Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


President's Column: Viewing safety as part of the high-performer’s culture

Five years ago, I agreed to attend the Iowa Governor’s Safety Conference—as the keynote speaker. The message was about “turning the big ship.” It’s a story I hear more and more from companies that have successfully improved their safety outcomes. It’s about getting the job done safely, sending home every man and woman as healthy as they started the day.

NPF: No required contribution increases anticipated for 2018-2019

SMACNA is aware that in recent years, the majority of negotiated wage package increases in our industry have been allocated to benefit funds, including pension funds. Accordingly, there has been a great deal of interest in Sheet Metal Workers National Pension Fund (NPF) required contribution increases.

Opening panels address fair pay, paid sick leave

Recent federal regulatory developments were the focus of the opening day of the Quality Construction Alliance National Issues Conference in Washington D.C.

SMACNA’s HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics—Updated 2016

SMACNA’s new manual “HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics,” 2nd edition, 2016, is a non-technical overview of HVAC systems used in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. It covers system operation and components; and presents helpful diagrams and figures illustrating the systems.

In Memoriam: Phil Meyers

Former SMACNA President Phil Meyers, 69, of Pendleton, Ind., passed away on Thursday, June 2. He served as national SMACNA president from 2000 to 2001 and was a member of the Association’s board of directors from 1994 to 1997.

OSHA to require electronic reporting of workplace injuries

Most sheet metal and HVAC firms, except those with fewer than 20 employees, will be required to follow OSHA’s recent new recordkeepingfinal rule. It requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness data, which employers are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations.

Re-imagine your business and grow market share

Since the advent of the Deep Recession in 2008, marketing has become a major priority for HVAC and sheet metal contractors. During the session, “A New Era of Customer Service: How to Manage Customer Relationships,” Thomas E. Schleifer Ph.D. will explain why re-imagining the HVAC contractor’s business is an essential first step in the process of acquiring a greater share in a shrinking market.

Everyone wins with new Product Show auction

SMACNA’s Product Show and SMAC PAC are teaming up to provide more opportunities to support SMACNA’s legislative efforts. New this year, the Product Show will expand the auction activities by bringing them directly onto the trade show floor. It certainly will add an element of excitement too. This auction is in addition to the traditional PAC Auction on Monday night.

SMACNA recognizes Canadian firms for safety excellence

SMACNA is proud to recognize Canadian member firms for their safety efforts in the inaugural SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program–Canada (SSEAP-C).

Pension composite plans take center stage at National Issues Conference

SMACNA contractors discussed the latest developments in crucial issues facing the industry—composite pension plans, misclassification of workers, infrastructure, and energy legislation—during the QCA National Issues Conference in Washington, D.C
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