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Cleveland-Area Contractor Receives SMACNA Legislative Contractor of the Year Award

Oct 19, 2016

Sickle_x200PHOENIX — John E. Sickle Jr., owner and president of Duct Fabricators Inc. and Ohio Fabricators Inc. (right) was recognized as the Legislative Contractor of the Year at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 73rd Annual Convention.

SMACNA’s Legislative Contractor of the Year Award is the highest legislative honor a contractor may earn within our organization.

“When it was determined that the location for the G.O.P. National convention was to be in Cleveland, John Sickle immediately set to work to create a visible role for local and national SMACNA,” 2016 SMACNA President Guy Gast said. 

“He was a driving force in the SMACNA Cleveland chapter’s effort to bring together a bipartisan mix of Ohio, national, and local political officials at the SMACNA-Cleveland/SMART Local 33 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center. The objective was to boost these leaders’ appreciation of SMACNA’s role in providing a highly skilled workforce. It was an unprecedented and enormously successful event and that’s why it makes us proud to present a Waterford crystal eagle to John as this year’s Legislative Contractor of the Year.”

Sickle is a highly respected representative of SMACNA’s Cleveland Chapter, having recently served as president for 19 years and as a member of their Board of Directors and trustee of the innovative Sheet Metal Industry Promotion Plan (SMIPP) for more than 30 years. Active at the national level as well, he is also a member of SMACNA’s National Board of Directors, it’s the College of Fellows, and the NEMI-Fire Life Safety Committee.

 “John has represented our industry to local, state, and national political and legislative leaders with distinction. His efforts on Capitol Hill and in the Cleveland area with local, state, and federal officials have made a measurable impact for our industry’s image as well as being an important part of our efforts to reform small business procurement, pension, energy policies, and fire life safety education and legislation from Cleveland to Columbus to Capitol Hill.

On the legislative front he exhibited leadership on local, state, and national legislative campaigns for SMACNA’s policies, ranging from apprenticeship training to fire life safety education and legislation initiatives to pension reform solutions to advocating incentives and tax initiatives boosting industrial, commercial, and institutional energy efficiency, and much more,” Gast explained. “SMACNA-Cleveland, SMACNA, and the construction industry have been fortunate to have a business leader such as John in a key advocacy role when issues break in the Cleveland area, at the State Capitol in Columbus, or on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.”

Sickle is an active member of the Congressional Insider’s Club (CIC), which he has helped promote to others within SMACNA. He enthusiastically supports SMAC PAC’s fundraising activities for the PAC and educates political candidates, federal officials, and national leaders to promote SMACNA’s priority issues. In addition to attending fundraisers, writing letters, making phone calls on issues, and briefing members of Congress and legislative committee staff members, Sickle is a regular attendee at state and national conventions and at industry forums of importance to SMACNA and HVAC firms across the nation.

This award is given to contractors annually in recognition of exceptional effort and unsurpassed leadership in legislative and political action on behalf of their company, their association and their industry. Their activism makes a difference in SMACNA’s national lobbying efforts, as well as challenges all SMACNA and industry members to match their level of commitment.

SMACNA, an international trade association representing 3,500 contributing contractor firms, is dedicated to promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry. SMACNA has national offices in Chantilly, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., as well as on Capitol Hill. Visit for more information.


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