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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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 will be the kick off for the new MCAA Student Chapter Presidents Advisory Council. The council will be 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 a new safety training video, Aerial Lift Safety – Safe Practices for Scissors and Boom Lift Work. This new safety training video for mechanical construction workers applies to scissors and  boom lifts. It replaces the Aerial and Scissors Lifts Safety Training Video that was previously available from MCAA.

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.

UA/MCAA Nominate Benkowski for Seat on GSA Green Building Advisory Committee

MCAA President Mike Brandt joined UA General President Mark McManus in nominating the UA’s Rich Benkowski for an open “Building Expert” position on the U.S. General Services Administration’s Green Building Advisory Committee. As a Training Specialist for the UA/MCAA International Training Fund, Benkowski has been closely involved in the development of the UA/MCAA’s green building and energy efficiency skill training and certification programs. Ash Awad of Seattle-based McKinstry Company represents MCAA on the committee.

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.

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-2018 provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

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

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.

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-2018 provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

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

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.

The 74th NCPWB Technical Committee meeting featured presentations on a wide range of topics including radiographic film interpretation, robotic advancements in welding tube and pipe, and a newly developed training apparatus that addresses the key elements of pipefitting. Technical and administrative topics covering chapter operations were also discussed. The next NCPWB Technical Conference will be held April 28-30, 2019 at the Resort at Longboat Key Club in Longboat Key, FL.

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!

Want to Know What Else Happened on Tuesday? Check Out Our Daily Recap!

Enjoy this recap of Tuesday’s activities at MCAA18! We’ll have another video update for you tomorrow!

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.

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-2018 provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

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.

The results are in! Congratulations to our four finalists for the 2018 MCAA Student Chapter Competition: Colorado State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of Washington and Wentworth Institute of Technology! You can see the final four teams compete at the 2018 MCAA Convention on Monday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m.!

MCAA’s Rigging Safety Training Video will teach your workers to protect themselves from hazards associated with crane rigging and rigging 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. Plus, our Safety Training Guide will help you plan for rigging safety.

Registration is now open for NCPWB’s 2018 Annual Meeting, to be held April 22-24, at the beautiful Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort, Rancho Mirage, California. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about a wide range of welding topics and network with your colleagues!

For the first time ever MCAA presented a Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) examination preparation workshop in conjunction with its 15th annual Safety Directors’ Conference. The workshop, which prepares the attendees for an extremely challenging professional certification examination, was sold out.

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

If you’re a woman executive or employee of an MCAA/MSCA member company and you’re headed to MCAA18, join us for a networking reception and education session. The events kick off 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 2018 Safety Directors’ Conference (SDC) provided world class, industry-specific safety and health education and outstanding networking opportunities for 225 participants. The 2018 SDC marks the 15th consecutive year of record attendance at this conference. The attendees included occupational safety and health professionals from member firms and local affiliates, UA local instructors, MCA local executives, and many others.

Our industry is all about people who bring their skills, experience and personalities to work every day. Making sure your employees perform at their best and get along well with each other ensures your company will grow and thrive. Connie Podesta will lead two sessions at MCAA18 that will show you how to create a team of over-achievers who enjoy what they do and who they do it with.

Finding well-qualified professional employees to manage your company’s projects and operations is tough enough these days, but keeping them on board can be even more challenging. MCAA’s newest Management Methods Bulletin – Retention of Professional Staff – can help you create a work environment that will make your employees want to stay.

Union representation in the construction industry ticked up slightly in 2017, tallying 14.7% (1.156 million among the 7.844 million total employees) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The findings are outlined in Union Members 2017, USDL Release 18-0080, Jan. 19, 2018.

MCAA’s Line Breaking Safety Training Video will teach your workers to protect themselves from hazards related to breaking into closed piping systems. 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.

Congress is back in session! This is your chance to get in touch with your House representative or Senators about the industry and business issues that concern you. If this is your first time advocating for a cause, a newly revised Management Methods Bulletin is available to show you the ropes.

During the negotiation process of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017, the tax credit for R&D spending was temporarily removed. Fortunately, MCAA and others worked hard to ensure that, the final bill re-inserted the language for the Research Tax Credit (“RTC”) and made changes that potentially increase the Credit by more than 20%. Learn about how MCAA members are taking advantage of these tax credits on BIM design, change orders and estimates.

Companies with an effective team of people are bound to succeed. During two sessions, Dr. Chip Valutis will share with you insights, techniques and tips on how to transform your staff into a results-oriented, effective team and how to keep your team performing at its best with coaching designed for growth and business success.

MCAA’s Hexavalent Chromium Safety Training Video will teach your workers to recognize and protect themselves from hazards related to inhalation of hexavalent chromium. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts. A related model program and safety bulletin are also available.

Danforth Co.’s “Largest Job Ever” Featured in Contractor Magazine

Danforth Co. recently completed a huge medical facility job at The University at Buffalo’s new Jacobs School of Medicine facility, the largest job in the company’s 133-year history. The company performed the mechanical, HVAC and plumbing work for the facility, which includes a seven-story atrium, 650,000 square feet of classrooms and labs, and a $375 million budget.

Want to Know More about the Impact of Tax Reform on the Construction Industry?

The Tax Reform legislation recently enacted by Congress and signed into law transforms the landscape for construction contractors. Check out this summary of provisions important to our industry, compiled by Withum Smith + Brown, PC construction tax experts. And for more detailed information, we will have a workshop on this important topic in San Antonio, so more information to come!

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

James Benham from JBKnowledge will host a webinar to share findings from the MCAA sponsored 2017 Construction Technology Report. The year-end report offers insight on hardware, software and practices for MCAA members and the construction industry as a whole.

The dynamics of world market trends, changes in federal laws and regulations and the Trump Administration’s emerging policies will affect your company’s financial well-being for months…even years…to come. In this session, Economist Brian Beaulieu will review the ups and downs of global, national, and regional economic trends, discuss which indicators you should follow, and explain how to leverage those forecasts into successful business strategies. Register by close of business on January 12, 2018 to take advantage of early bird savings!

The use of credit cards to settle financial obligations between contractors and their clients and contractors and their vendors is becoming an increasingly popular payment option. The Management Methods Committee’s latest bulletin – Credit Card Payments – explains how to establish this payment option and its advantages and disadvantages.

Student Internship Grants are back! MCAA is making $1,000 grants available to members who hire a well-qualified college student for the summer or on a part-time or co-op basis. These grants are made possible thanks to funding from the association’s foundation, the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF).

MCAA’s Twenty Top Safety Hazards Training Video – Part 2 will teach your workers to recognize and protect themselves from 20 more of the top hazards in mechanical construction. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

A New Way for Women Professionals to Connect at MCAA & MSCA

MCAA and MSCA have a new and free benefit of membership for the women executives and employees of our member companies. Our new forum will 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. We kicked things off at MCAA18 and the networking continues at MSCA18. Keep an eye on mcaa.org for more information…coming soon!

The deadline for submitting your 2018 MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award application is close of business today. This award is the most prestigious safety award in our industry.

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

The MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) enables MEP practitioners to engage in new and exciting forms of building information analysis. It will raise awareness of MEP congestion and complexity by enabling the development of measurable and standardized values…in other words, metrics!

MCAA’s Twenty Top Safety Hazards Training Video – Part 1 will teach your workers to recognize and protect themselves from 20 of the top hazards in mechanical construction. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

With record setting low temperatures across the nation it’s a good time for us to review the potential hazards associated with extremely cold working conditions. The two major concerns are hypothermia and frost bite.

MCAA President Greg Fuller Tells You All About MCAA18 in Just 30 Seconds!

MCAA CEO John Gentille recently challenged MCAA President Greg Fuller to put together a compelling video that would convince everyone to go ALL IN at MCAA18 this March 25-29 at the beautiful JW Marriott Hill Country resort in San Antonio. He had only 30 seconds. See what you think! Online registration remains open through our MCAA18 website, and for you procrastinators, we’ve extended the early-bird cutoff a week, to January 12th!

The new report, sponsored by MCAA, interviewed nearly 2,700 construction professionals across the industry to research technology, processes, spending and R&D. Not all of the reports’ findings were intuitive. While trends on BIM adaption and mobile devices continued to rise, the number of different applications contractors are using declined. The most surprising finding came from type of software contractors have recently replaced and implemented.

Dick Starr, past MSCA chair and controls innovator, is interviewed in the current issue of Contracting Business magazine! Read the insightful article, “The CB Interview: Dick Starr” by clicking the button below!

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

2018 Regional Training Course Catalog Now Available

The 2018 Regional Training Course Catalog is now available! UA Training Department is offering HVACR industry courses in an agreement with the following major HVACR manufacturers through the 2018 Regional Training System: Carrier Corporation, Daikin and Johnson Controls.

MCAA’s Student Chapter Competition drew 28 teams this year, including two new chapters. The annual contest challenges teams of students from MCAA and MCA of Canada student chapters to prepare a professional proposal in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a construction or renovation project involving mechanical systems.

The MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) enables MEP practitioners to engage in new and exciting forms of building information analysis. This first-of-its-kind tool provides a measurable, verifiable method of characterizing MEP spaces and generating metrics that can be used by teams, projects, and enterprises.

In this fifth Plumbing Service 101 webinar series, Operations Part 1, we will explore the key personnel and organizational structure required to establish, sell, and grow a viable plumbing services division.

Nick Espinosa, Chief Security Fanatic from Security Fanatics, talks about a new virus making its way around the world targeting android based mobile devices. Nick is a featured speaker at MCAA18 in San Antonio.

Applications for MCAA’s flagship executive leadership offering, the Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), are currently being accepted. Dates for Course 18 are September 23-27 and November 4-9, 2018. Attendance is limited to 36 and the course is nearly two-thirds full, so qualified candidates should apply now.

MCAA’s Forklift Safety Training Video will teach your workers to safely operate forklifts on the jobsite. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Enforcement of the electronic reporting requirements in OSHA’s recently revised recordkeeping rule has been delayed once again, this time until December 31, 2017. 

MSCA Connect DATELINE December 2017

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.

With trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom and results. Without trust, leaders lose teams, sales staff lose sales and organizations lose reputation, good people, relationships and revenue. Drawing from his industry leading research, The Trust Outlook™ and from his experience in working with the world’s highest performing organizations, David Horsager will share insights about how your company can become the most trusted in the industry. Sponsored by uponor.

Finding and retaining well-educated, skilled, trained and credentialed personnel to manage your field, shop and office operations is likely one of the toughest challenges of your business. MCAA’s Management Methods Bulletins and our Guide to Human Resources Policies can help you meet and overcome this challenge.

Enforcement of OSHA’s electronic reporting requirements in its recently revised recordkeeping rule starts in most states on December 15, 2017. However, some of the OSHA state-plan-states have not yet adopted the requirement to submit recordable workplace injury/illness data electronically.

The MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program is now accepting applications for 2017.

