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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 is now accepting applications for  the MILWAUKEE TOOL/MCAA 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 12, 2019.

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.

MCAA is now accepting applications for  the MILWAUKEE TOOL/MCAA 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 12, 2019.

Find Out How Financial Decisions Impact Stakeholders at MCAA2020

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

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

MCAA Accepting Nominations for National Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARCA/MCA Continues Unanimous Board Support of MCAA PAC

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

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

A Technology Conference Like No Other

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

Learn How this Captain Survived a Hijacking at MCAA2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA-MCAA Conference Highlights Benefits of Labor/Management Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UA-MCAA Labor Relations Conference Convenes in Las Vegas

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

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

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

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

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

Angie Simon Is SMACNA’s First Female President

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

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

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

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

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

Hear from an Inventor and Technology Entrepreneur at MCAA2020

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

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

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 November 6 – 8 Field Leaders Conference in Jersey City. This 3-day conference offers them a chance to learn from peers around the country as well as from MCAA’s seasoned roster of instructors – many having been in their shoes! If you’re still unsure if this program would be beneficial to you and your company, all you need to do is check out this video…

Tech Conference Offers Innovations and Practical Solutions

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

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

MCAA Accepting Nominations for National Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give Your Field Leaders the Opportunity to Be a Better Leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find Innovative Ideas for ALL Members at the MCAA Technology Conference

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

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

MCAA Accepting Recommendations for National Committees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World-Class Speakers Will Take Center Stage at MCAA2020

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

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

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

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

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

Help Your Field Leaders Understand Their Impact on Profitability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Succeed Together at the UA-MCAA Labor Relations Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspire Your Field Leaders to Strive for Greatness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collaborative Programming Aimed at Labor-Management Success

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

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

Keep Your Field Leaders Ahead of the Change Curve

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

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

Smith & Oby Company Named 2019 Mechanical Contractor of the Year

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

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

Frank Schaetzke Receives Zurn Lifetime Achievement Award

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

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

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

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

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

Give Your Field Leaders the Tools for Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When you send your experienced project managers, project executives, and operations managers to the Advanced Institute for Project Management (AIPM), they return with proven strategies for making their projects even more successful. Registration is now open for the January 2020 class, and spaces are limited.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The AEC Best Practices Conference Highlights Tools for Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ashley Martin Is ASA’s Woman of the Year

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

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

Management Methods Bulletin Highlights Data Security

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

The AEC Best Practices Conference Is Open for Registration

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

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

MCAA Thanks Murray Company for Sharing Best Practices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Management Methods Podcast Highlights Career Development Initiative

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

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

Give Construction Workers Quick Access to Safety Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

Put Safety at Fab Shop Workers’ Fingertips

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

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

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

WiMI Conference is Sold Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCAA Congratulates Victaulic on its 100th Anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCAA19 Offered Outstanding Education

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

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

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

WiMI Networking Reception at MCAA Convention Well Attended

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

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

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

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

Ferguson and DEWALT Show Their Support for the WiMI Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

Katty Kay Provides Key to Raising Confident Girls

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

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

Carmen Bracho Named Student Chapter Competition MVP

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

Pittsburg State Wins Student Chapter of the Year at MCAA19

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

Blake Wentz Named Educator of the Year at MCAA19

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

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

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

MCERF announced the recipients of four MCERF Scholarships created to honor the industry leaders they are named after. The students receiving these scholarships were selected by our Career Development Committee for their academic performance, leadership skills, interest in developing a career in the mechanical industry, work ethic and technical abilities.

MCAA president Mike Brandt and CNA construction segment director Mark Wilke presented five MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards at MCAA19 in Phoenix. The participating firms were judged on the quality of their safety programs, innovative safety initiatives, and overall safety performance in 2018.

Student Chapter Exhibit Connected Members to Their Companies’ Future

During the Student Chapter Exhibit at MCAA19, students from top schools showcased their chapters’ successes and discussed internship and job opportunities with member companies. The connections don’t end there. Members can visit www.MCAAGreatFutures.org for year-round access to student resumes and chapter profiles. Be sure to take advantage of the website’s new job board feature to post job openings, with exclusive access to student chapter members!

Relationship-Building Was the Name of the Game at the MCAA19 Exhibit

Contractors continued to build relationships with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council while they explored products and services that can help them significantly increase productivity and bottom-line results. In addition to exhibiting at the Annual Manufacturer/Supplier Council Exhibit, our supplier partner members will participate throughout MCAA19, and at many of our other events throughout the year.

Justin Azbill Named Safety Professional of the Year at MCAA19

Justin Azbill of J.C. Cannistraro is the first recipient of the new MILWAUKEE TOOL Safety Professional of the Year Award. In presenting the award, Bill Hughes of MILWAUKEE TOOL said, “The incredible present-day emphasis on safety in the mechanical construction industry helped us realize the need to recognize the safety and health professionals that actually make the safe workplaces happen.” The award will be presented annually to the most deserving safety professional in the industry.

Day One of MCAA19 Offered Education, Competition

The first day of MCAA19 offered a wealth of education, from leadership and confidence-building to business growth and exit strategies. Members discovered new business opportunities and learned how to protect themselves from ever-present online threats. The Student Chapter Competition rounded out the day by providing a glimpse of the talent waiting to join our industry.

MCAA President Brandt Opened MCAA19, Noting that Success Comes to Those Who IMAGINE

MCAA President Michael A. Brandt opened MCAA19, saying, “MCAA is what it is today because we have made it that way TOGETHER. And we have gathered here in Phoenix…at the largest MCAA convention EVER…to celebrate our accomplishments this past year and to renew our commitment to each other and to our industry.” The convention’s Opening General Session on March 4, 2019, highlighted MCAA’s initiatives. NBA Legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s interactive presentation embraced the IMAGINE theme and encouraged students to find mentors. Another unforgettable president’s video rounded out the session.

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

MCAA’s long-time partner in safety CNA has extensive expertise in fleet and driver safety. The firm is sharing distracted driving prevention solutions with MCAA, including a guide on limiting driver distractions from cell phone use, and a bulletin introducing small business (bSafeMobile) and large business (FleetSafer) technology solutions for distracted driving prevention.

Fair or foul weather, driving always presents hazards. But winter months curse drivers with conditions that are far different than those they face during the summer. CNA offers these tips for safe winter driving and being prepared for emergencies on the road.

It’s all about relationship building at MCAA. Our Manufacturer/Supplier Council members are members of our association and participate in many events. Their
executives build deep and lasting relationships with many of our contractor members. So, look for them throughout MCAA19, not just at the exhibit, and at many of our other events throughout the year. Take the time to get to know them and learn how they can help you significantly increase productivity and bottom-line results.

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

To meet new, stricter Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) standards for how much silica dust workers could inhale, McGilvray Mechanical partnered with MILWAUKEE TOOL to implement productivity-focused dust collection solutions. “At a time when many manufacturers were still trying to figure out how to address this standard, the MILWAUKEE team was very knowledgeable with regard to the new requirements and were able to apply their knowledge of our business to their offered solution,” said Kurt Lewis, director of operations at McGilvray.

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) teams need high-powered digital work horses. While expensive, they are a necessary cost of doing business for any contractor that is working with BIM software. Managers without a computer science degree have a hard time making educated decisions when it comes to spending, but MCAA’s new BIM Workstation Report provides recommendations to help you save money and increase the productivity of your VDC department.

John E. Ahern, Jr., MCAA’s President in 1995 and Chairman Emeritus of the J.F. Ahern Company in Fond du Lac, WI, passed away on February 12, 2019. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by the entire MCAA family.

MSCA headed to Vegas March 3-5, 2019 for the National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference. This conference hosted hundreds of individuals involved in training the HVACR workforce.

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

Safety Directors’ Conference Highlights the Near Future of Safety in America

MCAA’s 2019 Safety Directors’ Conference included five general session presentations, including a presentation on the Near Future of Safety in America by Dr. David Michaels, immediate past Assistant Secretary of Labor (OSHA).

OSHA recently published a final rule modifying its recordkeeping regulation that required employers with 250 or more employees to submit recordkeeping forms 300 (log of work-related injuries and illnesses), 301 (incident report form), and 300A (annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses). The new rule eliminates the obligation for the larger employers to submit their forms 300 and 301.

Approximately 250 MCAA members were able to take home lessons from world class speakers and industry leaders on the tools, techniques and technology that can upgrade their operations.

You Can Still Register for MCAA19!

If you’ve been thinking about joining us for MCAA19, what are you waiting for? You can find all the event details and register online at our special MCAA19 website!

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

MCAA’s Advanced Institute for Project Management (AIPM) Class 15 took place last week in sunny Austin, TX. After six intensive days of studying everything from customer relationships and finance, to legal issues and operations management, to claims and how to avoid them, 32 individuals from MCAA member companies became the newest group of AIPM graduates. The AIPM is a once-a-year opportunity that prepares senior project managers, project executives, and operations officers for future advancement and increased responsibilities, providing them with essential senior-level project management skills.

To better serve our members we have begun converting our HVAC101 modules into WebBooks!

