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Delta Faucet and PHCC Recognize Matt Johnson as 2017 Apprentice of the Year

Together with Delta Faucet, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) took the stage at CONNECT 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to present the industry’s most prestigious plumbing awards including the Apprentice of the Year Award, presented to Matt Johnson of Black Hawk, South Dakota.

A third-year apprentice at Midwestern Mechanical, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Johnson’s work ethic and aptitude have been evident from an early age.

“I have learned over the years to build almost anything and troubleshoot problems or potential issues both on the construction and production of many operations. I started working with my hands as soon as I could when I was a kid and I have carried that through my life."

Currently working as a journeyman, Johnson pushes himself to take on new challenges and step outside his comfort zone. He regularly takes the lead on projects and is highly regarded by his foreman. In addition, Johnson is quick to step up and take new crew members under his wing to share what he’s learned both in the classroom and on the job. He is focused and attentive to his work and shines whether working independently or as part of a team.

It’s easy to see why Johnson outperforms many of his peers.

“I have always worked with my hands and my head and I’m not scared to ask questions,” said Johnson.

“I strive to be good and make my work better than the work I did yesterday.”

That drive and initiative means Johnson’s foremen never hesitate to challenge him and often allow him to take on additional responsibilities.

Brett A. Kaltvedt, Branch Manager at Midwestern Mechanical says, “Matt loves his job. He is always trying to do more. He knows he chose this job as his career and he is trying to make the most of it.”

CONNECT 2017 Photos Available Via Dropbox
Photo Credit: Craig John Photography


About Midwestern Mechanical

Midwestern Mechanical is a plumbing, heating, HVAC, and fire protection contracting firm. Since its inception in 1983, Midwestern Mechanical has earned a solid reputation for providing superior craftsmanship, design and service in the four state area and is a major force in the plumbing and heating industry. With offices in Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux City, IA, Spencer, IA and Rapid City, SD, Midwestern Mechanical employs over 260 of the most qualified, experienced people in the industry.

About PHCC

The PHCC-National Association, formed in 1883, provides legislative advocacy, education and training to more than 3,500 plumbing and HVACR businesses and 70,000 technicians. Members of PHCC have access to a wide variety of services designed to increase their professionalism, grow their business and improve profitability. For more information about PHCC, http://visit

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