April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. There are serious risks associated with using cell phones, pagers, and laptop computers while driving a company or personal vehicle, as is frequently discussed by SMACNA’s safety community.
Strengthening SMACNA’s Voice on Capitol Hill
Legislative involvement is a right and a privilege for each citizen but is also a responsibility. If we want our industry and the country to prosper, we should advocate policies supporting a vibrant infrastructure policy, sensible pension policy, and national economic policy that support a thriving HVAC marketplace.
Tell Us Your One Great Idea
The responsibilities and job description of a chapter executive are vast. They encompass everything from event planning, marketing, recruiter, mediator to CEO.
Don’t Miss SMACNA’s Upcoming Crew-Cost Webcast
SMACNA and SMART recently agreed to allow local bargaining parties to adopt a crew-cost method to determine how much wage equalization is owed when a contractor fabricates in a lower wage area and the item is installed in a higher wage area.
Architectural Record – CASS sets up their A-game for Detroit Red Wings Arena
Some projects bring a sense of personal achievement that goes beyond the satisfaction of a job well done. Providing sheet metal elements for the new Detroit Red Wings stadium, now Little Caesar’s Arena, was just such a project for Glenn Parvin, president of SMACNA member Custom Architectural Sheet Metal Specialists (CASS) in Detroit, and for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 80 who worked on the job.
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.
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.