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The Conner Group

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MSD Inc. entered into agreement with Messer Construction Company to provide Domestic Plumbing and Gas Piping work for The Connor Group Corporate Headquarters. The project is located in Dayton, Ohio. The building contains a total of 39,825 square feet of office space. The contracted value of this project was $466,000. MSD was responsible for the installation of the building’s Plumbing system which consisted of: The Installation of domestic water and sewage system, (44) Plumbing Fixtures, Triplex Potable Water Booster Pumps with VFD Control, Duplex Sewage Injection Pump System, Duplex Water Softening System, Duplex Sump Pump System, Twin 100 Gallon 199 MBH Water Heaters, and the Installation of Gas Piping to all Fuel Fired Appliances, which are only a few of the Plumbing Components installed for this building.

Some of the obstacles that we faced in order to complete this project certainly lied within the irregular shape of this building. Due to that shape we had to adjust and become innovative with our installation and also with some of the equipment and materials that we used. Instead of using standard 90 degree fittings, we had to use swing joint fittings in order to get the correct angles. We also overcame obstacles by having to readjust the pitch on our roof drains after installation. We needed to readjust due to the tension cables holding the glass wall that leaned outwards from the building. After tensioning the cables, the cables pulled down on the roof and we had to alter the pitch to compensate for the tensioning. We also experienced challenges on this project in regards to quality control on our layout of the underground portion of the work. Since this was not your standard shaped building, we had to perfect our layout to make sure our systems were properly installed. As a company we learned from the project and have invested in a Trimble Unit to assist with our layout process moving forward.


You can read more on The Conner Group by clicking here.

Meijer Distribution Center

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This project was unique because the facility could not completely shut down operations while the existing units were removed, and the new units were set in their place. Because of this, it was determined that the units would need to be air lifted and set on top of the building using a helicopter. The helicopter was necessary to ensure that the change out of the units was completed in a 4-hour time frame so as not disrupt operations for an extended period of time. To accomplish this, we needed to have a large crew, (16) of our skilled field personnel who worked diligently to complete the change out of (6) RTUs in a matter of 3 hours while continuing to maintain a safe working environment.

Understandably, a manufacturing facility will have a constant flow of traffic from the employees and the 18-wheelers that come in to get loaded for distribution to the Meijer facilities. Because of this it was important that we were able to find a location for the equipment central to the two buildings we would be working on but still keeping them out of the way of traffic. The helicopter planning required a little more than determining the landing location. It was imperative that we notify and coordinate with Care Flight as well as Dayton International Airport to be sure that the helicopter would not interfere with the flight path of either operation. In addition to this, we notified the local Police Department and Fire Station of the helicopter lift in case of an emergency. In the end, the removal of old and installation of new went off without a hitch. It was an exciting experience to witness the execution of all the careful planning that took place to make this project a success.

This project was both challenging and exciting because it required the use of the Sikorsky S61N Helicopter is setting the (6) rooftop units.

You can read more on Meijer Distribution Center by clicking here.

It’s Great In Dayton

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Hello! Welcome back to MSD’s Blog Page. We are working hard to provide you with lots of new articles and information.

Recently Logos at Work sent us a link to purchase shirts to help support local restaurants. We want to help them out by sharing their email & the link to their store.

“Support your favorite local restaurant through our new store; It’s Great In Dayton. For every shirt purchased, $10 is donated to a restaurant of your choosing. We are proud to have donated over a $1,000 so far to Dayton restaurants. Together we can keep Dayton cooking! Ultimately, we intend to use the site to support local, non-profit organizations. However, when our community began to face the Covid-19 pandemic, we shifted gears and decided to support our local restaurants that have been severely impacted.” – Logos at Work


What a great way to reach out to the community in a time of crisis. Click the Link & Start Shopping! It’s Great In Dayton

#DaytonStrong #Covid19 #GreaterDayton

Meet Conner

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What’s your name? Conner Trace
Are you married? If so, how long, do you have kids? Neither
What city/town do you live in? Fairborn
How long have you worked at MSD? Six Months
What is your current position here? Fab shop laborer
What do you like most about your career? Being able to learn everyday
How long have you worked in this field? Ever since I got hired here
What are some of your hobbies & interests? Golfing, hiking, watching NFL, hanging out with friends/family
Do you have pets? 2 cats named Pigeon and Peanut and a dog names Daisy
What is your favorite place to have ever traveled too? Washington State
What is your favorite color? Red
Do you have a favorite Disney Movie? Hercules
What time do you usually fall asleep? 10:30ish
How do you relieve stress? Watching a movie/going outside

Pre-Apprenticeship Course

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The Best invention is reinventing yourself. Can you answer these questions with a “Yes”?

Are you looking for a challenging career?

Do you want to work while you learn?

Are you looking for a career that is rewarded by working with your hands?

