During the 1880s, the transition from outhouses to indoor plumbing was moving at a rapid pace, starting with better homes and commercial buildings. The burgeoning market for indoor plumbing spurred some gasfitters and other metal workers to specialize in this work.
The true craftsmen sought ways to distinguish those who knew what they were doing from those who didn’t. In 1882, a group of these new tradesmen in New York City banded together to form the Master Plumbers Association of New York. Shortly afterward, a like-minded group joined forces in Brooklyn.
In 1883, the 125 members of the New York group formed the National Association of Master Plumbers (NAMP) to provide the public with a complete, safe and sanitary plumbing system. NAMP was the forerunner of the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (NAPHCC), which later became the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC).
Maryland Forms Its Own Chapter
Not long after the member groups formed in New York, other states followed with their own formal organizations, including Maryland. Since then, the Maryland Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association has served thousands of members with exceptional service.
Maryland PHCC Today
The MPHCC leadership strives to keep our members up-to-date on the latest industry news and information through our magazine as well as regular membership meetings and events. And strengthening the workforce through our education programs, including our Apprenticeship Program, Journeyman / Master Gas Training and Backflow Certification, helps to insure that our industry remains a vital part of the economy.
Membership in the MPHCC has enormous benefits. As a member of the MPHCC, you receive automatic membership in the National organization, which includes a long list of high-value benefits. Visit our membership page for more information on becoming a regular or Associate member of the MPHCC.m