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OSHA announces new construction standard for silica

On March 24, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. The final rule is written as two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime.
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Paid sick leave: Make union contractors exempt

Arguing for an exemption for unionized construction contractors, SMACNA commented on President Barak Obama’s proposed new rule on mandatory paid sick leave for federal contractors.
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Meet the Board: Hank Artlip of Aurora, Ill.

New SMACNA Board member Hank Artlip, president of Artlip and Sons Inc., Aurora, Ill. was elected to a four-year term to the Board of Directors this past October. Mr. Artlip believes in giving back to the industry, in sharing his time and experience, and actively helping improve the sheet metal and HVAC industry. We asked him to share his thoughts about life, business, and advice he would give to others.
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President’s Column: An unbeatable opportunity to learn from others

I know it’s only April, but I can’t help but share my enthusiasm for this year’s Annual Convention in Phoenix, the Valley of the Sun, Oct. 16 through Oct. 19.
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Daniel Rodriguez: From the edge of war to victory on the football field

U.S. soldier, Purple Heart winner, and Bronze Star winner Daniel Rodriguez has endured an incredible journey. After surviving the bloodiest clash in Afghanistan, he left the military and walked on the Clemson football field to fulfill a promise to a friend who died on the battlefield.
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New Horizons Foundation

We’re entering the era of customer service—a critical element in winning contracts and gaining repeat business.
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SMACNA and SMART search for solutions to market barriers

SMACNA and labor partner SMART are embarking on a new market research and development project to better understand how to effectively overcome barriers to increased market share for the signatory union sheet metal industry.
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Contractors in the News: Carol Duncan, Kelly Eustace recognized for industry leadership

SMACNA member Carol Duncan’s family-run company, General Sheet Metal Works, Clackamas, Ore., was recently named one of Oregon’s “100 Best Companies to Work for 2016” by Oregon Business magazine.
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Contractor in the News: Welsch Heating and Cooling is “best of the best”

SMACNA member Welsch Heating and Cooling of St. Louis was named Residential Contractor of the Year by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) in early March.
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Chapter in the News: SMACNA Western Washington rehabs homeless shelter

The SMACNA Western Washington Chapter is passionate about giving back to the community and they recently did just that. The chapter and SMACNA member MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions Inc., Seattle, helped renovate a local homeless shelter for youth and young adults.
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Chapter in the News: SMACNA Mid-Atlantic testifies at Maryland House hearing

SMACNA Board member Frank Battaglino, president of Metro Test and Balance Inc., Capitol Heights, Md., and SMACNA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Executive Bernie Brill recently testified during a hearing before the Maryland General Assembly’s Economic Matters Committee in Annapolis, Md., to oppose the proposed new law “Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program” (HBO740), on mandated paid sick leave.
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Meets with…Rep. David Young of Iowa

Meets-Rep-David-YoungSMACNA contractor and Legislative Committee member Bill Johnson, president, Berglund Sheet Metal Inc., Urbandale, Iowa, (left) recently met with Rep. David Young (R-3rd-Iowa) at a reception and fundraiser in Des Moines.
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Meet SMACNA’s new 2016 Associate Members

SMACNA welcomes these new and returning Associate Members for 2016.
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