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

Find Solutions to Your Leadership Challenges at MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute

Looking for solutions to your leadership challenges and needs? MCAA’s unique leadership development opportunity, the Advanced Leadership Institute, or ALI, can help. Here’s what Kori Gormley-Huppert, President of Gormley Plumbing + Mechanical and a graduate of ALI Course 17, had to say about her ALI experience: “Going through ALI was an amazing and rewarding experience! It has opened doors for me and given me the confidence I needed to take on the role as president. I’m excited about my future and the future of our company as we celebrate 110 years in 2018!”

Productivity is more than just blowing through our to-do lists. Real productivity is about thinking differently in identifying goals, constructing teams, directing our focus and making decisions. This session will show you how to be truly productive. Charles Duhigg will separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive by examining eight critical concepts used at a U.S. Marine Corps Boot Camp, in the making of Disney’s Frozen and in building Google’s perfect team. You will learn how your company and people can become smarter, faster and better. Sponsored by Baltimore Aircoil.

Contracting Business Magazine features MSCA CONNECT 2017’s Preventive Maintenance session in their latest article about how the value for preventive HVAC maintenance continues to be a popular topic at industry events. David Bavisotto, MSCA board of managers past chair; Steve Smith, MSCA board of managers treasurer; and Jon Finch, vice president, training and recruiting, Milwaukee Tools are highlighted in the article. 

Construction health and safety professionals benefit tremendously from earning the  Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certification. Just the hazard recognition skills gained, and the incident prevention solutions learned make the certification process well worth the effort.  However, the professional recognition and instant credibility that go along with it are extremely beneficial too, especially when health and safety professionals find themselves negotiating with a GC, CM, or owner who doesn’t fully understand a jobsite safety or health issue.

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.

Your business provides the highest quality mechanical, service and plumbing services to all commercial establishments in your market area…but are you getting the word out? With help from MCAA’s Management Methods Bulletins, your company could be the first one called when a project or service is needed.

Elevate Your Service Supervisor’s Leadership Skills by Signing Them Up for MSCA Field Supervisors Training: Growing and Developing Service Supervisors! Your Service Field Supervisor plays a key role that directly impacts your bottom line. This program is focused training designed specifically for improving the performance of service field supervisors.

Don’t Miss Out On the Benefits of Attending MCAA’s 2018 Safety Directors’ Conference

Register now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. Join us January 23-25, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California, for this “must attend” conference for all safety professionals. The 2018 conference theme is “Not on Our Watch,” where attendees will get even better at helping our fitters, plumbers, and service technicians protect themselves for workplace hazards. 

Emily Murphy has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate as Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). As GSA Administrator, Murphy will lead a workforce of 11,600 full-time employees and oversee more than 371 million rentable square feet of property and approximately $54 billion in annual contracts. Murphy is the daughter of MCAA past president Jim Murphy and Mimi Murphy.

MCAA’s new worker safety training video, Workplace Violence Prevention and Protection, and its accompanying materials are now available to members. The video teaches viewers 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.

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

MSCA CONNECT 2017 is featured in the current issue of the NEWS, the HVACR Contractor’s Weekly Newsmagazine! Under the title, “MSCA Connect – Where Everybody Knows a Trade”, the article is a well-written summary of our action-packed, education-filled, exciting and fun four-day conference! Read all about it by clicking the button below!

With new brass alloys in lead free solutions, making a complete fill in your joints can take added time and technique.

Your generous donations to the MCAA Disaster Relief Fund and the UA Charitable Trust made a real difference in the lives of 360 MCAA and UA family members whose homes and cars were destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Harvey. This video will allow you to see and hear directly from some Harvey victims as to just how much your generosity meant to them.

Get Profitable Results and Improve Performance with MSCA’s Sales Basecamp!

Have you recently added new staff to your sales team? Does your service sales team member need a refresher course? If your answer is “Yes”, register them now for MSCA Sales Basecamp, February 5-6 to be held in Phoenix, AZ. Sign up now before the class is full!

Entering into a joint venture with another company on a project can bring many benefits—sharing of costs, spreading the risk, pooling equipment, increasing labor, among other advantages. Like most other business arrangements, however, there are issues that may complicate a joint venture. Two Management Methods Bulletins bring these to light.

The MCAA Technology Conference provided an opportunity to learn about the latest technology and processes that are keeping MCAA contractors on the leading edge.

MCAA’s Fire Safety Training Video will teach your workers to recognize common causes of jobsite fires and how to prevent them. 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.

Are you planning to solder in a couple of dozen 1-1/2 inch brass control valves in that heating system you are installing in that high-rise building?

Anderson, Rowe & Buckley (AR&B) deployed MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies, cutting labor costs and going paperless painlessly. “Our 100+ field techs are shaving time each day, and I’ve personally recaptured eight hours per week,” said Darin Sheridan, HVAC superintendent, who is tasked with overseeing the solution.

Enforcement of the electronic reporting requirements in OSHA’s recently revised recordkeeping rule has been delayed to December 15, 2017. 

When a project goes off-track or your plans for a new project hit a snag, where or who do you turn to for help? One resource is MCAA’s Management Methods Bulletins. A series of bulletins are available to help you solve troublesome project management issues.

Babson Executive Education faculty believe MCAA’s Course 17 graduating class may be its “most cohesive” ever, demonstrating remarkable team and cross-team chemistry. Each team’s approach to the development of its final project was unique, each was excellent. Read on to apply for Course 18.

MCAA’s Workplace Distractions Safety Training Video will help your workers recognize and avoid the most common industry-related workplace distractions. 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.

To meet the stringent standards for climate control required to protect its treasured artwork and artifacts in storage, the University of California Berkeley’s Regatta Museum installed Daikin Rebel® commercial rooftop systems, paired with the Daikin Intelligent Equipment® solution that provides real-time data. Using the software solution saved time and money during the 6-week startup and commissioning process of a critical control application where rooftop package units are seldom used.

If you missed out on the fun from the MCAA Tech Conference in Austin, watch a video recapping the conference highlights.

MSCA Sales Institute is the first and only focused training program specific to service sales in the HVACR industry. Sales Leadership Symposium is on January 29-30 and and Sales Basecamp is on February 5-6, 2018 so sign up now!

Register Now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

Register now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. Join us January 23-25, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California, for this “must attend” conference for all safety professionals. The 2018 conference theme is “Not on Our Watch,” where attendees will get even better at helping our fitters, plumbers, and service technicians protect themselves for workplace hazards. 

Help your company’s safety director increase his or her knowledge of construction health and safety subjects, and improve that persons professional standing by encouraging the earning of the professional safety certification… Construction Health and Safety Technician – Professional Designation – CHST.

Enforcement of the electronic reporting requirements in OSHA’s recently revised recordkeeping rule has been delayed to December 15, 2017. 

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

John E. Green Company (JEG) trusted its longtime partner, Johnson Controls, to help them meet the demands of Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC’s) new tower and identify products that could save the contractor installation time. YORK® YMC2 centrifugal magnetic drive chillers paired with the Metasys® building automation system (BAS) with Central Plant Optimization 10 (CPO10) optimized energy efficiency, while using YORK Solution Air Handling Units and SimplexGrinnell’s addressable notification system ensured speedy installation.

Relief checks for $1,500 have been sent to 21 field and office employees of Northern California MCA member firms whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the recent wildfires that devastated Northern California. The United Association has also provided financial assistance to the wildfire victims. This is the latest example of how the generosity of the MCAA and the UA family has enabled the two organizations to come to the aid of those among us who have been victimized by disaster.

A written silica exposure control plan is required for compliance with OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica standard, regardless of whether your company uses the exposure control methods established in Table 1 of the standard, or the standard’s alternative exposure control methods. MCAA has model plans covering both exposure control method options. Both plans are available for free to members as a benefit of membership.

OSHA is delaying its deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year until November 10, 2018.

Effective safety leadership is as important to the safety of our fitters, plumbers, service technicians, and other workers as all the rules, regulations, protective equipment, and other fundamental safety program components.

MCAA Accepting Nominations for National Board and Committees

MCAA is seeking to fill three vacancies on its Board of Directors. These directors’ term will begin in March 2018, at the conclusion of the San Antonio convention. MCAA is also 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.

Legal challenges are bound to arise in a mechanical, service or plumbing business…and they often do. That’s why MCAA’s Management Methods Committee has compiled a series of bulletins that cover a wide range of legal issues from protection of lien rights to contractual provisions to pension issues to tax questions.

MCAA’s Hazard Communication Safety Training Video will help your workers protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Many thanks to all who attended and made MSCA CONNECT 2017 the best attended and the most successful MSCA conference to date. To those who were unable to attend this year, here’s a peek at what you missed and a good snapshot of what’s to come for MSCA CONNECT 2018.

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

Savvy design from Anvil® International allowed Bennell, Inc. to install all the needed systems in the very small mechanical room of a new residence hall and bookstore at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Because of the creative design, which included Anvil’s Gruvlok® connections for the heating and cooling pipe, Bennell managed to “make 10 pounds fit in a five-pound bag,” said President Craig Hosler.

Staying on top of your company’s finances can be challenging, especially during periods of economic volatility. With that in mind, MCAA’s Management Methods Committee produced bulletins that address the most critical accounting and financial issues facing your business.

MCAA’s Ladder Safety Training Video will show your workers how to inspect, transport, set up and use ladders 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.

Faced with new, more stringent building requirements mid-project, J.W. McClenahan Co. got a boost from the engineers at Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.,® who rapidly designed new trench drains and had them verified by a third party to satisfy city inspectors—all in just four months.

One of the highlights of MSCA CONNECT 2017 was the appointment of Jaimi Lomas as the first female chair of the MSCA Board of Managers.

Contractors are facing a dynamic environment that is constantly presenting us with new challenges. The MCAA Technology Conference is an opportunity to learn how to face these conditions and and create solutions for your company.

This is a great time of year to evaluate your company’s fleet safety program. Doing so can help you ensure that the program is effectively protecting affected workers and that your company is benefiting from the most current safe work practices and technologies. 

MCAAGreatFutures.org helps you connect with the talent you need to secure your company’s great future. There, you’ll find the resumes of the bright students who participate in MCAA Student Chapters, available exclusively to MCAA members. The information can be easily searched to help you find just the right match for your company’s needs. Just login with your MCAA.org credentials to get started.

MCAA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Safety Training Video will show your workers how to identify and protect themselves from the most common hazards in mechanical construction industry confined spaces. 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.

MSCA and Convoy of Hope Video Highlights at the Palm Beach County Food Bank in Boca Raton, Florida. With HOPE anything is POSSIBLE.

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.

While renovating a historic building, Commonwealth Plumbing found that Viega’s double drop elbows were the best solution for accommodating new bathroom sinks in a tight space with limited design options. By using pressed fittings, Commonwealth not only saved time on installation but also avoided soldering in an old building with a lot of wood.

