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Contractors Discuss Industry Issues at South/Southwest – Northeast States Conference

Apr 11, 2019

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SMACNA members and chapter executives learned the latest news about SMACNA’s strategic plan, industry hot topics, and the state of pension reform during the joint South/Southwest – Northeast States Sheet Metal Contractors Conference from April 3-7.

SMACNA National President Nathan Dills discussed the current state of the industry as well as SMACNA’s 75th anniversary. Dills and Sandusky also moderated a general session on industry hot topics where participants deliberated business succession planning and the need for training for detailers and CADD operators.

SMACNA CEO Vince Sandusky shared an update with the 105 participants on the progress SMACNA National has made toward accomplishing SMACNA’s strategic objectives. “We’ve instituted a more coordinated approach to labor relations and established an effective communications program to increase our engagement with SMACNA members and key audiences. These audiences include public policymakers, design officials and the code community,” he said.

“We are also supporting members and chapters’ efforts to attract qualified candidates to the industry, including both craft and non-craft personnel,” Sandusky continued. “And we are partnering with chapters to provide better and more complete services to chapters.”

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Sandusky also discussed the status of the current pension reform proposals in Congress and the outlook for pension reform in the coming year, including multiemployer plans, and how these proposals would affect SMACNA members.

Mark Terzigni, SMACNA ‘s director of engineering and technical services also shared the latest technical updates.