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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!

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


Industry Gathers to Celebrate 2019 Scholarship Winners!

On Thursday, May 16th, the Steamfitting Industry Scholarship Program held a reception for the six Scholarship Winners of 2019. Members of the industry gathered at the New York City Fire Museum for an afternoon of pleasant camaraderie while acknowledging the academic promise of our future generations. Each recipient will receive $10,000 over two years to be applied to their tuition. This year we have winners going to Hofstra, James Madison University, Felician University, and other prestigious schools.

Including the 2019 winners, our Promotion Fund has to date awarded over three hundred scholarships, at a total value of OVER ONE POINT 5 MILLION DOLLARS! This is a truly outstanding achievement for our industry. We’d like to congratulate our winners and wish them luck as they continue to excel in life.


MSCA National Chairman Kip Bagley Visits New York

MSCA Board of Managers and VP of Service at MESA Energy/EMCOR, based in Irvine, CA. Kip and his wife Trish were on hand to join our Service Contractors aboard North River Lobster Co. as we took a short trip up and down the Hudson River. Mr. Bagley took some time to discuss the latest MSCA events and industry initiatives, as well as preview all that will be offered at the 2019 MSCA Conference in Colorado Springs this October. The event brought our MSCA of NY contractors together for the first time in 2019, and it provided a great opportunity for members to network and catch up before entering a busy summer.


Members Head to Citi Field for May Event

Over 120 MCA members took to Citi Field for our May 1st membership event to catch the NY Mets hosting the Cincinnati Reds. Though the Reds ultimately put up the game’s lone run in the 9th inning, members still enjoyed the chance to mix and network with contractors and associate members throughout the evening.


MCA Thanks Outgoing President Timothy Bowe at Annual Meeting

MCA New York’s Annual Meeting took place on March 26th at the LaGuardia Marriott. The meeting kicked off with MCA Executive VP Anthony Saporito providing the Annual Treasurer’s report for 2018. Additionally, members updated on upcoming seminars and events as well as the ongoing changes related to Local Law 196’s safety training requirements.

Mr. Saporito then thanked the 2019 Nominating Committee and announced that Anthony Bell of Martin Associates, William McMorrow of Phoenix Mechanical, Thomas Mitchell of Sirina Fire Protection, Inc., and Michael Russo of Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp. have all been nominated and elected to serve on the MCA Board of Directors. Mr. Saporito then thanked Timothy Bowe of ABCO Peerless Sprinkler Corp. for his service and dedication to the industry as the Association President for the last two years and as a Board member for the last six years. Additionally, Mr. Bowe was recognized for his ongoing work in various roles on behalf of the industry, including as an Education Fund trustee and as a leader in negotiating on behalf of sprinkler contractors. A brief tribute video recognized Mr. Bowe’s ongoing involvement and contributions to the MCA.


April Defensive Driving Course

Your Promotion Fund is sponsoring an additional Defensive Driving Seminar on Saturday, April 13th. Lunch and transportation reimbursement will be provided. More information is available on the attached flyer.

If you would like to register for the April 13th Session, please email Mischa at with names, numbers, company name, and emails of attendees as soon as possible. Availability is limited and spots will be guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis. All attendees MUST BE EMPLOYED by a contributing contractor.

Please contact Mischa at if you have any questions.


May Meeting at Citi Field!

We are excited to announce that our Association will hold its May meeting on Wednesday, May 1st  at Citi Field during the New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds game. Local 638 officers and business agents have also been invited to attend, making this a great opportunity to network with both MCA members and local 638 leaders, including some of the newly elected business agents.

For information on the event and how to register please contact Mischa at


Communication with MCAA Expert Anthony Huey

Your Promotion Fund is offering a complimentary COMMUNICATING CLEARLY seminar on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 presented by MCAA Expert Anthony Huey. The seminar will have 2 sessions, a morning one and another in the afternoon. A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. For information on both sessions please click here.

If interested in attending please email Mischa at with attendee’s name, email, cell, company name, and which session(s) you are signing up for. Availability is limited and spots will be guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis. All attendees MUST BE EMPLOYED by a contributing contractor.

