The Mechanical Contractors Association of Kentucky, Inc. has contributed $3,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $28,500.
This week’s Sneak Peek is Mick Ebeling, Founder of Not Impossible Labs, who is scheduled to speak on October 17th’s General Session at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.
Zurn Industries, LLC enabled U.S. Engineering Company to “move the chains” faster than usual during the rough-in phase of building a new stadium for Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Patrick Barnett, project manager for U.S. Engineering, said Zurn’s lean construction practices provided “at least a 10-percent” labor savings for the company.
MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum (September 28-30, Indianapolis, IN) will bring together students from across the U.S. and Canada with MCAA members who want to hire them. Their mutual interest in our industry and its potential to grow and thrive will electrify this exciting conference.
Let your PMs and others who manage projects benefit from the experience and insight of their peers with MCAA’s Project Manager’s Manual, which reflects the experience of men and women who have successfully managed construction projects throughout the country as well as the research of experts in our industry.
MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.
Helping MCAA members manage projects and their costs more effectively is the aim of two new Management Methods Bulletins just published by MCAA’s Management Methods Committee—PDF Editing Utilization for the Mechanical Contractor and Managing Retainage – A Critical Component of Effective Cash Flow.
To combat the signs of mold and mildew growth, a Southeastern U.S. house of worship installed the APR Control manufactured by Rawal Devices, Inc. to eliminate the humidity causing the problem. Thanks to the new control, the organization avoided major health effects and was able to restore its facility to full use.
For the eighth consecutive year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope will work together to assist a local charitable organization, this year in Boca Raton at the Palm Beach County Food Bank, during MSCA 2017 Education Conference to be held this October 15-18. We need your help in reaching our minimum donation goal of $50,000 to assist Convoy’s Children’s Feeding Initiatives.
The NCPWB Spring Technical Committee Meeting provided a wide range of information including best practices for brazing copper joints in high-pressure HVACR application, using advanced GMAW (MIG) in the field, addressing the challenges of welding Grade 91 (9Cr-1Mo-V) Chromium-Molybdenum steel, tips for using Pipe Fabrication Institute standards. The event took place April 23-26, 2017 in San Antonio.
If your professional recruiting efforts could use a boost, then plan to show off your company and its attributes during Future Fest, the kick-off event for MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum in Indianapolis, IN, September 28-30.
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 and NFPA 70E requirements, best practices, and real-world accident information.
MCAA’s model safety programs make it quick and easy to create customized safety programs. Whether you need to develop a sound, industry-specific basic safety and health program for construction or service, or enhance an existing program, MCAA’s got you covered. A variety of topic-specific model programs complement the basic programs and ensure your compliance with OSHA requirements.
Congratulations to the MCA of Western Pennsylvania and Robert Morris University for organizing and establishing MCAA’s 53rd student chapter! Chapter representatives of the Robert Morris Student Chapter will receive their charter at MCAA’s 2018 convention in San Antonio, TX.
Since they started using the Miller® PipeWorx 400 welding system, Team Industries has reduced rework—saving time and money—because of the system’s ease of use and consistent arc quality. “We have seen a decrease in X-ray failure. The consistency of the arc definitely plays a role in that,” said Jim VanZeeland, shop superintendent. “It’s just been a great machine for us.”
The Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.
A Sneak Peak at the MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference Opening Session with guest speaker Vinh Giang who will demonstrate how your beliefs dictate your actions and in order to achieve “The Possible,” you must first break down what you think is impossible.
MCAA’s 2017 Field Leaders Conference (Denver, May 10-12) provided 200 foremen and superintendents with the management and leadership skills they need to be effective in managing jobsite labor, other personnel and operations to keep projects on time, on budget and profitable.
With the phase out of R-22 by 2020 driving up pricing, contractors are looking for more options to retrofit R-22 air conditioning (AC) units without having to change the oil. “Generally speaking, you can see system improvements after a retrofit as a result of recommissioning the equipment,” said Ron Vogl, global technical marketing and services manager for Honeywell Refrigerants.
The MCAA/Construction Employers of America (CEA) Legislative Conference brought together a near record crowd of MCAA members and members of other CEA sponsoring groups. The conference’s education sessions and lobbying meetings focused on key MCAA/CEA legislative issues and provided an opportunity for members to share their views with Senators, Representatives and key staff.
Whether you’re planning to attend the Fabrication Conference or looking for tips to help you build or fine-tune your fab shop, MCAA has a resource to assist. These resources were written by contractors who have been in your shoes and want to share their knowledge.
MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.
In this third Plumbing Service 101 webinar series, Finding and Developing Great Plumbing Service Technicians, you will learn about the important traits to look for in your recruiting efforts and the skills needed for success.
West Chester Mechanical Contractors, Inc. has contributed $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $30,000.
MCAA urges all affected members to participate in the 4th annual nationwide OSHA Safety Stand Down to help prevent workers from falling from elevations, and protect those workers who do fall.
Emerson conducted a survey in 2015 of more than 450 HVAC professionals and found that only 11 percent are aware of upcoming commercial HVAC regulations and many don’t understand how those regulations will impact their business. Here are 10 things you need to know about the changes affecting the commercial air conditioning (AC) market.
Get the latest from FabPro1, T-Drill Industries, Inc. and more in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show, where our contractor members connect with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.
MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, is four days packed with networking, interaction and engagement! The conference theme for 2017 is “The Possible”!
MCAA is proud to announce another component of our new partnership with the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). MCAA members are invited to participate in the CFMA 2017 Benchmarking Survey (based on 2016 results). Any MCAA member who participates in the survey will receive complementary reports comparing their company’s performance to the survey results.