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

For the 16th consecutive year attendance at MCAA’s annual Safety Directors’ Conference increased substantially. The conference was presented last week in Orlando, Florida to a record crowd of 286 attendees, who enjoyed 17 educational sessions addressing the most current mechanical industry-specific safety and health topics and issues. They also appreciated several networking and team building opportunities throughout the conference.

Congratulations to our four finalists for this year’s MCAA Student Chapter Competition: McMaster University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Missouri – Columbia and Wentworth Institute of Technology. You can see the final four teams compete at MCAA19 on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these students’ insightful approaches to a real-world contracting bid!

DEWALT has contributed $15,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) noting a strong alignment between their education and career development goals and those of the Foundation.

We need your help to find a group of extraordinary people who make a positive impact in the lives of others, so please take the time to nominate one or more people in your company that you believe are deserving of this honor!

Sunday Morning Sports Events at MCAA19

Online registration is now open for the Annual Fun Run/Walk and the 45th Annual Round Robin Tennis Tournament and First Pickleball Tournament at MCAA19! If you’re a golfer, you can still add yourself to the wait list for the Annual Golf Tournament (using MCAA’s online registration system). Whatever your sport, making your arrangements in advance will speed your way to enjoying it!

MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) is now accepting applications for Course 19, which will run September 22-26 and November 10-15, 2019. Designed especially for senior executives from MCAA and MSCA member companies, the ALI’s prestigious two-week program helps participants develop the skills and resources they need to successfully lead their firms.

Sometimes it takes only a minute to take a look at your business and find some answers to the questions that have been haunting you. Attendees at the MSCA18 annual conference stopped by the podcast booth to take part in the MSCA Minute Technology Challenge conducted by JBKnowledge. 

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

The Management Methods Committee has released a two-part podcast in conjunction with the its latest WebBook on the subject of Developing Improved Labor-Management Relations.

MCAA congratulates University Mechanical Contractors for working more than 1 million hours without an OSHA recordable injury or illness.

The MSCA Sales Masters program is a highly customized program for intermediate to advanced HVACR and plumbing sales professionals looking to take their careers to the next level. The intensive nine-day program is designed to provide industry-specific training not found in any other sales program.

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

PHC News Names J.C. Cannistraro Contractor of the Year

Congratulations to everyone at J.C. Cannistraro, LLC for being named PHC News magazine’s Contractor of the Year! The company, which is a member of MCAA and the New England MCA, was selected for its reputation as a leader in modular prefabrication and a very early adopter of construction technology.

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

Shuttle Service During MCAA19

We will of course be providing regular shuttle bus service to all of our off-site properties! Each property will have a dedicated shuttle. Additional shuttles will be added during peak times, so you won’t miss a thing! If you haven’t yet registered for MCAA19, there’s still time to do so. You can find all the event details and register online at our special MCAA19 website!

OSHA’s recent changes to its recordkeeping rule also changed the way that employers must implement their safety incentive programs. MCAA’s new Guide to Safety Incentive Programs walks the user through what’s permissible, and why OSHA is requiring the changes. The guide also provides sample programs for individual workers; groups of workers, such as a crew on a single project; and both categories combined.

MCERF, MCAA’s non-profit Foundation, quietly and generously funds some of the most important initiatives benefiting the association’s members. This support is championed by MCERF’s 12-member Board of Trustees. You probably don’t know them…but you should!

E.M. Duggan Named Contractor of the Year by CONTRACTOR Magazine

Congratulations to everyone at E.M. Duggan for being named CONTRACTOR magazine’s Mechanical Contractor of the Year! The company is a member of both MCAA and the New England MCA.

The MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program is accepting applications from companies that achieved safety excellence in 2018. Applications must be submitted to MCAA by close of business on January 16, 2019.

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

MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry had a strong presence at this year’s MCAA Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ March 3-7, 2019. Check out the list of activities that were available to participants.

The MCAA-sponsored Construction Technology Report performed by JBKnowledge shows a trend to new software use in and a dedicated strategy that companies are taking towards R&D.

Register right away to participate in MCAA’s 16th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference and guarantee the special MCAA hotel room rate. This conference is the mechanical industry’s single best safety and health educational and networking opportunity. It will be presented in Lake Buena Vista, FL (Orlando) January 22-24, 2019.

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

Many construction owners, general contractors, and construction managers require affected companies to establish written lockout/tagout safety programs that minimize risk to their employees and ensure compliance with OSHA regulations.

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 2019 by the UA Training Department in conjunction with JCI, Carrier Corporation and Daikin. Funded by the ITF, these classes open to all service technicians.

Who knew that HVACR Service Technicians and NFL Quarterbacks have so much in common? Check out the Top 10 qualities that the two share!

MCAA partner in safety CNA recently published 10 tips to help prevent overexposure to respirable crystalline silica. The company’s one page Risk Control Bulletin … Cut Down Your Silica Exposure describes ten ways to reduce silica exposure while working in construction. In the mechanical construction industry, exposure to respirable crystalline silica is most likely to occur when drilling, cutting or boring into concrete, or working around other trades that are performing similar tasks.

Registration for MSCA Field Supervisors Training is Now Open

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

MCAA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Training Video illustrates how observing basic precautions prevents the transmission of bloodborne pathogens and related diseases, such as Hepatitis B and HIV. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts. In addition, MCAA offers a model program on the topic.

MCAA would like to welcome their 59th student chapter, Alfred State College. The Alfred State College MCAA Student Chapter is sponsored by the MCA of Rochester, New York. The chapter consists of Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering majors, and HVAC Associate Degree candidates.

Members of the MCA of Connecticut’s Board recently continued the long-standing tradition of Board support for the MCAA PAC. They join a long list of supporters who have provided funds to ensure that the MCAA PAC can continue its efforts to gain our members and our industry a fair hearing in federal public policy decisions.

MCAA recently learned that it earned a coveted 2018 Telly Award for its Workplace Violence Prevention and Protection safety training video. The video was developed and produced by MCAA to prepare pipefitters, plumbers, service technicians, fabrication shop workers, and office employees for the possibility of workplace violence. The Telly Awards winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world.

If you’ve ever wished there was a way to listen to Management Methods bulletins during your workout or commute, you’re in luck! The Management Methods Committee has just released its first podcast in conjunction with a new bulletin covering Business Transition Options for the Mechanical Contractor. The podcast is the latest innovation from the committee, which recently introduced WebBooks of its new bulletins.

Get Away to MCAA19

Wintry blasts already getting you down? Close your eyes and imagine the warm sun on your face, an endless sky above you, a club in your bag, a drink in your hand, and a breeze at your back – an oasis where you can learn, play, connect, and leave your worries behind. Come join us! See everything that MCAA19 has to offer and register online at our special MCAA19 website!

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

MCERF, MCAA’s non-profit Foundation, quietly and generously funds some of the most important initiatives benefiting the association’s members. This support is championed by MCERF’s 12-member Board of Trustees. You probably don’t know them…but you should!

Interested in seeing the products that will change the industry? A feature session at the MCAA Technology Conference will launch new products coming to the industry in 2019.

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

MCAA’s Rigging Safety Guide helps you deliver basic information about key safe rigging practices to keep your workers safe during rigging operations. Additional rigging safety materials from MCAA include a safety training video and accompanying materials and an Evaluator’s Guide to Qualified Riggers.

Women Leaders Shape the Future of Women in the Mechanical Industry

Twenty-five of MCAA/MSCA’s top women leaders and manufacturer-supplier executives met this week in Arizona to shape the future of Women in the Mechanical Industry. Excitement was evident throughout the event as the attendees shared challenges and inspiring stories of success and accomplishments in their own businesses. Through brainstorming and strategic sessions, the attendees discussed an array of programming options to help women in the industry advance their careers, network, share resources and mentor young women entering the industry. Attendees left the event with a renewed sense of community and a new network of peers. Stay tuned for additional information about WiMI events and programs for the coming year.

MCAA19 Features Learning Opportunities for All

MCAA19 features something for everyone, whether you want to explore business topics in depth, learn from others’ experiences, find your path to retirement, or gain crucial knowledge to ensure your business succeeds in the coming year…and beyond! You can find all the event details and register online at our special MCAA19 website.

Travis Voss, the Technology Manager from Mechanical Inc, was part of the keynote presentation at Autodesk’s Connect & Construct Summit, part of their annual conference, Autodesk University.

MCERF, MCAA’s non-profit Foundation, quietly and generously funds some of the most important initiatives benefiting the association’s members. This support is championed by MCERF’s 12-member Board of Trustees. You probably don’t know them…but you should!

Register right away to participate in MCAA’s 16th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference and guarantee the special MCAA hotel room rate. This conference is the mechanical industry’s single best safety and health educational and networking opportunity. It will be presented in Lake Buena Vista, FL (Orlando) January 22-24, 2019.

The Milwaukee Tool Mechanical Industry Safety Professional of the Year Award will be presented for the first time at MCAA19 in Phoenix, AZ. The annual award will be presented to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led his or her company to an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence.

MCAA’s Model Fall Protection Program can be quickly and easily tailored to create your company’s program. You can supplement your written program with safety training from these MCAA resources.

Within 90 days of adopting the XOi Vision™ platform’s field service management program See, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions (MacMiller) landed a huge national account, based in part on the company’s use of video technology. With See, MacMiller technicians can easily link video and photos to customer accounts through mobile devices.

