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SMACNA’s 75th Annual Convention travels to San Diego

This is the start of a special anniversary year for the convention and the association with some very special activities planned. SMACNA journeys to the renowned seaport of San Diego for our 75th Annual Convention at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina, Oct. 14-17, 2018.
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SMACNA member testifies at U.S. Capitol on bipartisan multiemployer pension proposal

On Jan. 9, U.S. Reps. Phil Roe (R-1st-Tenn.) and Donald Norcross (D-1st N.J.) hosted a bipartisan roundtable discussion at the U.S. Capitol where they unveiled the Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) plan, a bipartisan effort heavily supported by SMACNA designed to modernize and strengthen the multiemployer pension system for the future.
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Meets with…Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York

Representatives of NYC SMACNA recently attended a reception at the home of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-12th-N.Y.). Rep. Maloney has been a longtime supporter of the construction industry and spoke at the CEA National Issues Conference.
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Council of Chapter Reps discuss safety, recruiting apprentices

Members of SMACNA’s Council of Chapter Representatives met in Tucson, Ariz., in December to discuss and examine current industry issues and emerging trends such as managing safety through technology, recruitment programs, and how contractors can get paid on time.
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Capitol Hill Update: Congress passes $1.5 trillion tax package

After narrowly approving their respective House and Senate versions of H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” the U.S. House and Senate met in conference to draft and pass a compromise version on Dec. 20, just in time for the pre-Christmas adjournment deadline.
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Resolve to influence your lawmakers this year

The industry needs your voice and Congress needs to hear directly from industry leaders like you. This year, SMACNA requests that you consider sharing your experiences and views with your lawmakers to win their support for legislation that affects our industry.
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Introducing Chapter Peer Groups

More than 25 chapter executives met at the SMACNA Annual Convention in Maui and discussed forming chapter Peer Groups. As a result of this session, the first Chapter Peer Group was established.
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Browse the Winter Edition of Partners in Progress Magazine

Browse the current issue of Partners in Progress magazine. Articles in this issue include: The Marketing Effect of Expertise Logos; Residential Rebates Expand Work Opportunities; Building a Workforce; and more.
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Chapter in the News: Putting smiles on kid's faces

The holidays this year will be a little brighter for the brave children at Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio, thanks to the big hearts of the members of SMACNA-Cleveland and Sheet Metal Workers Local 33.
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Construction growth outlook good for 2018

Looking ahead to 2018, FMI continues to forecast a 5 percent increase in total construction spending over 2017.
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Ernest D. Menold Inc. celebrates 70-year milestone

Ernest D. Menold Inc., Lester, Pa., one of the largest sheet metal contractors in Philadelphia, is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
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Meet SMACNA’s Director Nominating Committee

SMACNA President Jack Knox recently made appointments to the SMACNA Director Nominating Committee. These appointees join five other members who were elected during SMACNA’s business meeting at the annual convention in Maui this October.
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SMACNA members represented in ENR Top 600

Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine published its annual Top 600 Specialty Contractor “who’s who” industry rankings in October. Fourteen SMACNA members made it into the top 20 sheet metal ranks in 2017.
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Holidays observed

The SMACNA National offices will be closed for Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 1.
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Labor Forum: Creating solutions together

During the recent Labor Forum at SMACNA’s 74th Annual Convention in Maui, SMART General President Joseph Sellers updated contractors on the pension fund, the SMART Heroes program, workforce development, millennials, the new SMART Capital program, and women in the trades.
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Capitol Hill Update: SMACNA endorses timely change order payments, nuclear transparency

​“Payment for Performance Act” will relieve contractor headaches ꟷ SMACNA enthusiastically supports the “Small Business Payment for Performance Act of 2017” (H.R. 2594), which would put reforms in place to pay federal contractors more quickly for change orders.
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“Mechanical Insulation Act” will spur retrofits in high-performing buildings

Innovative bipartisan legislation to stimulate efficiency retrofits of manufacturing, industrial, and related facilities, “The Mechanical Insulation Installation Act of 2017” (H.R. 3349), has recently been introduced in the House with SMACNA’s enthusiastic support.
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Meets with…Labor Secretary Acosta, Rep. King, and Rep. Velazquez

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta met with members of SMACNA and SMART during a recent tour of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 100 Apprenticeship Training Center in Suitland, Md.
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President’s Column: Time to invest in your partnership with labor

During the Great Depression, my great-grandfather started our family business in Atlanta, when businesses were either failing or extremely unethical. One of his founding principles was “integrity.” A little integrity can go a long way in building a solid partnership and establishing mutual trust.
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Safety Champions Conference: Offers safety best practices, networking

Don’t miss the chance to be part of unique labor–management safety discussions at the Safety Champions Conference, Feb. 25 to 27, at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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