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Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey Advocates for Members in Suit Against the State of New Jersey

SPRINGFIELD, N.J., Oct. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 15, 2019, the Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey (MCANJ) and MMC Contractors filed a civil action in United States District Court against the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs challenging statutory language in the New Jersey State Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contracting License Law, requiring a one percent ownership of some HVAC-R companies to conduct business in New Jersey. Under the Statute, which went into effect on October 2018, an individual or entity cannot operate as an HVAC-R contractor in New Jersey unless the license holder owns a minimum of one percent of the company. This approach adversely and unfairly impacts individual MCANJ member companies while not affecting others.

MCANJ and MMC Contractors are represented by James K. Estabrook of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper located in Westfield, NJ.

Statement from MCANJ Executive Director Martin Drobny:

The Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey firmly believes that this statute, as currently written, adversely impacts many members of the Association and will fight vigorously to defend these companies' rights to operate their business on a level playing field. Although all MCANJ members are qualified to perform HVAC-R work within the State, many are adversely impacted under this law, impacting their businesses and their livelihood. We have an obligation to protect their interests and ensure they can continue to serve the people of New Jersey.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey (MCANJ) is a Trade Association serving and representing the Mechanical and HVAC/R Service Contractors of New Jersey. The Association promotes Union Mechanical and Service Contractors through marketing campaigns and various other efforts, including industry legislation. MCANJ provides education, industry guidance and a network of valued affiliations to mechanical and service contractors and their ancillary business partner companies. MCANJ offers safety training, advanced skills seminars, official recognition programs and networking events that benefit member companies, who employ Union Labor, and help foment stability and growth throughout New Jersey's greater contracting and construction and service industries.


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