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

As their final project, the 2018 ALI class was asked to address a major industry challenge: the recruitment and retention of top talent. Wait’ll you see what they did!

MCAA recently released the MCAA Guide to In-Person Safety Training. The guide replaces the outdated MCAA Safety Training Guide. The new guide provides tips for making safety training sessions more engaging, walks the user through initial and on site safety training preparations, presents the most effective safety training methods, and describes the most critical safety training topics for the mechanical construction, service, and fabrication shop industry.

Be an Innovator – Attend MCAA’s 2019 Tech Conference

Every year, new innovations help leading contractors get a little more effective, productive and profitable. Missing out will not put you out of business right away, but it will gradually widen the gap between your company and the leaders in the market. It is never too late to catch up. Be an innovator. The MCAA Technology Conference is the best resource for learning how members are using the latest tools, software, and processes to thrive in these changing times. Join us January 29 – February 1 in Tampa Bay, Florida at the MCAA Technology Conference.

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

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

Rework plagues owners, managers, and subcontractors alike. It is one of the biggest reasons for stagnant and declining productivity and steals hours, days, and even months from projects. In some cases, it causes such severe missed deadlines and budget overruns that subs fail to meet contracts, facing legal consequences or, at the very least, the potential loss of their good name and future business. Much of the rework that is seen as a “necessary evil” by subcontractors can be avoided through better collaboration and more efficient processes. With these tips from PlanGrid, you can learn the common causes and effects of rework—and avoid the need to fix what has already been built.

ARCA/MCA Continues Unanimous Board Support of MCAA PAC

ARCA/MCA Executive Vice President Dick Sawhill and the ARCA/MCA Board made substantial contributions to the MCAA Political Action Committee again this year. This ongoing commitment, along with 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 deploy on a non-partisan basis to advance key MCAA member interests on Capitol Hill.

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

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, design-build contractor Western Allied Mechanical, Inc. has been using Viewpoint software for over a decade. As a result, it has streamlined project management and processes—for example, cutting RFI response time from days to minutes.

3M Fall Protection has received reports that the aluminum reinforcement plate used in the seat sling on certain DBI-SALA ExoFit harnesses can become dislodged from the webbing. The aluminum plate can separate from the harness and fall, creating a potential struck by hazard.

OSHA recently released a final rule clarifying the agency’s crane operator qualification requirements. Affected employers are required to:

Train operators as needed to perform assigned crane operation activities;
Evaluate the operators’ performance; and
Document successful completion of the evaluations.

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

Wasted time and lost productivity are enemies in any welding operation. Many companies have seen significant productivity increases, without sacrificing quality, by converting from traditional welding processes such as stick or TIG to advanced wire processes, such as pulsed MIG and Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD®), a modified short-circuit MIG process from Miller Electric Mfg. LLC. These processes offer consistent weld quality and travel speeds that are three to four times those of stick or TIG.

In November of 2016 the EPA updated the Section 608 Refrigerant Management program. This ruling phased in changes over a three-year period. On October 1, 2018 the EPA issued a new ruling that will revise refrigerant regulations, again. Please take the time to submit a comment to the EPA letting them know that such a change could be harmful to the public at large.

MCAA’s recently revised injury and illness recordkeeping guide is now available to MCAA and MSCA members for free as a benefit of membership. Several recent changes to OSHA’s recordkeeping regulation prompted the revisions, which include new work-related injury illness reporting requirements, electronic submission of injury and illness records, deadlines for reporting, etc.

MSCA and its members welcome new chair of the MSCA Board of Managers, Kip Bagley and all of our new Board Members and officers.

This year’s recipient, John Gentille, CEO of MCAA, has been extremely instrumental in elevating MSCA and MCAA to new levels of excellence and providing extraordinary value to our members. The D.S. O’Brien was presented to John during the recent MSCA Education conference, held October 21—24 in Huntington Beach, CA.

This year’s recipient of the MSCA Everyday Hero Award was Ted Stutz, Director of Quality Control for Emcor Services/MESA Energy Systems in Irvine, CA.

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

iBusiness Technologies’ MobiliForms solution “saves the company in excess of $500,000 annually,” said JEC Service Co. Service Manager Sean Thurston, by increasing labor efficiencies in the field and office. Since the company adopted MobiliForms, field staff complete their startup checklists, project management records, work orders, and timesheets on Apple iPads® for instant transmission. Thurston estimated that JEC’s 20 field technicians save at least an hour a day using this approach, which quickly adds up to substantial savings for the business.

Sean McGuire Recognized as a Technology Adoption Leader

Congratulations to ⁦@MCAAGeek⁩ for being recognized by BuiltWorlds as one of the Top 50 Technology Adoption Leaders of 2018! MCAA is proud of Sean McGuire!

If your company could benefit from having a certified CPR/AED instructor on staff, MCAA’s 2019 Safety Directors’ Conference is the place to earn the certification. The pre-conference offering is free to members who are registered for the conference. The certification course will be presented by long-time MCAA partner Rescue One.

MSCA volunteers and the Convoy of Hope team up for the ninth year to give back.

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

Using KEY2ACT’s Connect technology to gather building data during a year-long retrofit project, Brandt found glitches in the products it was installing and was able to fix them before completing the work—without going over schedule. Brandt also uses Connect during commissioning to validate a building’s entire system at one time, which has proven invaluable.

MCAA and the UA Form Alliance

MCAA and the UA have partnered with the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) in a new alliance focused on building our national security by contributing to America’s infrastructure development. The groups will collaborate on workforce development, educating influencers and decision makers, and education and training.

Field Leaders Conference – Last Chance Until October 2019!

You’re busy. While that’s good for your company’s bottom line, your foremen and superintendents may be struggling to better man crews and may be facing burnout themselves. The Field Leaders Conference will help them recharge, step back and gain perspective from their peers and industry leaders. Bonus: they will learn the skills they need to put them – and your company – on the road to greater success. Visit the event website to learn more and register your team today!

MCERF, MCAA’s non-profit Foundation, quietly and generously funds some of the most important initiatives benefiting the association’s members. This support is championed by MCERF’s 12-member Board of Trustees. You probably don’t know them…but you should!

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

Over the past few years, a greater focus has been placed on employee health and wellness as it relates to the issue of sitting versus standing at a computer workstation. The number of sit/stand workstations is on the rise, causing employees to ask the question, “Is a sit/stand workstation right for me?” Working in the same location for hours can affect concentration and muscles, which can in turn affect work productivity. CNA offers this guidance on how to maximize comfort while working at a computer workstation and reduce pain and injuries.

OSHA recently released a memorandum to its regional administrators to clear up confusion about its 2016 recordkeeping rule changes concerning employer safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing. The bottom line is that employers are still permitted to implement safety incentive programs and require post-incident drug testing, provided that the actions are taken to promote workplace safety and health and not to penalize employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

If you haven’t registered your team for the Field Leaders Conference, why wait? The conference will enhance your team’s skills and put them – and your company – on the road to greater success. Bring your team and join us November 7-9, 2018 in San Francisco, CA for this year’s final Field Leaders Conference. Your team members will leave infused with a new energy for the year ahead!

MCAA is pleased to announce the Milwaukee Tool Mechanical Industry Safety Professional of the Year award. The award will be presented annually to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led their company to achieving an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence. To nominate someone from your company, or from another company to become the Milwaukee Tool Mechanical Industry Safety Professional of the Year, complete the nomination form and return it to MCAA by November 26, 2018.

Many construction owners, general contractors, and construction managers require affected companies to establish written excavation safety programs that minimize risk to their employees and ensure compliance with OSHA’s excavation safety standard.

OSHA recently updated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) to prevent trenching and excavation collapses. The program was updated due to a recent spike in fatalities from trenching/excavation collapses.

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

MSCA member company Arista Air Conditioning Corp, of Long Island City, NY, partnered with Convoy of Hope to help communities and people in need worldwide. Volunteering a total of 244 hours of work, Arista’s employees put their skills and passion towards a great cause.

Register right away to participate in MCAA’s 16th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. This conference is the mechanical industry’s single best safety and health educational and networking opportunity. It will be presented in Lake Buena Vista, FL (Orlando) January 22-24, 2019.

For the new Texas headquarters of a major worldwide corporation, Brandt Construction chose Viega for chilled water and domestic water—a “no-brainer,” because the company does nearly all its work with Viega product. “Viega is dependable, and Viega’s people in town support us really well,” said Craig Hawkins, project executive. “Pressing with Viega is tremendously efficient versus brazing or soldering. We’ve tried other similar products and had issues with them or the quality doesn’t seem to be as good as the ProPress®.

Are you planning to join us for the Collective Bargaining Seminar? Do you need a hotel room? If the answer is yes, then reserve it now—accommodations are filling quickly! This event provides focused education on negotiating techniques and constructive approaches to labor negotiations that will improve workforce performance along with contractor and industry competitiveness. Bonus: all participants receive a copy of the Collective Bargaining Guide and Legal Analysis.

Concerned About the Impact of the New Tariffs on Your Fixed Price Contracts? Read this Bulletin!

