SMACNA president Nathan L. Dills delivered a keynote speech during the general session of the second SMART General Convention on Tuesday, August 13 at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas.
He highlighted the health of the unionized sheet metal industry and how to continue to move forward, painting a picture that the future looks energy efficient, technology-driven, modular, diverse, safe, drug free, well trained, valuable, better than non-union counterparts, and on-time and on-budget.
“We must always be forward looking – always forward, never back,” he said
Dills focused on the theme of togetherness and how, in order to survive and thrive in this industry, both contractors and union members need each other, stressing that the old attitude of us-versus-them is counterproductive.
He said that the importance of working together is a focus in the new strategic plan moving forward. “We must continue to work together to grow market share, which grows union membership and gives contractors the opportunity to grow...One cannot survive without the other – we are interdependent and must have confidence and trust in each other.”
This trust and togetherness will ideally lead to growth in numbers of members and contractors, and an increase in revenues, funds and wages. And, in order to maintain this growth and sustain our industry, we must keep up with technology and invest in the younger generation.