Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association



Residential Report – Powerful questions technicians should ask to increase customer engagement

All contractors typically only get one chance to make a good first impression, but far too often residential contractors fail to make the most of this opportunity.

Rising steel prices? How to protect yourself

With the recent imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, steel prices are already increasing. To minimize the risk of rising material costs and contractors’ potential liability, SMACNA members should fully understand their contracts and ways to limit their exposure to price changes.

SMOHIT Safety Conference creates blueprint for strong safety cultures

Do you know the difference between a dangerous work setting and a hazardous work setting? The 80 participants—including JATC coordinators, SMART union representatives, and SMACNA member safety professionals—who attended the 2018 SMOHIT Safety Champions Conference now do.

Members can benchmark their numbers with SMACNA’s 2018 Financial Survey

When preparing their bids and budgets, many members use SMACNA’s Financial Survey Report as a guide to compare their numbers to responses from other companies operating in the same markets and geographic areas.

Capitol Hill Update – Composite plans: SMACNA’s advocacy continues ​

SMACNA continues its persistent work on Capitol Hill to move composite plan legislation forward. SMACNA’s goal is still to move the composite plan legislation forward before the end of the year.
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Prepare for senior leadership with SMACNA’s Leadership Development Program

The SMACNA Leadership Development Program, which runs from May 21-24 in Chapel Hill, N.C., is an executive-MBA-style course.
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Political analyst Howard Fineman opens the CEA National Issues Conference, May 8-10 ​

Longtime journalist and political commentator Howard Fineman will share his insights on the 2018 and 2020 elections and on the latest developments in Washington, D.C., with SMACNA members during the 2018 CEA National Issues Conference being held in Washington, D.C., May 8-10.

SMACNA’s Safety Statistics Profile benefits all members ​

SMACNA’s 2018 Safety Excellence Awards Program benefits SMACNA members with a report, the Safety Statistics Profile, available to all members, that highlights trends in safety-driven data that members can use to expand their safety programs.

“Always look for the positive” SMACNA Board Member: Kyle Bellmon of Oklahoma City, Okla.

SMACNA Board member Kyle Bellmon, vice president of United Mechanical Construction, Oklahoma City, Okla., is looking forward to giving back to the association because it has helped his company progress.
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Upbeat pop musician Andy Grammer to entertain at convention

Pop singer Andy Grammer’s cheerful approach to life combined with his happy, positive lyrics make a winning combination for a high-spirited conclusion to SMACNA’s 75th Annual Convention on Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, in San Diego.

Providing solutions to increase productivity

SMACNA’s Premier Partner Mestek Machinery has been creating innovative solutions in sheet metal and duct fabrication for more than 70 years. Mestek Machinery provides a full line of HVAC fabricating equipment, including the Pittsburgh lock rollformer, Iowa Precision Industries formerly known as Welty Way coil lines, Lockformer Vulcan Plasma cutting systems, Cornermatic-Whisper-Loc machines, and numerous other auxiliary equipment and solutions for the HVAC mechanical and sheet metal contractors and duct fabricators.
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Chapter in the News – Arizona commissioners learn how energy policies impact real people

Members of the SMACNA Arizona chapter helped state energy officials not only understand the role of energy efficiency in creating HVAC industry jobs, they helped them understand how the HVAC industry can help generate energy savings too.

SMACNA reminders

May 2018 - Safety Surveys Due – May 4; Financial Boot Camp – May 6-9, Tempe, Ariz.; Leadership Development Program – May 21-24, Chapel Hill, N.C.; CEA National Issues Conference – May 8-10, Washington, D.C.

Welcome new SMACNA members ​

Arabian International Company for Steel Structure, Jeddah, KSA; Century Mechanical Systems Factory LLC, Dubai, UAE; Prime Mechanical, Livermore, Calif.

Welcome new Associate Members

SMACNA welcomes returning Gold Associate Members Daikin Applied of Plymouth, Minn. (also a SMACNA Premier Partner), and QuoteSoft of Eugene, Ore.
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Tariff Impact: The Rising Costs of Steel and Aluminum

President Trump signed proclamations that impose a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports and a 25 percent tariff on steel imports with limited exceptions and exemptions. The tariff took effect March 23, 2018.
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FMI's First Quarter Construction Outlook

Total engineering and construction spending for the U.S. is forecast to end up 7 percent in 2018, compared to 4 percent in 2017.
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Crew-Cost Wage Equalization: What Members Need to Know

The obligation to equalize wages exists in every sheet metal building trades agreement in the country and has been around for more than 60 years. However, calculation and enforcement of wage equalization varied from local area to local area. This overview will help explain a new method of calculating wage equalization that is available for adoption by local unions and chapters.
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Don’t Underestimate Your Power to Make a Difference on Capitol Hill ​

Make plans to join fellow SMACNA chapter leaders on Capitol Hill May 8-10, 2018 at the Georgetown Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C. to educate legislators about how their legislative actions impact the issues facing the unionized sector of the construction industry.

2018 Bargainers’ Update—Timely Bargaining Tips

Successful negotiation of a local labor agreement requires solid preparation and gathering relevant data to support management’s proposals.