While refrigerant recovery is accepted as a fact of life for today’s air conditioning and refrigeration (AC/R) technicians, it remains one of the most time-consuming steps in servicing an AC/R system. This can make it tempting for a technician on a tight schedule to skip the recovery process. However, with the proper understanding of equipment and methods, refrigerant recovery can be faster and easier than venting. Just like tires can affect a car’s performance, the hoses, fittings, manifold, and recovery cylinder all play a role in how quickly and efficiently the recovery process is completed.
MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions partnered with KEY2ACT to create See, software that allows contractors to use smart glasses on job sites to capture photos and videos of their work. The new technology helped MacDonald-Miller speed up customer payment and dramatically cut down the time spent explaining work that was done to customers disputing charges. It also increases customer engagement, building trust and leading to new work.
On the most recent episode of the BuiltWorlds video series, All Hands on Tech, Steve Matson, MILWAUKEE TOOL’s Senior Product Manager, spoke about the capabilities of Bluetooth technology for tracking and handling tools. MILWAUKEE TOOL recently expanded their ONE KEY technology with the new TICK device that allows contractors to mount a construction-durable tracker to just about anything on the jobsite.
If you missed the February or April Plumbing Service 101 webinars, you can access them in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.
MCAA members who hire a student for an internship or a full-time position at MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum (September 28-30, Indianapolis) will not only qualify for a $1,000 grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), but will also receive a $500 gift card. And, the student hired will receive a $500 gift card as well.
The UA/MCAA Labor Relations Conference will be held at The Mirage in Las Vegas, November 14-15. The theme of this year’s Labor Relations Conference will be “Highlighting Best Practices.” Planning to join us? Make your hotel reservations now.
By transitioning from paper forms to iPads using MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies, L.J. Kruse Company saved time, increasing its billable hours. “We have dramatically reduced the time spent transporting and handling paperwork as well as eliminated mistakes,” said Nathan Kruse, vice president, L.J. Kruse Co. “MobiliForms has already paid for itself in time savings and eliminating errors.”
You found a way to overcome a challenge in the office, in the fab shop, on the project site or in dealing with customers and suppliers and it worked so well, your company’s bottom line benefited. If other companies are likely facing the same challenge, why not share the idea so that challenge becomes a thing of the past?
Are you assertively addressing distracted driving and other workplace distractions with your fitters, plumbers, service techs, and other affected workers? MCAA’s worker safety training video on workplace distractions and six other workplace distractions safety resources will help you get the message out.
OSHA’s new rule to protect construction workers from overexposure to crystalline silica becomes enforceable on September 23, 2017. Under the right conditions, overexposure to silica can lead to silicosis and other health problems. To help its members protect their workers, MCAA provides several resources. All are free to members as a benefit of membership.
Just one year after investing in the BuildingAdvice Energy Services Delivery platform, T.H. Eifert Mechanical Contractors has generated in excess of $400,000 in new preventive maintenance (PM) contracts and pull-through sales, providing a sizable, early return on investment. The energy assessment and tracking tools from BuildingAdvice help T.H. Eifert make a solid case for installing and maintaining energy-efficient products.
John E. Green Co. of Highland, MI, cut labor and installation time by using Aquatherm’s polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe systems for a 2013 project at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy (U of D Jesuit). The project went so well that when U of D Jesuit and John E. Green teams reconvened in 2014 to plan the school’s new science building, no other piping options were considered.
Many of your employees and peers are passionately (and sometimes quietly) involved in selfless activities that make a difference in the lives of others — that deserves to be celebrated! Nominate them for the 2017 MSCA Everyday Hero Award!
The OSHA 10 & 30 hour construction safety standards courses, and the OSHA 10 hour general industry safety standards course (fabrication shops & mechanical service work) are available to MCAA and MSCA members at discounted prices.
Manual material handling is the largest single cause of lost workday injuries in construction. One out of every four work injuries happens because someone lifted, carried, pushed, or pulled something the wrong way or lifted beyond his or her capacity. Workers should be trained on proper and safe material handling techniques either manually or by using mechanical means. The use of correct handling techniques is one of the ways to help reduce injuries.
Have your human resources policies kept pace with change? If they don’t address electronic communications and social media, cell phones and other technology-centric issues, MCAA’s Guide to Human Resources Policies can help fill the gap. The guide, which reflects current trends and law, provides examples of human resources policies and guidelines. These provide a starting point from which you can customize the guide to meet your company’s needs.
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Mark your calendar for MCAA’s 15th annual Safety Directors’ Conference, which will be presented January 23 – 25, 2018.
To repair a refrigerant leak in the computer room of an office tower tenant, Davis Mechanical Service, Inc. turned to Parker Hannifin Corporation’s ZoomLock™ Braze-Free Fittings, avoiding the need to use a torch or get a burn permit. As a result, Davis Mechanical completed the whole repair in less than an hour and with minimal disruption to the client.
Owners of a Washington, DC, apartment complex undergoing renovation selected Daikin products for their reliability and energy-saving potential. The choice not only improved comfort and energy efficiency in the buildings but also netted a $62,000 rebate from the local electric utility, enhancing the owners’ return on investment.
Sloan Valve Company and Zurn Industries, LLC have posted new information in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show! Our Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council, because who doesn’t need the best strategic supply chain to enhance your productivity and profitability! We know you already love the exhibits at the MCAA Convention, MSCA’s Educational Conference, the Safety Directors’ Conference and our Technology Conference. Now in addition you can catch the latest products and other offerings all year long!
