Association of Wall Ceiling and Carpentry Industries

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Association of Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries (WC&C) is the principal organization advocating the interests of contractors, suppliers and manufacturers in the wall and ceiling industries. Association of Wall-Ceiling & Carpentry Industries provides support for contractors in a number of critical areas including legislative advocacy, insurance and safety.

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The UBC's Commitment To The Future

If you haven’t heard about the new building at the UBC’s International Training Center in Las Vegas, which opened on September 15, 2013, it’s time to check it out. In early April contractor members of our association who attended the AWCI Convention at Mandalay Bay were given a tour of the ITC and were quite impressed by this state of the art facility and the visionary programs being taught to instructors throughout the USA and Canada who in turn will bring this expertise back to their local areas. This new facility, built at a cost of $50 million, brings the total complex to approximately 925,000 square feet on 17 acres. The UBC has purchased an adjacent warehouse which will add training space and are purchasing a hotel located next door to add 150 rooms to the 300 rooms at the existing dormitory. They are also adding a parking garage to the complex.

 

In addition to the real estate assets, the UBC is developing programs such as INSTALL for the floorcovering trade, the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) program and the Building Envelope program in which certified carpenters and contractors will be responsible for the entire construction of the building perimeter and the product will be warranted by the UBC for failures.  These are “value added” concepts which are necessary for our union carpentry industry to survive and capture market share. We all know we can’t compete based on price against those who aren’t paying the wage, benefits, taxes and insurance that we are. It’s got to be value and QUALITY DIVIDED BY PRICE EQUALS VALUE.

 

You have to see for yourself what is happening at the International Training Center. A newly formed Labor/Management Committee, which your association has been invited to become part of, is planning an Interior/Exterior Systems Leadership Conference to be held at the ITC from October 6th to 8th 2014. Details will become available as planning progresses. Plan on being there. You will not be disappointed. John DeLollis


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A Winter to Remember

Holy pot holes! That was a winter to remember, or not! If you were fortunate enough to have the bulk of your projects working on the interior of buildings, perhaps you were able to minimize the loss of  productivity we all endured this past winter. On the other hand, if you had exterior work to do, boy that was painful experience!

 

I would like to acknowledge the WC&C Honorees at our Spring Dinner Dance.  Congratulations to Union Official of the Year William Banfield, the Southeast Regional Manager of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. I also want to congratulate Contractor of the Year, Orville Hawes of C.B.I Drywall Corp. Orville has been president of C.B.I for 30 years and has built the company into one of Long Island’s premier drywall companies. We had great support for our honorees this year. I hope everyone enjoyed the evening.

 

I want to highlight the up and coming business development program that the Union Contractors Council is working on implementing. After collaborating with FMI (a research, consulting and investment banking firm) last fall to perform a research survey which will provide a better perception of market drivers and opportunity for union drywall contractors, FMI will create  customized marketing plans based on the results of this study. Some of the marketing tools for use will include evaluating the competitive environment, customer targeting, building long-term customer relations and evaluating your marketing effectiveness. It is important that contractors have a strategic plan that focuses on their individual company. Some key points to consider while constructing your business development plan are understanding external opportunities as well as threats, and examining internal strengths and weaknesses. FMI will be presenting programs for the local chapters of any AWCI union contractor member organization. Stay tuned for further details and have safe and enjoyable summer.  - Mike Weber

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WC&C 2014 Scholarship Program

WC&C thanks all students who have submitted applications.  Award notifications will be provided by August 31, 2014. 

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