News

The recent influx of demolition and renovation on 40 plus year-old buildings around the country generates the need for our industry to revisit the construction health issues associated with asbestos exposure. In Part 1 of this multi-part webinar series, attorney Adele Abrams will address OSHA, EPA, and contractor liability as it relates to asbestos on jobsites.

MCAA and the Allied Trades Assistance Program are partnering to present this webinar on mental health issues in the construction industry, such as opioid addiction, suicide, depression, and anxiety. The webinar will highlight how work-related stress and anxiety have overtaken musculoskeletal disorders as the most reported workplace health issue.

In the fifth episode of MCAA’s Sponsor Spotlight series, MCAA CEO Tim Brink, welcomes Zurn Industries VP – Sales & Marketing, Richard Bledsoe. The Sponsor Spotlight Series is a new way for MCAA contractor members to learn more about the Manufacturer/Supplier Council (M/SC) Governing Board members, their products, their relationship with MCAA, and what being a member means to them. Join us on Friday, December 4 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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

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

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

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

Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content.

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

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.

Explore our industry’s most important safety issues while you connect with fellow MCAA members and our UA partners at MCAA’s 18th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. The conference will be presented online on January 19, and 20, 2021. The program features a wide variety of safety education, plus an exhibit. MCAA thanks CNA and Milwaukee Tool for sponsoring the conference.

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

We invite you to join the Withum SBA Financial Assistance Services Team for a discussion regarding the latest developments with the SBA Loan Forgiveness Application submissions on November 20th at 2:30 PM EST.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We know many students are currently busy preparing to wrap up their semester sooner than they normally would be. We wanted to extend the deadline for all scholarship and award applications until February 1, 2021, including Student Chapter of the Year and Educator of the Year applications.

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

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

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

Register Now for the 2020 Industry Improvement Funds Virtual Seminar

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

MCAA is now accepting applications for  the MCAA/MILWAUKEE TOOL Safety Professional of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led his or her company to achieving an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence. Applications are due by close of business on December 14, 2020.

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

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

November 16 Is the Last Day for MCAA Board of Directors Nominations

The future of MCAA is fundamentally linked to the quality of the individuals who serve on its Board of Directors. MCAA members who would like to be considered for one of three vacancies are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Applications should be returned no later than November 16, 2020. Candidates and their spokespersons will be scheduled for virtual interviews on December 8, 2020. Those who are selected will begin their terms in March 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content.

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

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

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

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

MCAA Board of Directors Nominations Are Due November 16

The future of MCAA is fundamentally linked to the quality of the individuals who serve on its Board of Directors. MCAA members who would like to be considered for one of three vacancies are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Applications should be returned no later than November 16, 2020. Candidates and their spokespersons will be scheduled for virtual interviews on December 8, 2020. Those who are selected will begin their terms in March 2021.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCAA National Committee Recommendations Are Due by November 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCAA Members Featured in ACHR News

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCAA Seeks National Committee Recommendations

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

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

Nominations Are Open for MCAA’s Board of Directors

The future of MCAA is fundamentally linked to the quality of the individuals who serve on its Board of Directors. MCAA members who would like to be considered for one of three vacancies are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Applications should be returned no later than November 16, 2020. Candidates and their spokespersons will be scheduled for virtual interviews on December 8, 2020. Those who are selected will begin their terms in March 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the new videos just uploaded; Don’t Waste a Good Crisis with Steve Thomas and Return to Work Screening with MCAA’s Pete Chaney. We’ll continue to add more videos each month so make sure to check back frequently!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medical Screenings During COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REVISED August 12, 2020

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

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

Law Office of Adele Abrams Newsletter – August 20, 2020

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

Arden Building Companies Named Among 2020 Fastest Growing & Innovative Companies

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

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

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

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Updated Building Readiness Guide

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

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

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

MCAA Featured in Article on Remote Training

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

8/17 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

JF Ahern Named ENR Midwest Specialty Contractor of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/10 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/3 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/27 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

Tim Brink Highlighted on The NEWSMakers Podcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

Brian Helm Featured on The NEWSMakers Podcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/13 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

Meet our first pair, Hannah and Kristin!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/6 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

IRS Announces Additional Guidance for Coronavirus-Related Distributions and Loans

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

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

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

6/29 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/25 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/22 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

A statement from MCAA President Brian Helm regarding George Floyd

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

6/18 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/15 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/11 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/8 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/4 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

National Service and Maintenance Agreement Extended One Year

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

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

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

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

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

6/1 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

A message of gratitude from MCAA to all our essential workers

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

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

5/29 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/26 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

5/22 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/18 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

5/15 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

5/13 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

Construction Employers Composite Plan Letter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/11 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

5/8 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

5/6 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/4 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

5/1 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

Members have access to a full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide. This online version enhances the look and feel of our printed directory with digital-only benefits. Printed directories will be sent to members in the next few weeks.

A&B 50-State Openings Tracker

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

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

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

4/29 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/27 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

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

Second Chance at Paycheck Protection Program Loan

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

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

4/24 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

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

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

Epidemic Rider For Negotiated Subcontracts and Response to Proposals

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

Re-Opening Buildings Safely After COVID-19 Shutdown

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

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.”

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.

Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content.
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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.