallurgy, manufacturing processes, piping and pressure vessel design, inspection and quality assurance.

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

Now Is A Good Time To Revisit MCAA’s Workplace Violence Prevention & Protection Video

With the recent increase in violence in America, now is a good time to revisit MCAA’s award winning video on workplace violence prevention and protection. The principles of situational awareness presented in the video apply absolutely everywhere, regardless of whether you’re in the workplace or elsewhere.

COVID-19 has changed the way we work—in construction and beyond. From implementing new safety protocols to navigating delays, contractors have more processes to learn and more variables to consider. Here are three ways you can use digital technology to maximize your efficiency during the pandemic.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Some individuals may experience side effects, but they are typically short lived. For the most part, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the short duration side effects. With more Americans receiving the vaccines every day it is important to start planning for the post vaccine era. These guidelines are intended to help you do just that, but it is likely that they will change several times over the coming months, so please continuously watch for updates from MCAA.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Twenty Top Safety Hazards Training Video – Part 1 and its accompanying materials. These resources will teach your workers to recognize and protect themselves from twenty of the top safety hazards in mechanical construction.

Mall City Mechanical was recently recognized as the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award winner for 2020 in Size Category 3, 250,001 – 450,000 Work Hours. Mall City Mechanical developed and implemented a successful Safety Competent Person Training Program, which set the company apart.

The purpose of the week is to support the CDC’s campaign to raise awareness about the safety, effectiveness, and benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC is providing an Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit to help affected employers educate their workers about COVID-19 vaccines.

EVAPCO, Inc. is an industry-leading manufacturing company with global resources and solutions for international heat transfer applications. Since 1976, they’ve been dedicated to designing and manufacturing the highest quality products. Through research, innovation, and partnership with leading organizations like MCAA, they’ll continue to be the team you can count on—for life!

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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

To upgrade four restrooms for PHC—Waterford Clinic, J.M. Brennan, Inc. installed Zurn’s new universal lavatory carriers, saving time and material “without sacrificing support,” said Justin Sherman, J.M. Brennan project manager. The Zurn Z1231EZ Universal Lavatory Carrier is designed to simplify installation. It includes arms that can be adjusted in the field, an independent bracket system that positions horizontally or vertically, and two foot-anchors per upright, instead of four—ultimately saving material, time, and tool wear. Zurn is a sponsor of MCAA’s 2021 Virtual Education Conference.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s musculoskeletal wellness safety resources, which can help keep workers safe from one of the mechanical construction and service industry’s most frequently occurring injuries.

This year’s MSCA education conference has new dates and a new location! We are excited to announce that MSCA21 will be held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Resort and Spa, October 14 – 17.

icon Mechanical was recently recognized as the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards winner for 2020 in Size Category 4, 450,001 – 1 Million Work Hours. icon Mechanical’s successful COVID-19 safety initiative set the company apart.

The CDC has revised its guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 can land on surfaces, and it’s possible for people to become infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes. However, it has been determined that the risk of infection from touching a surface is low. The CDC now believes that the most reliable way to prevent infection is to regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizers.

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

Prepare for OSHA’s coming regulatory and enforcement agendas by participating in this 60-minute webinar for mechanical construction and service companies. Our presenter is nationally recognized safety and health expert and attorney Adele Abrams. She is a frequent presenter for MCAA with expertise in legal, occupational safety/health issues, employment law, and mine safety. Adele is also co-author of several books related to occupational safety and health, construction, employment law, and mining.

The new administration is putting a lot of pressure on OSHA to perform COVID-19 related inspections and enforce the agency’s guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. OSHA’s new Special Emphasis Program (SEP) on COVID-19 gives the agency the impetus it needs to do just that. Employers should prepare for the possibility of unprogrammed and programmed COVID-19 inspections.

Dominick Florentine, director of virtual design and construction at Renick Brothers, was skeptical that Trimble SysQue MEP software would improve productivity, but since trying it out, he admitted, “I’m working smarter because of the features and functionality of the software.” Trimble is a sponsor of MCAA’s 2021 Virtual Education Conference.

ConsensusDocs Webinar Will Focus on Contract Negotiation for Prefabricated Construction

ConsensusDocs, which recently published the first industry-standard prefabrication contract, will host a webinar covering contract negotiation issues related to prefabrication on April 13, 2021 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT. MCAA members are invited to attend at a discounted rate of $79 using the coupon code PREFAB.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s industry-specific COVID-19 safety resources, because nothing is more important than the health and safety of your workforce.

