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MCA's focus is the trade itself, and the skilled craftsmen who make it all work

by Danny Edwards

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Greater Springfield is comprised of 14 union-employing plumbing and pipefitting firms in the Springfield area.

MCA members have installed the mechanical systems in many of our city's most important buildings, power plants, hospitals, factories, schools and other private and public structures, including your homes.

The Mechanical Contractors Association is made up of contractors and their employees who are dedicated to their work and take pride in their craft. Today, mechanical contracting is more complicated than ever before.

Plumbing and heating technology has grown to encompass all types of advanced plumbing, heating, air conditioning, ventilating, refrigeration, power and process piping, sprinkler piping, temperature control piping, high- and low-pressure boilers, oil-burning equipment, gas-burning equipment, pneumatic piping, hydraulic piping, insulation, sheet metal work, testing and balancing, service maintenance, energy management and more.

The focus of our association is the trade itself. Skilled craftsmen are the key to construction. No project can be done right without them.

MCA members employ the best trained plumbers and pipefitters in the country, and have access to as many as they need for any given project to meet tight construction schedules.

MCA contractors employ members of Local No. 178, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, more commonly known as United Association.

Mechanical systems are often the most costly and critical component in a modern building.

Construction owners and general contractors can't afford to have any but the best mechanical contractors to install and service today's complex environmental equipment and systems.

With an MCA contractor, you draw from a tradition of quality, you hire someone with access to an unlimited supply of highly skilled workers, and you get educated businessmen who don't have to cut corners to make a profit.

With an MCA contractor, you buy a safe workplace and quality work that is done on time and at a competitive price.

As an association, we meet to share ideas with other members, and provide seminars and training programs in Red Cross safety and Hazard Communication Standards for our industry to provide a safer workplace.

The 1998 officers of The Mechanical Contractors Association of Greater Springfield are Jim Montgomery, president; William Haworth, vice president; Jerry Fielder, treasurer; and John H. Schmidt, executive secretary.

Past and current projects include the new warehouse for Reckitt & Colman; Southwest Missouri State University's Karl's Hall; Litton Industries; Cintas Uniform; Hawker Power Systems; Springfield Brewing Co.; Breech Hospital, Lebanon; James River Assembly of God; REGEN Technologies; Positronic Industries; 3M Co.; and Springfield Catholic High School.

If you haven't worked with an MCA firm recently, I hope you'll take a few moments to find out what we're all about. We are proud of our commitment to perfection and proud of our knowledge and training.

(Danny Edwards is president of Connelly Plumbing Co.)

MCA Members:

Bearco Mechanical

Bowman and Drussa Inc.

Connelly Plumbing Co.

DS & F Plumbing

DeLong Plumbing

Landreth Trenching

McSpadden Plumbing

Murphy Co.

Overall Service

Ozark/York Inc.

Springfield Engineering Co.

Ward Plumbing

Whitney Contractors Inc.

Jess Wood Plumbing and Heating Co.

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