ThePlumbing Contractors Association of Chicago and Cook County(Chicago PCA) marked its 125th anniversary with a gala celebration in conjunction with its bi-annual installation dinner on Feb. 9, 2008. The event was held at the Chicago Historical Museum and attended by more than 225 members, guests and dignitaries, including Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who paid tribute to the group’s “commitment to making our city a better place to live, work and raise families.”
Formed in 1882 as the Master Plumbers Association, the Chicago PCA forerunner was instrumental in forming the National Association of Master Plumbers (now PHCC-NA) the following year. Other achievements credited to the organization or its members over time include:
The Chicago PCA has more than 150 member firms based throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Installed as new officers during the Feb. 9 celebration were: President Al Gehrke; 1st Vice President Jerry Roberts; 2nd Vice President James Smith; Treasurer Lori Abbott; and President Emeritus Craig Campeglia.