DETROIT - In May, union sheet metal workers here unveiled a new logo, designed to increase the group's profile.

DETROIT - In May, organized union sheet metal workers here unveiled a snazzy new logo "in an ongoing effort to set the standard for quality in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry."

Detroit's Local 80 Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) and the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SMACNA) combined on the effort. The new logo will begin to appear on vehicles and hard hats under the theme "Together We Do It Better."

SMWIA general president Michael Sullivan was on hand for a kickoff ceremony that included refreshments and speeches by local officials at the Local 80 headquarters in Southfield, Mich., a Detroit suburb. National union officials were in town for the International Training Institute's (ITI) National Apprentice Contest, also hosted by Local 80, which concluded the day before.

Local 80 was formed in 1964 when two Locals, 105 and 281, merged. Its apprenticeship program is described as "an intense five-year journeyman training program, where apprentices master programs such as trade mathematics, welding, duct design, CAD, foreman training, architectural sheet metal, heating and air conditioning." It requires 2,000 hours of classroom instruction as well as on-the-job training. Journeyman scale wages begin at $24.19 an hour with full health and pension benefits.