The MCAA 2017 GreatFutures Forum was so successful, we made a video about it! See for yourself how students and contractors came together at MCAA’s first-ever career fair.

OSHA recently released interim silica enforcement guidelines for its Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs). The guidelines, which are attached, may be helpful to you in preparation for OSHA’s enforcement of the standard. Also, MCAA has a bank of silica resources that will help you protect your workers from overexposure and comply with the standard.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation recently received another $5,000 contribution from the Mid-Atlantic MCA — thank you, Mid-Atlantic!

Durr Mechanical Construction and its joint venture partner Megrant recently constructed the largest prefabricated Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) ever built in the U.S. Once built, the 4,000 ton, union-built generator was floated by barge 150 miles down the Hudson River to its destination in Woodbridge, New Jersey, where it is being incorporated into a new combined-cycle power plant. Here is a great video of the HRSG’s journey down the Hudson!

MCAA’s Radio Frequency Radiation Exposure and Protection Safety Training Video will teach your mechanical service technicians how to identify sources of RF radiation and protect themselves from overexposure. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

MSCA and Convoy of Hope in the News! With HOPE anything is POSSIBLE.

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

When the Steamfitters UA Local 602 Mechanical Trades School needed equipment to use in its apprenticeship program, SPX Cooling Technologies donated a Marley® NC cooling tower, enabling the school to present students with a real-world environment. Instructors use the complete new cooling system to teach students how to troubleshoot and fix problems with HVAC systems.

The MSCA of New York has made another contribution to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). This latest $2,500 contribution brings their total to $12,500.

Sure, MCAAGreatFutures.org connects you with the students who will comprise the industry’s future workforce. But do you know that it also provides an easy way for you to locate and connect with nearby student chapters?

BuiltWorlds, an MCAA Technology partner, has released a new report detailing how internet devices are transforming the jobsite, making the construction process more efficient and connected.

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

Last Chance to Register for MCAA’s Technology Conference

Don’t miss your chance to attend the MCAA Tech Conference, the best place to learn about the latest tools and processes shaping the industry.

Announcing the winners of MSCA’s Social Media Survey! Congrats to the 10 winners who won – just for completing the one minute Social Media Survey! Many thanks to all who responded to the survey for your valuable feedback!

Manual collection of paper time cards in the field is prone to errors, takes too much time, and, most importantly, takes attention away from important jobs in the field. Since rolling out Rhumbix so their foremen could go paperless, Independent Mechanical Industries, Inc. (IMI) has found, “Foremen use the Rhumbix app on their iPhones to record time cards in just minutes, [which] allows them to clear their minds and attack the work in front of them,” said David Reynolds, IMI vice president.

MCAA student chapter members have been challenged to plan a project involving the renovation of the mechanical systems of a Brazilian restaurant in mid-town New York City—Fogo De Chao Steakhouse. The project, which was provided by Arista Air Conditioning Corporation, was announced during MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum in Indianapolis. Members of MCAA’s Career Development Committee will review the teams’ proposals and select the “final four” to present their proposals at the MCAA 2018 convention in San Antonio in March.

Small ideas can make a big difference to your company. The MCAA Technology Conference is an event that doesn’t just provide a few small takeaways, but a wealth of ideas that can be applied across your business. Technology is providing so many new tools, processes and software that even the most established contractors are having a hard time keeping up. The MCAA Tech Conference is your crash course on the latest tech trends in the industry and how other contractors are taking advantage of them.

Register now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. Join us January 23-25, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California, for this “must attend” conference for all safety professionals. The 2018 conference theme is “Not on Our Watch,” where attendees will get even better at helping our fitters, plumbers, and service technicians protect themselves for workplace hazards. 

“We Have Lost One of Our Own”

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I, along with Local 364, share with our UA family that we have lost one of our own in the Las Vegas shooting. Austin Davis, only 29 years of age, from Riverside, California and a UA brother since 2012, was among the victims of this unimaginable tragedy. As all Americans and the world learned the truly sickening details of the Las Vegas shooting, we are now beyond stunned at the loss of one of our brothers. May God bless the Davis family and Austin’s loved ones during this troubling time. On behalf of the 344,000 members of the United Association, our thoughts and prayers will always be there for the Davis family.” – UA General President Mark McManus

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received an additional $2,500 contribution from the MCA of New York, Inc. raising its total MCERF contributions to $137,500.

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

By using Aquatherm polypropylene-random (PP-R) Blue Pipe® to replace carbon-steel pipe at Berry Global’s injection-molding facility, the P1 Group of Lawrence, KS, successfully completed installation in just 24 hours. The lightweight pipe is easy to transport and easy to join using a flameless heat-fusion technique that saves time. The speed of installation was more than just a productivity win for the contractor; at Berry Global, a mere half-second loss in production time can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

The networking and hiring continued on the second day of the GreatFutures Forum, wtih more students finding great futures at MCAA member companies.

The second day of the GreatFutures Forum continued with a variety of education sessions focused on teamwork and discussions. Sessions covered everything from communication tips to chapter successes, a mini competition and roundtable discussions that answered students’ questions about careers in the industry.

From the day’s opening video to remarks from MCAA President Greg Fuller, students learned about the opportunities the mechanical industry offers for their great futures.

“Despite being on the executive board of my school’s MCAA Chapter, I still didn’t fully appreciate what it is actually like to work for a mechanical contractor until this presentation. The “A Day in the Life of Ted” video was an excellent view as to what makes your section of the industry different than a typical building contractor.” That was one student’s reaction to the video at MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum.

MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum kicked off with the Futures Fest career fair. The first-ever such event was a huge success. Representatives from almost 40 participating MCAA member companies were on hand to connect with hundreds of students about employment and internship opportunities. Cole Zeiler found his great future with HMH Contractors, Inc. and Kenneth Bankard found his with F.E. Moran, Inc. Congratulations to MCAA members and students alike!

MCAA’s career-related website has a new look and many new features. All the student resumes are now password protected and only accessible by MCAA members. You can now also search for students by university. Looking for a specific skill set, like BIM or Autocad? A keyword filter allows you to zero in on those students who fit the bill. The only thing about our GreatFutures website that hasn’t changed is our commitment to connecting our members with the best and brightest students who will comprise the industry’s future workforce.

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. See you all in Boca Raton, FL for the MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference in October!

Contractors are Adapting to Tech. Are you Keeping Up?

MCAA Technology Conference provides practical solutions for contractors to compete.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is the research arm of OSHA, reports that narcotics—i.e., opioids— account for 29 percent of prescription costs covered by workers’ compensation. Opioids are highly addictive, and opioid overdoses are common.

OSHA’s new standard on Respirable Crystalline Silica is enforceable as of Saturday, September 23, 2017. However, employers who make good faith efforts to comply will receive compliance assistance from OSHA up to October 23, 2017.

Nick Espinosa, a white hat hacker will be one of the key speakers at the 2017 MCAA Tech Conference. Recently, he was interviewed to talk about some of the risks that mechanical contractors face, the steps you can take and how damaging a hack can be for your business.

Do you want to control your workday clock, improve time management for yourself, your team and your organization? Then you won’t want to miss Jason Sturgeon’s time management education session on October 18 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

In episode six, we preview the MCAA Tech Conference with an interview of one of the featured speakers, Nick Espinosa. Nick is a white-hat hacker that talks about cyber threats and security issues that contractors face every day.

42 MCAA Affiliated Associations Answer the Call for Help

The support of MCAA’s affiliated associations to our Disaster Relief Fund has been tremendous. A big THANK YOU goes out to the 42 that have contributed to date: MCA of Colorado, Western New York Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors, MCA of Omaha, Mid-Atlantic MCA, ARCA/MCA, Northern California MCA, MCA of Connecticut, MCA of Chicago, MCA of Rockford, Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois MCA, MCA of Indiana, MCA Central Gulf Coast, MCA of Maryland, New England MCA, Mid-Michigan MCA, West Michigan MCA, MCA of Detroit, MCA of Eastern Missouri, MCA of Kansas City, MCA of Las Vegas, MCA of New Jersey, MCA of New York, MCA of the Capital District, MCA of Akron, MCA of Central Ohio, MCA of Cleveland, Lima Area MCA, MCA of Northwestern Ohio, PMCA of Oregon, M&SCA of Eastern Pennsylvania, MCA of Western Pennsylvania, MCA of Memphis, MCA of Dallas, MCA of Fort Worth, MCA of Houston, Utah MCA, MCA of Western Washington, MCA of North Central Wisconsin, MCA of Northwest Wisconsin, MCA of Ontario and MCA of Toronto. THANK YOU AGAIN!

MCAA’s Disaster Relief Fund at Work

Nineteen plumbers, pipefitters, HVAC techs and office employees of MCAA member Graco Mechanical were victimized by Hurricane Harvey. Each received $1,500, thanks to the MCAA Disaster Relief Fund and the UA Charitable Trust. Thanks to the incredible generosity of MCAA’s affiliated associations, the UA’s Local Unions, MCAA’s contractor, manufacturer and supplier members and many individual donors for making this possible. We should ALL be proud of the good work we are doing to help our UA and MCAA family members whose lives have been turned upside down by Harvey. We are, together, indeed MCAA&UA STRONG!

If you missed Plumbing Service 101, Cash is King, 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.

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

Concrete drilling is dusty, loud, and exhausting work. If your employees spend hours on end drilling holes with a hammer drill in order to hang pipes or duct work, you probably know that a sharp new drill bit makes the work faster, but did you know it can help protect your workers from dust, noise and vibration, too?

In preparation for impending hurricanes, partner in safety CNA developed four planning guides covering flooding, hail, and business continuity.

OSHA’s new silica rule becomes enforceable on September 23, 2017. MCAA has several silica safety resources that are available to members for free as a benefit of membership. In addition, CNA, a long-time partner in safety with MCAA, is sharing its silica compliance course with MCAA members.

Construction technology is bringing productivity gains that the industry has not seen before, but the amount of new products, processes, hardware and software make keeping up nearly impossible. Learn more about the 2017 MCAA Tech Conference in Austin, Texas November 8-10.

Total stations are one of the most cost effective technologies in the industry with a payback period averaging about 2,000 layout points. MCAA hosted a webinar on September 6 that went in-depth on the research published in MCAA’s Robotic Total Station Report. A recording of the webinar is now available free as a benefit of membership.

It could be, but you’ll never know unless you nominate that invention for the 2017 E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation. Named for an industry legend, one of MCAA’s most distinguished awards brings well-deserved recognition to management innovations that help companies grow, prosper and move ahead in their market.

