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If you missed out on the fun from the MCAA Tech Conference in Austin, watch a video recapping the conference highlights.

MCAA’18 Convention Registration is Open!

You are invited to join the MCAA family at our annual convention, this coming March 25-29 at the beautiful JW Marriott Hill Country resort in San Antonio, Texas. You can view the planning guide and register online at our special MCAA’18 website!

MSCA Sales Institute is the first and only focused training program specific to service sales in the HVACR industry. Sales Leadership Symposium is on January 29-30 and and Sales Basecamp is on February 5-6, 2018 so sign up now!

Register Now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

Register now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. Join us January 23-25, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California, for this “must attend” conference for all safety professionals. The 2018 conference theme is “Not on Our Watch,” where attendees will get even better at helping our fitters, plumbers, and service technicians protect themselves for workplace hazards. 

“Despite being on the executive board of my school’s MCAA Chapter, I still didn’t fully appreciate what it is actually like to work for a mechanical contractor until this presentation. The “A Day in the Life of Ted” video was an excellent view as to what makes your section of the industry different than a typical building contractor.” That was one student’s reaction to the video at MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum.

Help your company’s safety director increase his or her knowledge of construction health and safety subjects, and improve that persons professional standing by encouraging the earning of the professional safety certification… Construction Health and Safety Technician – Professional Designation – CHST.

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.

Back in June, OSHA  issued a proposed rule to delay enforcement of the electronic reporting requirements established in its  revised recordkeeping rule – Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.  The rule proposed to delay the enforcement date from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. However, the proposed rule has still not been finalized. MCAA is unaware of any OSHA enforcement activity on the rule, and is uncertain whether the agency will begin or increase enforcement on December 1, 2017. MCAA recommends that members get into compliance with the rule by December 1st. 

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

John E. Green Company (JEG) trusted its longtime partner, Johnson Controls, to help them meet the demands of Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC’s) new tower and identify products that could save the contractor installation time. YORK® YMC2 centrifugal magnetic drive chillers paired with the Metasys® building automation system (BAS) with Central Plant Optimization 10 (CPO10) optimized energy efficiency, while using YORK Solution Air Handling Units and SimplexGrinnell’s addressable notification system ensured speedy installation.

Relief checks for $1,500 have been sent to 21 field and office employees of Northern California MCA member firms whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the recent wildfires that devastated Northern California. The United Association has also provided financial assistance to the wildfire victims. This is the latest example of how the generosity of the MCAA and the UA family has enabled the two organizations to come to the aid of those among us who have been victimized by disaster.

A written silica exposure control plan is required for compliance with OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica standard, regardless of whether your company uses the exposure control methods established in Table 1 of the standard, or the standard’s alternative exposure control methods. MCAA has model plans covering both exposure control method options. Both plans are available for free to members as a benefit of membership.

OSHA is delaying its deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year until November 10, 2018.

Effective safety leadership is as important to the safety of our fitters, plumbers, service technicians, and other workers as all the rules, regulations, protective equipment, and other fundamental safety program components.

MCAA Accepting Nominations for National Board and Committees

MCAA is seeking to fill three vacancies on its Board of Directors. These directors’ term will begin in March 2018, at the conclusion of the San Antonio convention. MCAA is also accepting recommendations for individuals to serve on MCAA  committees in the coming year. If you are interested in serving, contact your local association executive for details.

MCAA’s Hazard Communication Safety Training Video will help your workers protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Legal challenges are bound to arise in a mechanical, service or plumbing business…and they often do. That’s why MCAA’s Management Methods Committee has compiled a series of bulletins that cover a wide range of legal issues from protection of lien rights to contractual provisions to pension issues to tax questions.

Many thanks to all who attended and made MSCA CONNECT 2017 the best attended and the most successful MSCA conference to date. To those who were unable to attend this year, here’s a peek at what you missed and a good snapshot of what’s to come for MSCA CONNECT 2018.

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

Savvy design from Anvil® International allowed Bennell, Inc. to install all the needed systems in the very small mechanical room of a new residence hall and bookstore at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Because of the creative design, which included Anvil’s Gruvlok® connections for the heating and cooling pipe, Bennell managed to “make 10 pounds fit in a five-pound bag,” said President Craig Hosler.

Staying on top of your company’s finances can be challenging, especially during periods of economic volatility. With that in mind, MCAA’s Management Methods Committee produced bulletins that address the most critical accounting and financial issues facing your business.

MCAA’s Ladder Safety Training Video will show your workers how to inspect, transport, set up and use ladders safely. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

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

Faced with new, more stringent building requirements mid-project, J.W. McClenahan Co. got a boost from the engineers at Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.,® who rapidly designed new trench drains and had them verified by a third party to satisfy city inspectors—all in just four months.

One of the highlights of MSCA CONNECT 2017 was the appointment of Jaimi Lomas as the first female chairman of the MSCA Board of Managers.

Contractors are facing a dynamic environment that is constantly presenting us with new challenges. The MCAA Technology Conference is an opportunity to learn how to face these conditions and and create solutions for your company.

Emily Murphy, a former procurement policy consultant for the MCAA Government Affairs Committee and daughter of former MCAA President Jim Murphy and Mimi Murphy, has been appointed by the Trump Administration to lead the U.S. General Services Administration. The GSA is the lead civilian agency focusing on procurement policy and government operations.

This is a great time of year to evaluate your company’s fleet safety program. Doing so can help you ensure that the program is effectively protecting affected workers and that your company is benefiting from the most current safe work practices and technologies. 

MCAAGreatFutures.org helps you connect with the talent you need to secure your company’s great future. There, you’ll find the resumes of the bright students who participate in MCAA Student Chapters, available exclusively to MCAA members. The information can be easily searched to help you find just the right match for your company’s needs. Just login with your MCAA.org credentials to get started.

MCAA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Safety Training Video will show your workers how to identify and protect themselves from the most common hazards in mechanical construction industry confined spaces. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

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

Online OSHA 10- and 30-hour construction safety standards courses, and the OSHA 10-hour general industry safety standards course (for fabrication shops and mechanical service work) are available to MCAA and MSCA members at discount prices.

The MCAA 2017 GreatFutures Forum was so successful, we made a video about it! See for yourself how students and contractors came together at MCAA’s first-ever career fair.

MSCA and Convoy of Hope Video Highlights at the Palm Beach County Food Bank in Boca Raton, Florida. With HOPE anything is POSSIBLE.

OSHA recently released interim silica enforcement guidelines for its Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs). The guidelines, which are attached, may be helpful to you in preparation for OSHA’s enforcement of the standard. Also, MCAA has a bank of silica resources that will help you protect your workers from overexposure and comply with the standard.

Durr Mechanical Construction and its joint venture partner Megrant recently constructed the largest prefabricated Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) ever built in the U.S. Once built, the 4,000 ton, union-built generator was floated by barge 150 miles down the Hudson River to its destination in Woodbridge, New Jersey, where it is being incorporated into a new combined-cycle power plant. Here is a great video of the HRSG’s journey down the Hudson!

While renovating a historic building, Commonwealth Plumbing found that Viega’s double drop elbows were the best solution for accommodating new bathroom sinks in a tight space with limited design options. By using pressed fittings, Commonwealth not only saved time on installation but also avoided soldering in an old building with a lot of wood.

Last Chance to Register for MCAA’s Technology Conference

Don’t miss your chance to attend the MCAA Tech Conference, the best place to learn about the latest tools and processes shaping the industry.

42 MCAA Affiliated Associations Answer the Call for Help

The support of MCAA’s affiliated associations to our Disaster Relief Fund has been tremendous. A big THANK YOU goes out to the 42 that have contributed to date: MCA of Colorado, Western New York Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors, MCA of Omaha, Mid-Atlantic MCA, ARCA/MCA, Northern California MCA, MCA of Connecticut, MCA of Chicago, MCA of Rockford, Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois MCA, MCA of Indiana, MCA Central Gulf Coast, MCA of Maryland, New England MCA, Mid-Michigan MCA, West Michigan MCA, MCA of Detroit, MCA of Eastern Missouri, MCA of Kansas City, MCA of Las Vegas, MCA of New Jersey, MCA of New York, MCA of the Capital District, MCA of Akron, MCA of Central Ohio, MCA of Cleveland, Lima Area MCA, MCA of Northwestern Ohio, PMCA of Oregon, M&SCA of Eastern Pennsylvania, MCA of Western Pennsylvania, MCA of Memphis, MCA of Dallas, MCA of Fort Worth, MCA of Houston, Utah MCA, MCA of Western Washington, MCA of North Central Wisconsin, MCA of Northwest Wisconsin, MCA of Ontario and MCA of Toronto. THANK YOU AGAIN!

BuiltWorlds, an MCAA Technology partner, has released a new report detailing how internet devices are transforming the jobsite, making the construction process more efficient and connected.

MCAA’s Radio Frequency Radiation Exposure and Protection Safety Training Video will teach your mechanical service technicians how to identify sources of RF radiation and protect themselves from overexposure. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

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

The MSCA of New York has made another contribution to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). This latest $2,500 contribution brings their total to $12,500.

Sure, MCAAGreatFutures.org connects you with the students who will comprise the industry’s future workforce. But do you know that it also provides an easy way for you to locate and connect with nearby student chapters?

MSCA and Convoy of Hope in the News! With HOPE anything is POSSIBLE.

The MCAA and the UA have teamed up to provide additional financial relief to 357 field and office employees of our South Texas members who were victimized by Hurricane Harvey. Each employee is receiving a $500 relief check, with half coming from the MCAA Disaster Relief Fund and half from the UA’s Charitable Trust. This is in addition to the $1,000 relief check each employee already received from MCAA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Here’s the reaction of one of CFI Mechanical’s employees: “Chuck, once again I am floored by the generosity of others. Today I received a second check for disaster aide from the MCAA along with the UA Charitable Trust. Together with their members, they raised more to assist flood victims. This will help while waiting for the insurance company to decide what might or might not be covered. I have never been more proud to be a plumber for a union contractor that is so active in MCAA. Thank you again for your generosity!”

