Amerimix
BMJ Stone
EZG Manufacturing
Federated Insurance
Fraco USA, Inc.
Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
Hydro Mobile, Inc.
iQ Power Tools
Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
Mortar Net Solutions
Non-Stop Scaffolding
Pullman Ermator
SPEC MIX LLC
Stabila
Tradesmen's Software, Inc.
In a couple of weeks, the MCAA’s Online Auction will be held.
April 2017

Silica, Auctions and Policy

Chairman’s Message


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I hope your backlog is full, your equipment is serviced, your manpower is geared up and you are ready to roll from spring into summer. Hopefully this will be a great summer for all of us as our industry is healthy and growing. I know here at MCAA we are excited about the goals we have for this year and can’t wait to share them with all of you.

I know I mentioned this in my last article but I feel a need to mention it again. As much as the new OSHA silica rule has been discussed, I still run into contractors that don’t know anything about it. I don’t want them to find out about it the day the OSHA compliance officer shows up on their jobsite and writes up a violation that results in a big old fine. Silica is going to be easy money for OSHA because too few contractors are knowledgeable and prepared for the rule implementation on June 23rd of this year. You must have a competent person on the jobsite, all your employees must have received training and you need a job specific written plan on site as well. The good news is that MCAA is helping with each and every step. We are traveling around the country, currently having 15 cities scheduled for a Train-the-Trainer course. If you send just one of your employees to the training, they can then return to your company and train all your foremen to be a competent person and also train all your employees. In addition, you can log into the MCAA website and download a site specific written plan for all of your jobsites. This written plan is mandatory to have on site and is provided for free for all MCAA members. The MCAA is doing everything we can to help contractors to be prepared for June 23rd but you have to take the initiative to schedule your class and get your competent person credentials. Don’t be left behind, it could be very expensive.

In a couple of weeks, the MCAA Online Auction will be held. From April 23rd to the 25th the auction will be live. Most of the items in the auction are either materials or equipment you are planning on purchasing anyway, so why not purchase it through MCAA and save some money and help MCAA fund the projects we undertake for our members. I know I participate every year and I love to try to outbid people like Mackie Bounds and Mark Kemp yet still save some money. On a fun note, every year there is Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza certificate that the MCAA staff try to steal for themselves but we are on to them. Last year Brian Kemp, who lives in Milwaukee bid them up and took the pizzas. Keep your eye on it this year and try not to let the staff get their pizza. Or at least make them pay fair value for it!

The MCAA Legislative Fly-in is coming next month, May 16th to 18th. This is a must attend event. Besides all the business we will accomplish with our visits with our representatives on the Hill, we are returning to the National Cathedral private tour. Our tour will be led by the head mason for the cathedral and will be behind the scenes, above the ceiling domes and even on top of the roof. This is an unforgettable tour that you can’t miss. Hotel rooms always are an issue so make your reservations early and get your room secured. Otherwise you will end up in another hotel not nearly as close to the Hill.

It’s never too early to start planning for the MCAA Midyear Meeting beginning on August 27th to 30th in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Steamboat is an outdoor playground in both the winter for their world class skiing and in the summer for the many activities that are available for us. I’m going to ask Alan Johnson and Heath Holdaway to head up our fly fishing excursion. Steamboat is known for their cold water rainbow trout in the many streams around the area. I am looking forward to seeing you there!


Chairman’s Message Archive

Worthwhile Work

June 2018
Worthwhile Work

A New Beginning

February 2018
A New Beginning

Givers Gain

January 2018
Givers Gain

Things to Remember

March 2017
Things to Remember

Looking Forward

February 2017
Looking Forward

A Fresh Start

January 2017
A Fresh Start

Who Moved My Cheese?

September 2016
Who Moved My Cheese?

Giving back

December 2015
Giving back

An exciting year ahead

February 2015
An exciting year ahead

Defining success

December 2014
Defining success

Staying busy for you

August 2014
Staying busy for you

Ready for action

February 2014
Ready for action

Thanks

January 2014
Thanks

Happy holidays

December 2013
Happy holidays

MCAA Midyear update

November 2013
MCAA Midyear update

The MCAA in D.C.

August 2013
The MCAA in D.C.

A Lot Happening

July 2013
A Lot Happening

Eye opening

June 2013
Eye opening

Positive movement

March 2013
Positive movement

Headed to Vegas

February 2013
Headed to Vegas

New beginning

January 2013
New beginning

It’s finally over

December 2012
It’s finally over

My trip to the Rockies

November 2012
My trip to the Rockies

The 2012 election

October 2012
The 2012 election

Stay involved

September 2012
Stay involved

Networking

August 2012
Networking

Summer time

July 2012
Summer time

Exciting time

June 2012
Exciting time

Working for you

May 2012
Working for you

New beginnings

March 2012
New beginnings

Farewell!

February 2012
Farewell!

One more to go!

January 2012
One more to go!

Join us in Vegas

November 2011
Join us in Vegas

As the world turns

August 2011
As the world turns

A Bright Future

May 2011
A Bright Future

Tidbits From MCAA

March 2011
Tidbits From MCAA

Time Flies By

February 2011
Time Flies By

The End of the Year

December 2010
The End of the Year

Busy Times!

November 2010
Busy Times!

South of 40

October 2010
South of 40

What Are We Doing?

August 2010
What Are We Doing?

Moving Forward

March 2010
Moving Forward

A Fond Farewell

February 2010
A Fond Farewell

A New Year

January 2010
A New Year

Start the Year Strong

December 2009
Start the Year Strong

MCAA in D.C.

September 2009
MCAA in D.C.

Brick Voids

August 2009
Brick Voids

Vision 2020

February 2009
Vision 2020

State of the Association

February 2009
State of the Association

The Silver Lining

January 2009
The Silver Lining

Impact on the Hill

June 2008
Impact on the Hill

New Horizons

February 2008
New Horizons

Wrapping up Another Year

December 2007
Wrapping up Another Year

Greetings From Italy!

November 2007
Greetings From Italy!

We Need Your Help!

January 2005
We Need Your Help!

The Strength of Unity

November 2003
The Strength of Unity

Changing of the Guard

February 2002
Changing of the Guard

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