The Plumb Line
August 29, 2016
Still time to register for the WSA 2016 Golf Outing 
There is still time to register for the 2016 WSA Golf Outing which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at Cress Creek Country Club in Naperville.
The event is limited to 40 golfers so sign up before it's too late!
Click  here to register. For information, contact WSA at (773) 529-1212.
Local 130 to start "Ask the Plumber" marketing for Plumbers 911, requests timely responses from lead calls
Local 130 is about to launch a multi-platform advertising campaign encompassing online, billboards and radio for its Plumbers 911 program. The Local reached out to participating contractors and has now recorded two spots, which will appear on WGN's "Ask Your Plumber" segment of Mr. Fix It with Lou Manfredini starting on Saturday, Sept. 3. Mr. Fix It airs from 7-10 a.m.

Local 130 is also seeking to increase the closure rate on leads and reminds participating contractors to have their plumbers call in when done to report whether or not the lead turned into a sale. After analyzing the call reports from the plumbers who did report back, Local 130 determined that wait time is the biggest factor in losing a sale. As a result, the Local will begin direct patch through of the customer calls from the call center to the contractor starting on Sept. 1 in hopes of diminishing the waiting time for the customer.

Have a question about Plumbers 911? Contact Local 130 Business Agent Joe Strong at (312) 421-1010.
Local 130 apprentice wins UA competition

Birk Plumbing's Wade Blocker, winner of the UA International Apprentice Plumber Contest
Local 130 apprentice Wade Blocker has won the UA International Apprentice Plumber Contest in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The announcement was made during the UA Instructor Completion Ceremony on Aug.18. Wade is a fifth-year apprentice plumber employed by Birk Plumbing, Inc.
Wade won the Local 130 Apprentice Competition in June, 2015, then competed in the Illinois Apprentice Plumber Competition in March 2016 against six apprentices from locals around the state. He advanced to the District 4 Regional Competition this past June and won in competition against five other apprentices. 
In August, Wade competed against 9 other apprentice plumbers from the United States, Canada & Australia.  During the UA Instructor Completion Ceremony, the UA introduced all apprentice contestants and the winners of Plumbing, Pipefitting, Sprinkler Fitting, Welding and HVAC Technicians competitions.   
Congratulations to Wade for a job well done, Wade's employer Jim Birk and the Local 130 JAC instructors who spent many hours preparing Wade for these competitions.  

September training opportunities still available at Construction Safety Council

The Construction Safety Council in Hillside is offering several classes in September. Click on each course title for information. If you register for a class, be sure to indicate that you're a WSA member so that you get the contributor registration rate.


Steve Marquardt

AMS Mechanical Systems, Inc.



Craig Thomas

Warren Thomas Plumbing

Vice President


George Treutelaar

Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating


Jim O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan Plumbing



Scott Hoffman
Fettes, Love & Sieben


Edward J. Connelly
Quality Backflow Testing


Jim Bruckner
Chas. F. Bruckner & Son, Inc.


James Hill
The Hill Group


Executive Director
Jay Lyon
West Suburban Association of Plumbing Contractors
3759 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Suite 129
Chicago, IL 60613