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January 23, 2019

New Opportunities and Industry Growth in 2019

SMACNA industrial contractors are confident this year promises to be a positive one for the industrial sector with large-scale capital projects, more design/build work, and industry growth.

December 19, 2018

Industrial Contractors Forum: Peak Performance

Dale Price of M&P Air Components Inc. discussed the importance of precise industrial ventilation systems design, and Robert Shearer of KBD Technic covered industrial design and the automotive industry.

November 14, 2018

Going up? Multistory Industrial is Becoming Reality

As developers increase demand for multistory facilities—especially with the advent of e-commerce distribution—contractors working in the industrial space might do well to consider how to meet the unique needs of this growing urban area market.

October 10, 2018

Renick Bros. Installs Duct for Steamfitters Training Center

Since it opened, the Steamfitters UA Local 449 training center has been cited by the Pennsylvania governor’s office as an excellent example of the kind of skilled training programs the Keystone State needs to meet the required skills of today’s employers.

September 10, 2018

Collecting Combustible Dust Can Sweep Open Doors

Combustible dust can be an underestimated hazard in the workplace—but installing dust collection systems for the industries that work with these fine dust particles can also be a smart business opportunity for sheet metal contractors.

August 3, 2018

Virtual Welding Enhances Learning and Safety

The need to remain cost-effective while enhancing worker safety is increasing the use of virtual reality to train welders in the construction industry.

August 2, 2018

SMACNA’s Technical Services Helps Answer Industrial Questions

In addition to developing and issuing highly regarded industry standards, SMACNA’s Technical Services Department continuously fields questions about technical aspects of sheet metal construction and the application of specific SMACNA standards.

July 26, 2018

Hawaii Hotel Co-gen Plant Produces Electricity From Waste Heat

Letting nothing go to waste, a co-generation plant is producing electricity for one of the finest hotels in Waikiki.

June 27, 2018

Large U.S. Manufacturers Make Commitments to Save Energy and Reduce Emissions

The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency released a report in June 2018 called, “Committed to Savings: Major U.S. Manufacturers Set Public Goals for Energy Efficiency.” The report "reviewed 160 of the largest manufacturing companies with U.S. facilities to explore public energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) commitments."

April 2, 2018

Industrial Insights – Outlook: U.S. plant spending forecast to grow in 2018

Fueled by a soaring U.S. economy and lower corporate tax rates, industrial sector experts anticipate a 5.9 percent increase in overall U.S. industry plant spending to $328.5 billion in 2018. The spending forecast is up by $18.35 billion from last year according to the industry market research provider, Industrial Info Resources.

November 29, 2017

SMACNA Supports Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act of 2017

On November 20, 2017, SMACNA submitted a letter to the United States Senate endorsing passage of Senate Bill S.512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act of 2017.

October 2, 2017

National Combined Heat and Power Overview Fact Sheet

​The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency offers this new National Combined Heat and Power Overview fact sheet providing a comprehensive overview of the CHP opportunity in the United States.

March 28, 2017

Industrial Project Information Available to Contractors through SMART

A significant resource for SMACNA contractors looking for project opportunities in the industrial sector is available through SMART and local Union offices. Industrial Info Resources© is a web-based search engine that gathers, updates and disseminates information on industrial customers and projects.

March 11, 2016

SMACNA’s Industrial Committee: Here to serve you

The industrial marketplace is a conglomeration of many types of work: food, pharmaceutical, steel, petroleum/chemical, automotive, pulp and paper, power generation, coal, agricultural, steel, hospitals, and laboratories, to name only a few.

March 26, 2015

Introducing SMACNA’s Round Industrial Duct Construction App

Round industrial duct construction calculations just got a whole lot easier for SMACNA members.