Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

QCA National Issues Conference

Join us next year, Tuesday, May 2nd - Thursday, May 4th, in Washington, DC for the 2017 QCA National Issues Conference! 

What is the Quality Construction Alliance?

The QCA is a coalition of five premier construction specialty contracting associations formed to raise awareness about the value of quality construction among national, state and local leaders, as well as the general public. The Alliance is actively involved at all levels of public policy to ensure that taxpayers receive full value for their construction dollar. “Quality construction” means high-quality work offered at a competitive price that meets or exceeds the customer’s specifications and is produced on time and on budget using a well-trained, efficient and highly skilled workforce.  Sponsoring organizations and their members are dedicated to bringing construction buyers this kind of quality construction.

Who Participates in the Quality Construction Alliance
The Quality Construction Alliance is sponsored by the five leading construction specialty trade associations – FCA International, the International Council of Employers of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (ICE), the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), and The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) - which together represent industries comprised of more than 22,000 contractor firms that perform mechanical, electrical, sheet metal, plumbing, air conditioning, steel erection, trowel trades, painting, glazing, flooring and related work, using well-trained and highly skilled workers from the organized building trades.

Contractors supporting the Quality Construction Alliance make a significant investment every day to bring this nation the highest quality, most cost effective construction, while providing for a safe, highly skilled, well-paid workforce. It all adds up to true Quality Construction.

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According to an Independent Research Body:

INDUSTRY PREDOMINANCE: These construction specialty groups represent more than 25% of the total building construction industry volume in this country.

Specialty contractors hold a market share of more than 60% of non-residential building construction.

Sponsoring companies employ more than 460,000 electricians, pipefitters, plumbers, painters and allied trades, steel erectors, masonry craft workers, sheet metal workers and other construction specialists. They include the leading specialty contracting firms in the nation.

Investment in a Skilled Workforce: Contractors in the sponsoring organizations are leaders in training skilled workers in these highly technical fields. Over 127, 000 apprentices are trained in classrooms and on-the-job every year as part of multi-year programs funded by sponsoring contractors in cooperation with their union partners. Over 250,000 skilled journeymen workers receive extended training in emerging technologies. Sponsoring contractors contribute over $204 million each year to provide this training - entirely with their own funds.

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