Employee Spotlight: Brittany Knue, Safety Specialist, Kentucky Region

Brittany Knue began at TP four years ago as an administrative assistant and was quickly promoted to assistant project manager.  Last year, she was again promoted to her current position as TP Mechanical’s Kentucky Region Safety Specialist. For Brittany, safety is more than just a job – it’s a calling. “It takes everyone at TP Mechanical working together as a team to reach the safety goals and to achieve our level of safety culture,” said Knue.

As Safety Specialist, Knue plays a central role in continuing TP’s longstanding mission to make safety the top priority on every project. As proof of TP’s commitment to injury-free projects, Knue lauds the company’s longstanding safety protocols, which go well beyond minimum OSHA standards and are some of the most stringent in the industry. She also points to the company’s EMR rating* of 0.65 – 35 percent lower than the industry average of 1.0. As a company, TP Mechanical has worked more than 5 million hours without a lost-time accident.

In her current position, Knue is following in the footsteps of her father, who was also a corporate safety director in general industries. As Safety Specialist for the Kentucky Region, Knue oversees safety on all of TP’s Kentucky projects as well as some in Cincinnati. Her main priority: ensuring all TP employees go to work in a safe environment every day. “It’s a challenging job, but there is a large amount of satisfaction making sure the guys go home safe to their families each day,” she said. “There’s no greater feeling than to know you are a part of a safe return home!”

*Modification Rate, or EMR, is used by insurance agencies to measure a company’s past cost of injuries and risk of future on-the-job injuries.

Employee Spotlight: Mark Hunter, General Manager, Indiana Service Division

General Manager Mark Hunter has brought an energetic leadership style to TP Mechanical’s Indiana Service Division, and his vision has helped take the Indiana office to new heights in a short time.  Ken Wood, TP’s Director of Service, attributes “Mark’s leadership as general manager is one of the big reasons for the Indy office’s vision and growth.”

Since becoming General Manager of TP Mechanical’s Indiana Service Division based in Indianapolis, Hunter has taken the office from a team of two to 15. “We’ve tripled our staff in four years and built a good team,” said Hunter, whose previous professional background includes all aspects of the mechanical contracting industry, from HVAC to refrigeration and field technician to sales manager.

Hunter said his favorite part of working at TP Mechanical is the family atmosphere the company maintains – even though the staff now includes nearly 500 total employees across all locations. “You can open anyone’s door and walk in and talk to them anytime,” he said.

TP’s Indiana Service Division has developed a key niche in refrigeration, and unlike other companies, TP’s crew includes an in-house electrical team, ensuring work is done reliably and cost-effectively. “In some ways, we stick to an ‘old way’ of doing business, where customer service is our top priority,” Hunter explained. “I like the fact that we are helping people. When emergencies strike, we’re driven by an urgency to get things handled for our customers as quickly as we can.”

Employee Spotlight: Tim Hoover, Executive Vice President of Columbus and Dayton Operations

Tim Hoover has worked his way up to an executive leadership role at TP Mechanical through dedication, skill, meticulous attention to detail and a service-oriented focus. “It’s about getting things taken care of and serving others every day,” he says. Having this mindset has made him a respected, integral team member of TP Mechanical – where teamwork, servant leadership, and a winning attitude are part of our daily approach.

Tim began at TP Mechanical as a journeyman technician, before working his way up in the field and at the corporate level to hold positions of project manager, Apprenticeship Program instructor, regional manager, chief operating officer, and, most recently, executive vice president for Columbus and Dayton Operations. As Executive Vice President, Tim oversees business development and operations in TP Mechanical’s growing Columbus and Dayton markets. Tim says he’s “constantly evolving” his leadership skills to better communicate with his team members and to stay abreast of advances in the ever-evolving industry.

Before launching his career at TP Mechanical, Tim served our country in the Ohio Army National Guard. Tim first met friend and fellow TP Mechanical colleague Mike Kelley – now a Field Quality Control Specialist – during his military service. It was Mike who reached out to Tim about an open position at TP Mechanical, helping launch his long career with the company. More than two decades later, the two friends are still working together.

