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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ConsensusDocs Webinar Will Focus on Contract Negotiation for Prefabricated Construction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCAA Among Supporters of Bill Strengthening Financial Security for Infrastructure Projects

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

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

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

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

2021 WiMI Conference Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

The MCAA Safety Excellence Certificate of Commendation rewards MCAA members’ safety performance, because safety is your top priority. All applicants receive a valuable benchmarking report that will allow them to compare their own 2020 incidence rates with the aggregate rates of the other participating MCAA companies overall, those in the same size category, and with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics incidence rates.

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

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

MCAA was proud to have the opportunity to spotlight so many women in our industry this week on our social media channels in celebration of Women in Construction Week. Here’s a recap of just some of the amazing talent that we have in our industry, in case you missed it!

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Excavation Safety Training Video, which teaches workers to use protective systems and safe work practices to ensure their work in excavations will be as safe as any other part of the job.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like Nancy Bandy, Managing Director of TRAINSITIONS Consulting Group LLC.

As part of MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference, March 22-25, 2021, you will have the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity from Nick Espinosa, the emerging mechanical contracting trends from Landon Funsten & Jason Baumgarten, how to grow a strong and profitable service business from best-in-class service contractors and much, much more! Register today!

The MCAA 2021 MEP Innovation Conference looks to build on its previous success by inviting more union affiliated sub-contractors to participate. The conference has been rebuilt to include content for mechanical, plumbing, service, electrical and sheet metal contractors. MCAA has partnered with NECA and SMACNA to provide trade-specific content for electrical and sheet metal trades, as well as extended MCAA member pricing to their membership. Join us, April 26-28, 2021 and register today!

National accounting firm Withum shares some recent developments from the IRS with respect to the ERC and one PPP development.

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

Ed Kommers, Executive Director of the MCA of Western Washington (MCAWW) announced that MCAWW Associate Director Robin Cowper was elected Chair of the local union-management apprenticeship (JATC) committee. She is the first woman chair and the first association executive to hold that position locally.

Xcel Mechanical Systems estimated saving as much as 40 percent in labor on some aspects of an aerospace laboratory renovation project by using NIBCO® Press fittings and valves. Xcel, based in Gardena, CA, was hired to design and build the mechanical, plumbing, and process piping elements to expand and modernize an occupied research and development facility in southern California for one of the nation’s largest aerospace firms. NIBCO INC. is a sponsor of MCAA’s 2021 Virtual Education Conference.

In the sixteenth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, Brian Helm, MCAA President is joined by Gary Moore, Victaulic Executive Vice President.

Need Guidance On Your Electrical Safety Lockout/Tagout Program to Comply with NFPA 70E – 2021? MCAA Has What You Need

NFPA 70E is the industry consensus standard for electrical safety in the workplace. It is part of the National Electrical Codes, and it is revised by the National Fire Protection Association every three years. The most current version is NFPA 70E – 2021. Parts of the standard help us protect our service technicians from electrical shock and arc flash hazards. One of the provisions in the standard calls for affected employers to establish a lockout/tagout program that is specific to electrical safety. MCAA’s Model Lockout/Tagout Program for Electrical Safety, which addresses work on mechanical equipment pushing 480 volts or less, was recently revised to make it consistent with NFPA 70E – 2021.

National accounting firm Withum shares information about the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) new Interim Final Rule and updated FAQs.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on the Project Manager’s Manual. This manual covers all aspects of mechanical industry project management, including key topics like managing change orders and claims, job cost and labor control, productivity, scheduling, safety and much more. In addition to guidance, explanation, and best practices, it includes templates and examples of commonly used forms and documents like a Short Interval Schedule.

NIBCO INC., an MCAA member, announced that its Board of Directors appointed Ashley Martin as executive vice president effective immediately. Reporting to Steve Malm, president and CEO, Martin continues in her role as corporate officer and Executive Leadership Team member; and serves as member of the Board of Directors, a position she has held since 2018. She is responsible for maximizing the company’s operating performance and achieving its financial goals.

MCAA President-Elect Armand Kilijian Shares His Vision for the Year Ahead

MCAA President-Elect Armand Kilijian spoke with Kelly Faloon for a recent Contractor magazine article. He discussed his plans for his year as MCAA’s president, which will begin at the Annual Business Meeting & Closing General Session of MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference (Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST). He also spoke about how the changes brought about by COVID-19 have impacted both MCAA and its members.

The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC) is now accepting online applications for its 21st Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards® (ZISA®), which will recognize zero-injury achievements in calendar year 2020. ZISA® celebrates the efforts of industrial business owners/clients, union contractors and building trades in achieving world-class safety performance on their projects. To be eligible, projects must be completed under the terms of the National Maintenance Agreement.

In the fifteenth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, MCAA CEO, Tim Brink is joined by Jon Howland, Marketing Director, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like Woody Woodall, the managing principal of Customer Focused Solutions, Inc.

Madison Association of Plumbing Contractors (MAPC) Executive Director Julie Walsh announced that MAPC Board President Paul Christensen was named a member of In Business magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2021. Christensen is Owner/CEO/Project Executive of 1901 Inc., an MCAA member company.

Olson Plumbing and Heating partnered with Daikin Applied to retrofit a Colorado medical center to house patients recovering from COVID-19, moving from planning to project completion in just 30 days. In response to the rapid spread of the pandemic, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, CO, was redesigned to provide post-COVID-19, non-critical, isolated care, freeing up intensive care isolation units in other facilities. Daikin is a sponsor of MCAA’s 2021 Virtual Education Conference.

Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC), an MCAA member, is pleased to announce the 60th anniversary of its John Guest brand. The brand is celebrating a long history of delivering advanced plumbing technology, quality products and innovative solutions to a diverse range of industries. Over the years, John Guest’s push-fit plumbing products have paved the way for better drink dispense, water filtration, air and pneumatics, telecoms, automotive and OEM solutions.

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

MSCA’s Advanced Service Supervisors Training provides service supervisors with the high-level skills they need to improve their job performance. This interactive virtual program will be held May 10, 11, 17 and 24 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT.

An integral part of MSCA’s Sales Institute, the Sales Masters program is meticulously tailored for intermediate to advanced HVACR and plumbing sales professionals. The Sales Masters program is broken down into two weeks; week 1 will be held October 3 – 7 at The Hyatt Lodge, Chicago, IL and week 2 will be held November 7 – 12 at the University of Houston, Houston, TX.

Brad’s session, “OK Boomer: Managing Up in a Multigenerational World” will address the mantra that no generation is better or worse – every generation is just different. The group discovers perceptions of all the generations, including their own, to truly understand what has shaped them. They will recognize what makes their managers tick, and learn how they typically like to work. Register today and join your MCAA friends and colleagues online at MCAA’s first Virtual Education Conference (VEC) Essential Learning for Unconventional Times, March 22 – 25, 2021.

MCAA’s initiative with the MCA of Maryland, the MCA of Metropolitan Washington, the MCA of New York, and the New England Mechanical Contractors Association (NEMCA) is moving ahead with contacts in the House and Senate expanding to seek an add-on proposal in either the next COVID relief measure or possibly on the infrastructure proposal that is expected soon. The proposal is relatively simple – Congress should set up a separate COVID Cost Recovery Fund on direct Federal construction contracts to pay impaired productivity and other COVID direct costs to be administered apart from the affected projects’ budgets. The rationale is that it is inequitable for the government as proprietor of the project to take the full benefit of the fixed-price award pre-COVID and then drive a hard bargain denying full equitable cost impact recovery post pandemic, while at the same time using taxpayer resources to bail out other industries outside of any contractual relationship.

The Democrats in the 117th Congress are pressing the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 in two phases. The first phase, the American Rescue Plan of 2021, is moving through the reconciliation process in the House and Senate (not subject to filibuster in the Senate). It would provide funding to enable the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to pay full benefits for plans in critical status (with a funded ratio below 40% and an active to inactive participant ratio of less than 2:3). Funding would also be provided to help critical and declining plans, and those plans that have already cut benefits (or have applications pending) under the 2014 Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) benefit suspension procedure.

In the fourteenth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series MCAA Co-Vice President/Assistant Treasurer, Rick Gopffarth welcomes Dean Taylor, Executive Vice President Sales for Anvil and Smith-Cooper International.

Ted McHugh left college with an education geared more towards a career in general contracting, with limited knowledge of the mechanical industry. However, he applied for a job at West Chester Mechanical Contractors, Inc. and quickly gained experience in various roles within the company.

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Need to Update Your Electrical Safety Program to Comply with NFPA 70E – 2021? MCAA Has What You Need

NFPA 70E is the industry consensus standard for electrical safety in the workplace. It is part of the National Electrical Codes, and it is revised by the National Fire Protection Association every three years. The most current version is NFPA 70E – 2021. Parts of the standard help us protect our service technicians from electrical shock and arc flash hazards. One of the provisions in the standard calls for affected employers to establish an electrical safety in the workplace program. MCAA has updated its Model Electrical Safety in the Workplace Program. The model program, which addresses work on mechanical equipment pushing 480 volts or less, was recently revised to make it consistent with NFPA 70E – 2021.

Madison Area Mechanical & Sheet Metal Contractors Association (MSC) Executive Director Julie Walsh announced that Tom Duffy will be the new MSC President. Brady Farrell will serve as Vice President, with Rob Weise as Secretary/Treasurer.

On Feb. 22, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) entered into a tri-party strategic alliance agreement to collaborate on issues impacting the construction and maintenance industry on a national and regional level.

In this seminar, you will learn which “4 Pillars” affect virtually all areas of health: nutrition, movement, recovery, integration; and how having one or more of these areas out of balance can contribute to—or cause—most of the top diseases we face today. Register today and join your MCAA friends and colleagues online at MCAA’s first Virtual Education Conference (VEC) Essential Learning for Unconventional Times, March 22 – 25, 2021.

National accounting firm Withum shares some thoughts on recent developments related to the PPP, PPP2, Loan Forgiveness, and Employee Retention Tax Credits.

COVID-19 vaccine for employees: Can you require it? Should you require it? Can you offer incentives to encourage it?

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) shared information regarding these important questions. Before deciding to require employees to have the COVID-19 vaccination, employers should consider possible implications, and may decide to encourage or incentivize, rather than mandate, employee vaccination.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like Leah Gutmann, owner of First Forward Consulting, LLC.

MCAA and UA Join Forces to Help Those in Need in Texas

As a state of emergency is declared in Texas, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America is working with the United Association to coordinate relief and provide supplies to those in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our members, their employees and families, and everyone else in Texas as they get through this period of devastation. If you would like to join us in this effort, please follow the link below to contribute to the MCAA Charitable Fund. We, the UA and MCAA, are all in this together!

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

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Aerial Lift Safety Training Video, an easy way to help meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A92 aerial lift safety training requirements.

Madison Association of Plumbing Contractors (MAPC) Executive Director Julie Walsh announced this week that Paul Christensen will serve as MAPC President with Brian Schultz as Vice President, Chris Behrendt, P.E., as Secretary, and Jesse Pertzborn as Treasurer.

Fluke is recalling certain models of clamp meters that could be hazardous to the users.

MCAA’s GreatFutures Job Board connects MCAA members with the talented young people they need to ensure their companies’ future competitiveness.

MCAA’s Government Affairs Committee has been busy protecting our members’ interests on Capitol Hill. Progress is being made on issues such as multiemployer pension plan reform and equitable compensation for COVID cost impacts. MCAA is also working to prevent the misclassification of employees, protect Federal construction contracts against Internet reverse auctions, and support legislation that would expand apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like James McCarl, a nationally recognized speaker and strategist.

As part of MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference, March 22-25, 2021, you will hear from Andrew S. Fastow in “Rules Versus Principles”, and discuss when it is acceptable to engage in a transaction that technically complies with the rules but may be misleading? Register today!

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

The newly updated 2021 Buyer’s Guide is one of many ways MCAA connects you with the supplier partners that make up your strategic supply chain. Take a look for detailed information about their products and services, then use the contact information inside to learn more. Read on to discover the many ways MCAA connects its members with our industry’s top manufacturers and suppliers.

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on the 2020 edition of MCAA’s Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime—A Primer for the Construction Industry. The revamped resource provides guidance to contractors that are looking to measure the impact that delays, PPE and manpower limitations have on the construction sites that they are working on. The guide helps contractors identify and quantify activities before and after the start of the pandemic in order to build change orders correctly.

In the thirteenth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series Rick Gopffarth, MCAA Co-Vice President/Assistant Treasurer welcomes Steve Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer for Winsupply, Inc. the Win Family of Companies headquartered in Dayton, Ohio.

