W.E. Bowers receives MSCA’s 2009 Shooting Star award

ROCKVILLE, MD. — The Mechanical Service Contractors of America announced that W.E. Bowers Inc., a full service mechanical construction, service and plumbing company, Beltsville, Md., was awarded the association’s Shooting Star award.

The award is given to MSCA STAR contractors who have used the standards-based qualification to promote business success. MSCA STAR contractors complete a rigorous qualification program in order to be designated as MSCA STAR qualified.

“W.E. Bowers is an exemplary member of our industry,” said MSCA Board of Managers Chairman Jeff McCoy. “The Shooting Star Award recognizes the company’s excellent efforts toward demonstrating that every employee understands MSCA Star criteria and works to utilize the company’s Star designation in every aspect of business operation.”

McCoy explained how W.E. Bowers exemplifies all the best qualities of an MSCA STAR and how they have put their STAR qualification into every facet of their service operation. He commended the company on putting MSCA STAR to work for them in the most visible and positive way.

W.E. Bowers has been an MSCA member since 1996 and received the MSCA STAR qualification in 2004, the first year the program was available. The company was also the first in the nation to earn MSCA GreenSTAR status, receiving the distinction last July for demonstrating commitment to environmental stewardship throughout the organization.

MSCA STAR is a rigorous qualification program recognizing contractors who meet or exceed operating and training standards set by MSCA. The designation assures building owners and managers that contractors have passed an extensive, independently-verified screening of core competencies, including a skilled workforce and outstanding customer service.

To become a GreenSTAR, an MSCA STAR contractor must meet the following criteria: employ at least one LEED Accredited Professional; be a member of the USGBC; verify that at least 25% of employees have participated in green training; demonstrate the promotion of environmental responsibility by offering specific sustainable services and recommending green procedures and equipment; establish an internal commitment to green by attaining LEED certification, of any type, for their building, or by developing an internal green policy; and participate as part of a project team with a LEED EB or LEED NC registered project within the three years previous to application. MSCA STAR and GreenSTAR applications are reviewed and approved by a third-party independent company.