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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

In the United States, temperature and other symptom checks would normally constitute an overly broad medical exam under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as various state non-discrimination laws. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, with CDC and other guidance, the EEOC has provided guidance permitting employers to measure employees’ body temperature and to ask about other COVID-19 symptoms.

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.

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.

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.

REVISED June 19, 2020
New information from research on COVID-19 is being generated constantly. This reality requires us to carefully monitor the new information and make updates to MCAA’s Model COVID-19 Return to Work Exposure Control Plan as necessary. MCAA’s model plan was recently updated. We recommend that you evaluate the changes to determine whether your company’s plan also requires an update.

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.

MCAKC members who pay for a full registration will be eligible to receive a 50 percent rebate on a second full registration, upon successful attendance at the August Field Leaders Conference. This special offer is available through MCAKC.

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.

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

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.

Transform Your Field Leaders’ Perspective – Give them a Network of Peers

In their fast-paced jobs, it’s easy for field leaders to feel isolated. Add in social distancing due to COVID-19 and that isolation can feel overwhelming. MCAA’s Field Leaders Conference is where field leaders reconnect with peers. As they share stories, they will build a network of peers they can call upon when they’re up against a tough challenge. Take it from Jeff Ranke of Smith & Oby, “I am so glad I was sent to the Philly Field Leaders Conference. I needed this. Very helpful. Great speakers. I took a lot from this. Nice to know I’m not alone.”

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!

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

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.

Another feature of MCAA’s Field Leaders Conference? You’ll have a 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.

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.

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.

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.

Many construction owners, general contractors, and construction managers are now requiring their contractors and subcontractors to produce either a Company COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan, or a Site-Specific COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan. If your company is required to produce either plan, MCAA’s new easily tailorable Model COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan will make meeting the requirement quick and easy.

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, there is an inherent risk to the water and air systems. MCAA has drafted a comprehensive sample letter for our contractors to download and customize as needed before sending to building owners as they prepare to re-open their buildings in the safest way.

4/22 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 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.

Questions & Answers from MCAA’s Webinar #8: COVID-19 OSHA Enforcement Preparation

Several great questions came out of MCAA’s Webinar #8: COVID-19 OSHA Enforcement Preparation, which was presented on April 17, 2020. See those questions and the answers provided by attorney and presenter Adele Abrams.

A panel of past MSCA board members and service contractors lead an informative session on refocusing your service sales priorities and implementing unique and proactive sales strategies.

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

Rachel Nehring, a senior at Missouri State University, will join Milwaukee Tool when she graduates thanks to an internship with the company last summer. Rachel shares her background, the insights gained from her internship and her excitement about beginning her full-time position.

The recent COVID outbreak has created unprecedented human capital challenges for the construction industry, especially as to how owners and contractors manage their workforce in the context of project suspensions and early termination of contracts. Balancing the required adjustments in the workplace with HR policies, while tackling talent retention, workforce planning and knowledge management is therefore critical to recovery efforts and building resiliency.

4/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 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.

A construction project at a senior living facility presents a specific set of challenges. For the Brookdale Senior Living Center in Chicago, Daikin overcame those challenges by combining customized products, advance planning, and know-how for successful installation of a new chiller, ensuring the project stayed on time and within budget.

As positive cases of COVID-19 increase around the nation there is speculation that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will increase its enforcement efforts. The agency will want to ensure that employers are making a good faith effort to help protect their workers from contracting the virus.

4/17 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 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.

Congratulations to Bryce Danielson, a sophomore at University of Nebraska, and one of the two recipients of the Alan O’Shea Memorial Scholarship. The Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey has established two scholarships to honor the memory of Alan O’Shea, former Executive Director of the MCA of New Jersey. These national scholarships memorialize Mr. O’Shea’s many contributions to the mechanical contracting industry.

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.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) respiratory protection standard requires respirators used by workers to be certified by OSHA’s research arm, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). However, that requirement has been suspended temporarily due to a shortage of NIOSH-certified N95 respirators in the United States. OSHA, in agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently released guidance to their regional administrators outlining enforcement discretion to permit the use of filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) certified under certain standards of other countries or jurisdictions.

4/15 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 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.

Congratulations to Logan Stone, this year’s recipient of the William 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.

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

4/13 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 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.

Rock Hill Mechanical knew that Anvil International’s Gruvlok® system was a better choice for a new aquarium’s mechanical room than the originally specified PVC products. With quick delivery of the Gruvlok parts and the ease of installation, Rock Hill Mechanical met the tight timeline for completing St. Louis’s newest tourist attraction.

Working Together Is Key to Addressing COVID-19 Labor-Management Issues

In a video message, UA General President Mark McManus and MCAA President Brian Helm discuss how cooperation, communication and common sense are fueling joint efforts to adapt to new working conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two organizations are working together and innovating to address changing conditions while at the same time protecting our workforce and our industry’s future.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released enforcement guidance for recording cases of COVID-19. Until further notice, OSHA will not enforce its record-keeping requirements to require employers to make work-relatedness determinations for COVID-19 cases, except where: (1) There is objective evidence that a COVID-19 case may be work-related; and (2) The evidence was reasonably available to the employer.

Congratulations to the finalists for this year’s Student Chapter Competition: Ball State University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

4/10 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 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.

In an effort to ensure communities continue to encourage safe social distancing, UMC, Inc., a member of Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA), designed, developed and manufactured Portable Wash Stations. These machines solve the immediate need for functional wash stations for construction sites, grocery stores, emergency hospitals, etc. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MCAA’s long-time partner Milwaukee Tool has produced a COVID-19 Resource Guide for MCAA members. The guide addresses tool cleaning, operations protocols, digital tool training, shipping and inventory updates, Milwaukee Tool’s #TOGETHERweSTAND CAMPAIGN, and how to stay in contact with Milwaukee Tool.

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

Congratulations to Hunter DeJonge, this year’s recipient of the annual Reilly Family Memorial Scholarship. A charter member of MCAA, John W. Danforth Company, has established the scholarship to commemorate the memory of its leadership, the Reilly Family.

Watts Water Technologies Products Support COVID-19 Response Efforts

AERCO (a WATTS Brand) B+II WaterWizard steam water heaters will provide much-needed safe, reliable hot water to patients and medical staff aboard the military hospital ship USNS Comfort which arrived in New York last week in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts. The USNS Comfort is home to up to 1,200 naval and civilian personnel and will accept up to 1,000 patients who are suffering from ailments other than the coronavirus. This will free up space for COVID-19 patients in NYC hospitals and help reduce the stress on the medical infrastructure.

MCAA recently teamed up with TYFOOM to provide members with an opportunity to make microlearning safety training available to their workers. As a benefit of membership, members that subscribe to the service will receive a 10% discount off the standard price of the service.

Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQs

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section 1102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). Borrowers and lenders may rely on the guidance provided in this document as SBA’s interpretation of the CARES Act and of the Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rule (“PPP Interim Final Rule”). Published on April 6, 2020.

CAMPC Shares Paid Leave Eligibility Chart

The Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors has shared their Paid Leave Eligibility chart with MCAA’s members to help determine an employee’s paid sick leave, paid family medical leave and unemployment insurance eligibility. This chart has been reviewed by CAMPC’s legal team.

Updated FAQs: Employers Regulated by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary regulations implementing the paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The DOL has also been adding new guidance to its more informal Questions & Answers webpage. Alston & Bird has been monitoring the DOL webpage, and shared their Updated FAQs for Employers Regulated by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

4/8 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 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’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released guidance to its regional administrators outlining enforcement discretion to permit the use of filtering facepiece respirators and air-purifying elastomeric respirators that are certified under certain standards of other countries or jurisdictions. The guidelines also address enforcement discretion to permit use when the equipment was previously certified under the standards of other countries or jurisdictions, but are beyond their manufacturer’s recommended shelf life.

4/6 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 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.

John W. Danforth Company installed a new hot water system in a nursing home without incident and with minimal disruption, thanks in part to Ferguson’s expertise in selecting the ideal replacement system. The new system improved overall efficiency for the nursing home and will be easier to maintain than the old system.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released guidance to its regional administrators outlining enforcement discretion to permit the use of filtering facepiece respirators and air-purifying elastomeric respirators that are certified under certain standards of other countries or jurisdictions. The guidelines also address enforcement discretion to permit use when the equipment was previously certified under the standards of other countries or jurisdictions, but are beyond their manufacturer’s recommended shelf life.

Molly Sizemore, a junior at Pennsylvania 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. Molly is the President of the MCA of Central Pennsylvania-sponsored student chapter at Pennsylvania State University, where she studies Architectural Engineering specializing in mechanical systems. She will be interning for the second summer with MCA of Metro Washington member, Southland Industries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released guidelines to help combat supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators. The agency’s guidelines address alternatives to N95s, and extended use and reuse of the respirators. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is the research arm of OSHA, also released N95 guidelines addressing extended use and reuse of the respirators, specifically for healthcare settings.  

Whenever it’s feasible, it’s best to hire a reputable third party to perform facility cleaning and disinfection services. However, if it will be necessary for you or someone else from your company to perform the cleaning and disinfection service, the following guidelines may help protect that person from exposure to COVID-19.

The Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes an MCAA student chapter for outstanding achievement as an organization of students who are planning careers in the mechanical construction industry. The award recognizes exceptional achievement in governance and leadership, membership recruiting, fundraising, community involvement, and career development. University of Nebraska Student Chapter is sponsored by the MCA of Omaha. The chapter’s faculty advisor is, Vishnu Reddi, Assistant Professor of Practice with the Durham School College of Engineering. The student chapter takes a unique approach to fundraising, community service and networking opportunities with local MCA members.

Panelists Paul Stynchcomb, CCM, PSP, CFCC, of The Ibbs Consulting Group, Professor William Ibbs, Ph.D. of The Ibbs Consulting Group and Douglas L. Patin, a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, a national construction law firm that serves mechanical trades, discuss ways to maneuver through contract clauses and analyses of various impacts that may arise

A panel of leading contractors discuss important strategies to help companies deal with the current coronavirus situation. Panelists will discuss the role of HVACR/plumbing companies as essential services, crucial safety issues, impact on customers, the financial realities and a number of technical recommendations for mechanical/plumbing systems. This webinar was recorded Friday, April 10, 2020.

The new Family First Coronavirus Response Act took effect April 1, 2020 and with it comes temporary requirements that will impact MCAA member companies who employ 500 or fewer employees. Katie Amin and Michael Kreps, both principals of Groom Law Group, along with John McNerney, MCAA general counsel, discuss which employers must adhere and who

Zurn Pledges $1 Million of Products in Fight Against COVID-19

Zurn Industries, LLC, a longtime MCAA member and sponsor, has pledged to donate one million dollars of its hygienic products to qualifying healthcare facilities currently addressing COVID-19. Craig Wehr, president of Zurn, said, “Donating this product to healthcare facilities will allow them to increase hygiene with touchless, sensor-operated products, support CDC recommendations for handwashing in a Wet-Scrub-Rinse-Dry (WSRD) fashion and, hopefully, decrease the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We all must do our part during this pandemic, and Zurn will continue to provide support for our employees, customers, and communities.”

Kansas City Field Leaders Conference Moved to August 2020

To protect the health, safety, and welfare of our attendees, staff, and vendors, MCAA has decided to postpone our upcoming Field Leaders Conference in Kansas City. The conference will now take place Monday, August 24, 2020 – Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at The Hilton Kansas City Airport hotel. Those already registered will be automatically registered for the new dates. While the dates have changed, the program content remains the same, with the same amazing speakers who are committed to giving the same great experience to the attendees.

With so many of us working remotely it’s important to consider the ergonomic design of our workspaces. MCAA’s long-time partner CNA is sharing with us Ergonomic Tips for Working Remotely.

Due to the uncertainty of the situation, the difficult decision has been made to postpone the 2020 WiMI Conference until next year. Please mark your calendars for June 21 – 23, 2021 at the JW Marriott, Austin, TX.

4/1 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

Alston & Bird have released their April 1st 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.

Ali Brown, a junior at the University of Nebraska 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. Ali has been a member of the MCA Omaha Student Chapter since 2017. She is earning her degree in Business Administration & Human Resources. She sees the opportunities for growth in all areas of the industry. Ali has been interning for MCA member, Waldinger Corporation focusing in administration, virtual design construction and accounting. Ali will continue her internship through this summer.

MCAA developed a best practices guidance document to help protect mechanical construction and service workers from COVID-19 exposure. MCAA and the United Association partnered with several industry experts to gather all facts and proper procedures concerning this virus. Because MCAA members are using the safety talk for worker training, MCAA developed a 20-question multiple choice test and accompanying answer key to help members document that the training occurred, and that trainees understand the training content.

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

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom, meet University of Missouri-Columbia graduate, Paige Theby. She has recently started as an Engineer at MCAA member, Murphy Company. As a past MCAA Student Chapter member and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering major, Paige talks about the importance of her internship and the opportunities she sees for people starting out in the industry. She shares how MCAA GreatFutures can help kickstart a career through networking and internship opportunities.

FFCRA Employer Paid Leave Requirements Digest

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions are effective on April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken through December 31, 2020.

Q&A on Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave

The Department of Labor has provided guidance explaining the Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Please note questions 35-37 deal with Multiemployer CBAs but still need more clarification.

Alston & Bird Releases Analysis of Funding Streams in the CARES Act

Alston & Bird has gathered information and released the Analysis of Funding Streams in the CARES Act. The analysis covers what type of loans are available through the Small Business Administration (SBA), what is new for small businesses under the latest stimulus bill, what is paycheck protection, who qualifies for paycheck protection, what the modified EIDL Program is and how to access it.