Small and medium contractors have some advantages when it comes to both innovation and fabrication. Innovation is far easier to implement when there are fewer people to train on a new process. Fabrication can be highly productive in smaller spaces that require less overhead. In the second session of MCAA’s Fabrication Virtual Mini series, North Mechanical offers insights into the process, software and hardware that allow them to approach fabrication from a manufacturing mindset.

SkyJack, Genie, and possibly other brands of scissors lifts that have been outfitted with load sensors are experiencing problems. While the sensors help the user comply with the recently revised ANSI A92.20 standard’s load sensing requirements, the lifts’ new sensor systems allow the user(s) to elevate with an overload and may leave workers stranded at elevation.

Register for MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference, March 22-25, 2021, and you will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts including Lee Smither, Nick Espinosa, James Benham, Andrew Fastow and many more! You will also have exclusive access to a very important seminar featuring United Association General President Mark McManus and MCAA President Brian Helm as they discuss our industry including past, current and future impacts of COVID-19, membership, jobsites, and all joint UA/MCAA efforts. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like Kathryn Crosby, owner and founder of C2 Consulting, Inc.

OSHA recently released guidance to help employers protect their workers and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the workplace. MCAA’s new summary highlights the bottom line items in the areas of COVID-19 Prevention Programs, Return to Work Criteria, Social Distancing Measures, Engineering Controls, Face Coverings and PPE, and Sanitization, Cleaning, and Disinfecting Practices.

What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided guidance to help employers implement strategies to navigate the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace. This publication identifies established ADA and Rehabilitation Act principles to answer questions frequently asked about the workplace during a pandemic.

In the twelfth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series Bob Bolton, MCAA Senior Vice President/Treasurer welcomes Greg Christopher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mueller Industries. Mueller Industries, Inc. is an industrial manufacturer that specializes in copper and copper alloy manufacturing while also producing goods made from aluminum, steel, and plastics.

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

MCAA and Milwaukee Tool congratulate Cheryl Wiese for receiving the 2020 Safety Professional of the Year award, which was announced last month at MCAA’s 18th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. Cheryl is the Safety Director for Modern Companies in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She leads the extremely strong safety culture across five divisions at five different locations throughout the Midwest.

GreatFutures Scholarship & Award Winners Will Be Announced During MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference

Thank you to all students who submitted applications for the 2020 John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF) Scholarships, the Student Chapter of the Year Award, and who nominated an Educator of the Year! All award winners will be announced on Thursday, March 25th from 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST during MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference.

MCAA’s National Education Initiative (NEI) Seminars bring our best programs to your local association or your company thanks to instructors like John R. Koontz, MCAA’s Director, Project Management Education.

As part of MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference, March 22-25, 2021, you will hear from two successful HVAC contractors on how they have been able to refocus their service sales priorities and implement unique and proactive strategies. Register today!

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

In the eleventh episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series Robert Beck, MCAA Co-Vice President/Assistant Treasurer welcomes Ashley Martin, Senior Vice President of Sales and an officer of the Board of Directors of NIBCO INC.

OSHA Guidance to Help Reduce the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in the Construction Industry

Take a few minutes this week to remind your workers how to help protect themselves and prevent spreading the virus.

MCAA’s Career Development Committee would like to thank all 19 student chapters that participated in MCAA’s 2020-2021 Student Chapter Competition. MCAA congratulates the four chapter finalists and extends its sincere appreciation to MCAA Past President, Mark Rogers, and MCAA Career Development Committee member, Ted McHugh, both of West Chester Mechanical Contractors, Inc. for arranging the use of this project and providing the information and accompanying technical drawings.

MSA has issued a user safety notice to inform users of received field reports for a limited number of Latchways Standard Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL) in which some internal bolts came loose. MSA has not received any reports of injuries associated with this condition. However, it is requesting that users perform the actions outlined in the notice.

OSHA Guidance on Mitigating & Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

The recently released OSHA guidance is aimed at helping employers and workers identify risks of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19 and determine appropriate control measures to implement in the workplace. The guidance contains recommendations as well as descriptions of compulsory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content and intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthy workplace.

A Notre Dame graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Anne Finerfrock was unsure which direction she wanted to take her career in. She knew she did not want to sit behind a desk but had no answers to an important question: is that a viable career option? Investing her time to seek out answers resulted in an internship and her first step into the industry.

One of the most important elements of an internship is integrating classroom knowledge with practical application and skill development. Kayley Wright, Mass Maritime student recently participated in this important learning process as she interned with Corporate Mechanical of New England, LLC, an Arden Building Company.

Technology can enable a business to grow or create severe detrimental external competitive pressures! Join MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference, March 22-25, to learn more from software developer and construction technology expert, Brett Young.

Safety is top priority for MCAA member companies, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. MCAA’s COVID-19 Safety Stand Down from February 1-5, 2021 will revisit the protective measures and MCAA safety resources associated with COVID-19. A series of resources will help you provide the necessary information about COVID-19 risks, protective measures, forthcoming vaccines, and vaccine administration phases to your workers. Also included is information to help you remind your state and local officials that mechanical construction work is both safe and essential, and must continue to be categorized that way.

The National Education Initiative (NEI) is expanding by adding new courses and instructors. One of our newest instructors is Mark Rogers, President of West Chester Mechanical Contractors, an HVAC, service and plumbing contractor that serves the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

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

In the tenth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series Armand Kilijian, MCAA President-Elect introduces us to David Weir, Director of Sales National Accounts at Uponor North America, a nationwide provider of polymer piping systems for residential and commercial plumbing, radiant heating and cooling, and hydronic distribution systems.

Every MCAA member company’s top priority is SAFETY and it showed at MCAA’s 18th annual Safety Directors’ Conference. TEAM MCAA was represented by more than 400 participants for two days of world-class education on the safety and health topics and issues that are currently affecting the mechanical construction and service companies nationwide.

Rick Bucher has been named Chief Executive Officer of Victaulic, an MCAA member company. He will succeed John F. Malloy effective January 31, 2021. Dr. Bucher joined Victaulic in 2009 as a vice president of engineering and went on to become the company’s chief operating officer and its president.

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

Join the conversation between Steve Richman, MILWAUKEE TOOL Group President, and Brian Helm, MCAA President, as they discuss Milwaukee Tools’ business adventure and their unprecedented growth! Register today and join your MCAA friends and colleagues online for MCAA’s first Virtual Education Conference, March 22-25, 2021.

Introducing a New Way to Connect With Manufacturer/Supplier Training Resources

As part of MCAA’s ongoing efforts to connect our contractor and manufacturer/supplier members, we have added a new Manufacturer/Supplier Training area on MCAA.org. Find it under the Resources menu. Visit any time to connect with the latest training opportunities from our supplier partners.

In the ninth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, Tim Brink, MCAA CEO connects with Jeff Drees, Executive Vice President, Sales, Service, Aftermarket, Marketing for Daikin Applied Americas.

John W. Danforth Company Is Contractor Magazine’s 2020 Contractor of the Year

John W. Danforth Company, an MCAA member, has been named Contractor magazine’s 2020 Contractor of the Year. Danforth’s response to COVID-19 and its Virtual Design and Construction expertise are recognized. The company’s engagement with youth and women in the trades and its community engagement initiatives were also highlighted. Congratulations to the entire Danforth team!

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MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference | Essential Learning for Unconventional Times, March 22-25, 2021, is not just another meeting, but an opportunity to network with your MCAA peers, participate in a variety of interactive education seminars, see the latest and greatest in the two-day virtual exhibit and watch the next generation compete in our annual student chapter competition.

Michel Michno has been named the next CEO of Harris, an MCAA member company. He joined Harris in 2015 as chief operations officer, bringing with him over 35 years of experience in the construction industry, including international experience in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central and South America.

MCAA’s WiMI Mentor/Mentee program continues to go strong. We are excited to introduce Tauhira Ali and Madelyn Conway.

The National Education Initiative (NEI) is expanding by adding new courses and instructors. One of our newest instructors is Greg Fuller, Owner and CEO of North Mechanical Contracting, Inc., North Mechanical Services, Inc., NewJac Industrial, LLC, and Integrated Modular Construction, LLC.

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

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Alston & Bird Issues Advisory on COVID-19 Vaccines: Seven Questions for Employers

As COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use become more widely available, employers face the question of how to address their employees’ vaccination status. Alston & Bird has issued a Labor & Employment Advisory on COVID-19 Vaccines: Seven Questions for Employers. In it, they review emerging legal and practical issues that all employers should consider as they make decisions about how to address this important matter.

MCAA has revamped the National Education Initiative (NEI) program and added new courses and instructors. Our top priority at MCAA is to provide ongoing and advanced education and training to support individual and association growth across the mechanical contracting industry.

MSCA has revamped the videos accompanying the recently updated HVACR 101 WebBooks. These WebBooks and videos can be found in the MSCA WebBook Library, found in the resources tab on our website and are available for free to all members.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) have aligned the MEP trades in a collaborative effort to bring to you and the construction industry the attached white paper, “Project-Specific Loss of Productivity Analysis Methodologies”.

The MSCA Sales Leadership Symposium will provide focused training for HVACR service sales leaders who are responsible for any aspect of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, and/or coaching sales personnel. This revamped and interactive virtual program will be held January 26, 28 and February 2, 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST.

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

In a hyper-connected world, the ability to get connectivity to the jobsite is absolutely critical, especially now! Join MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference, March 22-25, 2021, and hear how to stay connected from James Benham, CEO of JBKnowledge.

In the seventh episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, Rick Gopffarth, MCAA Co-Vice President/Treasurer welcomes Andrew Windsor, Senior Vice President, Sales for Watts Water Technologies.

As we, the MCAA family, look back on 2020 we see a year that has forced us all to change, to adapt and to overcome some of the biggest challenges to face our industry in decades. MCAA with its volunteer leadership, led by President Brian Helm and the rest of the Executive Committee, the MCAA Board of Directors, our contractor members, our manufacturer/supplier members and partners, local affiliates, volunteers who sit on our committees and Foundation and the national staff have taken the COVID-19 challenge head on. Sharing vision, talent and expertise the MCAA family has come together during 2020 to help each other like never before.

Innovation is around every corner…prefabrication, modularization, robotics, autonomous equipment, 4D and 5D design, and more! Join MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference, March 22 – 25, 2021, to learn more and preview what Construction 2.0 looks like from FMI Consulting’s expert Lee Smither.

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

Since March 2020, the commercial and industrial mechanical service contracting industry has been reeling from the impacts of COVID-19. In the early days of the pandemic, when cities and states started shutting down, the uncertainty made everyone question the future of our business—for our employees and for our livelihood. At ServiceTrade, we looked at usage data from over 550 facility service companies using our software application, which is designed to help service contractors manage their operations and deliver better customer service, to measure the effects of COVID-19 on business.

Brian Helm Among Industry Leaders Offering Predictions for 2021 in ACHR News

MCAA President Brian Helm is among the industry leaders who shared what they see coming in 2021 with ACHR News. Among his predictions, “In 2021, I think contractors will use what we learned from working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic to simplify many aspects of project management.”

H.R. 133 Offers Relief, Opportunities and Challenges Going into 2021

The $2.3 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133) provides badly needed COVID economic relief, construction market stimulus and a forward-looking prospect for market recovery in public sector infrastructure investments as the pandemic recedes. In a memo to the MCAA Government Affairs Committee, Chair Jim Gaffney provided a summary digest of the items most likely to impact MCAA members and the MCAA policy agenda. The President is seeking greater individual stimulus checks, so there may be an amendment or veto, but this summary will stand for most of what will be the final result. Correction: The latest COVID relief measure signed into law Sunday does not extend the requirement that employers offer paid sick and family leave as required under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act passed last March as erroneously reported in the MCAA summary published in the Weekly Update on December 28, 2020. The latest COVID bill extends only the availability of the refundable tax credit as under the FFCRA until the end of March 2021 for those employers voluntarily providing such paid leave after December 31, 2020. MCAA regrets the error.

Do you have the fundamentals needed to start or improve your service business’ performance during turndowns in the construction market? Join MCAA’s Virtual Education Conference and hear the answers from members of the MCAA Board of Directors, Chris Carter, Brian Hughes & Steve Harvey, March 22 – 25, 2021.

MSCA is proud to recognize Brad Chittum, Warwick Mechanical Group, Kevin Johnson, Johnson Controls and Matt Stortz, American Combustion Service as heroes in our industry and awardees of the 2020 MSCA Extraordinary Everyday Hero.

