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Northrup, Michigan Executive Receives Special Legislative Service Award

Oct 02, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Richard Northrup, executive vice president of the Michigan Chapter – SMACNA in Haslett, Mich., was recognized with the Special Legislative Service Award at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 72nd annual convention at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was also recognized as a 30-year member of SMAC PAC’s Congressional Insiders Club.

“The Special Legislative Service Award is one of the highest legislative honors one may earn within the organization and is not awarded every year,” announced Ron Palmerick, SMAC PAC Committee chair. This award recognizes Richard Northup as a long-standing, dedicated legislative and political leader since entering our industry as a chapter executive more than three decades ago.”

“His service to SMACNA’s Legislative and Political activities did not end with his long service on the both the Legislative and SMAC PAC Committees.  He did not rest on his laurels.  His commitment, his ideas and his actions have continued unabated and have served our industry in other ways so well over many decades” Palmerick emphasized.

Dick Northrup has proven to be one of the most effective industry representatives in the political and policy arenas. Palmerick explained. “That is why his list of honors and awards is a long one, including being selected SMACNA’s Petersen-Dunn Award for Chapter Executive of the Year in 2009 and the Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate of the Year in 1995.”

“While active legislative and political advocate on labor-management issues, prevailing wage enforcement, energy efficiency issues, economic recovery issues, and tax reform legislation, Dick also served SMACNA and the industry as an industry issues expert and advisor to SMACNA staff, elected officials, and political leaders in Michigan and elsewhere. He led his association on many legislative campaigns to improve the position of the state, local, and national sheet metal industry,” Palmerick added. In recognition of a lifetime of service and dedication to the sheet metal industry, he was inducted into SMACNA’s prestigious College of Fellows in 2004.

A Silver Jubilee member of SMAC PAC’s Congressional Insiders Club (25+ years), Northrup has also been a leader gaining attention and respect for his chapter’s political and legislative efforts in the Midwest region on a variety of coalitions, as well as providing industry valued input to state and federal government officials on key industry issues.

SMACNA, 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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