3/30 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

On March 30, MCAA consultants, Alston & Bird LLP, released a very comprehensive COVID-19 update for MCAA members. The update includes everything from 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 contracted estimator fell from an extension ladder when a cracked rung broke while he was climbing the ladder. The estimator was seriously injured, sustaining a skull fracture and multiple leg fractures. The estimator had been aware of the defect in the ladder. The defect was caused when the ladder fell at an earlier job site. However, the estimator continued to use the ladder rather than seeking a replacement. These ladder safety tips from CNA will help you keep workers safe.

3/27 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

On March 27, MCAA consultants, Alston & Bird LLP, released a very comprehensive COVID-19 update for MCAA members. The update includes everything from 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.

3/27 Alston & Bird State Closure Tracker

Alston & Bird has tracked closures in each state and provided the details for quick reference.

The UA, MCAA, ASSE and IAPMO have joined forces to bring our collective memberships information to be able to understand the risks of COVID-19 and show you the best ways to help prevent the spreading the virus among our pipefitters, plumbers, service technicians, sprinklerfitters, steamfitters and apprentices.

Colin Hindman has accepted a second summer internship with MCA of Indiana member, Harrell-Fish, Inc. Colin is a junior studying Construction Management Technology at Purdue University where he is the President of the MCAA Student Chapter. Colin says, “being a part of MCAA has both reinforced and built upon concepts I have learned in class, but most importantly on the job. My excellent experience working with HFI gave me a certain advantage when approaching the competition project. Conversely, the MCAA Student Chapter Competition taught me some valuable lessons that I’ve already been able to apply back in my internship.

Cohen Seglias’ Construction Contracts & Risk Management Group prepared sample notice letters for use on jobs where contractors and subcontractors are still ordered to work either in violation of shutdown orders or under unsafe work conditions that are contrary to the CDC guidelines. Also, with many companies still bidding and entering into contracts for new work, Cohen Seglias is providing sample force majeure language that covers pandemics such as this as an unforeseen event entitling you to an extension of time and an increase in price caused by any resultant delays.

This year’s MCAA Educator of the Year Award was presented to Cristina Cosma of the Wentworth Institute of Technology. The award, including a check, honors her mentoring ability, industry knowledge and involvement, and her active participation in MCAA’s Student Chapter program activities. The students of the Wentworth MCAA Student Chapter sponsored by the New England MCA, Inc. said, “a mentor’s role is to provide guidance, advice, encouragement, support, and resources. Cosma checks off all of these boxes and more.”

In the third webinar of this series, our panelists discuss ways to prepare staff to work remotely, what work can be prioritized to be done remotely and how to utilize fabrication space safely to keep projects progressing.

The DOL Wage and Hour Division has updated their COVID-19 webpage to include Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-1, announcing a temporary non-enforcement period. Separately, the Wage and Hour Division have released the posters that employers are required to display outlining the rights of federal employees and non-federal employees under the FFCRA.

MCAA is sharing a very informative video on how to safely bring groceries and fast food into your home, while protecting your family’s safety and health.

3/25 Alston & Bird State Closure Tracker

Alston & Bird has tracked closures in each state and provided the details for quick reference.

3/25 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

On March 25, MCAA consultants, Alston & Bird LLP, released a very comprehensive COVID-19 update for MCAA members. The update includes everything from 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 and Seglias Provides “COVID-19” Package for the Construction Industry

The law firm of Cohen and Seglias has drafted and provided a “COVID-19” package of letters and forms for contractor members to use as the situation dictates for protection and to ensure the appropriate relief. Given a project’s specific circumstances, these forms may need to be tweaked.

Congratulations to Hailey Brennan, the first 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. Hailey is a sophomore, studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Hailey joined her MCAA student chapter last fall and has since attended the 2019 GreatFutures Forum and helped lead her chapter to the final four of this year’s MCAA Student Chapter Competition.

In the second webinar of this series, Jeff Sample guides you through the deluge of information during this difficult time for all businesses. As many organizations struggle to understand their new reality in managing current jobs and taking on new work, Sample talks through available options on software platforms you’re likely already using and shows off other technologies that can be leveraged free of charge.

CEA “Construction as Essential” Letter

The Construction Employers of America (CEA) have released a joint letter urging the federal government to expand essential services to critical construction job sites and projects.

3/23 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

On March 23, MCAA consultants, Alston & Bird LLP, released a very comprehensive COVID-19 update for MCAA members. The update includes everything from 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.

LAARS Heating Systems adopted MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies because they wanted to make their familiar site visit reports fully interactive and gain access to image capture, dictation, and cloud storage, which was not possible through their primary computer system. The new digital workflow saves LAARS significant time with each service visit, significantly reducing operating costs.

3/21 Alston & Bird State Closure Tracker

Alston & Bird has tracked closures in each state and provided the details for quick reference.

The following is MCAA’s General Counsel John McNerney’s digest of the recent passing of HR 6201, enacted into law with the President’s signature on March 18, 2020.

RECALL – Guardian Fall Protection Self-Retracting Lifelines

Guardian Fall Protection is recalling specified Diablo Big Block Leading Edge Self-Retracing Lifelines (SRL) due to a potential manufacturing defect. If your company is using this product and it falls within the part numbers listed below, remove affected products from service immediately and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for returning the product for inspection and repair. 

After nearly 24 years, MCAA bid farewell to John Gentille, who has retired as the association’s leader and CEO. John left an indelible mark on MCAA and the entire mechanical construction and service industry. Timothy Brink has been selected as Chief Executive Officer after spending time as MCAA’s Chief Operating Officer. We wish John all the best and look forward to Tim’s leadership in the years to come.

3/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

On March 20, MCAA consultants, Alston & Bird LLP, released a very comprehensive COVID-19 update for MCAA members. The update includes everything from 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.

Department of Homeland Security Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

The Department of Homeland Security released a COVID-19 response for essential critical infrastructure workers today. The response included an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help State and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

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Letter of Opposition Waiving HVACR Inspections

On behalf of America’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry, we strongly oppose decisions by municipalities that have indicated suspension of HVACR installation inspections during the spread of the Coronavirus.

UA and MCAA’s Joint COVID-19 Statement

On March 18th, the UA and MCAA released a joint statement on the serious and ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we will be tracking developments and providing support wherever possible.

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 Safety Talk: COVID-19

MCAA developed a best practices guidance document to help protect mechanical construction and service workers from COVID-19 exposure. MCAA and the United Association partnered with several industry experts to gather all facts and proper procedures concerning this virus.

Dylan Sterling has accepted a summer internship with MCA of Western Washington member McKinstry Company. Dylan is a junior studying Construction Management and a member of the MCAA Student Chapter at Washington State University. “Being a part of the MCAA competition has allowed me to network with contractors from all over the country, building invaluable professional skills and relationships along the way. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that the MCAA Student Chapter has offered during my time in the WSU Construction Management program,” he said.

Joint Letter Regarding HVAC Techs as Essential Employees

Earlier this week a joint coalition of HVAC associations sent a letter to local, state and federal officials urging them to consider HVACR technicians and engineers as essential businesses and not restrict their travel. These employees are essential to maintain HVAC and commercial refrigeration equipment. Aside from providing comfort, this equipment is vital for health and safety in addition to productivity, particularly for air filtration and food and medical supply preservation, especially in this time of quarantine. When equipment fails, technicians must be able to repair or replace it as quickly as possible.

As we all know, the coronavirus has created a lot of uncertainty. While we have information and instructions on how we can continue to try and stay safe, we really don’t know what we are dealing with or for how long. That said, MCAA will be hosting a series of webinars over the coming weeks to help our members adjust accordingly. Stay tuned!

Despite having limited experience with installing snowmelt systems, crews at A&R Mechanical Contractors Inc. knew they could rely on Viega for a custom-designed system for their client in Champaign, IL. Viega also provided A&R with tips, tricks, and details about installation, and the system was in place in time for a snowy winter season.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is providing employers recommended instructions for helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus in their workplaces.

The UA-MCAA Mechanical Industry Future Leaders Institute Is Here!

In partnership, the United Association (UA) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) have officially launched the joint initiative to provide education and training to future leaders in the mechanical industry. The three-day program is designed for late period apprentices and recently graduated journey persons. The UA-MCAA Strategic Planning Committee is actively positioning our industry for continued success and growth. We believe that providing our future leaders the education they need to be successful is critical, as well as the shared responsibility of labor AND management. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months on the first program session this fall.

MCAA GreatFutures welcomes its 61st Student Chapter, Cypress College! This is the first student chapter sponsored by ARCA/MCA, and the first two-year technical school to be chartered as part of the MCAA GreatFutures student chapter program. The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program at Cypress College offers both certificate and degree paths into the industry.

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

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

In honor of International Women’s Day, MCAA GreatFutures and WiMI celebrate all of the young women actively pursuing a career in the mechanical contracting industry. Read these success stories of female MCAA Student Chapter members and how they are leaving an imprint on the industry through internship and full-time positions.

Letsos Company and CFI Mechanical, both of Houston, TX, used Uponor PEX for two high school plumbing projects to save money for the school district while also realizing faster installation and cost savings over traditional approaches. CFI Mechanical estimated a 30-percent savings in cost and labor resulting from using smaller PEX piping (1″ and below).

International Women’s Day is March 8, and WiMI wants to celebrate! This special day is about applauding the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. We know encouraging women should happen every day, but check out our list of fun ways we can support them.

If you plan to join us for the Fabrication Conference, be sure to register soon. This conference sells out every year and it’s on track to do so again.

Kevin Waller has accepted a summer internship with MCA of Chicago member Mechanical, Inc. Kevin is a junior studying Construction Engineering and a member of the Iowa State University student chapter sponsored by the MCA of Iowa. Kevin says, “I’m very excited to apply my knowledge of mechanical systems and construction engineering to various projects this summer with Mechanical, Inc.”

Beyond the Classroom – Learn About MCAA GreatFutures

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom, meet MCAA’s Director, Career Development Harlee Mooney who highlights the unique features and benefits of the MCAA GreatFutures program for both students and MCAA members. Upcoming Beyond the Classroom videos will showcase how MCAA student chapter members and MCAA members alike are benefiting from the program. They will also share the opportunities available to students who choose careers in the mechanical industry.

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

After winning a renovation project to transform the Waikiki Trade Center into a 230-room contemporary Hyatt Centric hotel, the Dorvin D. Leis Company, Inc. (DDL), Hawaii’s largest mechanical contractor, decided to ditch the string and tape for the Trimble RPT600 paired with Trimble Field Link software. The cutting-edge technology helped DDL save time, increase productivity, and bring a constructible process from the office to the field and back again.

Registration is now open for the 2020 NCPWB Technical Conference. This is a can’t-miss event for those interested in topics related to the pipe welding industry, not to mention networking with friends and colleagues.

Starting this year, $500 grants will be offered to students who accept internships or full-time positions thanks to funding from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). MCAA members can use these grants to help them attract much-needed talent, and new interns will appreciate the investment in their success. This small gesture may be the beginning of a great future with your company. Take it from Andrew Nguyen, who will be interning with The Bowers Group this summer. He said, “it’s both relieving and exciting to feel welcome in a field where I am new and unfamiliar, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Milwaukee Tools has recently focused their product development on a new set of heavy equipment systems focusing on trade concerns.

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 May 13-15 Field Leaders Conference in Kansas City. 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…

Kylie Nedelka, a mechanical engineering major from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has accepted a second summer internship with SIEMENS, a member of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council. Kylie found the opportunity at the 2018 GreatFutures Forum, where she met Kristin Junia, Program Manager at SIEMENS. Kylie said, “My experience was so great, that I have accepted a position as an engineering intern for this upcoming summer! I look forward to the new experiences to come!”

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

The MSCA Sales Masters program is a highly customized, intensive nine-day program for intermediate to advanced HVACR and plumbing sales professionals looking to take their careers to the next level.

MCAA has updated its student internship grant process to focus on the intern and give them the best opportunities possible with MCAA member companies. Five-hundred-dollar grants will now be offered directly to students who accept internships or full-time positions, with funding from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). Past summer intern, Jonathan Dang said, “one of the things that made a career in the mechanical industry so appealing is the investment in students and their futures.” Use the internship grant as an opportunity to show your company’s investment in young talent. Help build our industry’s GreatFuture – apply for a grant!

A new Dodge Data & Analytics study on mechanical and HVAC contractors using BIM shows that most mechanical contractors that use BIM experience benefits such as improved cost and schedule performance, lower labor costs and greater productivity. MCAA partnered with Dodge to produce the report, which includes input from many MCAA members.

Registration for MCAA’s 2020 Fabrication Conference is open with Baker Group of Des Moines, Iowa set to host MCAA contractors through their new facility.

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

Get Back to the Basics – People and the Project – at the Field Leaders Conference

Give your field leaders the skills they need to focus on growing company profits and brand when you send them to the Field Leaders Conference. They will return with an action item list, a fresh perspective on the latest tools and construction resources, and a network of other jobsite leaders. The next conference will take place May 13-15, 2020 in Kansas City. Visit the event website to learn more and register your field leaders today!

Alex Berman, a 2019 Construction Management graduate from Kent State University and a past MCAA Student chapter member, has found success in the industry as an Estimator and Project Assistant at MCA of Cleveland member Geauga Mechanical in Northeast Ohio. She reflects on her success after graduation and how MCAA has helped her career.