Experts from Withum’s SBA Financial Services and Tax Services teams navigate through the myriad of provisions included in the more than 5,000 page legislative package finalized mid-December

Quick rescue is paramount to keeping workers safe while they are suspended in fall arrest harnesses after falling from an elevation. Having a safety program and plan in place to address the needs of these workers is critical to minimizing suspension trauma and meeting OSHA requirements. MCAA’s model program and accompanying model plan can be tailored to address various project fall arrest system applications and ensure the safety of your company’s most important asset, its workers.

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

When New York City was confronted with a surge in COVID-19 cases in March, Xylem brand Bell & Gossett quickly provided the design assistance and products needed to increase capacity at North Central Bronx Hospital (NCB), the smallest of 11 public hospitals in the city’s health system. The hospital went from 15 intensive care unit (ICU) beds before the COVID-19 outbreak to 135 ICU beds in just a few months.

Although 2020 has certainly presented its share of challenges, there are still many things to celebrate as the year draws to a close. One of the things that we at MCAA are celebrating is the graduation of 2020’s final Preparatory Institute for Project Management classes. Congratulations to our 192 graduates!

SitelogIQ, a full-service facilities solution provider in California, has proof that seeing is believing—and they are speeding up their quote approval process as a result. “We’re capturing XOi content—physical video, pictures—onto quotes, which has expedited how fast those quotes are approved. We seem to get less contested quotes, less questions,” said Jason Saunders, service operations manager for SitelogIQ.

Register today for MCAA’s first Virtual Education Conference, March 22-25, 2021. As part of our Virtual Education Conference (VEC) Essential Learning for Unconventional Times, you will gain knowledge through the experience of this presentation by Landon Funsten, Chairman of FMI Corporation.

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

Colten Lovejoy’s interest in the mechanical construction industry may have stemmed from watching his father work in the industry for 25 years, but he was quick to create his own experiences. Colten graduated from Pittsburgh State University in May and is now a full-time employee at MMC Contractors.

MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight Series Returning January 8th!

The Sponsor Spotlight Series is a new way for MCAA contractor members to learn more about the Manufacturer/Supplier Council (M/SC) Governing Board members, their products, their relationship with MCAA, and what being a member means to them. We’re going to take a break from broadcasting each Friday for the holidays and return on Friday, January 8th at 2 p.m.!

MSCA is proud to recognize Chris LaBarre, McKinstry Co LLC, Kyle Seaman, Warwick Mechanical Group, Tom Skowronski, CT Mechanical, LLC. and Shaun McCann, Atomatic as heroes in our industry and awardees of the 2020 MSCA Extraordinary Everyday Hero.

MCAA Calls on Congress For Technical Correction Addressing Tax Treatment of Loan Forgiveness

MCAA joins the coalition of 683 groups (as of December 10, 2020) calling on Congress to pass legislation ensuring that expenses associated with PPP loan forgiveness are tax deductible. We continue to share the letter with colleagues and state/regional/local affiliates, hoping to grow the support and push Congress to enact legislation before the end of the year.

With the postponement of the 2020 Fabrication Conference to 2021, MCAA offered members a virtual tour of one of the country’s most innovative contractors in Modern Companies. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Modern has offices and fabrication facilities across two states. To help track, manage and coordinate fabrication for all of their jobsites and facilities, Modern has integrated MSUITE’s FabPro software to digitize their operations.

Currently two internship opportunities and two full-time positions are available on http://mcaagreatfutures.org/. MCAA member companies know we have the best of the best student talent and actively update their openings on MCAA’s GreatFutures Job Board as they seek to fill positions.

Register today and join your MCAA friends and colleagues online at MCAA’s first Virtual Education Conference (VEC) Essential Learning for Unconventional Times, March 22 – 25, 2021. Attendees will hear from Misty Hyman on how to approach challenges as a positive and cultivate skills that create solutions and outcomes.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, MCAA has decided to postpone their 2020 Fabrication Conference to 2021. In lieu of a in-person conference in 2020, the MCAA Fabrication Committee is working to provide MCAA members with a virtual sneak peek inside some of the most innovative fabrication facilities.

A number of important announcements are expected very soon for COVID-19 vaccines. The Alston & Bird Coronavirus Vaccine Team outlines 10 proactive steps employers can take to prepare for the upcoming rollout of coronavirus vaccines – even without knowing all the hows and whys.

Register today and join your MCAA friends and colleagues online at MCAA’s first Virtual Education Conference (VEC) Essential Learning for Unconventional Times, March 22 – 25, 2021. The VEC isn’t “just another meeting in front of your computer” but an opportunity to network with your MCAA peers, participate in interactive education seminars and see the latest and greatest from the companies that comprise MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council Governing Board in the two-day virtual exhibit.

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

In the sixth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series MCAA welcomes Bob Bolton and Santanu (Sean) Debnath, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Viega, LLC, headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado. The Sponsor Spotlight Series is a new way for MCAA contractor members to learn more about the Manufacturer/Supplier Council (M/SC) Governing Board members, their products, their relationship with MCAA, and what being a member means to them.

Using a range of Sioux Chief Manufacturing Company products, Murphy Company dramatically cut down its installation time of plumbing products for a new high-rise in St. Louis. Murphy also turned to Sioux Chief for custom products, which were rapidly produced in nearby Kansas City, MO, ensuring the project stayed on schedule.

On December 2, 2020, the CDC acknowledged three adverse consequences of the 14-day quarantine for individuals who might have had “close contact” with a person who has or is suspected of having COVID-19. Lindabury’s Labor & Employment team have prepared a summary outlining the details.

New MSCA Virtual Training Courses for 2021 are now open for registration. Courses include Sales Leadership, Sales Basecamp and Advanced Service Supervisor Virtual Training. Check out at our calendar and starting planning your new year!

In the fifth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, MCAA CEO Tim Brink, welcomes Zurn Industries VP – Sales & Marketing, Richard Bledsoe. The Sponsor Spotlight Series is a new way for MCAA contractor members to learn more about the Manufacturer/Supplier Council (M/SC) Governing Board members, their products, their relationship with MCAA, and what being a member means to them.

The CDC recently updated its guidelines on when to quarantine following exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The new guidelines indicate that people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months, should quarantine immediately.

MCAA/MSCA Dues for 2021

As of January 1, MCAA and MSCA dues will be 9 cents per hour. Minimum dues for 2021 will be $1,080 (9 cents x 12,000 hours) and maximum dues will be $27,000 (9 cents x 300,000 hours). Dues paid in 2021 on hours worked in 2020 will be at the 8 cents per hour rate. New 2021 dues reporting forms will be mailed in time for you to report January hours. In addition, new dues reporting forms will be on the MCAA website under the “My MCAA” menu option.

MCAA’s WiMI Mentor/Mentee program continues to go strong. We are excited to introduce Jill McCall and Hannah Inman.

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

Withum’s SBA Financial Assistance Services Team held a webinar on November 20, 2020 discussing the latest developments with the SBA Loan Forgiveness Application submissions. We have provided the recording to the webinar along with the presentation slides.

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John W. Danforth—a founding member of MCAA—is using Raken’s digital time cards and daily reporting to keep a record of all the impacts the pandemic has had on their productivity—so they can demonstrate what they have done and get paid for it. Construction companies have been forced to change the way they operate to ensure safety and compliance, and jobsite data are critical for contractors to maintain a record of productivity and streamline their workflows.

MSCA is proud to recognize Jeremy Carty, Warwick Mechanical Group, Chuck Cholke, American Combustion Service and Matt Smith, Mollenberg-Betz, as heroes in our industry and awardees of the 2020 MSCA Extraordinary Everyday Hero.

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

While some businesses struggled to produce the information needed to apply for a federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan when the pandemic spread, Rick Cronholm, owner of Johansen & Anderson, was able to pull all the necessary reports in less than 30 minutes, thanks to Jonas Construction Software.

Discover perspectives from around the country when you connect with industry improvement fund trustees and local association executives at the 2020 Industry Improvement Funds Virtual Seminar. Group discussions will provide time to learn from one another about hot-button topics. Legal updates and a legislative and regulatory outlook round out the program. Join us for this free education. Don’t delay – register today!

In the fourth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, MCAA Immediate Past President, Mike Brandt interviews Richard Lattanzi, Chief Executive Officer Americas for Aalberts Integrated Piping Systems.

On October 26, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a 30-Day “information collection” regulatory notice (85 FR, 67809-67810) with various forms implementing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program under the CARES Act.

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

University of Missouri-Columbia mechanical engineering major Kylie Nedelka first learned about the MCAA GreatFutures program after hearing the association president speak to her class a few years ago. It was here Kylie realized the many benefits of being involved with the program. “Networking is by far the best thing you can do in your career,” Kylie said while stressing the importance of building a professional network.

On Monday, December 7th, all student chapter competition projects are due in Procore. All student chapters will be provided with their project results on Friday, January 15th. MCAA will then work with each of the Final Four teams to prepare for the Final Four presentations, including a technology requirement review and a thorough rehearsal.

The MCAA Women in the Mechanical Industry’s Mentor/Mentee program is a great opportunity for seasoned professionals in the industry interested in serving as advisors to those new to the industry or be a role model to students looking to join the industry. The relationships built in this program help to guide our industry into the future with a diverse, exciting group of women who may have never connected otherwise. It also enables women from all spectrums of the mechanical and HVACR service industry to connect, support, guide and counsel each other.

Within weeks of the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Harris Products Group had produced and supplied thousands of medical regulators and hundreds of gas systems to distributors throughout the United States that were scrambling to meet critical needs.

MCAA members Michael James Industries, Inc. and sister company County Fair Air Conditioning teamed up with the Steamfitters Local Union 638 Metals Trade Branch to help Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2913 with vital repairs and replacement in the face of COVID-related budget shortfalls.

On behalf of the John R. Gentille Foundation and MCAA’s Career Development Committee, we are pleased to announce the recipients for the 2020 Emerging Chapter Grants and the 2020 Chapter of Excellence Grants. Congratulations to all recipients and many thanks for your continued interest and participation in MCAA’s Student Chapter program.

In the third episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, MCAA President, Brian Helm, interviews Todd Young, Vice President of the Commercial Business Group for Ferguson.

Register Now for the 2020 Industry Improvement Funds Virtual Seminar

Registration is now open for the 2020 Industry Improvement Funds Virtual Seminar on December 3, 2020 from 11:00am – 1:45pm Eastern. The seminar will provide legal updates and a legislative and regulatory outlook. Group discussions centered around the new norm, engagement, post-COVID actions and collective bargaining agreement extensions will round out the program. Don’t delay, register now for this complimentary education.

The MSCA is requesting all companies that have signed up to be a part of the National Service and Maintenance Agreement to take a few moments to complete a brief survey. Respondents feedback and recommendations will add to the value of the Agreement by helping them maintain and grow their service market share.

MSCA is proud to recognize Ralph Caba, Donnelly Mechanical, Montavia Deloatch, Warwick Mechanical Group and Sonny Webb, Tozour Energy Systems as heroes in our industry and awardees of the 2020 MSCA Extraordinary Everyday Hero.

When you send your experienced project managers, project executives, and operations managers to the Advanced Institute for Project Management (AIPM), they return with proven strategies for making their projects even more successful. Registration is now open for the January 24th-29th, 2021 class, and spaces are limited. Click the button below to learn more about who should attend, and how to request a registration form.

The GreatFutures Virtual Fall Program has completed the eighth week of presentations. Next week is the final full week and includes presentations on Understanding Finances of a Job and Organizing Your Proposal. Register for access to any of these upcoming sessions or to check out any of the previous presentations in the GreatFutures Virtual Fall Program.

MCAA and CNA are pleased to announce that Climatemp Service Group, LLC earned the association’s top safety award for 2019 in Size Category 1, Zero – 100,000 work hours. Climatemp Service Group’s successful software-based “Safety Awareness” program set the company apart.

OSHA recently issued new guidance on how to use workplace ventilation systems to reduce exposures to the coronavirus, including efficiency targets for air filters and recommendations for fan use. The guidance calls for employers to install HVAC filters with minimum efficiency reporting value ratings of “13 or higher, where feasible,” and to “consider using” high-efficiency particulate air fan and filtration systems, “especially in higher-risk areas.”

MCAA’s long-time partner in workplace safety, loss control, and risk control is sharing it’s Risk Control e-Talks series on Business Resiliency with MCAA members. The series addresses how natural and manmade catastrophes, pandemics, and civil unrest create uncertainty, complexity, and challenges that unfold in real time.

