SMACNews Dec/Jan 2019

Volume 53 Number 1

Contractors Preview the Year to Come

Contractors Preview the Year to Come

SMACNA caught up with some of our members to discuss the year ahead for sheet metal and air conditioning contractors. Despite the volatility in the stock market and mounting concerns about the potential for a broader economic slowdown, participants expressed enthusiasm about some of their major projects and the outlooks for their sectors.

From the President - Networking: A Path to Unprecedented Opportunities

There are so many ways that contractors and their employees can get involved in SMACNA. I would encourage each and every one of you to find an area of SMACNA in which you can get involved.

Supreme Court Takes up Arbitration, Employment Cases in 2019

Cases to watch involve questions on employment discrimination and class arbitration, among other matters that affect contractors.

Team Leadership

This issue of SMACNews deals with industry trends to watch in 2019. We’ve seen a strong trend in leadership over the last decade that continues to gain momentum, and that’s the shift from a singular leader to a team of leaders.

Top Trends for 2019: Increased Use of Technology, Innovation

Artificial intelligence, drones, augmented reality, and robotics are helping the construction industry realize higher productivity, profits, and safety.

Capitol Hill Update: Legislation to Watch in the 116th Congress

With the 116th Congress convening in early January, several unfinished legislative priorities for SMACNA firms remain on the agenda. Each of the issues has bipartisan support, which is key with congressional control being split between parties.