The Story of PHCC
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association is dedicated to the advancement and education of the plumbing and HVACR industry for the health, safety, and comfort of society and the protection of the environment.
PHCC will become so relevant that PHCC contractors are the best choice for professionalism, reliable products and knowledgeable service. Our members are guided by the principles of honesty and integrity and follow the highest ethical standards in the industry.
During the 1880's, the transition from outhouses to indoor plumbing was moving at a rapid pace, starting with better homes and commercial buildings. The burgeoning market for indoor plumbing spurred some gasfitters and other metal workers to specialize in this work.
The true craftsmen sought ways to distinguish those who knew what they were doing from those who didn’t. In 1882, a group of these new tradesmen in New York City banded together to form the Master Plumbers Association of New York. Shortly afterward, a like-minded group joined forces in Brooklyn.
In 1883, the 125 members of the New York group formed the National Association of Master Plumbers (NAMP) to provide the public with a complete, safe and sanitary plumbing system. NAMP was the forerunner of the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (NAPHCC), which later became the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors–National Association (PHCC).
PHCC is composed of many members and groups who share a common passion for the association and industry and a commitment to fulfill the PHCC mission of protecting the environment and keeping our society safe. Whether through education, networking, scholarships or professional development, these groups provide significant contributions to the advancement of the industry:
The PHCC Educational Foundation was founded in 1987 by a partnership of contractors, manufacturers, and wholesalers. The mission of the Educational Foundation is to provide workforce development, management education and technical training to advance the growth and career success of those employed in the plumbing and HVACR industry.
The Construction Contractors' Alliance (CCA), an enhanced service group of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association, provides contractors with a means to find solutions to the many issues new construction contractors face. CCA serves PHCC's plumbing and mechanical contractors specializing in residential, industrial, commercial and institutional new construction.
Quality Service Contractors (QSC), an enhanced service group of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors–National Association, is a leading professional network that serves an elite group of plumbing and HVACR service and repair contractors. QSC offers its members business management services and state-of-the-art training to enhance their image and to enable them to better serve the needs of their clients.
The Union-Affiliated Contractors (UAC), an enhanced service group of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors–National Association, represents a unified voice for the signatory contractors within PHCC to make sure special needs and concerns are presented.
The PHCC Auxiliary consists of women and men with the purpose of "working in partnership with the plumbing, heating and cooling industry through cooperation, communication and education."
The Association Executives Council of PHCC is an “association within an association.” Its members are the paid staff of local, state and regional PHCC-National Association affiliated associations.
The purpose of this organization is to promote the business of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC). PHCC, the association, includes the enhanced service groups (Construction Contractors’ Alliance, Quality Service Contractors and Union-Affiliated Contractors), the PHCC National Auxiliary, Association Executives Council and the PHCC Educational Foundation.
PHCC is not intended to, and may not, play any roll in the competitive decisions of its members nor in any way restrict competition. Antitrust compliance is the responsibility of every member of the association. The following rules are applicable to all association activities. They apply to all activities of the association, as well as all oral and written communications, including e-mails.
- No association meeting, committee, or activity will be used to bring about an agreement, whether formal or informal, among competitors with regard to prices, terms or condition of sale, sales and promotions, distribution, volume of production, territories, or customers.
- No association meeting, committee, or activity will include any discussion whatsoever of actual prices, costs, or any other terms of competition. No information on such subjects will be exchanged or discussed without prior approval of counsel.
- No association meeting, committee, or activity will include any discussion which might be construed as an attempt to prevent any business entity from gaining access to any market or customer for goods or services, or to prevent any business entity from obtaining a supply of goods or otherwise purchasing goods or services freely in the market.
- All members are expected to comply with these standards in informal discussions at the site of any association meeting.