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

For 2020, MCAA has updated its student internship grant process to focus on the intern and give them the best opportunities possible with MCAA member companies. Five-hundred-dollar grants will now be offered directly to students who accept internships or full-time positions, with funding from MCERF. Be the next internship success story!

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom, meet MILWAUKEE TOOL’s Territory Manager, Hyojon Robbins, who highlights the unique opportunities available to students who choose careers working for a manufacturer/supplier. Upcoming Beyond the Classroom videos will showcase how MCAA student chapter members and MCAA members alike are benefiting from the industry. They will also share the opportunities available to students who choose careers in the mechanical industry.

Transform Your Field Leaders’ Perspective – Give them a Network of Peers

In their fast-paced jobs, it’s easy for field leaders to feel isolated. The Field Leaders Conference will transform their perspective by enabling them to share stories and challenges—as well as solutions— with jobsite leaders from outside of their area. By participating in discussions and interactive exercises as a team, they will develop a group of contacts they can call upon when they’re up against a tough challenge. Take it from Jeff Ranke of Smith & Oby, “I am so glad I was sent to the Philly Field Leaders Conference. I needed this. Very helpful. Great speakers. I took a lot from this. Nice to know I’m not alone.” The next conference will take place May 13-15, 2020 in Kansas City. Visit the event website to learn more and register your field leaders today!

MCAA is currently accepting applications for its flagship executive education program, the Advanced Leadership Institute. Designed specifically for mechanical contracting executives, the ALI is focused on developing the talents and business networks of leaders in the industry. The application process is competitive, so early submission is recommended.

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

Be Better Than Your Competition…Your People Will Make the Difference

Give your field leaders the skills they need to focus on growing themselves and those around them, which will benefit company profits and brand, when you send them to the Field Leaders Conference. They will return with an action item list, a fresh perspective on what they do and how they do it, an education on the latest tools and construction resources, and a network of their peers from around the country. The next conference will take place May 13-15, 2020 in Kansas City. Visit the event website to learn more and register your field leaders today!

Jonathan Dang has accepted a full-time position with Freitag Weinhardt, Inc., in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is interning for the company while he completes his studies at Indiana State University, where he is pursuing a B.S. in Safety Management with a minor in Construction Management. He will join the company as an employee after graduation in December 2020. Jonathan reflects on his experience as a student chapter member saying, “I am always blown away by the fact that MCAA is willing to invest much of their resources in college students like me.”

Federal OSHA recently informed its regional and area offices that the agency is implementing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica. The NEP targets specific trades in the construction industry. North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code# 238220 (Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors) is being targeted. This means that OSHA’s compliance officers nationwide will be emphasizing inspections/enforcement where respirable crystalline silica could be generated in our trade.  MCAA recommends that you verify that your company is in compliance with the OSHA standard… Respirable Crystalline Silica.

For 2020, MCAA has updated its student internship grant process to focus on the intern and give them the best opportunities possible with MCAA member companies. Five-hundred-dollar grants will now be offered directly to students who accept internships or full-time positions, with funding from MCERF.

Genie has been notified of three instances where the bottom turntable rotation bearing bolts in specified machines have come loose causing the separation of the turntable from the chassis. Separation of the turntable from the chassis can result in a machine tip-over or other structural failure.

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

Technology Conference Delivers Ideas and Innovation

Every year, the MCAA Technology Conference brings ideas and innovation to MCAA members. This year’s event was no exception. Take a look, and plan to join us next year. MCAA thanks our title sponsor, Trimble, and our event sponsors: Autodesk, DEWALT and Rhumbix.

Kim Bassett and Charles Bacon Are Recognized for Their Commitment to Safety

Kim Bassett, President and CEO of Bassett Mechanical, and Charles A. Bacon, III, CEO of Limbach Facility Services, have been named to Safety+Health magazine’s list of 2020 CEOs Who “Get It.” This annual recognition is presented to safety leaders who go the extra mile to protect employees both on and off the job, as nominated by readers. “I do many things in my role as president and CEO,” Kim said, “but doing my best to keep our associates safe is by far the most important.”

Build Company Loyalty – Send Your Team to The Field Leaders Conference

Michael Brandt, CEO of Smith & Oby and MCAA’s immediate past president, knew he had built company loyalty when Jeff Ranke returned from the Field Leaders Conference. “I’m so glad you sent me to this conference. I needed this. Very helpful. Great speakers. I took a lot from it. It was nice to know that I’m not alone.” Help your fitters, plumbers, service, sheet metal and electrical field leaders understand the value they bring to your company—and how much you appreciate them. They’ll thank you for it.

MCAA congratulates Thomas Walsh for accepting a full-time position with U.S. Engineering Innovations. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He was a presenter in the MCAA19 Student Chapter Competition Final Four in Phoenix, Arizona where he also received the Reilly Family Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the John W. Danforth Company. Thomas reflects on how his experiences with MCAA, the MCA of Eastern Missouri and his student chapter helped him find his great future in the mechanical industry, saying “My experience with the MCAA student chapter was instrumental in helping me find full-time employment in mechanical contracting.”

This updated program will help new and experienced dispatchers understand their vital role in their companies and advance their careers by enhancing their ability to contribute to your company’s success.

Check out the pictures from MCAA’s 17th Annual Safety Directors Conference where a record number of attendees, including member safety professionals, UA safety instructors, and MCA local executives came together for world class education on the safety and health topics and issues that are currently affecting the mechanical construction and service industry. 

Findings of a landmark Dodge Data & Analytics study on the use of fabrication and modular construction show that most design and construction professionals using these methods experience improved productivity and project quality, plus increases in schedule certainty. MCAA partnered with Dodge to produce the report, which includes input from many MCAA members.

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

Safety Directors’ Conference Provides World-Class Education

Mechanical industry safety professionals and UA safety instructors came together for world-class education on the most current, mechanical industry-specific safety and health topics and issues during MCAA’s Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. MCAA thanks CNA and MILWAUKEE TOOL for sponsoring the event.

Thank you to everyone who supported the MCAA PAC in 2019. With your support, the MCAA PAC can continue its efforts to gain our members and our industry a fair hearing in federal public policy decisions.

Molly Sizemore has accepted her second summer internship at Southland Industries, a member of the MCA of Metropolitan Washington. She is a member of the MCA of Central Pennsylvania-sponsored student chapter at Pennsylvania State University, where she studies Architectural Engineering specializing in mechanical systems. She said, “MCAA has definitely created a springboard for me into the mechanical contracting industry, and I’m very excited to continue this journey and get others involved.”

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

MCAA is still accepting applications for the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program. The application deadline is January 24, 2020.

When you log in to the WebLEM on Monday, you will be automatically redirected to a new MCAA member landing page for the WebLEM+Plus, which is the next generation of our most valuable resource.

The UA and MCAA continue to actively press for balanced multiemployer pension reform this year. In a joint letter to the Senate, the two organizations detailed specific elements of compromise to ameliorate the damaging aspects of the recent Grassley/Alexander proposal. The organizations’ goal is to get multiemployer pension reform back on track for possible enactment this year.

Sales Basecamp is where it begins for entry-level service sales personnel in the HVACR and plumbing industry.

Congratulations to our four finalists for this year’s Student Chapter Competition: Ball State University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can see the final four teams compete at MCAA2020 on Monday, March 16 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from these students’ insightful approaches to a real-world contracting bid!

National Issues Conference Registration Is Open

Our industry’s legislative agenda is packed with critical legislation and regulations that will affect your company’s future. The 2020 National Issues Conference provides updates on these issues and a chance to share your concerns about them with your House and Senate representatives. Join us from May 5 – 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Your participation is essential to gaining credible outcomes for our industry!

Andrew Nguyen has accepted a summer internship with MCA of Metropolitan Washington (MCAMW) member The Bowers Group, also known as W.E. Bowers. Andrew is a junior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, studying Building Construction. He shared that, “…attending The 2019 Great Futures Forum was my first experience with MCAA and my golden ticket into the mechanical contracting industry.”

MSCA’s 2020 Service Managers Training Program is now open for registration. This popular program will be held April 27 — 30, 2020 in Baltimore, MD.

A unique opportunity for young professional women in our industry to connect with a seasoned executive who can help foster mentee career development and leadership growth.

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

Check out the full list of regional HVACR courses being offered in 2020 by the UA Training Department in conjunction with JCI, Carrier Corporation and Daikin. Funded by the ITF, these classes open to all service technicians.

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

A new study on Illinois apprenticeship programs shows that apprenticeships are the bachelor’s degrees of the construction industry. Joint labor-management programs, in particular, provide a more effective and inclusive offering than unilateral (open shop) programs in key areas such as training hours, graduation rates, and competitive earnings that rival the performance of Illinois’ four-year universities.

MCAA’s most valuable resource, the WebLEM, is now more valuable than ever! It has been expanded into the WebLEM+Plus. Better yet, just like the WebLEM, the new WebLEM+Plus is free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

Have You Seen the New MCERF.org?

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation, or MCERF, has a new website. Take a look!

MCAA congratulates Paige Theby, a member of the MCAA Student Chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia, for graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and accepting a full-time position with Murphy Company. Paige reflects on her experiences and how MCAA, the MCA of Eastern Missouri, and her student chapter and internship experiences helped her find her GreatFuture!

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

Once again, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has published a decision in a construction case in which the mechanical subcontractor (a large MCAA member firm located in New England) claimed a substantial loss of labor productivity due to unforeseen conditions and design defects. The subcontractor’s labor productivity expert, Mr. Paul Stynchcomb, CCM, PSP, CFCC, testified regarding the impacts to the subcontractor and by utilizing the MCAA labor inefficiency Factors, the MCAA overtime inefficiency publication and in some areas, a measured mile analysis, the subcontractor was awarded over $2,000,000 in labor productivity damages.

Online Registration Is Open for the Fun Run and Walk at MCAA2020

Online registration is now open for the Annual 5K Fun Run and 1-Mile Walk at MCAA2020, sponsored by Anvil International. Making your arrangements in advance will speed your way to enjoying this always-popular event. Of course, you can still register on-site, either at Anvil’s Fun Run/Walk Desk in Maui or at the race site prior to the start of the event. Visit the MCAA2020 convention website for all the details.

Walter Sperko, long-time consultant for the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB), received the 2019 J. Hall Taylor Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was recognized for his leadership and professionalism in the advancement and recognition of ASME Codes and Standards, especially for significant contributions to the standardization of qualification of welders, welding operators and brazers and the procedures they follow.

MCAA is still accepting applications for the MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program. The application deadline is January 24, 2020.

Caleb Kowalski, an MCAA Student Chapter member, shares the opportunities and internship experiences he has received with the support of MCAA and MCA-Omaha. Caleb says, “since joining MCA-Omaha, I have had opportunities that I never thought were possible, and I know this is the industry for me.”

A small number of Guardian Fall Protection leading edge compatible self-retracting lifelines (SRL-LE) have been identified as non-compliance with the American National Standard Institute’s (ANSI) standard Z359.14-14 Safety Requirements For Self-Retracting Devices For Personal Fall Arrest And Rescue Systems. The affected SRLs must be removed from service immediately.

The Mineworkers national pension and health plans were provided badly need Federal fiscal support in the year-end spending measure allowing use of the abandoned mine reclamation funds to shore up both the Mineworker national pension and health funds. This long-overdue measure will help save national mineworker pension benefits and will take the fiscal pressure of looming insolvency of that plan off the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC) potential liability books. This measure also provides a path forward for Federal support for broader multiemployer pension reform – an essential prerequisite for effective reforms to remedy the 140 or so critical and declining plans without irredeemably crippling the vast majority of otherwise healthy plans by transferring the fiscal liability for the remedy to healthy plans.

MCAA, in conjunction with the UA and Horizon Actuarial Services, has produced the UA/MCAA Analysis of the Cost Impact of the Grassley/Alexander [Pension Reform] Proposal. This latest joint UA/MCAA analysis is being used in lobbying meetings on the Hill to prod Congress to craft a more acceptable multiemployer reform proposal that focuses on remedies for critical and declining plans without levying crippling fiscal and funding restrictions on otherwise healthy plans. MCAA and the overall NCCMP Coalition are working hard to prod Congress to come up with a more fair and balanced reform that does no harm to healthy plans early in the next session of Congress. Initial indications are that the reforms will be moderated significantly.

NCPWB Resources Provide ASME Section IX Compliance Help

The NCPWB has two new resources to help member companies comply with the new ASME Section IX requirements. A Technical Bulletin summarizes the requirements for contractor personnel who supervise UA/NCPWB joint test events. It includes customizable documentation forms to simplify compliance as well as a link to the full policy document. The new requirement becomes mandatory on January 1, 2020.

The deadline to nominate someone for the 2019 Milwaukee Tool/MCAA Safety Professional of the Year award is Friday, December 20, 2019. The award is presented annually to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led his or her company to achieving an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence.

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

In New York City, competition among HVAC providers is intense, so Arista Air Conditioning Corporation found a new way to win over customers. The company armed all of their technicians with the cloud-based XOi mobile app. Technicians use their mobile devices to generate photo and video documentation of every service call for Arista’s customers—so customers can see what the techs see.

Applications for scholarships, the Student Chapter of the Year Award and the Educator of the Year Award are due next Friday, December 20, 2019. Read on for more information about all of these, then submit your applications to be sure you get considered. Scholarships and awards will be presented during the MCAA2020 Awards of Excellence Breakfast on Wednesday, March 18 from 6:30 am – 8:30 am.