The MCAA and the UA have teamed up to provide additional financial relief to 357 field and office employees of our South Texas members who were victimized by Hurricane Harvey. Each employee is receiving a $500 relief check, with half coming from the MCAA Disaster Relief Fund and half from the UA’s Charitable Trust. This is in addition to the $1,000 relief check each employee already received from MCAA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Here’s the reaction of one of CFI Mechanical’s employees: “Chuck, once again I am floored by the generosity of others. Today I received a second check for disaster aide from the MCAA along with the UA Charitable Trust. Together with their members, they raised more to assist flood victims. This will help while waiting for the insurance company to decide what might or might not be covered. I have never been more proud to be a plumber for a union contractor that is so active in MCAA. Thank you again for your generosity!”

Now that we have most of 2017 in the rear view mirror and are looking forward to 2018, what do we know and how will this information affect the mechanical service industry? You won’t want to miss Dr. Kuehl’s informative education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

The Online Piping and Usage Specification (OPUS) tool helps users dynamically evaluate combinations of pipe types, materials, applications and joining methods. Plus, the data in OPUS links directly to the world-class members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council who can provide the materials and methods to make it all work!

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

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Omaha, Inc. has contributed an additional $3,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $141,500.

In the summer of 2016, The Hill Group called on Erickson Inc. to lift and place cooling towers and chillers by air into a building in crowded downtown Chicago, accomplishing the goal in hours compared with weeks needed for other methods. The project was located at East Randolph Street in a crowded landscape with multilevel streets and nearby residential buildings, so land crane equipment was not an option. Using Erickson’s precision capabilities, aerial crane operators placed chiller equipment through a hole in the roof, with inches to spare, and then set it 15’ below the roof level.

This reported decision contains clear language supporting the use of the MCAA loss of labor productivity Factors and many citations to some of the authorities that are very important to MCAA member firms.

MCAA’s Safety Leadership for Supervisors training video will provide your supervisors with an overview of the skills required to be a good safety leader and build a strong safety culture.

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

MCAA’s Management Methods Committee has just released a new bulletin—Doing Business with a Customer in Bankruptcy—that can help you avoid legal and other pitfalls that may affect your business relationship with a customer that has or may file for bankruptcy.

MCAA recently released its newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Construction Workers. The manual, which includes substantive revisions to sections on CPR, choking, OSHA, silica, and confined spaces in construction, and new sections on noise, manganese, and zinc, is now available in print.

MSCA recently released an electronic version of its newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Service Technicians. It is now available in print. The manual includes substantive revisions to sections on CPR, choking, OSHA, arc flash and electrical shock protection, and refrigerants, and new sections on hexavalent chromium, manganese, noise and zinc.

Dr. Rao, a highly rated MCAA ALI presenter and Babson Executive programs instructor, shares how embracing innovation will enable us to implement new technologies into areas of our business for sustainability, stability and growth. Don’t miss Dr. Rao’s education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

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

Congratulations to everyone at MCAA member West Chester Mechanical of Aston, Pennsylvania for being named Plumbing & Mechanical’s 2017 Mechanical Contractor of the Year!

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) has collaborated with BuildingSP, a California-based software developer, on a building analysis add-in for Autodesk Revit called the “MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT)” which analyzes a building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) spaces for congestion and complexity.

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) decided in favor of Turner Construction Company regarding delays and loss of labor productivity experienced during renovations to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History located in Washington, DC. The contract required substantial structural, architectural, mechanical HVAC and electrical demolition and renovations to the museum for the principal purpose of providing a state-of-the art display for the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what is now the U.S. national anthem.

The 2017 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 executive leadership, collective bargaining issues, industry funds management and developing future association leaders.

Values-based companies are built for growth and have employees who manage and motivate themselves. Robert Richman shares stories of the strength of the core values at Zappos.com then shares the science behind why they work so well. Don’t miss Robert’s education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

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

Register Now for the MCAA Technology Conference November 8 – 10 in Austin, Texas

MCAA’s annual Technology Conference is the one place where mechanical contractors in construction, plumbing, and service can get tech info you can actually use. Designed by contractors in your business, our goal is to provide takeaways for everyone attending. So if you’re a CEO or an IT geek, Director of Operations or BIM ninja, or just about anyone else wanting to know where the mechanical industry is heading and how you can use that knowledge in your company NOW, this conference is for you. The registration fee is only $595 – a special value available only to our members and exhibitors.

Implementing a fully automated, integrated software solution from Jonas Construction Software helped Flo-Tron Contracting streamline their business, enhance efficiencies, and reduce payroll processing time by 50 percent. “The software we were using prior to Jonas was very limited, and we found ourselves having to regularly pay for external services and consultants to handle many of our business processes. With the fully-integrated nature of Jonas, we could handle all facets of our business in-house, which truly helped us meet all of our needs in a single software solution,” said Kari Cordell, controller at Flo-Tron.

Come join us for the 2017 GreatFutures Forum in Indianapolis, IN at the Downtown Marriott, September 28-30. If you have not yet registered, the cut-off date is September 7.

Mark your calendar for MCAA’s 15th annual Safety Directors’ Conference, which will be presented January 23 – 25, 2018. Registration opens on October 1, 2017.

MCAA’s new worker safety training video, Safe Pressure Testing of Steel and Copper Piping Systems, and its accompanying materials are now available to members. The video walks the viewer through the most common causes of steel and copper piping system pressure testing failures, pretest walk-downs, and general safe work practices for hydrostatic and pneumatic pressure testing.   

With its light weight and easy installation, Josam Company’s Pro-Plus trench drain system not only minimized hassle for Miinc Mechanical Contractors of Dallas, TX, but it also saved them labor and installation time. Instead of using three or four workers to install the trench drain, Miinc needed only one or two workers laying the Pro-Plus system during a recent project for Southwest Airlines.

Learn to embrace your complainers and turn negative, impossible situations into positive, possible solutions! Don’t miss Jay Baer’s Education Session, Hug Your Haters at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

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

Only EVAPCO, Inc. had cooling towers with a small-enough footprint, yet large-enough capacity, to meet WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s need for upgraded towers that would lend themselves to future expansion. Manchester, PA-based James Craft & Son Inc. worked closely with EVAPCO to find the perfect solution to a challenging installation.

Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors (MMC) of Eden Prairie, MN, found that using Uponor’s AquaPEX® crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) piping for the risers and the unit piping in a new hotel saved crews about two to three days of installation per floor. On a 13-story project with 50 units per floor, that adds up to almost a month of installation time savings.

MCAA’s Safety Management for Supervisors Training Video follows a seasoned mechanical construction supervisor as he leads a new colleague through the skills that are critical for effective safety management on mechanical construction projects. The video describes the key management skills that enable supervisors to keep employees safe and help maintain project profitability.

Get your staff invested in your business decision making! Don’t miss Julie Williamson’s Education Session, Bringing The Possible to Life: Influencing Decisions Across Your Business at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Mechanical, Inc. of Freeport, IL has contributed an additiional $5,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $22,500.

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

Contracted to design and install the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems for a massive renovation, Arden Building Companies faced a tight timeline, a tight space, and a tight budget—all of which made welding a poor choice for completing the mechanical room. Using Victaulic’s easy-to-install grooved connections, Arden joined, hung, and installed pipe quickly and efficiently once it was lowered into the mechanical room. Arden estimated that the speed of installation reduced overall costs by approximately $100,000.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) internet reporting rules and overtime pay regulations are under review by the Department of Labor, but two other Obama Administration rules of interest to the industry remain in uncertain status—the non-discrimination and affirmative action requirements for registered apprenticeship programs and the paid sick leave (EO 13706) rules for direct federal prime contractors and subcontractors.

Most in the HVAC industry know all about the commissioning process but a new resurgence of retrocommissioning is making a comeback in the HVACR industry. Thom Brazel and Dick Starr, both former MSCA Chairman of the Board of Managers, are featured in a recent article about retrocommissioning in The News.

Egan Company installed the MobileTech solution from KEY2ACT, slashing billing time and eliminating time-consuming paperwork. Chris Yelle, Egan’s service operations manager, estimated that Egan will see its return on investment (ROI) within 18 months of implementing MobileTech, which connects field staff to the back office, providing instant access to the information and enabling both sides to easily manage service calls and appointments.

Your business has been thriving because you came up with a great idea that solved a technical problem, or made an operation work more smoothly and efficiently or worked out a jobsite difficulty. That unique, amazing idea deserves the industry’s attention and the E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation, one of MCAA’s most distinguished honors.

Whether you’re coming from the East, West, North or South, you’ll find the talent, energy, knowledge and eagerness to learn among students from the best colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada at the MCAA 2017 GreatFutures Forum (September 28-30, Indianapolis, IN).

Arden Building Companies LLC have contributed an additional $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s new total contributions to the Foundation to $7,700.

The sixth report in the MCAA Technology Research Series provides an introduction for members who are considering their first layout system purchase. It is also a valuable evaluation tool for those who are considering an upgrade to their existing system. Like the other reports in MCAA’s Technology Research Series, the report was written by our partners at JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA.

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

Atomatic Mechanical Services won the bid to install a large chiller plant in a renovated office building in Chicago’s West Loop and chose Wheatland Tube pipe for nearly every part of the project. Atomatic knew that reliable, high-quality, domestic pipe is easier to weld then imported pipe and much less likely to deteriorate or cause leaks—so it would save Atomatic time both onsite and after installation. As expected, the system has had no leaks, which helped allow the chiller plant to become operational two weeks ahead of schedule.

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. Don’t forget to register for MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference to be held in Boca Raton, FL, October 15-18!

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

MCAA recently released its new safety training video Better by Design: Musculoskeletal Wellness for Mechanical Construction Workers. The video, which replaces the association’s obsolete (2002) video on the safe manual handling of materials, addresses the most common causes of non-trauma related musculoskeletal pains and injuries in the mechanical construction industry.

Harrell-Fish, Inc. has contributed $1,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $3,500.

JH Kelly recognizes how much time and money it stands to lose when tools are lost or stolen. To avoid delays on the job or, worse, the cost of replacing expensive equipment, they adopted Milwaukee Tool’s One-Key™ system, the first digital platform for tools and equipment. Now, with the addition of Milwaukee Tool’s TICK™ equipment tracker, they can manage inventory, recover tools quickly—and even locate lost items.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), the non-profit foundation of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), today announced a collaboration with a software developer, BuildingSP, that will result in a freely available building analysis add-in for the Autodesk Revit building information modeling (BIM) platform. The Revit add-in is called the MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) and analyzes a building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) spaces for congestion and complexity.

This week’s Speaker Highlight is UA’s Mark McManus! He will speak on October 16th at our Opening Celebration at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL.

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

With their new Jonas Construction Software, Harrell-Fish Inc. (HFI) is now able to turn around billings about five days quicker, improving their cash flow in the process. They have also reduced their payroll processing time from about four hours a month spread out across three employees to about an hour only with Jonas.

Frank Schaetzke has contributed $500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing his total contributions to the Foundation to $3,000.

When unforeseen disruptions occur on a project—equipment failure or delivery delay, storm damage, labor issues—who and what’s affected and what’s the cost? More important, who covers the cost when the owner makes a claim? And, how does the contractor protect himself from such losses? This bulletin can help you avoid or manage the risks that arise when an unexpected disruption in a project results in a substantial financial impact.

