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Engage on Composite Plans at CEA National Issues Conference, May 8-10

Cary Franklin, founding principal, managing consultant, and actuary with Horizon Actuarial Services, will discuss Alternative Retirement Plan Designs: Risks and Rewards at the Construction Employers of America (CEA) National Issues Conference on Thursday morning, May 10.
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Meets with…Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York

NYC SMACNA chapter members John Contrubis (left), associate chapter executive of NYC SMACNA, and Sebastian Loaysa (right) of Accurate Specialty Metal Fabricators, were guests of Rep. Joseph Crowley’s (D-14th-NY), at the congressman’s seventh annual spring gala in New York City in March.
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Welcome New SMACNA Members

B and D Industries, BB Mechanical LLC, Five Star Mechanical Inc., and Law Heating and Cooling
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Residential Report: New Customer Service Manual Reinforces a Culture of Care

What if it were possible to identify and remove a potential barrier SMACNA contractors face in the residential market? SMACNA’s manual, Successful Customer Service Practices for HVAC Service and Retrofit Contractors, written specifically for residential contractors, illustrates a different way of looking at customer service when compared to commercial markets.
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“Learn Something New Every Day” — SMACNA Board Member: Gary G. Luthe Sr. of Cherry Hill, N.J.

SMACNA Board member Gary G. Luthe Sr., president and CEO of Luthe Sheet Metal Inc. in Cherry Hill, N.J., embraced the sheet metal trade from the bottom up. Gary started as a young apprentice and worked his way through the trades to build his own successful sheet metal business.
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New Member Benefit: SMACNA Connect

Attendees at SMACNA conventions often say that one of the main reasons they keep coming back to the annual convention is because they value the relationships they’ve made with their fellow SMACNA members in years past.
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SMACNA Reminders

May 2018: Safety Surveys Due May 4; Financial Boot Camp – May 6-9, Tempe, Ariz.; CEA National Issues Conference – May 8-10, Washington, D.C.; Leadership Development Program – May 21-24, Chapel Hill, N.C.
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SMACNA Urges House to Reject Davis-Bacon Act Repeal Amendment

In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, SMACNA urged the members to vocally oppose all anti-Davis-Bacon amendments to H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-4th-Iowa).
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Tell Us About Your Partnership with Labor

Here’s your opportunity to rank the quality of your area’s labor/management partnership efforts. The annual SMART-SMACNA Labor/Management Cooperation Survey is now available and the Best Practices Market Expansion Task Force would like as many contractors and chapters as possible to complete the survey so they can track the changes in partnership growth and efforts.
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Be Prepared for Department of Labor Audits

Federal contractors are always subject to being audited under the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
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Building Trades Legislative Conference Emphasizes Infrastructure

More than 2,000 construction workers and industry leaders joined forces at the North American Building Trades Union 2018 Legislative Conference last week where NABTU President Sean McGarvey called for action saying that “the nation’s infrastructure is in critical need of renewal.”
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Last Chance for Wednesday’s Crew-Cost Webcast

Time is running out for chapters and contractors to register for Wednesday’s Crew-Cost Webcast. Attendees will get a detailed look at crew-cost methodology and the financial consequences resulting from their local bargaining agreement.
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Council Agenda Now Available

Get a head start on the upcoming Council of Chapter Representatives Meeting, June 10-12, 2018, by reviewing the meeting agenda and discussion items.
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National Signing Day for Students Heading into the Trades? What a Great Idea!

One of the most exciting moments for a student-athlete is signing a national letter of intent. Kids, surrounded by friends, parents, coaches, and teachers take this extraordinary step into the world of college athletics with much celebration and fanfare.
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Chapter in the News: SMACNA Hawaii Installs New President and Board ​

Kyong Tae Chang, president of Preferred Mechanical, along with six other Hawaii member contractors were installed at the Sheet Metal Contractors Association (SMCA) of Hawaii’s bi-annual installation event, April 14. The installed officers will serve two-year terms.
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Plan Now for National Safety Stand-Down Week

SMACNA member Limbach Company has big plans for National Safety Stand-Down Week, May 7 to 11.
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Contractors Should Sign Up for Next Week’s Crew-Cost Webcast

Contractors interested in learning about the consequences of their chapter and local union’s bargaining agreement to adopt the crew-cost method will want to attend SMACNA’s second webcast for a more detailed overview of the process.
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The New Tax Law Has BIG Changes to Expensing Energy Efficient HVAC, Roofing and Lighting Retrofits, and Equipment

As of this year, the costs of certain energy efficiency improvements can now be immediately deducted as business expenses rather than recovered far more gradually through decades-long depreciation schedules.
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Been Thinking About Serving on SMACNA’s Board of Directors?

The Director Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for SMACNA's Board of Directors.
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