Manager Meets With Membership
ro R. -Ben Ranger, Bob Ranger and UA 370 Business Manager Mark
Johnson, Business Manager of UA Local 370, Plumbers, Pipe Fitters
and Service Trades, was the featured speaker at the Flint PMC Membership
Meeting in November.
reviewed the progress on the Local's Training Center (pictured at
right outside the new Union Hall and Joint Training Center) along
with the recent training programs, including Medical Gas Training
and Welder Certification.
members present discussed upcoming training programs, and the various
topics they would like to see covered in journeyman upgrade classes.
Also reviewed at the meeting was the ongoing progress of training
the total UA membership on safety and first aid certification.
Hettrick Attends Membership Meeting
Hettrick, Specialty Contractors Worker's Compensation Program, spoke
to the membership in October. He reviewed the recent changes at
the statewide program, and how they will affect the local association
discussed options that contractors have as it regards workers compensation.
Flint Tradition of Service Continues
with Two State Presidents
first time in the history of the Michigan PMCA, both the MPMCA President
and the Michigan Mechanical Contractors Association Presidents are
members of the same local Association. The Flint PMC is tremendously
proud of this continuing history of service to our state associations.
Goyette, MPMCA President
Goyette, Goyette Mechanical Company, was elected President of the
MPMCA at the 2001 Convention. In accepting the honor Dominic stated:
"I'm sure my dad is looking down and is very proud at this
moment". The late Tom Goyette, Dominic's father, was MPMCA
President in 1978. It's never easy to walk in someone's footsteps,
especially your fathers, but he has taken the responsibility of
that leadership, and grown the company into an even greater force
as it forges into this new century. The main office is in Flint,
with branch offices in: Ann Arbor, Oscoda, Lansing, and Auburn Hills.
Goyette Mechanical's focus is Industrial, Automotive and Commercial
projects. A significant portion of the business includes service
work with a staff of over 30 service technicians. In total the company
employs over 230 people. Like his father, he has a history of exceptional
service to the mechanical industry. As MPMCA's President, elected
at the Traverse City Convention earlier this year, Dominic will
be serving an extended term as the Association makes the change
from an Annual Convention Exposition to an Expo in February, 2002,
and an Annual Meeting and Summer Conference in August, 2002, that
will also gear to the family. He has been President of the Flint
PHCC, and served on MCAA's Project Management Committee.
graduated from Northern Michigan University in Industrial Design.
He began his management mission with the company as a Commercial
and Industrial estimator and designer. Dominic and his wife Brenda
have three children, Dominic, Olivia, and Vincent. He is active
in his church and several community organizations including, the
Boy Scouts, the Flint Cultural Center, and the Whaley Children's
Wyrwicki, President, Michigan Mechanical Contractors Association
Wyrwicki, William E. Walter, Inc., was elected to a two-year term
as President of the Michigan Mechanical Contractors Association
in January 2001. He had previously served the Michigan MCA as Vice
President and Secretary-Treasurer. Doug is also currently in his
final year of a two-year term as President of the Flint PMC Association.
E. Walter, Inc. is a professional contracting firm that specializes
in the innovative design, fabrication, installation, and service
of the mechanical systems that make up today's dynamic workplaces.
50 years they have supplied plumbing, heating, air conditioning
and process piping for facilities throughout Michigan. From large
automotive factories and manufacturing complexes, to universities,
hospitals, and office centers of all kinds.
began in the industry as a draftsman for a consulting engineering
firm in 1968, while he was a college student in Flint. He graduated
from Flint College with a business degree and went to work at Sauer,
Inc. in Atlanta. Sauer at that time was one of the country's largest
contractors. During his two years with the company he served as
Project Engineer for the Florida State Capital Building Complex.
Michigan MCA President
Michigan MCA President
Michigan PHCC President
Michigan PHCC President
Michigan MPA President
Michigan MPA President
Michigan MPA President
- MCA - Mechanical
- Plumbing & Mechanical
Cooling Contractors Association
- Master Plumbers
for a short stint with the Pittsburgh Mechanical Division of Snyder
Mechanical before returning to Michigan before his first-born entered
the world. When Doug and family returned to Michigan he went to
work for Center Construction as Purchasing Agent and Project Engineer.