W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc. was recently recognized as the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards winner for 2020 in Size Category 5, More Than 1 Million Work Hours. W.W. Gay’s complex safety and health education processes set the company apart.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

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

Anvil International, an MCAA member since 1987, merged with Smith-Cooper International in 2019. On March 29, 2021, the unified company relaunched as ASC Engineered Solutions. Under a single name and logo, ASC Engineered Solutions continues its focus on improving the customer experience every day and striving to deliver service excellence.

As a student, Adam Crnkovich really enjoyed participating in MCAA’s Student Chapter Competition as it gave him incredible exposure to technical aspects that contractors work on, as well as played a huge role in his understanding of the industry as a whole. Adam is currently a Project Manager at the Ray Martin Company and a previous member of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln student chapter.

Congratulations to Hailey Brennan, the outstanding recipient of the annual Josam Endowed Scholarship. Josam Company has established an annual scholarship to a sophomore in a MCAA Student Chapter, pursuing a degree in construction management, mechanical engineering or a similar field. Provided that all qualifications are met each year, the yearly recipient will continue to receive the scholarship in their sophomore, junior and senior year.

Sarah Galan, a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology, has been awarded one of the two Ferguson-Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. Ferguson underwrites these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry.

Kimberly Sikkema, a junior at Ferris State University, has been awarded one of the two Ferguson-Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. Ferguson underwrites these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry.

Congratulations to Parker Filius, one of the two recipients of the Alan P. O’Shea Memorial Scholarship. The Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey established the scholarships to honor the memory of Alan P. O’Shea, its former Executive Director, and memorialize his many contributions to the mechanical contracting industry.

Congratulations to Jakob Cimino, one of the two recipients of the Alan P. O’Shea Memorial Scholarship. The Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey established the scholarships to honor the memory of Alan P. O’Shea, its former Executive Director, and memorialize his many contributions to the mechanical contracting industry.

Congratulations to Masen Dinklage, this year’s recipient of the annual Reilly Family Memorial Scholarship. John W. Danforth Company, an MCAA member company, established the scholarship to commemorate the memory of its leadership, the Reilly Family. Kevin “Duke” Reilly served as Danforth’s Chairman/CEO. Wayne, Patrick and Emmett Reilly contributed a combined 128 years of commitment and loyalty to their company and the industry. This national scholarship symbolizes the Reillys’ many contributions to the mechanical contracting industry.

Congratulations to Luke Bennett, MCAA’s 2020 recipient of the William A. Bianco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. MCAA member, Kinetics, established the annual scholarship to honor Mr. Bianco and his many contributions to the industry’s continuing advancement.

Ahmed Seck, a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been awarded the Foster McCarl, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for 2020. This national scholarship honors Foster McCarl, Jr.’s many contributions to advancing the mechanical contracting industry, including his efforts toward establishing what is now known as the John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF). McCarl’s Inc. (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) is the scholarship sponsor.

MCAA’s Career Development Committee proudly awarded The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Chapter as MCAA’s 2020 Student Chapter of the Year for their continuously outstanding achievement as an organization of students who are planning careers in the mechanical construction industry.

The student chapter at Ball State University proudly nominated Dr. Sherif Attallah to be MCAA’s 2020 Educator of the Year because they believed he is more than qualified and deserving of this prestigious award, and MCAA’s Career Development Committee agreed. Here’s why.

As MMC Contractors embarked on building a large central utility plant for a globally recognized corporation in the lower Midwest, Ferguson’s new virtual design and construction (VDC) department became a pivotal partner, identifying potential pitfalls and offering cost-effective solutions for the job. Ferguson is a sponsor of MCAA’s 2021 Virtual Education Conference.

MCAA and long-time partner in safety CNA congratulate the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award winners for 2020. MCAA President Brian Helm presented the awards during the closing session of the association’s 2021 Virtual Education Conference on March 25, 2021.

MCAA’s first Virtual Education Conference from March 22-25, 2021 featured top quality education seminars and an interactive exhibit, honored award winners, thanked retiring Board members and welcomed new leaders.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on two SmartMarket reports developed in partnership Dodge Data & Analytics. The reports on BIM and prefabrication will help contractors understand the benefits, challenges and opportunities presented by these technologies.