Victaulic’s project management, coordination, and new 3D scanning technology allowed Western Mechanical Contractors, Inc. to cut days off the schedule for a historic building renovation, cutting labor costs and keeping the project on time and within budget. The 100-year-old Detroit News Building in downtown Detroit, MI, posed several challenges to restoration—including one tenant who remained in the building throughout the project.
President Trump signed H. J. Res 83, rescinding a controversial change to OSHA’s recordkeeping rule. The rescinded provision extended the statute of limitations for OSHA to issue citations for recordkeeping violations from six months to five years.
For Seattle’s new State Route 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, Diamond B Constructors, Inc. knew they could count on Anvil International for flexible couplings and fittings for the Schedule 40 pipe of the bridge’s wastewater removal system. In addition, because Anvil’s products used on this project were manufactured in its U.S. plants, they satisfied the requirements of the Federal Highway Administration for American-made construction supplies.
Mollenberg-Betz, Inc. of Buffalo, NY contributed $3,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing their total contribution to the Foundation to $8,000. H. Van Mollenberg, President of Mollenberg-Betz, says it’s an honor to be able to do so!
Are you being asked to use rates other than those included in MCAA’s Tool & Equipment Rental Guide? Not to worry… EquipmentWatch prepares the rates in MCAA’s guide using the same cost formulas and methodology they use for their own rates.
Skin Cancer has become a major concern in the mechanical construction and service industry. Every year more than 5 million cases of skin cancer are treated nationwide. The vast majority of skin cancer cases are attributed to (UV) Radiation from the sun. Working in the sun unprotected substantially increases the risk of developing skin cancer.
If your company has hired a well-qualified college student for the summer, then apply for a Student Internship Grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). The grants are $1,000 each and your company may apply for up to two until the end of this year. The grant will help cover the intern’s salary and expenses.
Have you forgotten how amazing MCAA’s 2017 convention was? Here’s a reminder. MCAA heads for the hills…San Antonio’s Hill Country to be exact…for MCAA 2018, March 25-29 at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Thank you for joining us in San Diego for MCAA 2017! You can view, download and share great memories of our time together. Best of all, they’re free! Ready to make new memories? Plan to join us for MCAA 2018 on March 25-29 at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio.
MCAA President Tom Stone welcomed attendees to the Closing General Session and introduced UA General President Mark McManus, saying “I know that everyone in this room – everyone – has immense respect for the United Association, its members, and the job they do every day – for our projects and ultimately, for our owners. They are truly the heartbeat of this country.” After recognizing outgoing members of MCAA’s Board of Directors for their service, he turned over the gavel to 2017 President Greg Fuller. Association leaders were recognized, then astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly took the stage to share their experiences in space and in life. President Fuller wrapped things up with a look ahead at MCAA 2018, which will take place March 25-29 in San Antonio.
MCAA’s Awards of Excellence Breakfast, with breakfast sponsored by NIBCO, honored and celebrated MCAA members’ and future professionals’ excellence throughout the year and at MCAA 2017. MCAA President Tom Stone kicked off the event by announcing the winners of the NIBCO Tennis Round-Robin, the Anvil International Fun Run/Walk and the Victaulic/Carrier Golf Tournament. Following a round of applause for all award winners, President Stone presented the major awards.
MCAA Past President Mark Rogers received MCAA’s highest honor, the Infinity Award for Distinguished Service, at MCAA 2017’s Opening Session. The statue for MCAA’s Distinguished Service Award embodies the infinity symbol, a never-ending loop of learning, succeeding and giving back to others, which are MCAA’s core values.
Noting that we have record attendance at MCAA 2017, MCAA President Tom Stone opened the convention by encouraging everyone to take a moment to reflect on our success. “[T]he people in this room are successful because we never stop learning. This week we will listen to exceptional leaders and visionaries and technical gurus – and take home with us what we learn. Our annual convention is unparalleled in our industry,” he said.
MCAA is proud to announce a new partnership with the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) to offer benchmarking data for the mechanical contracting industry. Our newest resource, 2016 Benchmarking Data for Mechanical Contractors, is now available to all MCAA members free as a benefit of membership.
Tuesday afternoon offered MCAA 2017 attendees three very different learning experiences: the Student Chapter Competition that showcased future industry professionals, roundtable discussions that encouraged attendees to learn from one another, and a special session that brought the San Diego Zoo to MCAA 2017. Wednesday found attendees back to the business of education with a variety of sessions.
MCAA 2017 attendees hit the ground running with a variety of learning opportunities designed to advance their knowledge about new industry trends, technologies and practices. Whether they came to San Diego hoping to develop or hone their leadership abilities, learn new business growth strategies, explore new building technology applications, discover strategies and methods to attract new talent or take a step back and take stock, experts were on hand to share their insights and experiences.
MCAA 2017 attendees headed to this year’s Manufacturer/Supplier Exhibit in droves, eager to learn about the new products, technologies and services that can help their businesses grow, cut costs, save time, and reduce errors. They discovered how innovations can provide a competitive advantage, whether by increasing productivity or boosting bottom-line results. New technologies were also on display for inspection and hands-on testing.
MCAA sponsored the 2016 Construction Technology Report, produced by MCAA’s Technology partner, JBKnowledge. As part of our sponsorship, MCAA has now published a new MCAA-Focused report that segments out responses given by MCAA members and compares them to the rest of the construction industry. With this new report, MCAA members can not only see how their companies compare to other MCAA members, but how our membership compares to the industry at large.