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

On November 10 from 12:00–1:00 PM EST MCAA’s WiMI will be sponsoring “Confront Your Unconscious Biases to Better Understand Your Decisions and Relationships.” In this highly engaging workshop, members of MCAA will be challenged to confront their own unconscious biases (don’t worry, we all have them) and understand how those biases impact how humans think, communicate, and act in the workplace.

Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) Chair, Kori Gormley-Huppert leads a lively discussion with mentor and mentees who are currently participating in the initiative’s Mentor/Mentee Program.

In the second episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, MCAA President-Elect, Armand Kilijian, welcomes Rich Simons, Vice President and General Manager, Laars Heating Systems for LAARS, a Bradford White Company.

Braconier adopted eSUB’s comprehensive software platform to standardize project management and operations, cutting processes such as timecard inputting and payroll processing from a full day down to minutes. The platform also helps Braconier document every aspect of their projects, which helps keep things running smoothly.

In September of 2020, JPG Plumbing and Mechanical Services opened their doors (virtually) as part of the seven-week PCA Virtual Education Series on Plumbing Service. With the help of the PCA, JPG showcased seven parts of their operation from standard drain cleaning and truck tools all the way to complicated aspects like robotic pipe inspection and vac services.

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MCAA and CNA are pleased to announce that H.L. Moe Company, Inc. earned the association’s top safety award for 2019 in Size Category 2, 100,001 – 250,000 work hours. H.L. Moe Company’s successful “Cart Mounted Vise” program to address ergonomics set the company apart.

Kori Gormley-Huppert, president of MCAA member Gormley Plumbing + Mechanical and chair of MCAA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry Steering Committee, is among those profiled as part of Stanley Black & Decker’s Maker Month Campaign. The campaign is designed to empower makers and tradespeople around the world. Stanley Black & Decker is the parent company of DEWALT and LENOX, both MCAA members.

For ten years MSCA has been partnering with Convoy of Hope, a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides disaster relief around the world. Our popular Packing Party is normally held every fall during the MSCA Education Conference. With the current pandemic keeping us from holding this year’s conference, MCAA staff decided to bring the party to our National office.

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

Many types of welding have been proven performers for a long time. Welding is, at its core, simply a way of joining two materials. While there are other ways to join metal (e.g., riveting, brazing, or soldering), welding has become the method of choice for its availability, high performance, and high strength. NIBCO INC. highlights the benefits of laser welding, including strength and efficiency. NIBCO INC. is an MCAA major sponsor.

Watts Water Technologies, an MCAA member, has shared information about Watts Healthcare Live, the 3rd Annual Watts Healthcare Symposium. Starting Tuesday, November 3 at 10 am ET, they will offer six weekly panel discussions with the industry’s leading experts in healthcare design and water safety. A highly-interactive environment will encourage contractors, facility managers, engineers, and infection control professionals to discuss challenges and opportunities in healthcare design.

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom video, hear about the power of networking from former Wentworth Institute of Technology student, Nolan Rochler.

Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) Chair, Kori Gormley-Huppert leads a lively discussion with mentor and mentees who are currently participating in the initiative’s Mentor/Mentee Program.

In the upcoming seventh module of the PCA’s Virtual Education Series, attendees will get a first-hand look at how the host company, JPG Plumbing and Mechanical Services, use a variety of heavy trucks together to coordinate the inspection, cleaning, pumping and removal of waste in large projects. Register today for next week’s final live session and access to all seven module recordings in the JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services case study.

MCAA and CNA are pleased to announce that Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc. earned the association’s top safety award for 2019 in Size Category 3, 250,001 – 450,000 work hours. Xcel Mechanical’s successful “Safety Champion” recognition award for company foremen set the company apart.

In a joint letter to the Department of Labor (DoL) submitted on October 26, 2020, MCAA and the UA requested that the agency withdraw proposed regulations on independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (RIN 1235-AA34).

MSCA is proud to recognize Erik Miles, EMCOR Services Nevada, Josh Reith, Warwick Mechanical Group and Debbie Sells, American Combustion Service as heroes in our industry and awardees of the 2020 MSCA Extraordinary Everyday Hero.

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

Because of shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, many buildings have been sitting empty for months. Those vacancies mean fixtures and drains are being used infrequently, if at all, which could lead to severe problems. Academic researchers and Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. offer expert advice and solutions. MCAA thanks Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.® for being an MCAA major sponsor.

Over 450 attendees tuned in this week for MSCA’s Sales Reboot virtual program, Strategies for Navigating Change and Elevating Performance in the New Economy. Presenter Seth Mattison, internationally renowned author and expert on workforce trends and business performance, helped attendees understand how to better prepare for a world they will not recognize.

The GreatFutures Virtual Fall Program has completed the sixth week with two presentations on safety and project risks. Next week, we will learn about Building Information Modeling (BIM) and why more and more mechanical contractors are utilizing the process. On Thursday, October 29, we have a special panel presentation highlighting MCAA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) Mentor/Mentee Program. If you’re not already registered, register today!

In the inaugural episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, MCAA CEO, Tim Brink, welcomes Bill Hughes, Executive Vice President, End User Solutions for MILWAUKEE TOOL and Chair of the Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

The MCA of Eastern Missouri (MCA-EMO) has partnered with UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 and the Plumbing Industry Council (PIC) for CHAMPIONS, an innovative program designed to expand membership diversity in the city of St. Louis while also strengthening the Local 562 workforce.

In the sixth module of the PCA’s Virtual Education Series on Plumbing Service, attendees will get a first-hand look at how the host company, JPG Plumbing and Mechanical Services, expanded their sewer and drain cleaning operations to include hydro jetting and hydro excavation. The series is a seven-module case study with weekly sessions focusing on JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services. Register today.

MCAA and CNA are pleased to announce that Postler & Jaeckle Corporation earned the association’s top safety award for 2019 in Size Category 4, 450,001 – 1 Million Work Hours. Postler & Jaeckle’s successful Service Specific Safety Committee set the company apart.

As the 24-week period finishes up for many borrowers, the time is now to start putting together that application for loan forgiveness. Join Withum Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) leaders Daniel Mayo and Matthew Walsh as they discuss the application process and what your lenders will be looking for when applying for forgiveness. Additional Resources: Navigating

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

MCAA, in conjunction with the UA, recently led the development of a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) industry consensus standard on pressure testing safety. The new standard, ANSI/ASSP A10.35 Safety Requirements for Pressure Testing Steel and Copper Piping Systems, was published on October 16, 2020.

Holmberg Mechanical knew Anvil International’s Gruvlok® products would help them meet the quick turnaround time required for the new Colman Dock in Seattle, WA, which will service the largest ferry system in North America. But the job posed another challenge. Because the dock is a publicly funded project (with a price tag of $455 million), Holmberg Mechanical had to comply with Buy America Act (BAA) standards. They needed to secure the right materials on time and with the proper BAA certification. Anvil is an MCAA major sponsor.

MCAA’s GreatFutures Virtual Fall Program has hit the half way mark! Students have enjoyed five weeks of presentations so far, all aimed to help them navigate the proposal and bid process for the annual MCAA Student Chapter Competition project. The remaining five weeks of presentations include important topics such as safety, BIM, and service.

MCAA is excited to announce a new way for its contractor members to learn more about the Manufacturer/Supplier Council (M/SC) Governing Board by introducing the Sponsor Spotlight Series, which will feature interviews with key M/SC company employees. The Sponsor Spotlights will broadcast on MCAA’s website at 2:00 p.m. on Fridays, beginning October 30. The first Spotlight will feature Bill Hughes, Executive VP of End User Solutions, from MILWAUKEE TOOL and M/SC Chair.

For the first time, MCAA’s Career Development Committee has partnered with Trimble, one of MCAA’s Manufacturer and Supplier Member Companies, offering MCAA Student Chapters the use of their new estimating software, TruEst, for the Student Chapter Competition.

PCA’s fifth module in their Virtual Education Series on Plumbing Service focuses on how JPG Plumbing committed to a big investment on video inspection services, but only after thorough analysis and proper timing. The series is a seven-module case study with weekly sessions focusing on JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services. Each module includes a video, an online discussion and handouts. Register today.

The CDC recently reported that airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can occur in rare cases under just the right circumstances. In most cases, the virus is transmitted from one person to another in droplet form, and occurs when affected individuals are less than six feet away from the source for 15 minutes or more. However, new research indicates that when exposure occurs in enclosed spaces, exposure time is greater than 30 minutes, and some kind of expiratory exertion is taking place, such as shouting, singing, or exercising, the virus can be transmitted in aerosol form (smaller particles suspended in air).

In this month’s edition of Beyond the Classroom, Marie Patterson, shares how she got her start in the Mechanical Contracting Industry and what excites her about still working in the industry today.

MCAA and CNA are pleased to announce that P1 Group, Inc. earned the association’s top safety award for 2019 in Size Category 5, More Than 1 Million Work Hours. P1’s successful “Why Not Zero” campaign set the company apart.

Prefabricated construction has been around for decades, but important contractual and legal issues have remained unaddressed in most construction contracts. The new ConsensusDocs 753 Standard Prefabricated Construction Contract provides an off-the-shelf solution that is unique to prefabricated construction.

MCAA’s WiMI Mentor/Mentee program continues to go strong. We are excited to introduce Cynthia and Krista!

MSCA is proud to recognize Leigh Smith, UMCI, Leeann Reece, Welch and Rushe, Inc., Bob Warren, Standard Plumbing and Heatin as heroes in our industry and awardees of the 2020 MSCA Extraordinary Everyday Hero.

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

As the very public debate in Congress regarding another stimulus bill rolls on, Withum wanted to share an update issued late last week by the SBA, in conjunction with the Department of Treasury. With lobbying groups, lenders, and borrowers long-since advocating for a more simple forgiveness process, specifically for smaller loans, the SBA took this into their own hands late last week, as they released a new interim final rule (“IFR”).

By using high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe rather than carbon steel and pairing it with Victaulic’s HDPE pipe joining system, Shoemaker Mechanical replaced a cooling tower in less time than planned, with fewer people than expected, and avoided potential weather delays. Tulsa Community College’s (TCC’s) system has performed with no issues since it was installed. Victaulic is an MCAA major sponsor.

CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program Loans

The Alston & Bird Health Care Group details how changes by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to the AAP loan program delays repayment obligations for all health care providers and suppliers that received AAP loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When NIBCO wanted to increase awareness of their products among new and existing customers, they partnered with Trimble to integrate NIBCO’s products and details into the Trimble database. The partnership also provides NIBCO with insights to help them better serve their customers. Both companies are MCAA members. NIBCO is an MCAA major sponsor and Trimble is a benefactor sponsor.

MSCA has begun revising the videos accompanying the recently updated HVACR 101 WebBooks. The first three video modules are now updated and live on the MSCA Resources page.  These videos provide an overview of each training module and are extremely valuable for new employee orientation.

The GreatFutures Virtual Fall Program has completed the fourth week with two presentations on project management. Next week, we will focus on fabrication, and hear from Jeff Miller, Director of Virtual Construction at Harrell-Fish, Chris Summers, Senior Project Manager at Harrell-Fish and Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Innovative Technologies.

MCAA held its first in-person conference since the onset of COVID-19 this week in Toledo, Ohio. The MCAA Field Leaders Conference (FLC) was a great success with 125 field personnel, made up primarily of foremen and superintendents, spending three days together networking, sharing best practices and learning from industry experts.

PCA’s fourth module in their Virtual Education Series on Plumbing Service focuses on water heater service and installation, the entry point for most contractors trying to build a commercial plumbing business. The series is a seven-module case study with weekly sessions focusing on JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services. Each module includes a video, an online discussion and handouts. Register today.

MSCA has been honoring our industry’s very own everyday heroes for the past five years at the annual education conference. This year, we were certain that every contractor operating in today’s environment has employees that have gone above and beyond to satisfy customer requests, assist in community efforts or unselfishly support their company. Our expectations were blown away by just how many heroes we have within our industry. This year we received nineteen nominations! There are so many peers among us who do extraordinary things every day, simply out of the kindness of their hearts with a passion to make a difference for the better.

MCAA Members Featured in ACHR News

Bob Dills of Western Allied Mechanical and Julie Wolfington of Boland, both MCAA members who are active in MSCA, are featured in an ACHR News article. The article on current trends impacting HVACR contractors in the high performance building sector includes insights from manufacturer Emerson, also an MCAA member.

The 66th Annual Employee Benefits Virtual Conference will run November 2-19 with timely sessions on the issues we are all facing. The virtual delivery provides flexibility to fit your schedule—you can watch the sessions as they are presented or tune in later and watch on demand.

