Entries by MassPlumbers

Cannistraro in it for the long haul at MGH

Boston is known as a hub for medical care, and Mass General Hospital is among the city’s crown jewels. Serving the community and beyond for more than 200 years, the Harvard Medical School teaching hospital is acknowledged as one of the world’s finest healthcare facilities. Over the past three decades, MGH has been thoughtfully expanding […]

Code red: Support the state’s plumbing code

Sign the petition to preserve the state’s plumbing code Massachusetts’ plumbing code dates back many decades and is one of a handful of statewide codes that remains in effect. It has served–and continues to serve–the industry along with the Commonwealth’s residents who rely on safe plumbing well and has widespread support. The code serves as […]

Fossil fuels ban would strain power grid

Electrification alone would not curb emissions Climate change is real. We need to cut emissions and get on a path to net zero. Those are points on which the Greater Boston Plumbing Contractors Association and Plumbers Local 12 along with building, labor, business, and other organizations in the state agree. There is disagreement, however, about […]

New school takes shape in Boston’s Chinatown

A topping off ceremony was held in December for the Josiah Quincy Upper School project under construction on Washington Street in Chinatown. On track to open in September 2024, the six-story, 185,000-square-foot building will welcome 650 students in grades 6 through 12. Turner Construction is the general contractor for the $170-million job, and GBPCA contractor PJ […]

Plumbing is a fitting career for him

SPOTLIGHT ON T. SULLIVAN MECHANICAL Growing up as the youngest of five brothers, Tim Sullivan could often be found tinkering with cars and other projects along with his siblings and his father. Even as a youngster, he says that he loved working with his hands. But it wasn’t until he began visiting the yard at […]

Amato elected business agent

Last year, Plumbers Local 12 members elected Frank Amato to serve as one of the union’s business agents. He is no stranger to the local, however. For the past five years, Amato has focused on organizing as the director of business development and recruitment. A plumber since 1989, the business agent wasn’t always a Local 12 […]

Lab space record set in Boston

There seems to be an insatiable demand for lab space in the Boston area. In fact, according to Bloomberg, the region now has more biotech projects under construction than anyplace else in the country and will likely soon top the San Francisco Bay Area for bragging rights as America’s life sciences hub. When the article […]

Four decades without a leak

John Cannistraro Jr., president of the company that his father founded in 1963, is proud of the mechanical contractor’s long history in Greater Boston. “The great crews that Local 12 provides is what makes everything possible,” he says. “The quality and workmanship are the absolute highest.” To illustrate the point, Cannistraro says that he was […]

Plumbers lend a hand to refugees

With a war raging, mass shootings, and other unrest, the world can often seem like an unsettling and unfriendly place. But amid the chaos and confusion, it’s heartening to find acts of kindness and compassion that demonstrate the basic decency to which most folks aspire. There are inspiring stories, even in dark circumstances, that can […]