Check out the very latest Smart Solutions case studies that spotlight MCAA mechanical contractors who found their “smart solution” by partnering with members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council. Learn how these companies found innovative ways to meet their contractor clients’ needs by improving productivity, cutting costs and saving time on the job.
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MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference provided world class, industry-specific safety and health education and outstanding networking opportunities for 215 participants. Attendees included occupational safety and health professionals from member firms and local affiliates, UA local instructors, MCA local executives, and others. Topic experts from around the country presented fifteen educational sessions throughout the three-day conference.
If you’re looking for a fabricator that will make consistent repeatable pipe cuts for a fraction of the cost of commercial cutters, check out the award-winning innovation created by Air Masters Corporation of Fenton, MO and described in a recently-released MCAA Management Methods Bulletin.
If you’ve hired a college student as an intern or a co-op, apply for a $1,000 Student Internship Grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). Hire another intern and apply for another grant. You can apply for up to two grants through the end of this year.
The 2017 Construction Employer’s of America National Issues Conference is now open for registration. This year’s conference will be held May 2 – 4 at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and promises to be one of the best and most comprehensive held to date.
Looking for your next great employee to groom and help you push your company to the next level? Well there’s a “bulletin” for that and you already own it as a free MCAA member benefit! But, wait, there’s more…
This report by MCAA Technology Committee Member Britton Langdon gives the pros and cons of the most applicable technology from the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) exhibit. It includes the latest in augmented reality, drones, cameras, sensors, mapping devices and scanners.
Thank you…two simple words, too infrequently used, arresting in their power. When a company’s culture revolves around saying “thank you” to its customers and employees alike, good things just seem to follow. Thank you, Jim Mooney, for reminding us!
On January 23rd, President Trump held a White House meeting with UA General President Mark McManus and other leaders of the Building Trades. On January 24th, President Trump signed Executive Orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
At the 2017 Safety Directors Conference, Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Construction Technology, presented the findings from the latest MCAA Technology Research Series on Safety Applications. The new study, produced independently by JBK Labs, focuses in on apps that can be used by companies to document, report, organize and even predict future incidents.
If you have an iPad or iPhone, it’s easy. Follow these simple steps to customize your MCAA.org experience by making, for example, the Safety Excellence Initiative or MSCA.org an app on your home screen.
MCAA is producing several new safety and health resources for members in 2017, including a variety of training materials and updates to the popular Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades and the Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published a new rule on Beryllium. The rule does apply to the construction industry, but it will have little effect on mechanical construction employers.
The Management Methods Committee has been updating and revising bulletins to ensure they continue to help you solve problems and answer questions that will keep your business on track, growing and thriving. Whether it’s a general business issue, a project management challenge or a technology question, a Management Methods Bulletin just may have the answer.
Four years ago, ANVIL made a new pledge to the Foundation of $100,000…this on top of the $1.1 million it had already contributed. Year number four of that pledge just ended; the fourth $10,000 installment just arrived!
The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) is again making available Student Internship Grants to all MCAA members who hire college students majoring in a discipline related to mechanical contracting. The grants are for $1,000, and MCAA members are eligible to apply for up to two grants during 2017.
MSCA’s Insights into Field Service Software webinar is now available for viewing in your own time. You can access it in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.
If you missed the February webinar of Plumbing Service 101, Plumbing Service Business Basics, it is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.
Mechanical Service Contractors of America is pleased to announce its much anticipated Plumbing Service 101 webinar series and workbooks! Each webinar and workbook module will focus on a key facet of operating a successful plumbing service business. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.
New HVACR chiller training courses are now being offered by the United Association Training Department in conjunction with Carrier Corporation and Johnson Controls through the 2017 Regional Training System. These courses will be taught by authorized factory instructors, incorporating manufacturer specific curriculum, and have limited availability. Admittance into each course is subject to registration policies by each participating manufacturer.
In the latest PCA Podcast, Armand Kilijian from O’Brien Mechanical in San Francisco joined Sean McGuire to talk about water efficiency challenges that contractors face in California. The conversation explored the city’s infrastructure inefficiencies, the requirements of retention cisterns, purple pipe and onsite water treatment and reuse systems.
This guide provides mechanical construction employers with the information needed to objectively select subcontractors that are committed to jobsite safety and health, and assist them through the process of establishing and implementing the programs, policies, procedures, and safe work practices necessary to consistently perform their work safely.
MCAA recently released an excellent safety resource… the MCAA Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers. This resource is similar in design to the association’s extremely popular Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades, and Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades.
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania (MCA of EPA) has made a $10,000 contribution to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $160,000.
Technology is making our world a better place in which to live and work, as well as transforming our industry. Find out how and why from the experts at MCAA 2017 (March 5-9, San Diego, CA).
Don’t miss the new short tech update videos developed jointly with BuiltWorlds for MCAA members. Stay ahead of the change curve!
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MCAA’s 2017 Field Leaders Conference (Denver, May 10-12) provides foremen and superintendents with the management and leadership skills they need to be effective in managing jobsite labor, other personnel and operations to keep projects on time, on budget and profitable. Act now while space is available.
JBKnowledge, MCAA’s technology research partner, just released its fifth annual report on construction technology practices. This year’s report saw a record number of responses from respondents across the construction industry, with over 700 MCAA members participating.
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The revised rule now allows service technicians to perform their tasks without fall prevention or protection systems, but only under specified conditions.
Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning for Supervisors is one of six mechanical construction supervisor safety training videos that are available to you as a benefit of membership.
This year’s Industry Improvement Funds Conference featured speakers who educated the group on the various roles that industry funds play as well as proper uses for them. A record attendance of 130 participants took advantage of the two-day educational offerings.
