Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


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Serving Up Politics at a New England Clambake

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has been a longtime supporter of SMACNA members’ and their issues ranging from Davis Bacon to energy efficiency to infrastructure.
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Old Buildings Can Achieve High Marks

Buildings can achieve high performance regardless of age, according to the latest study from the U.S. General Services Administration.
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New Wage Settlements Report Available

The Construction Labor Research Council’s (CLRC) Settlements Report from January through June 2018 is now available.
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Fight Rising Steel Prices with Lean

Many sheet metal distributors didn’t waste time passing along steel price increases that they blamed on the new 25 percent tariff on imported steel entering the U.S.
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Large U.S. Manufacturers Make Commitments to Save Energy and Reduce Emissions

The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency released a report in June called Committed to Savings: Major U.S. Manufacturers Set Public Goals for Energy Efficiency.
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Stay Profitable in an Unstable Economy

When asked how his firm is preparing for a cyclical downturn in the economy, SMACNA member George L. “Butch” Welsch told The ACHR NEWS magazine, “The most important thing we have done to prepare for a recession is to change the mix of our business from predominantly new residential construction to only 30 percent new residential construction, and 70 percent service, replacement, and architectural sheet metal.”

New Report Aims to Eliminate Injuries

One of the best ways to prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is to "design out" or minimize hazards and risks. A national initiative called Prevention through Design (PtD) promotes this concept.
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Get Free Access* to SMACNA’s Technical eLibrary

The dynamic search tools allow you to search through all the manuals in a few seconds. Helpful filters enable you to narrow a search by type, keyword, and title. Cross-referenced text and links take you to referenced sections and tables.
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SMACNA’s Newest Premier Partner

SMACNA is pleased to welcome Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, to its Premier Partner Program, our sixth Premier Partner. The exclusive Premier Partner program connects SMACNA members to leading companies in the sheet metal and HVAC industry.

SMACNA Reminders

July 2018: July 15, Convention Registration Discount Expiration Date; September 2018: Sept. 9-11, NJAB, Minneapolis, Minnesota; October 2018: Oct. 14-17, Annual Convention, San Diego, California

Welcome New Members

SMACNA welcomes these new members into the SMACNA family.

Business Insurance for Contractors

SMACNews asked Federated Insurance National Account Executive Jack West how they can meet SMACNA members’ business insurance and risk management needs.
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Financial Boot Camp: Taking the Mystery Out of Financials

“I try to take a lot of the mystery out of the financial process, so attendees can play with financial information, and really make it work for them.” said John Murdough, CPA, MBA.
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Know How to Protect Your Workers from Falling

By law, employers must set up their work places to prevent employees from falling off platforms, ladders, and elevated work stations or into holes in floors and walls.

Executive Leadership Development Program is Developing Future SMACNA Stars

Industry executives and business owners from around the country learned how leaders can effect meaningful change in their organizations during SMACNA’s recent Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Members: Have a Say in SMACNA’s Economic Response Plan

SMACNA is requesting that members share their thoughts and experiences by July 27 with their chapter executives on what labor and management need to work on together, so the industry can survive and thrive during challenging economic times.

Becoming a Person of Influence with New Advanced Project Managers Institute

SMACNA’s new Advanced Project Managers Institute is being held in Raleigh, N.C., this October. The course takes project managers beyond the basics and helps them learn how to proactively lead others, work from their personal strengths, manage productivity, and resolve project issues more effectively.

Meets with...Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa

Paul Elgatian (right), executive director of the llowa Sheet Metal Contractors Association, discussed issues facing the construction industry with Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-2nd-Iowa) at a meeting on Capitol Hill during the CEA National Issues Conference in Washington, D.C.
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SMACNA Adds Senior Project Manager

Patrick J. Brooks, MBA, PE, new senior project manager with SMACNA’s Technical Resources Department, brings more than 30 years of industry experience to SMACNA National. With his extensive knowledge, Brooks is an exceptional resource for SMACNA members and staff.
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“Focus on What’s Important” SMACNA Board Member: James M. Morgan of Ashland, Massachusetts

When SMACNA Board member James M. Morgan, president and CEO of Worcester Air Conditioning LLC, Ashland, Mass., bought the company ten years ago, he had little experience in construction, but plenty of experience as a successful entrepreneur. With a history of running several businesses, he credits the technical expertise of his staff with helping make his transition to construction a success.