“We Have Lost One of Our Own”

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I, along with Local 364, share with our UA family that we have lost one of our own in the Las Vegas shooting. Austin Davis, only 29 years of age, from Riverside, California and a UA brother since 2012, was among the victims of this unimaginable tragedy. As all Americans and the world learned the truly sickening details of the Las Vegas shooting, we are now beyond stunned at the loss of one of our brothers. May God bless the Davis family and Austin’s loved ones during this troubling time. On behalf of the 344,000 members of the United Association, our thoughts and prayers will always be there for the Davis family.” – UA General President Mark McManus

MCAA’s Disaster Relief Fund at Work

Nineteen plumbers, pipefitters, HVAC techs and office employees of MCAA member Graco Mechanical were victimized by Hurricane Harvey. Each received $1,500, thanks to the MCAA Disaster Relief Fund and the UA Charitable Trust. Thanks to the incredible generosity of MCAA’s affiliated associations, the UA’s Local Unions, MCAA’s contractor, manufacturer and supplier members and many individual donors for making this possible. We should ALL be proud of the good work we are doing to help our UA and MCAA family members whose lives have been turned upside down by Harvey. We are, together, indeed MCAA&UA STRONG!

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

When the Steamfitters UA Local 602 Mechanical Trades School needed equipment to use in its apprenticeship program, SPX Cooling Technologies donated a Marley® NC cooling tower, enabling the school to present students with a real-world environment. Instructors use the complete new cooling system to teach students how to troubleshoot and fix problems with HVAC systems.

Announcing the winners of MSCA’s Social Media Survey! Congrats to the 10 winners who won – just for completing the one minute Social Media Survey! Many thanks to all who responded to the survey for your valuable feedback!

MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference App is now available to install on your iPhone, Android or Tablet! Search MSCA 2017 in Apple App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android). Please download and install the App prior to the conference and don’t forget to log into your app using your conference registered email address and the password: MSCA2017.

Small ideas can make a big difference to your company. The MCAA Technology Conference is an event that doesn’t just provide a few small takeaways, but a wealth of ideas that can be applied across your business. Technology is providing so many new tools, processes and software that even the most established contractors are having a hard time keeping up. The MCAA Tech Conference is your crash course on the latest tech trends in the industry and how other contractors are taking advantage of them.

MCAA student chapter members have been challenged to plan a project involving the renovation of the mechanical systems of a Brazilian restaurant in mid-town New York City—Fogo De Chao Steakhouse. The project, which was provided by Arista Air Conditioning Corporation, was announced during MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum in Indianapolis. Members of MCAA’s Career Development Committee will review the teams’ proposals and select the “final four” to present their proposals at the MCAA 2018 convention in San Antonio in March.

Register now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. Join us January 23-25, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California, for this “must attend” conference for all safety professionals. The 2018 conference theme is “Not on Our Watch,” where attendees will get even better at helping our fitters, plumbers, and service technicians protect themselves for workplace hazards. 

The UA/MCAA Labor Relations Conference will be held at The Mirage in Las Vegas, November 14-15. The theme of this year’s Labor Relations Conference will be “Highlighting Best Practices.” Want to join us? It’s still not too late to make your hotel reservation.

MCAA’s career-related website has a new look and many new features. All the student resumes are now password protected and only accessible by MCAA members. You can now also search for students by university. Looking for a specific skill set, like BIM or Autocad? A keyword filter allows you to zero in on those students who fit the bill. The only thing about our GreatFutures website that hasn’t changed is our commitment to connecting our members with the best and brightest students who will comprise the industry’s future workforce.

Manual collection of paper time cards in the field is prone to errors, takes too much time, and, most importantly, takes attention away from important jobs in the field. Since rolling out Rhumbix so their foremen could go paperless, Independent Mechanical Industries, Inc. (IMI) has found, “Foremen use the Rhumbix app on their iPhones to record time cards in just minutes, [which] allows them to clear their minds and attack the work in front of them,” said David Reynolds, IMI vice president.

MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum kicked off with the Futures Fest career fair. The first-ever such event was a huge success. Representatives from almost 40 participating MCAA member companies were on hand to connect with hundreds of students about employment and internship opportunities. Cole Zeiler found his great future with HMH Contractors, Inc. and Kenneth Bankard found his with F.E. Moran, Inc. Congratulations to MCAA members and students alike!

From the day’s opening video to remarks from MCAA President Greg Fuller, students learned about the opportunities the mechanical industry offers for their great futures.

The second day of the GreatFutures Forum continued with a variety of education sessions focused on teamwork and discussions. Sessions covered everything from communication tips to chapter successes, a mini competition and roundtable discussions that answered students’ questions about careers in the industry.

The networking and hiring continued on the second day of the GreatFutures Forum, wtih more students finding great futures at MCAA member companies.

By using Aquatherm polypropylene-random (PP-R) Blue Pipe® to replace carbon-steel pipe at Berry Global’s injection-molding facility, the P1 Group of Lawrence, KS, successfully completed installation in just 24 hours. The lightweight pipe is easy to transport and easy to join using a flameless heat-fusion technique that saves time. The speed of installation was more than just a productivity win for the contractor; at Berry Global, a mere half-second loss in production time can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received an additional $2,500 contribution from the MCA of New York, Inc. raising its total MCERF contributions to $137,500.

Contractors are Adapting to Tech. Are you Keeping Up?

MCAA Technology Conference provides practical solutions for contractors to compete.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is the research arm of OSHA, reports that narcotics—i.e., opioids— account for 29 percent of prescription costs covered by workers’ compensation. Opioids are highly addictive, and opioid overdoses are common.

Construction technology is bringing productivity gains that the industry has not seen before, but the amount of new products, processes, hardware and software make keeping up nearly impossible. Learn more about the 2017 MCAA Tech Conference in Austin, Texas November 8-10.

OSHA’s new standard on Respirable Crystalline Silica is enforceable as of Saturday, September 23, 2017. However, employers who make good faith efforts to comply will receive compliance assistance from OSHA up to October 23, 2017.

Nick Espinosa, a white hat hacker will be one of the key speakers at the 2017 MCAA Tech Conference. Recently, he was interviewed to talk about some of the risks that mechanical contractors face, the steps you can take and how damaging a hack can be for your business.

Do you want to control your workday clock, improve time management for yourself, your team and your organization? Then you won’t want to miss Jason Sturgeon’s time management education session on October 18 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

In episode six, we preview the MCAA Tech Conference with an interview of one of the featured speakers, Nick Espinosa. Nick is a white-hat hacker that talks about cyber threats and security issues that contractors face every day.

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know to catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA. See you all in Boca Raton, FL for the MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference in October!

If you missed Plumbing Service 101, Cash is King, no worries! It is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

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

OSHA’s new silica rule becomes enforceable on September 23, 2017. MCAA has several silica safety resources that are available to members for free as a benefit of membership. In addition, CNA, a long-time partner in safety with MCAA, is sharing its silica compliance course with MCAA members.

Concrete drilling is dusty, loud, and exhausting work. If your employees spend hours on end drilling holes with a hammer drill in order to hang pipes or duct work, you probably know that a sharp new drill bit makes the work faster, but did you know it can help protect your workers from dust, noise and vibration, too?

Total stations are one of the most cost effective technologies in the industry with a payback period averaging about 2,000 layout points. MCAA hosted a webinar on September 6 that went in-depth on the research published in MCAA’s Robotic Total Station Report. A recording of the webinar is now available free as a benefit of membership.

In preparation for impending hurricanes, partner in safety CNA developed four planning guides covering flooding, hail, and business continuity.

Congress is back in session! This is your chance to get in touch with your House representative or Senators about the industry and business issues that concern you. If this is your first time advocating for a cause, a newly revised Management Methods Bulletin is available to show you the ropes.

It could be, but you’ll never know unless you nominate that invention for the 2017 E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation. Named for an industry legend, one of MCAA’s most distinguished awards brings well-deserved recognition to management innovations that help companies grow, prosper and move ahead in their market.

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

This reported decision contains clear language supporting the use of the MCAA loss of labor productivity Factors and many citations to some of the authorities that are very important to MCAA member firms.

Now that we have most of 2017 in the rear view mirror and are looking forward to 2018, what do we know and how will this information affect the mechanical service industry? You won’t want to miss Dr. Kuehl’s informative education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

The Online Piping and Usage Specification (OPUS) tool helps users dynamically evaluate combinations of pipe types, materials, applications and joining methods. Plus, the data in OPUS links directly to the world-class members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council who can provide the materials and methods to make it all work!

In the summer of 2016, The Hill Group called on Erickson Inc. to lift and place cooling towers and chillers by air into a building in crowded downtown Chicago, accomplishing the goal in hours compared with weeks needed for other methods. The project was located at East Randolph Street in a crowded landscape with multilevel streets and nearby residential buildings, so land crane equipment was not an option. Using Erickson’s precision capabilities, aerial crane operators placed chiller equipment through a hole in the roof, with inches to spare, and then set it 15’ below the roof level.

Register Now for the MCAA Technology Conference November 8 – 10 in Austin, Texas

MCAA’s annual Technology Conference is the one place where mechanical contractors in construction, plumbing, and service can get tech info you can actually use. Designed by contractors in your business, our goal is to provide takeaways for everyone attending. So if you’re a CEO or an IT geek, Director of Operations or BIM ninja, or just about anyone else wanting to know where the mechanical industry is heading and how you can use that knowledge in your company NOW, this conference is for you. The registration fee is only $595 – a special value available only to our members and exhibitors.

MCAA’s Safety Leadership for Supervisors training video will provide your supervisors with an overview of the skills required to be a good safety leader and build a strong safety culture.

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

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Omaha, Inc. has contributed an additional $3,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $141,500.

MCAA recently released its newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Construction Workers. The manual, which includes substantive revisions to sections on CPR, choking, OSHA, silica, and confined spaces in construction, and new sections on noise, manganese, and zinc, is now available in print.

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

MCAA’s Management Methods Committee has just released a new bulletin—Doing Business with a Customer in Bankruptcy—that can help you avoid legal and other pitfalls that may affect your business relationship with a customer that has or may file for bankruptcy.

MSCA recently released an electronic version of its newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Service Technicians. It is now available in print. The manual includes substantive revisions to sections on CPR, choking, OSHA, arc flash and electrical shock protection, and refrigerants, and new sections on hexavalent chromium, manganese, noise and zinc.

Dr. Rao, a highly rated MCAA ALI presenter and Babson Executive programs instructor, shares how embracing innovation will enable us to implement new technologies into areas of our business for sustainability, stability and growth. Don’t miss Dr. Rao’s education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

Congratulations to everyone at MCAA member West Chester Mechanical of Aston, Pennsylvania for being named Plumbing & Mechanical’s 2017 Mechanical Contractor of the Year!

The sixth report in the MCAA Technology Research Series provides an introduction for members who are considering their first layout system purchase. It is also a valuable evaluation tool for those who are considering an upgrade to their existing system. Like the other reports in MCAA’s Technology Research Series, the report was written by our partners at JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) has collaborated with BuildingSP, a California-based software developer, on a building analysis add-in for Autodesk Revit called the “MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT)” which analyzes a building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) spaces for congestion and complexity.