He got his feet wet by building 13 Sambo's and Mountain Jack Restaurants
in 16 months. He became part of the mechanical industry working
for then Flint PHCC member DaVanay Plumbing & Heating for two
1980 Doug began working for Howard Shand at William E. Walter, Inc.,
as a Project Manager and Estimator. As he contributed as part of
the management team that elevated William E. Walter, in 1987 he
was given the opportunity to buy into the company. In 1996 he became
President, the office that he holds today with partner John Walter,
grandson of founder Bill Walter, Vice President.
and his wife Dawn have been married for over 27 years and have three
daughters. He is involved in the local ASHRAE Chapter, and works
on their Scholarship Committee. He also participates as a member
of the Greater Michigan MSCA's Scholarship Committee that regulates
the Scholarships for Ferris State University.
Flint Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association has been
an active chapter of the Michigan Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors
Association since the early 1920's. It's activism in support of
the MPMCA, in all of its variations throughout the years, can be
seen in the Flint Leadership Listing to the right.
For Upcoming Year Main Item on Agenda for Membership Meeting
for the new fiscal year was the top item on the agenda of the recent
Flint membership meeting. Flint President Doug Wyrwicki, William
E. Walter, Inc., stressed the necessity to become more involved
in both State Associations, and the ongoing Marketing Programs for
the union contractor.
reviewed an approved the new budget that will include increased
promotional activities,support of the activities of the Michigan
Mechanical Contractors Association, and greater community service
- L. to R. -Gary Dickerson, Dickerson Mechanical, Flint President
Doug Wrywicki and Flint Vice President John
Walter, both of William E. Walter, Inc.
- L. to R. - Dave Hendershot, Ecker Mechanical, Dorothy Overman, Flint
Executive Secretary, Dominic Goyette, Goyette Mechanical Company and
Marlo Howieson, Refrigeration Engineering, Inc.
also center on the Association's increased participation with the
Michigan Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association (MPMCA)
as it supported long-time member Dominic Goyette, Goyette Mechanical
Company, who is the current President of the MPMCA. Doug Wrywicki
is also serving at a state position as President of the Michigan
Mechanical Contractors Association.
Association has also voted to continue its partnership with the
Greater Michigan Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association
through its President, Sandra Miller.
New Name For Flint Association
During the Annual
Meeting, the membership voted on a new name - The Flint Association
of Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors. The Association has a great
deal more contact with the MCAA as a National organization and felt
that the name change better idenified the workings of the Association
as it exists today.
Annual Meeting in May, the written Annual Report
was presented to the membership dealing with the numerous activites
of the organization throughout the past year. As was shown in the
Report, the activities have increased greatly over the past year
and were instrumental in the organization receiving the Michigan
Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association's Award for the
2000 Association of the Year.
Wyrwicki Elected President of Michigan MCA
Wyrwicki, William E. Walter, Inc., was recently elected to a two-year
term as President
of the Michigan Mechanical Contractors Association. Doug has served
the Michigan MCA as its Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President before
his election to President. He is currently serving his second year
of a two-year term as President of the Flint PMC
.L. to R. - Doug Wyrwicki presenting President's
Plaque to outgoing MMCA President Mike Brunett
MCA is Michigan's organization representing the union-employing
contractors of the state of Michigan. Meeting quarterly, the Michigan
MCA also meets with reprentatives of the Michigan State Pipe Trades
Association to discuss items of mutual concern. Currently they are
in the process of jointly reviewing a possible statewide drug testing
program, statewide jurisdiction on pre-fabrication, and freedom
Maner Attends Flint Meeting
Maner, Executive Director, Michigan Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors
Association attended the recent membership meeting for the Flint
PHCC. He went into depth on the proposed revised Plumbing Law.
to R. - Back Row - Greg Pfeiffer and Ken Coon, Miller Sage, Inc.,
Walt Maner, MPMCA, Dominic Goyette, Goyette Mechanical, John Walter,
William E. Walter, Inc., Don Koon, Shank--Coupland -Long, Gary Dickerson,
Dickerson Mechanical, Front Row - Marlo Howieson, Refrigeration
Engineering, Inc., Steve Torrey, Johnson and Wood, LLC, Tom Long,
Shank-Coupland,- Long, Jim Wright, Midwest Mechanical, Inc.
