M&D Mechanical Contractors Earns Elite OSHA SHARP Certification

M&D Mechanical Contractors, Inc. has joined the elite ranks of the construction industry in safety by achieving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). According to OSHA’s website, “the program recognizes small business employers who have used OSHA’s on-site consulting program services and operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program.”

Candidates for SHARP certification must undergo a rigorous comprehensive consultation from OSHA and maintain a company culture of exemplary injury and illness prevention programs. This prominent certification, held currently by only four companies in Alabama, is open only to small businesses with 250 or fewer onsite employees.

“We continually strive to be better,” said M&D Safety Director Eddie Evans. “That’s the primary goal of any safety program. With that goal in mind, the SHARP process was a natural fit. It was a way in which we could continue to improve our safety culture. This was a very thorough process and it forced us to make a few changes; however, we are much stronger now and are already looking for the next challenge,” said Evans.

“It is easy to become complacent in the workplace when you have a strong safety program. The SHARP process helped us identify potential hazards and opportunities for improvement we might otherwise have overlooked,” said Alan Schollian, President of M&D Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

M&D celebrated this achievement during an award ceremony in April at our office in Decatur. Below are photos from the ceremony.

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Help Wanted: NACTF Apprentice Program helping to restock a depleted skilled workforce

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ULA Factory Optimization Project

M&D Mechanical Contractors has been chosen as a subcontractor for Turner Construction for the ULA Factory Optimization Project - Phase 1A-1B. This project is part of United Launch Alliance's ongoing plant consolidation for the production of the Atlas and Delta series of rockets. Phase 1A involves the demolition of an existing tooling platform and the compressed air piping associated with it. Phase 1B is the construction of new floor trenches to carry the orbital-welded high purity gaseous helium and nitrogen, compressed air and hydraulic fluid piping to three new commodity stations and thirteen new compressed air stanchions. Also part of Phase 1B is the construction of a new electrical room and hydraulic room to house the relocated hydraulic power unit with fan coil units and the associated chilled water piping. Cleaning of the high purity piping is also part of the Phase 1B work.

M&D Mechanical Contractors Selected as Subcontractor for New Huntsville Water Treatment Plant

M&D Mechanical Contractors will become a subcontractor for Brasfield & Gorrie, the general contractor on the new Huntsville Utilities water treatment plant. M&D Mechanical Contractors will provide plumbing and mechanical services in most of the buildings planned for the new plant, including the new intake structure on the Tennessee River at Guntersville Dam Road and the treatment facility at Walker Grant Road in Grant, AL.

 M&D Mechanical Employees Receive Top Apprentice Honors

Two of M&D Mechanical apprentices were chosen as Top Apprentices during the recent Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of North Alabama Awards Banquet. The employees honored were Danny Dean and Nathan Terry. Dean is in the sheet metal program and Terry is in the pipefitting program. M&D Mechanical is proud of all of the employees that are currently going through the apprentice program. This program is offered through the North Alabama Craft Training Foundation.

2014 Ends with Continued Excellent Safety Records

In 2014, M&D Mechanical had another banner year with respect to Safety Performance. We worked approximately 277,000 man-hours. We had one recordable, rendering our Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) at a 0.72 for the calendar year. Our Experience Modification Rate (EMR) that assigns our level of premiums for workman’s compensation insurance continues to fall. 2015 this number will be at 0.64. That is a 36% off-the-top discount in our workman’s compensation insurance premiums! Our Lost Time Injury Rate has become so ridiculously brag-worthy that it borders on unbelievable. We are out past seven years and closing in on eight this summer. That time frame encompasses 2.5 Million Man-Hours. These numbers represent a safety program that is functioning so much better than our average competitor. Those are the statistical facts according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics ( Safety is not just a job requirement; it has become a way of life and an integral part of conducting our business every day. Learn more about M&D Mechanical's safety program.

 M&D Mechanical Celebrates Veterans

In honor of Veteran's Day, M&D Mechanical would like to recognize the veterans in our company:

  • Nick Vance
  • Billy Morrow
  • Ruddie Putman
  • Doyle Hethcoat
  • William Vickers
  • Donnie Steelman
  • Ralph McGee
  • Anthony Amundson
  • Joe Campbell
  • Charles Hughes
  • Jarrod Bowman
  • Kendall Keaty
  • Timothy Lowe
  • John Franklin
  • Dean Charman
  • Hugo Soto
  • Kevin Gregory
  • Tony Sandoval

Thank you for your service.

