Associated Builders and Contractors; Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapters

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Overview
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 77 chapters representing 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with two million employees. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry. Piping Systems is a member of both the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapters.

Website
http://www.abcma.org/

National Fire Protection Association

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Overview
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus  codes and standards, research, training and education.  The world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.  Piping Systems, Inc. is a proud member of the NFPA.

Website
http://www.nfpa.org/

AFSA

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Overview
The American Fire Sprinkler Association, (AFSA) is a non-profit, international association representing open shop fire sprinkler contractors, dedicated to the educational advancement of its members and promotion of the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems. AFSA was organized in 1981 to provide the open shop fire sprinkler contractor with training, consulting, communication, representation and many more services, all of which have expanded over its existence. Membership is open to contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction. Currently, AFSA represents approximately 750 companies and individuals in the United States and throughout the world. AFSA believes that the installation of fire sprinklers could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars lost to fire each year. Increasingly, public officials are realizing this.

AFSA acts as a liaison with other national associations involved in fire safety. Working together with government agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Fire Protection Association, the Residential Fire Safety Institute, and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, AFSA helps to create an awareness on the dangers of fire.  Piping Systems, Inc. has been an AFSA member since: 2004.

Website
http://www.firesprinkler.org/

Fall River Chamber of Commerce

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Overview
The Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been advocating for and assisting area businesses for over a hundred years. The Chamber is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving as the leading voice of business in the greater Fall River area. By representing the interests of its diverse membership, as well as encouraging and promoting new and existing business activities, the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce has grown in recent years to become one of the larger and most active business organizations in Southern New England.

Website
http://www.fallriverchamber.com

Bristol County Plumbing and Gas Inspectors Association

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Overview
BCPGIA is a non-profit association established in 2008 to provide educational services and knowledge and professionalism for the Plumbing and Gasfitting industry in the Bristol County area. BCPGIA offers the opportunity for plumbers, gasfitters, manufacturers to gather and share information and attend our informational meetings.

Website
http://www.bcpgia.com/

WBENC

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Overview
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its national standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC  is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.  After undergoing a rigorous per-certification application process, Piping Systems Inc. has been WBENC certified since 2004.

Website
http://www.wbenc.org/

OSD (Operational Services Division)

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Overview
Certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Operational Services Division, Supplier Diversity Office.

Piping Systems, Inc. has been certified as by the Supplier Diversity Office: Commercial and Industrial Piping including Steam, Air, Water, High-Pressure Boiler Installations; Repairs and Alterations of High-Pressure Vessels, Holder of ASME Certified S, U and PP Stamp, and Holder of National Board R Stamp since 2005.

Website
http://www.mass.gov/osd

Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)

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Overview
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers was established in 1950 and incorporated as an independent organization in 1971. It is the professional society representing those practicing the field of fire protection engineering. The Society has over 4000 members in the United States and abroad, and over 60 regional chapters.  Piping Systems maintains a membership in this organization

Website
http://www.sfpe.org/

Gould Construction Institute

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Overview
The mission of GCI is to provide high-quality training that prepares individuals for gainful employment and long- term opportunities in the construction industry.  Piping Systems, Inc. enrolls their apprentices in the Gould Construction Institute.

Website
http://www.gwgci.org/

STEP – A Merit-Based Program for the Merit Shop!

Overview
Established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors.  It provides the following benefits:

  • Provides an organized approach to analyze and further develop safety and loss prevention programs
  • Provides a valid, objective method to measure safety program improvements

Piping Systems, Inc. has attained the PLATINUM award and continues to strive to maintain a safe working environment.

Registered Apprenticeship Program

Overview
Piping Systems, Inc. has joined the Merit Apprenticeship Program (MAP).  MAP is a training coalition of merit shop contractors that have joined together to train individuals interested in pursuing careers in the construction trades. Training not only strengthens our companies, but also builds the future workforce we in construction so desperately need.

Website
http://www.meritapprentice.org/