COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Raymond W. Yeager, president and CEO of Ductmate Industries Inc., in Charleroi, Pa., was recognized as the Legislative Advocate of the Year at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 72nd Annual Convention at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“This Award is the highest legislative honor a contractor may earn within SMACNA at the local, state, and national levels on the legislative policy front, that we honor him today,” announced 2015 SMACNA President Thomas Szymczak.
“Ray has represented our industry to local, state, and national political and legislative leaders with distinction. His advocacy on Capitol Hill and with federal officials in Washington, D.C. on efficiency and sustainability policies has made a measurable impact in the “green” building movement.”
Yeager has won many industry followers leading by example to promote the lean and sustainable manufacturing ethic, emphasizing the fact that the sustainable business culture is about maintaining an edge in the marketplace and turning a profit while doing well by the environment. It is no surprise that Ductmate Industries, Inc. has become a “net zero waste” manufacturing operation under Ray’s leadership and sustainability advocacy.
“Ray has been an industry leader on the U.S. Manufacturing Council, an advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce, Secretary Penny Pritzker, President Szymczak said. “ In that capacity he serves as a liaison between the U.S. government and the manufacturing sector, proposing solutions to industry-related problems designed to promote innovative industrial outcomes, including greater investment in manufacturing nationwide. In the past five years the Council has seen nearly 800,000 manufacturing jobs added to the U.S. economy, the strongest growth since the 1980s.”
A highly respected member of the SMACNA Board of Directors, Yeager has held the office of director, treasurer, vice president, and president of the Pennsylvania State Association. In addition, he has served the Western Pennsylvania Chapter as director, treasurer, legislative committee member, and on the association’s Budget and Finance Committee.
For many years, he has been a key leader in SMACNA’s Pennsylvania and Western Pennsylvania Chapter’s political and policy arenas, currently serving as Pennsylvania SMACNA President. In addition to attending fundraisers, writing letters, making phone calls on issues, and briefing members of Congress and legislative committee staff members, he supports SMAC PAC at the Chairman’s Club level and enthusiastically takes a lead in SMAC PAC’s fundraising activities.
In addition, he exhibits leadership on state and national legislative campaigns for SMACNA’s policies ranging from pension reform solutions to advocating incentives and tax initiatives boosting environmentally responsible manufacturing as well as industrial, commercial and institutional energy efficiency, and much more,” Szymczak stated. “SMACNA and the construction industry have been fortunate to have a business leader such as Ray in a key advocacy role when issues break in the Pittsburgh area, Harrisburg or in Washington, D.C.”
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 www.smacna.org.
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