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) decided in favor of Turner Construction Company regarding delays and loss of labor productivity experienced during renovations to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History located in Washington, DC. The contract required substantial structural, architectural, mechanical HVAC and electrical demolition and renovations to the museum for the principal purpose of providing a state-of-the art display for the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what is now the U.S. national anthem.

The 2017 Association Executives Council (AEC) Best Practices Conference was an in-depth examination of best practices in association management. Attendees participated in interactive discussions covering a variety of topics over the course of the three-day conference including executive leadership, collective bargaining issues, industry funds management and developing future association leaders.

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

Values-based companies are built for growth and have employees who manage and motivate themselves. Robert Richman shares stories of the strength of the core values at Zappos.com then shares the science behind why they work so well. Don’t miss Robert’s education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

Implementing a fully automated, integrated software solution from Jonas Construction Software helped Flo-Tron Contracting streamline their business, enhance efficiencies, and reduce payroll processing time by 50 percent. “The software we were using prior to Jonas was very limited, and we found ourselves having to regularly pay for external services and consultants to handle many of our business processes. With the fully-integrated nature of Jonas, we could handle all facets of our business in-house, which truly helped us meet all of our needs in a single software solution,” said Kari Cordell, controller at Flo-Tron.

Come join us for the 2017 GreatFutures Forum in Indianapolis, IN at the Downtown Marriott, September 28-30. If you have not yet registered, the cut-off date is September 7.

MCAA’s new worker safety training video, Safe Pressure Testing of Steel and Copper Piping Systems, and its accompanying materials are now available to members. The video walks the viewer through the most common causes of steel and copper piping system pressure testing failures, pretest walk-downs, and general safe work practices for hydrostatic and pneumatic pressure testing.   

Mark your calendar for MCAA’s 15th annual Safety Directors’ Conference, which will be presented January 23 – 25, 2018. Registration opens on October 1, 2017.

With its light weight and easy installation, Josam Company’s Pro-Plus trench drain system not only minimized hassle for Miinc Mechanical Contractors of Dallas, TX, but it also saved them labor and installation time. Instead of using three or four workers to install the trench drain, Miinc needed only one or two workers laying the Pro-Plus system during a recent project for Southwest Airlines.

Learn to embrace your complainers and turn negative, impossible situations into positive, possible solutions! Don’t miss Jay Baer’s Education Session, Hug Your Haters at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

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

Only EVAPCO, Inc. had cooling towers with a small-enough footprint, yet large-enough capacity, to meet WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s need for upgraded towers that would lend themselves to future expansion. Manchester, PA-based James Craft & Son Inc. worked closely with EVAPCO to find the perfect solution to a challenging installation.

MCAA’s Safety Management for Supervisors Training Video follows a seasoned mechanical construction supervisor as he leads a new colleague through the skills that are critical for effective safety management on mechanical construction projects. The video describes the key management skills that enable supervisors to keep employees safe and help maintain project profitability.

Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors (MMC) of Eden Prairie, MN, found that using Uponor’s AquaPEX® crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) piping for the risers and the unit piping in a new hotel saved crews about two to three days of installation per floor. On a 13-story project with 50 units per floor, that adds up to almost a month of installation time savings.

Get your staff invested in your business decision making! Don’t miss Julie Williamson’s Education Session, Bringing The Possible to Life: Influencing Decisions Across Your Business at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Mechanical, Inc. of Freeport, IL has contributed an additiional $5,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $22,500.

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

Contracted to design and install the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems for a massive renovation, Arden Building Companies faced a tight timeline, a tight space, and a tight budget—all of which made welding a poor choice for completing the mechanical room. Using Victaulic’s easy-to-install grooved connections, Arden joined, hung, and installed pipe quickly and efficiently once it was lowered into the mechanical room. Arden estimated that the speed of installation reduced overall costs by approximately $100,000.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) internet reporting rules and overtime pay regulations are under review by the Department of Labor, but two other Obama Administration rules of interest to the industry remain in uncertain status—the non-discrimination and affirmative action requirements for registered apprenticeship programs and the paid sick leave (EO 13706) rules for direct federal prime contractors and subcontractors.

At its recent Board meeting, the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP) affirmed its commitment to press for Composite Pension Plan legislation this year. NCCMP also pledged to pursue legislative and regulatory changes to ensure the 2014 Kline-Miller law, which allows critical and declining plans to adjust benefits to prevent plan insolvency, is fairly implemented by the Treasury Department.

Most in the HVAC industry know all about the commissioning process but a new resurgence of retrocommissioning is making a comeback in the HVACR industry. Thom Brazel and Dick Starr, both former MSCA Chairman of the Board of Managers, are featured in a recent article about retrocommissioning in The News.

Egan Company installed the MobileTech solution from KEY2ACT, slashing billing time and eliminating time-consuming paperwork. Chris Yelle, Egan’s service operations manager, estimated that Egan will see its return on investment (ROI) within 18 months of implementing MobileTech, which connects field staff to the back office, providing instant access to the information and enabling both sides to easily manage service calls and appointments.

Your business has been thriving because you came up with a great idea that solved a technical problem, or made an operation work more smoothly and efficiently or worked out a jobsite difficulty. That unique, amazing idea deserves the industry’s attention and the E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation, one of MCAA’s most distinguished honors.

Whether you’re coming from the East, West, North or South, you’ll find the talent, energy, knowledge and eagerness to learn among students from the best colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada at the MCAA 2017 GreatFutures Forum (September 28-30, Indianapolis, IN).

Arden Building Companies LLC have contributed an additional $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s new total contributions to the Foundation to $7,700.

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

Atomatic Mechanical Services won the bid to install a large chiller plant in a renovated office building in Chicago’s West Loop and chose Wheatland Tube pipe for nearly every part of the project. Atomatic knew that reliable, high-quality, domestic pipe is easier to weld then imported pipe and much less likely to deteriorate or cause leaks—so it would save Atomatic time both onsite and after installation. As expected, the system has had no leaks, which helped allow the chiller plant to become operational two weeks ahead of schedule.

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know to catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA. Don’t forget to register for MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference to be held in Boca Raton, FL, October 15-18!

Now is a great time to remind your fitters, plumbers, service technicians, and their supervisors about heat illnesses and how to prevent them.

MCAA recently released its new safety training video Better by Design: Musculoskeletal Wellness for Mechanical Construction Workers. The video, which replaces the association’s obsolete (2002) video on the safe manual handling of materials, addresses the most common causes of non-trauma related musculoskeletal pains and injuries in the mechanical construction industry.

Harrell-Fish, Inc. has contributed $1,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $3,500.

This week’s Speaker Highlight is UA’s Mark McManus! He will speak on October 16th at our Opening Celebration at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), the non-profit foundation of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), today announced a collaboration with a software developer, BuildingSP, that will result in a freely available building analysis add-in for the Autodesk Revit building information modeling (BIM) platform. The Revit add-in is called the MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) and analyzes a building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) spaces for congestion and complexity.

MCAA is a sponsor of the industry-leading JB Knowledge Construction Tech Survey, so take the 10-minute survey and receive valuable benchmarking information at no cost to you. Your survey input also helps guide MCAA’s education and research efforts for the coming years. Take the survey.

JH Kelly recognizes how much time and money it stands to lose when tools are lost or stolen. To avoid delays on the job or, worse, the cost of replacing expensive equipment, they adopted Milwaukee Tool’s One-Key™ system, the first digital platform for tools and equipment. Now, with the addition of Milwaukee Tool’s TICK™ equipment tracker, they can manage inventory, recover tools quickly—and even locate lost items.

With their new Jonas Construction Software, Harrell-Fish Inc. (HFI) is now able to turn around billings about five days quicker, improving their cash flow in the process. They have also reduced their payroll processing time from about four hours a month spread out across three employees to about an hour only with Jonas.

Frank Schaetzke has contributed $500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing his total contributions to the Foundation to $3,000.

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

When unforeseen disruptions occur on a project—equipment failure or delivery delay, storm damage, labor issues—who and what’s affected and what’s the cost? More important, who covers the cost when the owner makes a claim? And, how does the contractor protect himself from such losses? This bulletin can help you avoid or manage the risks that arise when an unexpected disruption in a project results in a substantial financial impact.

When PAR was contracted to provide all of the plumbing for Riverside K, a 32-story luxury condominium on Manhattan’s West Side, they knew that space inside the walls would be tight. HOLDRITE support systems made for a simpler installation while also saving PAR time.

Mechanical construction requires that workers perform many of their tasks at heights of 6’ or more above a lower level or an object. MCAA’s Fall Restraint and Arrest Systems Safety Training Video educates workers about when and how to properly use fall restraint and fall protection systems to protect themselves from injury. Accompanying materials highlight key training points and assist contractors in documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training.

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

Building owners and property managers have a lot at stake in their investments, so they look to their MCAA contractors for solutions. When evaluating mechanical equipment, hassle-free operation and long equipment life are important parts of the purchase equation — here are five ways to enhance the performance of evaporative cooling equipment and save on energy costs.

One of the issues that mobile-equipped companies struggle with is how to handle operating system (OS) updates. When to update depends on business needs, but you should only push out OS updates after evaluating risks and if they bring significant value to your business.

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

OSHA recently published a proposed rule that would establish a five-month enforcement delay of the new provisions in it’s recordkeeping rule. The new provisions require affected employers to report work-related injuries and illnesses to the agency annually in electronic format.

This week’s Highlight is our One-Day Optional Bonus Program, Managing Your People Profits, on Sunday, October 15th from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Knowing when to service or replace aging plumbing equipment is critical to maintaining a clean, operational commercial restroom. Like regularly changing the oil in your car, consistent preventive maintenance helps avoid critical, costlier repairs down the road.

Members have access to a full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide. This online version enhances the look and feel of our printed directory with digital-only benefits.

In search of a way to track equipment efficiently, Icon Mechanical took advantage of Milwaukee Tool’s ONE-KEY™, the first digital platform for tools and equipment. Now, it has a full picture of the company’s allocation and location of equipment and has experienced a noteworthy increase in tools being returned.

CFI Mechanical, Inc. of Houston, TX has contributed $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $42,500.

Come learn about the latest HVACR and plumbing products and services on Supplier Partnership Day at our Exhibitor’s Display on October 16, 2017. The MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference will be held October 15-18, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL at the Boca Raton Resort and Club!

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

The MCA of Kansas City has contributed $10,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $305,000.

