BOCA RATON, Fla. - "Keys to Success" is the theme for this year's 58th annual convention here of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA). The convention and a "tabletop" format product show will be held October 21-24 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Subsequent issues of Snips will carry detailed coverage of the events.

The now 356-acre historic resort is distinguished by tropical flowers, exotic birds and romantic Mediterranean architecture. It has undergone several renovations and it considered one of this area of the country's finest family and golf resorts.

The overall architectural theme is carried out by the many barrel tile roofs, archways, ornate columns, finials, mosaics, gardens, fountains and beamed ceilings of ornate pecky cypress. In the past 10 years, the resort has spent $200 million on various renovations, including this crowning touch: the Cloister Lobby, which boasts a beautiful hand-carved fountain and intricate ceilings.

SMACNA's new software system will be the focus of "Taking Your Safety Program into the 21st Century" at 2:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. Joe O'Connor, a certified OSHA trainer, will demonstrate the capabilities of the software package. O'Connor says both large and small contractors can easily use the program to manage health and safety programs. SMACNA says the system is easy to use with cut-and-paste or job site entry fields. Document and record maintenance tasks are made easier, so safety staff spend less time on paperwork. Supervisors can use the program to develop field or classroom training materials.

The list of convention sponsors includes:

Platinum level - Flexmaster USA Inc.; Lockformer/Iowa Precision; SMACNA-Western Washington Inc.; The Trane Company.

Gold level - C&R Duct Fabrication & Services; Duro Dyne Corporation; Ruskin Mfg.; Sheet Metal Connectors; TradePower; Ward Inds.

Silver level - CNA Insurance Companies; International Training Institute; Lindab; National Energy Management Institute; Rheinzink Canada Ltd.; Wenn/Soft Inc.

Bronze level - Fab-Tech Inc.; Greenheck Fan Corp.; Hart & Cooley Inc.; Owens Corning; Titus Products.

The College of Fellows golf and tennis tournaments will be held on Sunday, the first day of the convention. The following companies and organizations pledged sponsorship support:

Business News Publishing Co. - Snips magazine; C&R Duct Fabrication and Services (Gold sponsor); Cadvantage Drafting Service, Inc.; Chicagoland Sheet Metal Contractors Association; Duro Dyne Corporation (Gold sponsor); Flexmaster USA, Inc. (Platinum sponsor)

Georgia-SMACNA; Kerber Sheet Metal Works, Inc.; Lockformer/Iowa Precision Co. (Platinum sponsor); New Mexico Sheet Metal Contractors Association; Orange Empire SMACNA; Ruskin Manufacturing Co. (Gold sponsor).

Sheet Metal Connectors, Inc. (Gold sponsor); Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Central and Southern New Jersey ; Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Northern New Jersey; Sheet Metal & Roofing Contractors Chapter - Vienna, Ohio; SMACNA Chapter of North Texas; SMACNA Columbia Chapter.

SMACNA Kansas City; SMACNA of Long Island; SMACNA of San Diego; SMACNA - St. Louis Chapter; SMACNA of Western. Pennsylvania, Inc.; SMACNA- Western Washington, Inc. (Platinum sponsor); The Trane Co. (Platinum sponsor); Tradepower Inc. (Gold sponsor); Ward Industries Inc. (Gold sponsor).

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