MCAA Task Force Studies Supply-chain Efficiency

BY WILLIAM ATKINSON Special to CONTRACTOR ROCKVILLE, MD. How to improve the supply of material from the manufacturer through the wholesaler to the contractor on the jobsite is the subject of an $85,000 research study being funded by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation. The 18-month project is expected to be completed in summer 2004. In the meantime, members of the Mechanical

BY WILLIAM ATKINSON

Special to CONTRACTOR

ROCKVILLE, MD. — How to improve the supply of material from the manufacturer through the wholesaler to the contractor on the jobsite is the subject of an $85,000 research study being funded by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation. The 18-month project is expected to be completed in summer 2004.

In the meantime, members of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America should receive a statement from the Value Chain Task Force by the time they meet for their annual convention Feb. 29-March 4 in Orlando, Fla., said Dennis Langley, MCERF’s executive director. The advisory task force represents contractors, wholesalers and manufacturers.

“The statement will educate our members on what the value chain is, how it works and how it is relevant to them,” Langley told CONTRACTOR.

That initial communication probably will be followed by a series of short reports that will provide hands-on information to MCAA members, he said. The task force may utilize a simple case study approach that will discuss supply-chain issues.