Building Kansas City

 

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For over 100 years, Union Mechanical Contractors have been instrumental in the shaping of Kansas City.  Their partnerships with Plumbers Local 8 and Pipe Fitters Local 533 have resulted in some of the nation’s most significant construction projects.

Our History

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City can trace its origins to earlier area industry groups.  It continues to serve as an integral part of the foundation that builds 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 appears in Vol. XVI No. 331 of The Sanitary News, when R.S. Kirtley, Secretary of the Master Plumbers Association of Kansas City provides a list of delegates to 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 its 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 combined strengths of Plumbers Local 8 and Pipe Fitters Local 533 are brought under the Mechanical Contractors Association of Greater Kansas City.  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 Construction Training Center Building opens.  It allows for 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 is 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 Executive Director.

 

 

2008

 

 

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) approves an application for Charter of a Pittsburg State University Student Chapter sponsored by the MCA of Kansas City.

 

 

2010

 

 

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) approves application for charter of a Kansas State University Student Chapter sponsored by the MCA of Kansas City.

 

 

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 Association celebrates 125 years of service.

 

 

Territory

The scope of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City activity extends to 45 counties, eastward through the State of Missouri and 5 counties westward through the State of Kansas.

Missouri Counties; 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; 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 Conditioning

justin@metroair.com

Tom Axtell

Tom Axtell

Vice President

Lexington Plumbing

tom@lexingtonplumbing.com

Chris Hutchings

Chris Hutchings

Board Member

MMC Contractors

chutchings@mmccontractors.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

Director of Education

jconn@mcakc.org

Cathy Paulson

Cathy Paulson

Staff Assistant

cpaulson@mcakc.org