CHANTILLY, Va. — The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) board of directors met to discuss a wide variety of issues pertinent to the organization and its members.

The board reviewed the report of its strategic planning task force and approved its recommendation of four revised objectives for the association: to position SMACNA as the portal for HVACR and sheet metal education and information; to extend SMACNA’s scope of influence and its support base in the lifecycle of sustainable building innovation; to increase support of chapters to strengthen their relevance to SMACNA members; and to build financial reserve to one year’s operating expenses.

Additionally, the board also approved a Pension Reform Policy Statement: “SMACNA supports modification and reform of existing pension law to allow plans and bargaining parties more flexibility to deal with funding issues of multiemployer defined benefit pension plans. Changes should focus on long-term viability of construction firms, mitigation of the unintended consequences of the ‘last man standing’ rule, and plan sustainability in order to provide security of retirement benefits for participants.”

The SMACNA board also approved applications for two SMACNA chapter charters: the Waterloo-Wellington Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, and the Residential Heating Ventilation Contractors Association (RHVCA) in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada. Additionally, two new companies received international affiliate status. They are Nakhoul Corporation s.a.r.l. of Keserwan, Lebanon, and Sharqawi Air Distribution Systems Factory of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Publication date: 10/7/2013

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