Thank you for your donations to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation. With your support, MCERF can continue to provide nearly $1 million in funding to students, faculty and MCAA student chapters. Your donations also mean that MCERF can develop innovative resources like the Complexity Measurement Tool to help you work smarter and more efficiently. Read on to see which of your peers have donated, then join them by making your donation via the MCERF website.

The 2018 of edition of MCAA’s highly regarded construction management publication, Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime—A Primer for the Construction Industry, has received the full support of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).

Kathy Deng, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Southern California, a past MCAA student chapter member and a current Design Engineer at Murray Company reflects on her experiences in college and how MCAA and CPMCA helped guide her to her career path.

All Guardian Fall Protection and Web Devices 3-Way Rescue and Retrieval self-retracting lifelines (SRL) manufactured before March of 2019 are being recalled. Under certain conditions, braking forces may cause gear misalignment, potentially resulting in diminished rescue/retrieval. If your company uses any of these SRLs manufactured before March 2019, or uses the equipment, but is uncertain of the date of manufacture, the SRLs should be removed from service immediately.

Crosby Group has determined that certain sizes and types of Crosby shackles may have a condition that can reduce the ultimate load capacity from the published catalog values. The shackle bow may have a previously undetected defect; and continued use may result in loss of load, property damage, severe injury, or death. If your company uses Crosby shackles G-2130, S-2130, G-213, S-213, G-209, S-209, G-2130OC in size and capacity range 7/8” Size, 6.50t,  with capacity and product identification code (PIC) 5VJ, immediate action is required. 

MCAA’s student chapter program is dedicated to helping students prepare for careers in the mechanical construction and service industry. When a student joins a chapter, MCAA, MCAA’s local affiliate and the college or university commit to providing that student every opportunity to develop professional skills, knowledge and experiences. MCAA’s Career Development Committee has created new resources to help student chapter members manage the overall operations, recruitment and successes of a chapter.

The MCAA Student Chapter Competition received 33 submissions from chapters. This year’s project details were generously provided by Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corporation of Fresh Meadows, New York. The students have been tasked with developing a proposal to be the prime contractor on a chiller and cooling tower replacement project in the Penn South building in New York City. The Final Four will be announced by Friday, January 17. The Final Four teams will compete at MCAA2020 on Monday, March 16 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Learn How to Be Unstoppable at MCAA2020

Odds are that you or someone you work with uses Alden Mills’ inventions. He is a former Navy SEAL who has been awarded more than 40 patents, which have sold over 10 million products (and counting) worldwide. He’s created five No. 1 ranked infomercials and is the author of Be Unstoppable: The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything and Build Unstoppable Teams. The company he co-founded and led, Perfect Fitness (e.g. Perfect Pushup, Perfect Ab-Carver, etc.), gained national acclaim through Inc. Magazine as the fastest-growing consumer products business from 2007 to 2009, with an astounding 12,000-plus percent growth-rate, going from $500K to over $63M in just three years. Tested and proven, he has been called the modern-day Zig Zigler because of his magnetic presence, riveting story-telling and innovative teaching methodologies. His simple and effective frameworks help organizations build high-functioning team players and leaders. For Mills, it is all about enabling his audiences to achieve more than what they originally thought was possible. MCAA thanks Trimble for sponsoring this speaker. Learn more about Mills and find out more about MCAA2020 on our convention website.

Don’t miss out on our industry’s best opportunity for world class education on the safety and health topics and issues that are currently affecting mechanical construction and service businesses. Registrations for MCAA’s 17th annual Safety Directors’ Conference are on pace to result in a 17th consecutive year of record attendance. There are already more than 170 attendees registered for the conference. The conference will be presented January 21-23, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. Pre and post conference courses will also be presented. Our room block at the Westin on the River Walk in San Antonio expires on January 3rd, so please be sure to register before then to guarantee the best possible overnight room rate.

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

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

In response to numerous requests, MCAA is extending the application deadline for the MILWAUKEE TOOL/MCAA Safety Professional of the Year award to December 20, 2019. The award is presented annually to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led his or her company to achieving an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence.

Leah Gutmann, owner of First Forward Consulting, LLC, will uncover the findings from the 2019 MSCA Benchmark Survey. The webinar will be held January 16 at 1 PM ET.

The MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program is now accepting applications for 2019.

Just two years after implementing STRATUS software from GTP Services, University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (UMC) saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in packaging, spooling, and cutting costs and eliminated its cumbersome paper processes. UMC credits STRATUS with increasing efficiency, multiplying output volume, and enhancing its modeling capabilities.

The WiMI mentoring program provides a unique opportunity for young professional women in our industry to connect with a seasoned executive who can help foster mentee career development and leadership growth. The mentor will serve as an advisor and role model for the mentee.

MCAA is partnering with Dodge Data & Analytics to study the value of BIM for mechanical construction, HVAC, and plumbing contractors. This is the first of a larger, ongoing series of BIM studies to focus specifically on our industry. It will shed light on the opportunities and challenges of using BIM and VDC for your work. Your participation is vital to the study’s success, even if you have no experience with BIM.

MCAA congratulates Madelyn Conway, a senior at Purdue University, for accepting a full-time position with BMWC Constructors, Inc. She will be working as a project engineer in their Indianapolis office following graduation in the spring. Madelyn said, “because of MCAA, MCA of Indiana, and the Purdue MCA Student Chapter, I have found my career!” Congratulations on finding your MCAA GreatFuture!

Hear from the First Female NFL Coach at MCAA2020

Dr. Jen Welter draws from her trailblazing journey to deliver memorable insights on the far-reaching benefits of being an authentic leader, focusing on one’s goals and cultivating a champion’s mindset. With stories drawn from her experiences on and off the field, Welter inspires and enlightens audiences with insights on breaking barriers, achieving what others say is impossible and the true value of diverse teams. The first female coach in NFL history, Welter serves as a powerful role model and an inspiring reminder that barriers are meant to be broken. This session is sponsored by Women in the Mechanical Industry. Find other WiMI-sponsored events planned for MCAA2020 and learn more about Welter on our convention website.

Motion is money and safety in the construction business, which relies on employees’ physical movements to accomplish the job at hand. MCAA’s new Motion is Money and Safety video will teach your supervisors to recognize opportunities to minimize movement, leading to safer and more profitable jobs.

MCAA Anticipates Record Attendance at its 17th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

MCAA anticipates a 17th consecutive year of record attendance at it’s annual Safety Directors’ Conference in January. You won’t want to miss out on our industry’s best opportunity for world class education on the safety and health topics and issues that are currently affecting mechanical construction and service businesses. Explore our industry’s most important safety issues while you connect with fellow MCAA members and our UA partners at MCAA’s 17th annual Safety Directors’ Conference. The program features a wide variety of safety education, plus social events and an exhibit. MCAA thanks CNA and Milwaukee Tool for sponsoring the conference. Find all the details and register on our event website.

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

AMS Mechanical Contractors relied on Sloan products for a new Welcome Pavilion on Chicago’s Navy Pier because “Sloan’s products definitely saved us time on installation,” said John Brassfield of AMS, the project’s site foreman. “A lot of them come assembled, and it’s very cut and dry as far as the installation. We definitely save on labor costs,” said Brassfield.

In a November 26, 2019 letter to Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA-52), MCAA Government Affairs Committee Chair Jim Gaffney voiced MCAA’s support for the Stop Unfair Bid Shopping Act of 2019 (SUBS Act, HR 5247). The letter commends the Congressman for introducing the latest version of the good-government reform to the direct Federal construction contract low-bid, price-only selection procedures.

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

MMC Contractors simplified its day-to-day labor management tasks with LaborChart, freeing up time so workers could focus on higher impact tasks and activities. With labor being the most expensive and valued asset, a good workforce management solution is vital. The company’s executive team has seen how LaborChart increased efficiency and alignment across multiple departments.

Support the Foundation that Works for You

As you look at your year-end list, consider thanking your association’s foundation for everything it does for you. MCERF, the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation, enables and underwrites the development of young talent for our industry. The foundation provides nearly $1 million in financial support to students, faculty and MCAA student chapters through a variety of scholarships and grants. MCERF also develops innovative resources like the Complexity Measurement Tool to help you work smarter and more efficiently. If you appreciate these efforts, consider making a donation to support them.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released their comprehensive multiemployer pension proposal on November 20, 2019. Summarized in a white paper and technical explanation entitled “Multiemployer Pension Recapitalization and Reform Plan” (MPRRP). The proposal is a comprehensive and complicated re-write of the multiemployer plan rules as compared with current law. Intense negotiations among the various stakeholders will now take place in hopes that a final proposal can be okayed by Congressional leadership for enactment on an omnibus spending measure in late December – if equitable compromises on both sides of the aisle can be reached on the crucial principal issues.

Safe work practices can be the difference between completing mechanical service work near cellular and telecommunications antennas without incident, and being overexposed to Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation. The MCAA/MSCA Guide to Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation Safety for Mechanical Service will help you avoid the latter.

Find Out How Financial Decisions Impact Stakeholders at MCAA2020

When is it acceptable to engage in a transaction that technically complies with the rules but may be misleading? Can a transaction that technically complies with the rules be considered unethical or illegal? Is it ever appropriate to depart from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)? Andrew Fastow will cite examples of such transactions at major companies, he will discuss the rationalizations made by executives to justify their decisions and he will discuss examples of how these decisions can cause great harm to stakeholders. MCAA thanks Apollo Valves for sponsoring this speaker. Learn more about Fastow and find out what else is in store at MCAA2020 on our convention website.

As frost signified the beginning of a new season in Boston last week, we celebrated a new class of graduates from the MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), bringing the total number of ALI graduates to 599. Industry leaders from both the construction and service sectors came together this fall to engage in two intensive weeks of study, covering topics like conflict resolution, strategic decision-making, personal leadership style, finance, leading organizational change, effective communication, and a whole lot more. They engaged their professors and their peers to ask the hard questions, share their own experiences, and build a network that we hope they will maintain for the duration of their careers.

MCAA Accepting Nominations for National Board

MCAA is seeking to fill three vacancies on its Board of Directors. These directors’ term will begin in March 2020, at the conclusion of the Maui convention. If you are interested in serving, contact your local association executive for details.

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.

The National Service and Maintenance Agreement continues to be an excellent tool used by  HVACR and plumbing service contractors around the country to grow market share and remain competitive in this highly competitive market. 

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

MCAA Anticipates Record Attendance at its 17th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

MCAA anticipates a 17th consecutive year of record attendance at it’s annual Safety Directors’ Conference in January. You won’t want to miss out on our industry’s best opportunity for world class education on the safety and health topics and issues that are currently affecting mechanical construction and service businesses. Explore our industry’s most important safety issues while you connect with fellow MCAA members and our UA partners at MCAA’s 17th annual Safety Directors’ Conference. The program features a wide variety of safety education, plus social events and an exhibit. MCAA thanks CNA and Milwaukee Tool for sponsoring the conference. Find all the details and register on our event website.

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

Distracted driving poses significant risk to every business that has employees who drive both company-owned and personal vehicles for company business. Common activities that divert attention from the road include texting, most mobile phone use, eating and drinking, reaching for an object, talking with a passenger, and reading navigation systems. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), for the second consecutive year, more than 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. According to a 2017 NSC public opinion poll, 74 percent rated distracted drivers as a major concern for traffic safety. Use this guide from CNA to assist in developing and supporting a program that helps in the control of driver behaviors, based on statistics about the impact of cell phone use and driver distractions, such as talking and texting.

ARCA/MCA Continues Unanimous Board Support of MCAA PAC

For 15 years running, ARCA/MCA’s Board has unanimously contributed to MCAA’s Political Action Committee. This ongoing commitment, and commitments from several other MCA local affiliate Boards and other groups across the country, ensure that MCAA’s Government Affairs Committee has sufficient resources to advance key MCAA member interests on Capitol Hill.

The 2020 Sales Leadership Symposium is being held January 29-30, 2020. This two day training is MSCA’s most highly rated program, designed for HVACR service sales leaders who are responsible for any aspect of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, and/or coaching sales personnel, and leaders who are committed to the long-term development of his/her sales team.

A Technology Conference Like No Other

Are you tired of conferences that end up being a series of advertisements for products, software or services? The MCAA Technology Conference is different. It focuses on sessions that are by contractors, for contractors. It also showcases innovation and shares ideas from industry experts to help you make your company more agile, productive and future-ready. So, join hundreds of contractors in San Diego this January 29-31 for a conference that’s a cut above the rest. Space is running out, so register now!

Learn How this Captain Survived a Hijacking at MCAA2020

We all aspire to live bravely in the face of life’s significant challenges, but few of us are tested under the guns of hostile pirates who threaten our leadership, authority, lives and colleagues. Before Somali pirates hijacked Captain Richard Phillips’ cargo ship and held him captive for five days, making him the center of a riveting international drama that played out live on television, he was as normal as each of us, doing our best at work and home. Phillips will share his compelling story and relate his experience as a “floating CEO,” in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million-dollar ship and the crew he managed. Learn more about Phillips and find out what else is in store at MCAA2020 on our convention website.

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

With years of manufacturing all types of trench drain under their belts, engineers at Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.® have come up with a list of 10 tips—and a bit extra—to assist you in specifying a trench drain system. By applying the following tips during design, you will avoid situations that might cause headaches both during and after installation.