Internships are an opportunity to identify and evaluate potential full-time hires for your organization. Building a structured internship program will provide the opportunity for your firm to recruit talented students and provide a flexible, cost-effective labor force without a long-term commitment.

On June 15, 2017, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney issued a Memorandum (M-17-26) Reducing Burden for Federal Agencies by Rescinding and Modifying OMB Memoranda, rolling back some regulatory requirements on Federal agencies imposed by previous OMB Memoranda.

Thanks to Erickson Incorporated, a global provider of innovative aerial services, The Hill Group saved around $45,000 on several heavy lifts along the downtown lakefront of Chicago, IL, in one day. They also shortened their project timelines considerably.

“Uh-oh, OSHA just showed up!” These words can turn even the most seasoned jobsite supervisors into nervous wrecks. Avoid the stress with MCAA’s OSHA Inspections Safety Training Video, which will help you prepare for and properly manage OSHA jobsite safety inspections.

What do the best mechanical contractors in the industry and students from across the country have in common? They’ll be at MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum, the conference that connects future professionals with MCAA members and future internship and full-time employment opportunities.

If you missed Plumbing Service 101, Finding and Developing Great Plumbing Techs, no worries! It is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

By taking advantage of the multiprocess capabilities of the Miller® PipeWorx 400 welding system, mechanical contractor De-Cal, Inc., was able to change its pipe welding processes to significantly improve productivity—by as much as 30–40 percent—while also growing business.

The John W. Danforth Company, a charter member of MCAA and a leading northeast US regional mechanical construction company, hosted a fundraiser for New York Congressman Chris Collins on May 31st in Buffalo, NY. Congressman Collins discussed his amendment in the House-passed health care measure to alleviate the local county tax burden in financing health care subsidies, among other topics. Local area construction firms highlighted issues related to multiemployer pension reform and the need for quick Congressional proactive policy changes.

The MCA of Cleveland has contributed $5,000 to the Mechanical Contracting & Education Research Foundation (MCERF) which is their final payment of $25,000 pledge made in 2012…AND they began a brand new $30,000 pledge!

A new volume of toolbox safety talks is now available. MCAA Toolbox Safety Talks for Mechanical Construction Workers (Volume VI) features 52 new talks representing one talk for each week in a calendar year.

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

With customized solutions from Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., Pan-Pacific Mechanical (PPM) met the challenges of the California Building Code and their client’s demand for a visually pleasing building. Jay R. Smith’s willingness to provide products that adapted to PPM’s custom approach ensured that construction of the new Kaiser Permanente San Diego Regional Medical Center (KPSD) went off without a hitch.

Don’t miss Emmy-nominated Actor, Voice Actor, Accomplished Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Author — John Ratzenberger who will speak at October 18th’s Closing Session at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

To help San Diego State University’s (SDSU’s) Associated Students reach its goal of making all its buildings LEED® certified by 2020, University Mechanical installed an Uponor in-slab radiant heating and cooling system in the new student union. Now, the three story Aztec Center is not only highly sustainable, it is also LEED Platinum certified.

Have you registered your crucial service dispatchers for MSCA Dispatchers Professional Development Training Program, September 18-19, 2017, in Dallas, TX? This class is almost SOLD OUT so register now to ensure that your service dispatchers are well-prepared to effectively perform their role!

Each year the National Safety Council encourages America to celebrate National Safety Month (June). MCAA is helping you celebrate with three new Safety Resources.

MCAA’s highly-rated Field Leaders Conference gives your project supervisors the chance to learn some new skills that could make the difference on your jobs.

Helping MCAA members manage projects and their costs more effectively is the aim of two new Management Methods Bulletins just published by MCAA’s Management Methods Committee—PDF Editing Utilization for the Mechanical Contractor and Managing Retainage – A Critical Component of Effective Cash Flow.

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

This week’s conference highlight is Tech Demos! Come join us at the registration area for demonstrations and display of all things Tech from October 16-18, 2017 at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Faced with the need to minimize noise and limit work to daytime hours for a hospital remodeling project, Dynamic Systems, Inc. (DSI) prefabricated as much as possible, calling on CADDY products from Pentair to get the job done and also saving time on the jobsite. The project called for DSI to add a floor to the hospital while the hospital was still serving patients.

To meet the coordination challenges and compressed timeline of an historic building renovation in downtown Philadelphia, A.T. Chadwick turned to Victaulic’s drawing services team. The speed of installation of Victaulic grooved piping systems would also prove crucial to meeting deadlines, as well as reducing costs.

Complete pre-planning and scheduling are vital to a project’s success and profitability, but how do you ensure that it happens? MCAA’s Planning for Profitability: Your Guide to Successful Preconstruction Planning is here to help. The guide walks your team through 19 planning phases to ensure that nothing is overlooked.

Let your PMs and others who manage projects benefit from the experience and insight of their peers with MCAA’s Project Manager’s Manual, which reflects the experience of men and women who have successfully managed construction projects throughout the country as well as the research of experts in our industry.

By installing Daikin Applied highly efficient Rebel rooftop units, Egan Company overcame time challenges and space constraints, providing Bethel University with a more effective, energy-saving solution to its HVAC needs.

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

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Kentucky, Inc. has contributed $3,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $28,500.

This week’s Sneak Peek is Mick Ebeling, Founder of Not Impossible Labs, who is scheduled to speak on October 17th’s General Session at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Zurn Industries, LLC enabled U.S. Engineering Company to “move the chains” faster than usual during the rough-in phase of building a new stadium for Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Patrick Barnett, project manager for U.S. Engineering, said Zurn’s lean construction practices provided “at least a 10-percent” labor savings for the company.

MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum (September 28-30, Indianapolis, IN) will bring together students from across the U.S. and Canada with MCAA members who want to hire them. Their mutual interest in our industry and its potential to grow and thrive will electrify this exciting conference.

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

To combat the signs of mold and mildew growth, a Southeastern U.S. house of worship installed the APR Control manufactured by Rawal Devices, Inc. to eliminate the humidity causing the problem. Thanks to the new control, the organization avoided major health effects and was able to restore its facility to full use.

For the eighth consecutive year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope will work together to assist a local charitable organization, this year in Boca Raton at the Palm Beach County Food Bank, during MSCA 2017 Education Conference to be held this October 15-18. We need your help in reaching our minimum donation goal of $50,000 to assist Convoy’s Children’s Feeding Initiatives.

The NCPWB Spring Technical Committee Meeting provided a wide range of information including best practices for brazing copper joints in high-pressure HVACR application, using advanced GMAW (MIG) in the field, addressing the challenges of welding Grade 91 (9Cr-1Mo-V) Chromium-Molybdenum steel, tips for using Pipe Fabrication Institute standards. The event took place April 23-26, 2017 in San Antonio.

If your professional recruiting efforts could use a boost, then plan to show off your company and its attributes during Future Fest, the kick-off event for MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum in Indianapolis, IN, September 28-30.

MCAA’s model safety programs make it quick and easy to create customized safety programs. Whether you need to develop a sound, industry-specific basic safety and health program for construction or service, or enhance an existing program, MCAA’s got you covered. A variety of topic-specific model programs complement the basic programs and ensure your compliance with OSHA requirements.

Congratulations to the MCA of Western Pennsylvania and Robert Morris University for organizing and establishing MCAA’s 53rd student chapter! Chapter representatives of the Robert Morris Student Chapter will receive their charter at MCAA’s 2018 convention in San Antonio, TX.

Since they started using the Miller® PipeWorx 400 welding system, Team Industries has reduced rework—saving time and money—because of the system’s ease of use and consistent arc quality. “We have seen a decrease in X-ray failure. The consistency of the arc definitely plays a role in that,” said Jim VanZeeland, shop superintendent. “It’s just been a great machine for us.”

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

A Sneak Peak at the MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference Opening Session with guest speaker Vinh Giang who will demonstrate how your beliefs dictate your actions and in order to achieve “The Possible,” you must first break down what you think is impossible.

MCAA’s 2017 Field Leaders Conference (Denver, May 10-12) provided 200 foremen and superintendents with the management and leadership skills they need to be effective in managing jobsite labor, other personnel and operations to keep projects on time, on budget and profitable.

With the phase out of R-22 by 2020 driving up pricing, contractors are looking for more options to retrofit R-22 air conditioning (AC) units without having to change the oil. “Generally speaking, you can see system improvements after a retrofit as a result of recommissioning the equipment,” said Ron Vogl, global technical marketing and services manager for Honeywell Refrigerants.

The MCAA/Construction Employers of America (CEA) Legislative Conference brought together a near record crowd of MCAA members and members of other CEA sponsoring groups. The conference’s education sessions and lobbying meetings focused on key MCAA/CEA legislative issues and provided an opportunity for members to share their views with Senators, Representatives and key staff.

Whether you’re planning to attend the Fabrication Conference or looking for tips to help you build or fine-tune your fab shop, MCAA has a resource to assist. These resources were written by contractors who have been in your shoes and want to share their knowledge.

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

In this third Plumbing Service 101 webinar series, Finding and Developing Great Plumbing Service Technicians, you will learn about the important traits to look for in your recruiting efforts and the skills needed for success.

OSHA recently delayed enforcement of its 2016 rule on respirable crystalline silica. The enforcement date has been changed from June 23, 2017 to September 23, 2017.

West Chester Mechanical Contractors, Inc. has contributed $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $30,000.

MCAA urges all affected members to participate in the 4th annual nationwide OSHA Safety Stand Down to help prevent workers from falling from elevations, and protect those workers who do fall.

Emerson conducted a survey in 2015 of more than 450 HVAC professionals and found that only 11 percent are aware of upcoming commercial HVAC regulations and many don’t understand how those regulations will impact their business. Here are 10 things you need to know about the changes affecting the commercial air conditioning (AC) market.

Get the latest from FabPro1, T-Drill Industries, Inc. and more in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show, where our contractor members connect with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, is four days packed with networking, interaction and engagement! The conference theme for 2017 is “The Possible”!

MCAA is proud to announce another component of our new partnership with the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). MCAA members are invited to participate in the CFMA 2017 Benchmarking Survey (based on 2016 results). Any MCAA member who participates in the survey will receive complementary reports comparing their company’s performance to the survey results.

While refrigerant recovery is accepted as a fact of life for today’s air conditioning and refrigeration (AC/R) technicians, it remains one of the most time-consuming steps in servicing an AC/R system. This can make it tempting for a technician on a tight schedule to skip the recovery process. However, with the proper understanding of equipment and methods, refrigerant recovery can be faster and easier than venting. Just like tires can affect a car’s performance, the hoses, fittings, manifold, and recovery cylinder all play a role in how quickly and efficiently the recovery process is completed.

