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Are you working like Fred Flintstone in a George Jetson World?

Drowning in a sea of paper? Interested in increasing efficiency and reducing costs? Like to use your website to bring in customers?Are you ready to control the chaos? Make plans to attend SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention, October 16-19, in Phoenix at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. Check the web page for complete program details. Early Bird Savings End July 15.
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May 2016 SMACNews

Inside this issue: SMACNA cheers energy policy. Safety SmartMarket report reveals dynamic changes. Senate approves airport infrastructure bill. College of Fellows welcomes new members.
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Product Show exhibit space open to SMACNA members

Ever considered selling your products, custom fabrication, and services to your fellow SMACNA contractors? Why, they could turn out to be some of your best customers.
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SMACNA cheers: Energy policy nears passage

After nearly a decade of discussion and gridlock, the U.S. Senate finally passed a bill with residential, commercial, industrial, and public energy efficiency provisions that would stimulate construction activity and upgrade the power grid supporting our economy for years to come.
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Safety SmartMarket report reveals dynamic changes

The findings of the latest SmartMarket Report on safety management show that a higher number of general contractors and trade contractors report that they are experiencing benefits from their safety investments. As the ability to retain and attract staff is becoming more important to remain competitive, a safe workplace is a requirement for all business owners.
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College of Fellows welcomes new members

SMACNA’s College of Fellows elected five new members at its recent meeting.
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SMACNA donates to ASHRAE research

SMACNA is proud to support ASHRAE’s 2016 Research Promotion Campaign. Continuing its annual support, SMACNA contributed to the ASHRAE research project “Additional testing of duct fittings to determine loss coefficients.”
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President's Column: Who fits?

How do we find employees who fit our organization?
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Building powerful project management skills at PMI

Participants in SMACNA’s Project Managers Institute in Raleigh, N.C, in April strengthened their project management skills and proficiency.
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Senate approves airport infrastructure bill

In a positive—and long-awaited—development for airport construction, the U.S. Senate recently approved, by an overwhelming 95-3 vote, legislation that would extend the federal airport program. The bill features a big increase in construction grants.
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Meets with…Rep. Van Hollen of Maryland

SMACNA’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter and SMACNA National Capitol Hill staff met with U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-8th-Md.) recently in Washington, D.C.
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Put your best foot forward when appearing before the NJAB

The National Joint Adjustment Board for the Sheet Metal Industry (NJAB) will meet in Pittsburgh and San Francisco this year.
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Understand new OSHA silica rule with free webinar

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a new standard to improve protections for construction workers exposed to silica dust.
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Construction among occupations at risk for a labor shortage

Construction is one of the U.S. occupations at greatest risk of a labor shortage, according to a Conference Board report released in April. In its analysis, the corporate research organization ranked 457 occupations including railroad engineers, machinists, mathematicians, occupational therapists, and other workers.
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Grow your profits in the residential service and retrofit sector

There are many challenges for those venturing into the residential/light commercial service and replacement market. Those challenges also apply to contractors already there and who are looking to improve existing operations.
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Meet the Board: Danny Dillon of Ottawa, Ontario

New SMACNA Board member Danny Dillon, president and CEO of Dilfo Mechanical Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, was elected to a four-year term on SMACNA’s Board of Directors in October.
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Contractors invited to become SMOHIT Safety Champions

Designed to help improve your safety culture, the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute (SMOHIT) is sponsoring a Safety Champions Conference on Sept. 11-13 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The conference will focus on safety cultures in the sheet metal industry.
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Take action and meet with your lawmakers

Your members of Congress need to hear your opinions about the industry. Meet your legislators when they are in your home district during recess. Educate them and help them pass the legislation that’s good for the industry and your business
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SMACNA Members Get Discount on MCAA’s New Book

SMACNA members will receive a substantial discount when they purchase MCAA’s updated publication: “Change Orders · Productivity · Overtime--A Primer for the Construction Industry.”
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CEA Issues Statement on Central States Decision

The Construction Employers of America is deeply concerned by the Treasury Department’s decision to reject the hard choice the Central States joint labor and management trustees made that would have ensured long-term solvency of the Central States Pension Fund. Mr. Feinberg’s decision creates greater uncertainty for the Trustees, an even more precarious situation for pension recipients, and a very real possibility that deeper cuts will be necessary.
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