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.
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.
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.
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.
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.*
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: www.pinp.org. The new site offers a wealth of customer-focused resources, expertise information, and best practices available for contractors, chapters, and local unions alike.
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.