M&D Mechanical Acquires a Gore-Max 1.25

M&D Mechanical Contractors has purchased a Gore-Max 1.25, a gore locker fitting machine that will give M&D Mechanical the capability to make standing seam fittings in-house. The machine will increase the efficiency of making elbows, reducers, end caps, and off-sets. The Gore-Max 1.25 can run a maximum metal thickness of 18 gauge to produce diameters of 5” to 50”. These capabilities will complement our spiral machine and allow us to produce a more complete list of spiral and spiral fittings. The addition of the machine will aid M&D Mechanical in providing an on time product, while reducing the dependence on outside sources.

Bobby Allfrey Named 2013 Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


M&D Mechanical Contractors COO Bobby Allfrey has been named ABC of North Alabama's 2013 Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Mr. Allfrey received the prestigious award for his contributions to the construction industry and the ABC organization.

Mr. Allfrey was nominated for the award by fellow ABC member Jim Early, who wrote in his nomination, "Bobby has earned the respect of all his peers within this industry and is guided by strong character and integrity. He is tough competition, but he is also a dear friend. He is also very generous with the time he has devoted to the betterment of our entire industry and is very deserving of this recognition.

The Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award is voted on by past leadership of ABC of North Alabama. The award is given to individuals who have "enhanced the image of construction, demonstrated the value of the free enterprise system, and has proven to their peers that integrity and business ethics are the true measure of success."

M&D Mechanical Receives Two Excellence in Construction Awards from ABC of North Alabama

M&D Mechanical was honored with two Awards of Excellence during the 2013 Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards hosted by ABC of North Alabama (Associated Builders and Contractors). The two projects will advance to the national level of the competition.

The winning projects were:

  • Raytheon AUR
    Award of Excellence
    Mechanical: Industrial less than $10 Million
  • Stennis A-3 Altitude Rocket Motor Test Stand
    Award of Excellence
    Other Specialty Construction Greater than $10 Million

This annual award program was created to recognize excellence in the work of area construction-related companies. The ABC National EIC competition will be held in February.

M&D's Johnny Shelton Receives LEED® AP Credential

M&D Mechanical's Building Information Modeling Manager Johnny Shelton has completed the requirements to become a LEED® Associated Professional. Mr. Shelton earned the LEED® Associated Professional Building Design and Construction Certificate (LEED® AP BD+C) on October 4, 2013.

M&D Mechanical Awarded NASA/MSFC Contract

M&D Mechanical has been awarded a new contract with NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center. The NASA/MSFC contract is for an upgrade to the central chiller water system in NASA Building 4473. During the project, M&D Mechanical will replace nine existing chillers. The work will be done while the building is still occupied.

M&D Mechanical Awarded NASA Building 4473 Upgrade Project

NASA has awarded M&D Mechanical an upgrade/repair project for the NASA Building 4473 water chill system. The work will be completed while the building is still occupied and functional.


M&D Mechanical Hires New CAD Operator and Project Manager

M&D Mechanical announced the hiring of two new key employees at the company. The company hired new CAD Operator Justin Strasburg to assist with their Building Information Modeling (BIM) services. The company also hired Michael Farley as a new project manager.



M&D Employee Chad Smith Completes Apprentice Program

M&D Mechanical employee Chad Smith recently completed the four-year pipe fitter apprentice program offered by the North Alabama Craft Training Foundation. Prior to enrolling in the program, Smith worked as a year as a pipe fitter assistant. Smith maintained an "A" average throughout the program. M&D Mechanical has sent many employees through apprentice programs through the North Alabama Craft Training Foundation as part of their workforce development efforts.

Total Station

M&D Mechanical Acquires a Total Station
M&D Mechanical has acquired a Trimble Robotic Total Station, a laser guided position tool that will allow the transfer of 3D positional data to the field digitally. The Total Station will enable field installation crews to layout hundreds of points per day, increasing productivity and accuracy. The addition of the Trimble Robotic Total Station is part of M&D Mechanical's ongoing commitment to its Building Information Modeling (BIM) services. Learn more about the Total Station.

BIM Manager Shelton Becomes a LEED™ Green Associate
M&D Mechanical Contractors' Building Information Modeling (BIM) Manager Johnny Shelton has completed the necessary coursework to become a LEED™ Green Associate. Shelton is currently working towards becoming a LEED™ Accredited Professional and is expected to achieve that status later this year.

