CHANTILLY, Va. - Clinton Gowan, of Houston-based Gowan Inc., was recently named contractor of the year by SMACNA.

(From left) SMACNA President Jack Desmond, Clinton Gowan and Vivian Gowan.
CHANTILLY, Va. - Clinton Gowan, of Houston-based Gowan Inc., was recently named contractor of the year by the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors' National Association.

"Providing steady, dedicated leadership in whatever assignment SMACNA requested is but one of many reasons why Clinton Gowan has been singled out for this very special recognition," former SMACNA President Ron Rodgers said.

Gowan's firm has been a member of SMACNA for more than 41 years.

According to Rodgers, "After serving in the officer chairs in the 1980s, Clinton went on to play an active role on the National Pension Fund, serving an unprecedented 10 years. He also was a member of the Labor Committee and the National Joint Adjustment Board.

"In addition, SMACNA continues to benefit from his vast experience and decision-making skills as an SFUA Article X Management panelist. Currently, he devotes time to the association's legislative efforts as a member of the elite Congressional Insiders Club."

From 1985 to 1986, Gowan was president of SMACNA. In 1986 he was inducted into the SMACNA College of Fellows where from 1993 to 1995 he served in a leadership capacity on the College Board of Governors.

Gowan started in the industry as a sheet metal helper and apprentice, then became a journeyman and superintendent. He became a co-owner in his family's firm, Gowan Inc., in 1963.

In 1967, the Gowans purchased Gowco Inc., which manufactures spiral pipe and fittings for distribution to the industry.

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