Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


April 2017 SMACNews

Inside this issue: Last-minute details for the National Legislative Conference, May 2-4. Meet New Board Member Ken Groeschel Jr. SMACNA donates to ASHRAE research. Joint SMACNA/SMART Architectural Committee update. Daikin highlights new prefab techniques for HVAC Council.

SMACNA welcomes new members

SMACNA National is pleased to welcome its new members.

"Never stop learning" Meet the Board: Ken Groeschel Jr. of Milwaukee, Wis.

New SMACNA Board member Ken Groeschel Jr., P.E., project manager of Butters-Fetting Co. Inc., Milwaukee, Wis., has worked generously to keep SMACNA at the forefront in business, labor, and technical offerings for years. He was elected to a four-year term on SMACNA’s Board of Directors at the close of SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention in October.

SMACNA donates to ASHRAE research

SMACNA is proud to support ASHRAE’s 2017 Research Promotion Campaign. Continuing its annual support, SMACNA contributed toward the ASHRAE Research Projects “Simplified Procedure for Calculating Exhaust/Intake Separation Distances,” “Performance of Pressurized Stairwells with Open Doors,” and “Methods to Increase Maximum Velocity of Makeup Air for Atrium Smoke Control.”

SMACNA/SMART Architectural Committee update

The SMACNA Architectural Contractors Council Steering Committee took part in a productive joint meeting with the SMART Architectural Sheet Metal Committee recently in Las Vegas to brainstorm common goals to maximize business opportunities this year.

President’s Column: Let SMACNA bring out the leader in you

The truly great leaders in life become so by enabling others to be greater than themselves. Dedicating yourself to bringing others along so that they can achieve more than you is the ultimate way to boost talent, ramp productivity, and develop effective future leaders.

Daikin highlights new prefab techniques for HVAC Council

SMACNA’s HVAC Contractors Council Steering Committee learned about innovative prefabrication techniques and trends in modular central plant construction during a recent tour of the Daikin Modular Central Plant (MCP) fabrication facility in Phoenix.

Capitol Hill Update

SMACNA upholds the appropriate use of construction project labor agreements (PLAs) on public construction. Therefore, the Association strongly opposes the so-called “Fair and Open Contracting Act of 2017” (H.R. 1552/S. 622) as introduced by Rep. Dennis Ross (R-15th-Fla.). Economics, not ideology, should drive PLA debates and votes in Congress.
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Score a hole-in-one for scholarships

The island of Maui is a golfer’s paradise, boasting gorgeous championship golf courses tucked between volcanic mountains and the sea.

Don’t delay! — Maui Convention registration now open

Paradise awaits in Maui. You know you’re going to attend the convention, so register now and get the best rooms, the best prices, and the best early-bird discounts.

Convention opener: "One of the funniest comedians of her generation"

SMACNA’s 74th Annual Convention in Maui opens with the quick-witted, tongue-in-cheek comedian whom “The Tonight Show’s” Jay Leno says is “one of America's funniest female comics"—the irrepressible Kathleen Madigan.
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Convention Session: Women need sponsors not mentors

Would you put your reputation on the line to advocate for a protégé? That’s what a sponsor does. The Harvard Business Review reports that high-potential women can be over-mentored and under-sponsored compared to their male peers.

Partnership workshop tackles market expansion, ways to innovate change

Approximately 38 members of SMACNA and our labor partner, SMART (the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers) gathered in Atlanta in February to share their ideas and best practices for market share advancement.
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A dynamic week of business study

Participants in SMACNA’s recent 2017 Business Management University (BMU) in Tempe, Ariz., learned the real-world business skills needed to run a robust sheet metal and HVAC company.

Welcome new SMACNA 2017 Associate Member

SMACNA is proud to welcome new Silver Associate Member Thermaflex of Abbeville, S.C.

SMACNA/SMART Best Practices Task Force Values Your Input

Your opinion counts. SMACNA and SMART’s Best Practices Market Expansion Task Force is continually working to identify, promote, communicate and support industry best practices.

Best Practices Resources Available for Use

Partners in Progress' redesigned website has a Resources section that provides access to Partners in Progress magazine, partnership-related press releases, and an introduction to the Expertise Branding Program.

2017 Bargainers’ Update

SMACNA’s Labor Relations Department has continually stressed that successful negotiation of a local labor agreement requires solid preparation and the gathering of relevant data to support management proposals. To assist in that regard, we are pleased to provide you with the 2017 Bargainers' Update which provides timely information to facilitate your bargaining preparation.

March 2017 SMACNews

Inside this issue: Learn about new regulatory changes expected under the new Administration. Now available—2017 "Architectural Sheet Metal Fascia and Coping Wind Test Report." Take SMACNA's message to Congress, May 2-4. Listen to SMART General President discuss industry challenges. Meet the new Board member.

Regulatory update: ACA and Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order

As with any new Administration, regulatory changes are to be expected when a new President comes into office. However, for the time being, any regulations issued under the Obama Administration, which were effective prior to Jan. 20, 2017, remain in place, and can only be revised through a notice and rule-making process.