February 2021 Newsletter

A Word from our President


by – Jonathan Brown-Kruse Corp.

How about that polar vortex !!! Hopefully, the arrival of cold weather has filled the board for most of you. Contractors and vendors alike. It looks like this cold weather is going to stay for a short while, so prepare and take advantage while we can before the spring slow down.

We welcomed Becky Warren with Skills USA in January, and they provided us with a great presentation regarding the current skills gap dilemma facing the American work force.

We will be welcoming Jack Courington with Kasco sales to present on Feb 18th.

Kasco was founded in 1960 and has represented quality manufacturers to wholesale distribution since. Their central office is in Wichita, KS with sales offices in Kansas City, MO, St Louis, MO, and Little Rock, AR. Current sales team tenure runs from 35 to 7 years with Kasco bringing solid experience to our principal manufacturers and customers. They offer a wide array of HVAC products including residential and light commercial equipment, specialty tools and fasteners, residential and light commercial new construction supplies, HVAC component parts and accessories, and residential and commercial ventilation. I would encourage all of you to attend the general meeting in February.

Over the last few months regarding membership, I have been hearing from members and nonmembers alike, “what does the KCCA have to offer me.”

I do realize with the current COVID restrictions, some of us are still reluctant to get out. We at KCCA are developing options to provide alternative ways to participate in our events and presentations. However, the fact remains that with such large numbers of paid memberships we still have very low numbers of turnout at general meetings. KCCA is a volunteer-based organization, those of us who are involved and who are on the board are all volunteers. It takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to put together these events and provide these speakers for the benefit of the membership. When the membership declines to participate in the general meetings, it becomes more difficult to provide quality and relevant presentations simply for the fact that no one wants to drive to Wichita to speak to six people. Organizations are born in the idea of relevance and purpose. KCCA is an organization that exists to provide contractors and vendors with relevant and intentional information that pertains specifically to our industry. That information comes from participation and collaboration of its membership body. So, the question should be “what can you do for the KCCA” I encourage you to not just be a member but become an active participating member. This organization will only be as great as we the membership allows it to be. If you are a contractor, and would like to see a particular topic, covered, or discussed at a general meeting. Or if you are a vendor or equipment wholesale supplier and you want to present on a new product or technology, let us know. Email myself or a current board member for more info.

Please feel free to email or call Jonathan at (316) 633-1235 or Jbrown@krusecorp.comwith any concerns or questions.

The board revised the Tool Scholarship a little. KCCA wants the employee to be working for the KCCA member for 3 months before they are eligible for the $500 tool Scholarship. So in short the employee or employer need to submit application and proof of graduation from one of our local trade school after the employee has worked for them for 3 months.

January’s General Meeting

A BIG thank you to Becky Warren from Skills USA.  Becky talked about skilled labor, and in preference to the HVAC and plumbing trades. Skills USA is a strong supporter of technical based training. About SkillsUSASkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms.If you would like to find out more information you can visit the website @ https://www.skillsusa.org OR get with Becky Warren herself.  Becky can be reached at 620-820-9367 or bwarren@ksde.org Congratulations to Chris Highfill, he was the $100 winner!!!

2020-2021 Meetings

February           Jack Courington w/Kasco
March               WTI @ the campus 
April                  Brazing @ BCS 
May                  Code with Stoney
June                  Tom Roberts

This list is subjust to change due to speakers not able to make the date we have selected for them.

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Help Protect Your Business Against Social Inflation

In recent years, insurance claim amounts have risen sharply, fueled by an increasing tendency for juries to award plaintiffs massive sums when a business is the defendant. This phenomenon is known as “social inflation.” Social inflation is spurred by growing public distrust and negative sentiment toward businesses. These emotions, combined with a jury’s desire to
secure perceived justice and compensation for plaintiffs it feels are wrongly injured, is resulting in higher punitive damages being the norm. This is particularly true when the litigation centers on a company driver involved in a vehicle crash.
So what does this mean for business owners? More uncertainty. Potentially higher insurance premiums brought on by more expensive losses industry-wide. A riskier business landscape. While there is no way to predict the outcome of a trial with certainty, you can help reduce the chances that your business will experience a catastrophic verdict.
– Strengthen your policies — especially your company driving policy. Prohibit mobile device use and other distractions, and remind employees to check their speed, avoid driving fatigued, and focus on the road while operating company vehicles or driving for business purposes.
– Enforce your policies. Without enforcement, you could appear more negligent to a jury, potentially leading to higher damages.
– Train — and retrain — your employees. Introduce company policies and best practices to employees upon hire and regularly review them with your staff. Present the information in fresh, memorable ways to increase retention.
– Go beyond the minimum. Create policies that follow federal, state, and local regulations, but don’t stop there. Consider prohibiting additional risky behaviors, where allowed by law. Going above and beyond what’s mandated could help prove your business is committed to helping keep your drivers safe on the road.
– Don’t rest on your insurance policy. Rising claims amounts aren’t just a problem for insurance companies. The amount a jury decides a business owes a plaintiff might exceed that business’s policy limits — and even its umbrella if it has one. If that happens to you, could you cover the excess amount and still keep your business afloat?
– Make safety a cultural value. If you can show that safety is among your foremost concerns, this could help support your defense against a claim of negligence, possibly reducing any potential settlement amount or jury award.
It’s easy to emphasize the dollar amounts — after all, seven- or eight-figure sums are huge and, in most cases, unprecedented. But what’s really important is preventing injuries and deaths. Our current environment is an opportunity to help protect your bottom line and employees. Evaluate your policies, look for opportunities to reduce distractions,
strengthen your safety culture, and help make the road a safer place. 

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