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14Jan/21

Fabrication Detailing in Revit Training

The MCA of Metropolitan Washington has just invited us to extend this free educational opportunity to our members here in NY: Fabrication Detailing in Revit. This training is hosted by MSuite and will take place over the next four consecutive Fridays (1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12) from 1:00-2:00 PM each session. You can learn more about the topics covered in each session by checking out the attached flyer. Interested contractors can REGISTER HERE.

01Jan/21

Cybersecurity with Nick Espinosa of Security Fanatics

The third webinar in MCA’s Virtual Education Series:

HACKING THE HACKERS: CORPORATE SECURITY DONE RIGHT. Join Nick for a deep dive into the threats that corporations and governments face such as Dark Web exposure, types of hacking attacks, and a look into the foundational concepts of how to create a well-defended organization. Nick is highly regarded across the country for his cybersecurity expertise and his ability to help companies better defend themselves from the next cyber attack. All contractors, large or small, will learn some practical steps to improve on their current cyber and tech security practices.

Cybersecurity with Nick Espinosa of Security Fanatics
Wednesday, January 27th  –  3:30-5:00 PM
To Register contact Shane at shane@nymca.org

01Jan/21

Anchoring Requirements with Hilti, Inc.

Hilti, Inc. will discuss requirements related to cracked concrete approved anchors as well as necessary certifications for adhesive anchor installation in the second webinar of our Virtual Education Series. Following Hilti’s presentation, you will be able to ensure your organization is code compliant when installing anchors. Hilti has worked with a number of MCA members on this issue, and contractors can benefit from having an employee join this discussion.  

The Webinar will be held Wednesday, January 20th  –  3:30-4:30 PM, to register email Shane McMorrow at shane@nymca.org.

01Jan/21

MCA’s Virtual Educational Series

In partnership with MCA NY Associate Members, we are excited to announce upcoming virtual seminars available to construction and service contractors to kick-off 2021. Please take a look at the webinars available below. You can register to attend simply by emailing Shane McMorrow at shane@nymca.org with names & emails of any employees in your organization interested in joining one or more of the educational offerings below. Registrants will be sent a follow-up email to join the webinar. You must be an MCA member to take advantage of this opportunity!

Wednesday, January 13th  –  3:30-4:30 PM

Indoor Air Quality with Ferguson Enterprises

Join Ferguson Enterprises as they discuss the increasingly important topic of Indoor Air Quality. They’ll walk through two of the products available to your clients: the enVerid Air Purifier and the Air Scrubber utilizing ActivePure technology (information on these products is available attached to this email). Join us next Wednesday, January 13th to discuss these IAQ options with representatives from Ferguson. As your clients and customers look to get back in their buildings in 2021, it’s important to be aware of the solutions available for their spaces.

Wednesday, January 20th  –  3:30-4:30 PM

Anchoring Requirements with Hilti, Inc.

Hilti, Inc. will discuss requirements related to cracked concrete approved anchors as well as necessary certifications for adhesive anchor installation. Following Hilti’s presentation, you will be able to ensure your organization is code compliant when installing anchors. Hilti has worked with a number of MCA members on this issue, and contractors can benefit from having an employee join this discussion.   

Wednesday, January 27th  –  3:30-5:00 PM

Cybersecurity with Nick Espinosa of Security Fanatics

HACKING THE HACKERS: CORPORATE SECURITY DONE RIGHT. Join Nick for a deep dive into the threats that corporations and governments face such as Dark Web exposure, types of hacking attacks, and a look into the foundational concepts of how to create a well-defended organization. Nick is highly regarded across the country for his cybersecurity expertise and his ability to help companies better defend themselves from the next cyber attack. All contractors, large or small, will learn some practical steps to improve on their current cyber and tech security practices.

Remember to contact Shane McMorrow at shane@nymca.org for information on how to register or with any questions.

05Jun/20

NYC: PHASE I

New York City is scheduled to start Phase 1 Reopening on this Monday, June 8th. We encourage you to review the information below thoroughly with any legal, project, and safety personnel. This will help to ensure your company is in compliance with all city and state guidance on existing essential projects and all projects set to reopen beginning Monday.

1. Industries Reopening by Phase: overview of NYS’s plan for reopening in phases.

2. Detailed Construction Industry Guidance: detailed guidelines and a link at the bottom for Employers to affirm that they have read and understand their obligation to adhere to the guidance.

3. Business Affirmation Form (also found at the bottom of link #2): each contractor must affirm that they have reviewed the guidance above and will be in compliance at your office and jobsites.

4. Summary of Construction Guidelines for Employers & Employees: summary of minimum mandatory and recommended guidelines each contractor must follow.

5. Business Safety Planeach contractor must have a reopening safety plan completed and available on site.

6. Dept. of Buildings Phase 1 Guidance: Note: DOB specifically states “Employers are also required to develop a site-specific health plan that is prominently visible on worksites. They will also be required to submit and display an affirmation to the State that they have read and understood the additional reopening requirements as required in the NYS Interim Guidelines.”

16Apr/20

2020 MCA Golf Outing Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCA of New York has made the difficult decision of canceling the 2020 Golf Outing. The safety and health of our members are of utmost importance to us and this decision comes from keeping that in mind. We hope everyone is safe during these trying times.

11Jan/20

WiMi in NY’s First Event

On January 8th, MCA New York hosted its first Women in the Mechanical Industry Event at Gutter LIC. It was an evening of friendly competition and the start of amazing friendships. We had a great turnout of members from multiple companies and were excited to see the interest in helping WiMi to continue to grow.

