More than 300 work vans will roll out of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 headquarters in Spanish Lake, MO at 8 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 21, deploying out to the homes of St. Louis community members and Local 562 retirees. The annual HEAT’S ON program is a partnership of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri (MCA-EMO) and Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 to provide pre-winter inspections on furnaces.
According to Larry Baker, service business agent for Local No. 562, the free services provided that day are valued at more than $200,000. MCA contractors donate the trucks and materials needed, while the pipefitters and plumbers donate their time and expertise.
“We see this program as an opportunity to give back to the St. Louis community,” said George D. Corey, president of MCA-EMO. “It’s important for all homeowners to ensure that their systems are in good working order before we get into cold weather. And it’s a great Fall tradition for both our contractors and Local No. 562.”
The groups work with local social service agencies to identify residents throughout the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County in need of services. The work vans carry filters and minor spare parts to support the workers’ inspection and minor repairs to the homes’ furnaces, water heaters and smoke detectors.
“Since its inception in 1987 we estimate that our service to the community has exceeded six million dollars,” added Baker. “Many of our older members, especially, enjoy passing down the tradition to the younger workers coming up through the ranks. And it’s just a fun day for our members.”
MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. For over 70 years, the MCA has sponsored cost-effective educational opportunities taught by qualified and experienced professionals in the MCA Training Center. MCA-EMO also offers industry events, networking opportunities, and sponsors a student chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia. For the past 29 years, the MCA-EMO has co-sponsored the annual “HEAT’S ON” community outreach program with the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union No. 562, providing heating system inspections to thousands of homeowners in the City of St. Louis, and St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. Visit: www.mca-emo.com.
PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS LOCAL UNION NO. 562
The membership of Local #562 is composed primarily of plumbers and pipefitters. However, they also represent other bargaining groups such as coil cleaners, petroleum maintenance workers, lawn irrigation specialists, drain cleaners and building maintenance workers. Each and every member of Local #562 is provided superior training and endeavors to work to the highest standard of craftsmanship. You also will find a complete list of mechanical contractors and plumbing contractors that employ Local #562 members, as well as individual lists segregating the contractors into job specific categories: www.pnp562.org