With the President’s decision to move forward with tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Mexico, Canada and the EU, MCAA’s recent bulletin provides useful information on potential approaches MCAA members can consider in attempting to recover price increases. It also includes a sample price escalation clause for future contracts. This bulletin is an example of how we are striving to make MCAA’s Management Methods Manual a more timely resource for MCAA members. Other recent Bulletins cover topics such as “2017 Tax Reform: Consideration for Mechanical Contractors” and “The Next Generation of Data Security.” These newer Bulletins are not only available to our members as PDFs; they are also found in MCAA’s new WebBook Library on our website.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) is honored to have generous and steadfast support from so many members across the MCAA membership spectrum. Here are some of the latest.

With just a few weeks to go until the 33rd MSCA Education Conference — you can find everything you need through the App and digital program book!

MCAA’s 2nd annual GreatFutures Forum, held in Anaheim, CA was a huge win-win for MCAA and student chapter members. The annual Job Fair saw 250 students from 30 MCAA student chapters network with representatives of 40 MCAA contractor and manufacturer-supplier companies offering jobs and internships. Everyone left happy!

MCAA/MSCA’s Tailgate Safety Talks for Service Contractors – Volume I helps you deliver basic information about the most common hazards mechanical service workers face on the job and how to avoid them.

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

MCAA Accepting Nominations for National Board

MCAA is seeking to fill four vacancies on its Board of Directors. These directors’ term will begin in March 2019, at the conclusion of the Phoenix convention. If you are interested in serving, contact your local association executive for details.

Since Muir-Chase Plumbing installed Zurn Retrofit Pint urinal systems in every bathroom across campus, Caltech is saving 6,056,130 gallons of water and $42,393 per year. Californians know the value of every drop of water, and the world-renowned science and engineering institute in Pasadena recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of water resources.

Students Glimpse GreatFutures in the Mechanical Industry

Our industry’s future leaders are getting a closer look at the field of mechanical contracting at MCAA’s 2018 GreatFutures Forum. MCAA President Michael Brandt welcomed everyone, and Career Development Committee Chair Jon Finch reviewed plans for the event, which includes a variety of education, the debut of a new Student Chapter Presidents Advisory Council, a job fair and a tour of Southland Industries.

Have you ever wished your field leaders were more focused on results? Would you like them to help grow your company’s profits and brand? The Field Leaders Conference gives them the skills they need to make those wishes come true.

Many construction owners, general contractors, and construction managers require affected companies to establish written crane and derrick safety programs that minimize risk to their employees and ensure compliance with OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction safety standard. MCAA’s Model Crane Safety Program can be quickly and easily tailored to create your program. It makes development and implementation of such a program as easy and cost-effective as possible.

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

For a recent retrofit, Arden Engineering Constructors knew that an accurate as-built assessment of the project was essential to ensure a smooth process, so they put their Trimble® TX6 Scanner and RealWorks® Office software to the test. The scan took one field worker about 4 hours, compared with an estimated 32-man hours for manual measurements—a labor savings of 90 percent.

Is your company searching for great young talent to insure its future competitiveness? MCAA’s new GreatFutures Jobs Board gives members exclusive access to the talented students in MCAA’s 50+ Student Chapters.

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

MCAA’s Student Chapter Competition project has been released to all participants. Student Chapters have been tasked with a proposal to be the prime contractor on the mechanical portion of the addition and renovation project of Indiana University’s Memorial Football Stadium. This year’s project details were generously provided by Harrell-Fish of Bloomington, Indiana.

Our Tool and Equipment Rental Guide is Now an Enhanced Web Portal!

MCAA members can now access our Tool and Equipment Rental Guide via an enhanced web portal. There you can refine your search to find what you need quickly. A list of all rates is also included. Regardless of how you view them, search results can be downloaded as either a .pdf or .csv file.

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

The role of a construction technologist has been emerging for MCAA contractors around the country as they try to incorporate new tools into their operations. To be effective, they often have to take tools not meant for our specific part of the industry and either modify (hack) them or find more artful ways to expand the purpose of the tools they currently use.

Close coordination with Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. is helping the mechanical design assist subcontractor Pan-Pacific/Murray Company (PPMC) tackle a tough job: building the NFL’s most massive stadium complex. At 3.1 million square feet, the Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park will house not just a 70,000-seat stadium but also a hotel, offices, retail spaces, residences, and restaurants.

SAFETY RECALL – Specified Lot Codes of DBI-SALA 16 Ft. Talon Self Retracting Lifelines

3M Fall Protection is issuing a Stop Use and Recall Notice regarding the 3M™ DBI-SALA® 16 Ft. Talon™ Self Retracting Life Line. The company detected a small quantity of these lifelines that are defective due to an assembly error. There have been no reports of fall-related injuries associated with this. However, defective units would not arrest a fall, resulting in serious injury or death. Your immediate action is required.

MCAA’s Electrical Safety in the Workplace Safety Training Video teaches your workers to recognize electrical hazards associated with HVAC units pushing 480V or less and perform their jobs safely. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Satisfied with Your ERP Software? We Need to Understand What Makes the Difference.

This Fall, the MCAA Technology Committee will release a new research report on enterprise resource planning software. We want to take it further though and get member input on their ERP experience. Please take a few minutes to take the MCAA ERP Survey and tell us how you feel about your software and what you would like change about it.

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

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

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

By working closely with Daikin on design and modeling, ACCO Engineered Systems successfully installed 875,000 tons of sheet metal, miles of condenser and hot-water piping, and 21 large-capacity Daikin Self-Contained air conditioning (AC) units on a fast-track schedule with no room for delays. The energy-efficient HVAC systems helped the premier $1.2-billion Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, become the first NFL stadium to achieve LEED® Gold certification.

MCERF, MCAA’s non-profit Foundation, quietly and generously funds some of the most important initiatives benefiting the association’s members. This support is championed by MCERF’s 12-member Board of Trustees. You probably don’t know them…but you should!

MCAA’s longtime partner in safety CNA is providing access for MCAA members to several of its disaster preparedness and recovery resources. If your company is planning to prepare for natural disasters and natural disaster recovery, these resources will be very helpful to you. 

Technology is making a presence at MSCA18 — learn about how we are keeping you connected, informed and educated at this year’s conference!

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

To meet an engineer’s demanding criteria for embedding hanger assemblies into concrete slabs for a new seven-story building, Wm. T. Spaeder Company used DEWALT HangerWorks™ software, not only achieving the difficult task but saving weeks of layout time as well. HangerWorks also improved the prefabrication process by enhancing labeling and reporting in Spaeder’s building information modeling (BIM) program.

OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard requires that your company establish a written respiratory protection program to protect workers who may be exposed to airborne concentrations of hazardous substances at or above established levels. MCAA’s Model Respiratory Protection Program can be quickly and easily tailored to create your program.

MCERF, MCAA’s non-profit Foundation, quietly and generously funds some of the most important initiatives benefiting the association’s members. This support is championed by MCERF’s 12-member Board of Trustees. You probably don’t know them…but you should!

This year’s MSCA18 educational conference will coincide with the 3rd annual Huntington Beach Air Show! Conference attendees will have the unique opportunity to get a prime-time view of the show, at no charge, from the conference hotel.

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

When the Centre Square commercial office complex needed a new cooling tower system, HVAC contractor Herman Goldner Co., Inc. turned to SPX Cooling Technologies to address the building needs, then brought in Erickson Incorporated to conquer the formidable challenge of installing the system in a busy, urban site.

The MSCA Discussion forum is a great place to get answers and collaborate with industry peers and experts. Check it out and see what kind of ideas you can share or knowledge you can gain!

To comply with OSHA’s Hexavalent Chromium Standard, your company must establish a “Hexavalent Chromium Compliance Program” to protect its workers who may be overexposed to hex chrome fumes. In the mechanical construction and service industry the fumes are generated by welding and/or torch cutting on stainless steel building materials, such as pipe and ducts.

With each new PM agreement having the potential to generate over 200% return on investment through repair work, you can’t afford to not foster this growth.

MCAA is hosting a webinar on the benefits of using electronic knowledge assessments for daily safety training. MCAA partner in safety ClickSafety, which provides OSHA 10 and 30 hour safety standards training courses for MCAA members at discount prices, will be presenting the webinar.

Remembering Larry Gunthorpe, MCAA Board Member

MCAA Board member Larry Gunthorpe passed away August 19, 2018 at the age of 58. Larry will be missed by all in the MCAA family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Janet and the Gunthorpe family during this difficult time. You can read Larry’s obituary and share your condolences with the Gunthorpe family here.

MCERF, MCAA’s non-profit Foundation, quietly and generously funds some of the most important initiatives benefiting the association’s members. This support is championed by MCERF’s 12-member Board of Trustees. You probably don’t know them…but you should!

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

For a record-setting continuous concrete pour, Couts Heating and Cooling, Inc. installed more than 20 miles of Uponor radiant tubing to create a thermal cooling system that would ensure the integrity of the concrete as it cured. Applying this new technique, Couts not only smoothed the way for this rapid, massive project, it also benefitted from the ease of installation. The PEX tubing’s “extreme flexibility made it fast and easy to install around the rebar in the base of the structure,” said Mike Martin, Couts piping department manager.

