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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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