The ARCA/MCA of Ontario, CA has contributed $1,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing their total contribution to the Foundation to $11,000.
If you’re looking for a well-qualified student to hire as an intern or to fill a full-time professional position, MCAA has yet another resource to help you with your search—MCAA’s Student Chapter Contacts list.
OSHA recently released compliance guidelines addressing several provisions in its revised recordkeeping rule.
MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council, because who doesn’t need the best strategic supply chain to enhance your productivity and profitability! We know you already love the exhibits at the MCAA Convention, MSCA’s Educational Conference, the Safety Directors’ Conference and our Technology Conference. Now in addition you can catch the latest products and other offerings all year long!
Following a multi-year tradition, board of directors’ members for the MCA of Connecticut and the MCA of New England all donated generously to the MCAA PAC. Both associations are among the most consistent supporters of MCAA’s PAC and legislative policy initiatives.
Compliance is easy and cost effective for members with MCAA’s new Model Silica Exposure Control Plan for Mechanical Construction.
While nobody likes constant change, there usually comes a time for your company when you feel like you have to make a decision to stay with the same software or make a break. You owe it to your company to check out the new MSCA Field Service Software Report, released at the MSCA Conference as part of the ongoing MCAA Technology Series. It’s free to members!
MCAA’s Collective Bargaining Seminar aimed at improving bargaining relations, the effectiveness of terms and conditions to improve project performance and achieving the ultimate goal of improving MCAA and UA market share.
If your experience at the 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit inspired you to organize an MCAA student chapter, “Starting an MCAA Student Chapter” can help.
Four new silica safety resources are now available to MCAA members. The resources will help your workers protect themselves from overexposure to silica and help your company comply with OSHA’s new standard… Respirable Crystalline Silica. Affected employers must be in compliance with the standard by June 23, 2017.
MCAA’s 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit drew a record number of MCAA student chapter members, faculty advisors, contractors and local association execs for a Mile-High experience. New technologies, career advice, Student Competition news, a new mini competition format and a fabulous tour of a local brewery made for an over-the-top Summit to remember.
MCAA has released the 2016-2017 edition of its Tool and Equipment Rental Guide. The guide puts the latest comprehensive cost recovery information for commonly used tools and equipment at your fingertips. The guide is free as a member benefit.
Flat rate premiums for multiemployer pension plans increased by 3.7 percent, rising from $27 to $28, for plan years beginning in 2017.
For the eighth consecutive year, 100% of ARCA/MCA’s Board members have contributed to the MCAA PAC. Increasingly, MCA local affiliates’ boards are supporting the MCAA PAC, allowing MCAA to better meet the legislative challenges facing our industry.
Don’t miss out on MCAA’s safety training resources for supervisors such as the video, Making It Work: Safety Conflict Resolution.
EPA makes changes to the National Recycling and Emissions Reduction Program regarding the handling, use and sale of ozone depleting substances.
MCAA recently teamed up with the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention to help spread the word about the increasing number of suicides in the construction industry.
Sponsors of the GreatFutures 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit (October 13-15, Denver, CO) helped make this our best Summit ever. MCAA thanks host MCA of Colorado and these fine member companies for their generous contributions to this annual conference: CNA, NIBCO, Viega, Victaulic, Zurn, Murphy Company, U.S. Engineering and Milwaukee Tool.
For a Limited Time Only – you can enroll in the highly regarded MSCA Sales Masters Training Program without taking the prerequisite Sales Leadership Symposium.
An MSCA original – Sales Masters is the only service sales program available in our industry that is mechanical service industry specific. Sales Masters is now open for registration. Limited spaces available so don’t miss out and sign up today!
Register for the MSCA Sales Basecamp for new or entry-level sales personnel. Classes fill up fast! The program will be held May 1-2 in Philadelphia, PA.
Learn about Zika virus risk reduction and protective measures that you can pass on to your workers.
In our Tuesday TechTalk, @mcaageek Sean McGuire asks, “Are tablets replacing mobile phones on your jobsite?” What is becoming clear is that the importance of phones is diminishing. With a six-month payback period, more contractors are choosing to provide tablets to their workforce and explore their benefits and productivity.
MCAA recently negotiated an additional member discount for OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Construction Safety Standards Courses.
United Association Executive Vice President Rick Terven testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee on September 22nd on Chairman John Kline’s proposals to modernize multiemployer pensions.
The UA’s Director of Training Chris Haslinger and MCAA General Counsel John McNerney gave a 90-minute presentation to the Department of Labor’s (DoL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
Watch the fourth MCAA Tech Update, powered by BuiltWorlds, where we explore trending technology that impacts MCAA members. In this special episode, we focus on safety, where we explore the 2017 Safety Directors Conference, take a look at the new MCAA Technology Research Report on Safety Apps, and explore a growing trend of predictive analytics in safety apps.
Subcontractors’ contracts may include provisions that impose fines or penalties for subcontractors’ safety violations. MCAA’s Management Methods Committee has released a Management Methods Bulletin that explains how such provisions could impact a subcontractor and how best to avoid them.
MSCA’s Service Managers Training Program is now open for registration. This popular program will be held March 27 – 30, 2017 in Baltimore, MD.
MCAA hosted a new webinar on Tuesday, August 23 featuring Josh Bone, JB Knowledge’s lead researcher on the BIM to Field Software report. The MCAA webinar provides further detail of the 24 softwares that were evaluated in the third report from the Construction Technology Research Series.
The 2016 conference of MCAA’s Association Executives Council (AEC) was a three day in-depth examination of best practices in association management. Conference attendees examined and shared highly useful information and strategies on key topics ranging from building board relationships to unique new educational initiatives.