What do the multiemployer pension reforms in the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 (signed into law by President Biden in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 on March 11, 2021) mean for your company? MCAA’s John McNerney is joined by leading industry experts Earl Pomeroy of Alston & Bird and Josh Shapiro of The Groom Law Group to lay out the details of the law, the questions remaining to be answered in regulations issued by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in the 1,200 days from enactment, and what it will mean for your plans and the industry overall.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like Tom Williams, a retired mechanical contractor who shows contractors how to prosper while adding value to the complete construction process.

Mike Star Among Contractors Sharing Opportunities & Challenges for 2021 in ACHR News

MSCA Board of Managers Chair Mike Star is among the contractors who spoke with ACHR News about the opportunities and challenges they expect to see in 2021. He credits “having the MSCA family for brainstorming and a sounding board” with helping his company make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. In the year ahead, he expects to see an increase in major renovations, IAQ products and upgraded and remote controls.

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

Saladino Mechanical of Kansas City, MO, won the bid for a college dorm renovation by specifying Uponor’s PEX piping rather than more costly copper—a move that saved the contractor time and money during installation. The dorm’s new plumbing system is also more efficient, saving energy and conserving water. Uponor is a sponsor of MCAA’s 2021 Virtual Education Conference.

MCAA Among Supporters of Bill Strengthening Financial Security for Infrastructure Projects

MCAA is among supporters of legislation reintroduced earlier this week that would increase the financial security of federal infrastructure projects. A recent article in Transportation Today highlights the legislation reintroduced by U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Mike Rounds (R-SD), along with U.S. Sens. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) and Troy Balderson (R-OH), Promoting Infrastructure by Protecting Our Subcontractors and Taxpayers Act of 2021.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s lockout/tagout safety resources, which can help keep workers safe when they work with and around stored energy.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like Kevin Dougherty, who provides tangible solutions to today’s problems in an easy-to-listen-to style.

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

2021 WiMI Conference Update

We have regrettably made the decision to reschedule the 2021 WiMI Conference, originally planned for June 21-23, 2021 at the JW Marriott Austin, to June 2022. We tried our best to make WiMI2021 happen, but we were just not powerful enough to fight a pandemic. Even though the state of Texas may be open, there are still some very strict gathering restrictions in place in Austin, TX and too much uncertainly remains as to what it will be like in June. Safety remains our highest priority. So mark your calendars for June 6–8, 2022 at the JW Marriott Austin when, hopefully, we will be able to meet, learn, connect, catch up, gather, kick up our heels and hug for real as we gather together as the amazing women of MCAA/MSCA.

Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC, and the Groom Law Group will be co-sponsoring a complimentary webinar on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provisions for multiemployer pension plans. The webinar, which will address how recent law changes will impact multiemployer pension plans in general, will take place Tuesday, March 23 at 12:00PM EDT. A summary of the changes can also be found on Horizon’s website.

MCAA is so excited that our Virtual Education Conference (VEC) is almost here! Next week starts off with MCAA’s Annual Student Chapter Competition on Monday, March 22nd from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET and you will not want to miss it. Congratulations to our final four teams – Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kansas State University, Missouri State University and Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Campus. Get to know the final four teams before the big competition!

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

Here’s what mechanical contractors should know about OSHA’s new National Emphasis Program (NEP) on enforcing worker protections against COVID-19.

The session “New Automation Systems Are Changing How We Design, Build and Operate Buildings” will identify new technologies and applications that are impacting our roles in how building systems are installed, commissioned and operated to improve first costs, lifecycle costs and the overall user experience. Register today and join your MCAA friends and colleagues online at MCAA’s first Virtual Education Conference (VEC) Essential Learning for Unconventional Times, March 22 – 25, 2021.

Putting Viega products to work allowed Nelson Stark Company to overcome the slew of challenges that came with repurposing a dilapidated factory into a mixed-use development. The contractor knew that Viega’s flameless press technology was the clear choice for renovating the historic building safely and for installing piping much faster than other pipe-joining methods. Viega is a sponsor of MCAA’s 2021 Virtual Education Conference.

The new administration’s January 21, 2021 Executive Order Protecting Worker Safety and Health required OSHA to evaluate it’s COVID-19 enforcement actions and make improvements where necessary. In response, OSHA has launched a national emphasis program focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus.