Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

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Many important SMACNA issues await 2017

Pension reform - While the odds appeared favorable for including the Composite Plan Design proposal as part of the Continuing Resolution (CR) process after the election, the U.S. Congress did not act before adjourning in 2016.
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SMACNews Special Edition — 2016 Year in Review

SMACNA produced a multitude of great products and services for our members in 2016. We’ve selected the best-of-the best so you can select what’s right for you. Follow the links below to the best-in-class education, technical manuals, labor relations services, safety products, advocacy on Capitol Hill, and much more. SMACNA is dedicated to giving you the competitive advantage.
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Meet the Board: Brian Fluetsch of Lacey, Wash.

New SMACNA Board member Brian Fluetsch, president and CEO of Sunset Air Inc., Lacey, Wash., has been active in the industry and business, as well as dedicated to his community, for years.
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President’s Column: Mentoring is a win-win opportunity for everyone

Over the years, I’ve had quite a few mentors—my dad, a former employer, a SMACNA chapter executive, and former SMACNA President Phil Meyers. They all played invaluable roles in my life and career. Now is my opportunity to focus on the importance of mentoring and encourage the growth of this life-changing support system.
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New OSHA fall protection rule gives employers more flexibility

To align fall protection requirements in general industry workplaces with construction sites, OSHA has issued a new standard for “Walking and Working Surfaces in General Industry.”
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Contractor in the News: More innovative fabrications from A. Zahner Company

SMACNA contractorA. Zahner Company, Kansas City, Mo., was recently featured on Arts Upload, a KCPT-TV program highlighting the arts in Kansas City.
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Reminder: New OSHA electronic reporting begins 2017

This coming year, submitting OSHA records has a new sense of urgency. Each year, members must post OSHA injury and illness records from the prior year for employee review between Jan. 1 through March. However, new reporting requirements for electronically reporting illness and injury data changes the process significantly.
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Contractor in the News: Inspiring the next generation of manufacturers

SMACNA contractor Ductmate Industries of Charleroi, Pa., has been actively working with local schools and organizations to promote the manufacturing industry and the rewarding careers it provides.
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OSHA agrees to SMACNA recommendations on flat roofs requirements

SMACNA contractors performing service work on flat roofs (low-sloped roofs) received a significant win after OSHA “agreed to” comments submitted by SMACNA and other industry stakeholders.
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Contractors in the News: ENR recognizes work of SMACNA Boston contractors

Engineering-News Record magazine’s New England edition featuring the Best Project Awards recently recognized the work of three SMACNA contractors on some of New England’s most innovative buildings.
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Bridge your IT gap: SMACNA’s new “Guideline to Information Technology”

More than 40 percent of construction companies do not have a dedicated information technology (IT) department, according to J.B. Knowledge’s recently published “Construction Technology Report.” For small and medium-sized specialty contractors, like most SMACNA members, that percentage is significantly higher.
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