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions partnered with KEY2ACT to create See, software that allows contractors to use smart glasses on job sites to capture photos and videos of their work. The new technology helped MacDonald-Miller speed up customer payment and dramatically cut down the time spent explaining work that was done to customers disputing charges. It also increases customer engagement, building trust and leading to new work.

On the most recent episode of the BuiltWorlds video series, All Hands on Tech, Steve Matson, MILWAUKEE TOOL’s Senior Product Manager, spoke about the capabilities of Bluetooth technology for tracking and handling tools. MILWAUKEE TOOL recently expanded their ONE KEY technology with the new TICK device that allows contractors to mount a construction-durable tracker to just about anything on the jobsite.

If you missed the February or April Plumbing Service 101 webinars, you can access them in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

MCAA members who hire a student for an internship or a full-time position at MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum (September 28-30, Indianapolis) will not only qualify for a $1,000 grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), but will also receive a $500 gift card. And, the student hired will receive a $500 gift card as well.

By transitioning from paper forms to iPads using MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies, L.J. Kruse Company saved time, increasing its billable hours. “We have dramatically reduced the time spent transporting and handling paperwork as well as eliminated mistakes,” said Nathan Kruse, vice president, L.J. Kruse Co. “MobiliForms has already paid for itself in time savings and eliminating errors.”

You found a way to overcome a challenge in the office, in the fab shop, on the project site or in dealing with customers and suppliers and it worked so well, your company’s bottom line benefited. If other companies are likely facing the same challenge, why not share the idea so that challenge becomes a thing of the past?

Are you assertively addressing distracted driving and other workplace distractions with your fitters, plumbers, service techs, and other affected workers? MCAA’s worker safety training video on workplace distractions and six other workplace distractions safety resources will help you get the message out.

We’re thrilled that so many of you are interested in ConsensusDOCS! When placing your order, be sure to use MCAA’s new Discount Code – MCAA100 – at checkout to receive the discounted MCAA member pricing.

OSHA’s new rule to protect construction workers from overexposure to crystalline silica becomes enforceable on September 23, 2017. Under the right conditions, overexposure to silica can lead to silicosis and other health problems. To help its members protect their workers, MCAA provides several resources. All are free to members as a benefit of membership.

Just one year after investing in the BuildingAdvice Energy Services Delivery platform, T.H. Eifert Mechanical Contractors has generated in excess of $400,000 in new preventive maintenance (PM) contracts and pull-through sales, providing a sizable, early return on investment. The energy assessment and tracking tools from BuildingAdvice help T.H. Eifert make a solid case for installing and maintaining energy-efficient products.

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John E. Green Co. of Highland, MI, cut labor and installation time by using Aquatherm’s polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe systems for a 2013 project at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy (U of D Jesuit). The project went so well that when U of D Jesuit and John E. Green teams reconvened in 2014 to plan the school’s new science building, no other piping options were considered.

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA.

The OSHA 10 & 30 hour construction safety standards courses, and the OSHA 10 hour general industry safety standards course (fabrication shops & mechanical service work) are available to MCAA and MSCA members at discounted prices.

Manual material handling is the largest single cause of lost workday injuries in construction. One out of every four work injuries happens because someone lifted, carried, pushed, or pulled something the wrong way or lifted beyond his or her capacity. Workers should be trained on proper and safe material handling techniques either manually or by using mechanical means. The use of correct handling techniques is one of the ways to help reduce injuries.

Have your human resources policies kept pace with change? If they don’t address electronic communications and social media, cell phones and other technology-centric issues, MCAA’s Guide to Human Resources Policies can help fill the gap. The guide, which reflects current trends and law, provides examples of human resources policies and guidelines. These provide a starting point from which you can customize the guide to meet your company’s needs.
 
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To repair a refrigerant leak in the computer room of an office tower tenant, Davis Mechanical Service, Inc. turned to Parker Hannifin Corporation’s ZoomLock™ Braze-Free Fittings, avoiding the need to use a torch or get a burn permit. As a result, Davis Mechanical completed the whole repair in less than an hour and with minimal disruption to the client.

Kenneth R. Marino, Wayne Crouse, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA has made another personal contribution to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), bringing his total contribution to $13,500.

Owners of a Washington, DC, apartment complex undergoing renovation selected Daikin products for their reliability and energy-saving potential. The choice not only improved comfort and energy efficiency in the buildings but also netted a $62,000 rebate from the local electric utility, enhancing the owners’ return on investment.

Sloan Valve Company and Zurn Industries, LLC have posted new information in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show! Our Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council, because who doesn’t need the best strategic supply chain to enhance your productivity and profitability! We know you already love the exhibits at the MCAA Convention, MSCA’s Educational Conference, the Safety Directors’ Conference and our Technology Conference. Now in addition you can catch the latest products and other offerings all year long!

Victaulic’s project management, coordination, and new 3D scanning technology allowed Western Mechanical Contractors, Inc. to cut days off the schedule for a historic building renovation, cutting labor costs and keeping the project on time and within budget. The 100-year-old Detroit News Building in downtown Detroit, MI, posed several challenges to restoration—including one tenant who remained in the building throughout the project.

President Trump signed H. J. Res 83, rescinding a controversial change to OSHA’s recordkeeping rule. The rescinded provision extended the statute of limitations for OSHA to issue citations for recordkeeping violations from six months to five years.

For Seattle’s new State Route 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, Diamond B Constructors, Inc. knew they could count on Anvil International for flexible couplings and fittings for the Schedule 40 pipe of the bridge’s wastewater removal system. In addition, because Anvil’s products used on this project were manufactured in its U.S. plants, they satisfied the requirements of the Federal Highway Administration for American-made construction supplies.

Mollenberg-Betz, Inc. of Buffalo, NY contributed $3,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing their total contribution to the Foundation to $8,000. H. Van Mollenberg, President of Mollenberg-Betz, says it’s an honor to be able to do so!

Are you being asked to use rates other than those included in MCAA’s Tool & Equipment Rental Guide? Not to worry… EquipmentWatch prepares the rates in MCAA’s guide using the same cost formulas and methodology they use for their own rates.

Got a great idea that helped your company overcome a challenge in the office, in the shop or in the field? Nominate it for the E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation.

Skin Cancer has become a major concern in the mechanical construction and service industry. Every year more than 5 million cases of skin cancer are treated nationwide. The vast majority of skin cancer cases are attributed to (UV) Radiation from the sun. Working in the sun unprotected substantially increases the risk of developing skin cancer.

If your company has hired a well-qualified college student for the summer, then apply for a Student Internship Grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). The grants are $1,000 each and your company may apply for up to two until the end of this year. The grant will help cover the intern’s salary and expenses.

Have you forgotten how amazing MCAA’s 2017 convention was? Here’s a reminder. MCAA heads for the hills…San Antonio’s Hill Country to be exact…for MCAA 2018, March 25-29 at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
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Distracted driving is a growing concern, especially for mechanical construction and service employers. Fortunately, MCAA and its long-time partner in safety CNA have produced resources that will help you address this concern in your own companies.

Thank you for joining us in San Diego for MCAA 2017! You can view, download and share great memories of our time together. Best of all, they’re free! Ready to make new memories? Plan to join us for MCAA 2018 on March 25-29 at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio.

MCAA President Tom Stone welcomed attendees to the Closing General Session and introduced UA General President Mark McManus, saying “I know that everyone in this room – everyone – has immense respect for the United Association, its members, and the job they do every day – for our projects and ultimately, for our owners. They are truly the heartbeat of this country.” After recognizing outgoing members of MCAA’s Board of Directors for their service, he turned over the gavel to 2017 President Greg Fuller. Association leaders were recognized, then astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly took the stage to share their experiences in space and in life. President Fuller wrapped things up with a look ahead at MCAA 2018, which will take place March 25-29 in San Antonio.

MCAA’s Awards of Excellence Breakfast, with breakfast sponsored by NIBCO, honored and celebrated MCAA members’ and future professionals’ excellence throughout the year and at MCAA 2017. MCAA President Tom Stone kicked off the event by announcing the winners of the NIBCO Tennis Round-Robin, the Anvil International Fun Run/Walk and the Victaulic/Carrier Golf Tournament. Following a round of applause for all award winners, President Stone presented the major awards.

MCAA Past President Mark Rogers received MCAA’s highest honor, the Infinity Award for Distinguished Service, at MCAA 2017’s Opening Session. The statue for MCAA’s Distinguished Service Award embodies the infinity symbol, a never-ending loop of learning, succeeding and giving back to others, which are MCAA’s core values.

Noting that we have record attendance at MCAA 2017, MCAA President Tom Stone opened the convention by encouraging everyone to take a moment to reflect on our success. “[T]he people in this room are successful because we never stop learning. This week we will listen to exceptional leaders and visionaries and technical gurus – and take home with us what we learn. Our annual convention is unparalleled in our industry,” he said.

MCAA is proud to announce a new partnership with the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) to offer benchmarking data for the mechanical contracting industry. Our newest resource, 2016 Benchmarking Data for Mechanical Contractors, is now available to all MCAA members free as a benefit of membership.

Tuesday afternoon offered MCAA 2017 attendees three very different learning experiences: the Student Chapter Competition that showcased future industry professionals, roundtable discussions that encouraged attendees to learn from one another, and a special session that brought the San Diego Zoo to MCAA 2017. Wednesday found attendees back to the business of education with a variety of sessions.

MCAA 2017 attendees hit the ground running with a variety of learning opportunities designed to advance their knowledge about new industry trends, technologies and practices. Whether they came to San Diego hoping to develop or hone their leadership abilities, learn new business growth strategies, explore new building technology applications, discover strategies and methods to attract new talent or take a step back and take stock, experts were on hand to share their insights and experiences.

MCAA 2017 attendees headed to this year’s Manufacturer/Supplier Exhibit in droves, eager to learn about the new products, technologies and services that can help their businesses grow, cut costs, save time, and reduce errors. They discovered how innovations can provide a competitive advantage, whether by increasing productivity or boosting bottom-line results. New technologies were also on display for inspection and hands-on testing.

MCAA sponsored the 2016 Construction Technology Report, produced by MCAA’s Technology partner, JBKnowledge. As part of our sponsorship, MCAA has now published a new MCAA-Focused report that segments out responses given by MCAA members and compares them to the rest of the construction industry. With this new report, MCAA members can not only see how their companies compare to other MCAA members, but how our membership compares to the industry at large.

Check out the very latest Smart Solutions case studies that spotlight MCAA mechanical contractors who found their “smart solution” by partnering with members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council. Learn how these companies found innovative ways to meet their contractor clients’ needs by improving productivity, cutting costs and saving time on the job.
 