The MCA of Kansas City recently contributed $7,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). Impressive as that is…that is not the most important fact in this story. How long the MCAKC has been supporting MCERF is!

Under pressure to make up for lost time on a huge tunneling project, Shinn Mechanical Inc. used cordless Milwaukee tools to install Victaulic grooved couplings on an innovative piping design, shaving months off the original schedule. “Pairing Victaulic couplings with Milwaukee tools allowed us to finish a job scheduled to take eight months in only 10 weeks,” said Mike Shinn, company founder.

To comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, your company must establish a safety program to protect workers who may be exposed to chemical substances. MCAA’s Model Hazard Communication Program can be quickly tailored to create your program.

We are headed towards a crucial labor shortage in the building trades industry.  In fact, it is already apparent in many parts of the country—but there are things that can be done to combat it, and it starts with a shift in your mindset on how to tackle recruiting. 

John W. Danforth Company Named 2018 Mechanical Contractor of the Year

Congratulations to everyone at MCAA member John W. Danforth Company for being named Plumbing & Mechanical’s 2018 Mechanical Contractor of the Year!

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

OSHA recently released a document showing the most frequently asked questions that it receives from employers affected by its crystalline silica standard. MCAA and other construction trade associations worked with OSHA to establish the questions and accompanying answers through the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC).

OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction standard requires that your company establish a safety program to protect workers who work in or near confined spaces. MCAA’s Model Permit-Required Confined Space Program for Construction can be quickly and easily tailored to create your program.

Connie Podesta will join us in Huntington Beach, CA at the MSCA18 educational conference and show why #1 key to SUCCESS is the ability to get along with other people both at work and at home. Her message will both challenge and empower you with the knowledge you need to get along better with all the people in your life.

The 2018 GreatFutures Forum was the kick off for the new MCAA Student Chapter Presidents Advisory Council. The council is composed of MCAA Student Chapter Presidents, created to help advise the MCAA Career Development Committee of student issues and concerns, and be a resource for MCAA’s GreatFutures planning.

Recruitment and retention of talent is a relentless challenge for the mechanical contracting industry. But, what if you knew of an exclusive event you could attend, for free, and recruit top college talent? Would you go? What if we paid you?

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

MCAA recently released its new video… Aerial Lift Safety. This new safety training video for mechanical construction workers applies to scissors and  boom lifts.

If you’d like to learn something new but can’t spare the time away from the office, MCAA/MSCA/PCA can help! Our live webinars provide scheduled learning wherever you happen to be. And, webinar recordings are available on demand, so they fit your busy schedule.

The 2018 Association Executives Council (AEC) Best Practices Conference was an in-depth examination of best practices in association management. Attendees participated in interactive discussions covering a variety of topics over the course of the three-day conference including UA growth and apprenticeship initiatives, the local association executives roll regarding trust funds, and how to embrace and avoid the pitfalls of technology.

In a high-performance building, system integration is key. A balance between productivity, safety, good health, and energy efficiency is imperative. Failure to maintain one component may prevent the entire system from performing optimally. 

Looking to grow your company’s vision? Curious about best practices in deploying mobile devices? Needing ideas on how to increase your customer retention? Or have questions about building data analysis? We’ve got you covered.  

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

MCAA’s Fabrication Task Force visited Murray Company’s fabrication facilities, site of the 2019 Fabrication Conference. During the conference, Murray Company will showcase its 80,000 square foot plumbing, piping, high purity and underground utilities operations. Mark your calendar and plan to join us at the May 1-3 conference in Los Angeles. Registration opens January 15 and the conference fills quickly.

MCAA/MSCA’s new supervisor safety training video, Fleet Safety for Mechanical Service and Construction Supervisors, will help your supervisors understand how to keep drivers safe. Fleet safety is getting a lot of attention because motor vehicle fatalities, which are among the leading cause of deaths in America, continue to increase each year.

Can Simply Taking a Survey Improve Your Business?

MCAA is once again sponsoring the annual JBKnowledge Technology Survey. Although the survey only takes a few minutes to complete, the questions that it asks will make you consider the choices that your company makes regarding technology and the direction that you are heading.

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 Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) full endorsement.

Humans are programmed to respond to images, stories, and the rhythm and rhyme of music.  Brands like Facebook, Snapchat, Amazon, and eBay use online storytelling with pictures and customer reviews to build extraordinary value for their shareholders.  How can a commercial service contractor take advantage of these human tendencies to similarly build the value of their service brand? 

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

MCERF continues to receive generous financial support from the spectrum of MCAA’s members. Three recent, back-to-back contributions mirror the “Big Three” groups that support MCERF: Contractors (Arden Building Companies), Local Affiliates (MCA of Cleveland), and Manufacturer/Suppliers (Anvil International). MCERF wants to thank all its faithful supporters.

MCAA’s Asbestos Awareness for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video teaches your workers to protect themselves from the hazards involved in working around microscopic asbestos fibers. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

MCAA members are realizing the value of having talented, young interns work at their companies and the numbers are showing it! Data from January 1 to mid-July of this year versus the same period in 2017 show significant increases in both interns hired and MCAA members hiring those interns; 13% more interns hired by 18% more contractors. Have you hired an intern yet?

Registration for MCAA’s 2018 GreatFutures Forum is now open for MCAA Student Chapters! This year’s GreatFutures Forum will feature MCAA’s 2nd Annual Job Fair on Friday, September 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Your company must establish a hearing conservation program to help prevent occupational noise-related hearing loss when mechanical construction, service, and/or fabrication shop workers can be exposed to noise levels that are at or above established permissible exposure levels. MCAA’s Model Hearing Conservation Program can be quickly and easily tailored to create a company-specific hearing conservation program.

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

Have you ever eaten a corned beef sandwich from Zingerman’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI? If not, you have missed out on one of life’s greatest experiences. But there is a lot more than just bread and meat behind that sandwich. Zingerman’s founder Paul Saginaw believes that he has been successful in spite of the fact that he has limited natural talent and abilities because he has always thought that the only real limits are those of vision.

Be sure to save the dates for MCAA’s 16th annual Safety Directors’ Conference, which will be presented January 22-24, 2019 in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida. 

MCAA and the UA Partner on Women Build Nations Conference Event

MCAA and the UA will cosponsor a dinner cruise for UA and MCAA representatives attending the 2018 Women Build Nations Conference. Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative Steering Committee members will represent us at the event, which takes place October 12-14, 2018 in Seattle, WA. The conference offers opportunities for women in the trades and industry stakeholders to network and share challenges and experiences.

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

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

Marjorie Banda, a freshman in Ferris State University’s HVACR program, was the recipient of this year’s MSCA Scholarship in recognition of her scholastic achievement. In a thank you letter to MSCA Executive Director Barbara Dolim, Marjorie noted that, “Supporting females like myself in STEM programs instills confidence in women that indeed the industry does believe that women do have the potential to contribute to the industry.”

Last year, 126 MCAA members hired 200 interns and got paid for it. Midway though this year, 121 members have hired 183 sharp young interns! Would you like to hire one and get paid $1,000 for doing so? How about $2,000 for two interns?

Companies built to survive are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders are making today. At this year’s MSCA education conference, Mike Walsh, CEO of Tomorrow, will provide thought-provoking advice on business transformation and business survival.

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

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

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

For mechanical construction and service employers the most challenging part of compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is making a current Safety Data Sheet (SDS), for every chemical substance that workers could be exposed to, readily accessible to them at all times. Electronic access to current, mechanical industry-specific SDSs is made easy with SDS BinderWorks.

Kathleen (Kathy) McCauley was unanimously elected to MCAA’s Board of Directors this week. She is the President of McCauley Mechanical Construction, Inc., a full-service mechanical contractor based in Bridgeview, IL, In addition to serving on MCAA’s Project Managers Education Committee, Kathy is a member of the Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative Steering Committee.

Traffic fatalities increased by 6% in 2016, and 27% of crashes involve drivers talking and/or texting on cell phones. With daunting numbers like these, it’s no surprise that distracted driving is a concern for mechanical construction and service employers. These MCAA resources will help you address this concern head-on.

Introducing the Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative Page

MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry Initiative has a new home on the MCAA website! If you’re a woman executive or employee of an MCAA/MSCA member company, this page will keep you up to date on our efforts to enable women in the mechanical industry to further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA.

Are you running your business or is it running you? At this year’s MSCA18 education conference in Huntington Beach, CA, you will be able to discover the keys to faster growth, larger profits, more loyal customers and fewer frustrations through the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). This special optional program will take place on Sunday morning, October 21.

Contractor Magazine Features Organizations that Empower Women

An article in Contractor Magazine featured organizations that support women in our industry, including MCAA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry initiative!

The Plumbing Contractors of America held the first roundtable meeting in Chicago to help contractors optimize their service operations.

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

Steve Thomas, one of MSCA’s most highly rated speakers, will explore that one common thing effective leaders and cultures have that enables them to accomplish great things, in and through people. You will be challenged to rethink the steps it takes to create a culture in which people can come to work and be the best version of themselves and experience full engagement.

