Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


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Architecture Firms Report Solid Growth for Seven Straight Months

Architecture firm billings rose for the seventh consecutive month, with the pace of growth in April increasing modestly from March, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) May Architecture Billings Index (ABI).

Using Design to Eliminate Injuries Before They Occur

One of the best ways to prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is to minimize hazards and risks in the design stage of a building’s life cycle. SMACNA is involved in the national initiative, Prevention through Design (PtD), that promotes eliminating hazards and controlling risks to workers “at the source” or through design.
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Breaking News: Trump Revokes Steel Tariff Reprieve

America’s closest allies plan to slap billions of dollars in tit-for-tat tariffs on U.S. goods after the Trump administration announced it’s imposing steel and aluminum duties on them.
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Sports Stadiums Help Lead the Way to Greener Architecture

In recent years, sports stadiums have become showcases for green design. An added benefit of environmentally friendly arenas is they are cheaper to operate.
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Keeping Tabs on Online Home Searches Helps Predict the Next Affordable Housing Markets

Redfin provides some interesting market data that can help contractors gauge market growth or decline (if you believe in the data). One of the insightful trends Redfin tracks is its users’ online home searches. Home searches are a leading indicator of moves, according to Redfin senior economist Taylor Marr.
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Safe Summer Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices

For many, travel reaches its highest point during the summer months. There are precautions you should take when traveling with your smart phone, tablet, or other device, as they are all full-fledged computers and susceptible to a multitude of online risks.

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.
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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.