Mechanical Contractors Association of Maryland Commends Comptroller Franchot and the new Maryland Payment Portal

Baltimore, MD – The Mechanical Contractors Association of Maryland (MCA-MD) commends the Comptroller and his team for their leadership in initiating a new transparency payment portal to assist Maryland small and minority-owned businesses. MCA-MD and our stakeholder partners at the Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) have been encouraging local leaders to provide a solution for enhanced transparency regarding when payment to prime contractors occurs. That day is here.

Cash flow is the life blood of any small business and it is critical that subcontractors receive payment for work performed in a timely manner in order to remain viable. The new Maryland Payment Portal will address this long-standing challenge with real-time transparency. This is a huge win for working families, Maryland tax payers, and struggling small businesses.

MCA-MD Executive Board Member Jeff Ashe, owner of Electrical Automation Systems, Inc. (EASI) located in Pasadena, Maryland stated, “As a business owner in the community, we are extremely pleased that, after many years, this issue has finally been resolved.  Kudos to the Comptroller and his staff for addressing this matter with a common-sense solution.”

Click here to visit the Maryland Transparency site



Apprenticeship Opportunities for High-School Students with BCPS

Please take a moment to watch this brief video featuring Woodlawn High School senior Dontae Taylor as he pursues his dream in the building trades…thanks to the opportunity provided by the Denver-Elek Team, an MCA-Maryland contractor.

There are so many people and stakeholders who have worked so tirelessly to create this successful apprenticeship pathway, and not mentioning everyone involved would be disrespectful. However, special recognition must go to Valerie Brennan, Melissa Wells, the Woodlawn High School staff, and the staff at BCPS. However, none of these opportunities would exist without the steadfast support of, and investment by, the contractors who make up the MCA-Maryland.