February 24, 2021

Quick Calendar

2/25: CEI: Field Leadership Succession- How to Develop the Next Generation of Leaders (click here to register)
3/4: CEI: Mitigating Risk: Understanding the Construction Claims Process (click here to register)
3/9: CBHCC: VAV Basics (click here to register)
3/10: Emerging Leaders Present: Giving Feedback to Managers (click here to register)
3/11: M & A Specialty Contractor Market Update: What's on the Other Side of
3/18: CEI: Business Email: Write it Right (click here to register)
3/19: CEI: Overcoming Bias (click here to register)
3/19: IMSCA Virtual Town Hall Legislative Forum (click here to register)
3/22-3/25: MCAA Virtual Education Conference (click here to register)


Join Us in Congratulating Our Safety Award Winners
At our membership meeting yesterday, we presented Safety Awards. Congratulations to the following members:

In the category of...
50,000 Hours or Less
  • 2019: American Combustion Service, Inc., CT Mechanical, Dahme Mechanical Industries, Inc., Jason Mechanical Corporation, Service Mechanical Industries, Inc.
  • 2020: American Combustion Service, Inc., Complete Temperature Systems, Dahme Mechanical Industries, Inc., Dynamic Heating and Piping, GT Mechanical Projects & Design, Inc., Ideal Heating Company, Ortiz Contracting Group
50,000 to 100,000 Hours
  • 2019: Martin Mechanical Corporation, The YMI Group
  • 2020: DePue Mechanical, Inc., Martin Mechanical Corporation, RAM Mechanical Service, Westside Mechanical, Inc.
100,000 to 200,000 Hours
  • 2019: DePue Mechanical, Inc., PCI Energy Services, LLC
  • 2020: Air Comfort Corporation
200,000 to 500,000 Hours
  • 2019: Graycor Industrial Contractors, Inc. 
  • 2020: F.E. Moran, Inc. 
500,000 Hours to 1,000,000 Hours
  • 2019: AMS Mechanical Systems, Inc.
  • 2020: Amex Nooter, LLC
1,000,000 Hours or More
  • 2019: Helm Mechanical, Inc. 
  • 2020: BMWC Constructors, Inc.
New MCA of Chicago Podcast Episodes
The MCA of Chicago is introducing three new podcasts: M-Tech, M-News, and M-Comms. Our newest episode of M-News is out now—there have been over 350,000 cases of unemployment insurance fraud in Illinois since March 1, 2020, and the MCA of Chicago was not spared. Listen to this discussion with member Patrick Cesario of Service Mechanical Industries and James Lee, COO of the Identity Theft Resource Center as we discuss this as well as business identity theft and what you need to know about it.
Building Trades Apprentice Requests Needed
We need at least 13 building trades apprentice requests in order to start an apprentice class which would start at job sites in June. Please request using this form now.
Government Affairs Update
Click below for the latest government affairs update, including the Governor's State of the State and Budget Address.
IMSCA Virtual Town Hall Legislative Forum

IMSCA Members:

Please plan to attend IMSCA’s Virtual Town Hall Legislative Forum!  The event will be held Friday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.  IMSCA has an exciting panel of legislators who will provide IMSCA members with an overview of important issues facing our state that the Illinois General Assembly will tackle during the spring 2021 legislative session.  This event is designed to provide IMSCA members with a unique opportunity to receive an “insider’s view” from key Illinois State Senators including Senate President Don HarmonAssistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes and Senator Ram Villivalam.  Each panelist will provide a 10-15 minute presentation and a brief Q & A period will follow their presentations.  

IMSCA staff encourages you to invite your association officers, committee members and colleagues to attend this event to learn more about legislative issues important to the Illinois construction industry and your business.


Upcoming Events

Emerging Leaders Present: Giving Feedback to Managers
Wednesday, March 10 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Instructor: Gregory Tall
We’ve all had managers that might have meant well, but ultimately made our work more difficult. This workshop is packed with tips on how to effectively communicate and collaborate with your boss and the cast of characters that make up the hierarchy at your organization. You will be challenged to develop a strategy for dealing with these leaders and learn tactics to help you manage up within your organization.
M & A Specialty Contractor Market Update: What's on the Other Side of 2020?
Thursday, March 11 | 9 a.m.

Despite COVID, many specialty contractors performed well in 2020, particularly those that serviced essential businesses.

The industry remains fragmented though consolidation is occurring. Deal activity in the space has continued at a healthy clip and business valuations have been strong, with both private equity groups and strategics attracted to the non-discretionary nature of many services specialty contractors offer.

Specialty contractors considering a sale in the coming years should be mindful of organizing their books and records and making sure that their financial statements reflect an alignment between the timing of when work is performed and when revenues and costs are recognized.

MCAA Virtual Education Conference
Monday, March 22 to Thursday, March 25

MCAA President Brian Helm invites you to the MCAA Virtual Education Conference in March. See video below for more information. 

*NOTE: MCA of Chicago will reimburse member companies up to $395 for one registration. Contact srocque@mca.org for more information.


Upcoming CEI Classes

Field Leadership Succession: How to Develop the Next Generation of Leaders
Thursday, February 25 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Nic Bittle
Our leaders have critical knowledge and insight that need shared with our next leaders. Many of these individuals will leave our industry in the next several years, but will this valuable information and experience leave with them? The choice is yours.

In this 90 minute virtual program, we will take a first step and look at what it takes to develop our next level of leaders. We will identify the common pitfalls and missteps many companies make when beginning this process.

Join us for a virtual conversation around the insights and best practices successful organization use to transfer the knowledge, skills and experience of their best into the next generation. For more information, click here to view Nic Bittle's video on the class. 

Target Audience – Owners & Decision Makers
Mitigating Risk: Understanding the Construction Claims Process
Thursday, March 4 | 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Instructor: Tim Wentz
Claims have long been identified as one the most significant issues that face contractors, owners and architect/engineers alike. Invariably, claims create an adverse environment that often prevents long-term relationships, the foundation of a strong company. This presentation investigates the common causes of claims and then builds on that knowledge to generate common sense strategies to avoid claims and manage risk.


Action Items

LAST CHANCE Service Contractors
If you want a new, first year apprentice in 2021 that will start in April, you MUST fill out this form by February 26th.
Do You Want to Be Featured on Our Social Media?
During the month of March, we want to feature our members on social media. Tell us why you feel lucky to be an MCA of Chicago member, and we'll post your quote or video on our social channels. Email jspangler@mca.org for more information. See below for an example of the social post. 
All apprentice training will resume in-person on January 18th. Please see the JATC report below for more information.
Meanwhile, we need contractors to keep taking apprentices. Not taking apprentices now always ends up making things worse later.
If you have any questions, please contact Dan Bulley at dbulley@mca.org or 312.384.1220.
Journeymen: 541
Building Trades Apprentices: 17
HVAC Apprentices: 9
To request a Building Trades Apprentice, contact Kevin Lakomiak at klakomiak@pftf597.org.
To request an HVAC Apprentice, contact Mike Schmidt at mschmidt@pftf597.org.
To obtain the Out of Work List, please email admin@mca.org or call the MCA of Chicago office at 312.384.1220.
Check the MCA of Chicago Calendar for our schedule and social media for quick updates (linked below).

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