Newsletter |  May 2017
Career Fair 

ACA/NE held a Career Fair at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, Massachusetts on  April 26, 2017.   

The goal for this event was to bring vocational and private career school students and future job seekers together with HVAC contractors and vendors, 
The Career Fair gave students an opportunity to explore the full spectrum of career opportunities within the HVAC industry, including contractors, distributors and manufacturers, all in one place and at one time.
The ACA/NE Career Fair provided a platform for both those who are looking for a new job, and for those who own businesses or companies that have positions open for new employees. The event increased awareness by career services staff, principals, guidance counselors, and teachers of the career opportunities available in the HVAC industry.

Check out what 
some attendees 
said about the 
ACA/NE Career Fair!

"Thank you ACA/NE. The need for qualified employees is only going to increase.  This event was a great opportunity for the industry to educate students about the great career they can have in the HVAC industry".

Tim Woods
Atlantic Heating & A/C

"We are not hiring right now, but we are always on the lookout for good talent. This event was a chance for my company to showcase what we offer".

Andy Rodenhiser
President / CEO
    Andy Rodenhiser PlumbingHeating

"The event created excitement from students and gave us a chance to explain what a great industry we have here waiting for them to join us and become part of the future of the business going forward".
Peter Donati
Regional Vice President
ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions

"Hearing the importance of the HVAC demand in this area was key.  Although we do cover these subjects, it is clear that hearing it first hand from industry professionals had an impact."
Michael Gilchrest
HVAC/R Lead Teacher
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

Click here to see more ACA/NE Career Fair photos.

Special Thanks Career Fair Sponsors

Good News!

Over a year ago ACA/NE began working to correct a problem relating to a one-time Board of Plumbers and Gas Fitters requirement that certain gas appliance manufacturers include a statement on their product literature that indicated that appliances sold in Massachusetts had to be installed by licensed plumbers or gas fitters.
Working with the law firm Kenney & Sams, P.C., ACA/NE first sent the Board a demand letter with a request that any such requirement imposed be changed to reflect the revised policy negotiated in 2013 between ACA/NE and the Board.
The Board responded by indicating that they do not require manufacturers to include language about the installation of the products.
ACA/NE then went directly to Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.  We are pleased to report that Bosch Thermotechnology Corp has agreed to change the language in their manuals, which indicates that in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a licensed plumber must install the gas appliance.
ACA/NE is now hoping that other manufacturers follow the example of Bosch in removing this potentially confusing and damaging language.
ACA/NE wishes to thank Jason Tremblay for his follow through and perseverance in making this change happen.  Jason is the Area Sales Manager for New Hampshire & Central Massachusetts for Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.


Refrigeration License Legislation 

ACA/NE continues to monitor the legislation to require that HVAC contractors obtain a refrigeration license.   Last session the legislation was sent to a study committee, effectively killing the bill. To kill the bill this session, ACA/NE has again retained the services of Delaney & Associates, Inc.
Department of Public Safety Move s to Division of Professional Licensure

In March, Article 87 passed the Legislature and the Department of Public Safety moved to the to the Division of Professional Licensure.  ACA/NE supported this move, which was filed by Governor Baker who said this would, "consolidate licensing functions currently split across several secretariats, thereby increasing efficiencies, eliminating redundancies, and improving customer service by creating one-stop shopping for the vast majority of license approvals."

Welcome  New Members

Advanced Energy Concepts
151 Southbridge St.
Auburn, MA 01501
Phone: (508) 791-1115
Sean P. Bushe

Air Temperature Service LLC
PO Box 43
Grafton, MA
Phone: (508) 361-9070
Jay Conti, Owner
JV Mechanical Contractors
929 School St. 
Webster, MA 01570
Phone: (508) 943-3222
Victor Waskiewicz, Owner

Milltown Plumbing
131 Stedman Street #6
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Phone: (978) 453-5684
Fred Webster, Vice President
Pierce Refrigeration
439 East Center St., Box 40
West Bridgewater, MA 02379
Phone: (508) 586-1088
Ron Zona, Vice President

Nominations are open for the ACA/NE Board of Directors 

The ACA/NE Board is responsible for ensuring that the association stays on track in meeting the organization's mission, services, policies and programs.  
Board members have a fiduciary responsibility to review and approve the association's budget and financial strategy.  They approve major policies, serve on committees or task forces, take on special assignments and promote the association to others in the New England HVAC Industry.
You can also volunteer for one of the ACA/NE committees, which plan educational programs, set legislative strategies, and develop membership recruitment and retention campaigns. 

As a committee volunteer you can help the association, make sure your school and/or company's interests are heard and have more opportunities to network with your colleagues.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the ACA/NE Board, Joint
Membership/Programming,  Government Affairs, or Golf Tournament Committee, please contact
Peter Donati
Meet Peter Donati, 
New ACA/NE Board Member 

Peter Donati was recently appointed to serve on the ACA/NE Board of Directors.

Peter has been working in the HVAC and refrigeration industry for over 35 years. He started working the counter, before working his way up to inside sales. He also served as a service coordinator for a large union contractor in the industrial refrigeration field.
Peter spent 18 years at Day Supply where he worked as an outside sales person. Peter is currently the Regional Vice President at ABCO HVACR Supply and Solutions where he has been for the last 17 years.
Over the last ten years he has been working diligently with vocational schools to promote the HVACR business as well as introducing students to become part of the industry.

Friday, September 8, 2017
ACA/NE Golf Tournament
Red Tail Golf Course, Devens, MA

Red Tail is one of the region's most sought   after courses. 

Click here to register online.

Click here to download an invitation and registration form.

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If you need to confirm that your company's membership is current, please email Mike Gillis.

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Phone: 508-839-3407 | Fax: 508-232-6005

Cathy Flaherty        Laura Preston        Mike Gillis