with Flint Consultant Sandra Miller, Walt discussed Legislative
Issues such as the Prevailing Wage Legislative Bills, the Prevailing
Wage Lawsuit, and other statewide issues. It also gave Walt the
opportunity to present the Chapter of the Year Award to the total
final two-day of the Flint Association's Project Management Seminar
were held in March. The programs are provided by MCAA's National
Education Institute Onsite Campus, and held in cooperation with
Greater Michigan PMC. John Koontz, former professor at Purdue University,
was instructor for the seminars. A very successful effort, eighty
percent (80%) of the membership had workers attending the conference.
We received excellent comments from all in attendance.
Association completed the first of two two-day sessions on Project
Management in January. The programs are provided by MCAA's National
Education Institute Onsite Campus.
Koontz, former professor at Purdue University is instructor for
the seminars. The follow-up sessions, held in cooperation with Greater
Michigan PMC, will be held on March 22nd, 23rd, 2001, at the Holiday
Inn Express, Gateway Center, Grand Blanc/Flint area.
successful effort, eighty percent (80%) of the membership has workers
attending the conference. We received excellent comments from all
in attendance. They spoke of how much they were looking forward
to the upcoming sessions.
limited additional space and opened the program to others in Michigan.
Attendees came from the Greater Michigan PMC Membership, Traverse
City, and Grand Rapids.
Association Supports Carriage Town Ministries
season to be jolly . . . but also to help those less fortunate.
In the spirit of the season the Flint Association continues to support
the Carriage Town Ministries. Partnering with Carriage Town is an
on-going program of the Association as they reach out to the homeless
of our community.
has been serving the homeless in the area since 1950, "rescuing
the least, last, lonely, and the lost". As stated by Rev. Robert
Sweeney, "I can picture the faces of the children who will
be blessed by what we will be able to do for them this holiday season
due to your contribution".
Local 370 Moves To A New Home
Local 370 Plumbers, Pipe Fitters, Service Trades, has recently moved
to a new location. The move, which happened in November, has the
Local in a much large and new facility.
right - Ben Ranger, Bob Ranger and Business Manager Mark Johnson
has over 17,000 square feet. Seven thousand will be utilized for
the offices and meeting hall and 10,000 will be dedicated to the
new UA 370 Training Facility. Business Manager Mark Johnson stated
"We hope to have the new Training Facility Up and running by
Hendershot - Ecker Mechanical Contractors
Honored for Service To Association
Dave Hendershot, was honored at the October's Special Membership
Meeting for his service to the Flint Association. Dave recently
finished a two-year term as President of the Flint Chapter.
- L. to R. Dave being presented President's Plaque from current
President Doug Wyrwicki, William E. Walter, Inc.
and Ecker Mechanical, Inc. have been in Business since 1966, and
have been involved in the Association for more than half that time.
The Company is a full service Mechanical Contractor specializing
in commercial, industrial, and institutional work along with having
a full Service Division. They have a 40,000 square foot Sheet Metal
Shop, and do retail sales of fabrication and ductwork.
Dave has been an active member of the Labor Relations Committee
for over ten years, and helped negotiate the last three contracts
of the organization. He also has served on the Entertainment &
Activities Committee and the Education Committee.
with being President, Dave has served the Flint PHCC as Vice President,
Secretary and Treasurer. When reflecting on his past two years as
President Dave said: "We have a great group of contractors
at the Flint Association. They are terrific to work with, and made
the job easy. I truly enjoyed the time that I spent as President
of the Flint PHCC."
Flint PHCC Goes Online
PHCC has now gone online. You can send information to the organization's
staff, Executive Secretary Dorothy Overman and Consultant Sandra
Miller, as follows:
FAPHCC hosted their Annual Golf Outing on August 29, 2000 at The
Atlas Valley Country Club in Grand Blanc. The outing was delayed
this year. One week due to the invitational that is held at Atlas
Valley and three weeks due to the rain.
the delays, there was a very good turnout with 138 golfers. As the
golfers arrived for breakfast, it was cloudy and overcast - it did
sprinkle for about three minutes, but the rest of the day was beautiful.
