September 2021 Newsletter

A Word from our President

by – Cody Hanna-Hanna Heating & Air


I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. For me, it was a much needed 3-day weekend. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some fall weather. Hopefully we get some of that here soon.

Please plan on attending our September General meeting. Federated Insurance will be presenting on “A lasting Legacy” and “Investing in Key Employees”. Also, please note that the meeting will be held at Terradyne Country Club in Andover.

Planning for a time when you are no longer running your business can be overwhelming. Let Federated Insurance help you get started. Join us for a business succession and estate planning conversation. We will discuss how you can avoid frustration, taxation, litigation, and constipation when the time comes to exit your business. Gain some peace of mind by learning the basics of business succession and estate planning.

I hope to see all of you at the meeting. Don’t forget your business cards for a chance to win $100!

Please feel free to email or call Cody at (316) 945-3481 or with any concerns or questions.


We are back to in-person classes, classes will be held @ Ferguson.  Class dates are listed below.  Be on the look out for a seperate email with ALL the information about the classes and what the subjects will be.

September 28th

October 19th

October 26th

November 16th

Please note the changes:

Classes are back to in-person @ Ferguson

Payments for classes have to be made recieved by the Friday before class is being help (Example: class is on 9/14, payment has to be recieved by 9/10) this is to ensure we have a good head count for food.

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.

August’s General Meeting

KCCA took August off.  Hope to see you @ future meetings!! All general meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month except August & December.

2021-2022 Meetings 

September      Federated @ Terradyne Country Club (FREE)

October           Local Union @ Local Union

November       Tom Tallon @ BCS

December       Christmas Party

January           WTI @ WTI

February         Stoney w/MABCD 

March             Butler County Community College                       
                   @ BCCC in Rose Hill

April                Wichita City Mayor

May                WSU Tech @ WSU Tech

June               Tom Roberts

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

It’s BACK!!!!!
Wagonmasters chili cookoff
Saturday September 25, 2021
Tasting starting @ noon
New location-Intersection of Douglas & St. Francis

HVAC Manufacturers Work to Prepare the Industry’s Future Workforce

Companies reach out to local high school students and offer training programs

HVAC contractors are not unfamiliar with the labor shortage in the skilled trades. Many contractors are constantly looking for either experienced technicians or quality employees with the potential to become one. Or both. There are a variety of strategies for finding, recruiting, and hiring talent, such as reaching out to local schools or developing an in-house training program. Manufacturers in the HVAC industry also have an incentive to get more people into the skilled trades, and they have been exerting effort to develop the future workforce.

Reaching Out To High Schools

Ridgid recently hosted high school students at their headquarters and manufacturing facility in Elyria, Ohio. Students from Elyria Catholic High School visited Ridgid as part of their Engineering and Technology Career Trek, and the students participated in manufacturing, product development, and software engineering activities. They observed the assembly of Ridgid wrenches, watched the quality testing of those wrenches, and toured the company’s materials laboratory. The students visited six workplaces in total, plus two colleges, in order to learn more about different industries and look at potential career paths.

 “We have found that when students can experience manufacturing first-hand and see how the STEM skills they’ve been learning in the classroom translate into careers, they are more excited about the industry and exploring career opportunities than when they first walked through our doors,” said Harald Krondorfer, vice president, engineering services and technology development, Ridgid for Emerson.

Prior to COVID-19, Ridgid regularly opened its doors to local schools and students, including the launch of a “We Love STEM program” for elementary students, who were able to attend the headquarters for a day of hands-on learning. Krondorfer said he hopes that the program can return once it is safe to do so.

“Elyria Catholic High School is committed to preparing students for careers in high growth industries and connecting them with leading northeast Ohio businesses,” said Annie Heidersbach, Elyria Catholic president. “We are thrilled that Emerson’s Ridgid team shares our vision and is one of the charter corporate partners by hosting the Elyria Catholic High School’s Career Trek program.”

Corey Dickert, senior vice president of product management for Milwaukee Tool, explained that the rapid growth in technology over the past decade has caused the HVAC jobsite to change dramatically. There are so many different strategies that contractors can use to increase productivity that it is hard to take advantage of them all. In his opinion, this shift on the jobsite means that there is an even deeper need for tool manufacturers to be involved with training, especially with training apprentices to ensure they thrive and stay in the HVAC industry.

“Milwaukee Tool has made training a crucial part of our work with contractors and in developing future solutions for these users,” Dickert said. “With a large team across the United States focused on managing locally-based training centers, we can provide focused support in Power Tool Safety Training, Power Tool 101, and other educational courses on emerging technologies and new products.”

Teaching and Training The Next Generation

Johnson Controls offers a controls technical learning program, which features a three-week program of foundation technical learning focused on controls, which is then accompanied by product-specific courses. Topics are many, including covering the science behind heat transfer to upholding fire prevention code.

