Jack Pennuto Jr. is currently senior vice president at Mestek Machinery, a manufacturer of sheet metal forming, ductwork fabrication and HVAC coil metal processing equipment. In 10 years with Mestek, his roles have included Formtek’s director of sales and marketing, sales manager and application engineer. Prior to his time in capital equipment, Jack was a tooling designer and project manager in the roll-forming industry. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
The expected rise in steel prices does not necessarily mean the rise of total costs. In the HVAC industry, one way to offset increased steel prices is to reduce the cost of labor to make ducts and fittings by being more efficient. How do we do this? Machine automation.
Sheet Metal gauge, or more formally, Manufacturer’s Standard Gage for Sheet Steel, is derived from the United States Standard Gage established by Congress in 1893. (Machinery’s Handbook, 29th Ed., Industrial Press 2012, p.2608)
In October, we gave a gentle reminder to our sheet metal business readers about the year-end deadline for meeting the requirements to benefit from the Section 179 tax deduction. With December fast approaching, we’d feel guilty if we didn’t issue a reminder again, just in case any of you are running late! There is still sufficient time, in fact, if you don’t delay further.