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The new Central Records Complex (CRC) located in Winchester, Virginia.

Giants in the News 2023

April 27, 2023
The latest news and happenings from some of the largest mechanical contractors in the nation.

What have some of the nation's largest mechanical contractors been up to since our last Book of Giants? Here's a brief run-down.


Ahern Participates in Project G.R.I.L.L.

Project G.R.I.L.L. partners from Laconia High School recently visited Ahern's Industrial Services Shop in Appleton, WI, to learn about different types of welding. Project G.R.I.L.L. (Growing Readiness in Learning and Leading) is a project-based learning experience for high school students that strives to develop a strong future workforce by positive highlighting careers within manufacturing.

Project G.R.I.L.L. teaches students all the steps of taking an idea from concept through production with the end result being a fully functional grill.

Baker Group

Baker Group Celebrates 60 Years

From humble roots planted in its founding as a small plumbing contractor in 1963, Baker Group has grown to become one of the Midwest’s largest full-service specialty contractors. In January, the company marked the 60th anniversary of its founding by Bernard “Bernie” Baker Jr.

“The strongest indicator of future performance is always past accomplishment,” says Board Chair BJ Baker III, who is the son of founder BJ Baker, Jr. and served as CEO from 1984 until transitioning into his current position in 2021. “We are proud of our history and the way we have grown by relentlessly focusing on meeting the evolving needs of our clients."

Emcor Group

Scalise Industries Wins Safety Excellence Award

At this year's Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Convention, EMCOR Services Scalise Industries was presented with an MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award. The award is one of the industry's most prestigious recognitions of safety and health programs, safety innovations, and achievements in safety.

E. M. Duggan

E.M. Duggan Wins New England Specialty Contractor of the Year

E. M. Duggan was named New England’s 2022 Specialty Contractor of the Year by ENR Magazine. E.M. Duggan ranked No. 3 on the 2021 ENR New England Top Specialty Contractor rankings with $185 million in regional revenue. On the 2020 survey, the firm ranked No. 3 with $233.5 million. In 2019, the firm ranked No. 2 with $212 million in revenue.


Harris Honored as Top Workplace

Harris announced that it has earned the Top Workplaces USA 2023 award. The honor is based solely on employee feedback and celebrates companies that prioritize creating a people-centered culture and giving employees a voice.

Over 42,000 organizations were invited to participate in the Top Workplaces USA survey, issued by Energage, a third-party research firm. Winners are selected based on results from the anonymous employment engagement survey which uniquely measures 15 drivers related to an engaged work environment, company culture, leadership and overall job satisfaction.

J.C. Cannistraro, LLC

J. C. Cannistraro Celebrates Women in Construction Week

J. C. Cannistraro celebrated Women in Construction Week 2023 with a special luncheon out at The FID. The event was hosted by Cannistraro Women United and guests included leaders from Locals 12, 537 and 17, company leaders from the field and office, and many more. The even was an afternoon of celebration and connection.

John W. Danforth Co.

CEO Robert Beck Inducted as President of MCAA

Danforth’s CEO Robert Beck was recently inducted as the new President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) at the conclusion of the MCAA23 Conference held in Phoenix, AZ. Beck was given the MCAA Presidential gavel to signify his term starting by outgoing MCAA President Robert Bolton. [You can read our interview with Robert Beck, Staying Ahead of the Curve, at -- Ed.]

Manhattan Mechanical

Max Witt Earns Bronze at the National Craft Championships

Maxwell “Max” Witt, a 24-year-old apprentice pipefitter at Manhattan Mechanical Services, earned a bronze award in the “Pipefitting” category as part of the annual National Craft Championships in Kissimmee, FL. Presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors during its mid-March convention, the 34th annual competition showcased the skills and expertise of nearly 200 of the nation’s top-performing craft professionals.

“We are extremely proud of Max and his amazing accomplishment,” says Mike Uremovich, founder and CEO of Manhattan Mechanical Services, the premier merit shop mechanical services contractor in the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Area. “His dedication to the craft, to his training, and to his own personal growth have brought him a long way in a comparatively short amount of time.”


McKinstry Signs the Carbon Leadership Forum MEP 2040 Challenge

McKinstry has deepened its commitment to innovating waste and climate harm out of the built environment by becoming a signatory to the Carbon Leadership Forum’s (CLF) MEP 2040 Challenge. McKinstry joins a growing list of over 50 MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) firms across the country pledging acommitment to sustainability.

As part of the challenge, the companywill establish a plan to reduce operational and embodied carbon across MEP systems on all projects, targeting zero emissions by 2040. McKinstry and other participating firms will also track and report on progress annually to share lessons learned and best practices.

Southland Industries

Southland Wins GSA Design Award

In March, the US General Services Administration awarded Southland Industries with the Design Award for their work on the FBI Central Records Complex in Winchester, VA. The GSA is the largest public real estate organization in the United States. Mandated to set the highest standards of excellence in design and construction, GSA is also regarded for its principled leadership in the built environment. The GSA Design Awards recognize the most outstanding demonstrations of its mission, as well as projects that represent the next generation of achievement.


EVP Matt Terry Named ABC’s 2023 Young Professional of the Year

In March, TDIndustries announced that Matt Terry, Executive Vice President of Construction and Special Projects, received the Associated Builders and Contractor’s (ABC) 2023 Young Professional of the Year Award. Terry was honored at the ABC Convention 2023 in Orlando, FL. The Young Professional of the Year is an industry professional under the age of 40 who is employed by an ABC member company and is chosen based on leadership qualities, career achievement and vision for the future. 

“Matt is a dynamic yet humble leader. He has always focused on building trusting relationships with customers and fellow TD employee-owners. He plays a vital role leading our engineering-led construction businesses, particularly in North Texas,” says TDIndustries’ CEO Harold MacDowell. “He embraces Servant Leadership and is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of construction industry professionals and tradespeople.” 


UMC Wins Safety Excellence Award

UMC accepted the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s 2022 National Safety Excellence Award at the 2023 MCAA Annual Convention in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 29th. UMC has now won the award three times in the last five years. UMC’s “pride-based” safety culture consists of simple, yet powerful, strategies that always keep safety top of mind.

US Engineering Company

Tyler Nottberg Moderates Panel Discussion at C3KC

US Engineering Company Holdings CEO Tyler Nottberg moderated the opening panel discussion at the 2023 C3KC conference organized by the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri (JLKCMO). The discussion, “National Trends, Local Significance,” set up a framework for the day’s ensuing panels, exploring how Kansas City is addressing the most important challenges and opportunities it faces.

C3KC is a collaborative conference that brings together the civic, corporate and nonprofit communities to spark change for a better Kansas City. Now in its sixth year, C3KC has quickly become a cornerstone of change, presenting relevant and cutting-edge topics focused on social innovation.

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