1950 marked the official beginning of an organization that would become known as the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA). However, planning for this organization began back in the late 1940s when many roofing contractors realized that regional groups could better serve the needs of area contractors than the national association.
MRCA was initially organized as the result of a roofing clinic held in Topeka, Kansas on January 12, 1950. The handful of contractors in attendance agreed to help create the organization. The initial membership consisted of six firms from Kansas and three firms from Nebraska. Membership in MRCA was originally limited to contractors in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri cities along the Kansas-Missouri border.
From the very beginning MRCA was committed to serving as an advocate on behalf of roofing contractors. Membership was limited to roofing contractors who, in addition to providing financial and moral support, also developed programs and services to benefit the members of the association by saving them money and helping them build their business.
From the beginning, conventions have been an important service provided by MRCA. The earliest conventions featured little of the educational and technical content that now highlights the MRCA convention program. The first conventions were an opportunity for contractors to gather and exchange ideas informally.
It was in the early 1960s that MRCA embarked on its first technical and research project. In 1965 MRCA issued the first of its publications, Don't Panic – Here's How to Make a Roof Drain. This brochure revolutionized the roofing industry as architects uniformly accepted its recommended minimum slope to provide proper drainage. Since that time, the MRCA Technical and Research (T&R) Committee has presented studies that have had a dramatic impact on behalf of roofing contractors throughout the Midwest and across the entire country. MRCA studies have improved products applied by contractors; prevented contractors from having to absorb re-roof costs due to faulty materials; and have influenced architects and specifiers to follow sound and accepted roofing practices – all of which benefit the roofing contractor and improve the roofing industry.
MRCA continues to build on its proud history while looking towards the future. MRCA helps members build their business through marketing, managing the business process and keeping them informed with all the information they need to have to be successful.
MRCA knows that being successful means more money to the bottom-line. That's why many member services that can help members save thousands are offered free of charge.
MRCA is about serving the needs of its members, but MRCA also understands the need to improve the roofing industry. A strong MRCA represents the needs of the contractor to manufacturers, consultants and other regulatory agencies. In order to be an advocate for professional roofing contractors, MRCA still only accepts contractors as members.