The beginnings of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City can be traced back to earlier industry groups. An integral part of the foundation that Built Kansas City!
1889, The Plumbers Local 8 is established as the Association of Journeyman Plumbers, Gas Fitters, Steam Fitters, and Steam Fitter Helpers of the United States of America and Canada.
1890, The earliest reference to the organization of a Kansas City Industry Contractor Group (Vol. XVI No. 331 The Sanitary News), when R.S. Kirtley, Secretary of the Master Plumbers Association of Kansas City provides a list of delegates who will represent Kansas City at the National Convention in Denver.
1893, The Missouri Association of Master Plumbers is organized in Kansas City with L.B. Cross as President.
1901, Kansas City hosts the Master Plumbers Association National Convention and E.D. Hornbrook of Kansas City is elected as the National President.
1911, A Charter is issued to Pipe Fitters Local 533, representing the interests of the highly skilled workers in the Pipe Fitting, Refrigeration and Heating and Air Conditioning industries of the Kansas City Area.
1913, The Association of Master Plumbers of Kansas City is formed.
1926, The Association of Master Plumbers of Kansas City is Incorporated. Its stated purpose:
Advancement of sanitation, encouragement of sanitary laws, and better enforcement; better improvement of plumbing appliances and plumbing work; education of the members of the craft in sanitation and all that pertains to the betterment of plumbing as well as the best method of conducting such business; education of apprentices in plumbing and the establishment of an apprenticeship system; promotion of standardization of plumbing materials; education of the public through favorable publicity; and carrying on any trade association activities deemed advisable, not in conflict with the laws of the land.
1935, Pro-Forma decree of Incorporation as the Heating, Piping, and Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Kansas City.
1952, A collective bargaining agreement is established with Plumbers Local 8.
1953, The Association of Master Plumbers of Kansas City unofficially changes their name to the Associated Plumbing Contractors of Kansas City.
1954, The Association enters into an agreement with Plumbers Local 8 to establish a Health and Welfare Fund.
1956, The strengths of Plumbers Local 8 and Pipe Fitters Local 533 are brought under the Mechanical Contractors Association of Greater Kansas City. The Association laid the groundwork for servicing the needs of both unions. Frank O. Babcock accepts position of Executive Vice-President.
1958, The PFAC Industry Fund is negotiated as part of the wage contract with a collection of five cents per hour, starting the following year. This fund was allowed to accumulate until 1960.
1959, An agreement is reached between the Association and Local 533 to establish an Industry Development Fund.
1969, The Association of Master Plumbers of Kansas City officially changes it’s name to the Associated Plumbing Contractors of Greater Kansas City. The Heating, Piping, and Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Kansas City officially changes its name to the Mechanical Contractors Association of Greater Kansas City.
1974, The original Construction Training Center Building is established. This allows 100 Apprentices of Plumbers Local 8 to master knowledge on the growing body of building codes, changing materials requirements, and evolving new equipment.
1975, The Plumbing Industry Fund was created by agreement between Plumbers Local 8 and the Mid-America Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors, previously known as the Associated Plumbing Contractors Association of Kansas City.
1976, The Associated Plumbing Contractors of Greater Kansas City merges with the Mechanical Contractors Association of Greater Kansas City. The new name, Mid-America Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors.
1980, The Mid-America Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors changes its name to the Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City (MCA of Kansas City).
1988, A new phase of development and continued growth begins with the Appointment of Herbert C. Millard as the Association’s Executive Director.
2006, The Association Appoints Robert A. Looman as its Executive Director.
2008, The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Approves Charter for a Pittsburg State University Student Chapter Sponsored by the MCA of Kansas City.
2010, The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Approves Charter for a Kansas State University Student Chapter Sponsored by the MCA of Kansas City.
2011, A Joint Safety Alliance is formed with Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning National Association of Kansas City (SMACNA-KC) and the National Electrical Contractors Association of Kansas City (NECA-KC) to provide Safety Education and Training to Industry Professionals.
2012, The MCA of Kansas City is host to the MCAA’s National Student Chapter Summit.
2013, The Association initiates a Young Professionals Committee.
2015, MCA of Kansas City’s 125th Anniversary