While his titles over the years may have changed, Tim feels his mission has stayed the same: setting the bar high and exceeding customer expectations for every project. “We always work to provide our customers with the results we have promised,” he says. “It is how we build loyalty and credibility with our clients.”

We are honored to call Tim one of our own and thank him for his years of client-focused service to our company and industry.

TP Mechanical’s Indianapolis Office Provides Maintenance and Service to Avalign

Avalign Technologies, a leading manufacturer of surgical instruments and medical implants, has turned to TP Mechanical for trusted preventative maintenance and service at its nearly 200,000-square foot facility in Greenwood, Indiana.

Avalign recently requested TP Mechanical for their next sizable project – air conditioning the entire plant and installing duct work for machinery exhaust.  Earning this project is a testament to the company’s satisfaction with the ongoing preventative maintenance and service they are receiving from TP.

The TP Mechanical office in Indy is just five years old, but under general manager Mark Hunter, the office has grown to a dedicated team of 15 employees. Already, the office has a substantial regional reach throughout Indiana, servicing clients across an array of industries from manufacturing and industrial to heavy commercial and assisted living.

The Indianapolis office – like our offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, and Lexington – provides preventative maintenance, service and installation for mechanical equipment.  With a full-time electrician on staff, the Indy office uniquely delivers a full scope of electrical services as well.   

Please contact TP Mechanical if we can help you with your upcoming service or installation needs.

 

TP Mechanical Repairs Challenging Leak at School Employees Retirement System of Ohio

Around 6 p.m. on a Friday, water flooded the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS) offices due to a broken drainpipe which was unable to handle rain from a thunderstorm rolling through downtown Columbus. Facing a forecast of more storms over the weekend – and a threat of even more severe leaks – senior SERS maintenance technician Jason Chenault called TP Mechanical’s Mike McAllister for help.

Despite the call coming in after-hours – on a Friday no less – Mike gathered a team from TP Mechanical to respond immediately. Under the project management of Jared Christman and general management of Tony Marple, a team of TP staff was onsite, starting repairs at SERS in under an hour. Mike McManaway, SERS assistant director of administrative services, commended the team’s fast and dedicated response. “Tyler Wentz, Jessie Herring, and Ian Perry responded to the emergency call without hesitation. Tyler was onsite within the hour, while Jessie and Ian worked to gather materials to repair the approximately 15 feet of broken drainpipe.”

By 10 p.m., the TP Mechanical crew had replaced all the faulty pipe and assessed and repaired all exposed leaks. In just four hours’ time, they’d gotten the SERS offices back to normal and able to withstand any future downpours. “I cannot express enough my appreciation for the professionalism, response, and expertise exhibited by your staff,” said McManaway about TP.

Hopefully, your company won’t face an after-hours emergency like SERS did. But if you do, our dedicated 24-hour emergency service crews at TP Mechanical will be there to help. Our emergency services teams have a guaranteed response time of four hours and can respond to your emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

 

 

TP Welcomes Aaron Scott as Kentucky Regional Business Unit Leader

We are excited to announce Aaron Scott has joined TP Mechanical as our new Kentucky Regional Business Unit Leader. Aaron’s focus is cultivating relationships with customers for TP’s construction and service divisions in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

TP Mechanical has existing partnerships with higher-ed clients in Kentucky, including the University of Kentucky and Centre College, as well as key clients in the hospitality markets in Louisville and Lexington. Aaron is excited to expand on those markets to grow TP’s business diversity and profitability. He plans to leverage TP Mechanical’s respected Apprenticeship Program to support and attract talented workers for his teams.

Aaron operates with a patient, employee-focused management style. He prioritizes taking care of TP’s people, so they develop the passion and pride to take care of our customers – an approach that’s perfectly in sync with CEO Bill Riddle’s personal leadership philosophy.

