TP Mechanical’s Culture of Safety: A Fit for Cabot Corporation Project in Carrolton

TP Mechanical’s culture of safety made our team the ideal choice when Cabot Corporation – a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals and performance materials – sought a plumbing and HVAC contractor for its new administration building in Carrolton, Kentucky.

When Cabot announced a call for bids for plumbing and HVAC work on its new administration building – which will feature executive offices, an employee breakroom and equipment storage space – the bar for safety was set high. “We always preach safety first with our teams, so it becomes second nature for us,” says Jeff Keller, TP’s project manager for this job. “It wasn’t hard for us to meet Cabot’s expectations, because we’re already safety-oriented.”

Cabot’s stringent safety requirements for the project included full-time use of safety glasses, hardhats and reflective vests on the building site; implementation of belt tethers for all tools; and mandatory lift-certifications and power-tool certifications for workers, among other criteria. Led by TP Mechanical’s Jeff Keller as well as superintendent Tyler Tremain and safety manager Brittany Knue, TP’s team was awarded the bid in part because we were the only bidder able to meet all of Cabot’s stringent safety requirements.

Once on the job, the safety of our work was overseen at all times not just by TP’s own management teams but also representatives of Jacobs Engineering Group, the owner representative, and Turnbull-Wahlert Construction, Inc., the project’s general contractor.

With that many eyes on safety, TP rose to the occasion to meet standards not often seen on jobs of this size. “Tyler got the necessary tools in place and came in prepared,” says Keller. “We knew there had been other trade groups onsite before us that were unsuccessful. We knew there would be no second chances on this project.”

If your company has an upcoming construction or installation project where safety is a top priority, call a member of our team to be matched with a safety-focused mechanical partner.

Rick Absher

Director of Safety

513-851-8881

Jamie Absher

Safety Manager – Cincinnati / Dayton

513-851-8881

Brittany Knue

Safety Specialist – Lexington

859-685-2198

Ben Smith

Safety Specialist – Columbus

614-253-8556

Bob Campbell

Safety Specialist – Cincinnati

513-851-8881

 

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.

 

TP Mechanical: Committed to Federal Work and GSA Approved

After an extensive application process, TP Mechanical is excited to announce we have been approved to provide federal work through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). GSA Schedules (also referred to as Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) and Federal Supply Schedules) are long-term governmentwide contracts with commercial firms providing federal, state, and local government buyers access to more than 11 million commercial supplies (products) and services at volume discount pricing. For buyers, Schedules saves your agency time and money. For industry, Schedules are your direct link to the government contracting community.

Since receiving the Schedule Title, Facilities Maintenance and Management, TP is poised for work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is one of the largest and most important bases in the U.S. Airforce. The base is headquarters for the Air Force’s worldwide logistics system, a state-of-the-art laboratory research function, and is the most prominent acquisition and development center in the U.S. Air Force.*

Stanley Garber, TP’s Government Contract Manager, leads TP’s efforts on the base for which he is uniquely suited.  With 24 years of experience at the base, he works on site in a self-contained office for TP Mechanical. Although TP was involved with work at the base in the past, our presence was limited.  Now, Stanley, who began working for TP at Wright-Patterson in November 2016, provides that presence. “I take the privilege to heart every day,” he says.

In the future, TP hopes to expand their GSA services beyond Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and develop business in other regions, including Fort Campbell and Fort Knox. For now, TP is looking forward to working on GSA projects as we head into the busy procurement season.

 *For more information about Wright-Pat Airforce Base visit their website at https://www.wpafb.af.mil/.

Apply Now for TP Mechanical’s 2019 Apprenticeship Class

TP Mechanical will be taking applications April 22 through May 3 for the 2019 Apprenticeship Class. Positions will be open at each of the four offices and include:

  • Plumbers—Kentucky office
  • Plumbers and sheet metal—Cincinnati office
  • Plumbers, sheet metal, and sprinkler fitters—Columbus and Dayton offices

What is the Apprenticeship Program?

The Apprenticeship Program is an important feeder for TP’s workforce. An Accredited Apprenticeship Program through Columbus State, it consists of a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job training hours and 576 hours of classroom learning over the course of four years. The best leaders and the best results come from the program – a direct result of TP’s investment in its employees and the future. The Apprenticeship Program is the key to recruiting and filling the field jobs; it enables TP Mechanical to educate their own employees and guarantees the highest quality employees.

The Apprenticeship Program is also an important part of TP’s history. In place since the 1980s, the Apprenticeship Program is where many of TP’s leaders got their start. This includes President and CEO Bill Riddle, who joined TP Mechanical 34 years ago as the company’s 38th apprentice.

Mike Kelley, who completed the program in 1987 and now holds several master licenses, says the program instilled a major passion in him to give back and teach others. “This is a very worthwhile program to go through,” he says. His wife, Teresa, joined TP Mechanical in 1999 and is now the Apprenticeship Coordinator. “Not only did the Apprenticeship Program give my husband an avenue to provide for our family, most importantly, TP Mechanical provided him with that opportunity to learn and grow in a skilled trade,” she says. We both are very thankful for that and hope we can pass along what our family gained from this program to the next generation.”

You can be part of the next generation of TP Mechanical Apprentices.

No qualifications are needed to join the Apprenticeship Program. We’ll teach you valuable, hands-on skills and you earn a paycheck as you learn.

The four-year program is held in sessions, one night a week, from August through May, at our Kentucky, Cincinnati and Columbus locations. Class sizes are small and made up of approximately five to eight apprentices. Classes are taught by TP employees, including superintendents and project managers—many who came up through the apprenticeship program themselves.

You learn all the technical code required for your particular skill, as well as other important topics for acquiring your licenses, such as:

  • Welding
  • Refrigeration (basic knowledge of systems)
  • Hydronics
  • Steam systems

In just four years, you can have your journeyman’s license in HVAC, plumbing and sprinklers and be on your way to a fulfilling career.

To learn more about the program, contact Teresa Kelley at 513-372-6210 or apply online by visiting https://www.tpmechanical.com/apprenticeship-program-detail/