Member Update


Published each Thursday, the Member Update provides all SMACNA members with a combination of SMACNA National news and legislative updates, as well as industry information of note.

Member Update Apr 29 2021

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Call to Members! Share Your Story with Us!

We’re asking you to share your company’s recent experiences with workforce development, community engagement and more.

Member Update Apr 29 2021

American Rescue Plan Expands Paid Leave

The American Rescue Plan Act expands the paid leave and paid family leave tax credit for employers with fewer than 500 employees as part of an effort to encourage workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Member Update Apr 22 2021

SMACNA Western Washington Holds COVID Vaccine Clinics

SMACNA Western Washington, in partnership with Rite Aid and member companies Holaday Parks, Hermanson, PSF, Holmberg, Mac-Miller, and Johansen Mechanical, has been holding COVID vaccination clinics in an effort to get contractors and their employees vaccinated. 

Member Update Apr 22 2021

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March PinP: Part 1: The First Five Years of Labor-Management

The March issue of Partners in Progress delves into part one in a three-part series dedicated to exploring  the history of labor-management partnerships and reflects on the 75-year partnership between SMACNA and SMART.

Member Update Apr 22 2021

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6 New College of Fellows Inductees Announced

Please join SMACNA in congratulating its six newest members into the distinguished College of Fellows

Member Update Apr 22 2021

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Local 66 SMART Heroes Graduation

SMART Heroes recently held a graduation ceremony for students who completed its seven-week concentrated training program for enlisted military personnel preparing to transition to the civilian workforce.

Member Update Apr 22 2021

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CAL SMACNA 2021 Tom Guilfoy Memorial Craftsmanship Awards

CAL SMACNA has announced the winners of the 2021 Tom Guilfoy Memorial Craftmanship Award for Architectural and Creative Concept projects.

Member Update Apr 22 2021

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2021 COF Golf Outing Sponsorships Now Available

The 2021 College of Fellows Golf Outing will be one of the most popular events at the SMACNA Annual Convention on Maui, and you can create a fantastic win-win opportunity that helps make the College of Fellows scholarship program more successful while raising the overall profile of your organization.

Member Update Apr 15 2021

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Ignite Your Career’s First Quarter 2021 Review

SMACNA’s comprehensive workforce development campaign is off to a strong start in 2021. 

Member Update Apr 15 2021

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Promoting Vaccination Among Small Construction Firms

Construction work — deemed essential during the ongoing pandemic — requires that work continues in-person, placing workers are at greater risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. i

Member Update Apr 15 2021

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Send SMACNA Your Indoor Air Quality Project Stories

SMACNA is embarking on a nationwide media campaign pitching contractor stories about indoor air quality projects at schools.

Member Update Apr 15 2021

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2021 Annual Convention Update

Maui, Hawaii has long been a SMACNA member favorite, and it will serve as a fantastic setting for members, chapter executives, and other industry professionals to gather in person and reconnect at the 2021 SMACNA Annual Convention October 24-27, 2021.

Member Update Apr 08 2021

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OSH Professionals Can Help Small Contractors

Occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals are an excellent resource for construction firms with 20 or fewer employees facing ongoing challenges keeping their safety programs up to date.

Member Update Apr 08 2021

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ARPA Provides Up to Six Months of Paid COBRA Benefits

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law. ARPA includes a provision that provides certain individuals (called “Assistance Eligible Individuals” or “AEIs”) with a 100% subsidy for COBRA continuation coverage for up to six months.

Member Update Apr 08 2021

SMACNA, AIAS Partner to Deliver Summer 2021 Internships

SMACNA is proud to promote a collaborative program that matches American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) with SMACNA contractors for a 2021 summer internship.

Member Update Apr 08 2021

Episode #15: The Reopening of Schools and Buildings

In Episode 15 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, chats with Tony Kocurek, SMACNA National Secretary–Treasurer and president of Energy Balance and Integration in Albuquerque, about how testing and balancing is being used to improve indoor air quality.

Member Update Apr 01 2021

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Access the SMACNA Fleet Management and Vehicle Safety Program

Distracted driving is the hot topic in vehicle use these days, but it needs to be addressed in what Mike McCullion, SMACNA’s Director of Market Sectors and Safety, calls a “Safe Driving Culture”.

Member Update Apr 01 2021

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Improved SMOHIT Website Available to Contractors

SMACNA has been working with SMOHIT to develop a variety of training resources on subjects important to contractors, with the intent of making these resources accessible through the SMOHIT website.

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Presentation Skills for Contractors

The latest update to our Contractors Operations Manual, Presentation Skills for Contractors, provides guidelines and tools that enable contractors and their employees to become better presenters.

