Voice of the Mechanical Contracting Industry

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City (MCAKC) is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of Kansas City Area Union Mechanical Contractors, who install and service plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, process piping, and refrigeration.

The Association’s strength rests in the diversity of its membership which includes both National and Local Specialized Contractors.

MCAKC serves as the Voice of the Mechanical Contracting Industry. The Association — together with the 600-Member Plumbers Local 8 and the 1,200-Member Pipe Fitters Local 533 — teams with Specialty Contractors, Union Crafts, Architects, Engineers, Building Owners, Facilities Managers, and City Officials to provide the diversity of professional talent and skilled manpower required for the continued development of Kansas City.

Mission

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City (MCAKC) leads the mechanical construction and service industry by developing and promoting the professionalism, cost-effectiveness, and productivity of union construction and service, through training, education, and labor relations.

Vision

To insure that the best Mechanical Contractors in the Kansas City Area are Union Mechanical Contractors!

 GOAL 1

(Labor Relations)

To collaborate with LU 8 and LU 533 on specific initiatives that insure competitiveness and accountability in the marketplace as well as highlight our Member Contractors as the preferred provider for all mechanical services.

 GOAL 2

(Education)

We will deliver quality education and training that will not only provide professional development to member employees, it will allow for the organization to leverage those opportunities to increase the overall participation in the association.

GOAL 3

(Participation)

We will continue to seek opportunities to reinforce our association, support volunteers, and deliver increasing value to the membership and industry.

Portfolio

Union Mechanical Contractors have been instrumental in shaping the physical landscape of Kansas City for over 100 years. Their association with Local Union Plumbers and Pipe Fitters has resulted in some of the most significant construction projects and high-profile facilities in our community.

Our History

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City (MCAKC) can trace its origin to earlier area industry groups. The Association has served as an integral part of the foundation that Built Kansas City!

1889

The Plumbers Local 8 is established as the Association of Journeyman Plumbers, Gas Fitters, Steam Fitters, and Steam Fitter Helpers of the United States of America and Canada.

1890

The earliest reference to the organization of a Kansas City Industry Contractor Group (Vol. XVI No. 331 The Sanitary News), when R.S. Kirtley, Secretary of the Master Plumbers Association of Kansas City provides a list of delegates who will represent Kansas City at the National Convention in Denver.

1893

The Missouri Association of Master Plumbers is organized in Kansas City with L.B. Cross as President.

1901

Kansas City hosts the Master Plumbers Association National Convention and E.D. Hornbrook of Kansas City is elected as the National President.

1911

A Charter is issued to Pipe Fitters Local 533, representing the interests of the highly skilled workers in the Pipe Fitting, Refrigeration and Heating and Air Conditioning industries of the Kansas City Area.

1913

The Association of Master Plumbers of Kansas City is formed.

1926

The Association of Master Plumbers of Kansas City is Incorporated. Its stated purpose:

Advancement of sanitation, encouragement of sanitary laws, and better enforcement; better improvement of plumbing appliances and plumbing work; education of the members of the craft in sanitation and all that pertains to the betterment of plumbing as well as the best method of conducting such business; education of apprentices in plumbing and the establishment of an apprenticeship system; promotion of standardization of plumbing materials; education of the public through favorable publicity; and carrying on any trade association activities deemed advisable, not in conflict with the laws of the land.

1935

Pro-Forma decree of Incorporation as the Heating, Piping, and Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Kansas City.

1952

A collective bargaining agreement is established with Plumbers Local 8.

1953

The Association of Master Plumbers of Kansas City unofficially changes their name to the Associated Plumbing Contractors of Kansas City.

1954

The Association enters into an agreement with Plumbers Local 8 to establish a Health and Welfare Fund.

1956

The strengths of Plumbers Local 8 and Pipe Fitters Local 533 are brought under the Mechanical Contractors Association of Greater Kansas City. The Association laid the groundwork for servicing the needs of both unions.  Frank O. Babcock accepts the position of Executive Vice-President.

