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(VIa Boston Business Journal) - Nate Peck, President of Kaplan Construction, was recently named to Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40. This prestigious award is reserved for young executives on the rise, entrepreneurs and innovators who are truly making a mark in their respective industries. The 21 men and 19 women, representing the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors, were selected by the Boston Business Journal editorial staff from nearly 350 nominations received this year. They will be recognized by the BBJ at a cocktail reception and awards ceremony taking place on Oct. 17 at the Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge in Boston.
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Piping Systems Inc. Hosts Fundraiser Golf Tournament to Benefit the Megan Lally Memorial Fund for Breast Cancer Research
Piping Systems, Inc. (PSI), a leading mechanical contractor and piping solutions provider in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, hosted a fundraising golf tournament to benefit the Megan Lally Memorial Fund for Breast Cancer Research.
The golf tournament was held at the Fall River Country Club on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 and was supported by many golf foursomes consisting of friends, family, PSI vendors, PSI clients and many others in the community.
The Megan Lally Memorial Fund was formed by friends, family and loved ones to benefit Breast Cancer research. Megan, a resident of Worcester, MA and WPI graduate, who lost her battle to breast cancer on September 1st, 2011 just shy of her 31s birthday.
The Megan Lally Memorial Fund, INC is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation. Proceeds from all events benefit notfor-profit Breast Cancer research. Through their 3 Run Like an Antelope Memorial 5K road races and other fundraising efforts, nearly $100,000 has been raised for breast cancer research.
(Via Plasting News) - Process Cooling Systems Inc. has broken ground on a project for its new headquarters in Leominster, Mass., that will allow the company to expand its engineering and manufacturing operations.
The 59,000-square-foot facility will include 49,000 square feet of manufacturing and a 10,000-square-foot office. The new headquarters, located in the Southgate Business Park on Research Drive, will replace Process Cooling's current 18,000-square-foot building on Nashua Street in Leominster as well as its second manufacturing and warehouse facility in Fitchburg, Mass.
Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2019.
Dan Rudy, project manager at Process Cooling, said the company is estimating a total investment of $6 million to $8 million in costs associated with the new facility, including office build-out, moving equipment and personnel development.
"We have outgrown our current office and manufacturing space, and that is limiting the expansion of our business," Rudy said in an email interview. "The plastics industry is fast paced and timeline driven, and we would rather turn down a job than miss a customer deadline."
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Jim Abbott, Vice President and Financial Advisor, was awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies®, the standards-setting body for Fi360 on July 13th, 2018.
“I’m especially proud of our team’s growth over the past 9 months, with Jim earning this designation, the move to our new office on Dartmouth Street and the addition of Jeffrey Corey and Paul Litchfield” said Claro Advisors Managing Principal, Ryan Belanger.
Jim joined the team in 2017 with a focus on Company 401(k) plans as well as fostering collaborative relationships within the Construction, Design and Engineering industry and the Professional Hockey industry. As a student-athlete, he earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire winning Back-to-Back Hockey East Championship titles and playing two Frozen Four Tournaments. He was also named to the All-Academic Team his Senior year. After graduation, he played professional hockey before starting his career in the construction and financial industries.
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For several years now, workforce development has been ABC Massachusetts’ top priority. We have developed the Merit Apprenticeship Program, the Building Mass Careers website, and now we are about to graduate the first students from Building Mass Careers’ pre-apprenticeship program.
With so many of us facing a serious shortage of qualified workers, I hope you will consider hiring one or more of these new graduates. They are a diverse group of over 30 young people, including veterans, minorities, women, inner-city as well as suburban youth.
Their interests run the gamut from electrical, plumbing and carpentry to HVAC, sheet metal, pipefitting and flooring, but they all share two things. One is a readiness to work and the second is to pursue a career – not just a job – in construction.
Since April, 20 of these students have undergone a very rigorous program that has taught them the skills that you, our members, wanted us to offer in this new program. They include OSHA certification, leadership and work ethic, general construction education, hot work and hoisting. Another 11 have been in a slightly less comprehensive program that includes OSHA 10, leadership and work ethic training.
We greatly appreciate those members who have already hired program participants. We encourage other employer members to recruit from this pre-apprenticeship pool within the next few weeks to honor our commitment to these young people who have been fully vetted and have shown great determination to secure a career in the industry.
Please reach out to Sophir Jeune at (781) 273-0123 or email@example.com to take on an apprentice. I know the staff at ABC is looking forward to hearing from you almost as much as you’re looking forward to meeting these dedicated, talented young people who are eager to help fill your workforce needs.
During the 2017 - 2018 legislative session, ABC was successful in advocating on Beacon Hill for legislation that would promote issues such as workforce development, safety, sensible licensing regulations, and opposed anti-business initiatives that would negatively impact the construction industry. While we worked on many bills, the following is a summary of the results of our priority issues:
Wage Theft - did not pass (Senate Bill 2327 An Act to Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability): ABC was an integral part of an almost 20-member coalition composed of key construction and business organizations that advocated for sensible proposals to address the issue of wage theft, while opposing the detrimental vicarious liability element which would hold almost any company, in any industry, joint and severally liable for alleged violations of another company if they simply have a nexus.
Promoting Veteran's Licensing Credits - passed (Senate Bill 2632, An Act Relative to Veterans' Benefits, Rights, Appreciation, Validation and Enforcement): ABC worked with legislators to include a provision within this omnibus veteran's bill to encourage the the licensed trade boards to review current regulations and put an emphasis on developing creative ways to accommodate and credit veterans with relevant experience that seek to acquire a license for their applicable trade.
Multiple Definitions of Fraud - did not pass (H. 2664 / S. 1744 An Act Relative to the Definition of Fraud in Public Construction Bid Laws): This legislation would have created a dangerous new definition of fraud solely for public bidding, which differs from the well understood and time-tested common law definition. This new definition would have made simple, unintentional bidding errors fraudulent and subject to severe bidding restrictions.
Mandatory Apprentice Requirement - did not pass (H. 2367 An Act Relative to Apprenticeship Programs): This legislation would have created redundancy, unnecessary complexity and cost increases on construction projects by requiring apprentices on every public construction project. Regardless of the federal court ruling this requirement illegal, this mandate would also have an adverse effect in the construction industry, particularly for simple and small jobs where the presence of an apprentice is unnecessary and would only increase taxpayer costs.
Disclosure of Sensitive and Proprietary Information - did not pass (House Bill 1005 / Senate Bill 1019 An Act relative to transparency in employee benefits reporting in private construction): This confusing and contradictory bill would create redundant and burdensome administrative compliance requirements for unemployment insurance and workers compensation, required employers to post a roster of employees and independent contractors at the jobsite that included sensitive information, and an inappropriate delegation of the attorney general's authority.
There are many reasons for our legislative success including our government affairs team, a supportive governor, strong relationships with elected officials, collaboration with other construction and business organizations, and, most importantly, membership engagement. We will continue to build upon these successes during the next legislative session.
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