MCAA’s Mechanical Service Safety Training Video teaches your service techs how to protect themselves from the most common safety hazards in the field. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

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

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

Goshen Mechanical is billing on the same day as service, has eliminated lost work orders, and has increased customer satisfaction by adopting MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies. Cash flow has accelerated from even larger customers, such as hospitals, that now pay in as little as four days when Goshen times the invoice submissions to synch with their accounts payable cycle. “We should have adopted MobiliForms a year ago,” said Chris Gaffney, co-owner of Goshen.

OSHA’s requirements for laboratory evaluation of silica exposure samples became enforceable on June 23, 2018. All other requirements for construction employers in the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard became enforceable on September 23, 2017.

As a mechanical service provider, you are in an excellent position to utilize the massive amounts of data a building generates each day to grow your business and provide value-added to your customers. Learn how during the MSCA education conference, October 21-24 in Huntington Beach, CA.

Using Victaulic grooved mechanical solutions and Construction Piping Services (CPS) for a cramped mechanical room in a new luxury apartment building, Martin Associates streamlined its drawing and installation processes, reduced waste, and cut overall project costs by three to four percent. Martin successfully installed, tested, and completed the HVAC system at 525 West 52nd Street in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in a week and a half, staying on budget and ahead of schedule.

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

Targeted Programming for Women Professionals Continues at MSCA18

If you’re a woman executive or employee of an MCAA/MSCA member company and you’re headed to MSCA18, join us for a luncheon and discussion on Monday, October 22. This is a unique opportunity to develop some important connections! The event continues MCAA/MSCA’s Women in the Mechanical Industry initiative, a forum to enable women in the mechanical industry to further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA.

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

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

Restoring Wrigley Field was an opportunity for Advance Mechanical to install sleek Sloan products that allow fans to experience an efficient, hygienic trip to the restroom and get back to their seats to enjoy the game. Sloan was named the official Water Efficiency Partner for the Chicago Cubs baseball team in 2015.

Affected employers have less than a week to report recordable injuries and illnesses to OSHA electronically.

Dr. Peter Diamandis, international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competition and commercial space, will astound you with his predictions of change during the MSCA education conference, October 21-24 in Huntington Beach, CA.

MCAA’s Asbestos Awareness for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video teaches your workers to protect themselves from the hazards involved in working around microscopic asbestos fibers. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

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

Describing the Circulating Air crew’s first experience using Uponor products, Job Foreman Matt Fitzgerald said, “We were truly amazed at how quickly and easily we installed the tubing for the radiant heating and cooling system.” The Los Angeles-based mechanical contractor’s four-man crew installed 16,000’ of Uponor’s Wirsbo hePEX™ tubing in a new research building on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Using the radiant heating and cooling system helped earn LEED® Gold status for the six-story, 100,000-square-foot Edie and Lew Wasserman Eye Research Center.

CADDY and ERICO Brands Move to nVent

The CADDY and ERICO brands previously available from Pentair have a new home: nVent. The brands are part of nVent’s Electrical and Fastening Solutions segment, which comprises components used to fix, fasten and protect cable and wire systems. To learn more about the new company, visit their website.

Are you brave? Adrianne Haslet, who lost a leg during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, will share her story of bravery and determination during the MSCA education conference, October 21-24 in Huntington Beach, CA.

MCAA’s Electrical Hazard Safety Training Video teaches your workers to recognize electrical hazards and perform their jobs safely. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

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

With the ManufactOn cloud and mobile solution, TG Gallagher has increased and improved its prefabrication capacity. The TG Gallagher leadership team can keep tabs on the status of prefab work and materials at all times. The field team can monitor the progress of prefabbed items, request them as they are completed, and tag products to keep track of them. By integrating prefabrication into TG Gallagher’s supply chain, ManufactOn has helped them take the next step in the prefab revolution.

Whenever a new process, tool or technology is introduced to a company, there is always concern about how it will be used by the people in the field every day. At the Indianapolis Field Leaders Conference, UA Director of Training Chris Haslinger made a presentation about construction technology. His presentation included a survey which yielded some very interesting results from the end users directly.

Since 2010, MSCA has partnered with Convoy of Hope to deliver supplies and goods to a local organization in the city where the annual educational conference is being held. This year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope will deliver a truckload of supplies to Share our Selves in Huntington Beach, CA.

MCAA Members Dominate Contractor’s Book of Giants

MCAA members once again dominate the listings in Contractor magazine’s annual Book of Giants.

This year’s trench safety stand-down  occurs June 18 – 23, 2018. It’s purpose is to help employers protect their workers from trenching injuries and fatalities.

MCAA’s Excavation Safety Training Video educates your workers about when it’s safe to work in an excavation and when to stay out. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, confirming that workers understand the training concepts and following the company specific excavation safety program.

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

Hear the first woman to fly on any Department of Defense military jet demonstration team, Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF, Ret, at the Opening Session of the MSCA18 education conference.

Wire rope is a machine, and a rather complex machine. There are no precise rules to determine exactly when a wire rope sling has passed its service or expiration date. There are guidelines, though, to follow to know whether a sling is suitable for continued use or needs replacement.

MCAA’s safety training video on how to properly inspect materials handling equipment provides tips for conducting effective pre-use inspections that can be critical to preventing workplace injuries.

MSCA’s online Discussion Forum is the place to go to share ideas and gain insights into industry best practices. Join a conversation, or start one of your own.

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

Hundreds of contractors from across the U.S. and Canada traveled to Buffalo for the Fabrication Conference (May 9 – 11, 2018). The conference, which focused on cutting-edge fabrication applications, included tours of three John W. Danforth Company fabrication facilities. “Hosting this national conference was an honor for us,” said Robert Beck, Danforth president and a member of the MCAA board of directors. “At Danforth, we have always aimed to stay at the leading edge of our industry, so we were excited to showcase our workforce and the work that we do.”

Using Connect, a data collection and analysis solution powered by KEY2ACT, Tozour Energy Systems can pinpoint and even fix customers’ HVAC problems remotely, saving time and money. When Tozour’s technicians go on site, Connect helps them more accurately diagnose problems so they know exactly what they are looking for when they arrive. “They’re not wasting their time or the client’s time and money looking around for problems that don’t exist,” said Tozour’s Executive Vice President Frank Rhea.

MCAA Releases In-Depth Risk Analysis of Alternative Retirement Plan Designs WebBook

In response to a request from the MCAA Board of Directors following discussion of the stalled legislative proposal allowing new Composite Plan options, Horizon Actuarial Services provided an in-depth analysis of Alternative Retirement Plan Designs. The report, authored by actuaries Cary Franklin and Jonathan Feldman, offers a general risk-factor analysis for plan trustees to consider in any more in-depth analysis of particular plan circumstances and plan design options. It focuses on six areas: 1) traditional defined benefit (DB) plans; 2) variable DB plans; 3) cash balance plans; 4) money purchase plans; 5) profit sharing plans; and, 6) proposed new composite plans (not yet enacted into law). Cary Franklin will be making a presentation on this analysis at the National Issues Conference.

Last year, 126 MCAA member firms hired 200 interns and got paid for it; this year’s trending higher! Want to hire that sharp young intern(s)? NOW is the time to act. MCAA’s foundation, MCERF, will pay you up to $2,000 to hire college interns. It’s true and it’s easy…read on to find out how.

MCAA and the United Association filed a joint brief in the Velox Express, Inc. case pending before the National Labor Relations Board. The organizations voiced support for an NLRB Administrative Law Judge’s opinion that worker misclassification itself is an independent violation of workers’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The act includes provisions barring employer interference, restraints or coercion with respect to a worker’s right to engage in protected concerted activity.

MCAA first published its Guide to Silica Safety three years before OSHA promulgated its Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard. The association recently revised the guide to make it consistent with the OSHA rule.

Affected employers in all 26 OSHA state plan states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are now required to comply with OSHA’s 2016 recordkeeping rule changes. The changes require all affected employers to electronically submit data on recordable injuries and illnesses to OSHA.

The MSCA educational conference is scheduled for October 21 – 24 at the oceanfront Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA. Registration now open!

The MCAA member firms that participated in this year’s Safety Statistics and Awards Program are much safer than most mechanical construction firms in the industry.

Safety Week, a celebration of safe work practices by national and global construction firms, takes place this week. While MCAA applauds the focus on safe work practices that this special week brings to all construction firms, safety is a top priority for MCAA and its members throughout each year. MCAA and long-time safety partner CNA develop and produce world-class safety resources for members. The resources are readily available to you to help you celebrate safety week, and keep your workers safe throughout the year. And, they are free to MCAA/MSCA members as a benefit of membership.

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

Instead of uploading photos from jobsites manually and trying to keep them organized and accessible, contractors are using the FotoIN mobile application to streamline the process, saving time and improving productivity. Users have found FotoIN easy to use in the field and in the office and report that it works well with other office systems.

The 2018 MCAA Student Competition brought together future leaders of our industry on the main stage of the convention. The four finalists presented their plans to the on-stage judges and fielded a series of demanding questions. Missed the competition or want a second view? Watch the competition video from start to finish.

The Plumbing Contractors of America (PCA), a subsidiary of the MCAA is beta-testing a new seminar for members that perform plumbing service this summer in Chicago. The one-day roundtable plans to help contractors learn from other plumbing members ways to optimize their service operations.

