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ABOUT US

The TCCA was incorporated under the laws of the State of Michigan in 1984 and has grown from just a few members at the time of incorporation to an effective and viable construction industry association with 28 Contractor members and 41 Associate members as of January 1, 2016.

Our consultant, Chuck Kerns works on a part-time basis managing the many day-to-day business tasks, distributes communications, facilitates meetings with TCCA Board of Directors and the Engineer/Contractor committee members. Also, Mr. Kerns participates in meetings with construction industry partners on the behalf of the TCCA. Minutes from these meetings are communicated to the membership through email. Mr. Kerns is available to provide assistance to members as necessary. He takes prompt action to see that members’ concerns are addressed. Mr. Kerns will provide guidance, respond to members’ concerns and, if it becomes necessary, the matter will be referred to the Board of Directors for further review.

This directory is provided as a service to our membership as a convenient and useful reference tool. We encourage anyone soliciting bid/proposals to contact the TCCA so that we may distribute the solicitations to our TCCA membership as it may apply to the Associate and/or Contractor members. Likewise, whenever possible, please purchase goods and services from our Associate and Contractor members who graciously support this organization.

Suggestions for improving services or future editions of this directory are welcomed. Please notify Mr. Kerns or any member of the Board of Directors. Any corrections or changes to the directory will be included in the next issue.

We recognize past consultants who have contributed to the success of the TCCA, special thanks to Jim Clark, Jim Koski, Frank Jones and Bill Laut.

Benefits of Membership

TCCA offers contractors a proactive approach to resolving contractor issues with Project Owners and Owner’s representatives. As a group with common areas of concern, the TCCA has addressed a wide range of issues with Project Owners, Engineers and Local Agencies such as bid requirements and procedures, insurance and bonding requirements for projects, contractor selection/preferential treatment for local contractors.

TCCA members are afforded a unique opportunity to meet face to face with the person responsible for making project decisions that affect the success of their project and the bottom line. TCCA hosts an annual event in which Local Agencies representatives and local engineers present to the TCCA membership what projects are coming out for bid, where and how much funding is available for the upcoming construction season.

TCCA promotes open lines of communication between you and other Contractors, Engineers, Project Owners and Owner’s representatives. TCCA formed an Engineers/ Contractors committee to serve as a means for sharing issues of mutual concern. This group has developed strong working relationships, a safe environment for sharing and revising construction standards, specifications or procedures that may have become either obsolete, insufficient or unproductive of all parties involved. The group’s focus of continuous improvement has created a win-win situation ultimately benefiting Contractors, Engineers, Project Owners and Owner’s representatives alike.

TCCA offers several networking opportunities with annual meetings and yearly social events. TCCA has a diverse network of members to share innovative practices with. As a member of TCCA, you can seek advice from a seasoned professional or just talk shop with other members. TCCA is where new construction partnerships are formed.

TCCA offers construction information resources to its members such as bid advertisements, important news, press releases and important information from State and Local governments including MDOT and other trade associations. TCCA provides you with names of State and Local government agencies contacts and local utility contacts including Michigan districts staking contacts. Electronic emails providing the latest information on TCCA news and events as well as the information listed above.

TCCA maintains relationships with construction industry partners including Saginaw County Utilities Coordination Group and Tri-County Damage Prevention Association, other construction industry associations, State and Local agencies, and local owner groups. As a TCCA member taking an active role in TCCA makes the greatest impact, together our voices are heard.

TCCA invites industry experts as guest speakers to help its members navigate the everchanging list of laws regulating the construction industry. TCCA is your industry connection. For example: TCCA offers a yearly comprehensive overview of State & Federal Trucking regulations. Whether you have one employee with a CDL or many, the TCCA Motor Carriers/Truckers Meeting is a must attend event.

TCCA has a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to give its members an impressive and essential collection of insurance products. BCBSM plans are available to members.

TCCA has a partnership with Red Wing Shoe Store to offer its members and member’s employees products at a discounted rate.

Accomplishments

One of the many accomplishments of the TCCA since its formation in 1984 is the win-win approach created by working together with local Owner’s and their consulting engineers to produce and supply contractors with more accurate bidding documents. Before the formation of the TCCA, there was extensive use of the word “incidental” in the bidding documents of many projects in the Tri-City area. The TCCA was very instrumental in working together with the local consulting engineers to present a more clear and concise set of plans and specifications for each project. This accomplishment has benefited Project Owners as well as the contractors performing the work on their projects. With this win-win situation, Project Owners are paying only for items completed by the contractors and the contractors are paid for the work they perform. Project Owners and contractors avoid on-the-job conflicts arising from whether an item is considered incidental when the performance expectations are clearly stated in the bidding documents.

Purposes

The purposes for which this Corporation is formed and the business and objects to be carried on and promoted are as follows:

  1. The promotion of public and individual welfare in the Construction Industry through the rendering of first class workmanship, the use of high grade materials, and by providing efficient and timely service.
  2. Cooperation in maintaining an efficient and sufficient work force, and in the promotion of fair contractual procedures and competitive practices.
  3. The lending of assistance to one another in meeting emergencies that may arise within the scope of the interests of the Corporation and directly affecting one or more of its members, or indirectly affecting the Corporation as a whole.
  4. The continuation and further development of social and ethical principles by members and others associated with them in the Construction Industry and a constant adherence to the democratic processes and principles of freedom guaranteed to all people in the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Michigan.
  5. The taking of any action germane to the purposes of sub-paragraphs a, b, c and d above.

Code of Ethics

Persons, firms, or corporations seeking membership in the Tri-County Contractors Association, must subscribe to the following Code of Ethics:

  1. To maintain a standard of performance consistent with the owners best interest and my obligations.
  2. To quote only realistic prices and completion dates and perform accordingly.
  3. To cooperate to the fullest extent with the Engineer and other Agents of the owner toward fulfillment of the contract undertaken.
  4. To solicit and accept bids and/or quotations only from firms who subscribe to the principles of the Code of Ethics.
  5. To make all payments promptly within the terms of the contract.
  6. To observe and foster the highest standard of safety and working conditions for employees.
  7. To the continuation and further development of social and ethical principles by members and others associated with them in the underground construction industry and a constant adherence to the democratic processes and principles of freedom guaranteed to all persons in the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Michigan.
  8. To take joint action as an Association, if necessary, in defense of the member and/or their employee’s rights as guaranteed to them by the laws of the United States and the State of Michigan.
  9. To establish realistic wage schedules for employees commensurate with their ability so that they may enjoy the dignity to which they are entitled.
  10. To participate actively in the training of skilled trades people for the purpose of having such skilled personnel available to members of this Corporation.