Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association



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.
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Trending Now: 3% Pay Hikes

BNA Labor News reported a 3% average first-year increase in line with what is seen by SMACNA to date.

IFUS Non-Member Contributor Names Needed

SMACNA is preparing the 2017 SMACN-IFUS Annual Report and is required to send a copy to Industry Fund of the United States’ non-member contributors.
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SMART and SMACNA Leaders Address TAUC Leadership Conference

SMACNA CEO Vincent Sandusky and SMART General President Joseph Sellers, together, delivered a dynamic presentation at the 2018 Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) Leadership Conference today.
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SMACNA’s Information Technology Guide Includes A Disaster Recovery Plan

More than 40 percent of construction companies do not have a dedicated information technology (IT) department, according to J.B. Knowledge’s Construction Technology Report. For small- and medium-sized specialty contractors, like most SMACNA members, that percentage is significantly higher.
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Beware of Your Customers Losing Their Energy Star Standing

In August, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to publish updated scores based on newer survey data that will include a larger proportion of energy-efficient buildings.
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Nucor Announces Plans to Build Sheet Metal Line at Arkansas Mill

Nucor Steel Arkansas is positioning to become a major supplier to the growing U.S. galvanized steel sheet metal market
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Urge Lawmakers Not to Ignore America’s Infrastructure Crisis

After decades of undependable funding, the National Park Service has an infrastructure repair backlog estimated at $11.6 billion (FY 2017) and could potentially create or support over 110,000 infrastructure industry jobs. SMACNA has urged Congress to do something about this problem. Now it’s your turn.