When PAR was contracted to provide all of the plumbing for Riverside K, a 32-story luxury condominium on Manhattan’s West Side, they knew that space inside the walls would be tight. HOLDRITE support systems made for a simpler installation while also saving PAR time.

Mechanical construction requires that workers perform many of their tasks at heights of 6’ or more above a lower level or an object. MCAA’s Fall Restraint and Arrest Systems Safety Training Video educates workers about when and how to properly use fall restraint and fall protection systems to protect themselves from injury. Accompanying materials highlight key training points and assist contractors in documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training.

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

Building owners and property managers have a lot at stake in their investments, so they look to their MCAA contractors for solutions. When evaluating mechanical equipment, hassle-free operation and long equipment life are important parts of the purchase equation — here are five ways to enhance the performance of evaporative cooling equipment and save on energy costs.

One of the issues that mobile-equipped companies struggle with is how to handle operating system (OS) updates. When to update depends on business needs, but you should only push out OS updates after evaluating risks and if they bring significant value to your business.

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

OSHA recently published a proposed rule that would establish a five-month enforcement delay of the new provisions in it’s recordkeeping rule. The new provisions require affected employers to report work-related injuries and illnesses to the agency annually in electronic format.

This week’s Highlight is our One-Day Optional Bonus Program, Managing Your People Profits, on Sunday, October 15th from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

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.

Knowing when to service or replace aging plumbing equipment is critical to maintaining a clean, operational commercial restroom. Like regularly changing the oil in your car, consistent preventive maintenance helps avoid critical, costlier repairs down the road.

MCAA is a sponsor of the industry-leading JB Knowledge Construction Tech Survey, so take the 10-minute survey and receive valuable benchmarking information at no cost to you. Your survey input also helps guide MCAA’s education and research efforts for the coming years. Take the survey.

In search of a way to track equipment efficiently, Icon Mechanical took advantage of Milwaukee Tool’s ONE-KEY™, the first digital platform for tools and equipment. Now, it has a full picture of the company’s allocation and location of equipment and has experienced a noteworthy increase in tools being returned.

CFI Mechanical, Inc. of Houston, TX has contributed $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $42,500.

Come learn about the latest HVACR and plumbing products and services on Supplier Partnership Day at our Exhibitor’s Display on October 16, 2017. The MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference will be held October 15-18, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL at the Boca Raton Resort and Club!

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

The MCA of Kansas City has contributed $10,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $305,000.

Thanks to Erickson Incorporated, a global provider of innovative aerial services, The Hill Group saved around $45,000 on several heavy lifts along the downtown lakefront of Chicago, IL, in one day. They also shortened their project timelines considerably.

Internships are an opportunity to identify and evaluate potential full-time hires for your organization. Building a structured internship program will provide the opportunity for your firm to recruit talented students and provide a flexible, cost-effective labor force without a long-term commitment.

The MCA of Cleveland has contributed $5,000 to the Mechanical Contracting & Education Research Foundation (MCERF) which is their final payment of $25,000 pledge made in 2012…AND they began a brand new $30,000 pledge!

By taking advantage of the multiprocess capabilities of the Miller® PipeWorx 400 welding system, mechanical contractor De-Cal, Inc., was able to change its pipe welding processes to significantly improve productivity—by as much as 30–40 percent—while also growing business.

“Uh-oh, OSHA just showed up!” These words can turn even the most seasoned jobsite supervisors into nervous wrecks. Avoid the stress with MCAA’s OSHA Inspections Safety Training Video, which will help you prepare for and properly manage OSHA jobsite safety inspections.

If you missed Plumbing Service 101, Finding and Developing Great Plumbing Techs, 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.

Have you registered your crucial service dispatchers for MSCA Dispatchers Professional Development Training Program, September 18-19, 2017, in Dallas, TX? This class is almost SOLD OUT so register now to ensure that your service dispatchers are well-prepared to effectively perform their role!

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

With customized solutions from Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., Pan-Pacific Mechanical (PPM) met the challenges of the California Building Code and their client’s demand for a visually pleasing building. Jay R. Smith’s willingness to provide products that adapted to PPM’s custom approach ensured that construction of the new Kaiser Permanente San Diego Regional Medical Center (KPSD) went off without a hitch.

The John W. Danforth Company, a charter member of MCAA and a leading northeast US regional mechanical construction company, hosted a fundraiser for New York Congressman Chris Collins on May 31st in Buffalo, NY. Congressman Collins discussed his amendment in the House-passed health care measure to alleviate the local county tax burden in financing health care subsidies, among other topics. Local area construction firms highlighted issues related to multiemployer pension reform and the need for quick Congressional proactive policy changes.

Don’t miss Emmy-nominated Actor, Voice Actor, Accomplished Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Author — John Ratzenberger who will speak at October 18th’s Closing Session at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

What do the best mechanical contractors in the industry and students from across the country have in common? They’ll be at MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum, the conference that connects future professionals with MCAA members and future internship and full-time employment opportunities.

A new volume of toolbox safety talks is now available. MCAA Toolbox Safety Talks for Mechanical Construction Workers (Volume VI) features 52 new talks representing one talk for each week in a calendar year.

To help San Diego State University’s (SDSU’s) Associated Students reach its goal of making all its buildings LEED® certified by 2020, University Mechanical installed an Uponor in-slab radiant heating and cooling system in the new student union. Now, the three story Aztec Center is not only highly sustainable, it is also LEED Platinum certified.

Each year the National Safety Council encourages America to celebrate National Safety Month (June). MCAA is helping you celebrate with three new Safety Resources.

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

This week’s conference highlight is Tech Demos! Come join us at the registration area for demonstrations and display of all things Tech from October 16-18, 2017 at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Faced with the need to minimize noise and limit work to daytime hours for a hospital remodeling project, Dynamic Systems, Inc. (DSI) prefabricated as much as possible, calling on CADDY products from Pentair to get the job done and also saving time on the jobsite. The project called for DSI to add a floor to the hospital while the hospital was still serving patients.

MCAA’s highly-rated Field Leaders Conference gives your project supervisors the chance to learn some new skills that could make the difference on your jobs.

To meet the coordination challenges and compressed timeline of an historic building renovation in downtown Philadelphia, A.T. Chadwick turned to Victaulic’s drawing services team. The speed of installation of Victaulic grooved piping systems would also prove crucial to meeting deadlines, as well as reducing costs.

Complete pre-planning and scheduling are vital to a project’s success and profitability, but how do you ensure that it happens? MCAA’s Planning for Profitability: Your Guide to Successful Preconstruction Planning is here to help. The guide walks your team through 19 planning phases to ensure that nothing is overlooked.

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

By installing Daikin Applied highly efficient Rebel rooftop units, Egan Company overcame time challenges and space constraints, providing Bethel University with a more effective, energy-saving solution to its HVAC needs.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Kentucky, Inc. has contributed $3,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $28,500.

Zurn Industries, LLC enabled U.S. Engineering Company to “move the chains” faster than usual during the rough-in phase of building a new stadium for Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Patrick Barnett, project manager for U.S. Engineering, said Zurn’s lean construction practices provided “at least a 10-percent” labor savings for the company.

Let your PMs and others who manage projects benefit from the experience and insight of their peers with MCAA’s Project Manager’s Manual, which reflects the experience of men and women who have successfully managed construction projects throughout the country as well as the research of experts in our industry.

MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum (September 28-30, Indianapolis, IN) will bring together students from across the U.S. and Canada with MCAA members who want to hire them. Their mutual interest in our industry and its potential to grow and thrive will electrify this exciting conference.

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

Helping MCAA members manage projects and their costs more effectively is the aim of two new Management Methods Bulletins just published by MCAA’s Management Methods Committee—PDF Editing Utilization for the Mechanical Contractor and Managing Retainage – A Critical Component of Effective Cash Flow.

To combat the signs of mold and mildew growth, a Southeastern U.S. house of worship installed the APR Control manufactured by Rawal Devices, Inc. to eliminate the humidity causing the problem. Thanks to the new control, the organization avoided major health effects and was able to restore its facility to full use.

For the eighth consecutive year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope will work together to assist a local charitable organization, this year in Boca Raton at the Palm Beach County Food Bank, during MSCA 2017 Education Conference to be held this October 15-18. We need your help in reaching our minimum donation goal of $50,000 to assist Convoy’s Children’s Feeding Initiatives.

The NCPWB Spring Technical Committee Meeting provided a wide range of information including best practices for brazing copper joints in high-pressure HVACR application, using advanced GMAW (MIG) in the field, addressing the challenges of welding Grade 91 (9Cr-1Mo-V) Chromium-Molybdenum steel, tips for using Pipe Fabrication Institute standards. The event took place April 23-26, 2017 in San Antonio.

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If your professional recruiting efforts could use a boost, then plan to show off your company and its attributes during Future Fest, the kick-off event for MCAA’s 2017 GreatFutures Forum in Indianapolis, IN, September 28-30.

Since they started using the Miller® PipeWorx 400 welding system, Team Industries has reduced rework—saving time and money—because of the system’s ease of use and consistent arc quality. “We have seen a decrease in X-ray failure. The consistency of the arc definitely plays a role in that,” said Jim VanZeeland, shop superintendent. “It’s just been a great machine for us.”

MCAA’s model safety programs make it quick and easy to create customized safety programs. Whether you need to develop a sound, industry-specific basic safety and health program for construction or service, or enhance an existing program, MCAA’s got you covered. A variety of topic-specific model programs complement the basic programs and ensure your compliance with OSHA requirements.

Congratulations to the MCA of Western Pennsylvania and Robert Morris University for organizing and establishing MCAA’s 53rd student chapter! Chapter representatives of the Robert Morris Student Chapter will receive their charter at MCAA’s 2018 convention in San Antonio, TX.

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

MCAA’s 2017 Field Leaders Conference (Denver, May 10-12) provided 200 foremen and superintendents with the management and leadership skills they need to be effective in managing jobsite labor, other personnel and operations to keep projects on time, on budget and profitable.

With the phase out of R-22 by 2020 driving up pricing, contractors are looking for more options to retrofit R-22 air conditioning (AC) units without having to change the oil. “Generally speaking, you can see system improvements after a retrofit as a result of recommissioning the equipment,” said Ron Vogl, global technical marketing and services manager for Honeywell Refrigerants.

The MCAA/Construction Employers of America (CEA) Legislative Conference brought together a near record crowd of MCAA members and members of other CEA sponsoring groups. The conference’s education sessions and lobbying meetings focused on key MCAA/CEA legislative issues and provided an opportunity for members to share their views with Senators, Representatives and key staff.

Whether you’re planning to attend the Fabrication Conference or looking for tips to help you build or fine-tune your fab shop, MCAA has a resource to assist. These resources were written by contractors who have been in your shoes and want to share their knowledge.