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

If you have been tuning into the weekly GreatFutures Virtual Fall Program presentations, you have learned about estimating and project management, and explored construction management software, Procore. All of the information in these presentations is for you, not only apply to your Student Chapter Competition project, but beyond. We are excited to share we have added a special live panel presentation highlighting MCAA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry Mentor/Mentee Program. Join us on Thursday, October 29th at 1:00pm EST to hear from current mentors and mentees on why and how they got involved with the program and learn how you can get involved too.

“Negligent entrustment” can stem from employees driving company-owned vehicles, their personal vehicles, or other vehicles on company business. Employers have a responsibility to know if an employee has something in his or her driving background that creates a risk to others. Negligent entrustment implies a company knew or should have known that it put an unsafe driver behind the wheel of a vehicle and allowed that employee to drive on behalf of the company. (CNA is an MCAA benefactor sponsor.)

PCA’s third module in their Virtual Education Series on Plumbing Service focuses on recruiting and training service technicians. The series is a seven-module case study with weekly sessions focusing on JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services. Each module includes a video, an online discussion and handouts. Register today.

MCAA Seeks National Committee Recommendations

Member involvement from those serving on MCAA’s national committees helps all of us run more successful businesses and strengthens our industry. MCAA members who are willing to serve on a national committee in 2021 are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Completed applications are due to MCAA by November 2, 2020.

MCAA member AB&I Foundry is celebrating women in engineering, manufacturing, and the skilled trades with an iron woman character named “Rose.” The foundry, which has had a long history with their iron man character, felt it was time to feature a female character. The new Iron Woman pays tribute to the iconic Rosie the Riveter representing the women civilians who built the warplanes during the WWII effort.

This year has certainly challenged us all. COVID-19 has forced us all to change and adapt, to re-invent the way we provide services and resources and change the way we learn. Thanks to your MCAA Officers, Board of Directors and dedicated national staff, MCAA has not skipped a beat. Considering the safety of MCAA members, the association and our industry partners, it was decided that the MCAA 2021 Annual Convention will be cancelled due to the impacts of COVID-19. Instead, MCAA will hold the first MCAA Virtual Education Conference.

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

Thanks to Sloan’s integrated lineup of touch-free commercial plumbing systems, Chicago’s new Fulton East office and retail building is the nation’s first office building designed specifically to address employee health, safety, and wellness in the post-COVID-19 environment.

MCAA/MSCA is pleased to announce a new set of Tailgate Safety Talks on refrigerant safety. Recent changes to ASHRAE’s refrigerant Safety Group Classification System, along with toxicity and flammability characteristics associated with some of the newer refrigerants, prompted production of the new resource.

PCA’s second module in their Virtual Education Series on Plumbing Service focuses on the integration of dispatch and service software with their accounting system. The series is a seven-module case study with weekly sessions focusing on JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services. Each module includes a video, an online discussion and handouts. Register today.

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

MCAA/MSCA is pleased to announce the release of a new refrigerant safety training resource for members. The resource, which includes a PowerPoint safety training presentation and accompanying notes for the instructors will help you bring your service technicians and other affected workers up to speed on the most current ASHRAE refrigerant designations and safety classifications, new and existing refrigerant safety concerns, toxicity and flammability protective measures, and much more.

Guy’s Mechanical Systems discovered that the Viega MegaPress Press-In Branch Connector saved them time by reducing the steps for installation in the process of remodeling a 20-story high-rise in downtown Pittsburgh. Renovating the aged building—constructed in 1902—into a hotel has been a complicated process, and Foreman Josh Mitchell said MegaPress has made it simpler. Viega is an MCAA benefactor sponsor.

MCAA has combined several approaches and techniques to create the PCA Virtual Education Series hosted by JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Service, Inc. This year, MCAA attendees will be able to virtually walk through JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Service’s operations through seven workstations as representatives speak about the various aspects. You can still register–don’t miss out!

Please join BNY Mellon on Tuesday, September 22, or Thursday, September 24, at 3:00pm ET for a discussion of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) recent proposed rule, “Fiduciary Duties Regarding Proxy Voting and Shareholder Rights.” The proposed rule, filed on September 4, 2020, outlines a proxy voting framework for Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governed plans that has far reaching implications on how fiduciaries allocate governance resources and what constitutes economic benefits for plan participants.

Construction owners, general contractors and subcontractors are increasingly using master agreements to become more efficient in their contract negotiations. The American Bar Association (ABA) and ConsensusDocs will discuss practical ways to maximize the advantages and avoid potential traps in using master agreements in a coordinated manner during a September 24 webinar from 1:00-2:30 PM ET. Registration is open to all, with special savings for those who are ConsensusDocs subscribers.

Frank Wall has joined the MCAA staff as the association’s Executive Director, Operations. Frank is no stranger to MCAA. He was the Executive Director of the Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association of Oregon for 12 years, followed by two years as the Executive Vice President of the M&SCA of Eastern Pennsylvania. During that time, he was also Chair of MCAA’s Association Executives Council. “I am personally excited to work with such a professional staff,” Frank said.

National accounting firm Withum shares some thoughts on the deductibility of PPP expenses.

Sloan, an MCAA member, has partnered with Kansas State University to sponsor two courses in the Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design (IAID). The sponsorship builds on Sloan’s relationship with the university, which is also home to an MCAA Student Chapter.

Registration for MCAA’s newest project management program is open! The upcoming Preparatory Institute for Project Management begins October 13th. This 12-week online curriculum is designed to help flatten the learning curve for those new to the world of mechanical project management.

MCAA’s WiMI Mentor/Menteer program continues to go strong. We are excited to introduce Kathy and Paige!

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

MCAA’s GreatFutures Virtual Fall Program kicks off with weekly presentations through November 17th. Each of the presentations is meant to help students navigate the proposal and bid process for the annual MCAA Student Chapter Competition project. Did we mention registration is free and you only have to register once for ALL of the presentations! Register today.

Check out the new videos just uploaded; Team Engagement with Jim Bartolotta and Vehicle Hand Washing Station with Rich Happel, LEED AP. We’ll continue to add more videos each month so make sure to check back frequently!

A limited number of 3M™ PROTECTA® Rebel Self Retracting Lifelines produced between October 14, 2019 and February 25, 2020 may have a manufacturing issue. However, the issue can be easily detected through a pre-use inspection described in detail by 3M.

See DEWALT’s Recent Newsletter with a LinkedIn Live Event on September 16

Please see the most-recent DEWALT Newsletter with a LinkedIn Live event scheduled for this Wednesday, September 16 in support of SAFETY WEEK.

MILWAUKEE TOOL’s product lineup has long been J.F. Ahern Co.’s choice of power tools because the same batteries could be used for a broad range of tools, saving time and money. Recently, Ahern had the opportunity to test out some of MILWAUKEE TOOL’s new MX FUEL™ Equipment System, including the first-ever cordless core drill, on a project that required drilling more than 1,500 holes through various types of walls, including block and concrete. Ahern found that the handheld core drill was much more efficient than a traditional drill, providing more control and more power. MILWAUKEE TOOL is an MCAA benefactor sponsor.

We invite you and your sales team to join us, Wednesday, October 21st, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT for a high-impact, interactive experience guaranteed to boost the performance of your sales personnel during this COVID and post-COVID era.

Viega LLC has named Markus Brettschneider as its new CEO and President. He replaces Dave Garlow, who resigned after 20 years with the company. “I was attracted to Viega because of the culture, the customers, the portfolio and the great opportunities to grow,” he said. “When the opportunity came up, it was really quite a simple decision. I like working for a family-owned company with strong values and great culture, and I’m excited to continue this growth journey with the team.”

Arc flash can change a service tech’s life in the blink of an eye. Fred Bothwell, CHST, safety coordinator at Speer Mechanical, an MCAA member, uses personal experience to impress upon Speer techs the seriousness of arc flash situations.

As the coronavirus pandemic flared up around the country, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rapidly built alternative care facilities to alleviate strain on local hospitals—and MCAA member contractors and manufacturer/supplier partners were there to help. In Chicago, Ferguson, Bradford White, Laars, and Sloan all provided needed materials in record time, and Helm Group (formerly Mechanical, Inc.) was among those working on the ground nonstop as the HVAC and plumbing contractor for the job. Ferguson; LAARS, a Bradford White Company; and SLOAN are all benefactor sponsors.

JRGF provides funding through grants to help chapters cover the costs of projects, participation in the annual MCAA Student Chapter Competition, field trips, scholarships and travel to MCAA events. Completed Chapter of Excellence Grant and Emerging Chapter Grant applications are due to Megan Walsh by Monday, September 14th.

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

Please join us in saying thank you to the MCAA members who have given to the John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF) in 2020. Their support enables the JRGF to identify and work to solve the issues that confront the organized mechanical construction and service industry, challenges such as future workforce, productivity and technology.

Registration for MCAA’s newest project management program is open! The upcoming Preparatory Institute for Project Management begins September 16th. This 12-week online curriculum is designed to help flatten the learning curve for those new to the world of mechanical project management.

MCAA partner Littler shares information on the U.S. Department of Treasury’s recent guidance for employers with respect to the deferral of the employee portion of certain payroll taxes.

On August 31, 2020, OSHA published a final rule revising the beryllium standard for the construction industry. Although it is exceedingly rare for the agency’s beryllium standard to affect mechanical construction employers, if there are operations on any of your jobsites where your workers could be exposed to airborne concentrations of beryllium, you will be required to comply with the standard.

MCAA believes that ergonomics should be a standard part of every company’s overall safety program. Recently MCAA partnered with The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), Washington University in St. Louis, and Best Built Plans to develop and record a webinar on Creating a Contractor Ergonomics Program to Reduce Soft Tissue Injuries Among Construction Workers.

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

Medical Screenings During COVID-19

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) reports more than 80,000 Americans have failed to get their proper medical screenings during this time. As a result, CTCA is seeing more late stage cancer diagnosis. Making for harder treatment protocols and potentially worse outcomes.

Listen to this candid conversation with facility managers who share insights and recommendations for developing and maintaining important and productive partnerships with service providers.

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

The PCA announced the opening of a new Virtual Education Series today that goes beyond the typical Zoom meeting that we have become accustomed to. The seven-episode series begins September, 23 at 1 PM EDT and will feature an in-depth look at JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services, a member contractor based in Jessup, MD.

Honeywell has issued an Immediate Stop USE Notice for certain models of Miller MightEvac and MightyLite self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) manufactured within a specific time frame. The notice only affects specifically listed models, with identified manufacturing dates or re-certification dates between October 27, 2016 and October 6, 2018. Models outside of this date range, including new units, are not affected by this notice.

During the height of the COVID-19 crisis in New York City in April, MCAA member Donnelly Mechanical was an integral part of converting two facilities within Queens and Brooklyn into temporary field hospitals. These hospitals were staffed with doctors and nurses from around the country who traveled to New York to help treat COVID-19 patients and to relieve the burden from the nearby, overtaxed hospitals.

Leading construction contract experts from the national law firm of Peckar & Abramson, Adrian Bastianelli, III, Esq. and Mark R. Berry, analyze the key private and public construction contract terms and conditions that govern contractor entitlement to COVID-19 project delay and impact. They discuss the added cost requests for equitable adjustment and claim for time

In this month’s edition of Beyond the Classroom, Peter Gebert, a Washington State University student, talks about the highlights of being involved in his student chapter and how that involvement has led to more learning opportunities, hands-on experience, and ultimately two internships with McKinstry.

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

The American Bar Association (ABA) published an in depth article by Paul Stynchcomb, CCM, PSP, CFCC, Professor William Ibbs, PhD and James Newland, Esquire in the Summer 2020 edition of The Construction Lawyer. The authors dissect recent Civilian Board of Contract Appeals cases in which three MCAA member firms received substantial compensation for losses in labor productivity using a variety of quantification methodologies, including the MCAA Factors, the MCAA overtime inefficiency tables and the measured mile method.

Sales Basecamp is where it begins for entry-level service sales personnel in the HVACR and plumbing industry. This interactive, three week virtual program will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 PM EDT, starting November 3 – 19, 2020.

The MCAA family is growing, with more and more companies seeing the value of MCAA membership in ensuring their productivity and profitability. Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the MCAA family.

REVISED August 12, 2020

MCAA’s Model COVID-19 Return to Work Exposure Control Plan was again revised to address changes to CDC guidance and add additional COVID-19 safety resources to the plan. MCAA recommends that you evaluate these changes to ensure that your company’s program is current. Revisions were made to the actual MCAA Model COVID-19 Return to Work Exposure Control Plan and to the accompanying documents.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCAA Government Affairs Committee has been working tirelessly meeting with countless Congressional and Senate offices remotely to push our agenda forward. This vital work was made possible by PAC contributions to candidates who support our positions over the long term. Please join us in thanking those who gave and consider making a contribution to support these vital efforts.

