2021 Second Quarter Newsletter

UMCA & UA Local 140 Settle Historic Contract

After just one meeting, the bargaining parties for the UMCA and UA Local 140 settled a four-year agreement, calling for a three (3) percent wage and benefit increase in each of the next four years. UA Local 140 members ratified this agreement on June 4.

This marks just the second time in over thirty-five years that a contract agreement has been made without arbitration. Building on their successful partnership, the two parties have met several times since finishing negotiations to finalize a strategic plan that paves the way for market growth and increased work opportunities.

UCC Training Updates & Opportunities

Speaking of growth, the Utah Career Center (UCC) apprenticeship committee has indentured 97 new first year apprentices, bringing this fall’s total enrollment to 290.

The UCC also held the Annual Apprenticeship Contest at the end of the school year. In their separate categories, the first-place winners were:

Plumbing:      Jed Ballard
Pipefitting:     Kail Popelmayer
Welding:        Jason Hunt

This month, the UCC will offer additional journeyman training, with a Boiler Class on July 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and a Chiller Class on July 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Class sizes are limited to twelve journeymen and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. To register, please contact the UCC staff at (801) 295-6198.

UMCA Golf Tournament: A Sold-Out Success

On June 25, UMCA contractors, associates, and friends gathered at the Park City Golf Club on a surprisingly brisk morning for the Annual UMCA Golf Tournament. The event sold out in two weeks, as members were eager to gather in person again.

We would like to take this time to issue a special thank you to our event sponsors:

American Mechanical Systems Service, CCI Mechanical, C.F.C. Supply, Conely Company, DEWALT, Ferguson Franklin James, Great Western Supply, Hajoca Corporation, Industrial Piping Products, Industrial Piping & Welding, Johnson Controls, KOH Mechanical, LONG Building Technologies, Mechanical Service & Systems, Midgely-Huber, Palmer-Christiansen Company, SL Windustrial, and UA Local 140.

We’d also like to congratulate the following tournament winners:

1st Place:     Vaughn Lloyd, Steve Shepherd, Kim Harris, and Mike Sivulich
2nd Place:    Blake Larsen, Merchie Adams, Troy Squires, and Jeremy Shuman

Closest to the Hole #2:     Kim Harris
Closest to the Hole #8:     Ian McKelvie
Closest to the Hole #13:   Mike Reidy
Closest to the Hole #17:   Kevin Hunt

Straightest Drive:     Winn Karren
Longest Drive:          Shawn Nordhoff


Quarterly Contractor Spotlight

Mechanical Service & Systems, Inc.

Mechanical Service & Systems (MSS) was born in 1984.

From the very beginning, safety has been a priority for MSS.  Within our first few years, we developed our first full safety program, which included a complete safety manual and monthly, companywide safety meetings. MSS hired its first safety director in 1995 and has employed a full-time safety director since 1998.

We have found that safety culture starts with proactive involvement and support from management. Teaching and showing our employees that safety is always first is the best way to initiate and sustain safe behavior. We always take advantage of every opportunity to learn from others any chance we get.

Our full time MSS Safety Director holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification, serves on the WCF Customer Advisory Board, is an active member on both the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Utah Safety Council, and serves on the SMACNA Drug Free Workplace Board. Safety is ever evolving, and we use these service opportunities to learn from others about how we can continuously improve our safety culture here at MSS.

To better suit our clients, we have built a program that is compliant with multiple 3rd party safety verification and auditing companies. MSS is proud to have spent over thirty-five years evolving a safety program and culture that more effectively meets the needs of our employees, general contractors, and clients as well as the public.

For more information on MSS, please visit our website at https://mss84.com/

Southland Industries 

Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation’s largest MEP systems experts, providing innovative yet practical solutions through a holistic approach to building performance. Southland specializes in the design, construction, and service of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, process piping, automation, and controls systems as well as comprehensive energy services.

Offering standalone services as well as integrated solutions, Southland prides itself on innovation and collaboration as it continues to pave the way as an industry leader in sustainability and energy efficiency by improving the way buildings are designed, built, and maintained.

For more information on Southland Industries, please visit our website at https://southlandind.com/

HVACR/Plumbing Service Sales
Will Never Be the Same!

The following sales class is currently open for registration:

MSCA Sales Basecamp
October 11–12, 2021, Salt Lake City, UT

This two day, entry-level program for service sales personnel will prepare recent hires with all the relevant skills necessary to confidently sell HVACR/plumbing services while creating added value for the customer.


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***UMCA will reimburse each company $1000 for attending!***

2021 Reminder: Contractor License Renewal

All current active contractor licenses will expire on November 30, 2021. (The DOPL system opens up for license renewals approximately 2-3 months prior to the renewal deadline)

2021 UMCA Event Schedule

September 30, 2021 4:00PM
UMCA Trap Shoot
Wasatch Wing & Clay

December 16, 2021 6:30PM
UMCA Holiday Celebration
Utah Museum of Fine Arts