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Two Contractors Named SMACNA Contractors of the Year

Sep 29, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – SMACNA honored two of its veteran contractors with the prestigious SMACNA Contractor of the Year award at its 72nd Annual Convention. Jim Boone, president and CEO of New England Sheet Metal Works in Fresno, Calif., and John Ilten, president of Ilten Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the award.DMO_0379

Because of the credibility they established during their long-term relationships with SMACNA and the industry, both men were called back to serve the Association during a transitional period with the group’s labor partner SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers. Boone and Ilten had the knowledge, expertise, and respect of both labor and their fellow contractors to play critical leadership roles moving the parties forward.

“SMACNA is deeply grateful to both former SMACNA presidents who stepped up and steered the Association through uncharted waters,” 2015 SMACNA President Thomas Szymczak said. “Their ability to remain calm and bring discussions back to common ground revealed what true professionals and gentlemen they are. In taking on this challenge, they risked a lot--both personally and professionally.

“Their effort brought our industry training efforts back on course and brought our organizations back together---enabling SMACNA and SMART to return to the positive relationship they have today.”

Over the years, both men have been leaders in developing and carrying out SMACNA’s Labor Relations policies, serving on the Association’s Labor Committee, the National Joint Adjustment Board, as panelist arbitrators, and as SMACNA officers and presidents.

Their involvement in SMACNA has not been limited solely to labor relations. Boone is a member of the prestigious Political Pacesetters, while Ilten has served as chair and co-chair of the Legislative Committee and SMAC PAC. Both have played pivotal roles on the Strategic Planning Task Force as well as the Technical Resources and Convention Committees.

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, an international trade association representing 3,500 contributing contractor firms, is a leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry. SMACNA has national offices in Chantilly, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill. Visit

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