Law Office of Adele Abrams Newsletter – August 20, 2020

MCAA partner Adele Abrams has released the Law Office of Adele Abrams Newsletter dated August 20, 2020. The latest newsleter includes articles on OSHA Use of NWS Chart for Heat Stress Invalidated and Updates Affecting Marijuana in the Workplace.

Arden Building Companies Named Among 2020 Fastest Growing & Innovative Companies

MCAA member Arden Building Companies has been named among the Fastest Growing & Innovative Companies by Providence Business News. Arden is recognized as one of the region’s Fastest Growing Companies in the $75 million and above category based on three-year revenue growth. The company will be honored during a virtual awards ceremony on September 16, 2020. Congratulations to Bob Bolton and the entire Arden Building Companies team!

Baker Group reached a remarkable safety milestone on August 18, 2020 when the company surpassed 2.5 million hours worked with no recordable or lost time injuries. “The successes of our employees and our projects are greatly dependent on doing work safely,” says BJ Baker, Chairman and CEO. “It’s a cornerstone of Baker Group culture.” Congratulations to the entire Baker Group team on this major safety milestone!

MCAA members are committed to giving back to their communities. AB&I Foundry is just one example. The company has teamed up with the California Metals Coalition (CMC), Assemblyman Rob Bonta (Alameda County), and MiraCosta College Technology Career Institute (TCI) for a “retooling” project aimed at supporting local first responders during the COVID‐19 pandemic by extending the life of their personal protective equipment (PPE).

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Updated Building Readiness Guide

As many buildings are preparing to reopen during this pandemic, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has updated its reopening “Building Readiness” guidance for HVAC systems to help mitigate the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Specific updated recommendations to the building readiness guidance include the following: Pre- and Post- Flushing Strategy, Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) Systems Operation, and Building Readiness Modes of Operation for the Building.

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

The UA is offering a free program for all MSCA/MCAA contractors and UA members on Safe Handling of Mildly Flammable Refrigerants. The webinar will take place on August 26, 2020 from 2 PM – 4 PM EST.

MCAA Featured in Article on Remote Training

MCAA President Brian Helm spoke with Kelly Faloon for a recent Contractor magazine article on “Training in the Age of COVID-19.” The article highlights the ways in which associations, manufacturers and suppliers have adapted their education and training programs for virtual presentation. MCAA members Uponor, Inc. and Xylem Inc. – Bell & Gossett are among those highlighted.

8/17 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their August 17 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Be the FIRST to receive the 2020 #ConTechReport by giving us 15 minutes to participate in the #2020ConTechSurvey! Take the survey today!

JF Ahern Named ENR Midwest Specialty Contractor of the Year

After a review of more than 50 entrants to ENR Midwest’s Annual Top Specialty Contractors rankings, JF Ahern of Fond du Lac, Wis., has been voted ENR Midwest Specialty Contractor of the Year by the editors. Ahern is a mechanical, sheet metal, electrical, plumbing and fire protection contractor that did 2019 business in 10 states of our 11-state region. Congratulations to JF Ahern!

National accounting firm Withum shares a general update on some new PPP loan developments.

MCAA members are committed to supporting their communities. For example, Sloan recently dispatched one of its Mobile Restrooms to assist when a Denver, Colorado-based Catholic Charities chapter lost access to the restroom and handwashing facilities it relied on to serve the area’s homeless population.

MSCA is launching a new series of educational videos called the Best From MSCA. These short interviews are certain to inspire you and impact the way you conduct your business.

Turn Your Field Personnel Into Leaders with Help from the Field Leaders Conference

Want to turn your field personnel into leaders? Then register them for the October 7-9 Field Leaders Conference in Toledo, Ohio. This 3-day conference offers them a chance to learn from peers around the country as well as from MCAA’s seasoned roster of instructors – many having been in their shoes! If you’re still unsure if this program would be beneficial to you and your company, all you need to do is check out this video…

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

On August 4, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in conjunction with the Treasury Department, released 23 frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

We want to recognize those techs that are the heroes of your organization and distinguish them as an MSCA Extraordinary Everyday Hero.

Hear the latest research on the airborne transmission of COVID-19 through air conditioning systems and prioritization of different strategies as explained by ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Luke Leung, LEED and MSCA member, Steve Horwood, VP of Business Development for GDI/Ainsworth. This new research can help you advise and guide customers as they continue to reopen their facilities and strive to maintain a safe and productive environment.

8/10 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their August 10 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

After a career spent overseeing the transformation of an industry, Jon Danuser retired from MCAA member Johnson Controls in June 2020. During his career, Jon was an active member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri (MCA-EMO), where he served in various leadership positions including board president. As Jon embarks on this new chapter in his life, he said, “What I am going to miss the most is all of the people I have had the privilege to work with and the customers we served over the years.”

MCAA members are constantly innovating and trying new techniques on their projects. Auburn Mechanical is just one example. The MCA of Western Washington member has been building through the COVID-19 pandemic, using a lean approach and specialty systems to meet the Washington State Convention Center Addition Project’s sustainability goals.

Joint Response to Critique of Groom Law Group’s Paper on Composite Plans

In a joint letter to the Congress, the national labor/management coalition responded to the Western Council of Teamsters rebuttal of the Groom Law Group paper of Composite Plans. This July 31, 2020 version of the letter contains update analysis of the 5500 filings of the median critical and declining status plans.

There are three main reasons for residential plumbing failures. Learn how to pull back the blinders and navigate the service call through a holistic approach.

This free program is open to all MSCA/MCAA contractors and UA members. August 26, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 12 PM EST and will be taught by Tim Hammack, Master Plumber.

MCAA’s WiMI Committee continued conversations this month with mentees and mentors participating in the WiMI Mentor Program. We are excited to introduce Ali and Wendy!

There is no question the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the construction and service jobsite productivity. In this expanded webinar John McNerney, Paul Stynchcomb, CCM, PSP, CFCC and Professor William Ibbs, Ph.D. of The Ibbs Consulting Group discuss MCAA’s newly updated Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime manual, and how to use the manual to quantify a loss of productivity (LoP) impact caused by COVID-19.

As an attendee at MCAA’s Field Leaders Conference, you will hear from dedicated industry professionals who will share their real-life tips and tools for success on the job site, including ways you can professionally control crucial job site conversations. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet other field leaders and share your field challenges and findings during nightly networking events. You will leave with actionable education. Learning from some of the industry’s best, you will be inspired to take this knowledge and apply it to better yourself at work, and in life. We look forward to seeing you in Toledo!

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

8/3 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their August 3 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

MCAA member Murphy Company recently promoted Rick Reams to Vice President – Safety and Quality. Tom Skaggs, Executive Vice President, made the announcement, saying, “Rick’s work ethic, professionalism and genuine concern for our workforce are assets to the organization. We are confident that under Rick’s leadership we will further strengthen our safety and quality programs.”

To protect your company it is critically important to establish a consistent process for conducting screening and promote workplace safety; adopt measures to mitigate risk; and be mindful of employee relations considerations. Temperature and symptom screeners play an important role in accomplishing these objectives, so it’s a good idea to ensure that they are properly trained.

National accounting firm Withum shares a general update on some new developments.

MCAA’s recently revised Guide to Steel and Copper Piping System Pressure Testing Safety includes information on pressure testing hazards, associated injuries, primary causes of pressure testing failures, general pressure testing safety, safe work practices for hydrostatic testing, and safe work practices for pneumatic testing.

Recent research indicates that individuals with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptoms began; and individuals with severe illness or those who are severely immunocompromised remain infectious no longer than 20 days after symptoms began. Based on these findings, the CDC has made changes to their guidelines regarding discontinuing COVID-19 isolation and precautions for non-healthcare settings.

Modern Piping, Inc, an MCA of Iowa member, presented Matt HermsenWhite with an MCAA Internship Grant at the start of his 2020 summer internship. Matt says, “I have felt great reception from the mechanical contracting community, both at Modern Piping and from MCAA. I am definitely considering a career in mechanical contracting and would like to say thank you again to MCAA for supporting engineering students with their education.”

At MCAA’s Field Leaders Conference, you will have the opportunity to meet other field leaders and share your field challenges and solutions.

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

7/27 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their July 27 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

MCAA members continue to give back during these challenging times and MCA of Metro Washington is no exception. The local affiliate participated in a drive-thru food distribution service, providing free and healthy meals to more than 1,000 families.

As schools prepare to reopen for the fall academic year, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has developed HVAC systems operation guidance to help mitigate the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Tim Brink Highlighted on The NEWSMakers Podcast

MCAA Chief Executive Officer Tim Brink joined Kyle Gargaro for The NEWSMakers podcast this week. Listen to learn how Tim’s experiences as an MCAA member and local association executive are shaping his vision for a more collaborative organization that delivers more services to its members.

National accounting firm Withum shares a general update of where we are today and the EIDL loan program.

On Monday, July 20, the U.S. Department of Labor published additional guidance for workers and employers on how the protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect the workplace as workplaces reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance from the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) includes commonly asked questions and answers that address critical issues in all three laws.

All contractors must know how to respond to harassment allegations and how to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all employees. In this fast-paced and interactive webinar, Cohen Seglias Labor & Employment co-chair Jonathan Landesman shares advice on handling harassment issues in the workplace utilizing real-life examples. Landesman also reviews how to encourage and

Sarabeth Gandara talks about her experiences with MCAA and how the mechanical contracting industry is the perfect mix of technical and personal relationships.

For the past ten years, MSCA has partnered with Convoy of Hope during the annual MSCA educational conferences to support a local organization, in the community where the conference is being held, with needed supplies and hands-on assistance. These organizations have included food banks, homeless shelters, rescue missions and women’s shelters. Due to the generosity of our members and local associations, we have been able to provide over a half million dollars in products and services to these organizations.

Beginning August 3, an online HVACR Basic Electricity Course will be available at no cost to all UA technicians. This is an excellent opportunity to provide your technicians with a valuable review program at no cost to you that is available online.

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

Don’t miss the chance to explore the latest tools and construction resources from many of MCAA’s Supplier Partners. You’ll also see some of the United Association’s favorite products and technology resources.

7/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their July 20 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Brian Helm Featured on The NEWSMakers Podcast

MCAA President Brian Helm spoke with Kyle Gargaro for this week’s episode of The NEWSMakers podcast. The two discussed MCAA’s quick response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They talked about what the industry can expect to see for the rest of 2020 and beyond, and the best practices that will help MCAA members succeed.

See what past attendees have to say and what to expect from the Field Leaders Conference experience.

MCAA member companies continue to collaborate on current projects, finding and creating innovative techniques and solutions. A recent example is CPMCA member Murray Company’s work on the Santa Monica City Hall Building.

DeWALT is committed to supporting MCAA members in the fight against COVID-19. They have supplied a COVID-19 Response with tool cleaning guides, safety product listings, service procedures, on-going training, and several featured stories. DeWALT has you covered with informative materials to help us through these rapidly evolving times.

The way DeWALT works is changing, but their commitment to service isn’t. DeWALT is here to support MCAA members through evolving situations, rules, and safety requirements. They have you covered with the informative materials that will guide you through the proper way to clean and sanitize tools on the jobsite. Watch this short tutorial and review the guidelines below for the proper way to sanitize your tools.

The mechanical contracting industry provides many career paths, and that includes the opportunity to work for an MCA local affiliated association. This summer, MCA of Chicago has two interns, Judie Prophete and Ervin Prophete. They are learning about how an association is managed and how the MCA of Chicago provides resources and education to its members.

As the old proverb goes, Necessity is the Mother of Invention. The COVID-19 crisis forced contractors to fundamentally change they way they operate. Innovative solutions have been rapidly adopted to meet the needs of limited jobsites, distributed workforce and enhanced safety demands.

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

7/13 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their July 13 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning everyone about hand sanitizers made with methanol. The substance, which is a form of alcohol, is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. Last month the FDA listed a number of hand sanitizers made by Eskbiochem that contain methanol. This month the agency is expanding that list to include sanitizers made by other companies.

MCAA Member Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co. has been named a Top Workplace by cleveland.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This is the company’s first year on the list, which includes a record 175 honorees. Neptune is the only full-service plumbing company among them. Company co-Presidents Adam and Michael Wallenstein credit the company’s talent and culture for earning the recognition.

MCAA’s WiMI Committee members recently took some time to speak with mentees and mentors participating in the program to find out how things are going.

