Mechanical Contractors Association of America aimed at advocacy
At the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), advocacy on the industry’s behalf is a top agenda item, says president Mark Rogers, chief operating officer of West Chester Mechanical Contractors Inc.
A case in point, he said, was the organization’s recent success in dealing with a proposed accounting rule that had onerous implications for members of the association, which represents 2,500 firms across the United States. Rogers, a Philadelphia-area contractor, said a coalition spearheaded by the MCAA was able in July “to finally resolve in our favor a proposed rule that was threatening our bonding capacity and ability to do business.” Speaking at a meeting during the 70th national conference of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada, Rogers said another ongoing priority has been strategic planning initiatives undertaken in partnership with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters.
Rogers, who addressed the union’s convention in Las Vegas last month, noted that MCAA members have put together an educational program to acquaint the organization’s labour partners “with the contractors’ business model. “This (program) has been very well-received each time we have put it on,” he said. “When those we work with every day and depend upon for our joint success understand the economic challenges of doing business, we all benefit.” Rogers, who took office during the MCAA’s annual convention in Hawaii in March, said the association is committed to providing contractors “with the best educational opportunities so they can stay on the cutting edge.”
In mid-September, the MCAA hosted its 2011 mid-year conference in Indianapolis. The focus was on changing trends in the mechanical contracting industry and on strategies that could help contractors succeed “in this uncertain economy. “Needless to say, it was well attended,” said Rogers, who is active in the industry at both the national and local levels and who started his Chester, Pa. business in 1996.
Also on the educational front, the MCAA has additional Building Information Modeling (BIM) workshops on the agenda next month. Day-long courses on BIM contracts and risk allocation and the BIM process and the BIM process and technology implementation will be offered in Baltimore.