Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


The Sheraton co-gen plant is the largest in Hawaii.

Industrial: Hawaii Hotel Co-gen Plant Produces Electricity From Waste Heat

A new co-generation plant is supporting energy conservation and savings by producing electricity and hot water for a beachside hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii.
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Residential: The Beauty of Maintenance Programs and Why Contractors Should Offer Them

Many residential service business can start, grow, and profit handsomely by implementing a solid maintenance agreement program.
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HVAC: Powering Up the Historic Power and Light Building

Retrofitting older buildings often comes with a host of challenges, and at least a few surprises. Not so much for the MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions team that upgraded the HVAC mechanical systems in the historic Power and Light Building in Portland, Oregon.
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Architectural: New ITI Strike Force Wall Paneling Training Makes Major Projects Possible

What do architectural sheet metal contractors do when a project comes along, and they have the craftspersons, but they need to immediately increase specific skills levels to install certain types of metal wall paneling? Where do SMACNA architectural sheet metal contractors turn?
SMACNA President Jack Knox (left) and Sen. Doug Jones

CEA National Issues Conference: Doing Nothing is Not an Option!

The annual CEA National Issues Conference, May 8-10, in Washington, D.C., brought together an impressive group of legislators, policy experts, and contractors to share opinions and strategies on multiemployer pension plans, infrastructure investment, paid family and sick leave, energy efficiency, tax reform, and more.

Capitol Hill Update: SMACNA Endorses and Urges Action on Master Limited Partnership Parity Act

The recently introduced Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (H.R. 4118), would greatly expand financing options for energy-saving performance contracts (ESPCs), building retrofits, industrial market efficiency projects, and combined heat and power/waste heat to power (CHP/WHP) systems.
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President's Column: The "Super Bowl" Event of the Year

SMACNA’s Annual Convention is a game-changer for me because it takes me out of my daily routine and opens my eyes to new opportunities while motivating me to focus on the future.
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Virtual Design and Construction: Visualizing and Designing a Better Building

Using Virtual Design in Construction (VDC), sheet metal and HVAC contractors can achieve greater efficiencies and enhanced quality controls throughout the life of their project—touching everything from budgeting to procuring materials to scheduling.

SMACNA Member Serious About Saving Energy

Steel manufacturing is a highly competitive and energy-intensive business, which is why SMACNA member ArcelorMittal has to save energy to set it apart and protect its bottom line.
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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.

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.

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.