To better serve our membership, the MCAA Construction Technology Initiative is launching a new feature, a video series on updates in the world of construction tech, powered by BuiltWorlds. View our first edition now!
MCAA has now released its third installment of the Construction Technology Research Series with a report produced by JB Knowledge Labs on BIM to Field Software, free to members.
The effective/enforcement date for two provisions in OSHA’s recently revised Recordkeeping Rule — Employer requirements for “Employee Involvement” and “Prohibition Against Discrimination” — has been extended from August 10, 2016 to November 1, 2016.
MCAA Government Affairs Committee Chairman Bill Albanese and Committee member Jim Gaffney joined in support of the Foundation for Fair Contracting’s (FFC) challenge of an over-broad Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shield by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to withhold certified payrolls in a prevailing wage audit on a NASA job in Greenbelt, MD.
MCAA President Tom Stone did a terrific job representing all MCAA members in his address August 2nd to the UA General Convention in San Diego. Interrupted a number of times by applause, President Stone started strong by telling the delegates that “We are proud to be a union contractor and have been for 110 years since our founding in 1906.”
Planning to build or renovate a fabrication shop for your business? You may want to read through MCAA’s latest management resource, Factors to Consider in Establishing, Operating and Maintaining a Fabrication Shop.
If you’re seeing this page, then you know that the old mcaa.org has been replaced by a bright, shiny new family of websites to better serve our members. The sites you can see now are the publicly available sites. If you’re a member, you should have received an email on July 29th with new login information.
MCAA’s Board of Directors met July 15-16 to consider the association’s program and financial priorities for the coming year. The Board of Directors will next meet in conjunction with MCAA’s 2017 convention in San Diego, CA.
The latest regulatory notice affecting the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) provides 11 changes to the small business subcontracting plan procedures required of prime contractors on covered prime contracts ($1.5 million or more), the most significant of which is the subcontractor listing and payment protections. MCAA had testified in favor of protections.
MCAA’s latest management resource—Employee Reviews—provides information about how to prepare for and conduct employee reviews effectively so that supervisors and employees benefit from the experience.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has raised civil penalties for violations of its rules to take into account inflation since penalties were last set. The new Interim Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 1, will take effect on August 1, 2016 for violations that occurred after November 2, 2015.
MCAA’s technology partner BuiltWorlds summarized the hot topics presented at the 2016 Construction Technology Conference.
Josh Bone, of JBKnowledge, principal author of our Construction Technology BIM Software Analysis Research Report, conducted a webinar on its findings. If you missed it, check out the archived webinar.
The annual round of MCAA local affiliated association summer board meetings continues to bring strong support for the national MCAA Political Action Committee (MCAA-PAC). Lend your support to MCAA advocacy efforts by contributing to the MCAA-PAC by making a contribution today.
If a unique management idea helped your company overcome a challenge and improve your bottom line, consider nominating that innovation for the next prestigious E. Robert Kent Award! You and your innovation will be recognized during the Awards of Excellence program at MCAA 2017 in San Diego.
If you are considering hiring an intern for this summer and you haven’t yet lined up candidates, go to MCAA’s career website, MCAAGreatFutures.org. Over 200 resumes of well-qualified students from across the U.S. and Canada are posted and they’re eager to work for a mechanical, mechanical service or plumbing contractor to learn the business.
Timothy G. Wentz, associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, winner of MCAA’s highest honor – the Distinguished Service Award – and a three-time winner of MCAA’s Educator of the Year Award, became the 2016-2017 president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) during its annual conference in St. Louis, MO last June.
MCAA is honored that President Wentz will participate in MCAA 2017 in San Diego, CA!
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently issued two reports underscoring its multiemployer plan insurance fund’s precarious position, predicting that complete insolvency is more likely than not by 2025, if not sooner.
Last week, the Construction Employers of America (CEA), of which MCAA is a member, submitted a list of construction industry policies to the national Democrat and Republican Parties to consider for inclusion in their platforms during their upcoming conventions.
The Department of Labor (DoL) issued new rules pertaining to reporting by labor relations consultants and counsel relative to “persuader” activity, which were to take effect on July 1, 2016 but were stayed by court action.
Sixteen faculty members from as many universities came to the P1 Group, Inc. in Lenexa, KS in June for a very successful three-day crash course in mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems (M-E-P) – the 2016 Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium’s (MEAC) Faculty Training Camp. Thanks to MCERF for their financial support.
Construction Technology Conference gets underway in Indianapolis.
MCAA has just made available its Safety Bulletin with information about the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised recordkeeping rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The revised rule requires affected employers to electronically submit, annually, specified occupational injury and illness information directly to the agency. The bulletin provides information on key
Bob Bolton, a member of the MCAA Board of Directors and the MCAA Government Affairs Committee, discussed the recent Treasury Department decision to veto the Teamster Central States remedial benefit suspension proposal with Labor Secretary Tom Perez at a recent Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce event in Providence, RI.
A long list of House and Senate representatives covered a wide range of issues affecting MCAA and allied association members’ business concerns. Issues discussed included a new bill to stem payroll fraud stemming from misclassifying employees as independent contractors from lead Representative Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and federal Infrastructure funding measures by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Representative John Delaney (D-MD). The program concluded with an address by Sean McGarvey, president of the North America Building Trades Unions.
