California Association of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors, National Association (CAL SMACNA) is a non-profit statewide trade association representing over 300 sheet metal and air conditioning contractors who employ more than 25,000 union employees and administrative personnel throughout the state of California.


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30 September 2024
Fullerton Marriott, 2701 Nutwood Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831
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03 October 2024
Bay Area SMACNA Training Room, 6689 Owens Dr., Ste. 200
Pleasanton, CA 94588
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Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act Update

The Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act released this update:We received notice today that the California Supreme Court will be scheduling oral arguments on May 8 to hear the lawsuit brought by the governor and Legislature to remove the...

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  • Contractor Spotlight: McCusker Gill
    on June 26, 2024 at 2:42 pm

    Learn more about the Boston area shop that continues to be a standard setter within the industry and how the company has grown through its years of family ownership.

  • CEA Interview: Rep. Pat Ryan
    on June 26, 2024 at 2:42 pm

    New York lawmaker talks about some of the major public projects in his district as well as the importance of project labor agreements.

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  • As Seasons Change, Opportunities Grow
    on June 26, 2024 at 3:13 pm

       Aaron Hilger Spring brings the construction season to the forefront, while a flurry of activity is emerging rapidly in Washington, D.C. In her column, Carol Duncan discusses our recent CEA meeting at length. It was a smashing success with great speakers and engagement with leaders who make our issues happen in Washington. Thank you to SMACNA's Stan Kolbe and our partner associations for putting together such a strong program. After CEA, we expect a very active schedule focused heavily on regulatory affairs. Most collective bargaining agreements are finalized in the spring as well. As is typical, about 30 chapters have agreements that are in the process of being renegotiated. Most are going well with reasonable settlements consistent with the work and inflation context.  In a positive sign, the June NJAB meeting was once again canceled this year. This result is a byproduct of SMACNA's and SMART's work at the national level, which is doing a lot to help parties settle their issues at the bargaining table.  Megaprojects are, in part, driving all the labor work that chapters do. SMACNA and SMART are tracking 54 active megaprojects and an additional 130 in various planning stages. This unprecedented amount of work is an opportunity for our industry to grow. The labor projections, including Davis-Bacon and PLAs, make the work attractive to our members. Many of our members invest in people and facilities to take advantage of the opportunities. We also see many members work together to tackle large, complex projects. Megaprojects are wonderful. At the same time, we must remember our core work that is part of the market year after year. Staffing this work is just as important as the work on megaprojects. We don't want to win and lose at the same time. I could not be more pleased with the work that SMART has done to help us meet the workforce needs for megaprojects and core work. We have successfully met the needs of every project so far. We are continuously learning, and as we complete more projects, we better understand how to recruit in diverse markets successfully.  In addition to all the legislative and labor work, spring also ushers in our convention registration. Registration opened in April, and demand has exceeded the demand for registration in the last three years. I could not be more excited about our offerings in Palm Springs this year. Informative education sessions, a new networking event on Monday evening, golf, a newly added pickleball tournament, and great entertainment are in store. I look forward to seeing all of you there.  To close on a personal note, spring also brought the triplets home after they successfully completed their freshman year. It seems like only yesterday that they were crawling around the house looking for their favorite toys. Enjoy the end of spring and the start of summer!   Aaron Hilger is CEO of SMACNA, bringing more than two decades of executive association leadership to this role. Hilger is focused on building a stronger, more competitive environment for all SMACNA contractors.

  • Our Voices Are Powerful Tools
    on June 26, 2024 at 3:13 pm

    Every year, I eagerly anticipate the CEA National Issues Conference, and this year was no exception.

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Choose Bigger California
Choose Bigger California

SMACNA Launches A Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Resource Hub was purposely designed as a consumer forward resource to inform and raise public awareness about indoor air pollution in modern buildings and how indoor air quality (IAQ) improvements can help improve occupant’s health. CAL SMACNA members are encouraged to use this marketing tool to amplify their School Ventilation and commercial IAQ work. 

CalSHAPE Program

CAL SMACNA is excited about the opportunities afforded to our industry by this developing market in ventilation verification, service and repair. All mechanical, service, and TAB contractors already possess the knowledge base and skillsets to do this work.


How to Get Trained and Certified for MATT and FLS!

Find out how to get trained and certified as a MATT Level 1 Technician, MATT Level 2 Technician, Smoke Control Systems (SCS) Technician, and Fire and Smoke Damper Technician. 

Legislative or Regulatory Questions?

Contact Cal-SMACNA’s Executive Vice President, Chris Walker

(916) 363-7460

1400 K Street
Suite 212
Sacramento, CA 95814

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