How much is there really to write about sheet metal?

Three years later, it turns out, there’s a lot.

In very short time as Editor-in-Chief of SNIPS magazine, we’ve made a lot of great changes to our editorial style, tone, delivery, the people we celebrate — and together we changed the perspective of what it means to be a modern sheet metal worker. Today, I am excited and proud to be able to announce one last great change.

Starting in May, SNIPS is getting a new Editor-in-Chief in Austin Keating, and I will be stepping over to Engineering News-Record magazine. I wish I could say this move is bittersweet, but the sheet metal industry welcomed me as one of their own in no time at all. And there is nothing sweeter than that.

Two years ago, if you had asked me what is the best magazine for sheet metal workers, I would have told you that it doesn’t exist yet. Today, I am proud to say that it exist in SNIPS, and Austin is the right guy to keep what we’ve started alive and kicking.

It would be impossible to thank all the hardworking men and women who have helped me and trusted me to tell their stories over the years, but more than a few people come to mind:

  • Glenn Parvin of Cass Sheet Metal
  • Bob Reid of Spiral Pipe of Texas
  • Tim Walsh and Kevin Baydar of Vicon 
  • The Entire Duro Dyne Family
  • David Capestany of Zinger Sheet Metal
  • Clinton Ray Jr. of Advance Cutting Systems, Inc.
  • Don De Guzman of Silicon Valley Mechanical 
  • David Hart of RamAIr International, Inc.
  • Paul Pimentel of SMART
  • Stephen Nachreiner and Mark Smith of DMI Companies
  • Mary MacDonald and David Francis of ICT Tracker
  • Mike Bailey of Mestek Machinery

Thank you for your continued support, and I can’t wait to see what is next for your companies and your teams of dedicated tin knockers.