HARTFORD, Conn. - The general session of the Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau (TABB) conference offered multiple presentations and discussions to help contractors and technicians in the TAB market.

“TABB has kept a rigorous pace which it has maintained since its inception,” said John Hamilton, chief operating officer of TABB in his opening remarks. “We are finding that more and more building owners are asking for TABB-certified technicians to balance their buildings. And that is heartening.

 “We must be able to adapt to the new markets and new technologies that evolve,” he said. “We need to be ready to meet that challenge - and I think we are.”

The National Energy Management Institute (NEMI) held an IAQ workshop before the start of the TABB meeting. A two-hour exam offered those who qualified the opportunity to become certified in IAQ. The instructor was Gary Andis, NEMI’s director of research and education.

“IAQ is one of the most important areas of the sheet metal industry,” said Andis. “This technician certification course will help our members demonstrate a combination of knowledge and skills that are needed to assist customers in improving and maintaining IAQ in their buildings. These skills are valuable and make these technicians an important part of an IAQ team.”

Congressman Joe Courtney, representing Connecticut’s 2nd District, lauded the skilled workforce of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA) and the contractors of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA). He praised David Roche, business manager of SMWIA Local 40, and Mitch Sorenson from the Connecticut TABB Affiliate, for their state-of-the-art certified lab.

Erik Emblem, recently retired TABB administrator, was the 2007 inductee to the TABB Hall of Fame. The induction is a lasting tribute to individuals whose dedication and achievements have significantly impacted the sheet metal profession.

Publication date:06/11/2007