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January 2023 Newsletter

Koontz Seminar February 10

Well-known industry leader John Koontz will return to conduct session number 10 of his 10-part Project Manager and Foreman Training seminar. The last session will focus on partnership and Industry Best Practices. The seminar is free to MCAI members. The fee for non-members is $300 per person. We will help registrants in need of overnight accommodations. The training will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott East – 7202 East 21st Street, just off I-70 and Shadeland Avenue. If you need more information, please contact Heather at 317-255-4126.


Congratulations Dave Frame

Congratulations to Dave Frame, fourth-generation family business owner of Bob Frame Plumbing Services, South Bend, Indiana, on his ascension to the role of National President of the PHCC. Dave is a past President of the St. Joe Valley PHCC and is an active member of the St. Joe Valley MCAI. We are proud to see a Hoosier take the top spot in a prominent national organization!


UA Details Arbitration Decision that will Impact Jobs with Ductless Systems

A letter from the United Association (UA) details a recent arbitration between the UA and SMART over the installation of ductless split air conditioning systems and the assignment of work on a job in the city of San Francisco. The letter details a 1956 UA-SMART agreement that assigns the work to the UA. This agreement was the basis for the arbiter’s decision. You will also notice in the final paragraph that the UA “will aggressively employ lawful and appropriate means to protect its jurisdiction and vindicate its rights under the 1956 Agreement”. This notice will have an impact on jobs where ductless systems are installed. Please take a moment to review it.


Registration is Now Open for MCAA’s 2023 Field Leaders Conference


April 3-5, 2023 | Scottsdale, AZ
May 17-19, 2023 | Chicago, IL
August 2-4, 2023 | San Francisco, CA
October 11-13, 2023 | Des Moines, IA

MCAA will host four Field Leaders Conferences in 2023 to welcome as many field personnel as possible. Help your field personnel become leaders by sending them to Scottsdale, AZ (April 3-5), Chicago, IL (May 17-19), San Francisco, CA (August 2-4) or Des Moines, IA (October 11-13). We will offer the same education in all four locations, ensuring your team receives high-quality education at the date and location most convenient for your company. Register your team today!


Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Employee Stock Ownership Plans

Mechanical contractors may benefit from Employee Stock Ownership Plans, innovative planning devices allowing for tax-favored transfers of stock ownership in a closely held business. MCAA’s Employee Stock Ownership Plans reviews the benefits and disadvantages of these plans to assist in strategic planning. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.


Transform Your Safety & Health Program With More Than 700 MCAA Resources


Did you know that the MCAA currently has more than 50 worker and supervisor safety training videos? Each year MCAA’s Safety Excellence Initiative produces several new training videos, programs, guides, posters, toolbox talks and other resources. Our recently updated safety resource page helps members quickly identify the newly produced videos and resources to stay up to date with regulations and ahead of the curve with safety and health.


Join Jim Gaffney for a Webinar to Learn about Powerful New Tax Incentives and Marketing Tools:

January 18, 2023 | 1:00 PM EST

Starting January 29, 2023, certain construction projects that promote energy efficiency and clean energy production will qualify for substantially larger tax credits if they are performed by contractors that employ apprentices from a registered program and pay prevailing wage. On January 18, 2023 at 1:00 pm Eastern, Jim Gaffney, Chairman of MCAA’s Government Affairs Committee, will host a webinar to educate MCAA members about these incentives and how to use them as marketing tools and provide guidance on how to assure facility owners that your business complies with the requirements of the law. He will be joined by Vince Sarubbi, Director of Government Relations at MCAA, and Lauren Rayner Davis, a Senior Associate at Peckar & Abramson and a compliance expert.


New Internship Grant Process for 2023


MCAA wants to hear about all of your mechanical contracting interns and has revised the internship grant application process to ensure program success is being rewarded and celebrated.


Nominations Are Open for MCAA’s Board of Directors – January 13 Is the Last Day

The future of MCAA is fundamentally linked to the quality of the individuals who serve on its Board of Directors. MCAA members who would like to be considered for one of three vacancies are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Applications should be returned no later than January 13, 2023. Candidates and their spokespersons will be scheduled for interviews at the 2023 MCAA Annual Convention. Those who are selected will begin their terms in March 2023.


Showcase Your Company’s 2022 Successes & Apply for the MCAA/CAN Safety Excellence Awards


MCAA and long-time safety partner CAN bring you the prestigious MCAA/CAN Safety Excellence Awards Program. The annual awards honor MCAA member companies’ successful safety programs and innovative safety initiatives because nothing is more important than the health and safety of our workers. Take a moment to celebrate your company’s successes – apply today!



January 9 – 440 JATC, 4:00 pm
January 11 – 166 Labor Management meeting, Local 166 Hall, Fort Wayne, 10:00 am
January 18 – 9:00 am 440 H&W and Pension Trust meetings, 440 conference room
3:00 pm 166 JATC Board meeting, Fort Wayne
5:00 pm Fort Wayne MCA meeting, Ruth’s Chris, Fort Wayne
January 19 – MCPC (Indianapolis MCA) meeting, 5 pm Ruth’s Chris Indianapolis
January 24 – Service Contractors Association lunch meeting, 11:30 am MCAI Conference room
February 2 – 136 JATC, 2:30 EST Evansville MCA SI Chapter Dinner, Bauerhaus, Darmstadt, 6:30, EST