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UMEC: Heavy weight contractor for Herculean task

A project for Solar Turbines in San Diego required SMACNA contractor University Mechanical and Engineering Contractors, Inc. (UMEC), an EMCOR Company, of El Cajon, Calif., to do some seriously heavy lifting.
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Duct Fabricators helps clean up Lake Erie by going underground

SMACNA Cleveland’s Duct Fabricators Inc., based in Cleveland, Ohio, is helping keep roughly 4 billion gallons of untreated waste out of Lake Erie every year with its work on the $73 million Easterly Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station (ETDPS) project, one of the largest combined sewer pump station projects in the United States.
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Good news: Nuclear capacity projected to increase by 2020

Despite the closure of four nuclear power plants in the past four years and the scheduled retirement of aging plants by 2019, the planned addition of more than 5,000 megawatts (MW) of nuclear power by 2020 could result in an increase of total U.S. nuclear capacity, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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SMACNA’s Industrial Committee: Here to serve you

The industrial marketplace is a conglomeration of many types of work: food, pharmaceutical, steel, petroleum/chemical, automotive, pulp and paper, power generation, coal, agricultural, steel, hospitals, and laboratories, to name only a few.
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2016 Industrial Market Outlook: Attractive, profitable, robust

Overall industrial construction activity has increased from 2014 and is projected to continue to rally throughout 2016, according to FMI’s “2016 U.S. Markets Construction Overview.” However, the recent increase and crash in oil and gas prices, as well as other factors, have combined to create an industrial construction market that is growing, but not ready to live up to its expected promise.
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The POWER Act introduced in Congress

In early February, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representatives Tom Reed (R-23rd-NY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-3rd-OR) introduced the Senate (S. 1516) and House (H.R. 2657) versions of The Power Resiliency and Efficiency (POWER) Act, which would improve the federal tax incentives for industrial energy efficiency applications, such as combined heat and power (CHP).
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Seattle contractor gets into hot water to warm Amazon campus

When Seattle-based SMACNA contractor McKinstry recently got into hot water, the company was not in trouble. Rather, it was undertaking an innovative “green” project that saves enough energy annually to keep 365 Seattle homes warm or 80 million kilowatt hours of energy over the next 25 years.
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Tax credits for CHP and WHP: Win-win

Conventional power generation is inefficient. In fact, more than two-thirds of fuel inputs are lost as wasted heat in the process of making electricity. Additional losses occur when electricity is transferred from a central power plant to the end user.
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Do you really know your fellow industrial contractors?

A recent survey of SMACNA’s industrial contractors revealed what type of work they do, what type of work they’ve lost, and why. Take a look at their answers.
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British Columbia contractor makes ‘green’ red hot

When CO Apparel’s facility burned to the ground, a “green” project to recover the waste steam heat suddenly became red hot. With only five months to complete design and construction, DEC Engineering brought in SMACNA British Columbia’s Northwest Sheet Metal Ltd. based in Surry, B.C.
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Build your foundation in industrial ventilation

Brush up on your proficiency in industrial ventilation systems concepts and design at the North Carolina Industrial Ventilation Conference, Raleigh, N.C.,May 2-6. It is custom designed for industrial experts including sheet metal workers, safety personnel, industrial hygienists, and maintenance personnel.
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Advanced technologies are growing manufacturing sector

New methods of extracting power from waste heat and producing both heat and power from a single source are playing a growing role in cutting America’s electricity consumption, driving down emissions, and improving the country’s industrial competitiveness.
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Don’t be shy! Tell us about your industrial projects

Working on a large industrial project or doing service work on a certain plant? Tell us about it—and it could be featured in SMACNA’s Industrial Sheet Metal Insights newsletter. Our contractors love to hear what other contractors are doing.
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