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

In this third Plumbing Service 101 webinar series, Finding and Developing Great Plumbing Service Technicians, you will learn about the important traits to look for in your recruiting efforts and the skills needed for success.

West Chester Mechanical Contractors, Inc. has contributed $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $30,000.

OSHA recently delayed enforcement of its 2016 rule on respirable crystalline silica. The enforcement date has been changed from June 23, 2017 to September 23, 2017.

MCAA urges all affected members to participate in the 4th annual nationwide OSHA Safety Stand Down to help prevent workers from falling from elevations, and protect those workers who do fall.

Emerson conducted a survey in 2015 of more than 450 HVAC professionals and found that only 11 percent are aware of upcoming commercial HVAC regulations and many don’t understand how those regulations will impact their business. Here are 10 things you need to know about the changes affecting the commercial air conditioning (AC) market.

Get the latest from FabPro1, T-Drill Industries, Inc. and more in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show, where our contractor members connect with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

While refrigerant recovery is accepted as a fact of life for today’s air conditioning and refrigeration (AC/R) technicians, it remains one of the most time-consuming steps in servicing an AC/R system. This can make it tempting for a technician on a tight schedule to skip the recovery process. However, with the proper understanding of equipment and methods, refrigerant recovery can be faster and easier than venting. Just like tires can affect a car’s performance, the hoses, fittings, manifold, and recovery cylinder all play a role in how quickly and efficiently the recovery process is completed.

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions partnered with KEY2ACT to create See, software that allows contractors to use smart glasses on job sites to capture photos and videos of their work. The new technology helped MacDonald-Miller speed up customer payment and dramatically cut down the time spent explaining work that was done to customers disputing charges. It also increases customer engagement, building trust and leading to new work.

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.

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

On the most recent episode of the BuiltWorlds video series, All Hands on Tech, Steve Matson, MILWAUKEE TOOL’s Senior Product Manager, spoke about the capabilities of Bluetooth technology for tracking and handling tools. MILWAUKEE TOOL recently expanded their ONE KEY technology with the new TICK device that allows contractors to mount a construction-durable tracker to just about anything on the jobsite.

If you missed the February or April Plumbing Service 101 webinars, you can access them in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

By transitioning from paper forms to iPads using MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies, L.J. Kruse Company saved time, increasing its billable hours. “We have dramatically reduced the time spent transporting and handling paperwork as well as eliminated mistakes,” said Nathan Kruse, vice president, L.J. Kruse Co. “MobiliForms has already paid for itself in time savings and eliminating errors.”

MCAA is proud to announce another component of our new partnership with the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). MCAA members are invited to participate in the CFMA 2017 Benchmarking Survey (based on 2016 results). Any MCAA member who participates in the survey will receive complementary reports comparing their company’s performance to the survey results.

MCAA members who hire a student for an internship or a full-time position at MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum (September 28-30, Indianapolis) will not only qualify for a $1,000 grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), but will also receive a $500 gift card. And, the student hired will receive a $500 gift card as well.

You found a way to overcome a challenge in the office, in the fab shop, on the project site or in dealing with customers and suppliers and it worked so well, your company’s bottom line benefited. If other companies are likely facing the same challenge, why not share the idea so that challenge becomes a thing of the past?

We’re thrilled that so many of you are interested in ConsensusDOCS! When placing your order, be sure to use MCAA’s new Discount Code – MCAA100 – at checkout to receive the discounted MCAA member pricing.

Just one year after investing in the BuildingAdvice Energy Services Delivery platform, T.H. Eifert Mechanical Contractors has generated in excess of $400,000 in new preventive maintenance (PM) contracts and pull-through sales, providing a sizable, early return on investment. The energy assessment and tracking tools from BuildingAdvice help T.H. Eifert make a solid case for installing and maintaining energy-efficient products.

Are you assertively addressing distracted driving and other workplace distractions with your fitters, plumbers, service techs, and other affected workers? MCAA’s worker safety training video on workplace distractions and six other workplace distractions safety resources will help you get the message out.

John E. Green Co. of Highland, MI, cut labor and installation time by using Aquatherm’s polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe systems for a 2013 project at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy (U of D Jesuit). The project went so well that when U of D Jesuit and John E. Green teams reconvened in 2014 to plan the school’s new science building, no other piping options were considered.

Manual material handling is the largest single cause of lost workday injuries in construction. One out of every four work injuries happens because someone lifted, carried, pushed, or pulled something the wrong way or lifted beyond his or her capacity. Workers should be trained on proper and safe material handling techniques either manually or by using mechanical means. The use of correct handling techniques is one of the ways to help reduce injuries.

OSHA’s new rule to protect construction workers from overexposure to crystalline silica becomes enforceable on September 23, 2017. Under the right conditions, overexposure to silica can lead to silicosis and other health problems. To help its members protect their workers, MCAA provides several resources. All are free to members as a benefit of membership.

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

To repair a refrigerant leak in the computer room of an office tower tenant, Davis Mechanical Service, Inc. turned to Parker Hannifin Corporation’s ZoomLock™ Braze-Free Fittings, avoiding the need to use a torch or get a burn permit. As a result, Davis Mechanical completed the whole repair in less than an hour and with minimal disruption to the client.

Have your human resources policies kept pace with change? If they don’t address electronic communications and social media, cell phones and other technology-centric issues, MCAA’s Guide to Human Resources Policies can help fill the gap. The guide, which reflects current trends and law, provides examples of human resources policies and guidelines. These provide a starting point from which you can customize the guide to meet your company’s needs.
 
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Owners of a Washington, DC, apartment complex undergoing renovation selected Daikin products for their reliability and energy-saving potential. The choice not only improved comfort and energy efficiency in the buildings but also netted a $62,000 rebate from the local electric utility, enhancing the owners’ return on investment.

Kenneth R. Marino, Wayne Crouse, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA has made another personal contribution to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF), bringing his total contribution to $13,500.

Sloan Valve Company and Zurn Industries, LLC have posted new information in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show! Our Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council, because who doesn’t need the best strategic supply chain to enhance your productivity and profitability! We know you already love the exhibits at the MCAA Convention, MSCA’s Educational Conference, the Safety Directors’ Conference and our Technology Conference. Now in addition you can catch the latest products and other offerings all year long!

Victaulic’s project management, coordination, and new 3D scanning technology allowed Western Mechanical Contractors, Inc. to cut days off the schedule for a historic building renovation, cutting labor costs and keeping the project on time and within budget. The 100-year-old Detroit News Building in downtown Detroit, MI, posed several challenges to restoration—including one tenant who remained in the building throughout the project.

President Trump signed H. J. Res 83, rescinding a controversial change to OSHA’s recordkeeping rule. The rescinded provision extended the statute of limitations for OSHA to issue citations for recordkeeping violations from six months to five years.

Mollenberg-Betz, Inc. of Buffalo, NY contributed $3,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing their total contribution to the Foundation to $8,000. H. Van Mollenberg, President of Mollenberg-Betz, says it’s an honor to be able to do so!

For Seattle’s new State Route 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, Diamond B Constructors, Inc. knew they could count on Anvil International for flexible couplings and fittings for the Schedule 40 pipe of the bridge’s wastewater removal system. In addition, because Anvil’s products used on this project were manufactured in its U.S. plants, they satisfied the requirements of the Federal Highway Administration for American-made construction supplies.

Are you being asked to use rates other than those included in MCAA’s Tool & Equipment Rental Guide? Not to worry… EquipmentWatch prepares the rates in MCAA’s guide using the same cost formulas and methodology they use for their own rates.

Got a great idea that helped your company overcome a challenge in the office, in the shop or in the field? Nominate it for the E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation.

Skin Cancer has become a major concern in the mechanical construction and service industry. Every year more than 5 million cases of skin cancer are treated nationwide. The vast majority of skin cancer cases are attributed to (UV) Radiation from the sun. Working in the sun unprotected substantially increases the risk of developing skin cancer.

If your company has hired a well-qualified college student for the summer, then apply for a Student Internship Grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). The grants are $1,000 each and your company may apply for up to two until the end of this year. The grant will help cover the intern’s salary and expenses.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Indiana has contributed $5,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $110,000.

Have you forgotten how amazing MCAA’s 2017 convention was? Here’s a reminder. MCAA heads for the hills…San Antonio’s Hill Country to be exact…for MCAA 2018, March 25-29 at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
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Distracted driving is a growing concern, especially for mechanical construction and service employers. Fortunately, MCAA and its long-time partner in safety CNA have produced resources that will help you address this concern in your own companies.

Your Service Field Supervisor plays a key role that directly impacts your bottom line. MSCA’s Growing and Developing Service Supervisors is focused training designed specifically for improving the performance of service field supervisors.

Thank you for joining us in San Diego for MCAA 2017! You can view, download and share great memories of our time together. Best of all, they’re free! Ready to make new memories? Plan to join us for MCAA 2018 on March 25-29 at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio.

MCAA President Tom Stone welcomed attendees to the Closing General Session and introduced UA General President Mark McManus, saying “I know that everyone in this room – everyone – has immense respect for the United Association, its members, and the job they do every day – for our projects and ultimately, for our owners. They are truly the heartbeat of this country.” After recognizing outgoing members of MCAA’s Board of Directors for their service, he turned over the gavel to 2017 President Greg Fuller. Association leaders were recognized, then astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly took the stage to share their experiences in space and in life. President Fuller wrapped things up with a look ahead at MCAA 2018, which will take place March 25-29 in San Antonio.

MCAA’s Awards of Excellence Breakfast, with breakfast sponsored by NIBCO, honored and celebrated MCAA members’ and future professionals’ excellence throughout the year and at MCAA 2017. MCAA President Tom Stone kicked off the event by announcing the winners of the NIBCO Tennis Round-Robin, the Anvil International Fun Run/Walk and the Victaulic/Carrier Golf Tournament. Following a round of applause for all award winners, President Stone presented the major awards.

Tuesday afternoon offered MCAA 2017 attendees three very different learning experiences: the Student Chapter Competition that showcased future industry professionals, roundtable discussions that encouraged attendees to learn from one another, and a special session that brought the San Diego Zoo to MCAA 2017. Wednesday found attendees back to the business of education with a variety of sessions.

MCAA Past President Mark Rogers received MCAA’s highest honor, the Infinity Award for Distinguished Service, at MCAA 2017’s Opening Session. The statue for MCAA’s Distinguished Service Award embodies the infinity symbol, a never-ending loop of learning, succeeding and giving back to others, which are MCAA’s core values.

Noting that we have record attendance at MCAA 2017, MCAA President Tom Stone opened the convention by encouraging everyone to take a moment to reflect on our success. “[T]he people in this room are successful because we never stop learning. This week we will listen to exceptional leaders and visionaries and technical gurus – and take home with us what we learn. Our annual convention is unparalleled in our industry,” he said.

