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Construction Outlook: Second Quarter 2018 Going Strong

Total engineering and construction spending for the U.S. is forecast to end up 6 percent in 2018, compared to up 4 percent in 2017.
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Tariff Relief Can Mean Sharing Company Secrets

Exemptions from the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are requiring U.S. manufacturers to expose competitive information to rivals, customers, and U.S. metal producers.
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SMACNA Is Working to Eliminate Trade Association PAC Prior Approval Forms

Ever wonder why SMACNA keeps asking you to sign a political action committee prior approval form before we ask you for a contribution to SMAC PAC?
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SMACNA Premier Partners Bring Knowledge and Expertise to the Meeting

Mike Bailey, vice president of sales for Mestek Machinery, was in Cleveland, Ohio last week and paid an informal visit to Tom Martin, President of T. H. Martin Inc.
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OSHA Reminder: All Employers Must Meet Electronic Reporting Deadline

July 1, 2018 is the deadline for employers with 20 to 249 employees in one establishment to electronically file Form 300A data covering calendar year 2017.
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Recruiting Women: A Woman On a Mission

Even in this day and age, finding a female millennial sheet metal apprentice is rare. Find one like 25-year-old Catie Rogers and you struck gold.
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June Council Meeting Report Available

​SMACNA’s Council of Chapter Representatives met in Boston earlier this month to discuss current industry issues, examine market opportunities, and exchange ideas in open forums.
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Contractor Spotlight: From Sheet Metal Fabrication to a Lean, Mean, Donut-Making Machine

The workers of KSM Metal Fabrication, in Troy, Ohio, recently traded in their hard hats for oven mitts and jumped on the bandwagon to make donuts for a good cause.
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5 Ways Construction Companies Can Retain the Best

To stand out from competitors and win "the war for talent," construction companies should take an introspective look at their recruiting and retention practices.
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Protect Your Workers in Hot Weather—Get SMACNA’s Heat Stress Cards

With the hot summer months and heightened work schedules, SMACNA contractors are urged to provide workers with information and training on the real health hazards of working in hot environments.
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Contractors can expect more wiggle room from SBA

On June 5, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that gives the Small Business Administration (SBA) increased flexibility and oversight in lending practices related to the SBA's 7(a) loan program.
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SMACNews Update

You may have noticed a new version of SMACNews in your email inbox, but just wait until you see it in print. The newly redesigned SMACNews print edition will be arriving through the mail this week and it is sure to turn a few heads with the new, distinctive look and a significant increase in content.
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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).
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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.
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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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