Former Congressman George Miller took charge of the pension reform segment of the program. He led an expert discussion of the alternate/composite plan proposal that MCAA and the Quality Construction Alliance are hoping to move through Congress this year. Mr. Miller and Randy DeFrehn of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP)
A Technical Bulletin just issued by the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB) concerns failures in seamless carbon steel pipe, fittings and flanges during hydrostatic testing due to changes in steelmaking practices by certain mills over the last five years.
As anticipated, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule – Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – is final and was published in the May 12, 2016 issue of the Federal Register.
The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation has received a $10,000 contribution from the MCA of Kansas City, raising its total contributions to $295,000. The Foundation Board of Trustees is very grateful for the generous contribution which will help support MCERF’s continuing industry education and research activities. Find out more about how MCERF is assuring
The Treasury Department’s Special Master, Kenneth Feinberg, rejected the remedial application of the Teamsters Central States’ pension plan to cut benefits in order to save the plan from even greater cuts due under the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation insolvency status. Feinberg said the remedial plan actuarial and participant age assumptions were unreasonable, the benefits cuts
About 180 MCAA members traveled to central Texas in early May for MCAA’s 2016 Fabrication Conference. Hosted by Dynamic Systems, Inc. (Austin, TX), the tour of the company’s fabrication operation gave attendees an appreciation of the company’s focus on process and productivity plus much, much more.
The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $5,000 donation from the Mid-Atlantic MCA, raising its total contributions to $41,000. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the contribution and the support of its ongoing education and research programs. Find out more about MCERF’s programs.
If keeping your plumbing service trucks stocked with the right equipment for the right jobs has proven to be more challenging than it should, then check out this week’s Plumbing Pod podcast. Ed Gormley of Gormley Plumbing & Heating (McMinnville, OR) shares tips for inventory management, standardized tools, and software that can be used to
As part of 2016’s Safety Week celebration, MCAA is presenting a webinar on Building Safety Engagement: How to Get Everything You Want at Work (and in Life) on May 5 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Led by Dr. John Austin, an internationally recognized coach of business leaders on safety and human performance, the webinar will
During the United Association’s Eighth Annual Tripartite Conference in Chicago April 26, MCAA President Tom Stone highlighted the best-value proposition MCAA employers and UA labor present for construction owners nationwide.
If your answer is “yes,” then plan to participate in MCAA’s next Construction Technology Webinar on May 12, Optimizing Fabrication with BIM, at 1:00 p.m. Led by Josh Bone, BIM Services Manager with JB Knowledge, you will learn how Building Information Modeling (BIM) can help streamline your fabrication operation workflows for those willing to make
If you missed Courtney France’s webinar on April 14 about how our industry is responding to the water crisis, check out the Plumbing Contractors of America’s (PCA) latest podcast, Water Crisis: Pushing the Limits of Building Water Conservation. France of France Sustainable Solutions and Sean McGuire of MCAA discuss the PCA webinar she led that
MCAA members met with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) on pension reform on April 21, pressing for positive action by Congress that would allow plan trustees the option to consider adopting new pension plan designs, if appropriate for their area.
The winner of the 2015 E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation – PIPES (Process Information Portal Enabling Success) – developed by The BP Group (Glendale, N.Y.) and ATX Advisory Services – is now available for MCAA members. PIPES is an innovative tool that allows a company to easily view the entire workflow of its
Samuel A. Shuman of Speer Mechanical (Columbus, OH) and MCAA Past President passed away on April 12. He was 89. Shuman, a graduate of Penn State University, joined Speer Mechanical in 1957 and built it into one of the leading mechanical contracting businesses in Ohio. He was active locally in the MCA of Central Ohio,
MCAA’s new safety bulletin on OSHA’s new silica rule is now available. The bulletin describes the key compliance requirements and also summarizes the entire standard, which was published in the Federal Register on March 25. The new standard becomes effective on June 23, but does not become enforceable in the construction industry until June 23, 2017.
The memories of MCAA’s best convention ever are now available on our photo site, mcaa.smugmug.com. You can view, download and share photos from special events or special moments with family and friends…for free as an MCAA membership benefit. To access the photos, go to the link below, click on the MCAA 2016 folder and then choose
James Benham presented the results of an MCAA – JBK Labs research comparative analysis of 3D scanning technology in the first of a multi-part webinar series on construction technology on April 7, 2016.
MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors program (April 28-29 – Brookfield, WI) will help supervisors understand how to coach, mentor, manage, and motivate their technicians. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive manual containing more than 100 forms and worksheets to use for day-to-day responsibilities in areas such as safety, operations, training, tools, and vehicles. Sorry,
Tom Stone of Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company, Inc. (Englewood, CO) became MCAA’s new president at the closing session of MCAA 2016.
Outstanding MCAA student chapters, an educator and students’ achievements were celebrated at the Annual Awards Breakfast on March 23.
The Annual Awards Breakfast on March 23, 2016 honored members’ sports achievements, exceptional safety performance, innovation and generous contributions to MCERF. Following the announcement of the winners of the golf tournament, tennis tournament, and Fun Run/Walk, MCAA President Steve Dawson announced the winners of the 2015 MCAA-CNA Safety Excellence Awards: Southwest Town Mechanical (Orland Park,
The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) has received a $5,000 donation from the MCA of Houston, raising its total contribution to $102,500. The Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the contribution which helps fund MCERF’s education and research activities that keep our industry growing and thriving. Find out more about MCERF activities by clicking
The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation has received a $2,500 contribution from Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating (Chicago, IL). The Foundation Board of Trustees greatly appreciates this support which helps ensure the continuation of our education and research programs. Learn more about how MCERF is helping our industry grow and thrive by clicking on
MCAA President-Elect Tom Stone attended a social and dinner gathering with faculty and student members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of MCAA at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) on March 8. Read the complete article posted on the MCAAGreatFutures.org website. Just click on the button below. Read More
Your Service Field Supervisor plays a key role that directly impacts your bottom line. MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors is focused training designed specifically for improving the performance of service field supervisors.