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

With fast installation as high a priority as efficient cooling, Herakles Data of Sacramento, CA, chose pre-engineered, pre-assembled Daikin Modular Central Plants to meet their cooling demands. “Our number-one requirement in selecting a new system was speed,” said Laurence Stancil, director of facilities at Herakles Data. “The new cooling system had to be installed and operating as fast as possible, with minimal interruption.”

Want Your Field Leaders to Become Business and Results-Oriented Managers? This Conference is for Them!

Being a mechanical contractor in today’s market is as challenging as it has ever been. Technology and innovation are evolving at a rapid pace and it is imperative that we make every effort to assure all of our people are trained and educated to keep pace. This particularly holds true for your field personnel who are on the front lines daily. MCAA’s Field Leaders Conference will provide them with the training they need.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently revised its standard for electrical safety in the workplace. NFPA 70E – 2018 requires affected employers to establish a written program for electrical safety in the workplace. MCAA’s Model Electrical Safety in the Workplace Program can be quickly and easily tailored to meet your company’s specific electrical safety applications.

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

Faced with the possibility of losing money on a building expansion project, Braconier Mechanical and Plumbing found that using Viega products was an easy way to trim costs. The ease of installation with the Viega press approach cut installation time dramatically, bringing costs back under control. In addition, Viega turned out to be a better choice for a job where the original specs called for threading pipe.

Introducing MCAA’s newest safety resource… Model Lockout/Tagout Program for Electrical Safety. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently revised its standard for electrical safety in the workplace. The most current version of the standard is NFPA 70E – 2018. This version imposes a new requirement concerning lockout/tagout of electrical energy sources. Affected employers must now establish a written lockout/tagout program specifically for electrical safety.

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

The construction industry’s multiemployer defined benefit pension system is showing signs of resilience, according to the recently revised Inventory of Construction Industry Pension Plans, MCAA and Horizon Actuarial Services’ groundbreaking analysis of historical trends in pension plans’ key operating data. Roughly 75% of all construction industry multiemployer plans are projected to be fully funded within 15 years according to the inventory, which is based on the annual reports (Form 5500) filed with the Labor and Treasury Departments for Plan Years 2006 through 2015.

Construction Safety Week is an annual industry wide-education and awareness event. The Mission of Safety Week is to, “collectively raise the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week.” For MCAA Construction Safety Week is a year-long commitment.

Iowa State Wins Student Chapter of the Year at MCAA18

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

Brad Perkins Named Educator of the Year at MCAA18

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

Four new student chapters received their charters during MCAA18, bringing the total number of student chapters to 57. Jon Finch, Chair of MCAA’s Career Development Committee, was on hand to present the charters to the Robert Morris University Chapter of the MCAA, Indiana State University Student Chapter of the MCAA, MCAA Student Chapter at Auburn University, and CPMCA Student Chapter at the University of Southern California.

Women in the Mechanical Industry Presented Inaugural Scholarships at MCAA18

Anna Rowe, a junior from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Sarah Drummey, a senior from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, each received a $5,000 Women in the Mechanical Industry scholarship. The scholarships, which were presented by Women in the Mechanical Industry Co-Chair Jaimi Lomas, who is also Chair of MSCA, recognize the students’ exceptional scholastic achievement and leadership skills. Women in the Mechanical Industry is a new forum to further enrich the careers of women in the industry through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA.

MCERF announced the recipients of four MCERF Scholarships created to honor the industry leaders they are named after. The students receiving these scholarships were selected by our Career Development Committee for their exceptional academic performance, leadership skills, interest in developing a career in the mechanical industry, work ethic and technical abilities.

MCERF Inducted Sloan Valve into its Partnership Enterprise at MCAA18

MCERF inducted Sloan Valve Company as a Partnership Enterprise member of the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation. The Partnership Enterprise consists of those who have contributed over $100,000 to the foundation. In recognition of their very generous investment in MCERF, Sloan received a crystal commemorative plate. Parthiv Amin, Chief of Sales and Marketing Officer for Sloan accepted the honor on behalf of company President and CEO Jim Allen.

New Local Affiliate Welcomed at MCAA18

MCAA presented a charter to its 86th local affiliated association at MCAA18. The charter for the Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York was accepted by ACP President Reed Rickman, Member Salih Alti, and Executive V.P. Terry O’Brien.

Close coordination with Carrier on a “just-in-time” delivery schedule is helping CFI Mechanical keep a Houston school renovation project on track while saving the contractor installation time and costs. By using Carrier HVAC systems, CFI mechanical is also meeting the school’s energy-efficiency goals.

The MCAA-sponsored 2017 Construction Technology Report by JBKnowledge took an in-depth look at how the construction industry utilizes technology, software and IT. This week, MCAA released an “MCAA Focused” Report that analyzed the responses of MCAA and MSCA members. It looked at how MCAA members use and estimate BIM costs, track productivity, and emerging tech tools.

MCAA president Greg Fuller, and  CNA construction segment director Mark Wilke presented five MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards at MCAA18 in San Antonio, Texas. 

MCAA’s Heavy Equipment Safety Training Video reminds your workers that awareness is key to accident prevention when they are working around heavy equipment. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

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

When Cannistraro, Boston’s largest mechanical contractor, needed a drain system for their own new fabrication and manufacturing facility, they turned to Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.® for a solution that was delivered on a just-in-time basis to avoid the need for storage and was easy to install quickly. The level of service Smith provided cemented Cannistraro’s decision to name Smith their supplier of choice.

Hackers Cripple Boeing with Ransomware

Nick Espinosa, Chief Security Fanatic and featured speaker at the upcoming MSCA18 Conference, gives a quick update about what happened and how MCAA and MSCA contractors are often targeted as access points for larger corporations. Update and patch your software so that you are not the easy prey for criminal hackers.

MCAA18 Focused on Education

MCAA, the Education Association, provided a variety of educational offerings during MCAA18 to advance members’ knowledge about new industry trends, technologies and practices. Whether they needed to develop or hone their leadership abilities, learn new business growth strategies, explore new building technology applications, discover strategies and methods to attract new talent or take a step back and take stock, experts on these topics and much, much more shared their insights and experiences. The goal of all MCAA18 sessions, and everything we do at MCAA, is to help you and your company succeed.

Achievements Were Honored at MCAA18

MCAA honored our members’ and future professionals’ achievements throughout the year and at MCAA18 with a variety of awards presented at our annual Awards of Excellence Breakfast. Congratulations to all of the award winners!

Michael A. Brandt Became MCAA’s President at the Close of MCAA18

Michael A. Brandt became MCAA’s President at the conclusion of MCAA18. He is the President & CEO of The Smith & Oby Company, a full-service mechanical and plumbing contractor located in Walton Hills, Ohio. Michael was elected to the MCAA Board of Directors in 2010. On a personal note, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Tina, and his two grown children, Matthew and Erica. He also enjoys golfing and traveling.

Thank you for joining us in San Antonio for MCAA18! The best MCAA convention ever gave us the best photos ever! You can view, download and share great memories of our time together by visiting our SmugMug site. Best of all, they’re free! Ready to make new memories? See You in Scottsdale! MCAA19 is March 3-7, 2019 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge.

Curious About Wednesday’s Happenings at MCAA18? Check Out Our Daily Recap!

Enjoy this recap of Wednesday’s activities at MCAA18!

There’s Valuable and Timely Information in MCAA’s New WebBook Library

MCAA members can now access some of our more recent bulletins on current topics from their desktop computers on our new WebBook platform. You will be able to read new Management Methods Bulletins, take notes, print sections, and share with colleagues. And most importantly, when we have updated content, unlike a downloaded pdf, our WebBooks will be updated behind the scenes while your notes are preserved securely on your computer.

Relationship-Building Was the Name of the Game at the MCAA18 Exhibits

Contractors continued to build relationships with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council and student chapter members during the annual exhibits. The Annual Manufacturer/Supplier Council Exhibit highlighted well-known products and services as well as solutions that are just emerging to take on the anticipated challenges that lie ahead. The Student Chapter Exhibit provided members with another opportunity to meet students seeking their Great Futures in our industry.

Curious About What Else Happened on Monday? Check Out Our Daily Recap!

Enjoy this recap of Monday’s activities at MCAA18! Additional videos are coming soon!

MCAA Kicked Off Targeted Programming for Women Professionals at MCAA18

Our association’s leading women kicked off our Women in the Mechanical Industry forum with a networking reception. During the event, women learned how the forum will further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA. Women in the Mechanical Industry also sponsored a special session on two proven career advancement strategies measured to have the strongest payoff for women professionals.

The team from Colorado State University won the final round of the Student Chapter Competition at MCAA18, taking home the first prize and $10,000 for their efforts. Their proposal for the renovation of a New York City steakhouse beat out proposals from the Fairleigh-Dickinson University, the University of Washington and the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

MCAA President Fuller Opened MCAA18, Noting We Are ALL IN for the Future

MCAA President Greg Fuller opened MCAA18, saying “The amazing members of this Association never fail to go ALL IN. Each and every single one of you. We are the most involved, most dedicated, most generous membership anywhere, and have been for some time. And as a result, as an association, and as an industry, we are now seeing – we are now living – the benefits.” The convention’s Opening Session on March 26, 2018, included a presentation by Bestselling Author Malcolm Gladwell and the ever-popular president’s video.