MCAA 2017 attendees headed to this year’s Manufacturer/Supplier Exhibit in droves, eager to learn about the new products, technologies and services that can help their businesses grow, cut costs, save time, and reduce errors. They discovered how innovations can provide a competitive advantage, whether by increasing productivity or boosting bottom-line results. New technologies were also on display for inspection and hands-on testing.

MCAA 2017 attendees hit the ground running with a variety of learning opportunities designed to advance their knowledge about new industry trends, technologies and practices. Whether they came to San Diego hoping to develop or hone their leadership abilities, learn new business growth strategies, explore new building technology applications, discover strategies and methods to attract new talent or take a step back and take stock, experts were on hand to share their insights and experiences.

MCAA is proud to announce a new partnership with the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) to offer benchmarking data for the mechanical contracting industry. Our newest resource, 2016 Benchmarking Data for Mechanical Contractors, is now available to all MCAA members free as a benefit of membership.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) is again making available Student Internship Grants to all MCAA members who hire college students majoring in a discipline related to mechanical contracting. The grants are for $1,000, and MCAA members are eligible to apply for up to two grants during 2017.

If you missed the February webinar of Plumbing Service 101, Plumbing Service Business Basics, it is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

MSCA’s Insights into Field Service Software webinar is now available for viewing in your own time. You can access it in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Last Sales Basecamp course offered for 2017! Register for MSCA Sales Basecamp for your new or entry-level service sales staff. The program will be held May 1-2 in Philadelphia, PA.

MCAA sponsored the 2016 Construction Technology Report, produced by MCAA’s Technology partner, JBKnowledge. As part of our sponsorship, MCAA has now published a new MCAA-Focused report that segments out responses given by MCAA members and compares them to the rest of the construction industry. With this new report, MCAA members can not only see how their companies compare to other MCAA members, but how our membership compares to the industry at large.

Check out the very latest Smart Solutions case studies that spotlight MCAA mechanical contractors who found their “smart solution” by partnering with members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council. Learn how these companies found innovative ways to meet their contractor clients’ needs by improving productivity, cutting costs and saving time on the job.
 
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Watch the fourth MCAA Tech Update, powered by BuiltWorlds, where we explore trending technology that impacts MCAA members. In this special episode, we focus on safety, where we explore the 2017 Safety Directors Conference, take a look at the new MCAA Technology Research Report on Safety Apps, and explore a growing trend of predictive analytics in safety apps.

MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) Course 17 continues its four-year long tradition of early sell outs, closing out each course before March 1. A wait list will be started in case of cancellations.

If you’re looking for a fabricator that will make consistent repeatable pipe cuts for a fraction of the cost of commercial cutters, check out the award-winning innovation created by Air Masters Corporation of Fenton, MO and described in a recently-released MCAA Management Methods Bulletin.

Several of OSHA’s recently released safety and health regulations have provisions that become enforceable sometime this year. The three that apply to the mechanical industry are silica, recordkeeping, and crane operator certification.

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council, because who doesn’t need the best strategic supply chain to enhance your productivity and profitability! We know you already love the exhibits at the MCAA Convention, MSCA’s Educational Conference, the Safety Directors’ Conference and our Technology Conference. Now in addition you can catch the latest products and other offerings all year long!

If you’ve hired a college student as an intern or a co-op, apply for a $1,000 Student Internship Grant from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). Hire another intern and apply for another grant. You can apply for up to two grants through the end of this year.

MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference provided world class, industry-specific safety and health education and outstanding networking opportunities for 215 participants. Attendees included occupational safety and health professionals from member firms and local affiliates, UA local instructors, MCA local executives, and others. Topic experts from around the country presented fifteen educational sessions throughout the three-day conference.

The 2017 Construction Employer’s of America National Issues Conference is now open for registration. This year’s conference will be held May 2 – 4 at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and promises to be one of the best and most comprehensive held to date.

The California Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association (CPMCA) has contributed $7,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the association’s total contributions to the Foundation to $262,500.

Looking for your next great employee to groom and help you push your company to the next level? Well there’s a “bulletin” for that and you already own it as a free MCAA member benefit! But, wait, there’s more…

Register for the MSCA Sales Basecamp for new or entry-level sales personnel. Classes fill up fast! The program will be held May 1-2 in Philadelphia, PA.

This report by MCAA Technology Committee Member Britton Langdon gives the pros and cons of the most applicable technology from the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) exhibit. It includes the latest in augmented reality, drones, cameras, sensors, mapping devices and scanners.

Mechanical Service Contractors of America is pleased to announce its much anticipated Plumbing Service 101 webinar series and workbooks! Each webinar and workbook module will focus on a key facet of operating a successful plumbing service business. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Thank you…two simple words, too infrequently used, arresting in their power. When a company’s culture revolves around saying “thank you” to its customers and employees alike, good things just seem to follow. Thank you, Jim Mooney, for reminding us!

On January 23rd, President Trump held a White House meeting with UA General President Mark McManus and other leaders of the Building Trades. On January 24th, President Trump signed Executive Orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.

At the 2017 Safety Directors Conference, Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Construction Technology, presented the findings from the latest MCAA Technology Research Series on Safety Applications. The new study, produced independently by JBK Labs, focuses in on apps that can be used by companies to document, report, organize and even predict future incidents.

If you have an iPad or iPhone, it’s easy. Follow these simple steps to customize your MCAA.org experience by making, for example, the Safety Excellence Initiative or MSCA.org an app on your home screen.

MCAA is producing several new safety and health resources for members in 2017, including a variety of training materials and updates to the popular Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades and the Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published a new rule on Beryllium. The rule does apply to the construction industry, but it will have little effect on mechanical construction employers.

The Management Methods Committee has been updating and revising bulletins to ensure they continue to help you solve problems and answer questions that will keep your business on track, growing and thriving. Whether it’s a general business issue, a project management challenge or a technology question, a Management Methods Bulletin just may have the answer.

Four years ago, ANVIL made a new pledge to the Foundation of $100,000…this on top of the $1.1 million it had already contributed. Year number four of that pledge just ended; the fourth $10,000 installment just arrived!

EPA makes changes to the National Recycling and Emissions Reduction Program regarding the handling, use and sale of ozone depleting substances.

New HVACR chiller training courses are now being offered by the United Association Training Department in conjunction with Carrier Corporation and Johnson Controls through the 2017 Regional Training System. These courses will be taught by authorized factory instructors, incorporating manufacturer specific curriculum, and have limited availability. Admittance into each course is subject to registration policies by each participating manufacturer.

In the latest PCA Podcast, Armand Kilijian from O’Brien Mechanical in San Francisco joined Sean McGuire to talk about water efficiency challenges that contractors face in California. The conversation explored the city’s infrastructure inefficiencies, the requirements of retention cisterns, purple pipe and onsite water treatment and reuse systems.

This guide provides mechanical construction employers with the information needed to objectively select subcontractors that are committed to jobsite safety and health, and assist them through the process of establishing and implementing the programs, policies, procedures, and safe work practices necessary to consistently perform their work safely.

The 39 graduates of MCAA’s Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) Course 16 paid it forward in a big way. At least four of the class’ seven final project teams will have their projects memorialized as MCAA Management Methods Bulletins.

MCAA recently released an excellent safety resource… the MCAA Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers. This resource is similar in design to the association’s extremely popular Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades, and Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades.

Arden Building Companies LLC have contributed $2,500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $5,200.

JBKnowledge, MCAA’s technology research partner, just released its fifth annual report on construction technology practices. This year’s report saw a record number of responses from respondents across the construction industry, with over 700 MCAA members participating.
 
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Technology is making our world a better place in which to live and work, as well as transforming our industry. Find out how and why from the experts at MCAA 2017 (March 5-9, San Diego, CA).

This year’s Industry Improvement Funds Conference featured speakers who educated the group on the various roles that industry funds play as well as proper uses for them. A record attendance of 130 participants took advantage of the two-day educational offerings.

The revised rule now allows service technicians to perform their tasks without fall prevention or protection systems, but only under specified conditions.

Don’t miss the new short tech update videos developed jointly with BuiltWorlds for MCAA members. Stay ahead of the change curve!
 
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MCAA’s 2017 Field Leaders Conference (Denver, May 10-12) provides foremen and superintendents with the management and leadership skills they need to be effective in managing jobsite labor, other personnel and operations to keep projects on time, on budget and profitable. Act now while space is available.

The ARCA/MCA of Ontario, CA has contributed $1,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing their total contribution to the Foundation to $11,000.

Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning for Supervisors is one of six mechanical construction supervisor safety training videos that are available to you as a benefit of membership.

If you’re looking for a well-qualified student to hire as an intern or to fill a full-time professional position, MCAA has yet another resource to help you with your search—MCAA’s Student Chapter Contacts list.

OSHA recently released compliance guidelines addressing several provisions in its revised recordkeeping rule.

MCAA’s growing family of student chapters at colleges and universities around the country has increased by two—one at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and another at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in Fairbanks, AK.

Compliance is easy and cost effective for members with MCAA’s new Model Silica Exposure Control Plan for Mechanical Construction.

While nobody likes constant change, there usually comes a time for your company when you feel like you have to make a decision to stay with the same software or make a break. You owe it to your company to check out the new MSCA Field Service Software Report, released at the MSCA Conference as part of the ongoing MCAA Technology Series. It’s free to members!

MCAA’s Collective Bargaining Seminar aimed at improving bargaining relations, the effectiveness of terms and conditions to improve project performance and achieving the ultimate goal of improving MCAA and UA market share.

If your experience at the 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit inspired you to organize an MCAA student chapter, “Starting an MCAA Student Chapter” can help.

Following a multi-year tradition, board of directors’ members for the MCA of Connecticut and the MCA of New England all donated generously to the MCAA PAC. Both associations are among the most consistent supporters of MCAA’s PAC and legislative policy initiatives.

Four new silica safety resources are now available to MCAA members. The resources will help your workers protect themselves from overexposure to silica and help your company comply with OSHA’s new standard… Respirable Crystalline Silica. Affected employers must be in compliance with the standard by June 23, 2017.

MSCA releases a Field Service Software Report to help members evaluate, understand and select service software. The report is the fourth in the MCAA Technology Research Series developed by JBKnowledge.

For the seventh consecutive year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope work together to assist a local charitable organization in Phoenix during the recent MSCA conference thanks to our volunteers and donations from our members.

MCAA’s 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit drew a record number of MCAA student chapter members, faculty advisors, contractors and local association execs for a Mile-High experience. New technologies, career advice, Student Competition news, a new mini competition format and a fabulous tour of a local brewery made for an over-the-top Summit to remember.

Mechanical, Inc. of Freeport, IL has contributed $5,000 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing the company’s total contributions to the Foundation to $17,500.

MSCA announces a new era! MSCA CONNECT is now your go-to resource to build connections and valuable relationships within all facets of the service industry.

