PHCC In the News

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May 18, 2017


Randi Malone
PHCC-IA Apprenticeship Program


Representing the best of our apprenticeship program’s plumbers, six of our top plumbing apprentices competed in the PHCC of Iowa’s First Annual State Plumbing Competition, hosted at Kirkwood Community College on Saturday, May 13.

After showcasing their talents during the daylong competition, three apprentices received prize packages. This year’s first place winner was Tony Prins, a fourth year apprentice from Domestic Plumbing in Clinton, Iowa. Along with winning the top spot at our First Annual State Plumbing competition, Tony also earned the coveted spot as PHCC of Iowa’s Plumbing Contestant at the PHCC National Apprenticeship Competition in Milwaukee, WI in October.

TJ Spencer (Year 3) of Schlievert Plumbing, Inc. in Urbandale, Iowa received second place and Josh Anderson (Year 4) of Bea Day Plumbers, Inc. in Iowa City received third place. Alongside our winners, three other talented plumbing apprentices also competed: Aaron Elias (Ackerman Plumbing, Williamsburg, IA), Brett Schrank (Mapleton Rooter & Plumbing, Mapleton, IA), & Thomas Shatzer (RDW Plumbing, Mt. Vernon, IA).

The PHCC of Iowa State Plumbing Competition was created to allow our students to show off their skills and help prepare them for a possible spot as a contestant in the National Competition. Two local shop owners, Phil Kobliska of Kobliska Plumbing, and Thomas Hutson, of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, along with Aaron Morrison, City of Cedar Rapids Plumbing Inspector, judged this year’s competition.

PHCC of Iowa would like to give special thanks to Plumb Supply of Cedar Rapids for their donation of the contest materials and their support with our prize packages. This great event would not have been possible without our contest organizers, John Williams and Lon Schwickerath, our contestants, their sponsor companies, and our judges.

Download the PDF of this Press Release here.




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PHCC Member, Dave Krejchi, of Dalton Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling, Inc. in Cedar Falls, IA recently had a visit from Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds. This visit was focused on how important training money from the state is important to small business and how apprenticeship in the plumbing and heating fields can lead to great careers for Iowans. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor made multiple visits to p-h-c companies to highlight National Apprenticeship Week.