20Dec/18

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 Mischa@nymca.org as soon as possible. Seating is limited!

29Nov/18

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!

31Oct/18

Eighth Annual Trade Show Sees Record Participation

On Tuesday, October 30th, more than 200 people came together to make this year’s Trade Show another success. A record 38 Associate Members participated and displayed the world-class products and services offered to our industry. The evening allowed for a unique networking opportunity that gave contractors a more in-depth look at the varied associate members available to help improve jobsites and business practices. Unlike our regular membership meetings, admission was not limited to management personnel and contractors were encouraged to include foremen, estimators, project managers, accounting and purchasing staff, and anyone else who could benefit from this event.

The Trade Show also featured over $3,000 in prizes, associate member giveaways and raffles, and a 50/50 to raise funds for the Steamfitting Industry Assistance Program (SIAP). Attendees raised $1,020 through the 50/50, with $510 donated to the SIAP, an organization dedicated to helping Local 638 steamfitters, contractors, and family members find help and counseling when dealing with addiction related difficulties.

Thank you to the many attendees and presenters for making the Eighth Annual Trade Show another successful event!

15Oct/18

MCA’s New York Fire Sprinkler Council Recognized During Fire Prevention Week

On Wednesday, October 10th, members of the Mechanical Contractors Association’s New York Fire Sprinkler Council gathered at City Hall to receive a proclamation from New York City Council Member Joseph Borelli.  The proclamation recognized our Association members’ expertise in installing fire sprinkler systems and our industry’s efforts promoting and educating the public regarding the importance of fire protection and prevention.  Following the ceremony, Council member Borelli, Chair of the City Council Fire and Emergency Services Committee, sat down with those in attendance and listened to our concerns and thoughts about what can be done to better protect New York City residents.  The discussion included conversations regarding the retrofit of existing high rise residential buildings with fire sprinklers, the benefits of union labor, and NYCHA housing.

The MCA also held meetings with several other City Council members and their staffs including Council Members Ampry-Samuels, Brannan, Cabrera, Grodenchik, and Maisel.  Our fire sprinkler lobbying day concluded with a lively meeting discussing fire sprinkler protection and New York City Building Code revisions with staff from the City Council Housing and Buildings Committee Chair Robert Cornegy’s office.

Thank you to all of our participants: Timothy Bowe, ABCO Peerless Sprinkler Corp.; Virginia Hanson, Ashlar Mechanical Corp.; Kevin Gillen, Current Fire Protection, Inc.; Laura Israel, First Women’s Fire Systems Corp.; and Tom Mitchell, Sirina Fire Protection Corp.

If you would like to become involved in our effort to promote fire sprinklers as the best, most effective way to protect lives and property from the ravages of fire, please contact the MCA office at (212) 481-1490.

26Sep/18

MCA Members Gather at Queens Museum

MCA of New York members met on Tuesday, September 25th, coming together for the first membership meeting since breaking for summer.  Throughout the evening, members were able to enjoy a guided tour of the famed Panorama of the City of New York, the centerpiece of the Queens Museum collection. Constructed for the 1964 World’s Fair, the Panorama provides a unique view of all 320 square miles of New York City, including the roughly 900,000 buildings constructed at the time.

Once seated, members were updated on the latest issues impacting our industry, including city and state sexual harassment legislation and NYC Local Law 196, which addresses construction safety. The association continues to actively monitor the regulations that accompany these pieces of legislation, and information will be provided to help all members remain compliant.

The MCA is looking forward to seeing everyone on October 30th at the LaGuardia Marriott for our Eighth Annual Associate Member Trade Show!

26Sep/18

8th Annual Trade Show

We hope everyone is looking forward to our EIGHTH ANNUAL Associate Member Trade Show on Tuesday, October 30th! This year will be our BIGGEST SHOW yet with 39 of our Associate Members presenting and we are excited to welcome several new members to this year’s showcase. We’ll also finally be returning to a newly renovated LaGuardia Marriott which promises to impress!

This function, held in lieu of our October meeting, has become one of our most popular events. It allows for a unique networking opportunity while showcasing the products and services our associate members provide. In addition to the latest pricing from our Manufacturers and Suppliers, the Trade Show features giveaways, raffle prizes and on-the-spot specials and promotions.

Unlike our monthly meetings, admission to the Trade Show is NOT limited to management personnel. We encourage you to include any employees you think will benefit from attending including foremen, estimators, project managers, and members of your accounting and purchasing staff. Attending this event shows support for our Associate Members and demonstrates our appreciation for their participation in our association, so please make every effort to attend.

To Register Email: Mischa at mischa@nymca.org

Flyer Available HERE

20Aug/18

September Association Meeting

The MCA of New York will hold its first meeting since the summer break on September 25th, 2018 at the Queens Museum. Members are encouraged to attend to hear updates on some of the latest developments that impact our industry, including a discussion on Local Law 196 and information on complying with city and state sexual harassment regulations.

Throughout the cocktail hour, members will have access to tours of the famed Panorama of the City of New York, the centerpiece of the Queens Museum collection. Constructed for the 1964 World’s Fair (and later updated in 1992), the Panorama provides a unique view of all 320 square miles of New York City.

The meeting is for MCA members only, if you wish to attend please email Mischa at Mischa@nymca.org.

10Aug/18

Trade Show Date Announced!

The MCA of New York will be holding its 8th Annual Trade Show on October 30th. This function, held in lieu of our regular Association meeting, has become one of our most popular events. It allows for a unique networking opportunity while showcasing the products and services our associate members provide. In addition to the latest offerings from our Manufacturers and Suppliers, the Trade Show features giveaways, raffle prizes and on-the-spot specials and promotions. Save the Dates have gone out and registration for Associate members, as well as invitations for regular members, will be sent out in September. We look forward to what is sure to be an exciting event!