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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UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS:

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Location/Further Details to Follow

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Industry Networking Opportunities

The ability to network is one of the most crucial skills any entrepreneur can have. It’s an effective way to meet contacts who can help you grow your business or to learn about opportunities available to you as a member of an Association.

Many people – especially in the construction industries - are put off by the idea of networking, thinking it requires a phony, glad-handing personality that oozes insincerity. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

I, along with WC&C Board Members, spent several days at the AWCI Industry Conference in Baltimore.  It was time well spent. As the country’s largest Wall Ceiling & Carpentry Association, I can’t stress enough the benefits that become available to our entire membership as a result of our presence at these events. 

And don’t miss the opportunity to join fellow WC&C members at the Association’s Annual Convention, to be held April 15-19, 2015, at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida.  Our Convention is open to members and their families and continues to grow and get better each year.  Members who have attended our Annual Convention will tell you that it’s an event not to be missed.  Pictures from the 2014 Convention can be seen under the “Meetings and Events” / “Event Pictures” tabs above.

Please also be reminded that the Association holds monthly General Membership Meetings.  Aside from having a good meal (no cost to members) and enjoying an evening with your colleagues, we are interested in talking with you and gaining more insight from members into our Association.

I hope you will take advantage of some of the networking (and other) opportunities that are available to you as a Member of the Association of Wall Ceiling & Carpentry Industries of New York, Inc.

Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy upcoming holiday season.

John DeLollis


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Technology in Construction

The construction industry is facing a number of pressures to decrease costs, improve productivity and have a competitive edge in terms of quality of service and customer satisfaction. Recent advancements in mobile technology provide new avenues for addressing this situation.  In the current market, project schedules are being accelerated and changes to design during work seem to be the new industry standards.  To keep up, the use of smartphones and tablets is critical in achieving communication efficiency and productivity within a team.  General trends show more builders are using mobile technology and taking advantage of free software like Dropbox, SmartBidNet and YouSendIt.  Some of the main motivating factors for using this software are the ability to draw sketches and send them immediately from remote sites and instant access to plans and other documents. 

Not only do smartphones and tablets provide improved technology, but cordless tools also deliver cost savings to the construction industry by eliminating the need for compressors, electric cords and additional tool maintenance. In addition to mobility, today’s cordless tools are safer to use because they reduce tripping and shock hazards.  Today’s cordless tools are stronger and more durable than ever before, providing more power and significantly longer run times.  And new battery technology is one of the biggest reasons for the increase in cordless tool use.   However, the biggest hurdle for new technology to overcome is still cost, as batteries make up about 50 percent of the total cost of a cordless tool system. Until manufacturers find a way to make it affordable for customers to upgrade to new technology, the market will continue to adopt slowly.  Embracing the use of technology is an essential step in keeping up with our clients and industry. 

On another note,  I want to congratulate Michelle Bravato, Haley Cooke, Michael DiMarco, Michael Patrick Donnelly, Ashley Godsell, Michael George Haas, Leanna Rae Ippoliti, Michael Noel McBrien, Toni Anne Monti, Brianna Nocerino, Spence Andrew Novick, Kylie Miranda Ohlmiller, Monica Olveira and Cassidy Weimer; recipients of the Thomas J. Nastasi Scholarships.   This year’s recipients are well deserved and I wish them well as they pursue their careers. 

I’d like to thank John Marone of Component Assembly Systems for his time on the WC&C board.  It was a pleasure to work with John over the years and I wish him well in his travels.  I also want to welcome Robert Perricone, Executive Vice President of Component Assembly Systems, to the board.  I look forward to working with Bob as our newest board member of WC&C.

 --  Mike Weber

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