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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.