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MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference provided world class, industry-specific safety and health education and outstanding networking opportunities for 215 participants. Attendees included occupational safety and health professionals from member firms and local affiliates, UA local instructors, MCA local executives, and others. Topic experts from around the country presented fifteen educational sessions throughout the three-day conference.

MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) Course 17 continues its four-year long tradition of early sell outs, closing out each course before March 1. A wait list will be started in case of cancellations.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Indiana has contributed $5,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $110,000.

If you’re looking for a fabricator that will make consistent repeatable pipe cuts for a fraction of the cost of commercial cutters, check out the award-winning innovation created by Air Masters Corporation of Fenton, MO and described in a recently-released MCAA Management Methods Bulletin.

Several of OSHA’s recently released safety and health regulations have provisions that become enforceable sometime this year. The three that apply to the mechanical industry are silica, recordkeeping, and crane operator certification.

If you’ve hired a college student as an intern or a co-op, apply for a $1,000 Student Internship Grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). Hire another intern and apply for another grant. You can apply for up to two grants through the end of this year.

The 2017 Construction Employer’s of America National Issues Conference is now open for registration. This year’s conference will be held May 2 – 4 at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and promises to be one of the best and most comprehensive held to date.

Looking for your next great employee to groom and help you push your company to the next level? Well there’s a “bulletin” for that and you already own it as a free MCAA member benefit! But, wait, there’s more…

This report by MCAA Technology Committee Member Britton Langdon gives the pros and cons of the most applicable technology from the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) exhibit. It includes the latest in augmented reality, drones, cameras, sensors, mapping devices and scanners.

Thank you…two simple words, too infrequently used, arresting in their power. When a company’s culture revolves around saying “thank you” to its customers and employees alike, good things just seem to follow. Thank you, Jim Mooney, for reminding us!

On January 23rd, President Trump held a White House meeting with UA General President Mark McManus and other leaders of the Building Trades. On January 24th, President Trump signed Executive Orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.

At the 2017 Safety Directors Conference, Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Construction Technology, presented the findings from the latest MCAA Technology Research Series on Safety Applications. The new study, produced independently by JBK Labs, focuses in on apps that can be used by companies to document, report, organize and even predict future incidents.

If you have an iPad or iPhone, it’s easy. Follow these simple steps to customize your MCAA.org experience by making, for example, the Safety Excellence Initiative or MSCA.org an app on your home screen.

MCAA is producing several new safety and health resources for members in 2017, including a variety of training materials and updates to the popular Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades and the Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published a new rule on Beryllium. The rule does apply to the construction industry, but it will have little effect on mechanical construction employers.

The Management Methods Committee has been updating and revising bulletins to ensure they continue to help you solve problems and answer questions that will keep your business on track, growing and thriving. Whether it’s a general business issue, a project management challenge or a technology question, a Management Methods Bulletin just may have the answer.

Four years ago, ANVIL made a new pledge to the Foundation of $100,000…this on top of the $1.1 million it had already contributed. Year number four of that pledge just ended; the fourth $10,000 installment just arrived!

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) is again making available Student Internship Grants to all MCAA members who hire college students majoring in a discipline related to mechanical contracting. The grants are for $1,000, and MCAA members are eligible to apply for up to two grants during 2017.

MSCA’s Insights into Field Service Software webinar is now available for viewing in your own time. You can access it in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

If you missed the February webinar of Plumbing Service 101, Plumbing Service Business Basics, it is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Mechanical Service Contractors of America is pleased to announce its much anticipated Plumbing Service 101 webinar series and workbooks! Each webinar and workbook module will focus on a key facet of operating a successful plumbing service business. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

New HVACR chiller training courses are now being offered by the United Association Training Department in conjunction with Carrier Corporation and Johnson Controls through the 2017 Regional Training System. These courses will be taught by authorized factory instructors, incorporating manufacturer specific curriculum, and have limited availability. Admittance into each course is subject to registration policies by each participating manufacturer.

In the latest PCA Podcast, Armand Kilijian from O’Brien Mechanical in San Francisco joined Sean McGuire to talk about water efficiency challenges that contractors face in California. The conversation explored the city’s infrastructure inefficiencies, the requirements of retention cisterns, purple pipe and onsite water treatment and reuse systems.

This guide provides mechanical construction employers with the information needed to objectively select subcontractors that are committed to jobsite safety and health, and assist them through the process of establishing and implementing the programs, policies, procedures, and safe work practices necessary to consistently perform their work safely.

The 39 graduates of MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) Course 16 paid it forward in a big way. At least four of the class’ seven final project teams will have their projects memorialized as MCAA Management Methods Bulletins.

MCAA recently released an excellent safety resource… the MCAA Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers. This resource is similar in design to the association’s extremely popular Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades, and Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades.

The California Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association (CPMCA) has contributed $7,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $262,500.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania (MCA of EPA) has made a $10,000 contribution to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $160,000.

Technology is making our world a better place in which to live and work, as well as transforming our industry. Find out how and why from the experts at MCAA 2017 (March 5-9, San Diego, CA).

Don’t miss the new short tech update videos developed jointly with BuiltWorlds for MCAA members. Stay ahead of the change curve!
 
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MCAA’s 2017 Field Leaders Conference (Denver, May 10-12) provides foremen and superintendents with the management and leadership skills they need to be effective in managing jobsite labor, other personnel and operations to keep projects on time, on budget and profitable. Act now while space is available.

JBKnowledge, MCAA’s technology research partner, just released its fifth annual report on construction technology practices. This year’s report saw a record number of responses from respondents across the construction industry, with over 700 MCAA members participating.
 
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The revised rule now allows service technicians to perform their tasks without fall prevention or protection systems, but only under specified conditions.

Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning for Supervisors is one of six mechanical construction supervisor safety training videos that are available to you as a benefit of membership.

Arden Building Companies LLC have contributed $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $5,200.

This year’s Industry Improvement Funds Conference featured speakers who educated the group on the various roles that industry funds play as well as proper uses for them. A record attendance of 130 participants took advantage of the two-day educational offerings.

The ARCA/MCA of Ontario, CA has contributed $1,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing their total contribution to the Foundation to $11,000.

If you’re looking for a well-qualified student to hire as an intern or to fill a full-time professional position, MCAA has yet another resource to help you with your search—MCAA’s Student Chapter Contacts list.

OSHA recently released compliance guidelines addressing several provisions in its revised recordkeeping rule.

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council, because who doesn’t need the best strategic supply chain to enhance your productivity and profitability! We know you already love the exhibits at the MCAA Convention, MSCA’s Educational Conference, the Safety Directors’ Conference and our Technology Conference. Now in addition you can catch the latest products and other offerings all year long!

Following a multi-year tradition, board of directors’ members for the MCA of Connecticut and the MCA of New England all donated generously to the MCAA PAC. Both associations are among the most consistent supporters of MCAA’s PAC and legislative policy initiatives.

MCAA’s growing family of student chapters at colleges and universities around the country has increased by two—one at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and another at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in Fairbanks, AK.

Compliance is easy and cost effective for members with MCAA’s new Model Silica Exposure Control Plan for Mechanical Construction.

While nobody likes constant change, there usually comes a time for your company when you feel like you have to make a decision to stay with the same software or make a break. You owe it to your company to check out the new MSCA Field Service Software Report, released at the MSCA Conference as part of the ongoing MCAA Technology Series. It’s free to members!

MCAA’s Collective Bargaining Seminar aimed at improving bargaining relations, the effectiveness of terms and conditions to improve project performance and achieving the ultimate goal of improving MCAA and UA market share.

If your experience at the 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit inspired you to organize an MCAA student chapter, “Starting an MCAA Student Chapter” can help.

Four new silica safety resources are now available to MCAA members. The resources will help your workers protect themselves from overexposure to silica and help your company comply with OSHA’s new standard… Respirable Crystalline Silica. Affected employers must be in compliance with the standard by June 23, 2017.

MSCA 2016 Conference inspired all that attended with amazing speakers, big news, great camaraderie, an awesome exhibitor display and even fireworks!

MSCA releases a Field Service Software Report to help members evaluate, understand and select service software. The report is the fourth in the MCAA Technology Research Series developed by JBKnowledge.

For the seventh consecutive year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope work together to assist a local charitable organization in Phoenix during the recent MSCA conference thanks to our volunteers and donations from our members.

MCAA’s 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit drew a record number of MCAA student chapter members, faculty advisors, contractors and local association execs for a Mile-High experience. New technologies, career advice, Student Competition news, a new mini competition format and a fabulous tour of a local brewery made for an over-the-top Summit to remember.

Mechanical, Inc. of Freeport, IL has contributed $5,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $17,500.

MSCA announces a new era! MSCA CONNECT is now your go-to resource to build connections and valuable relationships within all facets of the service industry.

Frank Schaetzke has contributed $500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing his total contributions to the Foundation to $2,500.

MCAA has released the 2016-2017 edition of its Tool and Equipment Rental Guide. The guide puts the latest comprehensive cost recovery information for commonly used tools and equipment at your fingertips. The guide is free as a member benefit.

Flat rate premiums for multiemployer pension plans increased by 3.7 percent, rising from $27 to $28, for plan years beginning in 2017.

For the eighth consecutive year, 100% of ARCA/MCA’s Board members have contributed to the MCAA PAC. Increasingly, MCA local affiliates’ boards are supporting the MCAA PAC, allowing MCAA to better meet the legislative challenges facing our industry.

Don’t miss out on MCAA’s safety training resources for supervisors such as the video, Making It Work: Safety Conflict Resolution.

MCAA’s Guide to Human Resources Policies–just updated to reflect current technologies, practices and laws–is now available for download at no charge as a benefit of MCAA membership.

EPA makes changes to the National Recycling and Emissions Reduction Program regarding the handling, use and sale of ozone depleting substances.

MCAA recently teamed up with the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention to help spread the word about the increasing number of suicides in the construction industry.

Sponsors of the GreatFutures 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit (October 13-15, Denver, CO) helped make this our best Summit ever. MCAA thanks host MCA of Colorado and these fine member companies for their generous contributions to this annual conference: CNA, NIBCO, Viega, Victaulic, Zurn, Murphy Company, U.S. Engineering and Milwaukee Tool.

For a Limited Time Only – you can enroll in the highly regarded MSCA Sales Masters Training Program without taking the prerequisite Sales Leadership Symposium.

An MSCA original – Sales Masters is the only service sales program available in our industry that is mechanical service industry specific. Sales Masters is now open for registration. Limited spaces available so don’t miss out and sign up today!