Frank Schaetzke has contributed $500 to the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) bringing his total contributions to the Foundation to $2,500.

MCAA has released the 2016-2017 edition of its Tool and Equipment Rental Guide. The guide puts the latest comprehensive cost recovery information for commonly used tools and equipment at your fingertips. The guide is free as a member benefit.

Flat rate premiums for multiemployer pension plans increased by 3.7 percent, rising from $27 to $28, for plan years beginning in 2017.

For the eighth consecutive year, 100% of ARCA/MCA’s Board members have contributed to the MCAA PAC. Increasingly, MCA local affiliates’ boards are supporting the MCAA PAC, allowing MCAA to better meet the legislative challenges facing our industry.

Don’t miss out on MCAA’s safety training resources for supervisors such as the video, Making It Work: Safety Conflict Resolution.

MCAA’s Guide to Human Resources Policies–just updated to reflect current technologies, practices and laws–is now available for download at no charge as a benefit of MCAA membership.

MCAA recently teamed up with the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention to help spread the word about the increasing number of suicides in the construction industry.

Sponsors of the GreatFutures 2016 Student Chapter and Mechanical Contractors Summit (October 13-15, Denver, CO) helped make this our best Summit ever. MCAA thanks host MCA of Colorado and these fine member companies for their generous contributions to this annual conference: CNA, NIBCO, Viega, Victaulic, Zurn, Murphy Company, U.S. Engineering and Milwaukee Tool.

Learn about Zika virus risk reduction and protective measures that you can pass on to your workers.

In our Tuesday TechTalk, @mcaageek Sean McGuire asks, “Are tablets replacing mobile phones on your jobsite?” What is becoming clear is that the importance of phones is diminishing. With a six-month payback period, more contractors are choosing to provide tablets to their workforce and explore their benefits and productivity.

MCAA recently negotiated an additional member discount for OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Construction Safety Standards Courses.

United Association Executive Vice President Rick Terven testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee on September 22nd on Chairman John Kline’s proposals to modernize multiemployer pensions.

The UA’s Director of Training Chris Haslinger and MCAA General Counsel John McNerney gave a 90-minute presentation to the Department of Labor’s (DoL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

A completely penetrated root pass using an “open root” joint design is the most challenging part of making that weld. Using a backing ring makes it easier to be sure there is full penetration. Check out NCPWB’s new Technical Bulletin.

Have you forgotten how awesome MCAA’s 2016 convention was? Here’s a reminder. We promise MCAA 2017 will be great too!

Subcontractors’ contracts may include provisions that impose fines or penalties for subcontractors’ safety violations. MCAA’s Management Methods Committee has released a Management Methods Bulletin that explains how such provisions could impact a subcontractor and how best to avoid them.

MSCA’s Service Managers Training Program is now open for registration. This popular program will be held March 27 – 30, 2017 in Baltimore, MD.

Members now have access to a full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide. This online version enhances the look and feel of our printed directory with digital-only benefits.

MCAA hosted a new webinar on Tuesday, August 23 featuring Josh Bone, JB Knowledge’s lead researcher on the BIM to Field Software report. The MCAA webinar provides further detail of the 24 softwares that were evaluated in the third report from the Construction Technology Research Series.

James Benham, Josh Bone and Rob McKinney, otherwise known as the Con Tech Trio, interviewed Chris Weaver, Andy Egan Company’s Director of Technology on Friday, August 12.

The 2016 conference of MCAA’s Association Executives Council (AEC) was a three day in-depth examination of best practices in association management. Conference attendees examined and shared highly useful information and strategies on key topics ranging from building board relationships to unique new educational initiatives.

To better serve our membership, the MCAA Construction Technology Initiative is launching a new feature, a video series on updates in the world of construction tech, powered by BuiltWorlds. View our first edition now!

MCAA has now released its third installment of the Construction Technology Research Series with a report produced by JB Knowledge Labs on BIM to Field Software, free to members.

The effective/enforcement date for two provisions in OSHA’s recently revised Recordkeeping Rule — Employer requirements for “Employee Involvement” and “Prohibition Against Discrimination” — has been extended from August 10, 2016 to November 1, 2016.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation recently received a $1,000 contribution from MCAA Board of Directors member Pat Lynch of CCI Mechanical, Inc. of Salt Lake City, UT — thank you!

MCAA Government Affairs Committee Chairman Bill Albanese and Committee member Jim Gaffney joined in support of the Foundation for Fair Contracting’s (FFC) challenge of an over-broad Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shield by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to withhold certified payrolls in a prevailing wage audit on a NASA job in Greenbelt, MD.

MCAA President Tom Stone did a terrific job representing all MCAA members in his address August 2nd to the UA General Convention in San Diego. Interrupted a number of times by applause, President Stone started strong by telling the delegates that “We are proud to be a union contractor and have been for 110 years since our founding in 1906.”

Planning to build or renovate a fabrication shop for your business? You may want to read through MCAA’s latest management resource, Factors to Consider in Establishing, Operating and Maintaining a Fabrication Shop.

If you’re seeing this page, then you know that the old mcaa.org has been replaced by a bright, shiny new family of websites to better serve our members. The sites you can see now are the publicly available sites. If you’re a member, you should have received an email on July 29th with new login information.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $2,500 contribution from the Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company, raising its total contributions to $12,750.

PCA Chairman and MCAA Board of Directors member Armand Kilijian joined the Plumbing Podcast to discuss the importance of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to plumbing contractors. Don’t miss episode 6!

MCAA’s Board of Directors met July 15-16 to consider the association’s program and financial priorities for the coming year. The Board of Directors will next meet in conjunction with MCAA’s 2017 convention in San Diego, CA.

The latest regulatory notice affecting the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) provides 11 changes to the small business subcontracting plan procedures required of prime contractors on covered prime contracts ($1.5 million or more), the most significant of which is the subcontractor listing and payment protections. MCAA had testified in favor of protections.

MCAA’s latest management resource—Employee Reviews—provides information about how to prepare for and conduct employee reviews effectively so that supervisors and employees benefit from the experience.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $2,500 contribution from the MCA of New York, raising its total contributions to $135,000.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $1,000 contribution from the West Michigan MCA. Thank you!

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) received a $5,000 contribution from FitzGerald Contractors (Shreveport, LA), toward its pledge of $100,000.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has raised civil penalties for violations of its rules to take into account inflation since penalties were last set. The new Interim Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 1, will take effect on August 1, 2016 for violations that occurred after November 2, 2015.

MCAA’s technology partner BuiltWorlds summarized the hot topics presented at the 2016 Construction Technology Conference.

Josh Bone, of JBKnowledge, principal author of our Construction Technology BIM Software Analysis Research Report, conducted a webinar on its findings. If you missed it, check out the archived webinar.

The annual round of MCAA local affiliated association summer board meetings continues to bring strong support for the national MCAA Political Action Committee (MCAA-PAC). Lend your support to MCAA advocacy efforts by contributing to the MCAA-PAC by making a contribution today.

MCERF thanks the JF Ahern Company of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin for its generous $25,000 contribution in support of its education and research programs, bringing their total contribution to $125,000. To see how you can help, visit MCERF.org.

If a unique management idea helped your company overcome a challenge and improve your bottom line, consider nominating that innovation for the next prestigious E. Robert Kent Award! You and your innovation will be recognized during the Awards of Excellence program at MCAA 2017 in San Diego.

If you are considering hiring an intern for this summer and you haven’t yet lined up candidates, go to MCAA’s career website, MCAAGreatFutures.org. Over 200 resumes of well-qualified students from across the U.S. and Canada are posted and they’re eager to work for a mechanical, mechanical service or plumbing contractor to learn the business.

Timothy G. Wentz, associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, winner of MCAA’s highest honor – the Distinguished Service Award – and a three-time winner of MCAA’s Educator of the Year Award, became the 2016-2017 president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) during its annual conference in St. Louis, MO last June.

MCAA is honored that President Wentz will participate in MCAA 2017 in San Diego, CA!

OMB Memorandum documents support small business subcontracting payment protections already in place in the Federal Prompt Payment Acts of 1982 and 1988 for construction subcontractors.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently issued two reports underscoring its multiemployer plan insurance fund’s precarious position, predicting that complete insolvency is more likely than not by 2025, if not sooner.

Last week, the Construction Employers of America (CEA), of which MCAA is a member, submitted a list of construction industry policies to the national Democrat and Republican Parties to consider for inclusion in their platforms during their upcoming conventions.

The Department of Labor (DoL) issued new rules pertaining to reporting by labor relations consultants and counsel relative to “persuader” activity, which were to take effect on July 1, 2016 but were stayed by court action.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) recently received a $10,000 contribution from the New England Mechanical Contractors Association, raising its total contributions to $220,800. Thank you!

Sixteen faculty members from as many universities came to the P1 Group, Inc. in Lenexa, KS in June for a very successful three-day crash course in mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems (M-E-P) – the 2016 Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium’s (MEAC) Faculty Training Camp. Thanks to MCERF for their financial support.

Construction Technology Conference gets underway in Indianapolis.

MCAA has just made available its Safety Bulletin with information about the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised recordkeeping rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The revised rule requires affected employers to electronically submit, annually, specified occupational injury and illness information directly to the agency. The bulletin provides information on key

Bob Bolton, a member of the MCAA Board of Directors and the MCAA Government Affairs Committee, discussed the recent Treasury Department decision to veto the Teamster Central States remedial benefit suspension proposal with Labor Secretary Tom Perez at a recent Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce event in Providence, RI.

A long list of House and Senate representatives covered a wide range of issues affecting MCAA and allied association members’ business concerns. Issues discussed included a new bill to stem payroll fraud stemming from misclassifying employees as independent contractors from lead Representative Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and federal Infrastructure funding measures by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Representative John Delaney (D-MD). The program concluded with an address by Sean McGarvey, president of the North America Building Trades Unions.

Former Congressman George Miller took charge of the pension reform segment of the program. He led an expert discussion of the alternate/composite plan proposal that MCAA and the Quality Construction Alliance are hoping to move through Congress this year. Mr. Miller and Randy DeFrehn of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP)

A Technical Bulletin just issued by the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB) concerns failures in seamless carbon steel pipe, fittings and flanges during hydrostatic testing due to changes in steelmaking practices by certain mills over the last five years.

As anticipated, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule – Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – is final and was published in the May 12, 2016 issue of the Federal Register.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation has received a $10,000 contribution from the MCA of Kansas City, raising its total contributions  to $295,000. The Foundation Board of Trustees is very grateful for the generous contribution which will help support MCERF’s continuing industry education and research activities. Find out more about how MCERF is assuring

The Treasury Department’s Special Master, Kenneth Feinberg, rejected the remedial application of the Teamsters Central States’ pension plan to cut benefits in order to save the plan from even greater cuts due under the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation insolvency status. Feinberg said the remedial plan actuarial and participant age assumptions were unreasonable, the benefits cuts