Meet our first pair, Hannah and Kristin!

Two days’ time spent learning from some of the industry’s best will help you go from a good project leader to a GREAT project leader. You will hear firsthand the importance of accurate costing, and takeaway strategies for managing actual hours to budget.

McElroy’s Inc., an MCA of Kansas City member, presented Parker Beal with an MCAA Internship Grant at the start of his 2020 summer internship. The grant is funded by the John R. Gentille Foundation. Parker said, “This grant will help me continue to fund my college degree and expenses. I see this not only as a great learning opportunity, but also as a motivation to tell other interns in the future about what I have learned and experienced in the mechanical industry.”

In March, as a majority of the country slowed down, the MCAA Government Affairs Committee continued to work tirelessly meeting with countless Congressional and Senate office’s remotely to push our agenda forward. The committee has been working on COVID-19 cost increases on Federal projects, change orders in the NDAA, pension issues, and the PBGC just to mention a few.

The Critical Path Method (CPM) schedule is an essential management tool for all construction team members when it comes to completing an on-time and financially successful project.

National accounting firm Withum shares opening of Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) news.

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

The ever evolving COVID-19 restrictions have forced MCAA member companies to adapt to new normals. U.S. Engineering, has transitioned their summer internship program to a virtual platform. Kenny Griffin, Iowa State University MCAA Student Chapter member, is one of the current interns.

7/6 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their July 6 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

National accounting firm Withum shares a general update on a variety of issues.

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom video, University of Nebraska senior, Ali Brown shares her perspective on entering the mechanical contracting industry and emphasizes the importance of business and human resources.

MCAA’s manufacturer/supplier The Harris Products Group, a company of Lincoln Electric Company, became a vital partner to contractors as they fulfilled demands at medical care centers and alternate care facilities for COVID-19 treatments.

National accounting firm Withum shares a general update on a variety of issues.

MSCA believes that the current state of the world and pandemic have actually brought out the best is so many people. We want to recognize these Extraordinary Everyday Heroes!

IRS Announces Additional Guidance for Coronavirus-Related Distributions and Loans

The IRS has released Notice 2020-50, which offers added guidance and relief for retirement plan participants taking pandemic-related distributions and loans under the CARES Act. Notice 2020-50 expands the definition of qualified individuals under the Act and provides guidance regarding coronavirus-related distributions and loans. Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. have prepared a summary outlining

Marelich Mechanical Company, Inc. employs summer interns and new-hire project engineers from Northern California MCA student chapter programs.

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

6/29 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 29 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Arden Building Companies, an MCAA member, announced recently that Paul Battaglia has joined the executive team as President of Corporate Mechanical of New England in Woburn, MA. “Paul brings strength, leadership, and passion for the industry to this role,” said Robert M. Bolton, Chief Executive Officer of Arden Building Companies. “His wealth of experience and deep knowledge of the Boston market will prove invaluable to the Arden Building Companies and Corporate Mechanical of New England team as we begin the next chapter of growing our Boston operations.”

MCAA member Bassett Mechanical recently announced four strategic promotions on its executive leadership team. Kim Bassett, President & CEO, said, “These executive advancements are not only well deserved, but also the next step in creating a strong future for our business and our customers who trust us to provide customized solutions for their unique needs.”

The nation’s employment attorneys are anticipating an onslaught of lawsuits over workplace exposures to COVID-19. To help avoid these lawsuits, and mount an affirmative defense if they do occur, it is recommended that employers develop a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control plan.

This week the decision was made by the MSCA Board of Managers to cancel this year’s annual educational conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information regarding a new safe harbor for FTEs.

6/25 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 25 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

MCAA members are using new solutions, teamwork and creative problem-solving to approach fast-track COVID-19 projects in their communities. W.L. Gary Company, Inc., is just one example. The MCA of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. member played a role in expanding patient care facilities in Maryland.

Masen Dinklage, a member of the MCAA Student Chapter at the University of Nebraska, is spending his third consecutive summer as a Project Management intern with The Waldinger Corporation. Through a variety of activities, he is gaining industry knowledge and building relationships that will help him succeed in his great future.

With the nation’s attention towards occupational safety and health on COVID-19, it’s important to remember and address the other potential hazards. One of those potential hazards is excavation cave-ins, which frequently result in fatalities without the appropriate protective systems in place. MCAA and safety partner CNA have several excavation safety resources that are readily available to you.

In this webinar, John Koontz explains the three types of overtime typically found in construction and talks about the three universally accepted methods of calculating overtime impact costs.

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

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information about a new IFR (Interim Final Ruling) released on June 23rd regarding the Covered Period for the forgiveness process on PPP loans.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned that hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico may contain methanol (wood alcohol), which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

Arden Engineering Constructors, LLC, internships prepare students for careers in the construction industry. That guidance has paid off for both the company and three recent graduates who accepted full-time positions within the Arden Building Companies family of businesses. Congratulations to Natalie Mansson, Andrew Basile and Alex Appolonia on finding their great futures with Arden.

6/22 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 22 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

OSHA recently released the new COVID-19 publication Guidance on Returning to Work. The publication addresses planning for reopening, applicable OSHA standards, employer FAQs, and much more.

MCAA is saddened by the loss of Robert T. Armistead, P.E., who served as our President in 2010. He died peacefully at his home on June 16, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Our thoughts are with Susan, Robert, Kane, Bryan and the extended Armistead family during this difficult time. “Bob truly loved the MCAA and his time with everyone involved in the organization. He will be greatly missed,” said Timothy J. Brink, MCAA’s Chief Executive Officer.

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information regarding the new PPP loan forgiveness application, as well as a new Bill introduced in Congress.

A statement from MCAA President Brian Helm regarding George Floyd

On June 17, 2020 the SBA issued not one, but two PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications and sets of instructions – the revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions (PPP Application) and the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form EZ and instructions (PPP EZ Application). Withum shares a breakdown of the differences and changes.

6/18 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 18 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

MCAA members are innovating and creating new ways to help minimize the impact of COVID-19. Tweet/Garot Mechanical, Inc. of De Pere, Wisconsin, is just one example. In partnership with the teams at HGA, Boldt, Faith Technologies and IMEG, they provided an acute care solution in under two weeks.

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information regarding the roll out of the Main Street Lending Program (“MSLP”).

William E. Walter Inc. Mechanical Contractors presented Alex Vernon-Venzuela Peter of Ferris State University with an MCAA Internship Grant. The grant, which is funded by the John R. Gentille Foundation, will help subsidize his expenses while he gains valuable work experience this summer.

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information regarding a new IFR and an EIDL update.

This webinar covers tool sharing protocols, length of virus stability, EPAs List N, and how to properly disinfect tools, batteries, and gear.

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

6/15 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 15 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Excellent questions surfaced in MCAA’s Webinar #17: Legal Issues Concerning COVID-19 Employee Screening, which was presented on May 28, 2020 by Littler law firm attorney, Brad Hammock. See those questions and answers provided below.

Murphy Company interns Jacob Reed and Morgan Hanley have been onsite project engineering interns for the University of Missouri-Columbia’s NextGen Precision Health Institute. The opportunity has given them a first-hand look at what it takes to build a job on their college campus.

MCAA connects students with MCAA members through networking and employment opportunities that help to cultivate the next generation of industry leaders. The MCAA Career Development Committee is exploring new ways to make these connections virtually. Please help us meet your needs by taking a quick hiring survey.

National accounting firm Withum shares some new information regarding the accounting for PPP loans.

MCAA members are continuously building facilities to serve the surge of COVID-19 patients in their communities. New England MCA, Inc. member Harry Grodsky & Company, Inc. is just one example. The company recently completed work on a rapid response triage outside the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Video calls and virtual meetings are the new “normal” and likely take up most of your day. But are you getting the most out of your meetings? Are you getting distracted? Have you dusted off your nonverbal communication skills? Join us for some basics on effective virtual communication – getting started, some do’s and don’ts, and helpful tools.

6/11 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 11 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Where cloth face coverings are not appropriate in the work environment or during certain tasks (e.g., because they could become contaminated or exacerbate heat illness), OSHA allows employers to provide alternative PPE, such as face shields and/or surgical masks.

SIEMENS has opted to continue their 2020 Summer Intern Program with 64 students. The company is providing remote work and virtual connections for those who can’t come to the office due to COVID-19 restrictions. Program Manager Kristin Junia said, “Ultimately it was important for us to stand by our commitment to the interns we made offers to prior to the pandemic, so we’re working to make the summer successful in every way possible.”

National accounting firm Withum shares some analysis regarding the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020.

Now is the time to prepare your fitters, plumbers, and service techs for the looming dog days of summer. By providing them with the knowledge they’ll need to prevent heat stress related illnesses, you ensure their safety down the road.

When used correctly, the MCAA factors can be an invaluable resource in both forward pricing change orders and retroactively determining cumulative impacts.

Titan Mechanical presented Colton Battin with an MCAA Internship Grant at the start of his summer internship. The grant, which is funded by the John R. Gentille Foundation, will help subsidize his expenses while he gains valuable work experience this summer.

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

MCAA’s manufacturer/supplier members have worked tirelessly to shorten lead times and provide needed equipment and expertise throughout the COVID-19 crisis. SIEMENS, for example, supported the transformation of the Westchester County Center and a portion of its parking lot into a 110-bed temporary field hospital for COVID-19 patients in White Plains, New York.

6/8 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 8 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

National accounting firm Withum shares some analysis regarding the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020.

In light of COVID-19-related restrictions and in the best interests of our members and the students, MCAA has made the decision to cancel the in-person GreatFutures Forum scheduled for October 1-3 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A GreatFutures Virtual Education Program is in the works.

National accounting firm Withum shares some analysis regarding the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020 that borrowers need to consider.

What happens if some of your employees are not consistently using this protective equipment?

MCAA member companies have overcome scheduling and other challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to serve our communities. MCA of Cleveland member Smith & Oby Company’s work on the conversion of Cleveland Clinic’s Health Education Campus (HEC) main building into a COVID-19 surge hospital is just one example.

6/4 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 4 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

National accounting firm Withum shares a bit of breaking news – PPP Flexibility Act Passes the Senate!

MCAA members continue to play their part in helping communities cope with the impact of COVID-19, and MCA of Colorado member U.S. Engineering is no exception. The company is leveraging its fabrication capabilities for projects that will serve communities in both Colorado and Tennessee.

National Service and Maintenance Agreement Extended One Year

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Mechanical Service Contractors of America and the United Association have jointly agreed to extend the termination date of the current National Service and Maintenance Agreement, dated August 1 2015 – July 31, 2020, until July 31, 2021. All current signers remain bound to the terms of the Agreement.

Southland Industries and the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team at Penn Medicine shaved 15 months from the construction schedule for a portion of a new hospital tower in University City, Pennsylvania, to prepare for the potential influx of COVID-19 patients.

National accounting firm Withum shares news regarding the current status of the PPP loan program.

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

In this Beyond the Classroom video, you will meet Harry Bederian, a Senior Project Engineer at ARB, Inc. The past MCAA Student Chapter President talks about how his involvement with both CPMCA and MCAA helped open the door to his career.

6/1 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their June 1 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

National accounting firm Withum shares news regarding the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. of 2020.

A message of gratitude from MCAA to all our essential workers

National accounting firm Withum shares a news snippet from last week’s Interim Final Ruling (IFR 14) on PPP Loan Forgiveness that could prove to be significant for borrowers.

This year, $500 MCAA Internship Grants are being offered to students who accept internships or full-time positions thanks to funding from the John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF). MCAA members can use these grants to help them attract much-needed talent, and new interns will appreciate the investment in their success. Apply today!

5/29 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 29 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic will require many employers to screen their workers regularly, including taking body temperatures.

National accounting firm Withum wants to pass along some news regarding the status of the PPP program, as well as an issue regarding EIDL loans.

MCA New England member Advance Air & Heat Company, Inc. donates service technician time and expertise, to prepare two abandoned nursing facilities for COVID-19 patients in the city of New Bedford, MA.

National accounting firm Withum wants to alert borrowers to a new Interim Final Ruling (IFR) that was released on Friday, May 22nd.

The past few months have introduced us all to a whole new set of issues impacting productivity. From additional safety and screening requirements to distancing protocols, COVID-19 is causing real and often dramatic productivity losses on the job site.  In this webinar, MCAA Project Management educator John Koontz will walk you through The Measured Mile

SLOAN provided needed touch-free commercial restroom products to two temporary COVID-19 field hospitals: Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center and Yale University’s Payne Whitney Gym.

