Building Kansas City
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Missouri Association of Master Plumbers is organized in Kansas City with L.B. Cross as President.
Kansas City hosts the Master Plumbers Association National Convention and E.D. Hornbrook of Kansas City is elected as the National President.
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.
The Association of Master Plumbers of Kansas City is formed.
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.
Pro-Forma decree of Incorporation as the Heating, Piping, and Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Kansas City.
A Collective Bargaining Agreement is established with Plumbers Local 8.
The Association of Master Plumbers of Kansas City unofficially changes its name to the Associated Plumbing Contractors of Kansas City.
The Association enters into an agreement with Plumbers Local 8 to establish a Health and Welfare Fund.
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.
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.
An agreement was reached between the Association and Local 533 to establish an Industry Development Fund.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mid-America Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors changes its name to the Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City (MCA of Kansas City).
A new phase of development and continued growth begins with the Appointment of Herbert C. Millard as the Association’s Executive Director.
The Association appoints Robert A. Looman as Executive Director.
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.
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.
The MCA of Kansas City is host to the MCAA’s National Student Chapter Summit.
The Association initiates a Young Professionals Committee.
The Association celebrates 125 years of service.
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.
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