He also brings a lifetime of experience to the job – literally. He grew up working in his father’s mechanical and electrical contracting business in Western Kentucky before working nearly two decades as a construction business leader at Lexington-based Allstate Heating and Cooling, Inc.  In addition to his Master HVAC and Master Electrician certifications – among many others – he also brings the rewarding experience of restoring historic properties and a love for all aspects of construction.

We’re excited to have Aaron on board! We encourage our Kentucky clients to reach out to him to learn how TP Mechanical can help with your upcoming construction, service and fabrication projects.

TP Mechanical Supports 2019 Super Plumber Open to Help Raise $50,000 for Local Charities

It’s time for some fun on the putting green – for a great cause. The Teepe Family Foundation, the charitable organization founded by former TP Mechanical CEO Scott Teepe Sr. and his wife, Lyn, is proud to present the 5th annual Super Plumber Open, Cincinnati’s premier putting contest, on June 22 at the Clovernook Country Club.

All you need is your putter and a ball for an adults-only night of fellowship and fun in support of this year’s local charity beneficiary, Vivian’s Victory. Founded by Rod and Maria Dunlap in memory of their late daughter, Vivian, who was born with a congenital heart defect, Cincinnati-based Vivian’s Victory works to provide financial and emotional support to families whose children face a poor prenatal diagnosis or long-term illness.

TP Mechanical is the host and presenting sponsor of the 2019 Super Plumber Open, which has set a goal of raising $50,000 this year to support both the Teepe Family Foundation endowment and the work of Vivian’s Victory. Founded with Scott and Lyn’s goal of servant leadership in mind, each year the Teepe Family Foundation supports those in need in the greater Cincinnati area through several events, including the Super Plumber Open and its Giving Tree program, which provides Christmas trees and $400 gift cards to families struggling with financial hardship during the holidays.

Supporting the annual Super Plumber Open is an easy choice for TP Mechanical, since it syncs with our passion for giving back to our community – and taps into the fun that can be had by approaching every challenge (or in this case, hole) with a winning attitude.           

The fun starts at 5 pm, and sponsorship levels range from $65 for spectators and $110 for individual participants to $5000 for corporations who join on as major sponsors of the event. In addition to the putting contest, attendees can enjoy appetizers, drinks and the chance to bid on an array of live auction items – including a Naples getaway, 2019 MLB World Series tickets and more. Click here for more details and to register online.

We hope to see you there!

A Recap of Our 2019 Celebration Banquet

TP Mechanical’s annual Celebration Banquet was held on May 10, 2019 at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. The event is open to the entire company and this year an impressive 215 employees, family members and guests attended, including 15 members of the leadership team.

The banquet was held Friday evening and included a cocktail hour, dinner and recognition ceremony. Guest speaker Scott Sloan, of the Scott Sloan Show on 700 WLW Cincinnati News Radio, talked about the importance of trade professions and having a career with a purpose. Afterward, TP recognized all apprentices, instructors, employees celebrating years of service milestones, Rising Leaders, the 2019 graduation class, as well as instructor of the year, undergraduate of the year, and graduate of the year. In total, accolades were given to 20 Rising Leaders, 55 Apprentices, 23 Instructors and 52 employees for a combined 555 years of service. This year’s apprentice graduates included Alex Aube, Benjamin Earls, Branden Bergen and Cody Shaw all of whom studied plumbing.

The annual event was started over a decade ago in order to recognize the hard work and dedication of apprentices. Since the inception of the Apprenticeship Program in the 1980s, it has been an important feeder for the TP workforce and the development of great leaders like our current President and CEO, Bill Riddle. The program is a direct result of TP’s investment in its employees and the future.

Today, the Celebration Banquet remains an important way TP recognizes all the hard work of its employees throughout the year. It also provides team members the opportunity to interact outside the job and connect with other TP employees they don’t always get to see. Employees and their families enjoy the event and camaraderie, and most stay for the weekend to enjoy the water park on Saturday following the banquet.

*A tremendous thank you to members of the Banquet Planning Committee for their tireless work in putting together such a memorable and special evening. The 2019 Planning Committee included: Kelly Wilson, Teresa Kelly, Vanessa King, Jen Madden, Holly Welch and Matt Anderson.