At an idea sharing session at the 2017 MCAA Technology Conference, this simple idea was the winning solution. Some MCAA members are using inexpensive gaming keyboards to program shortcuts in BIM. In this video, Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Construction Technology interviews DeWalt’s Josh Bone to learn more about this solution.

Looking for new talent to secure your company’s future? Hoping to connect during MCAA18? Start your research at MCAAGreatFutures.org. A new search option helps you easily narrow your search to those candidates who are joining us at MCAA18. Look for it to the left of the Search by Keyword area, click the circle to select it and hit submit. Be sure to check back often…more students are adding their resumes daily.

The MCAA18 App Is Here!

Put the convention at your fingertips with the MCAA18 App! Find it with the keyword MCAA18 in the Apple App or Google Play stores or click the buttons below to download the app to your smart phone. Convention attendees have received an email with the password needed to view the app’s attendee list.

MCAA’s Accident Investigation for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video provides your supervisors with step-by-step instruction on how to conduct a thorough accident investigation. It also helps them understand why accident investigations are so valuable. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in documenting worker training and establishing an effective accident investigation program for each project.

MCERF’s Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT), a free Revit add-in to analyze and document MEP spaces for congestion and complexity, will be demonstrated in an education session at MCAA18.

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

To speed the design and fabrication workflow for a customer’s research facility build, North Mechanical Contracting & Service used Trimble® systems, saving an estimated $1 million in costs and cutting by 400 percent the time that would have been needed for traditional materials takeoff tasks. The project required North Mechanical to generate material takeoffs and fabricate all mechanical and plumbing components for a laboratory building in south-side Indianapolis, IN. It represents the company’s largest fabrication contract to date for one of the area’s largest manufacturers.

Last year, 126 MCAA member firms hired 200 interns and got paid for doing so. Were you one of them? If not, don’t repeat that mistake in 2018. MCAA’s foundation, MCERF, will pay MCAA members up to $2,000 to hire college interns. It’s true and it’s easy…read on to find out how.

Arista Air Conditioning Corporation announced an exciting new partnership with XOi Technologies that adds an unprecedented level of transparency about HVAC repairs and service to the business/client relationship through the use of cutting-edge technology.

It’s all about relationship building. At MCAA, our Manufacturer/Supplier Council members are members of our association. Their executives build deep and lasting relationships with many of our contractor members. So, look for them throughout MCAA18, not just at the exhibit, and at many of our other events throughout the year. Take the time to get to know them and learn how they can help you significantly increase productivity and bottom-line results.

MSCA’s new and improved Discussion Forum is “live” on our website! We listened to your feedback and made some changes to the Discussion Forum so that it’s easier to use, more engaging and full of useful topics with feedback from MSCA’s expert committee members and peers.

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

MCAA’s Welding and Cutting Safety Training Video will teach your workers about the most common hazards of welding and cutting, and how to protect themselves from those hazards. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

MCAA’s Scaffold Safety Training Video will teach your workers to protect themselves from the hazards inherent in working at heights on both mobile and stationary frame scaffolding. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Get Your Copy of the MCAA18 Final Program!

The MCAA18 Final Program is now available for download. Inside, you’ll find all the details about what’s planned, including world-class education sessions and outstanding keynote speakers. Plus, you’ll learn more about the exhibits and top-notch social events that will let you build relationships with industry peers. So, download your copy today! We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!

The latest report in the Technology Research Series goes in depth on the capabilities of Microsoft’s mixed reality headset. In addition to detailing the hardware and the capabilities, it demonstrates how mechanical contractors are using it today to gain an advantage.

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

MSCA Connect DATELINE Jan/Feb 2018

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

Looking for practical, proven approaches to protecting your company’s bottom line? Paul Stynchcomb and Doug Patin will provide them at MCAA18. Their insights and advice will help you maintain your company’s profitably regardless of unforeseen circumstances.

The 2018 Edition of MCAA’s Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime features new material that clarifies the process of selecting labor inefficiency factors. A new chapter devoted to the subject of concurrent delay has also been added. This resource is a must-have for mechanical and other specialty contractors, attorneys in construction practices and consultants.

Local Affiliate Boards Continue to Support the MCAA PAC

All members of the MCA of Detroit’s Board of Directors recently contributed to the MCAA PAC, continuing a long-held tradition of unanimous Board support. The boards of the MCA of Connecticut, M&SCA of Eastern Pennsylvania, MCA of Houston, ARCA/MCA, CPMCA, New England MCA and MCA of South Florida also contributed to the MCAA PAC recently, as have the members of many Peer Groups. This support enables the MCAA PAC to gain MCAA members and our industry a fair hearing in federal public policy decisions.

MCAA’s Respiratory Protection Safety Training Video will teach your workers to protect themselves from certain types and concentrations of airborne hazards using air-purifying respirators.. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts. Need to create a customized respiratory safety program? The related model program makes it easy!

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

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released its latest standard covering electrical safety in the workplace. The most current version of the standard, which is on a 3-year revision cycle, is NFPA 70E – 2018. MCAA has prepared a safety bulletin covering the key changes that affect mechanical service workers who are working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less.

Program Starts April 15, 2018. Some awesome news to take the highly regarded MSCA Sales Masters program now! For a Limited Time Only – you can enroll in the Sales Masters Training Program without taking the prerequisite Sales Leadership Symposium. Also, many local MCA chapters are subsidizing part of the cost of this amazing program, so check with your local chapter for details!

Course 18 of MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) is fully subscribed at 36 participants. Course 18 dates are September 23-27 and November 4-9, 2018. A wait list is currently available, and wait list applicants who do not make it into Course 18 will be given early preference for Course 19.

Looking for the light at the end of the tax reform tunnel? Anthony Nitti will give you the “Nitti-Gritty” on the new tax reform act at MCAA18. His insights and analyses will show you how the changes in the tax law affect your company and your customers.

MCAA’s Lockout/Tagout Safety Training Video will teach your workers to protect themselves from hazards associated with stored energy, which can be harmful or fatal if released. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts. Need to create a customized lockout/tagout safety program? The related model program makes it easy!

The long-awaited multiemployer pension reform legislation championed by MCAA, the UA and virtually the entire organized construction community has been introduced in the House by Representatives Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ). The legislation, H.R. 4997, the Giving Retirement Options to Workers Act of 2018 (GROW Act) is meant to safeguard the multiemployer pension plan system by authorizing the creation of a new type of retirement option – the Composite Plan – that combines the key features of defined benefit and defined contribution plans.  

MCERF’s Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT), a free Revit add-in to analyze and document MEP spaces for congestion and complexity, will be demonstrated in an education session at MCAA18.

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

Newest Plumbing Service Webinar Available for Download!

If you missed the Plumbing Service 101, Module 5, Operations Part 1 webinar, no worries! It is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

James Benham, CEO of JBKnowledge joins Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Construction Technology to discuss findings from the 2017 Construction Technology Survey.

Keeping your company’s vehicles in top operating condition is critical to the productivity and profitability of your business. Unreliable vehicles can prove costly in terms of unscheduled downtime, expensive repairs and loss of a company’s reputation. MCAA’s latest Management Methods Bulletin—Vehicle Preventative Maintenance Program—provides information on how to establish a program that will ensure your company’s vehicles are available when you need them.

When applied effectively and consistently, LEAN construction helps you engage your entire company in continuous improvement and bring greater value to your customers. During this session, Rich Seiler will share with you five critical LEAN principles; what you should immediately start, stop, and keep doing every day; and fundamental LEAN techniques in design and construction. You will also learn how to lead your LEAN efforts by strategizing how to use LEAN to strengthen your relationships with general contractors and owners; acquiring visual tools to help you become a change agent; and recognize that your people pay close attention to what you do vs. what you say.

MCAA’s Electric Arc Welding Safety Video will teach your workers to work safely while either performing or working near electric arc welding. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

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

Registration is now open for MSCA Dispatchers Professional Development Training Program to be held September 12-13, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. Register now to ensure that your service dispatchers are well-prepared to effectively perform their role. THIS CLASS SELLS OUT FAST.

Find out whether your company is eligible for an MCAA Safety Excellence Certificate of Commendation for its safety performance in 2017.  The program has been expanded to provide awards for zero recordable cases, zero lost workday cases, recordable cases incidence rates that are 25% or more below the industry average, and lost workday cases incidence rates that are 25% or more below the industry average.

Has your company’s computer system been hacked? If so, you’re not alone. Because contractors have access to infrastructure and connected systems, they are frequently targeted by hackers with a malicious purpose, such as cyber-ransom and systems penetration. In this session, you will learn to minimize risks to your privacy, data, and business operations in our connected digital world, while enjoying the benefits of technology. And, you’ll see just how easy costly and destructive mischief can happen with a live hacking demonstration!

Value Engineering (VE) is an approach to project management that focuses on increasing the performance or value of each project function at the lowest lifecycle cost.  A new Management Method Bulletin—Value Engineering—explains how VE works through collaboration of project team members, the evaluation of function alternatives and the assessment of each project function on the overall project design.