Whether you need to get started with tech, get better at it, or want a look ahead toward what the future holds, the MCAA Technology Conference has education for you. The conference is filling up, so learn more about what’s planned and register today on the conference website.

Find Out What’s New with Our Labor Partners at MCAA2020

In August 2016, Mark McManus was unanimously elected as General President at the UA’s 39th General Convention and on November 10, 2016, he assumed his new position leading the nation’s most progressive and influential trade union. Mark McManus has had a distinguished career in support of our nation’s hard-working men and women and has been unwavering in his commitment to a strong and mutually beneficial partnership between labor and management. See everything we have planned for MCAA2020 on our convention website.

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

California-based Jackson & Blanc digitized its timekeeping process with Rhumbix Core, saving an estimated $52,000 per year in labor costs alone. The company’s commitment to adopting innovative technologies is well-known, but adopting a new technology can sometimes be costly and require overcoming hurdles to implementation and adoption. Jackson & Blanc realized that technological advancements and social changes force companies to evolve—or fall behind.

UA-MCAA Conference Highlights Benefits of Labor/Management Partnership

Over 1,400 United Association and MCAA representatives gathered this week for the 2019 UA-MCAA Labor Relations Conference: Succeeding Together to openly discuss key issues affecting the future of both memberships, including assignment of trade jurisdiction, utilization of apprentices, the impact of benefit packages on contractors’ competitiveness, the importance of growing the service industry and the need for greater diversity in the field and office. In his opening remarks General President McManus established the tone for the conference when he stated three prerequisites to a meaningful and lasting labor/management partnership: Open and Continuous Communication; No Surprises; and Trust.

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

Five years ago, the MSCA introduced the Everyday Hero award to recognize a member employee who in their own way gives their time and skills to benefit others.  This year’s recipient, Michelle Collier, office manager for Warwick Mechanical Group in Newport News, VA, was truly deserving.

Celebrate MCAA Award-winners with a Hall-of-Fame Quarterback at MCAA2020

Widely considered the best NFL quarterback of all time, Joe Montana personifies performance excellence and personal integrity both on and off the field. Yet the word most closely associated with him is not “winner”—it’s “leader.” Since retiring from the NFL, Montana has become a popular motivational speaker, active real estate investor and author. In 2005, Montana co-authored The Winning Spirit: 16 Timeless Principles That Drive Performance Excellence, with performance coach Tom Mitchell. Montana now brings his lessons of preparation, teamwork and performance under pressure to large and small businesses, sharing his experience as master of the 4th-quarter comeback. MCAA thanks SLOAN for sponsoring this speaker. Read more about Montana and see what else is planned for MCAA2020 on our convention website.

RMF Nooter Receives First Place at the Zero Injury Safety Awards® Gala

RMF Nooter, Inc. received first place in the nation at the 19th Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards Gala. The award recognizes 2.3 million work-hours performed injury-free on the BP Toledo Refinery project. When asked why RMF Nooter is consistently ranked among the top five in the nation, Bobbie Strayer, Vice President of Administration, noted, “Safety is a part of every phase of our jobs. From the planning phase, through execution, and at close out.” Congratulations! MCAA applauds your commitment to safety excellence.

Register Now for MCAA’s 17th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

Explore our industry’s most important safety issues while you connect with fellow MCAA members and our UA partners at MCAA’s 17th annual Safety Directors’ Conference. The program features a wide variety of safety education, plus social events and an exhibit. MCAA thanks CNA and Milwaukee Tool for sponsoring the conference. Find all the details and register on our event website.

Inspired by the 2019 MCAA WiMI Conference in June, the MCA of Metropolitan Washington (MCAMW) is establishing a local program that will allow women in the mechanical contracting industry to come together, network, and share common goals to help each other succeed.

WiMI launched the Mentor Program last week and we have received a strong response! There’s still time to volunteer as a Mentor.

3M announces an immediate stop use and inspect or return notice for certain versions and lots of the 3M™ Half Facepiece Disposable Respirators 5000 Series – Medium. These respirators are intended, labeled, and packaged for sale to trained industrial and occupational customers for workplace use, such as for employers operating under a U.S. OSHA worker safety program. When properly selected and worn according to the user instructions, these respirators help reduce exposure to certain airborne contaminants. However, during a recent internal review, 3M discovered an issue involving certain versions and lots of the size-medium 3M™ Half Facepiece Disposable Respirators 5000 Series.

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

MSCA conducted a comprehensive benchmark survey to obtain data on key performance indicators (KPIs) in the HVACR and plumbing service industry. The results were very insightful and sure to be beneficial to all MSCA members. The full report is now available, results are presented in two formats.

Using Key2Act’s Connect, Harris Company of St. Paul, MN, gathers data from building controls and sensors, then uses that information to identify problems much faster than traditional troubleshooting methods, which can take hours or even days. With Connect, a cloud-based solution, Harris technicians have eyes into their buildings that they have never had before—so they can find and fix issues quickly. Connect data can also reveal trends that allow techs to anticipate problems before they happen.

UA-MCAA Labor Relations Conference Convenes in Las Vegas

The 2019 UA-MCAA Labor Relations Conference: Succeeding Together will convene October 29 – 30, 2019, at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference, jointly hosted by the United Association (UA) and MCAA, will feature panel discussions focused on topics such as growing apprenticeships, expansion of service, and attracting tomorrow’s diverse workforce.

Steve Smith, Senior Vice President at ACCO Engineered Systems was presented the 2019 D.S. O’Brien Award of Excellence at this year’s MSCA19 education conference in Colorado Springs on October 14.

Learn How to Use BIM More Effectively at the MCAA Technology Conference

Many contractors use Revit for BIM coordination but few know how to fully amplify its productivity. At this year’s MCAA Technology Conference, two of the industry’s most innovative Revit hackers, Jeff Elwell from E.M Duggan and James Simpson from Art Plumbing, will share how they leverage software solutions and coding to implement shortcuts that create innovative solutions. In addition to drastically increasing productivity, these shortcuts have created a more standardized process for their BIM teams as they approach design. Learn more about their solutions and the many others sessions featuring contractors sharing their real-world technology solutions on the conference website.

MCAA has partnered with Dodge Data & Analytics on an important study on the use of fabrication and modular construction, and we hope you will participate. Your response is essential to helping us understand the types of fabrication and modular construction currently being done in the U.S., the benefits and challenges of these approaches, and the drivers and obstacles for greater use. This, in turn, enables us to provide the right education to keep you ahead of your competition.

Angie Simon Is SMACNA’s First Female President

Congratulations to SMACNA President Angie Simon! MCAA and WiMI are proud of your accomplishment and all your work supporting women’s involvement in the industry.

Learn How an Award-winning Actor Became an Advocate at MCAA2020

Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Davis is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe winner, but a world-class athlete, a member of the genius society Mensa and is becoming recognized for her tireless advocacy for women and girls. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm, See Jane. Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Davis is also an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. MCAA thanks Ferguson for sponsoring this session. Find out more about Davis and our other outstanding speakers on our convention website.

MCAA’s Guide to Pressure Testing Safety highlights the safe work practices that can help prevent worker injury during hydrostatic and pneumatic testing of steel and copper piping systems. The guide also contains tools to help you with pre-test safety planning, including sample checklists for both hydrostatic and pneumatic testing. A sample pneumatic test permit is also included.

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

Hear from an Inventor and Technology Entrepreneur at MCAA2020

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computer industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II. Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing on computers in schools, hands-on learning and encouraging students’ creativity. iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon became a New York Times best-selling autobiography when published in 2006. In recent years, Wozniak co-founded Woz U, a platform for personalized, tech-based career training. Learn more about Wozniak, and what else is planned for MCAA2020, on our convention website.

Designing an efficient hydronic system is no easy task. The needs of each system can vary greatly from one job to the next, although the core elements remain mostly the same. In a typical system, you will usually find a boiler, circulator pumps, an expansion tank, various heat distributors, and accessories such as vents, valves, and drains. Selecting the right components for the best installation, servicing, and control of the system and its equipment are key to the efficiency of the job.

Tech Conference Offers Innovations and Practical Solutions

The MCAA Technology Conference has always been geared to show you the next generation tools that will be used in the industry, but real-world innovations are the backbone of the conference. This year, the conference has more case studies and instruction led by contractors than ever before. If you want to learn how your peers are actually using new software, tools and processes, you need to attend this event.

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

MCAA Accepting Nominations for National Board

MCAA is seeking to fill three vacancies on its Board of Directors. These directors’ term will begin in March 2020, at the conclusion of the Maui convention. If you are interested in serving, contact your local association executive for details.

Couldn’t attend this year’s conference? Here’s what you missed!

When Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, NH, started having problems with its antiquated chiller system, the facility was eager to make an upgrade and chose Daikin chillers primarily for the energy efficiency. As a result, it has cut energy use in half and reduced maintenance costs.

MSCA volunteers partnered with the Convoy of Hope at this year’s MSCA19 Education Conference to provide support to Springs Mission Rescue in Colorado Springs, CO.

Learn How to Foster Creativity and Innovation at the MCAA Technology Conference

Can encouraging your staff to have a wide range of interests help grow your business? Yes, according to New York Times best-selling author David Epstein. Epstein will share findings from his latest book, Range: Why Generalists Succeed in a Specialized World during the MCAA Technology Conference. Learn how innovation is encouraged by having a broad range of experiences. You won’t want to miss his insightful presentation!

MSCA19 officially kicked off this morning. Speakers really set the tone for a phenomenal conference!

MCAA welcomes our newest student chapter, Bowling Green State University! The chapter is sponsored by the MCA of Northwest Ohio. BGSU’s Construction Management program is tailored to produce industry ready construction professionals with a sufficient background in Mechanical and Plumbing.

Give Your Field Leaders the Opportunity to Be a Better Leader

Elevate your field leaders’ vision, perspective and performance when you send them to the 2019 Field Leaders Conference in Jersey City, NJ. Your field leaders are the frontline face of your company and the leader of your crew. At the MCAA Field Leaders Conference, your field leaders will hear from leading construction industry consultant, Kevin Dougherty when he speaks about Building Relationships: Communication on the Jobsite. Dougherty guides your team on how to communicate with different players, be a better listener, deal with difficult people, and bridge conflict. Give your field leaders the opportunity to be a better leader and grow your company’s profits and brand.

Join Us in Maui at MCAA2020 for an Experience You Won’t Forget!

The aqua waters, the blowing palms, the sun-soaked days and torch-lit nights…join us in Maui at MCAA2020! MCAA2020 will bring you a tremendous lineup of world-class speakers, lots of entertainment, fun parties and an experience you won’t forget. Don’t wait any longer as rooms are going fast–register today for the best room selection. You can find all the details and register directly through the convention website. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

To better serve our members we have converted all our HVACR 101 modules into WebBooks. All ten HVACR101 WebBooks are now updated and live on the MSCA Resources page.

Dates have been set for the 2020 Sales Institute courses. MSCA Sales Institute is the first and only focused training program specific to service sales in the HVACR industry.

Representatives from MCAA and its Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) initiative joined the UA at the 2019 Tradeswomen Build Nations conference (formerly Women Build Nations) for the second year. The event, which took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from October 4-6, 2019, was sponsored by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU).

Lacking a broad and powerful field service management application, trade contractors can find themselves facing a variety of business challenges. However, if your contracting business gets its operations processes right by leveraging comprehensive field service management software like that available from IFS North America, you can turn that challenge into an asset. Here are nine essential functional capabilities trade contractors need in their field service management software to make the most of service revenue opportunity.

MCAA2020 Hotel Rooms Are Selling Out – Book Now for the Best Selection!

The response to MCAA2020 is overwhelming! Registrations are pouring in at record rates, and hotel rooms are filling quickly. If you will be joining us in Maui and haven’t already registered, register today for the best room selection. You can find all the details and register through the convention website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Safe work practices can be the difference between a safe line break and an extremely hazardous situation. MCAA’s latest guide will help you benchmark your practices and protect your workers.

Find Innovative Ideas for ALL Members at the MCAA Technology Conference

Whether you’re in construction, plumbing or service, you’ll find innovative ideas to move your company forward at the MCAA Technology Conference. General sessions feature content of interest to all contractors, while breakouts and workshops let you choose the education that suits your interests. Don’t miss out…join this community of innovators!

This year’s MCAA Student Chapter Competition project has been released to all participating student chapters. MCAA student chapter members have been tasked with developing a proposal to be the prime contractor on a chiller and cooling tower replacement project in the Penn South building in New York City. This year’s project details were generously provided by Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corporation of Fresh Meadows, New York.

MCAA Accepting Recommendations for National Committees

MCAA is accepting recommendations for individuals to serve on MCAA committees in the coming year. If you are interested in serving, contact your local association executive for details.

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

To protect workers and prevent damage, proper planning and procedures are critical for underground facilities excavations. MCAA’s long-time partner in safety CNA has prepared a risk control bulletin on the subject, and is sharing it with MCAA members.

Complete Temperature Systems of Chicago cut office staff time by 14 hours per week using MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies to help streamline their operations. Before, field work orders, service tickets, and preventive maintenance checklists had been driven around, which delayed invoicing and created the possibility of getting lost. Now, information streams in real time, allowing for same-day or next-day invoicing. CTS’ government contracts require specific work acknowledgement letters; with MobiliForms in place, they are signed onsite, stored, and shared digitally. MobiliForms also allows techs to capture pictures and sounds on work orders.