5/26 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 26 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

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

Triangle Enterprises, Inc. is offering both typical and fire-retardant barrier masks. The company converted part of its production to making the masks to help with the shortages brought on by COVID-19.

5/22 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 22 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

MCA of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. member JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services, Inc. was approached to partner on a United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Pilot Project. The project’s goal: to convert storage units to house COVID-19 patients undergoing the second stage of treatment to help prevent the spread of the disease.

National accounting firm Withum wants to alert borrowers to a meaningful potential change to the PPP Program.

National accounting firm Withum wants to alert borrowers to a meaningful change to the forgiveness calculation that was subtly put forward on the new application.

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with a deep dive on the FTE rehire rule, a provision that may be meaningful for many borrower.

Ryan Manuel, the MCAA Student Chapter faculty advisor at Purdue University, has received a Faculty Continuing Education Grant funded by the John R. Gentille Foundation. He will be working as a Temporary Project Advisor for MCA of Indiana member company D.A. Dodd.

5/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 20 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

OSHA recently revised its plan for enforcing safe workplace requirements concerning COVID-19. The memorandum the agency sent to its regional administrators provides instructions and guidance for handling COVID-19-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports. The previous COVID-19 enforcement guidance document sent to the regional administrators back in April has been rescinded.

Certain 3M™ Fall Protection Specific DBI-SALA® Delta™ & Exofit XP™ Arc Flash Harnesses with an Integrated 18 in. Nylon D-Ring Extension failed arc flash testing. The company has issued a STOP USE NOTICE to all affected customers. The affected harnesses are listed in the stop use notice.

OSHA recently sent revised enforcement guidance to it’s regional administrators regarding affected employers’ obligation to record and report work-related cases of COVID-19. The memorandum makes it clear that employers must make a good faith effort to determine whether a case of COVID-19 is work-related, and if so, record and report the illnesses if the other required recording/recording criteria also applies.

SATAURA co-founders, Beverly Holcomb and Sarah Pozdol, discuss simple strategies on how to nourish and support, not only your mental and emotional health; but also provide practical tools and guidelines that will help you strike a healthy “work-life-home-health” balance.

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

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with information on significant updates/clarifications to the forgiveness calculation that came out late on Friday, May 15.

Siphonic drain systems are not well understood in the United States, but they allow for greater flexibility in design, are far more efficient than a traditional drainage system, and often save money in labor and materials. Siphonic drainage is not new. It has been used since the early 1970s, and in Europe it is considered the norm. Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. is the first American company to design, manufacture, and market a siphonic roof drain. Still, many plumbing engineers rarely consider siphonic systems for buildings in the United States.

5/18 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 18 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with information on forgiveness and a clarification on loan proceeds.

Some of the chemicals being used to disinfect jobsite surfaces can cause COVID-19 like symptoms in recently disinfected areas without adequate ventilation and/or other protective measures.

MCAA presents an interactive roundtable session, hosted by John Koontz (MCAA Director of Project Management), to explore best practices for dealing with operational issues in these unprecedented times. Panelists Mark Rogers (COO, West Chester Mechanical Contractors) and Greg Fuller (CEO, North Mechanical) leverage their combined expertise to address current industry challenges. Greg, Mark, and John have first-hand experience in everything from the field to the office to the executive suite. They provide insights based on decades of experience in the mechanical industry, tailored to specific issues that you are currently facing.

Paige Taylor, a 2018 Construction Engineering graduate from Iowa State University is building her career as a project manager at MMC Contractors, an MCA of Iowa, Inc. member. “In an industry that is all about relationships, MCAA and the Iowa State University student chapter gave me opportunities to start building them even before my first day full-time on the job.”

5/15 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 15 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

There are two new sources of COVID-19 PPE, cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer, etc. for MCAA members. One is the company MONTCO and the other is long-time MCAA partner RESCUE ONE. Both companies are credible, reliable, and have good relationships with MCAA.

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

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with an analysis of FAQ 46, one of the more meaningful FAQs that has been received in the last few weeks addressing eligibility.

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with some news on the recently proposed HEROES Act.

5/13 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 13 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Cohen Seglias’ Labor & Employment Group have released a Q&A on the PPP program with an eye towards using and tracking the proceeds.

The MCA of Omaha, Inc. and UA Local 464 have partnered to distribute hand sanitizer to their members in the field. Kelsey Johnson and MCA of Omaha feels fortunate to be able support their members in a safe way. “This was an incredible effort by us and Local 464. Now more than ever, we all need to work together with our labor partners to keep our members safe and informed.”

Construction Employers Composite Plan Letter

Mechanical Contractors Association of America teamed up with industry partners in a joint letter to Congress regarding the multiemployer pension plans, which provide retirement benefits to over 10 million Americans.

Cohen Seglias’ Construction Contracts & Risk Management Group prepared sample notice letters for use on jobs where construction has or is about to resume under pre-existing contracts. Also included in this packet is sample language to add to change orders and monthly releases.

Cash is the lifeblood of any business. In good times, cash management may slip to the back burner, but with the current pandemic and companies delaying payments, now is not the time to be casual about your money. NEI and UA training instructor, Kathy Crosby, discusses how to keep delayed payments from getting out of control, protecting your rights, and how to measure your company’s cash flow in order to better manage it.

On May 11, the U.S. Department of Labor launched its Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) Standards Recognition Entities (SREs) online application and updated resources, the same day that the IRAP rule goes into effect.

With anticipation of additional guidance being released by the SBA, Withum invites you to join the SBA and Federal Tax Policy experts for a discussion regarding the PPP loan forgiveness process. This webinar will address the new up to the minute guidance in detail, focusing on the knowns, the unknowns, and the strategies for borrowers to make sure they are maximizing their forgiveness through their 8-week covered period.

National accounting firm Withum has provided MCAA with some news on the status of the PPP and comments from the SBA’s Inspector General.

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

5/11 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 11 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

Faced with a tight working space, Hermanson Company took advantage of Miller Electric’s new XMT® 350 FieldPro System welder along with a custom-built pipe turner so the mechanical contractor could make hundreds of high-quality welds in a fraction of the time that hand-turning would have required. The innovative approach not only increased productivity but also contributed to a safer, healthier work environment.

National accounting firm, Withum has provided MCAA with some news on their upcoming Calculating Forgiveness webinar, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, rumors on changes to the PPP, FAQs complexities and a new FAQ.

Based on new COVID-19 research the CDC has recently changed their guidelines regarding discontinuing isolation for individuals with symptoms of the virus who are caring for themselves at home. The CDC’s change increases the period of recommended isolation by 3 days, from 7 to 10 days after symptoms begin. Please be sure to change your company’s COVID-19 exposure control plans accordingly.

MCAA partners with DADO, the construction Industry’s most powerful search app in order to help members more easily find COVID related information

5/8 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 8 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

MCAA members can now download the 2020 edition of MCAA’s Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime—A Primer for the Construction Industry. The revamped resource provides guidance to contractors that are looking to measure the impact that delays, PPE and manpower limitations have on the construction sites that they are working on. The guide helps contractors identify and quantify activities before and after the start of the pandemic in order to build change orders correctly.

The Small Business Administration and Treasury Department have issued updates on two FAQs regarding the eligibility for Paycheck Protection Program loans for public and privately owned companies and eligibility for firms that have access to other adequate sources of liquidity.

ASME and AWS Extension of Unemployed Welders’ Continuity Due to COVID-19

ASME and AWS have extended the continuity requirements for unemployed welders and brazers.  The announcements cover both ASME and AWS code cases and provide chapter secretaries with guidelines for recording continuity records of unemployed welders.

5/6 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 6 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

A panel of MSCA leaders led an open and enlightening discussion on the “new normal” and how best to prepare your service company for the unchartered road ahead. They shared unique strategies and forward-thinking ideas that are being implemented now.

CRW Mechanical and W.E. Bowers, members of MCAMW have worked together to build emergency temporary tent structures to support the influx of infected patients of COVID-19.

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

Below are two recently issued Frequently Asked Questions published by the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department on eligibility for Paycheck Protection Program loans for public and privately owned companies and eligibility for firms that have access to other adequate sources of liquidity. The after-the-fact guidance issued on April 24 and April 28 is causing some degree of confusion among firms that have already applied for and been granted PPP loans before publication of this criteria.

Using an effective hand sanitizer is one of the most important things everyone can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is especially true on construction jobsites and in mechanical service areas where there is no running water.

Enginuity, LLC presented Matthew Lawrence and Andrew Clancy with MCAA student internship grants at the start of their internships. The grants, which are funded by the John R. Gentille Foundation, will help subsidize the interns’ expenses while they gain valuable work experience this summer.

5/4 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 4 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

XOi Technologies’ cloud-based mobile app takes the manual work out of getting critical information from the field into the hands of those who need it, which is helping Havtech streamline communication and improve efficiency. Havtech now has full transparency with their customers at every stage of the contract—from quote to completed work.

Arden Engineering Constructors recently completed work on two COVID-19 field hospitals which add 935 patient beds for the anticipated COVID-19 surge in Rhode Island. The project had two 12-hour shifts running seven days a week from the time it began on April 6 until completion on April 18.

5/1 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their May 1 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

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. Printed directories will be sent to members in the next few weeks.

A&B 50-State Openings Tracker

Alston & Bird has published their April 29 edition of their A&B 50-State Openings Tracker, along with details and links for quick reference.

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom, you will meet Andrew Palcan, a Project Engineer at Mechanical Inc. Palcan is a past MCAA Student Chapter member and an Architectural Engineering graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering. Palcan talks about the career opportunities that arose from his involvement with MCAA GreatFutures. He discusses some of his experiences from past MCAA events and the MCAA Student Chapter Competition.

Get prepared to reopen America with training and certification in the ASSE 12060 Water Quality Program for Contractors and Tradespeople. This training and certification opportunity is ideal for contractors whose companies perform plumbing service, HVAC service, and sprinkler fitting. Key elements of the class are Implementing the CDC Toolkit, Recommissioning of All Buildings, Risk Assessment of All Systems, and Sampling Procedures.

4/29 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 29 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

This educational video provides users with an overview of the next generation of WebLEM — WebLEM+Plus. In this video, you will learn how labor units are created for both the Component and the Work Activity Method (WAM) and what factors are considered in creating labor units. The video also highlights the new and enhanced features of WebLEM+Plus. Welcome to WebLEM+Plus, the next generation of the industry standard for estimating labor hours.

Jonathan Dang, a senior at Indiana State University, has been awarded the Foster McCarl, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The national scholarship honors Foster McCarl, Jr.’s many contributions to advancing the mechanical contracting industry, including his efforts toward establishing what is now known as the John R. Gentille Foundation (JRGF).

Although most construction work has been deemed essential, project managers are not allowed to visit or inspect job sites. This quick webinar, moderated by MCAA Director of Innovative Technologies, Sean McGuire, explores several tools that project managers are using to help maintain efficiency while working remotely. Travis Voss, leader of Innovative Technologies at Mechanical Inc,

Join a panel of MSCA leaders on Tuesday, May 5 at 1 PM ET for an open and enlightening discussion on the “new normal” and how best to prepare your service company for the unchartered road ahead.

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

MCAA’s long-time partner Milwaukee Tool has updated their COVID-19 Resource Guide to include additional content on best practices for remote meetings, eSERVICE tool repairs and digital training resources.

4/27 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 27 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

R&S United Mechanical Services turned to NIBCO INC. for their innovative press joinery system solutions to complete large-scale mechanical systems for several New York City projects. Not only are the NIBCO products easy to install and cost-effective, they do not require an open flame, saving R&S the expense of hiring a worker for fire watch.

MCAA partner CNA is sharing its risk control bulletin on Hygiene Controls in the Workplace with MCAA members. The bulletin addresses known hazards, Workplace recovery, personal hygiene and protection planning, and important reminders.

Second Chance at Paycheck Protection Program Loan

As the new Senate bill was passed by the House on April 23, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) gained additional emergency funds. MCAA partners and law firm, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C., provide an overview of the program application and loan forgiveness requirements to assist MCAA members.

Murphy Company is playing an important role in their communities’ fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. As the number of citizens requiring hospitalization has surged, so has the need for additional isolation rooms on a quick-turn schedule. The pandemic has presented additional challenges, and Murphy Company has met them all with innovative and fast-moving solutions.

4/24 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 24 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

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

Epidemic Rider For Negotiated Subcontracts and Response to Proposals

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. has prepared a Rider for MCAA members to include in a response to a proposal or an actual subcontracting agreement to take into account the risk to the parties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Re-Opening Buildings Safely After COVID-19 Shutdown

As buildings are reopening after being shut down or used less during the pandemic,