Holiday Dinner Meeting
No one had to battle the snow to get to this year’s Holiday Dinner Meeting and Installation of Officers at the historic Great Hall in downtown St. Paul. Guests socialized with old friends in the atrium and dined in the Great Hall surrounded by pillars and marble. Drinks, appetizers, and wonderful entrees were catered in by the St. Paul Grille.
MMCA’s new President Ed Dahlgren and Board members were installed by outgoing President Greg Goodlund who was then given the Meritorious Service Award. David Smith of St. Paul Plumbing and Heating was honored with the 2008 Distinguished Service Award. To top the evening off nationally known stand-up comedian Daren Streblow treated everyone to laughs in the Jerome Hill Theatre.
Holiday Wage Rates
Christmas and New Years - According to the working agreements for Locals #15 (Minneapolis & St. Cloud), #34 (St. Paul & Mankato), #455 (St. Paul & Mankato), and #539 (Minneapolis & St. Cloud), Local 6 Rochester, and Northwestern MN Local 11, Thursday, December 25th, 2008 and Thursday, January 1st, 2009 are the recognized holidays for Christmas and New Years. All work performed on December 25th, and January 1st, will be at double-time rates and regular rate for the days after each of the holidays.
Planning For an Intern?
If you will be looking for an engineering student intern for this upcoming summer this is the time to do it. Our Stout Student Chapter attends the national convention and will be lining up internships soon. Don’t forget the MCAA will be giving out some grants to contractors who hire students. If you have questions contact Paul Berg at (651) 646-2121.
Fall Protection Safety Seminar
Falls from walking and working surfaces, elevated work surfaces and scaffolds continue to be a relentless safety concern in the construction industry, remaining one of the top three causes of fatalities and serious injuries on construction worksites.
The Minnesota Department of Health will be holding a safety breakfast on Fall Protection from 7 to 9 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2009. This presentation will address what must be done to help change attitudes about fall-protection requirements to prevent falls on worksites. A shift in attitude is not as hard or time-consuming as many may think. New technologies have led to new fall protection products.
Join Minnesota OSHA Compliance for a breakfast buffet and discussion, the cost is only $10 and includes seminar, breakfast, and parking. The breakfast will be held at the Minnesota Department of Health, Mississippi Room, 1645 Energy Park Drive, in St. Paul. Register by calling (651) 284-5291 or https://secure.doli.state.mn.us/breakfast before Jan. 13.
Local 15 Offers Daytime Continuing Education
The Minneapolis Plumber JAC announced that they will offer Daytime Continuing Education classes for their journeymen members starting January 29th, 2009. Classes will be held on Thursdays and run from 9am-3pm with lunch provided. To register call the JAC at (612) 374-5262. Courses offered are:
Jan. 29 – RPZ Refresher Part 1
Feb. 5 – RPZ Refresher Part 2
Feb. 12 – Basic Electricity/Electric Water Heater Service
Feb. 19 – Water Heaters
Feb. 26 – Water Softeners
Mar. 5 – 1st Aid/CPR certification
Mar. 19 – Gas Fundamentals/Gas Water Heater Service
Mar. 26 – Radiant Heat
Apr. 2 – Gas Code Part 1
Apr. 9 – Gas Code Part 2
Apr. 16 – Plumbing Code Updates
MED GAS CERTIFICATION AT ST. CLOUD TECH
Med Gas classes will be held on February 3, 10, 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2009. Classes start at 5:30pm and you must call in and register. February 17 and 24 dress for brazing.
RPZ CLASSES AT ST. CLOUD TECH & DUNWOODY
RPZ Certification will be on March 24, 25 (at St. Cloud), 31 and April 1 (at Dunwoody), 2009.
ST. CLOUD GAS LICENSE, “Certificate of Competency”
Applications for the St. Cloud Certificate of Competency must be submitted to the City of St. Cloud by December 31, 2008.
New 2009 MMCA Board
President- Ed Dahlgren
VicePresident- Keith Gause
Secretary - Dennis Solberg
Treasurer - Greg Goodlund
Boardmember - Tim McQuillan
Boardmember - Greg Nesler
Boardmember - Randy Olson
Boardmember - Bruce Gohmann
Boardmember - Maggy Kottman
Boardmember - Michael Tieva
Doody Mechanical has Moved
Doody Mechanical will still be in town but will be moving, leaving their previous property at 520 Front Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55117 for sale. The 35,384 sf building sits on 2.41 acres with a secured campus, newer office space, exceptionally clean shop/warehouse, freeway access to I-35, I-94, and Hwy 52. For more information contact Sean Coatney (612) 359-1661 or email@example.com
Harris Heavy into Green
In 2008 Harris Companies set a goal of having 25 employees with the designation of LEED AP by the end of the year. This month Harris announced that its goal for LEED Accredited Professional had been met. To accomplish this Harris provided study materials, encouraged employees to become accredited in order to enhance their knowledge of sustainable design and construction, and to further their professional development.
As interest in green design grows Harris has put these new skills to use through their involvement in the St. Olaf College Science Building, Mercedes Benz of Arrowhead and American Iron projects as well as their St. Paul Headquarters, which are all seeking or have obtained LEED certification. Three Harris employees also have their CEM (Certified Energy Manager) and several more are pursuing this designation. This certification focuses specifically on energy efficiency and the economic value of those efforts.
Federal Reserve Says “NO Credit Crunch”
While credit conditions in the Ninth Federal Reserve District have tightened up, credit is still widely available to businesses, according to Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank economists. Lenders have raised their lending standards, and the credit condition of borrowers has deteriorated, leading to the perception of a credit crunch. However, the biggest reason cited by lenders for lower lending volume is that they’re receiving fewer requests for credit from both consumers and businesses, according to a survey of businesses and financial institutions conducted by the Minneapolis Fed.
Fed economists characterized the current credit climate in the Ninth District, which includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana, western Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as more of a search for equilibrium than a paralysis of the system.
The news wasn’t all calming, however. The other subject at hand at the briefing was the economic outlook for 2009, and the only bright spot for the Twin Cities was that wages -- for those who keep their jobs - will go up very slightly. Recovery in such key employment sectors as home building and residential real estate is more than a year away. Full story at www.twincities.bizjournals.com search Credit Crunch.