MCAA student chapter members and member companies met in the nation’s capital September 19-21, 2019 for the MCAA GreatFutures Forum. The conference had first class speakers, networking opportunities and 3rd annual MCAA GreatFutures Job Fair. The fair connected 35 participating MCAA member companies, both contractors and manufacturer suppliers, and 150 students looking for internship, co-op and full-time job opportunities.

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

Delta Electronics (Americas) originally specified a conventional radiant tubing heating and cooling system for its headquarters expansion in Fremont, CA, to help meet LEED® Platinum and net-zero energy building standards, but ACCO Engineered Systems suggested Uponor’s Radiant Rollout™ Mats for a faster, more efficient, consistent installation. ACCO crews installed 138,000′ of tubing with the Radiant Rollout Mats in five months—much faster than the time required for conventional PEX rails or tie-down methods.

World-Class Speakers Will Take Center Stage at MCAA2020

What do Steve Wozniak, Geena Davis, Joe Montana and Captain Richard Phillips have in common? You can see – and hear from – all of them at MCAA2020. You won’t want to miss this line-up! Visit mcaaconvention.org to register and mark your calendars now!

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

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

A roof collapse could have knocked IVP Plastics of Washington, IL, out of commission for a long time, but Warner Mechanical LLC, of Edwards, IL, used Aquatherm polypropylene pipe in the rebuild, helping the manufacturer get back to business quickly. The heat fusion process made Aquatherm piping easier and faster to install than traditional welded pipe, saving Warner Mechanical time.

MCAA has been working with the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the United Association (UA), and Washington University in St. Louis to develop and produce ergonomics resources for the construction industry. Our September 26, 2019 webinar, which is free to members, will show you how to create an effective ergonomics program to reduce the occurrence of soft tissues injuries among mechanical construction workers.

Help Your Field Leaders Understand Their Impact on Profitability

Many in the field may not realize how their daily job impacts the people they work with and the bottom line. At the MCAA Field Leaders Conference, your field team can benefit from the know-how of someone who has experienced it all in The Foreman’s Impact on Profitability session led by MCAA member Mark Rogers. Rogers began his career as a Steamfitter Apprentice in 1986 with Local 420 in Philadelphia, went on to start his own mechanical contracting company in 1996 and served as MCAA President in 2011. He volunteers around the country presenting his “Real Cost of a Man Hour” and has given the talk over 125 times to over 20,000 UA Members. Rogers is passionate about education for everyone in the industry and tailored his presentation at the Field Leaders Conference specifically so those in the field can better understand and appreciate their overall role and impact on a job. Register your field personnel today! This is a conference you can’t afford them to miss.

Learn How to Work More Efficiently at MCAA’s Technology Conference

Innovation drives every industry forward. Construction is no different – just a little more challenging. Many MCAA/MSCA members are already adapting and thriving in the digital transition. If you want to keep pace with industry leaders, it’s time to learn how to work more efficiently and smarter. It’s time to innovate, and MCAA’s Technology Conference is a great place to do so. Registration is open for the January 29-31 conference in San Diego, California. It’s sure to sell out, so register today!

Excavation cave-ins happen so quickly there is literally no time to react. That’s why worker safety training on excavations is so important. When workers use the protective systems and safe work practices that are covered in MCAA’s new Excavation Safety for Mechanical Construction worker safety training video, their work in excavations will be as safe as any other part of your job.

MCAA’s most valuable resource, the WebLEM, is about to get even more valuable! It is being expanded and transformed into the WebLEM+Plus. Better yet, just like the WebLEM, the new WebLEM+Plus will be free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership!

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

Hill York Service Company worked closely with Carrier Corporation for nearly a year before construction began on Carrier’s new headquarters, and Hill York’s input saved Carrier $1 million. Moreover, Hill York introduced a novel approach to installing Carrier’s chilled induction beams that allowed the contractor to save time on the project’s tight schedule. Thanks in part to Hill York, Carrier’s new headquarters also met stringent indoor air quality (IAQ) standards and received LEED® Platinum certification.

Succeed Together at the UA-MCAA Labor Relations Conference

From discussions on apprenticeship best practices, diversity, and service to an MCAA-sponsored session that lets apprentices understand the management side of the business, the 2019 UA-MCAA Labor Relations Conference: Succeeding Together will enhance your understanding of both UA and MCAA viewpoints. With mutual understanding, we can work toward continued work for UA members and profitable jobs for MCAA contractors, and that’s a win for everyone!

MCAA has been working with the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the United Association (UA), and Washington University in St. Louis to develop and produce ergonomics resources for the construction industry. Our September 26, 2019 webinar, which is free to members, will show you how to create an effective ergonomics program to reduce the occurrence of soft tissues injuries among mechanical construction workers.

Join us for this year’s MSCA19 educational conference, October 13—16 in Colorado Springs, CO. Carl Herman, University of Houston’s Sales Excellence Institute will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in motivating and training the next generation of salespeople.

Give Your Field Leaders a First-Hand Look at the Latest Tools and Resources

Your field leaders face unprecedented change as new technologies transform the way jobs are performed. At MCAA’s Field Leaders Conference, they will get a first-hand look at these innovative products and get their questions answered by the experts—members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council. Register your field personnel today! This is a conference you can’t afford them to miss.

Victaulic’s building information modeling (BIM) expertise saved Kruse Corporation an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 on the renovation of Union Station in Wichita, KS, while the streamlined construction approach reduced build hours from 4,000 to 3,100, yielding an additional $40,000 in labor savings. The combination of BIM services and Victaulic products simplified coordination, reduced risks during construction, and cut the manpower needed for this project in half.

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

Each year in the United States, June 1st through November 30th is considered hurricane season. The earliest in a year that a hurricane struck in the U.S. was June 9, 1966 when hurricane Alma slammed into Florida and Georgia affecting several other east coast states as well. Because hurricanes can wreak havoc on mechanical construction and service businesses, you may want to consider planning ahead.

Honeywell is informing users of potentially non-conforming brake components in certain models of Miller MightEvac and MightyLite Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs) ranges manufactured within a specific time-frame. While there have been NO reported incidents due to this nonconformity, continued use of the product could result in serious injury or death.

Not sure whether you need a detailed, written bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan for your next job? MCAA’s Model Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan will help you figure it out.

Be Better Than Your Competition…Your People Will Make the Difference

Give your field leaders the skills they need to focus on growing themselves and those around them, which will benefit company profits and brand, when you send them to the Field Leaders Conference. They will return with an action item list, a fresh perspective on what they do and how they do it, an education on the latest tools and construction resources, and a network of their peers from around the country. Choose your preferred city – it’s the same education, just two different a locations – to learn more and register now!

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

Last week, representatives from the United Association and HVAC Excellence signed a new articulation agreement which can provide substantial benefits in your recruiting efforts. This  new articulation agreement establishes a pathway for students enrolled in HVACR educational programs accredited by HVAC Excellence to advanced placement in a UA apprenticeship program. 

Downtown Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin House needed an HVAC overhaul but, like most historic buildings, had no room to expand. EVAPCO reached into its archives for the specs of the building’s original cooling tower and created a more powerful, up-to-date version for the same space, making the installation process easier for Elliott-Lewis Corporation.

MCAA has been working with the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the United Association (UA), and Washington University in St. Louis to develop and produce ergonomics resources for the construction industry. Our September 26, 2019 webinar, which is free to members, will show you how to create an effective ergonomics program to reduce the occurrence of soft tissues injuries among mechanical construction workers.

While it is no surprise that Viega chose to put its own products into its newly constructed building, Braconier Mechanical and Plumbing Services said using Viega products was a good option for them, too. “We reduced the manpower needs on this project by using Viega. That’s a big advantage of MegaPress—we can have a smaller crew and still stay on schedule,” said Tom Stone, president of Braconier.

Inspire Your Field Leaders to Strive for Greatness

Your foremen didn’t get where they are by coasting. They’re good at what they do, and they can get even better by cultivating the attributes of great foremen. Greg Fuller, whose career spans from apprentice to company president and MCAA President, will lead a discussion of the top 10 attributes of great foremen. He will inspire your field leaders with new ideas and energy, to look at their role differently through an important professional lens, so they come back highly motivated to strive for greatness.

MCAA’s Toolbox Safety Talks for Construction Contractors – Volume III simplifies worker safety training with 52 talks, enough for a full year of weekly worker safety training.

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

Transform Your Field Leaders’ Perspective – Give them a Network of Peers

In their fast-paced jobs, it’s easy for field leaders to feel isolated. The Field Leaders Conference will transform their perspective by enabling them to share stories and challenges—as well as solutions— with jobsite leaders from outside of their area. By participating in discussions and interactive exercises as a team, they will develop a group of contacts they can call upon when they’re up against a tough challenge. Take it from Jeff Ranke of Smith & Oby, “I am so glad I was sent to the Philly Field Leaders Conference. I needed this. Very helpful. Great speakers. I took a lot from this. Nice to know I’m not alone.” Choose your preferred city for details – it’s the same education.

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

It’s no accident that job hazard analyses (JHA) are required by many construction owners, GCs, CMs, and government agencies. These analyses help significantly reduce the risk of workplace incidents that could result in injury or property damage, thus reducing cost. Whether you’re developing a JHA to meet a requirement, or as part of your company’s standard process, this resource gives you a head start.

This year at MSCA19, being held October 13—16 in Colorado Springs, CO, we are honing in on financial health — both personal and business.

Collaborative Programming Aimed at Labor-Management Success

From discussions on apprenticeship best practices, diversity, and service to an MCAA-sponsored session that lets apprentices understand the management side of the business, the 2019 UA-MCAA Labor Relations Conference: Succeeding Together will enhance your understanding of both UA and MCAA viewpoints. With mutual understanding, we can work toward continued work for UA members and profitable jobs for MCAA contractors, and that’s a win for everyone!

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

Keep Your Field Leaders Ahead of the Change Curve

Our industry will change more in the next 5 years than it did in the last 50. Are your field leaders equipped to evolve along with it? Chris Haslinger served his apprenticeship with UA Local 50 and has held various roles throughout his career with the UA. With a career focused on education and training, Chris has seen the evolution of how jobs are performed first-hand. He has played a primary role in developing UA projects that embrace new technologies, including sustainable technology programs, energy audits and retrofits, CAD/BIM programs and technology in supervisory roles.

MCAA’s most valuable resource, the WebLEM, is about to get even more valuable! It is being expanded and transformed into the WebLEM+Plus. Better yet, just like the WebLEM, the new WebLEM+Plus will be free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership!

Smith & Oby Company Named 2019 Mechanical Contractor of the Year

Congratulations to Mike Brandt and everyone at Smith & Oby for being named 2019 Mechanical Contractor of the Year by Plumbing & Mechanical magazine! Imagine that!

3M Fall Protection has determined that the 3MTM PROTECTA® Cobra Mobile/Manual Rope Grab AC202D is incorrectly stamped for use with 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter rope on the exterior body of the unit. This Cobra Rope Grab is certified for use ONLY with 5/8 inch diameter polyester or polypropylene rope. In the event of a fall from height, a Cobra Rope Grab used with 1/2 inch diameter rope may not arrest the fall and could result in serious injury or death to the worker.

Frank Schaetzke Receives Zurn Lifetime Achievement Award

Frank Schaetzke received the first ever Zurn Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional service, solid dedication, and leadership. Frank has developed and maintained strong partner relationships, including Zurn’s relationship with MCAA. Congratulations!

Your business relies on the best people to get the work done. As generations change, we need to rethink our methods to recruit people into our industry. Join Jon Finch, Vice President of Training, MILWAUKEE TOOL and Tim Herbert, Lead Organizer, Washington State Pipe Trades, at MSCA19 in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2019, to discuss how you can proactively target and engage your future workforce. During this session you will reFRESH your recruiting perspective and leave with actionable steps to increase your hiring potential.

MSCA Chair, Kip Bagley was a special guest at the first “Service Connections” event, hosted by the MCA of Western Washington Service Committee on July 25th. Approximately 50 people attended the event, which connected labor and management over industry trends and challenges. The panel, including Kip Bagley (MSCA Chair), held a lively discussion on topics that included recruiting, the “uberization” of the service industry, self-diagnosing equipment, training and industry growth.

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

Local affiliated association executives and MCAA staff came together July 28-31, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to educate, network and share industry best practices and experiences.

Give Your Field Leaders the Tools for Success

Your field leaders are professionals who build people as much as they do projects. Do they have the skills needed to motivate people, use influence over authority, and mentor, coach and empower their crews? Mark Breslin’s presentation at the Field Leaders Conference offers new ideas, strategies and tools to help them enhance crew performance. Mark is speaking in both locations, so choose your preferred city to learn more and register now!

Join us at MSCA19 in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2019. The old adage, ‘what people perceive, is what they believe,’ has never been truer than in today’s superficial society. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly being judged by others, often subconsciously. How you communicate in everything from casual conversations to formal business meetings can be the difference between success and failure.

Could your service techs benefit from a quick reference for working safely? The Safety Manual for Mechanical Service Technicians provides the information techs need to handle common jobsite emergencies. It also provides both background and safe work practices for key safety topics, such as arc flash, electrical shock, hazard communication, and work in confined spaces. Members can download the manual free as a benefit of membership, or purchase print copies for their workers who prefer them.

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

Help Your Field Leaders Improve Communication…and Your Company’s Image

Your field leaders are the face of your company. Are they prepared to communicate effectively, bridge conflict and personality clashes, and protect your company’s image? Kevin Dougherty’s presentation at the Field Leaders Conference provides the tricks and tactics they need to get even the most difficult people eating out of their hands, plus other ideas for improving communication with crews, other subs, management and owners. Kevin is speaking in both locations, so choose your preferred city to learn more and register now!