“If you’re the type of individual that doesn’t like the concept of four years of college and a big balloon payment upon graduation, there are other options,” said Dean Johnson, lead instructor, Johnson Controls. “There needs to be more awareness that there’s a whole other avenue you can take.”

Johnson explained that the labor shortage is a result of the combination of guidance counselors pushing college for students and the reduction of shop classes in high school curriculums. Unless a high school student already knows somebody in the HVAC industry, he or she is unlikely to recognize HVAC as a viable career choice.

An example of this is Johnson Controls’ updating building controls equipment at large school districts as a part of their contracts. They include performance consulting education that allows them to offer green HVAC vocational programs to students. There are already several locations where Johnson Controls has provided material and coursework to be taught to high school students, exposing them to the HVAC industry as a viable career choice.

Everyone in the HVAC industry has an incentive to bring more talent in, as it is estimated that by 2028, there will be about 2.4 million vacant jobs in the skilled trades sector of the American economy. One company, Sigler Wholesale Distributors, headquartered in Tolleson, Arizona, partnered with The Refrigeration School Inc. (RSI) to create a skilled trades “bootcamp.” The RSI Pro Tech Bootcamp is a series of customizable programs that was designed to provide hands-on HVAC technician training with Sigler as the supply house and provider for all training materials. The two groups have already collaborated on an HVAC technician hiring program at Sigler’s, which offers tuition reimbursement to qualified RSI students.

The program certification timelines are as short as two days and as long as two weeks, and cover topics such as the following:

  • Install Apprentice
  • Mechanical and Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Warranty Tech
  • Advanced Install
  • Zoning
  • Brazing and Soldering

“We are excited to be partnering with Sigler again to train and educate workers to become skilled trades professionals,” said Mary Kelly, president and CEO of StrataTech Education Group. “At RSI, we are passionate about bringing awareness to skilled trades education by addressing stigmas and encouraging people to take part in this growing essential industry. We are happy to bridge the skilled trades labor gap locally by collaborating with Sigler to help them increase the level of skill for HVAC technicians, resulting in profitable companies providing an incredible customer experience.”

Developing Talent

Earlier this year, Viega LLC announced its support for SkillsUSA, a national non-profit that serves students preparing for a future in the trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA held its virtual SkillsUSA Championships, where state gold medalists competed in over 106 categories, including HVAC.

“SkillsUSA provides a valuable service to young people looking for opportunities to advance their life skills in pursuing a career in plumbing, plumbing service, HVAC service, or any of the pipe trades,” said Viega Trades Education Network Program Manager Daniel Rademacher. “We look forward to being an integral part of SkillsUSA’s mission to help instill confidence in students to pursue their passion in the career path of their choice.”

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Don’t Take the Bait from Phishing Scammers

In our modern world, the use of emails as a primary form of communication has become the norm. But with this comes the risk of cyberattacks that prey upon you and your employees who use email in increasingly clever ways.

Phishing emails are sent by scammers to try to gain access to basic information from users. Once they have this, they may be able to infiltrate your email, I.T. network, bank account, or other accounts. Even the use of spam filters may not be enough to catch every phishing email that tries to sneakinto your inbox. So what can be done to keep your business’s information and accounts safe?

Know what to look for. Phishing emails can be very convincing. They might seemto come from friends, family members, coworkers, authorities, or even use familiar logos to appearsimilar to companies you trust. But if you look closely, there are generally ways to tell if they are legitimate. A few things to keep an eye out for may be:
 Typos and grammar errors
 Incorrect or mismatched email addresses
 Generic signatures
 “Too good to be true” claims or offers of large rewards
 False invoices
 Fear tactics, such as urgent calls to action, suspicious activity, or failed log-in attempts
 Asking you to confirm or fill in personal information
It’s important to note that legitimate companies generally have domain emails, won’t ask for sensitive information, and don’t send unsolicited attachments. Their links will match legitimate URLs, and they won’t try to trick you into clicking on anything.1

Add extra layers of protection. Make sure to look into the use of anti-virus software and ensureit is up to date. Also, consider the use of multifactor authentication, which requirestwo or more credentials to log in. If a scammer were to convince an employee to fall for a phishing scam, multifactor authentication can help makeit more difficult to successfully get into that employee’s accounts.

Back up important data on a regular basis in case the worst were to occur. This is a good practice in general, but can be especially helpful to keep your records and documents in safe standing should the originals be compromised.
Report phishing attempts. If you or your employees have successfully identified a potential phishing email, report the message and delete it from the inbox right away. Most email hosts have an option to report spam and block specific email addresses. If you are questioning the validity of an email, take a moment to read it carefully and look up any keywords or identifying notes that could lead you to make an informed decision. And, if you suspect you clicked on a bad link, take action right away by contacting
your information security department.

Phishing emails could put you and your businessin danger.When in doubt, be wary of suspicious emails and don’t take the bait.
1 Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information. 

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