Then you should consider working in the trades. The HVAC & Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship Course is aimed at prospective apprentices to provide them with more information about the p-h-c industry. Completing this course will help you determine if this is a Trade/Career for you!

Either of these trades can provide your family and you a wealthy life. Dream of a Boat, Motorcycle, or a Lake House you can reach all your life goals in the HVACR and Plumbing Trades.

For a limited time, you can take the Pre-Apprenticeship Course for free! This offer expires June 30, 2020.

This online educational program gives prospective HVAC and plumbing apprentices an opportunity to learn about the p-h-c trade before beginning a longer-term apprentice program.

During this six-module course, participants will learn what is required to pursue a career in the industry as well as key skills and techniques to help them succeed in apprenticeship.

This course is offered online through the PHCC Academy. It was created by the PHCC Educational Foundation, and developed by Adam Manley, PhD., Associate Professor of Career and Technical Education at Western Michigan University.

Click on this link below.

If you pass this course and seek employment. Please contact

Hot Water Systems

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At MSD, Inc. we believe our responsibility is protecting the Public Health. As part of that responsibility we wanted to share the following article posted by PHCC discussing the importance of maintaining the ongoing balancing act between Legionella Prevention and Scald Prevention in your Facilities Hot Water Systems. If you have any concerns, Team MSD is here to further evaluate your Facilities Hot Water System.  #PHCC, #TEAMMSD, #ProtectingPublicHealth…..


There has been a lot of confusion about how to properly design, install and maintain a domestic hot water system to simultaneously control both scalding hazards and Legionella bacteria growth. Many people mistakenly believe that controlling hot water system temperatures is like a balancing act performed by simply adjusting the thermostat dial on the water heater to somewhere between scalding temperatures and Legionella bacteria growth temperatures. Unfortunately, there is no middle ground temperature. Any temperature that will minimize scalding in accordance with temperature limits in the model plumbing codes will be in the Legionella bacteria growth temperature range. The only solution to this dilemma is to use hot water temperature control valves to keep storage and distribution temperatures above the Legionella growth temperature range and reduce the temperatures at the fixtures to a safe temperature for bathing, showering and washing.

Water heater thermostat accuracy

Many people have made the mistake of assuming the thermostat dial on a water heater accurately controls the outlet temperature that flows from a water heater, but the thermostat does not accurately control the outlet temperature. Using the thermostat on a water heater to prevent scalding is prohibited by the model plumbing codes because the industry knows the thermostat dial on a storage-type water heater is not designed to accurately control hot water coming from a water heater. There are several types of water heaters on the market and the most common is the storage tank type. Other tankless or instantaneous water heater types have their own unique temperature control versus flow challenges that typically result in the use of temperature actuated control valves as part of the equipment, or a tempering valve is required as part of the system design, or the tankless heaters may not be capable of reaching a disinfecting temperature. The thermostat on a storage-tank-type water heater, however, is not designed to accurately control the outlet temperature because it is located near the bottom of the water heater to sense incoming cold-water temperatures and “turn-on” the energy to the heating element or the fuel to the burner.

The thermostats do not sense or control the hot water that accumulates at the top of a water heater. The water heater thermostats are designed in a way that causes an inherent delay in sensing hot water temperature because the heat must flow from the heated water through a boundary layer of water adhering to the thermostat, through the wall of the thermostat, through an air space in the thermostat, and then to a metal rod that expands and contracts to open and close contacts in the thermostat device.

I was told this heat transfer delay causes a lag time and overshoot temperature of about 11 to 15 degrees depending on the manufacturer. One water heater manufacturer’s representative told me the technicians in their factory had witnessed temperature lags as much as 18 degrees on some water heater models tested. This thermal delay results in a temperature chart that looks like a roller coaster. The water temperature at the thermostat element drops below the set point before the burner comes on and rises above the set point before it shuts off. This is why two different water temperature tests of a water heater at different times can yield vastly different results even though no adjustments have been made to the thermostat setting.


In addition to the above mentioned thermal cycling, there can be stacking of hot water at times when there are intermittent short draws of hot water. Stacking occurs when cold water is drawn into the bottom of the water heater intermittently and causes the burner to cycle on even when the hot water at the top of the heater is well above the desired temperature setting. With each consecutive short draw of hot water and resulting burner cycle, the hot water temperature in the top of the water heater continues to rise and the outlet temperature can be as much as 30 degrees or more, above the thermostat set point. Therefore, the model plumbing codes prohibit the thermostat on a water heater to control the outlet temperature for purposes of scald prevention at fixtures.

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Keep Corona Away – Wash Wash Wash!

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The Importance of Hand Washing:



According to washing hands prevents illnesses and the spread of infections to others. Handwashing with soap and water removes germs from your hands. This helps prevent infections because:

  • People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.
  • Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick.
  • Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands.
  • Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.


Handwashing helps them and their communities stay healthy.

  • Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23-40%.
  • Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%.
  • Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%.
  • Reduces absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in school children by 29-57%.

