Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association



Strategic thinking: A crucial leadership skill

To succeed in a constantly changing business environment, leaders need to reexamine the way they think about their business, their strategies, and their people. Join Jake Appelman, principal of FMI Corporation, on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, for his session, “Leadership and Strategic Thinking,” during SMACNA’s Annual Convention in Phoenix. He will explain why strategic thinking is a critical leadership skill. The early bird deadline ends July 15. Don’t miss your discount and register today.

New SMACNA safety programs: Decommissioning old buildings, blood-borne pathogens

Take advantage of two new model safety and health programs that SMACNA has just released: “Decommissioning of Laboratories, Industrial Facilities and Old Buildings” and “First Aid/Blood-borne Pathogens.”

Meet the Board: Art Williams of San Jose, Calif.

Art Williams, president of Air Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif., was elected to SMACNA’s Board of Directors on Sept. 30 at the close of SMACNA’s 72nd Annual Convention.

SMACNA advocates landmark energy legislation

SMACNA has spent many years pushing Congress to pass a variety of energy efficiency initiatives to benefit the residential, commercial, public, and industrial/manufacturing sectors. Therefore, SMACNA was elated when the House and Senate each passed complex energy packages late last year and earlier this spring.

Connect with Congress this summer

Take this time to educate them about the issues our industry supports—on composite plans, misclassification, energy efficiency, and more.

Prevent heat illness this summer!

Do you know the warning signs of heat illness? Employers need to protect workers from excessive heat. Use SMACNA’s free Heat Stress Tip Cards to educate your workforce to prevent heat-related illness this summer.

2016 sheet metal contract settlements

Chapters and contractors find information on contract settlements valuable to stay up-to-date on market trends and settlements.

Meets with…Sens. Cantwell and Murray of Washington

Members from the SMACNA Western Washington chapter met withSen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Capitol Hill to discuss issues facing the industry during the recent QCA National Issues Conference in Washington, D.C.

Meets with…Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia

Members of the Georgia-SMACNA chapter met with Rep. Rob Woodall (R-7th-Georgia) during the QCA National Issues Conference. They have met with Congressman Woodall many times over the years to support SMACNA contractors.

SMACNA welcomes new Southern California chapter

The memberships of Orange Empire SMACNA and SMACNA-Los Angeles have voted to form a single association covering their areas to become SMACNA Southern California Inc. Kevin O’Dorisio will be executive director of the new chapter.

SMACNA welcomes newest associate member

SMACNA welcomes returning Silver Patron Associate Member Sheet Metal Connectors Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.

SMACNA salutes 2016 winners for safety excellence

Each year, SMACNA recognizes our members for their outstanding performance in occupational safety and health through SMACNA’s Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP). This year’s results for the 2016 safety survey shows that safety and health are a high priority for SMACNA contractors.

New! HVAC Systems Expertise Newsletter Summer 2016

Read how a SMACNA contractor completed 24 percent more work on Samsung’s headquarters. Learn how a new Cleveland ordinance requiring fire life safety technicians be certified means more work for contractors. Find out how SMACNA research shows BIM brings profitability, new opportunities. And discover what lean design is all about—true collaboration, better outcomes.

June 2016 SMACNews

Inside this issue: Pension composite plans take center stage at National Issues Conference. Opening panels address fair pay, paid sick leave. New SMACNA’s HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics. Canadian firms recognized for safety excellence. SMACNA welcomes new Premier Partner Milwaukee Tool

Everyone wins with new Product Show auction

SMACNA’s Product Show and SMAC PAC are teaming up to provide more opportunities to support SMACNA’s legislative efforts. New this year, the Product Show will expand the auction activities by bringing them directly onto the trade show floor. It certainly will add an element of excitement too. This auction is in addition to the traditional PAC Auction on Monday night.

Pension composite plans take center stage at National Issues Conference

SMACNA contractors discussed the latest developments in crucial issues facing the industry—composite pension plans, misclassification of workers, infrastructure, and energy legislation—during the QCA National Issues Conference in Washington, D.C

SMACNA recognizes Canadian firms for safety excellence

SMACNA is proud to recognize Canadian member firms for their safety efforts in the inaugural SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program–Canada (SSEAP-C).

SMACNA welcomes new Premier Partner Milwaukee Tool

SMACNA is pleased to introduce the newest member to its Premier Partner Program—Milwaukee Tool of Brookfield, Wis.

President's Column: Viewing safety as part of the high-performer’s culture

Five years ago, I agreed to attend the Iowa Governor’s Safety Conference—as the keynote speaker. The message was about “turning the big ship.” It’s a story I hear more and more from companies that have successfully improved their safety outcomes. It’s about getting the job done safely, sending home every man and woman as healthy as they started the day.

NPF: No required contribution increases anticipated for 2018-2019

SMACNA is aware that in recent years, the majority of negotiated wage package increases in our industry have been allocated to benefit funds, including pension funds. Accordingly, there has been a great deal of interest in Sheet Metal Workers National Pension Fund (NPF) required contribution increases.