1958

The PFAC Industry Fund is negotiated as part of the wage contract with a collection of five cents per hour, starting the following year. This fund was allowed to accumulate until 1960.

1959

An agreement was reached between the Association and Local 533 to establish an Industry Development Fund.

1969

The Association of Master Plumbers of Kansas City officially changes it’s name to the Associated Plumbing Contractors of Greater Kansas City.  The Heating, Piping, and Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Kansas City officially changes its name to the Mechanical Contractors Association of Greater Kansas City.

1974

The original Construction Training Center Building is established.  This allows 100 Apprentices of Plumbers Local 8 to master knowledge on the growing body of building codes, changing materials requirements, and evolving new equipment.

1975

The Plumbing Industry Fund was created by agreement between Plumbers Local 8 and the Mid-America Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors, previously known as the Associated Plumbing Contractors Association of Kansas City.

1976

The Associated Plumbing Contractors of Greater Kansas City merges with the Mechanical Contractors Association of Greater Kansas City.  The new name, Mid-America Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors.

1980

The Mid-America Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors changes its name to the Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City (MCA of Kansas City).

1988

A new phase of development and continued growth begins with the Appointment of Herbert C. Millard as the Association’s Executive Director.

2006

The Association Appoints Robert A. Looman as its Executive Director.

2008

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Approves Charter for a Pittsburg State University Student Chapter Sponsored by the MCA of Kansas City.

2010

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Approves Charter for a Kansas State University Student Chapter Sponsored by the MCA of Kansas City.

2011

A Joint Safety Alliance is formed with Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning National Association of Kansas City (SMACNA-KC) and the National Electrical Contractors Association of Kansas City (NECA-KC) to provide Safety Education and Training to Industry Professionals.

2012

The MCA of Kansas City is host to the MCAA’s National Student Chapter Summit.

2013

The Association initiates a Young Professionals Committee.

2015

The MCA of Kansas City celebrates its 125th Anniversary.

Territory

The scope of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City (MCAKC) activity extends to 45 Counties, eastward through the State of Missouri and five westward through the State of Kansas.

Missouri Counties include; Atchison, Worth, Harrison, Holt, Nodaway, Gentry, Andrew, DeKalb, Daviess, Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Platte, Carroll, Clariton, Randolph, Ray, Clay, Lafayette, Howard, Saline, Jackson, Cass, Cooper, Johnson, Bates, Vernon, Barton, Jasper, Newton, Henry, McDonald, St. Clair, Cedar, Lawrence, Barry, Pettis, Benton, Hickory, Uller, Dade, Douglass, Ozark, Doniphan, and Pulaski.

Kansas Counties include; Atchison, Miami, Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte.

Board of Directors

Bryan Taylor

Bryan Taylor

President

U.S. Engineering

btaylor@usengineering.com

Justin Gunter

Justin Gunter

Board Member

Metro Air

justin@metroair.com

Tom Axtell

Tom Axtell

Vice President

Lexington Plumbing

tom@lexingtonplumbing.com

Darrin Smutzer

Darrin Smutzer

Board Member

Foley Company

darrins@foleycompany.com

Greg Stanger

Greg Stanger

Treasurer

Stanger Industries

gestanger@stangerinc.com

Craig Lamfers

Craig Lamfers

Board Member

Johnson Controls

Craig.M.Lamfers@jci.com

Kollin Knox

Kollin Knox

Past President

P1 Group

kollin.knox@p1group.com

Committees

Contact Marc Lassalle If you are interested in serving on a Committee.

Staff

Robert Looman

Robert Looman

Executive Director

ralooman@mcakc.org

Marc Lassalle

Marc Lassalle

Associate Director

mlassalle@mcakc.org
Jacki Conn

Jacki Conn

Education Programs Manager

jconn@mcakc.org

Cathy Paulson

Cathy Paulson

Staff Assistant

cpaulson@mcakc.org