M&D Mechanical Receives Spiral Duct Work Certification
M&D Mechanical Contractors, Inc. recently acquired a spiral duct certification from Certaire Technical Services, an independent testing laboratory specializing in the air moving industry. This certification states that M&D spiral duct meets SMACNA class III leakage requirement for Pressures -2 to +10. Duct sizes include the even sizes between 4”-42”diameter. This certification enables M&D Mechanical Contractors the use of M&D spiral duct on jobs with certification requirements. The certification also opens the door for M&D to sell M&D spiral duct and provide documentation of a quality product.

M&D Mechanical Safety Officer Becomes a Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®)
M&D Mechanical Contractors, Inc. congratulates the company's safety officer, Eddie Evans, on his recent completion of the requirements to become a Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®), a highly respected certification overseen by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). "Becoming a CSP elevates a safety professional to the top of his or her field," says BCSP Examination Director, Steven Schoolcraft.
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M&D Mechanical Employee Ta Goodloe Spotlighted in Chamber Workforce Newsletter
M&D Mechanical Project Manager Ta Goodloe was chosen for the “In Demand Career Profile” article in the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce’s November workforce newsletter. In the article, Goodloe shared his experience in the engineering field and gave advice to high school and college students.
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M&D Celebrates Major Safety Milestone - Five Years without a Lost Time Accident (LTA)
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M&D Awarded NASA Building 4708 Upgrades Project

M&D Mechanical Contractors awarded a $5.9 million project to make mechanical and electrical system upgrades to NASA Building 4708 on Redstone Arsenal. M&D Mechanical Contractors will complete the work while the facility is still in use.

Polyplex in Decatur Choose M&D for New Project

M&D Mechanical Contractors was chosen by Polyplex for a new plumbing and HVAC project at the company's facility in Decatur.

Three M&D Employees Graduate from Apprenticeship Program

Congratulations are in order for Cameron Blake, Rodney Byron, and Richard Smith, who completed apprenticeship programs as part of the North Alabama Craft Training Foundation (NACTF) this month. Cameron and Rodney completed the plumbing program, while Richard finished the sheet metal program.

These employees spent 37 weeks in the program, devoting an evening each week to the training program. The program included both classroom and hands-on shop education. Each employee was required to complete all of the classroom modules and 8,000 hours of On-The-Job Training. Rodney and Cameron have plans to take the exam that will allow them to obtain their Alabama Journeyman Plumbers License this August.

M&D has thirteen employees participating in training programs for the 2011/2012 school year. Five of these employees are in M&D's welding school.  See pictures of the 2012 Graduates on the Our People page of our site.

M&D Mechanical Contractors awarded its 5th task order with NASA at the Stennis Space Center

M&D Mechanical Contractors was awarded its 5th task order with NASA at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on March 30, 2012. This $6.7 million dollar award is to complete the cooling water piping for the new A-3 Rocket Motor Test Stand that is scheduled to be completed and operational by 2014. M&D has been working on site since April of 2010, installing cooling water, steam piping, and fire suppression for the test stand. “The challenges of installing this much pipe in an open structure that is 300 feet tall has been overwhelming at times” states Joel Ellis, Project Manager. M&D is currently scheduled to complete its work on the new test stand by April 2013.

M&D Shown on Raytheon News Video on WHNT
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M&D Wins National Excellence in Construction Award for NASA Project
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M&D Awarded Contract for NASA Building 4220
Work will begin soon on the NASA Building 4220 Project at Marshall Space Center in Huntsville. M&D Mechanical Contractors is a subcontractor for B.L. Harbert on this project.

Former M&D Mechanical President Nicholas Vance Receives Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award
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M&D Mechanical Ranks #342 on ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors List

M&D Mechanical Celebrates Major Safety Milestone - Four Years without a Lost Time Accident (LTA)
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M&D Mechanical Receives National Platinum STEP Safety Award
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$5 Million Contract Awarded to M&D for Stennis Space Center Project
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M&D Celebrates 100 Years of Business
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Alan Schollian Named President of M&D
Alan Schollian was named president of M&D Mechanical Contractors on July 1, 2010.

M&D Mechanical Sees Record Employment, Increase in Project Despite Down Economy
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M&D Celebrates Two Graduates from the NACTF Training Program
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