Member Update Mar 25 2021

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Keep Your Emergency Preparedness Plan Up to Date

SMACNA provides member companies with a Business Continuity Plan workbook that follows industry best practices and ensures that organizations have the best plan possible for the overall investment required.

Member Update Mar 25 2021

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Business Management University, Other Programs Rescheduled for 2022

With the coronavirus pandemic still posing major public health concerns, SMACNA  has rescheduled several of its spring 2021 in-person business programming for spring 2022.

Member Update Mar 25 2021

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ARPA Includes Pension Reforms, COBRA Subsidies

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law March 11, 2021 (P.L. 117 - 2). This article summarizes an eight-page Multi-Elert from the National Coordinating Committee on Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP) on the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 (EPPRA) provisions included in ARP.

Member Update Mar 25 2021

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CDC: How to Protect Yourself and Others Once Fully Vaccinated

The CDC has released additional information on how individuals who are considered fully vaccinated can continue to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Member Update Mar 18 2021

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CDC Issues Guidance For Fully Vaccinated Individuals

The CDC has issued guidance for people who are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Member Update Mar 18 2021

What the ARPA Means for SMACNA Contractors

While nationwide coverage of the ARPA has focused on political differences, the important issues related to vaccines, and on unemployment and stimulus checks, SMACNA members should also be aware that there are extensive provisions in the law that will affect SMACNA contractors.

Member Update Mar 11 2021

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Best Practices Task Force Shares Apprentice Surveys

On behalf of the SMACNA/SMART Best Practices Market Expansion Task Force, the International Training Institute (iTi) surveyed more than 3,800 industry apprentices to gather demographic information and ascertain how they learned about the sheet metal industry, their experiences in the industry and their perceptions of it.

Member Update Mar 04 2021

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NIOSH App Helps Track PPE

The NIOSH PPE Tracker mobile app can help employers in the construction industry keep track of their personal protective equipment (PPE) inventory. Facilities can use the app to calculate their average PPE consumption rate or “burn rate.”

Member Update Feb 18 2021

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SMACNA Safety Innovation Award Nominations

SMACNA is now accepting nominations for its third annual Safety Innovation Award. Submissions due July 1, 2021.

Member Update Feb 18 2021

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SMACNA/SMART Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

SMACNA and SMART are developing a strategic plan to help us reach our goals and build the foundation of an industry dedicated to equity and inclusion.

Member Update Jan 21 2021

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Majestic Steel Breaks Down the Current Supply Market in Core Report

SMACNA Silver Partner Majestic Steel provides a weekly Core Report that takes an in-depth look at key indicators, data and insights in the steel market from numerous sources.

Member Update Jan 21 2021

SMACNA CEO Vince Sandusky to Retire in 2022

SMACNA CEO Vince Sandusky has notified the SMACNA Board of Directors of his intent to retire effective March 31, 2022. 

Member Update Jan 14 2021

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John W. Danforth Company Named Contractor of the Year

Congratulation to longtime SMACNA member and union contractor John W. Danforth Company on being named Contractor magazine’s 2020 Contractor of the Year. 

Member Update Jan 07 2021

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December 2020 Annual Business Meeting Report Now Available

The December 2020 SMACNA Annual Membership Business Meeting was held via video conference on Monday, December 7th.

Member Update Dec 17 2020

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Budd Mechanical to Celebrate 100 Years in Business in 2021

SMACNA Contractor Budd Mechanical Systems will celebrate 100 years as an industrial, commercial, and residential heating and air conditioning contractor in 2021.

Member Update Dec 10 2020

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New FEMA Study Links Building Codes to Reduced Losses

A new report from FEMA provides evidence that contemporary building codes have led to significant reductions in property losses due to natural disasters.

Member Update Dec 03 2020

Who We’re Targeting as Aspiring Sheet Metal Workers

The main goal of Ignite Your Career, SMACNA’s workforce development campaign, is to raise awareness of the sheet metal industry and bolster the workforce pipeline with qualified candidates.

Member Update Dec 03 2020

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IFUS Annual Report Available

The initiatives and products listed in this 2019 annual report are designed to meet the challenges and opportunities contractors faced in 2019.

Member Update Aug 01 2019

SMACNA Board Approves Major Initiatives; Future Funding Requirements

In July 2019, the SMACNA Board of Directors agreed to commit resources to major new initiatives. The first and largest relates to workforce development. The Board agreed to a long-term program to improve the awareness of the HVAC / sheet metal industry and the opportunities it presents so that our industry is perceived by highly qualified candidates as an industry of choice for successful craft and non-craft professional careers.