The MBCEA is focused on producing programs, training tools and networking opportunities to ensure we continue to succeed. Tools like the AC478 accreditation. This is exactly the tool we need to prove our quality and expertise; to demonstrate our commitment to safety, training and education. I know some of you are concerned about the high price that comes with AC478. I hear you. I suggest, however, you think about it a different way. Consider how much money you are prepared to invest in new equipment and tools. Now ask yourself: Does that new forklift or set of tools improve your operation, improve your profit margin, enhance your reputation, increase production, improve morale and retention, allow you to bid on certain jobs, lower your insurance risk? Guess what – AC478 does all of this and more.
Don't fear the AC478, consider it part of your continued evolution as a quality erector. Oh and by the way, the MBCEA will help you prepare. Jackie Meiluta is available to walk you through it. She will work with you one-on-one either via telephone or even at your site. She helped us develop the program. She was involved in writing the criteria and has access to the Technical Committee and companies that have already been through it. Call her. She's there to help.
Brad Curtis, speaking on behalf of the MBMA said AC478 will enhance and elevate the perception of erectors. Speaking personally he said "AC472 made my company a better company." As president of the MBCEA and more importantly, an erector I say if our manufacturers are encouraging this; if everyone agrees it is long over due; and good for us – why are you still on the fence?