Archive for June, 2010

The Copper Club Annual Dinner (Part 1)

June 25th, 2010 No comments
By Andy Kireta, Sr. President and CEO of the Copper Development Association.  He also serves on The Copper Club Board of Directors. 


Good Traditions Live On 

On June 2nd, nearly 500 people from all over the copper industry gathered for the Copper Club Annual Dinner at Guastavino’s in New York City, where this year’s Ankh Award was presented to Diego Hernandez, CEO of Codelco.  The keynote speaker was Alexis Glick, former Vice President of Business News at the Fox Business Network and anchor of Money for Breakfast and The Opening Bell.  The dinner is also a time when the Club awards financial scholarships to students who are interested in studies pertaining to copper.

Diego Hernandez, CEO of Codelco - Copperman of the Year

I look forward to this event every year.  It’s really something to see so many people with copper in common, all gathered together in one place.  The Ankh Award is probably the most prestigious award in the copper industry.  It’s given each year by The Copper Club to a professional who has had a positive impact in one way or another.  The Copper Club was established in 1944 and has been awarding the trophy itself, a replica of Rodin’s The Thinker, since 1962.  So there’s a lot of meaning and tradition behind it. 

The Copper Club is really growing.  The dinner is a good way to honor those whose work promotes copper.  It’s a good way for people to get together and share ideas, and to foster the pursuit of copper careers in young people.  Ultimately, it’s good for the industry as a whole. 

Left to right – Joe Robertson, Chairman of the nominating committee; Alexis Glick, keynote speaker; Diego Hernandez, CEO of Codelco; Arthur R. Miele, Chairman of Copper Club; Andy Kireta, Sr. President and CEO of the Copper Development Association





Those interested in more information about The Copper Club educational grants should call 212-217-9874 or direct an email to  More information about The Copper Club can be found at 

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CDA Develops “Do it Proper with Copper” Video Series (Part 3)

June 20th, 2010 No comments

By Harold Moret, CDA Project Manager and Piping Applications Specialist

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has produced a series of five short, instructional how-to videos for anyone working with copper on architectural and plumbing projects. CDA Project Managers Larry Peters and Harold Moret developed the series of videos appropriate for both new construction and remodeling projects.

These educational videos were made to be helpful for the professional installer or do-it-yourselfer, who wants to learn about the correct techniques for installing copper piping and copper roofing, flashing, or other architectural systems. These videos are a great resource for someone looking for guidance on their next project.

We have a video on Copper Sheet Fabrication, describing the tools and basic preparation steps required for soldering copper sheet materials.  The steps reviewed in this video are required for most of the application techniques employed to fabricate copper strip, sheet, and plate for architectural use.  The video also describes the melting point for solders used with sheet copper.

The tinning copper and sheets video explains that before beginning the soldering of sheet materials you have to tin the soldering copper.  This video covers cleaning, marking, flux and solder.  Also, it shows the basic steps to tinning an edge.  The program describes how to create a lap seam which is recommended when the copper sheet is too thick to form a flat lock seam and how to solder copper sheet material in roofing on relatively flat slopes.

There’s a video about soldering preparation and the materials used in soldering preparation.  This program shows the different types of copper tubes, and how to measure and to cut copper tube.  The soldering video reviews the proper techniques for fluxing and soldering.  The first part of the program includes a description of certain flux and how to apply it.  Part two shows how to properly apply heat and solder to a copper joint.  Testing all assembly for joint integrity is emphasized in the program.

A fifth video program is about solderless fittings which are gaining acceptance throughout the industry.  Push connects and press connects are demonstrated in the program. 

The video series is available on the CDA web site and on CDA’s YouTube Channel. We plan to expand the how-to video series this year with additional architectural and plumbing techniques.

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CDA Encourages Youth Participation in SkillsUSA (Part 2)

June 16th, 2010 No comments

By Harold Moret, CDA Project Manager and Piping Applications Specialist

Harold Moret, a CDA piping applications specialist, spends each June judging young people participating in the SkillsUSA Championships, sponsored by the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners come to the event each year in Kansas City. The 46th annual event in 2010 will be June 20-25 in Kansas City.

If it’s not in a kid’s blood to become a lawyer or a doctor, a trade is an alternative career for them. SkillsUSA works in conjunction with high schools and technical colleges so kids can learn trade skills that help them to be successful in pursuing a career.  As a part of the program, they can also choose to show their skills by competing against one another in local, state and national competitions.  The SkillsUSA Championships is the final, premier showcase of their skills.  There are all kinds of trades represented at the conference – plumbing, electronics, hair cutting, air craft mechanics – and more.

June 2010 will be the 5th year I’ve participated as a judge in the SkillsUSA plumbing contest. The contests are run through donations by the industry and with the help of people like me, who’ve been in the business a long time and want to help students to learn their trades properly from the bottom up.

My part is to judge the copper installation.  In the contest, copper is used for all of the water lines.  The plumbing students have a platform that represents a bathroom – it’s eight feet by four feet.  There’s a sink, shower, and commode all on the little table and they have 8 hours to put them all together and to make them work.  They have to install all the fixtures, the water going to them, and the drain and vent lines.  There’s a group of seven or eight judges who judge each part and make sure that all contestants work in a safe manner.  It’s tough to watch them start out as they shake out their nerves.  It gives us all a sense of pride when the students do a good job and also have fun with each other as they compete.

But there’s still a lot of work to do in educating our young people. I tell the young students, if they apply themselves, the sky’s the limit in any industry they decide to go into. A lot of them are there because they know they can make good money. But I also want to see them put their heart into their work.

I find teaching very satisfying, especially when I help a journeyman understand how to work to today’s installation standards. They tell me, “You know, I’ve been doing this wrong for 20 years.” It feels good when they see how my approach makes sense. I tell them it will feel awkward at first and you feel like you’re starting all over again. But it doesn’t take long for them to put a joint together so easily they don’t even have to think about it. It feels great to teach the older people how to do it properly too. If they do it well, they can then pass on that skill to their apprentices.

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Creating Standards of Excellence in the Plumbing Industry (Part 1)

June 9th, 2010 No comments

By Harold Moret, CDA Project Manager and Piping Applications Specialist

Harold Moret, CDA Project Manager and Piping Applications Specialist, has worked in the construction field for more than 25 years. He was a home builder and worked for a plumbing manufacturer before joining the CDA five years ago.

I’m based in Atlanta, but I don’t consider the southeast my only service area anymore. At the CDA, we’re branching out and training people all across the country. When we go to a city, we talk to several industries, not just one. And now I’m offering training for both the architectural and plumbing industries.

I’m also involved with the plumbing industry’s trade associations – the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, the United Association of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Service Techs, and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC). We get together and share industry information and I do training classes and installation seminars for their members. Most involve the proper installation of copper piping systems. Read more…

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