Last Sales Basecamp course offered for 2017! Register for MSCA Sales Basecamp for your new or entry-level service sales staff. The program will be held May 1-2 in Philadelphia, PA.

Register for the MSCA Sales Basecamp for new or entry-level sales personnel. Classes fill up fast! The program will be held May 1-2 in Philadelphia, PA.

Learn about Zika virus risk reduction and protective measures that you can pass on to your workers.

In our Tuesday TechTalk, @mcaageek Sean McGuire asks, “Are tablets replacing mobile phones on your jobsite?” What is becoming clear is that the importance of phones is diminishing. With a six-month payback period, more contractors are choosing to provide tablets to their workforce and explore their benefits and productivity.

MCAA recently negotiated an additional member discount for OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Construction Safety Standards Courses.

United Association Executive Vice President Rick Terven testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee on September 22nd on Chairman John Kline’s proposals to modernize multiemployer pensions.

The UA’s Director of Training Chris Haslinger and MCAA General Counsel John McNerney gave a 90-minute presentation to the Department of Labor’s (DoL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

A completely penetrated root pass using an “open root” joint design is the most challenging part of making that weld. Using a backing ring makes it easier to be sure there is full penetration. Check out NCPWB’s new Technical Bulletin.

Watch the fourth MCAA Tech Update, powered by BuiltWorlds, where we explore trending technology that impacts MCAA members. In this special episode, we focus on safety, where we explore the 2017 Safety Directors Conference, take a look at the new MCAA Technology Research Report on Safety Apps, and explore a growing trend of predictive analytics in safety apps.

Have you forgotten how awesome MCAA’s 2016 convention was? Here’s a reminder. We promise MCAA 2017 will be great too!

Subcontractors’ contracts may include provisions that impose fines or penalties for subcontractors’ safety violations. MCAA’s Management Methods Committee has released a Management Methods Bulletin that explains how such provisions could impact a subcontractor and how best to avoid them.

MSCA’s Service Managers Training Program is now open for registration. This popular program will be held March 27 – 30, 2017 in Baltimore, MD.

MCAA hosted a new webinar on Tuesday, August 23 featuring Josh Bone, JB Knowledge’s lead researcher on the BIM to Field Software report. The MCAA webinar provides further detail of the 24 softwares that were evaluated in the third report from the Construction Technology Research Series.

James Benham, Josh Bone and Rob McKinney, otherwise known as the Con Tech Trio, interviewed Chris Weaver, Andy Egan Company’s Director of Technology on Friday, August 12.

The 2016 conference of MCAA’s Association Executives Council (AEC) was a three day in-depth examination of best practices in association management. Conference attendees examined and shared highly useful information and strategies on key topics ranging from building board relationships to unique new educational initiatives.

To better serve our membership, the MCAA Construction Technology Initiative is launching a new feature, a video series on updates in the world of construction tech, powered by BuiltWorlds. View our first edition now!

MCAA has now released its third installment of the Construction Technology Research Series with a report produced by JB Knowledge Labs on BIM to Field Software, free to members.

The effective/enforcement date for two provisions in OSHA’s recently revised Recordkeeping Rule — Employer requirements for “Employee Involvement” and “Prohibition Against Discrimination” — has been extended from August 10, 2016 to November 1, 2016.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation recently received a $1,000 contribution from MCAA Board of Directors member Pat Lynch of CCI Mechanical, Inc. of Salt Lake City, UT — thank you!

MCAA Government Affairs Committee Chairman Bill Albanese and Committee member Jim Gaffney joined in support of the Foundation for Fair Contracting’s (FFC) challenge of an over-broad Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shield by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to withhold certified payrolls in a prevailing wage audit on a NASA job in Greenbelt, MD.

MCAA President Tom Stone did a terrific job representing all MCAA members in his address August 2nd to the UA General Convention in San Diego. Interrupted a number of times by applause, President Stone started strong by telling the delegates that “We are proud to be a union contractor and have been for 110 years since our founding in 1906.”

Planning to build or renovate a fabrication shop for your business? You may want to read through MCAA’s latest management resource, Factors to Consider in Establishing, Operating and Maintaining a Fabrication Shop.

If you’re seeing this page, then you know that the old mcaa.org has been replaced by a bright, shiny new family of websites to better serve our members. The sites you can see now are the publicly available sites. If you’re a member, you should have received an email on July 29th with new login information.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation recently received another $5,000 contribution from the Mid-Atlantic MCA — thank you, Mid-Atlantic!

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $2,500 contribution from the Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company, raising its total contributions to $12,750.

PCA Chairman and MCAA Board of Directors member Armand Kilijian joined the Plumbing Podcast to discuss the importance of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to plumbing contractors. Don’t miss episode 6!

MCAA’s Board of Directors met July 15-16 to consider the association’s program and financial priorities for the coming year. The Board of Directors will next meet in conjunction with MCAA’s 2017 convention in San Diego, CA.

The latest regulatory notice affecting the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) provides 11 changes to the small business subcontracting plan procedures required of prime contractors on covered prime contracts ($1.5 million or more), the most significant of which is the subcontractor listing and payment protections. MCAA had testified in favor of protections.

MCAA’s latest management resource—Employee Reviews—provides information about how to prepare for and conduct employee reviews effectively so that supervisors and employees benefit from the experience.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $2,500 contribution from the MCA of New York, raising its total contributions to $135,000.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $1,000 contribution from the West Michigan MCA. Thank you!

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $5,000 contribution from FitzGerald Contractors (Shreveport, LA), toward its pledge of $100,000.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has raised civil penalties for violations of its rules to take into account inflation since penalties were last set. The new Interim Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 1, will take effect on August 1, 2016 for violations that occurred after November 2, 2015.

MCAA’s technology partner BuiltWorlds summarized the hot topics presented at the 2016 Construction Technology Conference.

Josh Bone, of JBKnowledge, principal author of our Construction Technology BIM Software Analysis Research Report, conducted a webinar on its findings. If you missed it, check out the archived webinar.

The annual round of MCAA local affiliated association summer board meetings continues to bring strong support for the national MCAA Political Action Committee (MCAA-PAC). Lend your support to MCAA advocacy efforts by contributing to the MCAA-PAC by making a contribution today.

MCERF thanks the JF Ahern Company of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin for its generous $25,000 contribution in support of its education and research programs, bringing their total contribution to $125,000. To see how you can help, visit MCERF.org.

If a unique management idea helped your company overcome a challenge and improve your bottom line, consider nominating that innovation for the next prestigious E. Robert Kent Award! You and your innovation will be recognized during the Awards of Excellence program at MCAA 2017 in San Diego.

If you are considering hiring an intern for this summer and you haven’t yet lined up candidates, go to MCAA’s career website, MCAAGreatFutures.org. Over 200 resumes of well-qualified students from across the U.S. and Canada are posted and they’re eager to work for a mechanical, mechanical service or plumbing contractor to learn the business.

Timothy G. Wentz, associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, winner of MCAA’s highest honor – the Distinguished Service Award – and a three-time winner of MCAA’s Educator of the Year Award, became the 2016-2017 president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) during its annual conference in St. Louis, MO last June.

MCAA is honored that President Wentz will participate in MCAA 2017 in San Diego, CA!

OMB Memorandum documents support small business subcontracting payment protections already in place in the Federal Prompt Payment Acts of 1982 and 1988 for construction subcontractors.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently issued two reports underscoring its multiemployer plan insurance fund’s precarious position, predicting that complete insolvency is more likely than not by 2025, if not sooner.

Last week, the Construction Employers of America (CEA), of which MCAA is a member, submitted a list of construction industry policies to the national Democrat and Republican Parties to consider for inclusion in their platforms during their upcoming conventions.

The Department of Labor (DoL) issued new rules pertaining to reporting by labor relations consultants and counsel relative to “persuader” activity, which were to take effect on July 1, 2016 but were stayed by court action.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $10,000 contribution from the New England Mechanical Contractors Association, raising its total contributions to $220,800. Thank you!

Sixteen faculty members from as many universities came to the P1 Group, Inc. in Lenexa, KS in June for a very successful three-day crash course in mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems (M-E-P) – the 2016 Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium’s (MEAC) Faculty Training Camp. Thanks to MCERF for their financial support.

Construction Technology Conference gets underway in Indianapolis.

MCAA has just made available its Safety Bulletin with information about the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised recordkeeping rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The revised rule requires affected employers to electronically submit, annually, specified occupational injury and illness information directly to the agency. The bulletin provides information on key

Bob Bolton, a member of the MCAA Board of Directors and the MCAA Government Affairs Committee, discussed the recent Treasury Department decision to veto the Teamster Central States remedial benefit suspension proposal with Labor Secretary Tom Perez at a recent Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce event in Providence, RI.

A long list of House and Senate representatives covered a wide range of issues affecting MCAA and allied association members’ business concerns. Issues discussed included a new bill to stem payroll fraud stemming from misclassifying employees as independent contractors from lead Representative Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and federal Infrastructure funding measures by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Representative John Delaney (D-MD). The program concluded with an address by Sean McGarvey, president of the North America Building Trades Unions.

Former Congressman George Miller took charge of the pension reform segment of the program. He led an expert discussion of the alternate/composite plan proposal that MCAA and the Quality Construction Alliance are hoping to move through Congress this year. Mr. Miller and Randy DeFrehn of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP)

A Technical Bulletin just issued by the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB) concerns failures in seamless carbon steel pipe, fittings and flanges during hydrostatic testing due to changes in steelmaking practices by certain mills over the last five years.

As anticipated, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule – Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – is final and was published in the May 12, 2016 issue of the Federal Register.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation has received a $10,000 contribution from the MCA of Kansas City, raising its total contributions  to $295,000. The Foundation Board of Trustees is very grateful for the generous contribution which will help support MCERF’s continuing industry education and research activities. Find out more about how MCERF is assuring

The Treasury Department’s Special Master, Kenneth Feinberg, rejected the remedial application of the Teamsters Central States’ pension plan to cut benefits in order to save the plan from even greater cuts due under the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation insolvency status. Feinberg said the remedial plan actuarial and participant age assumptions were unreasonable, the benefits cuts

About 180 MCAA members traveled to central Texas in early May for MCAA’s 2016 Fabrication Conference. Hosted by Dynamic Systems, Inc. (Austin, TX), the tour of the company’s fabrication operation gave attendees an appreciation of the company’s focus on process and productivity plus much, much more.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $5,000 donation from the Mid-Atlantic MCA, raising its total contributions to $41,000. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the contribution and the support of its ongoing education and research programs. Find out more about MCERF’s programs.