After a day on the course, there was a buffet dinner for the golfers
to feast on and then the presentations began.
the after dinner event this year was the President of FAPHCC, Doug
Wyrwicki, who was assisted by Matt Burke of Goyette Mechanical and
Dorothy from the Association office. Some of the dignitaries attending
the Golf Outing this year were Tennyson Barry and Henry Green from
the State Bureau of Construction Codes and Merle West Jr., a City
of Flint Inspector.
Winner of the Championship Trophy (again!) was Mr. Ed Heron from
William E. Walter, Inc. Hey Ed - how about giving somebody else
a turn? The Runner-Up Trophy went to Kevin Golden of Hodges Supply
Company. The Longest Drive #9 winner was Brad Fisher from William
E. Walter, Inc. and Closest to pin #16 went to Bob Hicks from Miller-Sage,
Congratulations to all of you.
beverage carts were co-sponsored this year by A & S Supply Company,
The Bertsch Company and Harrison Piping Supply Company.
were many door prizes donated by our suppliers and wholesalers.
Our thanks to all who attended and donated gifts. Your attendance
and generosity continue to make this Annual Outing a success each
Training Committee Sends Instructors to UA Instructor Training Program
the UA in Michigan for its renowned Instructor Training Program,
it is the ideal opportunity for local UA Joint Training Committees
to send their instructors for certification. UA Local 370's Committee
sent three instructors to this year's program to increase their
skills to prepare the best apprentices and journeyperson for the
with the UA 370 Instructors, Bob Anderson, the Mid-Michigan JAC
Instructor for UA 370 was also in attendance.
craftsmanship is an outcome of good teaching in UA training programs.
Through the UA Instructor Training Program, the UA's aim is to help
improve the teaching technique, broaden the manipulative skills,
and expand the store of scientific and technical knowledge related
to the trade.
Gatecliff Instructs UA 370 Foremen
Gatecliff, CAG Consulting, Ltd., taught a six week, Foreman and
Supervisor Training Program to members of Plumbers & Pipefitters
UA Local 370.
shows that the Flint contractors and UA Local 370 recognize the
need for effective leaders within their organizations.
know that effective leaders enable us to compete more efficiently
in the marketplace. Foremen with good mechanical and leadership
skills will help the contractors maintain quality, and provide a
better product for the end user.
Officers and Directors Elected
Association held their Annual Meeting in May. At the meeting new
Officers and Directors were elected, as follows:
Wyrwicki - President
William E. Walter, Inc. Mechanical Contractors
Walter - Vice President
William E. Walter, Inc. Mechanical Contractors
Goyette Mechanical Company
Officers and Directors take effect at the June meeting. New Committee
representatives were also appointed.
Goyette Elected Vice-President of the MPMCA
PHCC is proud to report that Board Member Dominic Goyette, Goyette
Mechanical Company was elected Vice-President of the Michigan Plumbing
& Mechanical Contractors Association at the April MPMCA Annual
Convention. Dominic has served on the MPMCA Board for a number of
years and last year served as the MPMCA's Secretary.
Flint Well Represented at MCAA Convention
Flint area was represented at the recent MCAA Convention by Matt
Burke, Goyette Mechanical Company and Doug Wyrwicki, William E.
Walter, Inc.. They had the unique opportunity to hear programs such
as Astronaut Jerry Linger speaking about his time in the Mir Space
Station; attend excellent educational programs; and hear UA General
President Martin Maddaloni discuss upcoming programs, including
the new Substance Abuse Agreement agreed to jointly by the UA and
right - Matt and Pam Burke, Goyette Mechanical at MCAA Convention
Flint PHCC Partners With Greater Michigan PMC
The Flint PHCC has entered into an agreement to partner with the
Greater Michigan PMC. The agreement will have the Greater Michigan
PMC staff working with the existing staff of the Flint Association
to increase the services available to Flint area contractors.
will permit us to grow the programs and benefits available for the
members and increase the programs for the benefit of the greater