Covid – 19

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As we all work through the new changes in how we do our daily work, our business and facilities continue in operation to meet the needs of so many. MSD is considered an essential provider and is still providing 100% of the services to help keep your systems in operation and healthy. Our commitment to providing the highest quality of service will not change but,you will notice quite a number of changes to help protect the safety of both our clients and team members.

Safety Always is our main concern in everything we do, so things will look a little different than normal as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are monitoring the guidelines and procedures from the CDC, state and local governments on a daily basis and updating our procedures to ensure we are always working at the highest level of safety possible for all.

To help you understand what we are doing and things that may look a little different. Below are some of the procedural changes implemented by MSD.

  • All MSD employees are required to take their temperatures each morning from home and are not allowed to report to work if their temperature is above 100.4 or if they feel sick.
  • Remote working has been adopted to ensure social distancing among office staff.
  • All employees are practicing social distancing at client and construction sites.
  • All employees are instructed to employ frequent hand washing as well as sanitizing of work areas and tools
  • Service team members will use hand sanitizer before entering and leaving client sites
  • There is a temporary suspension of signature requirements on all documents and electronic devises.
  • Envision videos will provide clients with detailed account of all maintenance and service performed and emailed to point of contact.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We are all in this together! #staysafe #socialdistancing


Victory Project

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The Victory Project specializes in mentoring court-involved, disadvantaged young men in Montgomery Country. Their mission is to empower young men to discover the life God intended by mastering self-awareness, self-sufficiency, and selfless service, building an uncommon alliance with uncommon youth for uncommon results. Since 2007, they have sought to undo the isolating experiences of poverty and fatherlessness in young men’s lives and expose them to the potential of a positive socioeconomic standing through their 3 E emphases: education, entrepreneurship, and enlightenment. Also since 2009, VP has remained open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, year-round, only closing on Christmas Day. Their philosophy Is “the streets never close so VP should be the alternative.”

VP also has created a micro business called Victory Improvement Projects, which provides the young men with the knowledge to not only learn the value of labor but to also help manage this unique and growing business. The young men must attend all weekly activities and tasks to be able to qualify for work at the end of every week.

There are many ways to pay it forward to children who can be impacted, be it through tutoring or donations or providing meals. MSD is very eager to continue supporting and volunteering at this great organization, currently we are preparing meals quarterly for all of the young men and the workers/volunteers at the facility. While there, we were able to see what their day to day lifestyles are at VP, and how grateful each and every student is to have volunteers take time out of their daily lives to help make an impact in theirs.


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At MSD, we create 3D models in our (VDC) Virtual Design Construction Department of our systems using real world materials & equipment from manufacturers’ own libraries. Following coordination sign off we proceed with creating individual DETAIL spool drawings broken down by system type and area in accordance with the project schedules for accelerated fabrication assembly.

Our Fabrication efforts allow our team to expedite onsite delivery by assembling components in a controlled environment. Every component delivered directly to our Fabrication Shop is verified through our in-house Quality Control Program assuring the correct parts have been received prior to proceeding with Fabrication. Utilizing our in-house pre-fabrication team increases the product quality as well as the QUANTITY produced, accelerating the overall timeframes associated with individual field activities. Our team offers many different fabrication options but one specific area is accelerating schedule, improving quality reducing costs in a safe working manner with producing Equipment Skids.

Equipment Skids

Excitement is in the Air in the TEAM MSD Fabrication Shop! TEAM MSD Focus is in the DETAILS! Equipment skids is one of our primary focus points. Our MSD Fabrication Shop has successful completed a variety of Equipment Skid Packages consisting of the following:

  • Domestic Water Booster Pump
  • Backflow Preventer
  • Water Softener
  • Water Heaters
  • Base Mount Pump

A pump skid built in TEAM MSD Fabrication shop, provides the following benefits:

  • Accelerated Schedule Enhancer
  • Significant Cost Savings
  • Higher Quality
  • Portability
  • Complete Package
  • Ease Of Installation
  • Safely produced in a Safe and Efficient Environment

Having the ability and skill sets to build a complete skid package with all the associated components in house is our Difference Maker. This ability is a unique difference maker for our clients! The quality and efficiency gains are evident in every equipment skid produced.

The Process

The process starts with identifying what equipment will be put on a skid package and the associated piping to be completed. The skids are built from a detailed drawing showing all the components required for the equipment to operate in an efficient manner and accessible for future maintenance and monitoring. All equipment skids come with the following features:

  • Built From C-channel
  • Lifting Lugs for Rigging
  • Equipment Secured For Shipping
  • All Piping Test Fit To Ensure Propper Fitment
  • Painted With Rust Prevention Paint
  • Rebar Installed/Concrete Poured (When Applicable)

In conclusion, utilizing the fabrication shop to build the equipment skids for your project is one of the biggest benefits we offer.