 

Beyond the Build: High-quality construction is about patient care and treatment

At the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center, there is no better phrase then “cancer free and finished with treatment.” Patients who receive this good news ring a large, silver bell to celebrate.  Everyone within earshot joins in this special moment alongside the patient with loud cheers and claps. This is one of the many ways Markey provides compassionate care to cancer patients and it’s one reason TP Mechanical was honored to have a role in the recent brachytherapy expansion project (part of an overall expansion of radiation medicine at UK Healthcare).

The project, which is a 7,000 square foot expansion, included excavation, expansion, and modification of an existing basement treatment room and waiting area space between the Markey Cancer Center and Pavilion H. It also includes installation of a new Varian linear accelerator to go with the center’s existing two. The linear accelerator (LINAC) customizes high energy x-rays or electrons to conform to a tumor’s shape and destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissue. This state-of-the-art equipment enables Markey to provide the latest care to cancer patients and allows more patients to be seen in less time.

TP Mechanical provided all of the prefabricated plumbing and HVAC piping in the new addition, which was brought in on racks to hang all in one piece. They also installed all air handling units and duct work through the new portion of the hospital. Every aspect of the project is precisely designed around the cancer treatment equipment for maximum efficiency and highest quality patient care. Throughout the project, an  Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) barrier has kept the construction area from infiltrating the existing and operational hospital space which has eliminated treatment downtime. The project is nearing 80 percent completion, with an expected completion date of June 1.

Aside from the tremendous opportunity to contribute to Kentucky’s only NCI-designated cancer center, members of the TP Mechanical team have gained much from being on this project. Recently, an older gentleman rang the big silver bell and everyone in the room and in the adjacent construction area stopped to cheer and high five in celebration of this man and his family. Dennis Warren, superintendent on the project for TP Mechanical, said, “This is why we do what we do.”

Construction Manager:

Whiting-Turner

Other Team Members:

Marillia Design & Construction

JRA Architects

Baker Concrete

Davis H. Elliot Company

TP TEAM:

Rodney Bishop, Project Manager

Dennis Warren, Superintendent

Owners Representative:

David Lockhart, Chief Radiation Therapist at the University of Kentucky Medical Center

 

 

5 Tips for Summer Building Maintenance

5 Tips for Summer Building MaintenanceSummer is approaching and now is the time to prepare your building for the extreme heat and humidity to come with the season. Adam Luensman, Business Development Representative with TP Mechanical, recommends regular preventative maintenance to keep your building’s HVAC system in top-notch condition.

Preventative maintenance is important to maintain and extend the overall life of your HVAC equipment and keep lifecycle costs down. TP wants to build a long-term partnership with each client to help them take care of their HVAC systems.

Follow these 5 maintenance tips to prepare your building for the summer months:

 1. Start Thinking About Summer Early

Ideally, you want to start thinking about your summer preventative maintenance now—April and May are months to have a certified technician check your systems for cooling. This way, you will have time to update or service any equipment as needed.

2. Have the Coils Cleaned

Clean coils will ensure that your cooling units will be running at peak efficiency while helping to minimize utility cost.

3. Change the Air Filters

The air filters are key for maintaining the quality of the environment in any building. Using high quality air filters, and changing them frequently, can extend the life of your HVAC system. While there’s a lot more that goes into regular preventative maintenance, changing the air filters should be a top priority.

4. Consider It an Investment

Preventative maintenance is a good investment for any building. Adam recommends thinking about it like maintenance on your car: If you don’t change the oil, the engine will lock up. It’s the same for your HVAC system. Regular preventative maintenance is the key to a long-functioning system.

5. Call a Professional

Don’t try to do your preventative maintenance yourself. A professional offers proven solutions and experience working with the complexities of HVAC equipment in our local environment. A professional can help you prevent costly downtime.

Regular preventative maintenance is the proactive way to improve comfort while reducing your operating costs. At TP Mechanical, we help customers optimize energy for high performing buildings. Call us today  at 513-851-8881 to schedule your preventative maintenance check.