SMACNA urges passage of energy legislation
The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association is lobbying Congress to adopt new tax policies that it says would enhance industrial energy efficiency.
SMACNA says House and Senate bills would simultaneously increase manufacturing competitiveness, create jobs and reduce pollution.
“Congress has an opportunity to make American manufacturers more competitive and to create jobs by expanding the use of efficient combined heat and power and clean recycled energy,” said SMACNA President John Lindemulder.
The bills include an industrial rebate initiative, which could bear the title “Industrial Star.” If adopted, it would be similar to other recently proposed rebate programs that would be intended to spur construction and manufacturing jobs, plus reduce energy costs.
SMACNA and several other organizations sent letters to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee asking for tax credits to expand use of combined heat and power and waste energy recovery.
“These tax credits and grants will provide the right incentives to get our men and women back to work rebuilding America in every state,” Lindemulder said. “Since more than 90 percent of the construction firms that will be building and installing energy recycling equipment employ fewer than 20 people, these measures will be a boon to small businesses around the country that have been hardest hit by the economic downturn.”
Michael Sullivan, president of the Sheet Metal Workers union, agreed that this legislation would help employ American workers.
“The ability to lower energy costs means U.S. manufacturers can win back jobs that have gone overseas for far too long,” he said. “This legislation will clearly be a force for industrial job creation, as every industrial job supports an average of three jobs elsewhere.”