The OSHA standards courses listed on our website are now available online at a 20% discount, as a benefit of MCAA/MSCA membership. MCAA teamed up with ClickSafety to provide these top quality online courses. Learn More
The Department of Labor (DoL) has released proposed rules on Executive Order 13706 requiring direct federal contractors, prime contractors and subcontractors to provide accrued paid sick leave for workers on federal contracts at the rate of one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, with no caps below 56 hours per year permitted.
“Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career. You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better.” MCAA 2016 will celebrate the fact that, together, we have made MCAA better than ever. Can you think of a more appropriate speaker at our Opening Session (just two weeks from today) other than Peyton Manning? We can’t.
MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors program (April 28-29, Brookfield, WI) will help supervisors understand how to coach, mentor, manage, and motivate their technicians. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive manual containing more than 100 forms and worksheets to use for day-to-day responsibilities in areas such as safety, operations, training, tools, and vehicles. Sign-up for
The Piping & Service Coalition, a Western New York partnership of more than 50 contractors and nearly 1,000 highly-skilled union craftspeople represented by Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union No. 22, has made a $25,000 pledge to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), a first-ever labor-management contribution.
The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $5,000 contribution from Indoor Environmental Services, Inc. (Sacramento, CA). The MCERF Board of Trustees is very grateful for the contribution, which helps the Foundation continue its education and research programs that help our industry thrive and grow.
The John W. Danforth Company (Tonawanda, NY) has donated $50,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) for a memorial scholarship established to honor the Reilly Family. The Reilly Family Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in $5,000 annual increments to a worthy student for the next 10 years. The MCERF Board of Trustees is very grateful for the generous gift in support of future industry professionals. Find out more about the MCERF program, its activities and the support it continues to provide to advance the industry through education and research.
An MCAA-led industry group provided analyses to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Analysis (OIRA), and the Department of Labor’s (DoL) Wage and Hour Division as part of its efforts to obtain an industry exemption from President Obama’s Executive Order 13706-requiring paid sick leave accrual for those working on federal contracts-for employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement who are working on direct federal construction and federal facility HVAC service contracts.
The 2016 NCPWB Technical Committee Meeting (April 24-25, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra, FL) featured presentations about the latest developments in welding technologies, materials, equipment and processes. Brandon Boyd and Josh Wilson of Mathey Dearman, Inc., a manufacturer of pipe fabrication tools, explained how modern technology is affecting the productivity, quality and safety
MCAA, in conjunction with Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC, has released the Fourth Edition (February 2016) of its comprehensive inventory and analysis of construction industry multiemployer defined benefit pension plans for all 790 construction industry plans covering the 2004 through the 2013 plan years.
If the building your company is helping construct may face a water crisis, this Green Webinar – Water Crisis: Pushing the Limits of Building Water Conservation is for you.
Labor Department Wage and Hour Administrator Dr. David Weil released a new Administrator’s Interpretation 2016-1: Joint Employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).
The MCA of Chicago has recently completed its $375,000 pledge to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) with a final $10,000 contribution. But the association’s generosity isn’t stopping there. Recently, the MCA Board of Directors decided to renew its pledge for another ten years, beginning in 2017…in the amount of $125,000, raising its total contributions to $500,000!
UA General President Bill Hite and MCAA President Steve Dawson submitted joint UA/MCAA comments on the Department of Labor’s new broad non-discrimination and affirmative action requirements for federal and state registered joint apprenticeship and training programs.
The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $50,000 contribution from Mueller Industries, Inc. (Memphis, TN), the final payment on its $100,000 pledge. Mueller is MCERF’s latest Partnership Enterprise member (those who have contributed at least $100,000)! The MCERF Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the generous support which will allow the Foundation to continue funding programs that help our industry grow and thrive. Still thinking about making a donation? Click on the link below for more reasons to write the check.
MCAA’s 2015 Student Chapter Summit, which brought together more than 200 future industry professionals, faculty advisors, MCAA contractor members and local association executives in Cleveland, OH last October, made BuiltWorlds’ top 10 videos of the year. BuiltWorlds, a Chicago-based organization that promotes companies that develop technologies for the construction industry, organized an exhibit of vendors that displayed a variety of technologies that contractors are…or will…use on the jobsite and in the office. MCAA student chapter members were filmed testing the new technologies and discussing their features and applications with the vendors.
MCAA filed comments on the Administration’s Paid Sick Leave Executive Order (EO) 13706, which also is under an expedited path for final publication for mid-2016 and implementation in 2017. The EO would require direct federal prime contractors and subcontractors to provide paid sick leave (one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked) on a covered federal contract or subcontract of $2,000 or more. The minimum annual amount of leave is 56 hours, which can be carried over on an annual basis and reinstated after breaks in service of less than a year.
As the last year of the Obama Administration begins, regulatory activity is intensifying to get long-delayed initiatives off the regulatory docket and into regulations before the end of the legislative year to avoid Congressional suspension and review of midnight regulations. One issue concerns new and much more comprehensive affirmative action and non-discrimination regulations proposed for registered apprenticeship programs.
The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $250 contribution from the Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company (Englewood, CO). The MCERF Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the support which helps the Foundation continue its education and research programs that keep our industry thriving and advancing.
Members now have access to a full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide. This online version enhances the look and feel of our printed directory with digital-only benefits.