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Partnering with Contractors to Fill Their Needs

SMACNA Premier Partner Daikin Applied designs and manufactures technologically advanced commercial HVAC systems for customers around the world. Its parent company, Daikin Industries, has more than $17 billion in revenue, 67,000 employees, 90 production sites, and customers in more 150 countries.
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Empowering Company Employees to Reach Their Retirement Goals

Seven out of 10 civilian workers in the United States have access to employer-sponsored retirement benefits, according to 2017 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly 80 percent of employees with access to those retirement plans are participating in them.
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“Always Find Ways to be More Efficient” SMACNA Board Member: Thomas E. Martin of Cleveland

When Thomas E. Martin, president of T.H. Martin Inc., Cleveland, was attending Ohio University on a football scholarship, he wasn’t sure about following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather into the sheet metal industry.
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SMACNA Reminders

June 2018: Council of Chapter Representatives – June 10-12, Boston, Massachusetts; NJAB – June 25-27, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Anti-Davis Bacon Amendment Pulled Due to Overwhelming Opposition

Last week SMACNA sent Capitol Hill staff to the House offices and a delivered a pointed letter to the U.S. House of Representatives asking bipartisan allies to express vocal opposition to the anti-Davis-Bacon amendments that Rep. Steve King (R-4th-Iowa) was to offer to H.R. 5515 – The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA).
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Nominate a Deserving Company that Excels in Hearing-Loss Prevention

SMACNA Chapters have the opportunity to nominate a member firm for the 10th annual Safe-In-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award™ and put them in the running to receive national recognition for their safety and health efforts in hearing conservation.
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Guidelines for Social Media Etiquette

Social media can sometimes feel like the Wild West. It’s easy to lose control of the conversation. That’s why it’s important to follow some basic etiquette guidelines.
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China Still Subject to Steel Tariffs

The Trump administration will not lift new tariffs on steel and aluminum from China as part of a deal aimed at reducing the huge trade deficit with that country and addressing U.S. concerns about intellectual property theft, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Tuesday.
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Business Rights Attorney Tapped for Senior Labor Department Role

Michael Avakian, the principal member of the Washington, D.C. office of Atlanta-based Wimberly & Lawson, has been named Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Partners In Progress Newsletter Now Available

The latest edition of the Partners in Progress magazine, a cooperative effort between SMACNA and SMART, is now available.
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How Data Can Make Your Website Better

SMACNA chapter websites have a diverse audience—contractors, engineers, students—all with different interests and needs. Like SMACNA, a food bank serving Chicago and Cook County has a variety of audiences for their website—all with different interests and needs.
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Trending Now: 3% Pay Hikes

BNA Labor News reported a 3% average first-year increase in line with what is seen by SMACNA to date.
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IFUS Non-Member Contributor Names Needed

SMACNA is preparing the 2017 SMACN-IFUS Annual Report and is required to send a copy to Industry Fund of the United States’ non-member contributors.
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SMART and SMACNA Leaders Address TAUC Leadership Conference

SMACNA CEO Vincent Sandusky and SMART General President Joseph Sellers, together, delivered a dynamic presentation at the 2018 Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) Leadership Conference today.
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SMACNA’s Information Technology Guide Includes A Disaster Recovery Plan

More than 40 percent of construction companies do not have a dedicated information technology (IT) department, according to J.B. Knowledge’s Construction Technology Report. For small- and medium-sized specialty contractors, like most SMACNA members, that percentage is significantly higher.
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Beware of Your Customers Losing Their Energy Star Standing

In August, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to publish updated scores based on newer survey data that will include a larger proportion of energy-efficient buildings.
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Nucor Announces Plans to Build Sheet Metal Line at Arkansas Mill

Nucor Steel Arkansas is positioning to become a major supplier to the growing U.S. galvanized steel sheet metal market
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Urge Lawmakers Not to Ignore America’s Infrastructure Crisis

After decades of undependable funding, the National Park Service has an infrastructure repair backlog estimated at $11.6 billion (FY 2017) and could potentially create or support over 110,000 infrastructure industry jobs. SMACNA has urged Congress to do something about this problem. Now it’s your turn.
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SMACNA Making a Difference on Capitol Hill

SMACNA members and chapter executives made their voices heard on Capitol Hill last week at the CEA National Issues Conference, in Washington, D.C.
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Tips for Reading the Room Before a Presentation

The best way to read a room is to pay close attention to people — and not just what they’re saying.
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