Our next event will be in March and we hope to see more new faces!

15Oct/19

Ninth Annual Trade Show Success!

The MCA’s 9th Annual Trade Show kicked off with fun giveaways, amazing vendors, and over 250 attendees. 50 lucky attendees left with our Titleist Backpacks as door prizes and everyone who attended was entered into an Associate Member sponsored raffle which included several prizes such as a Go-Pro, $500 amazon gift card, Bose Bluetooth Headphones, an Apple Watch, and an Echo Plus. A 50/50 raffle was also held with proceeds donated to the Steamfitting Industry Assistance Program (SIAP).

The MCA’s 9th Annual Trade Show kicked off with fun giveaways, amazing vendors, and over 250 attendees. 50 lucky attendees left with our Titleist Backpacks as door prizes and everyone who attended was entered into an Associate Member sponsored raffle which included several prizes such as a Go-Pro, $500 amazon gift card, Bose Bluetooth Headphones, an Apple Watch, and an Echo Plus. A 50/50 raffle was also held with proceeds donated to the Steamfitting Industry Assistance Program (SIAP).

The LaGuardia Marriott squeezed in 30 of our valued Associate Members who in turn were able to show the latest their companies are able to offer to our contractor members. For the first time since its inception, the Trade Show offered break-out Cyber-Security Seminars and hosted a Coat Drive. In true MCA fashion, by the end of the night, we were able to donate close to 30 coats to those in need, as well as, $750 to Steamfitting Industry Assistance Program (SIAP).

It was an evening brimming excitement and opportunity. We have our work cut out for us next year when we host our 10th Annual Trade Show and we hope to see you there!

01Oct/19

2019 MCA Annual Charity Outing

It was a tough year! Bad weather in June forced us to reschedule our Annual Outing to September, but fortunately, a brisk autumn day made for a wonderful day.

MCA members came together for a day of camaraderie and fun while raising money for two worthy causes.

Butterflies from Jodie, donate Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to public locations to prevent another tragedy as in the one that claimed Jodie’s life at 21. 100% of proceeds from this organization are given to charity and the MCA was happy to have been able to contribute $42,000 to this life-saving organization.

Established in 1982, the Marty Llyons foundation aims to grants wishes to children who have been diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness. To date, they have granted 7,300 wishes and that number grows every day. The MCA was able to contribute $22,000 to help grant a few more of those wishes.

The MCA would like to express gratitude to all our members who patiently dealt with the rescheduling and complications that came with this year’s Outing. We’re so happy we were still able to spend the day with you and look forward to next year.

28Sep/19

MSCA NY Hears from Customer Service Expert

The MSCA of New York was pleased to welcome Woody Woodall, former Chair of the National MSCA Board of Managers and a regular presenter on customer service. Contractors spent the better part of an hour discussing the importance of committing to customer service and building loyalty among clients. Mr. Woodall’s engaging presentation left attendees with a renewed understanding of the importance of building customer service into their company culture and brand. Following the meeting, MSCA NY members were able to spend some time networking and catching up throughout dinner, which provided a great opportunity to strengthen the ties among local service contractors.

24Sep/19

Anthony Saporito Honored at Construction Skills Building Futures Breakfast

MCA New York’s very own Executive Vice President, Anthony Saporito, was honored at the Construction Skills Annual Building Futures Event.

Construction Skills is an initiative that began in 2001 to address training and employment issues in the construction industry. It is dedicated to providing not only a skilled but also a diverse workforce to the industry. By providing communities with access and training they have managed to strengthen our unionized workforce and boast an 80% retention rate.

Davon Lomax, Political Director of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9, was also honored along with J. Philip Thompson, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives City of New York.

14Sep/19

MCA NY Welcomes MCAA President Brian Helm

On Thursday,
September 10th, MCA New York was pleased to have MCAA President
Brian Helm join us for our membership meeting at the LaGuardia Marriott. Peter
Vrankovic, MCA New York President and President of KSW Mechanical LLC, began
the meeting by recognizing the unfortunate passing of two significant
individuals in our industry. William Bowe of ABCO Peerless Sprinkler and Reed
Rickman of Crescent Contracting both passed away in 2019. Mr. Vrankovic asked
the members to offer a moment of silence recognizing the significant impact
these two individuals had on the association and industry.

Following the moment of silence, Mr. Vrankovic introduced Brian Helm, MCAA President and President of Illinois-based Mechanical, Inc. Mr. Helm updated members on the latest programs, initiatives, and resources being offered through the MCAA. The Field Leader’s Conference, Women in the Mechanical Industry (WIMI) Initiative, and UA/MCAA’s Joint Labor-Management Conference were just a few of the topics covered in the MCAA President’s report. Additionally, members got a glimpse of the exciting programming in place for the 2020 MCAA Convention in Maui!

Following
Mr. Helm’s remarks, Mr. Vrankovic asked Brian to help in picking this year’s
convention raffle winner. Charlie Hearl of Skanska was selected as the winner
of a five-night trip for two to the MCAA Convention to be held March 15-19, 2020
at Maui’s Grand Wailea!

Wrapping up
the meeting, members were provided some industry updates, including information
on DOB Requirements for Adhesive Anchors and Jobsite Shanties, MTA’s Debarment
Regulations, MCA’s Golf Outing, and the upcoming Annual Associate Member Trade
Show.