3M Fall Protection has announced an immediate stop use and product recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg Self Retracting Lifelines. The twin-leg Nano-Lok edge is part of a personal fall protection system and connects two self-retracting lifelines/devices (SRL’s/SRD’s) directly under the dorsal d-ring of a worker’s harness.

Your company’s bottom line, and its ability to obtain future work, is at risk each time you hire a subcontractor. Companies whose subcontractors consistently perform the industry’s necessary safely functions well have a much easier time securing future work. So how do you go about finding safety-conscious subcontractors? MCAA’s Guide to Subcontractor Safety Management simplifies the process by providing a system for subcontractor evaluation.

Ryan Estis will be joining us at MSCA19 in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2019. Ryan has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. He will refresh your perspective on how to cultivate a high-engagement, high-performance work culture.

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

Join us at MSCA19 in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2020. Phil Jones, author of five international best-selling books, will help the audience re-DISCOVER exactly what it takes to develop a community of customers who continue to spend with them, refer them to others and build their reputation.

Join your UA and MCAA colleagues for education geared toward making the labor-management relationship a win-win for all parties. The 2019 UA-MCAA Labor Relations Conference: Succeeding Together will take place October 29 – 30, 2019, at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference provides the unique opportunity to see both sides of the coin as labor and management collaborate on sessions and panel discussions to give attendees an in-depth look at what makes our relationship so important. Registration is now open!

Fleet safety is getting a lot of attention because motor vehicle fatalities, which are the leading cause of deaths in America, continue to increase each year. Most vehicle accidents are caused by unsafe driving behavior, substance abuse, insufficient driver training, or inadequate vehicle condition/maintenance. MCAA’s Fleet Safety for Mechanical Service and Construction Supervisors Video will help you combat unsafe driving behaviors by educating your supervisors.

Attend this year’s GreatFutures Forum Job Fair to find the best talent. Registration for MCAA members is complimentary! The Job Fair gives member companies the opportunity to interact with a diverse talent pool from our 60 MCAA Student Chapters.  The Job Fair is scheduled Friday, September 20 at 8:30 am – 11:00 am in Washington, DC. Take it from these MCAA members.

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

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got into the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

Find your next hire when you recruit at the MCAA GreatFutures Forum Job Fair. Registration is complimentary! The Job Fair will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park on Friday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. You will have exclusive access to the members of our 60 MCAA Student Chapters, all seeking full-time, co-op and internship opportunities.

Join us at MSCA19 in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2020. CEO of global consultancy ChangeLabs™ and popular presenter at past MSCA conferences, Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. He will help the audience re-INSPIRE themselves to grow in this every changing industry.

MCAA’s Evaluator’s Guide to Qualified Signal Persons helps Qualified Evaluators train candidates to become Qualified Signal Persons.

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

Prepare the People Who Run Your Projects for Future Advancement with the AIPM

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 2020 class, and spaces are limited.

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

Due to popular demand, MSCA is holding a second Sales Leadership Symposium, September 17 – 18, 2019!

The first annual WiMI conference was held on June 24 – 26 in Chicago, Illinois.  The conference was a huge success with over 160 women leaders from member companies in attendance.

Get Back to the Basics – People and the Project – at the Field Leaders Conference

Give your field leaders the skills they need to focus on growing company profits and brand when you send them to the Field Leaders Conference. They will return with an action item list, a fresh perspective on the latest tools and construction resources, and a network of other jobsite leaders. Choose your preferred city – it’s the same education, just two different a locations – to learn more and register now!

Pre-project and pre-task safety and health planning for construction should be an integral part of every construction project. Imagine how much easier it would be to protect our workers and make projects even more profitable if safety were automatically included in all existing construction planning processes. That’s what Safety Planning is all about. MCAA’s Safety Planning Guide provides information to assist you with this task, whether you’re serving as the prime contractor or a subcontractor.

MCAA, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA), and Horizon Actuarial Services have released a new report, Multiemployer Pension Plan Reform Policy Issues (June 2019). The report analyzes how the impact of the lingering pension reform impasse in Congress adversely affects active participants in MCAA/UA pension plans and highlights inequities in benefit levels.

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

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 are in the mail and will arrive to members within the next two weeks.

MCAA will be hosting its 3rd Annual Job Fair, where the sharpest MCAA Student Chapter members will be seeking full-time and internship opportunities. The Job Fair will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park on Friday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration to attend and recruit at the Job Fair is complimentary for MCAA/MSCA members.

Neptune Plumbing Presidents Adam and Michael Wallenstein Win Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award

Congratulations to Adam and Michael Wallenstein at Neptune Plumbing, who received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the East Central. Considered to be one of the most prestigious business recognitions for entrepreneurs, the award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. “This award is a huge honor for us. We’re an industry that is often considered ‘stagnant,’ and to receive recognition for our growth and innovation is a great accolade,” said Neptune President Adam Wallenstein.

The 2018 of edition of MCAA’s highly regarded construction management publication, Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime—A Primer for the Construction Industry, has received the National Electrical Contractors Association’s (NECA) full endorsement.

The AEC Best Practices Conference Highlights Tools for Success

If you’re an MCAA affiliated association executive and have been thinking of attending the AEC Best Practices Conference but haven’t registered, register today! Spots are filling quickly and this is a conference you are not going to want to miss. The 2019 program is full of education including sessions on how affiliated association executives can help their contractors connect with student interns, cross-generational collaboration and engagement and updates on MCAA provided resources and tools that can help an association executive make the most of their job. The AEC Best Practices Conference provides MCAA affiliated association executives with best practices education that empowers them to better serve their board and contractor members.

Together, these sessions will help you reconnect to a larger vision for your company! The Peer Group Forums at MSCA19, October 13-16, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO, will give you the opportunity to talk about topics of interest and concern within the HVACR and plumbing industry.

Skin cancer is a major concern in the mechanical construction and service industry. Every year more than 5 million cases of skin cancer are treated nationwide. The vast majority of skin cancer cases are attributed to UV radiation from the sun. Working in the sun without the proper protection substantially increases the risk of developing skin cancer.

Violence in and around workplaces is a continuously growing concern. MCAA’s award-winning Workplace Violence Prevention and Protection Safety Training Video teaches jobsite craft labor, support staff, supervisors, and office workers to identify warning signs and take appropriate action to prevent workplace violence. It also shows viewers how to protect themselves and others if they find themselves in an active workplace violence situation.

Two MSCA member companies, Atomatic Mechanical Services and Wiegmann Associates, were recognized by Contracting Business as commercial HVAC contracting firms who are consistently at the top of their game.

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

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got in the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

The Management Methods Committee has released a new WebBook that summarizes and compares the various United Association national labor agreements. With our new WebBook platform, MCAA members can access some of our more recent bulletins on current topics. You will be able to read new Management Methods Bulletins, take notes, print sections, and share with colleagues. And most importantly, when we have updated content, unlike a downloaded pdf, our WebBooks will be updated behind the scenes while your notes are preserved securely on your computer.

MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum is set for September 19 – 21, 2019. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to tour the mechanical systems of the Museum of the Bible, one of the newer museums in Washington, D.C.

Leaders charged with building and maintaining high performance teams have a unique challenge to keep the well-oiled machine communicating, creating and achieving.  To achieve and sustain this level of performance from both the team and the leader, Colonel (Ret.) Tom Magness, embraces the notion that daily training builds confidence and competence, while providing essential skills and knowledge—resulting in readiness.

The Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium (MEAC) Faculty Training Boot Camp provided educators from universities across the U.S. with a crash course in the basics of mechanical and electrical systems. By giving educators the tools they need to more effectively teach students about our industry, it is hoped that more students will explore the career opportunities available in specialty contracting. The event took place at the Milwaukee School of Engineering from June 11-13, 2019.

Accident/incident investigation allows you to identify hazards and unsafe behaviors so that you can implement measures to prevent recurrence. MCAA’s Model Accident/Incident Investigation Program will help contractors to quickly and easily establish an effective investigation program.

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.

This program is focused on training and improving the performance of service field supervisors. Using proven methods, this program will advance skills in leadership, coaching, planning, time management, communication, and motivational techniques, all of which will give the field supervisor an edge and the confidence to deal with the workplace challenges of today.

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with 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.

Lifts are critical to the successful performance of mechanical contracting work, but injuries can occur when workers aren’t informed about how to use them properly or don’t follow safe work practices. MCAA’s safety training video on the subject, and the accompanying materials, will educate workers to avoid these injuries.

Each year in the United States, June 1st through November 30th is considered hurricane season. The earliest in a year that a hurricane struck in the U.S. was June 9, 1966 when hurricane Alma slammed into Florida and Georgia affecting several other east coast states as well. Because hurricanes can wreak havoc on mechanical construction and service businesses, you may want to consider planning ahead.

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

Many people feel so overwhelmed by daily pressures and obligations that they find themselves in survival mode, pushing today’s concerns off to tomorrow. In 1995, Mercedes Ramirez Johnson narrowly survived a commercial airplane crash that killed 160 people, including her parents. As one of only four survivors of this tragedy, she vowed that she would make her second chance at life count. Mercedes will share her story and her message with all of us at the MSCA19 education conference at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, October 13-16, 2019.

MSCA has partnered with Convoy of Hope since 2010 to deliver supplies to families in need who live in cities where the association holds its annual conference. This partnership has resulted in the donation of over HALF A MILLION DOLLARS in food, goods, labor, and equipment that benefit individuals and families nationwide. Please help us to reach our monetary donation goal of $50,000 to fund our Convoy activities at MSCA19, which will be held October 13—16, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO.

The 2019 UA-MCAA Labor Relations Conference: Succeeding Together is scheduled to take place October 29 – 30, 2019, at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada and registration is now open!

Jon Acuff, New York Times Bestselling author of six books including his most recent; Finish, will close out the MSCA19 education conference at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, October 13-16, 2019, by sharing easy changes you can make to your corporate culture to make sure everyone hits their goals.

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

Local MSCA and MCAA Chapter, M&SCA of Eastern Pennsylvania, hosted a Community Event in Huntington Park last month. The event was in partnership with the Convoy of Hope, a national organization that helps empower others to live independent lives free from poverty, disease, and hunger.

Ashley Martin Is ASA’s Woman of the Year

Ashley Martin of NIBCO INC., a member of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council Governing Board, received the first annual Alice A. Martin Woman of the Year Award from the American Supply Association.  The award recognizes women who have a record of significant accomplishment within the industry and who embody the character of the late Alice Martin: Embracing education and encouraging inventive ideas; promoting women within our industry; inspiring others through her work and example; and being a bold leader that others emulate.

Companies, communities and individuals fail for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to re-INVENT. Josh Linkner will lay out a road map for individuals and companies to successfully and continually challenge themselves to re-INVENT.

Management Methods Bulletin Highlights Data Security

According to a recent article in ENR, cybercrime is on the rise in the construction industry. So how do you protect your company’s digital assets? MCAA’s Management Methods Bulletin on the topic of data security can help. In it, you’ll find guidance and insight on the current tools and techniques you can use to secure your data and operations. View it in WebBook form with bonus video, or download your copy today!

The AEC Best Practices Conference Is Open for Registration

The AEC Best Practices Conference provides MCAA affiliated association executives with best practices education that empowers them to better serve their board and contractor members. Make sure the staff executive from your local association is there!

Eighty-one people attended the 75th NCPWB Technical Conference to learn about a wide variety of topics including: The Value Chain Approach to Welding Management, Mechanizing the Welding Industry, Brittle Fracture Risk of Carbon Steel Piping, Fabrication Measurement, and Predictive Management. The conference took place at The Resort at Longboat Key Club in Longboat Key, FL from April 29-30, 2019.

MCAA Thanks Murray Company for Sharing Best Practices

Murray Company shared their process, innovation and philosophy with the over 200 MCAA contractors who attended the 2019 Fabrication Conference. Thank you.

MSCA is conducting a comprehensive benchmark survey to obtain data on key performance indicators (KPIs) in the HVACR and plumbing service industry.

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

MCAA member safety performance has steadily excelled since the association kicked off its perpetual Safety Excellence Initiative in 1998. Among participants in the association’s annual Safety Statistics and Awards Program the aggregate incidence rates for recordable injury cases, lost workday cases, and fatality cases dropped substantially between 1998 and 2018. MCAA congratulates you for 20 consecutive years of safety excellence and looks forward to helping you continue to achieve it over the next 20 years and beyond.

Indoor Environmental Services (IES) of California adopted XOi Vision technology, paired with Key2Act’s MobileTech, to provide technicians with an easy platform for capturing video and photos on the jobsite and sharing that content with customers. That investment has yielded many unexpected returns, including reducing the lead time for sales follow-up on field-originated opportunities from two weeks to one or two days.

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got in the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

U.S. vehicle fatalities in 2018 exceeded 40,000, a 14% increase over the level just four years ago (2014). In 2017, the most recent year for which data on vehicle fatalities caused by distracted driving is available, there were 3,166 fatalities known to be caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving includes texting and cell phone use while driving, as well as other types of poor driving behaviors. MCAA resources can help you curb these behaviors.

Mechanical industry workers are much safer now than they were in the past. For example, the aggregate MCAA member incidence rate for recordable worker injuries fell over a 21 year period from 8.2 in 1998 to 1.2 in 2018, and the lost workday cases incidence rate fell from 3.9 in 1998 to 0.2 in 2018. However, there is still work to do, especially in the areas of manual handling of materials/physical stress, falls, and struck by object hazards. Recent data shared with us by long-time partner in safety CNA highlights where we need to focus our attention concerning mechanical industry injury frequency and severity. The data is specific to MCAA member firms insured by CNA.