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OSHA 30 Hour Class

The Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund will be offering an OSHA 30-hour class in March and April for management personnel. This class will satisfy a portion of the Local Law 196 requirements. The class will be broken into 6 sessions and attendance is mandatory at all sessions in order to receive the certification. Please contact Mischa at for details on how to register.


MCA Welcomes Local 638 Officials to Kick Off 2019

MCA New York held its first membership meeting of the new year on January 22nd and was pleased to be joined by Patrick Dolan, President of Local 638, and Scott Roche, the Business Agent-at-Large. Timothy Bowe, MCA President and President of ABCO Peerless Sprinkler Corp., began the evening with a moment of silence to recognize the passing of Marvin Kalisch of Kalisch-Jarcho. Mr. Kalisch remained once of the most active members in the MCA, and through his knowledge and kindness became a pillar in the industry.

Following the moment of silence, Mr. Bowe welcomed Local 638’s leaders to address the membership. Pat Dolan thanked the contractors and MCA for their partnership with the union and looks forward to labor and management continuing to work to solve problems together. President Dolan also mentioned that the MCA and Local 638 continue to use the recently extended Residential Agreements to take back work from non-union contractors. Contractors were encouraged to try and use these supplements when possible.

Scott Roche, recently elected as Business Agent-at-Large, stated that he is looking forward trying to advance the union mechanical industry in his new role. Through consistent and open communication, Mr. Roche is hoping contractors are comfortable seeing Local 638 as a resource and ally for getting more work.

Wrapping up the meeting, the association updated membership on upcoming events as well as some changes to the safety regulations in Local Law 196. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Meeting on March 26th!


Cybersecurity Seminar

The MCA and your Promotion Fund is sponsoring a FREE Cybersecurity Seminar presented by MCAA’s preferred expert, Nick Espinosa on Thursday, January 10th for contributing contractors.

Nick is a specialist in cybersecurity and network infrastructure and has consulted with clients ranging from small business owners to Fortune 100 companies. Nick founded Windy City Networks, Inc at age 19 and joined forces in 2013 with BSSi2. Regular columnist, member of the Forbes Technology Council, award-winning co-author of a bestselling book, TEDx Speaker and host of The Deep Dive nationally syndicated radio show, Nick is known as an industry thought leader and sought after for his advice on the future of technology and how it will impact everyday businesses and consumers.

The seminar includes a complimentary lunch and will be held at the MCA’s New Office (535 Eighth Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10018). A morning and afternoon session are available, both covering different topics. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

If you are interested in attending either or both of these sessions, please email Mischa at as soon as possible. Seating is limited!


MCAA President Michael Brandt Updates Membership

On Tuesday, November 27th, MCA New York gathered for a membership meeting at the LaGuardia Marriott. After some time to network and gather, members were able to hear from a couple of special guests in attendance.

Timothy Bowe, MCA President and President of ABCO Peerless Sprinkler Corp., welcomed all members before introducing the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation. Started by two FDNY members in 1975, the foundation is dedicated to the advancement of burn care, research, prevention, education, and the proper treatment of burns. FDNY Lieutenant Bill Leahy, President of the Foundation, and John Case, the Burn Outreach & Disaster Coordinator, discussed the important work taking place at the organization and the ways in which these donations will help sustain their mission. Since the MCA first began fundraising efforts 18 years ago, our industry has now raised over $780,000 dollars for the burn center foundation!

Following the donation presentation to the Burn Center Foundation, the MCA New York was pleased to welcome Michael Brandt, MCAA President, and President and CEO of Ohio-based Smith & Oby Company, a full-service mechanical and plumbing contracting firm. Mr. Brandt gave members an insight into the many initiatives currently underway at the national office, as well as a preview of all that will be offered at the 2019 MCAA Convention in Arizona.

Following Mr. Brandt’s remarks, MCA Executive Vice President Tony Saporito asked Michael to help in picking this year’s convention raffle winner. Artie Klansky of Ashlar Mechanical was selected as the lucky winner of a five-night trip for two to the MCAA Convention to be held March 3-7, 2019 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge!

Wrapping up the meeting, Mr. Saporito noted that the MCA looks forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Holiday Luncheon on December 11th!