Members of SMACNA’s Council of Chapter Representatives discussed relevant issues, including new markets, the Helmets to Hardhats program, and market sector updates, which generated an exchange of valuable information at their meeting in Amelia Island, Fla., in December.
New Horizons Foundation explores taking the risk out of new markets
Dr. Mounir El Asmar, a faculty member from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, shared a method that can help contractors make decisions about entering new markets. The framework consists of a 10-step process that is part of a comprehensive report that the New Horizons Foundation will publish soon. Additional resources designed to help implement the results of the research will be available to chapters as well.
Helmets to Hardhats: Great recruiting tool
Darrell Roberts, executive director of Helmets to Hardhats, engaged the Council in a lively discussion that enlightened many in the room about the recruiting opportunities available through Helmets to Hardhats and how the program works. Helmets to Hardhats connects men and women from the Armed Forces with building and construction careers. SMACNA is a sponsoring organization of the program.
Keep prevailing wage rates up-to-date
Labor attorney Elizabeth Nadeau engaged the Council in a lively discussion on the importance of effectively participating in Davis-Bacon surveys. SMACNA’s Labor Relations Department notifies chapters when surveys are being conducted within their local areas.
Chapter councilors also heard updates from SMACNA National staff and speakers on legislative, labor, market sector, and safety issues.
Julie Muller-Neff, executive director of the SMACNA Western Washington Chapter, was elected as 2017 Council vice chair. Joe Samia, contractor councilor for the Association of Mechanical and Sheet Metal Contractors of Kansas, will be the 2017 Council chair.
For a copy of the Council meeting presentations, visit the “For Chapter Executives” section of SMACNA’s Chapter webpage, then select Council of Chapter Representatives.