of Eastern PA
March Newsletter
March 6, 2018
Thursday, April 26 2018,
Join your fellow M&SCA members at the
Annual Spring Membership Meeting and Allied Member Showcase!

This year's meeting will feature

A Can't Miss Technology Seminar
M&SCA Allied Member Showcase
2018 M&SCA Safety Awards

Crowne Plaza, KOP

Seminar 3:30-5:00pm
Allied Member Showcase 5:00-6:30pm
Membership Meeting and Safety Awards begin at 6:30

This is a very important evening that you will not want to miss! Click below to view the available details and register for the seminar, reception, and dinner.
Demystifying Construction Technology
Chris Weaver of Andy J. Egan and MCAA's Sean McGuire

While construction technology changes can seem fast-paced, the practical implementation of the same technology takes time. Chris Weaver, the director of technology for the mechanical contractor and fabricator Andy J. Egan Co., will share his company's more than decade-long journey through the process. Attendees will learn strategies for company-wide adoption and buy-in at all levels of the organization. As an early adopter of BIM and other construction technologies, he'll also present specific, high-value examples of how construction technology can lead to better tracking, layout, and coordination. Come see the past, present, and future of construction technology. Following Chris's presentation, MCAA Director of Technology Sean McGuire will provide a brief hands-on session with some of the technology discussed during the Seminar.

Each year we dedicate this meeting to our Allied Members. Please come and show your support by attending the extended cocktail hour and visiting all of the tabletop presentations. You will learn what our Allied Members can do for your business and create new relationships. We will be keeping the tradition of handing out great prizes for those who visit the most Allied Members.

If you are an Allied Member and would like to register for a spot in our Showcase, click below. Spots are limited, so register today! Please remember to register for a table and the dinner meeting separately. You must register to have a table.

The evening will also feature the Annual M&SCA Safety Awards. A winner will be selected from each of 7 man-hour categories and recognized at the dinner portion of the meeting. If you have not yet nominated your company, click here to do so.
Upcoming Education
Thursday, April 12
Whatever: Managing the Generational Divide in Today's Digital Workplace
DecisioNinjas: Building the Next Generation of Workplace Problem Solvers
8:00 AM @ M&SCA Amenities Center

This year the M&SCA is focusing on training our next generation. We need to find ways to bring the future of our industry up to speed with the knowledge and skills that they will need to move our industry forward and keep it healthy for the many years to come. 
To do this we must educate both sides of the equation: our seasoned workforce and group of enthusiastic young people who are on the rise. The generational transition is here to stay. But how do you manage these competing attitudes, expectations, and approaches to work? How do you get rid of the "Whatever" and foster open and honest communication? How can you train people to become not only good decision makers but to become "DecisioNinjas"? We're offering an entertaining and interactive all-day session that will show you how to foster engagement and enhance productivity between today's digital immigrants and digital natives.
2018 M&SCA Safety Awards
Did your company have a safe and productive year in 2017? If so, submit your stats and get recognized!

M&SCA of Eastern PA is now taking submissions for the 2018 Safety Awards. The Awards will be presented at the April 26, 2018 Spring Membership Meeting. Nominations close on Friday, March 31st . Get more information and nominate your company by clicking the link below.
M&SCA OSHA Resources Page
The M&SCA website has a new addition to the home page. We've added an OSHA resources page to give our members an easy way to access recent safety updates and initiatives, recalls, and reporting guidelines. Click below to browse the page.
The Mechanical Contractor's Guide to Attracting
the Next Generation of Young Professionals
How can you "up your game" when it comes to recruiting today's top talent? Bob Wendover, an award-winning author and speaker that will be presenting two classes to M&SCA of Eastern PA members this year, highlights the best practices for attracting the next generation of mechanical contractors to your company in the article linked below. Take a look and see how you can acquire the top talent.
Steamfitters LU 420 4th Annual Monte Carlo Night
Benefitting Make-a-Wish Foundation
Steamfitters LU 420 will be holding their 4th Annual Monte Carlo Night benefitting Make-a-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware, & Susquehanna Valley on Saturday April 7, 2018. The evening will include food, beer, wine, casino games, and a poker tournament. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses. See below for more information and sponsorship opportunities.
Local 420 Construction Apprentice Employment
Currently there are 30 BTJ apprentices out of work and 29 new first period apprentices waiting to come into the program, 59 in total. Most of the 30 existing apprentices have been out of work since October, and must get dispatched prior to the new 29 first period apprentices. It is incumbent upon all of our members to keep the apprentice population working.

If you have room for another apprentice, please give the training department a call. (Pete Klein 267-350-2610) and speak to him about who is available.
Legislative Updates
Pictured: LU 420 Business Agent Jim Gallagher, M&SCA of Eastern PA Executive VP Tim Brink, Senator Cruz, & LU 420 Business Manager Anthony Gallagher.
On Wednesday, February 21, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) visited Southeast PA refinery Philadelphia Energy Solutions. At a rally with over 1200 refinery workers, contractors, and union representatives present, the Senator spoke on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the skyrocketing RIN prices. Following the rally, it was announced that President Trump had called a meeting to discuss the issue with key Senators and members of his administration, including Cruz and our own Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA).
On Tuesday, February 13, Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) introduced the Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act, which would allow multiemployer pension to transition from traditional defined benefit plans - in which fixed payments are delivered to retirees - to a hybrid plan that combines existing plans with 401(k)-style defined contribution plans, in which workers and employers contribute money to investment accounts.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that President Trump signed at the end of 2017 includes changes to Section 179 of the tax code. Prior to this change, HVAC equipment was considered a capital improvement to the building and excluded from the Section 179 deduction. This meant it had to be depreciated over 39 years. The new Section 179 education can now be applied to both new and used HVAC equipment purchases up to $2.5 million, with a $1 million deduction limit. Included on the left is an example calculation of the new 2018 Section179 guidelines.

Click here to read more about this change.
Want to keep up with everything going on in Harrisburg and Washington that affects our industry? Click below to check out our "Legislative Reports" page.
New M&SCA of Eastern PA Members
The following companies have become M&SCA of Eastern PA members in the recent months. Click on the logos below to find out more about each member.
SAVE THE DATE: 2018 M&SCA Sporting Clays Tournament
The 4th Annual M&SCA of Eastern PA Pull for the Kids Sporting Clays Tournament will be taking place on Monday, May 21, 2018. Proceeds from this event go to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Save the date, and look for more information to follow!
Upcoming National Events
March 19 - March 22
Baltimore, MD

March 25 - 29
San Antonio, TX

May 7 - 8
Chicago, IL
Tuesday, March 6
8 AM @ CM3 Building Solutions

Thursday, April 12
8 AM @ M&SCA Amenities Center

Thursday, April 26
5:30 PM @ Crowne Plaza King of Prussia

Monday, March 12
8 AM @ M&SCA Office

Tuesday, March 20
8 AM @ M&SCA Amenities Center

Friday, March 23
9 AM @ LU 690

Wednesday, April 11
7:30 AM @ M&SCA Amenities Center

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