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

The PCA is hosting a one-day roundtable presentation for contractors looking to either optimize their plumbing service or starting a plumbing service operation.

Thanks to careful planning, prefabrication, and easy-to-install Marley NC cooling towers from SPX Cooling Technologies Inc., Integrated Facility Services (IFS) replaced two large wooden cooling towers with two new steel cooling towers at a St. Louis, MO, government building while keeping the chiller system operational throughout to avoid disrupting essential county government services. The $1-million cooling tower replacement project received the Outstanding Mechanical Installation Award from the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri.

Murray Company in Los Angeles, California opened its doors to over 225 contractors to learn fabrication, process and digital integration.  

Management Methods Podcast Highlights Career Development Initiative

In the Management Methods Committee’s latest podcast, Host Bob Lindbloom talks with MCAA’s Director, Career Development Harlee Gallo Mooney about our industry-leading career development program. This special pop-up edition of the podcast is available exclusively via the iTunes or Google Play stores. Have questions or need support? Contact us.

Join us at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, October 13-16, 2019, for the MSCA19 Educational Conference. Registration is now open!

Give Construction Workers Quick Access to Safety Information

Do your mechanical construction workers need a quick reference to help them work safely? MCAA’s Safety Manual for Mechanical Construction Workers provides critical information on everything from aerial lift safety to preventing overexposure to zinc. Members can download the manual free as a benefit of membership, or purchase print copies for their workers who prefer them.

MSCA’s Service Managers Training Program is now open for registration. This popular program will be held September 9-12, 2019 in San Diego, CA.

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

The Herman Goldner Company expected that adopting Key2Act’s MobileTech would help them streamline processes and become more efficient. The mobile approach has also helped make technicians more independent, because they can rapidly exchange information with the home office, and it has reduced manual scanning and archiving.

National Construction Safety Week is a celebration of safe work practices by national and global construction firms. The celebration takes place each spring to remind construction workers and supervisors how important workplace safety is every week of every year. This year’s celebration takes place May 6 – 10.

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

Put Safety at Fab Shop Workers’ Fingertips

Do your fab shop workers need a quick reference for working safely in the shop? MCAA’s Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers will provide them with critical information on everything from working safely with overhead and gantry cranes to preventing overexposure to manganese while performing hot work. Members can download the manual free as a benefit of membership, or purchase print copies for their workers who prefer them.

By implementing Jonas Construction Software solutions in the back office and on the front lines of service, Current Mechanical has made operations more efficient across the board, boosting the bottom line. Current Mechanical ultimately selected Jonas after speaking with many existing Jonas clients, researching competitors, and experiencing several demonstrations. “The overall positive feedback we received from others we spoke to within and even outside our industry really sold us on the software,” said Ted Current, vice president and CFO of Current Mechanical.

Internships benefit both the employer and the participating student. The employer gets top talent and has a pipeline of future full-time employees. Students gain experience, create connections, develop skills and further their interest in the mechanical contracting industry.

WiMI Conference is Sold Out

MCAA and MSCA are hosting our first Women in the Mechanical Industry Conference this summer, bringing together women leaders from across the country. The conference will be held June 24-26, 2019 in Chicago, IL. All women employed by an MSCA or MCAA member company are encouraged to join us for this unique opportunity.  The program will feature several exceptional speakers, including Nicole Malachowski, who was recently inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The conference line-up is sure to inspire you to dream big and hone your skills to enable you to become better leaders and role models. The conference is officially sold out.

According to an article published by Contracting Business, between 2017 and 2018, the number of women working in construction trades increased by 17.6 percent, rising to well over a quarter of a million women (276,000). While this growth is the highest in over two decades, women still remain underrepresented in the field.

MSCA Chair, Kip Bagley, (EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems, Irvine, CA) spoke at the New England MSCA membership meeting and joined Local 537 to celebrate their new Pipefitters Training Center last month in Boston, MA.

If workers inhale a large enough concentration of microscopic crystalline silica particles it can lead to silicosis, lung cancer, and other health problems. MCAA’s Guide to Silica Safety provides mechanical construction employers with the information they need to help their workers protect themselves.

There may be a defect in a dorsal d-ring utilized in ExoFit NEX™ harnesses manufactured between January 2016 and December 2018.  3M Fall Protection urges all affected users to inspect the harnesses immediately. They should not be used until they pass inspection.

At many jobsites across the country, April means the removal of hard hat liners and no longer having to factor the impact of snow days into the schedule. Here at MCAA, April means the launch of the year’s first Institute for Project Management classes, where we welcome the nation’s best and brightest Mechanical PMs to our two-week intensive educational programs.

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

By switching to iBusiness Technologies’ MobiliForms mobile solution, Wilkes & Company simplified its reporting and reduced costs so much that the entire system paid for itself within 12 months. The rapid return on investment was particularly welcome, as a previous attempt to upgrade its software was wreaking havoc on the company during the first six months of implementation.

MCAA recently added information to its safety bulletin and model program on confined spaces in construction to emphasize that even when employers are in compliance with OSHA’s confined spaces in construction standard, they are still required to comply with applicable parts of the agency’s welding and cutting standard.

Built in the 1950s, White Plains High School in New York has stood the test of time, so when an HVAC upgrade was needed, school administrators wanted to keep it simple—and minimize cost and downtime. They selected Daikin Applied variable refrigerant volume (VRV) solutions to replace their aging systems with new, more efficient ones that fit the bill. Now, the school not only has a comfortable climate but also a more energy-efficient, quieter, and healthier classroom environment.

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

Each month we will introduce an MCAA/MSCA woman leader, faculty advisor or student involved in our Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative. These one minute videos will help you learn a little more about them, their careers, how they got in the industry and why WiMI is so valuable to them.

MCAA has signed on its 60th student chapter, California State University East Bay. The CSU East Bay MCAA Chapter is sponsored by Northern California MCA. Congratulations Cal State and welcome to your GreatFuture!

Thank you for joining us in Phoenix for MCAA19! The best MCAA convention ever gave us the best photos ever! You can view, download and share great memories of our time together by visiting our SmugMug site. Best of all, they’re free! Ready to make new memories? See you in Maui! MCAA20 is March 15-19, 2020.

Brian Helm Became MCAA’s President at the Close of MCAA19

Brian Helm became MCAA’s President at the conclusion of MCAA19. He is the the President of Mechanical, Inc., one of the largest plumbing and HVAC contractors in the Midwest, serving primarily Chicago, Milwaukee, and Omaha. The Freeport, IL-based company—part of the Helm Group of companies—is known for delivering value to its customers in the Healthcare, Industrial, Education, Aquatic, Water/Wastewater Treatment, Government, High Rise, Energy and Mission Critical sectors. He was elected to the MCAA Board of Directors in 2013. On a personal note, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Kari, and their three children, Lily, Charlie, and Chase. His other favorite extra-curricular activity is chairing the public-private economic development board for his hometown of Freeport, IL.

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

MCAA Congratulates Victaulic on its 100th Anniversary

In the 100 years since Victaulic was granted its first industry patent for mechanical pipe joining solutions, the company has participated in one billion solution installations worldwide, including contributions to the Eiffel Tower, the Hoover Dam and other iconic projects. “For 100 years, Victaulic’s reputation has been built on customer collaboration, delivering new technologies that enable productivity, and reducing risk across the construction lifecycle,” said Victaulic’s Chairman, President & CEO John F. Malloy. “Our Centennial ‘Innoversary’ is not only an opportunity to look back on our achievements, it’s also great motivation to make our next century even more valuable for our customers and rewarding for our employees.”

For KOH Mechanical Contractors, Inc., the labor savings realized with Anvil® International’s Gruvlok© Products made them the clear choice for keeping a hospital remodel on schedule and on budget. “Depending on the environment, the labor savings are anywhere from 30 to 40 percent,” according to Larry Hanson, vice president of KOH Mechanical, based in Riverton, UT. “If we would have been required to provide a welded system, we would have had to work the employees overtime in order to finish the project on time.”

The Management Methods Committee has released a two-part podcast in conjunction with the its latest WebBook on the subject of Scheduling Best Practices.

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

MSCA Chair, Kip Bagley, along with other industry leaders, were interviewed by ACHR News regarding the year’s outlook for the HVAC industry.

The University of Notre Dame and SLOAN have a 113-year-long relationship, so the university chose SLOAN products as the basis of design for the expansion and renovation of their athletic complex. As a result, Notre Dame is conserving water, saving money, improving hygiene, and paving the way for easy maintenance in the long term.

MCAA19 Offered Outstanding Education

MCAA19 was packed with outstanding education. Experience it for yourself, and plan to join us next year for MCAA20!

The newly released MCAA-Focused Construction Technology Report produced by JBKnowledge reveals that MCAA members are advanced in BIM and other technology solutions but are underspending on research and development compared to the rest of the construction industry.

It’s not every day you get the chance to give someone a gift that changes their lives. A group of 12 employees from MSCA member company, Arista Air Conditioning Corporation, did just that when they traveled to Puerto Rico with Convoy of Hope to build a new house and repair other homes that were damaged in Hurricane Maria.

WiMI Networking Reception at MCAA Convention Well Attended

Over 120 MCAA/MSCA women executives, manufacturer-supplier representatives, local association executives and students got together for a networking reception during the recent MCAA19 convention in Phoenix, AZ. WiMI chair Kori Gormley-Huppert kicked off the event by welcoming all the women and updating them on WiMI activities over the past year. WiMI committee members were introduced and the two Ferguson-WiMI scholarship winners congratulated. The attendees enjoyed the opportunity to meet new friends, share ideas and challenges and foster new networks of contacts.

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

The MCAA19 Student Competition showcased future industry leaders’ insightful approaches to a real world contracting bid. The four finalists presented their plans to the on-stage judges and fielded a series of rigorous questions. Missed the competition or want a second view? Watch the competition video from start to finish.

In the mechanical industry more than 50% of falls from elevation are falls from ladders. Most of the time it’s because our workers are reaching out too far, or carrying tools or materials in their hands while climbing. However, there are many other reasons for falls from ladders and this video can help you train your workers to recognize and avoid all of them.

Ferguson and DEWALT Show Their Support for the WiMI Initiative

Ferguson and DEWALT showed their support for MCAA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative during MCAA19. Ferguson underwrote two $5,000 Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships that recognized high-achieving female students working towards degrees related to our industry. DEWALT collected more than 1,500 signatures in support of the WiMI Initiative and donated $7,500 to WiMI’s efforts.

Taking over a project months into the schedule and facing an extremely tight deadline, The Poole and Kent Corporation managed to complete work 15 days early by teaming up with Victaulic’s Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) team. The Victaulic VDC team’s expertise and use of BIM software allowed Poole and Kent to plan and coordinate so that they could make up for lost time on a new Baltimore apartment building.

MSCA’s presented “The Value of Your Service Business to Recession Proof Your Company” at this year’s MCAA19 Convention — and it was a big hit! The session focused on building a strong service component in existing construction focused companies.

Anticipating the challenges that historic buildings pose, mechanical contractor Devine Brothers, Inc. made sure that Viega ProPress was part of the plumbing design for the renovation of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House (MOH) from the beginning.

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

Katty Kay Provides Key to Raising Confident Girls

During MCAA19, WiMI-sponsored special guest speaker Katty Kay helped the audience understand how confidence is more important than competence in achieving success. Katty Kay, lead anchor of BBC World News America, is the co-author of The Confidence Code and The Confidence Code for Girls. Her empowering, entertaining presentation provided attendees with the keys to ensuring their daughters grew up confident, bold, and brave. She inspired women to understand that confidence – the lynchpin of success – is a choice and explained ways to break out of comfort zones and take risks that pay off.

The team from Milwaukee School of Engineering won the final round of the Student Chapter Competition at MCAA19, taking home the first prize and $10,000 for their efforts. Their proposal for the renovation of Indiana University’s Memorial Football Stadium beat out proposals from McMaster University, the University of Missouri – Columbia and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Carmen Bracho Named Student Chapter Competition MVP

Carmen Bracho of McMaster University was selected as the Student Chapter Competition’s Most Valuable Presenter. The new award recognizes the student who did the best job presenting their proposal, whether or not their team won. The audience voted on the best presenter from each team, and Carmen was selected as the overall winner. She received a $500 gift card.

Pittsburg State Wins Student Chapter of the Year at MCAA19

The Career Development Committee chose the Pittsburg State University chapter as its Student Chapter of the Year. The chapter was selected based on how well it promotes an understanding of the mechanical industry and the career opportunities we offer. In addition to a trophy, Student Chapter representatives accepted a $3,000 check.

Blake Wentz Named Educator of the Year at MCAA19

This year’s Educator of the Year award went to Blake Wentz of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The award, which included a check for $5,000, honored his mentoring ability, industry knowledge and involvement, as well as his active participation in MCAA’s Student Chapter program activities.

Lindsey Stasi and Madelyn Conway Received Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships at MCAA19

Lindsey Stasi, a sophomore at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Madelyn Conway, a junior at Purdue University, received $5,000 Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. For the first time, Ferguson is underwriting these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry. To mark this new partnership, the scholarships were presented by Todd Young, Vice President, Commercial Business at Ferguson and Kori Gormley Huppert, Chair of Women in the Mechanical Industry.