Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


SMACNA Bookstore Launches with Friendlier Design

To provide customers with the best user experience, SMACNA has redesigned the online bookstore with a new layout that makes it easier for users to find just the right book in seconds.
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Students Refine Duct Construction Skills at SMACNA’s Technical University

SMACNA contractors actively engaged in hands-on learning about SMACNA’s most prominent standards during SMACNA’s two-day Technical University held in April at the Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity’s new chapter headquarters in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

Welcome New Associate Member

SMACNA welcomes returning Bronze Associate Member ALAN Manufacturing Inc. of Wooster, Ohio.
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Contractor in the News: MG McGrath Honored for Speed Art Museum Work

The Metal Construction Association recently presented the Chairman’s Award to SMACNA member MG McGrath, Maplewood, Minnesota, for their sleek wall panel work on the renovation to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Next Generation: SMACNA Chapters are Attracting New Talent into the Trades

What is the best way to attract new talent into the sheet metal and HVAC trades?

Project Managers Learn to Take Charge at Project Managers Institute

Attendees of SMACNA’s Project Managers Institute perfected their project management skills including leadership, financial management, and project planning during SMACNA’s sold-out course in Raleigh, N.C., in April.

SMACNA’s Financial Survey Report Shows Companies Where They Stand

Many members consider SMACNA’s Financial Survey Report an essential industry resource—to benchmark their company’s performance, analyze key metrics, and justify costs—to improve their profitability and cash flow.

Capitol Hill Update: House Passes FAA Airport Infrastructure Bill; Davis-Bacon Repeal Crushed

After years of short-term, last-minute extensions to the nation’s airport operation and maintenance program, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4) extending FAA programs for another five years through 2023.

Contractors Asked to Keep Up the Momentum to Pass the GROW Act

SMACNA continues to be a leading advocate on Capitol Hill urging action by Congress this year to pass the Giving Retirement Options to Workers Act (the GROW Act, H.R. 4997), endorsing composite plans as a multiemployer pension option.
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Meets with…Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania

In addition to the flag presentation, Rep. Fitzpatrick discussed industry issues at the recent dinner with members of the SMCA Philadelphia chapter including Bill Reardon, chapter executive director, and Peter Jenkins, director of labor relations.
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President’s Column: Leadership Thoughts

When I started penning this issue’s column on leadership, I took a bit of time to think about the “big picture.” Many of you business owners know what that includes—four generations of ownership, expectations of employees, staff morale, company trajectory, and leadership development—these are the topics that keep many of us up at night, but for me, they get me excited about the future prospects of my company.

Partnering with Contractors to Fill Their Needs

SMACNA Premier Partner Daikin Applied designs and manufactures technologically advanced commercial HVAC systems for customers around the world. Its parent company, Daikin Industries, has more than $17 billion in revenue, 67,000 employees, 90 production sites, and customers in more 150 countries.
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“Always Find Ways to be More Efficient” SMACNA Board Member: Thomas E. Martin of Cleveland

When Thomas E. Martin, president of T.H. Martin Inc., Cleveland, was attending Ohio University on a football scholarship, he wasn’t sure about following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather into the sheet metal industry.
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Anti-Davis Bacon Amendment Pulled Due to Overwhelming Opposition

Last week SMACNA sent Capitol Hill staff to the House offices and a delivered a pointed letter to the U.S. House of Representatives asking bipartisan allies to express vocal opposition to the anti-Davis-Bacon amendments that Rep. Steve King (R-4th-Iowa) was to offer to H.R. 5515 – The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA).
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Nominate a Deserving Company that Excels in Hearing-Loss Prevention

SMACNA Chapters have the opportunity to nominate a member firm for the 10th annual Safe-In-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™ and put them in the running to receive national recognition for their safety and health efforts in hearing conservation.
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Guidelines for Social Media Etiquette

Social media can sometimes feel like the Wild West. It’s easy to lose control of the conversation. That’s why it’s important to follow some basic etiquette guidelines.

China Still Subject to Steel Tariffs

The Trump administration will not lift new tariffs on steel and aluminum from China as part of a deal aimed at reducing the huge trade deficit with that country and addressing U.S. concerns about intellectual property theft, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Tuesday.
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Business Rights Attorney Tapped for Senior Labor Department Role

Michael Avakian, the principal member of the Washington, D.C. office of Atlanta-based Wimberly & Lawson, has been named Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Partners In Progress Newsletter Now Available

The latest edition of the Partners in Progress magazine, a cooperative effort between SMACNA and SMART, is now available.

How Data Can Make Your Website Better

SMACNA chapter websites have a diverse audience—contractors, engineers, students—all with different interests and needs. Like SMACNA, a food bank serving Chicago and Cook County has a variety of audiences for their website—all with different interests and needs.