Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Specialty Trades Added 37,600 Positions in February

The construction industry experienced sustained job growth and an unchanged unemployment rate in February, adding another 61,000 jobs primarily in the specialty construction sector. “The labor market remains tight, and our members continue to invest in accredited apprenticeship and workforce training programs to ensure we are preparing the next generation of construction employees for the growing market,” said Jack Jacobson, spokesperson for the Construction Employers of America.
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Get Ready to Bargain Over Crew Costs

All local bargaining committees and chapter executives should plan to sign up for SMACNA’s one-hour, webcast, Bargaining Over Crew-Cost Equalization, on April 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, to explore what adopting the crew-cost method will mean for local contractors.
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Sign Up for the Bargainers Conference Call

Reserve a seat today on the second 2018 Bargainers Conference Call scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and get all your questions answered. There is no charge to participate.
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Oklahoma Chapter Talks Workforce Issues with Lieutenant Governor Candidate

At the invitation of SMACNA President-Elect Nathan Dills, Matt Pinnell, candidate for Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor, had dinner with members of the Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Oklahoma and then toured the apprenticeship school for Local 124.
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New SMACNA Personnel Policies and Procedures Guide Now Available

The latest addition to SMACNA’s Contractor Operations Manual is a Personnel Policies and Procedures guide that can help new employees gain appreciation for the potential rewards with a company.
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Join SMOHIT’s New Steps Challenge

Did you know that walking at least 10,000 steps a day reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, and some cancers?

Help Needed to Move Composite Plan Legislation

We are hearing a lot of items may be included when the House votes on the Omnibus Spending bill sometime before March 23. We are making sure that the GROW Act is included in the discussions and that means Hill offices need to hear from you, their constituents.

January 2018 Board of Directors Meeting Report

Attached is the report covering SMACNA’s Board of Directors Meeting, January 15-16, 2018. It will be approved at the July 16th meeting.

SMACNA Celebrates Women in Construction Week

SMACNA is celebrating Women in Construction Week, (#2018WICWeek) March 4-10, 2018, by turning the spotlight on special women and their contributions to the construction industry.
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Institutional Building Growth Led February Construction Market Index

According to the Dodge Momentum Index February industrial building growth rose 8.2%, while commercial building declined 4.2%. The report indicated that a large number of state and local bonds for schools and other institutional buildings over the past few election cycles continue to fuel industrial construction.
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See How SMACNA Members Are Supporting WIC Week

Women in Construction Week (#2018WICWeek), was founded by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) as a way to highlight women and their growing role in the construction industry.
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SMACNA Celebrates: A Salute to Women in Construction Week from the West Coast

Three SMACNA California Chapters including CAL SMACNA, Bay Area SMACNA, and SMACNA of San Diego celebrated the achievements and spirit of the remarkable women who serve on their boards, committees, and councils during Women in Construction Week.

SMACNA Women Plan Leadership Summit

SMACNA’s Women in Construction Leadership Council is planning its first summit meeting for June 9 in Boston, Mass.
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Angie Simon on Women in Construction Week

I am a woman and I love the HVAC industry for all the same reasons men do! It is dynamic, always exciting and very rewarding. This ever-changing landscape has made my 30-plus years in this industry pass by in a flash.
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How to Be a Successful Change Leader

Successful change is one of biggest problems that modern organizations face. So why do initiatives to create change fail more often than they succeed?
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SMACNA Message to DOL: No Change for Current Training Programs

“No need for any changes” was the message SMACNA CEO Vincent R. Sandusky sent on behalf of the SMACNA membership to the Department of Labor (DOL) and its Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.
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Mid-Atlantic Contractors Adopt New Strategy in Recruiting

Teachers, school administrators, counselors, and students will be the focus of a new Mid-Atlantic Chapter program that is using a different approach in attracting qualified craft and non-craft workers into the HVAC and sheet metal industry.
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Trump Announces Steel Tariffs on Imports

President Donald Trump announced steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports today.

U.S. Engineering Company Celebrates 125 Years

U.S. Engineering Company, founded in 1893, evolved from a metalworking shop in Cologne, Germany, to one of the most advanced and successful mechanical contracting firms in the U.S. The firm is celebrating its 125th anniversary.
Outlook 2018: Working Toward a Brighter Future

Outlook 2018: Working Toward a Brighter Future

SMACNA is excited about the coming year. We’re reaching out to serve and influence in new ways, raising awareness of the value SMACNA offers, and building on our strategic plan.