Partners in Progress – Vol 14 No 8 – The August edition of Partner in Progress showcases SMACNA and SMART partners who have successfully transformed their businesses, work practices, and cultures to excel in times of extreme turbulence.
Partners in Progress – Vol 14 No 7 – In 2020, the first three words that come to mind beginning with the letter “C” would likely be COVID, coronavirus, and curve. In this issue, we highlight other “C” words: care, compassion, and community. They describe the sheet metal industry strengths and standards that posture SMACNA and SMART to proactively respond to challenges or adversity.
Partners in Progress – Vol 14 No 6 – Despite the many crises nipping at our bottom line, we can’t forget about recruiting. Part of our challenge involves improving communication, which means using terminology that is meaningful to Millennials. In addition, we need to pay attention to things that appeal to them, such as mentoring–which can also help the mentors. Further, we highlight two leaders within our industry–Joe Demark and Lisa Davis. We wrap up with Coach Herm Edwards’ advice about playing to win.
Partners in Progress – Vol 14 No 5 – This issue’s content primarily focuses on the idea that in order to strengthen our industry, we need to think big and ensure that we don’t create any artificial limits on our recruiting efforts. We also talk about how being able to quickly adjust strategies and operations to take advantage of changes in the market, shifts in the economy, and availability of workforce is vital for the success of our industry.
Partners in Progress – Vol 14 No 4 – The world has truly turned upside down from anything anyone envisioned a few months ago. However, one of the things that will not change when the new “normal” settles out is that the signatory sheet metal industry is filled with individuals—both labor and management—who find ways to get the job done right and put people first, even when conditions are suboptimal. We are leading by example in markets across the country, using creativity and hard work.
Partners in Progress – Vol 14 No 3 – Not long ago at the Partners in Progress Conference, Nate Scott and Clark Ellis of Continuum Advisory Group warned that today’s world brings many risks and that we were closer to the next recession than the last one. Still, at the time, nobody expected a national economic recession to arrive within 30 days. This issue looks at how we as a labor-management partnership can weather this storm and create solutions that make us nimble enough to face whatever the future brings.
Partners in Progress – Vol 14 No 2 – Many ideas came out of the recent Partners in Progress Conference. One of the most important was that our industry needs to be moving in a positive direction. In this issue, get a 10-step practical guide to prepare for for economic downtown, gain a historical perspective on labor-management relationships, find out how locals and high schools in Utah are working together to raise awareness of welding as a career, and discover how an Oregon contractor and a training center are reaching students.
Partners in Progress – Vol 14 No 1 – Stories in this  issue cover the importance of making people our priority. Find out what contractor Kevin Gill Sr. has to say about labor-management cooperation, get the scoop on the Best Practices Task Force’s Brand Ambassador Program, discover how Choose Bigger is evolving, learn how to approach residential work, and see what parents think about careers in the skilled trades.
Partners in Progress – Vol  13 No 12 – When it comes to making a difference–meaningful change–you have to roll up your sleeves, do the hard work, and be accountable. Read about how to build a labor-management partnership, tips for successful integrated project delivery, how SMACNA Boston and Local 19 are working together, and the key to making your self-discipline more effective.
Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 11 – As we approach the end of 2019, it’s a good time to analyze where we are, where we want to be, and how we can get to that destination. The issue covers partnerships, National Apprenticeship Week, the MC3 Pre-Apprenticeship Program, and the partnership between Local 29 and Butler Community College to ensure apprentices can earn college degrees.
Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 10 – Find ideas for how to recruit members of Generation Z and examples of Locals and contractors using cooperation, mentorship, and know-how to transcends age and reach across generations.
Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 9 – SMACNA and SMART members show there is no better way to bridge a divide than walking a mile in another’s shoes.
Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 8 – Changing the status quo of cooperation will inspire a new generation of tradespeople and contractors to carry the momentum into the future. This issue provides examples of the effort the SMACNA-SMART team is making to bridge the gap between the veterans of the industry and the new generation.

Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 7 – In this industry, solid partnerships where ideas are shared and solutions are the focus lead to progress and innovation. This issue is full of examples of highly functioning, cooperative teams showing the community what a solid partnership looks like.


Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 6 – Every relationship has a culture. With each interaction between individuals and groups, we teach others how to treat us, and we demonstrate what we are willing to contribute to the relationship. This issue looks at some of the incredible people who make this industry great and demonstrate some important values intrinsic to successful relationship culture.


Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 5 – Orthodoxy means tradition. Generous orthodoxy means combining tradition with new and learning to accept change. This issue is dedicated to generous orthodoxy. It highlights the future of the construction industry and showcases just how effective cooperation and mutual understanding can be in meeting in the middle of tradition and the new.


Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 4 – Solid relationships are built are admitting our wrongs, answering tough questions, and being open to accepting others’ ideas and opinions for their intrinsic value. In this issue, learn how to apply solid relationship building in disaster recovery and career change alike.


Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 3 – The expression, “You get what you pay for,” is a cop out. It lacks meaning and purpose, and it is in many cases inaccurate. The problem is monetizing value. Real value, true quality, meaningful depth, all come from sources far more robust than money. In this issue, learn how the partnership between contractors and their workforce bring genuine value to every jobsite.


Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 2 – It can be uncomfortable to talk about change because with change comes uncertainty. Despite our best intentions, the time we spend imagining the results, and the effort we make to control the outcome, change can be hard—and wonderful—but it will always bring about opportunities we didn’t know were possible. More than adapting financially, logistically, and technologically, we must secure strong, enduring
partnerships from which to approach change with determination, trust, and mutual support at the forefront. It is the only way to do this right. In this issue of Partners in Progress, we look at change on several fronts.


Partners in Progress – Vol 13 No 1 – Find out how to “own” our future, even though technology, business practices, and the economic climate are constantly changing. We start by talking about how scenarios from the most recent HVAC and Sheet Metal Industry Futures Study have played out. In addition, more and more building owners and managers are becoming focused on achieving LEED certification. We talk about the latest updates. Further, find out how Local 66 and SMACNA-Western Washington’s Johansen Mechanical have taken the sustainable mandate working on a project in Arlington, Washington. We also discuss the importance of creating a safety culture and how we can foster communication and trust to strengthen our industry.

Partners in Progress – Vol 12 No 7 – Hope is not a strategy! In order to obtain or retain enough work to provide the cash flow that keeps the doors open, craftspersons hours on the books, and pensions funded. We have to think smarter and be proactive instead of reactive. That is what SMACNA and SMART and Partners in Progress is all about. Embracing technological change to put us at the forefront of the market, recruiting the best and brightest, and using schedules to keep our projects on track are some of the things we can do together to strengthen our industry.
Partners in Progress – Vol 12 No 6 – Success as organized sheet metal workers and signatory sheet metal contractors is possible as we embrace a high performance standard, develop a long-lasting commitment to excellence and teamwork, demonstrate focus and perseverance, and have a willingness to change as technology and new market conditions require.
Partners in Progress – Vol 12 No 5 – Find out about programs for military veterans to transition to the signatory sheet metal industry. Learn about the International Training Institute’s Strike Force Training program. Get the details about moving off the low bid treadmill and how do develop communication skills as critical tools.
Partners in Progress – Vol 12 No 4 – Recruiting and retaining women in the signatory sheet metal industry. Find out how times have changed since Rosie the Riveter struck her iconic pose and what key women in the industry are doing to help address workforce issues. You’ll also find an interview with Vanessa Steward, Business Agent for Local 16, and what she is doing to recruit. Mark Breslin talks about what foremen are holding back that could increase contractors’ profits and provide new opportunities for SMART craftspersons.
Partners in Progress – Vol 12 No 3 – Partners in Progress is not just a slogan. It is a joint mission, a shared vision, based upon the realization that our futures are interdependent and that we are responsible for each other’s success. Indeed, we have determined through studies and surveys that chapters and Locals enjoy greater market performance where cooperative labor-management relations exist. Reading about the Building Boston Program, Saving Face to Save a Life, Butch Welsch becoming a member of SMART, and Metal Fab’s work at the PINP Conference.
Partners in Progress – Vol 12 No 2 – Communicate. Now Commit and Deliver. Earlier this year, leaders from both labor and management joined forces at the 2018 Partners in Progress Conference and accepted the challenge to work together to strengthen the industry and create new opportunities. Now its time to use the information generated at the conference and covered in these pages with your labor or management partner to start a dialog.
Partners in Progress – Vol 12 No 1 – If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Without vision about where we want to go and a willingness to Communicate, Commit, and Deliver, both SMART and SMACNA will falter and become observers as the industry transitions to meet the needs of today’s customers.
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