Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Learn the practical tools to making RFIs more effective

Has your project work schedule ever been impacted by an incomplete, inaccurate, or slow response to your questions posed to the general contractor or owner?

Impressions from my year as SMACNA President

It’s been a great year for me as your SMACNA President. I initially worried about meeting expectations—of SMACNA members, my company, and my family. As this is my last month to serve, I’ve formed some clear impressions about my service to SMACNA, and I thought I’d share them with you.

Meets with…Maryland State Sen. Thomas Middleton

Maryland Sen. Thomas Middleton (D-28th District) and Maryland State Delegate Edith Patterson (D-28th District) visited SMACNA contractor ADJ Sheet Metal Inc. recently at their shop in White Plains, Md.

SMACNA contractors named 2016 Safety Champions

The Safety Matters Award winners at the recent 2016 SMOHIT Safety Champions Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., included SMACNA contractors Superior Air Handling, Clearfield, Utah; California Sheet Metal Works Inc., El Cajon, Calif.; and CMC Sheet Metal, Capitol Heights, Md.

Safe workplaces create opportunities for more work

The 2016 SMOHIT Safety Champions Conference, held Sept. 11-13 in Scottsdale, Ariz., focused on “Building the Human Foundation of Safety Cultures.”

SMACNA’s fall Project Managers Institute a success

Working in teams throughout the program, 20 participants in SMACNA’s recent September Project Managers Institute in Raleigh, N.C., participated in interactive industry specific exercises led by FMI senior consultant Richard Reese. They strengthened their skills in skills in communication, planning, leadership, and business.

Welcome new SMACNA members

SMACNA welcomes the following new chapter members.

New composite plan design to protect workers, employers, retirees, taxpayers

In early September, Rep. John Kline (R-2nd-Minn.), chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, unveiled a discussion draft of a proposal to modernize the nation’s multiemployer pension system. The proposal would authorize “composite plans”—an innovative retirement plan option that would strengthen retirement security and improve the multiemployer pension plan system.

Address the issues at National Issues Conference, May 2-4

After the upcoming elections, the industry will need your help—to speak up for construction with your newly elected members of Congress. We need you to advocate and educate them to pass legislation the enhances our industry.

Meets with….Candidate Kim Myers of New York

SMACNA contractor Peter Griffiths, president, Weathermaster Roofing Co. Inc., Binghamton, N.Y., recently met with Democratic candidate Kim Myers, who is running for Congress to represent New York’s 22nd District.

Thank you Product Show breakfast sponsors

SMACNA would like to thank the following chapters for their support of the 2016 Product Show at SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention in Phoenix. The following chapters sponsored the Product Show breakfast on Tuesday morning, Oct. 18.*

Mobile app helps you enjoy your SMACNA convention experience

SMACNA’s exciting new mobile event app will make your convention experience easier, personalized, and more rewarding.

SMACNA 2016 Safety Survey results show lowest incidence rate ever

SMACNA’s 2016 Safety Survey, part of SMACNA’s annual Safety Excellence Award Program, revealed some significant “firsts” this year.

New Partners in Progress website offers the latest resources

Partners in Progress, SMACNA, and SMART’s joint labor-management cooperation trust just launched its newly redesigned website: The new site offers a wealth of customer-focused resources, expertise information, and best practices available for contractors, chapters, and local unions alike.

President's Column: A rising tide lifts all boats

In August, I spoke at the SMART Business Agents’ Meeting. Following are excerpts of my remarks from this meeting.

Hit a grand slam with SMACNA’s 2017 educational programs

Become better at your job with SMACNA’s 2017 educational programs—they’re some of the best in the industry. Mark your calendar for this year’s lineup of 2017 educational courses.

Showing appreciation

SMACNA President Guy Gast accepts a speaker gift after addressing the SMART Business Agents Meeting in August. Apprentices at Sheet Metal Local 73 in Chicago fabricated the plaque.

New manual—Best practices for a residential/light commercial retrofit department

SMACNA’s new “Residential Retrofit and Service Operations Management Program” provides information on the latest sales, marketing, and financial strategies to operate a profitable residential/light commercial HVAC service and retrofit department.