New Partners in Progress website offers latest resources, best practices

Partners in Progress, SMACNA, and SMART’s joint labor-management initiative just launched its newly redesigned website: The new site offers a wealth of customer-focused resources, expertise information, and best practices available for contractors and local unions alike.

In addition to the facelift—which can be viewed on computers, laptops, mobile devices, and cellphones—the redesign directs potential clients to signatory sheet metal contractors and provides business development resources and best practices for locals, contractors, and training centers. Users may also click directly to the Partners in Progress Facebook and Twitter webpages.

Visitors can find a contractor on the redesigned website’s customer section, which leads to SMACNA’s member directory online. (Contractor listings are based on data member companies have provided in their online profiles.)

The new site also promotes sheet metal and HVAC expertise. The site encourages visitors to select sheet metal contractors with the proper expertise and provides links to the three Expertise, (architectural sheet metal), and These Expertise websites were developed by the Best Practices Market Expansion Task Force.

In addition to directing potential customers to SMACNA contractors, these sites help users gain a clearer understanding of the importance of selecting a sheet metal contractor with the right expertise. Additional customer-focused sections cover the SMART Code of Excellence and Green Expertise.

The revamped Partner’s site also offers a variety of labor-management resources and best practices that have been developed and collected by the Best Practices Task Force. Best Practices “how-to” guides, a photo library, and professional Expertise ads, which can be customized by contractors and chapters for marketing, are available to members of affiliated organizations.

Electronic issues of the Partners in Progress magazine are also available. You can change your magazine subscription preferences too. You may read news and press releases, apply to participate in the Expertise branding program and use the Expertise logos, view schedules, see presentations from past and upcoming Partners in Progress Conferences, and more.

Register for your free account by visiting On the home page, click the login button on the top right. (All applications will be reviewed before approval.)

Check out the new Partners in Progress website and learn what these great resources can do for you.

2016 QCA National Issues Conference

2016 QCA National Issues Conference

Left to Right:

Ginger Slaick (Executive Vice President), Congressman Woodall, Jack Knox (R.F. Knox Company), Bud Mawyer (Adviser to the Board of Directors)

Georgia-SMACNA representatives met with Congressman Woodall at the 2016 QCA National Issues Conference that took place May 10-12, 2016. The main topics of interest for this year’s QCA Conference included: Multi-employer Composite Plans, National Infrastructure Investment, Misclassification/Payroll Fraud, Comprehensive Energy Policy , The POWER Act, and Davis-Bacon/Prevailing Wage Law.


Field and Project Management Seminar

Field and Project Management Seminar

Stephane McShane with Maxim Consulting Group spoke at Georgia-SMACNA’s Field and Project Management Seminar on March 1-2, 2016 at the Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina, Atlanta, Georgia. On March 1st, Stephane presented on SMACNA’s Supervisory programs “Project Planning & Leadership” and “Productivity & Time Management.” On March 2nd, she presented on SMACNA’s Education program, “Cracking the ‘WIP,'” which involved cost projection discussions and activities.






2016 Legislative Reception

Left to Right: Lee Lemke, Ginger Slaick, and Senator Mike Williams

Georgia-SMACNA participated in the 2016 Legislative Reception on Wednesday, January 13th. Those who attended on behalf of Georgia-SMACNA had the opportunity to meet several of the state representatives and senators. In addition, a few had the opportunity to speak directly with the Secretary of State, Brian Kemp. Overall, the event was a success!

SMACNA Supervisory Training Academy

Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Saturday, March 19, 2016

SMACNA developed this Supervisory Training Academy for both the new supervisors and those with several years experience in mind. The program will help put new supervisors on the right track for success. Seasoned supervisors will fine-tune their skills and learn the core values of high performing supervisors. This program will cover leadership, communication, productivity, profitability measurement, and tune in on leading industry trends.

Supervisory Training Academy is recommended for:

* HVAC/sheet metal foremen

* Shop foremen

* Superintendents

* Other critical managers

Full program brochure 

This program is limited to 25 participants, so please register early if planning to participate. 

Click Here to be directed to SMACNA’s Supervisory Training Academy registration page that includes detailed information regarding costs associated and hotel accommodations.

2016 Business Management University

Sunday, February 21, 2016 – Thursday, February 25, 2016

This intensive 3-1/2 day program features an A+ faculty of top industry experts. The enrollment is limited, allowing you individual participation with a close-knit group.

Premium Instruction, Individual Participation and Peer Networking 

* In-depth look at the issues confronting management in the sheet metal industry

* Hands-on tutorial in finance and administration

* Learn from top-name industry experts in the sheet metal, HVAC and construction industry.

Sessions include lectures, group activities, and case study work. This dynamic program encourages individual participation, sharing ideas and networking.

Agenda and Brochure 

Click Here to be directed to SMACNA’s Business Management registration page that includes detailed information regarding costs associated and hotel accommodations.