If keeping your plumbing service trucks stocked with the right equipment for the right jobs has proven to be more challenging than it should, then check out this week’s Plumbing Pod podcast. Ed Gormley of Gormley Plumbing & Heating (McMinnville, OR) shares tips for inventory management, standardized tools, and software that can be used to

As part of 2016’s Safety Week celebration, MCAA is presenting a webinar on Building Safety Engagement: How to Get Everything You Want at Work (and in Life) on May 5 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Led by Dr. John Austin, an internationally recognized coach of business leaders on safety and human performance, the webinar will

During the United Association’s Eighth Annual Tripartite Conference in Chicago April 26, MCAA President Tom Stone highlighted the best-value proposition MCAA employers and UA labor present for construction owners nationwide.

If your answer is “yes,” then plan to participate in MCAA’s next Construction Technology Webinar on May 12, Optimizing Fabrication with BIM, at 1:00 p.m. Led by Josh Bone, BIM Services Manager with JB Knowledge, you will learn how Building Information Modeling (BIM) can help streamline your fabrication operation workflows for those willing to make

If you missed Courtney France’s webinar on April 14 about how our industry is responding to the water crisis, check out the Plumbing Contractors of America’s (PCA) latest podcast, Water Crisis: Pushing the Limits of Building Water Conservation. France of France Sustainable Solutions and Sean McGuire of MCAA discuss the PCA webinar she led that

MCAA members met with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) on pension reform on April 21, pressing for positive action by Congress that would allow plan trustees the option to consider adopting new pension plan designs, if appropriate for their area.

The winner of the 2015 E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation – PIPES (Process Information Portal Enabling Success) – developed by The BP Group (Glendale, N.Y.) and ATX Advisory Services – is now available for MCAA members. PIPES is an innovative tool that allows a company to easily view the entire workflow of its

Samuel A. Shuman of Speer Mechanical (Columbus, OH) and MCAA Past President passed away on April 12. He was 89. Shuman, a graduate of Penn State University, joined Speer Mechanical in 1957 and built it into one of the leading mechanical contracting businesses in Ohio. He was active locally in the MCA of Central Ohio,

MCAA’s new safety bulletin on OSHA’s new silica rule is now available. The bulletin describes the key compliance requirements and also summarizes the entire standard, which was published in the Federal Register on March 25. The new standard becomes effective on June 23, but does not become enforceable in the construction industry until June 23, 2017.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) thanks its generous contributors who have given to the Foundation this year.

The memories of MCAA’s best convention ever are now available on our photo site, mcaa.smugmug.com. You can view, download and share photos from special events or special moments with family and friends…for free as an MCAA membership benefit. To access the photos, go to the link below, click on the MCAA 2016 folder and then choose

James Benham presented the results of an MCAA – JBK Labs research comparative analysis of 3D scanning technology in the first of a multi-part webinar series on construction technology on April 7, 2016.

If you’ve been thinking about adding a 3D scanning system to your operations, be sure to check out MCAA’s report, 3D Scanning Technology – A Comparative Analysis.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $500 contribution from BP Mechanical (Glendale, N.Y.), winner of the 2015 E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation.

MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors program (April 28-29 – Brookfield, WI) will help supervisors understand how to coach, mentor, manage, and motivate their technicians. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive manual containing more than 100 forms and worksheets to use for day-to-day responsibilities in areas such as safety, operations, training, tools, and vehicles. Sorry,

Tom Stone of Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company, Inc. (Englewood, CO) became MCAA’s new president at the closing session of MCAA 2016.

Outstanding MCAA student chapters, an educator and students’ achievements were celebrated at the Annual Awards Breakfast on March 23.

The Annual Awards Breakfast on March 23, 2016 honored members’ sports achievements, exceptional safety performance, innovation and generous contributions to MCERF. Following the announcement of the winners of the golf tournament, tennis tournament, and Fun Run/Walk, MCAA President Steve Dawson announced the winners of the 2015 MCAA-CNA Safety Excellence Awards: Southwest Town Mechanical (Orland Park,

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) has received a $5,000 donation from the MCA of Houston, raising its total contribution to $102,500. The Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the contribution which helps fund MCERF’s education and research activities that keep our industry growing and thriving. Find out more about MCERF activities by clicking

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation has received a $2,500 contribution from Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating (Chicago, IL). The Foundation Board of Trustees greatly appreciates this support which helps ensure the continuation of our education and research programs. Learn more about how MCERF is helping our industry grow and thrive by clicking on

MCAA President-Elect Tom Stone attended a social and dinner gathering with faculty and student members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of MCAA at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) on March 8. Read the complete article posted on the MCAAGreatFutures.org website. Just click on the button below. Read More

Your Service Field Supervisor plays a key role that directly impacts your bottom line. MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors is focused training designed specifically for improving the performance of service field supervisors.

The OSHA standards courses listed on our website are now available online at a 20% discount, as a benefit of MCAA/MSCA membership. MCAA teamed up with ClickSafety to provide these top quality online courses. Learn More

MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) Course 16 is sold out with 38 accepted into the course.

The Department of Labor (DoL) has released proposed rules on Executive Order 13706 requiring direct federal contractors, prime contractors and subcontractors to provide accrued paid sick leave for workers on federal contracts at the rate of one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, with no caps below 56 hours per year permitted.

“Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career. You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better.” MCAA 2016 will celebrate the fact that, together, we have made MCAA better than ever. Can you think of a more appropriate speaker at our Opening Session (just two weeks from today) other than Peyton Manning? We can’t.

MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors program (April 28-29, Brookfield, WI) will help supervisors understand how to coach, mentor, manage, and motivate their technicians. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive manual containing more than 100 forms and worksheets to use for day-to-day responsibilities in areas such as safety, operations, training, tools, and vehicles. Sign-up for

The Piping & Service Coalition, a Western New York partnership of more than 50 contractors and nearly 1,000 highly-skilled union craftspeople represented by Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union No. 22, has made a $25,000 pledge to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), a first-ever labor-management contribution.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $5,000 contribution from Indoor Environmental Services, Inc. (Sacramento, CA). The MCERF Board of Trustees is very grateful for the contribution, which helps the Foundation continue its education and research programs that help our industry thrive and grow.

Glad you asked and it’s easy to find out. We’ve captured the MCERF story and the highlights of the Foundation’s programs and accomplishments in a series of entertaining videos.

The John W. Danforth Company (Tonawanda, NY) has donated $50,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) for a memorial scholarship established to honor the Reilly Family. The Reilly Family Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in $5,000 annual increments to a worthy student for the next 10 years. The MCERF Board of Trustees is very grateful for the generous gift in support of future industry professionals. Find out more about the MCERF program, its activities and the support it continues to provide to advance the industry through education and research.

An MCAA-led industry group provided analyses to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Analysis (OIRA), and the Department of Labor’s (DoL) Wage and Hour Division as part of its efforts to obtain an industry exemption from President Obama’s Executive Order 13706-requiring paid sick leave accrual for those working on federal contracts-for employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement who are working on direct federal construction and federal facility HVAC service contracts.

The 2016 NCPWB Technical Committee Meeting (April 24-25, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra, FL)  featured presentations about the latest developments in welding technologies, materials, equipment and processes. Brandon Boyd and Josh Wilson of Mathey Dearman, Inc., a manufacturer of pipe fabrication tools, explained how modern technology is affecting the productivity, quality and safety

MCAA, in conjunction with Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC, has released the Fourth Edition (February 2016) of its comprehensive inventory and analysis of construction industry multiemployer defined benefit pension plans for all 790 construction industry plans covering the 2004 through the 2013 plan years.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently receives a $5,000 contribution from Mechanical Inc. (Freeport, IL), raising its total contributions to $12,500.

If the building your company is helping construct may face a water crisis, this Green Webinar – Water Crisis: Pushing the Limits of Building Water Conservation is for you.

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Labor Department Wage and Hour Administrator Dr. David Weil released a new Administrator’s Interpretation 2016-1: Joint Employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).

The MCA of Chicago has recently completed its $375,000 pledge to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) with a final $10,000 contribution. But the association’s generosity isn’t stopping there. Recently, the MCA Board of Directors decided to renew its pledge for another ten years, beginning in 2017…in the amount of $125,000, raising its total contributions to $500,000!

MCAA’s 2016 advocacy efforts need your help. Donate to MCAA PAC, a critical factor to our success in moving forward legislation that positively affects your business.

UA General President Bill Hite and MCAA President Steve Dawson submitted joint UA/MCAA comments on the Department of Labor’s new broad non-discrimination and affirmative action requirements for federal and state registered joint apprenticeship and training programs.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $5,000 contribution from the MCA of Houston, raising its total contributions to $102,000.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $50,000 contribution from Mueller Industries, Inc. (Memphis, TN), the final payment on its $100,000 pledge. Mueller is MCERF’s latest Partnership Enterprise member (those who have contributed at least $100,000)! The MCERF Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the generous support which will allow the Foundation to continue funding programs that help our industry grow and thrive. Still thinking about making a donation? Click on the link below for more reasons to write the check.

MCAA’s 2015 Student Chapter Summit, which brought together more than 200 future industry professionals, faculty advisors, MCAA contractor members and local association executives in Cleveland, OH last October, made BuiltWorlds’ top 10 videos of the year. BuiltWorlds, a Chicago-based organization that promotes companies that develop technologies for the construction industry, organized an exhibit of vendors that displayed a variety of technologies that contractors are…or will…use on the jobsite and in the office. MCAA student chapter members were filmed testing the new technologies and discussing their features and applications with the vendors.

MCAA filed comments on the Administration’s Paid Sick Leave Executive Order (EO) 13706, which also is under an expedited path for final publication for mid-2016 and implementation in 2017. The EO would require direct federal prime contractors and subcontractors to provide paid sick leave (one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked) on a covered federal contract or subcontract of $2,000 or more. The minimum annual amount of leave is 56 hours, which can be carried over on an annual basis and reinstated after breaks in service of less than a year.

As the last year of the Obama Administration begins, regulatory activity is intensifying to get long-delayed initiatives off the regulatory docket and into regulations before the end of the legislative year to avoid Congressional suspension and review of midnight regulations. One issue concerns new and much more comprehensive affirmative action and non-discrimination regulations proposed for registered apprenticeship programs.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $250 contribution from the Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company (Englewood, CO). The MCERF Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the support which helps the Foundation continue its education and research programs that keep our industry thriving and advancing.

Members now have access to a full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide. This online version enhances the look and feel of our printed directory with digital-only benefits.