PCCA Shows Strength In Tough Economy

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | February 2011, Vol. 66 No. 2

The year 2010 had many positive aspects for the Power Communications Contractors Association (PCCA) and its members, observed Kevin Mason as he nears the end of his one-year term as the association’s president.

“Like many of its members and most of the industry, the association was challenged by the difficult economy in 2010,” Mason said. “But we maintained a positive bottom line and even increased membership -- at the close of 2010, PCCA had 203 members, a three percent increase from 2009.”

Mason is president of ElectriCom, Paoli, IN, a contractor specializing in power and telecommunications construction. Taking over as PCCA president in March will be Larry Libla, president of W&L Construction, a utility and pole-line contractor based in Poplar Bluff, MO.

Mason said attendance at the association’s 2010 annual convention increased more than 100 over 2009 and was the most at a PCCA meeting since 2001. An overflowing ballroom hosted a Construction Industry Roundtable, which featured a fast-paced and informative discussion on the impact of federal stimulus money on telecom work, the effects of new healthcare mandates, difficulties with the Davis-Bacon Act’s prevailing wage requirements, the increased cost of fiber and other commodities, and the rate of economic recovery.

Attendance at the mid-year meeting also was up, Mason continued. Timely educational sessions included a presentation by a Davis-Bacon expert, who advised members about the most economic ways to comply with the act's requirements.

Washington meeting
In November, a PCCA delegation met with high-ranking officials at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., to explain PCCA members' problems with Davis-Bacon Act job classifications and wage determinations, and to seek the agency's guidance and assistance in complying with Davis-Bacon on contracts financed by federal stimulus funds.

“The meeting,” said Mason, “provided a frank exchange of problems and needs faced by both groups and an agreement to continue working to resolve issues.”

The PCCA delegation at the meeting was composed of: Jim Dillahunty, Henkels & McCoy; Walt Donovan, Quanta Services; Jerrod Henschel, Michels Corp.; Kevin Mason, ElectriCom; Todd Myers, Kenneth G. Myers Construction; Steve Nielson, Dycom Industries; Steve Sellenriek, Sellenriek Construction; and Tim Wagner, PCCA.