SMACNA Arizona presented Scott Bohlman and Mike Tucci of Dynamic Systems Inc. with a $1,000 cash prize as part of its annual innovation award.

The men were recognized for their approach in the development of a way to ship and quickly offload ductwork from a 53-foot closed-container truck onto a platform. The pair created reusable assemblies that are shipped back to the fabrication facility for future loads. Their solution also eliminated the need for a forklift and ground crew, reducing safety hazards associated with the unloading process while significantly reducing the man-hours needed for the job.

Entries were judged by a panel from the Arizona chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’ National Association. Judges base their decisions on the significance of a solution formulated from a given challenge related to the HVAC industry.

“SMACNA Arizona contractors have the best training in the industry and are known for their innovative solutions and quality craftsmanship,” said Carol Goguen, executive director of the association. “The award is a testament to how this team solved a real jobsite challenge in a creative and effective manner.”



The Colorado Roofing Association is applauding the state’s governor for signing a bill into law.

The roofing association reports that the legislation gives homeowners a 72-hour right of rescission.

The Colorado Roofing Association believes the new legislation will improve the way residential roofing contractors do business in the state while providing some basic protection to homeowners.



The Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago named Kevin Condon of Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating in Chicago its incoming president. New board members recently elected include Brian Helm, CEO of Helm Group in Freeport, Ill.; and George Englebrecht, executive vice president of Hayes Mechanical in Chicago. Helm and Englebrecht were elected to a two-year term on the board.

“The staff at MCA Chicago looks forward to working with this board in the coming year. We pride ourselves on remaining ahead of the curve and we’ve been fortunate to have a very forward-thinking board,” said Stephen Lamb, executive vice president of MCA Chicago.



The Minneapolis Star Tribune named Uponor as one of its Top Workplaces for 2012. The evaluation for the award was based upon feedback from a survey given to all employees earlier in the year. This was the Apple Valley, Minn., company’s first year participating.

“I know that I speak for all us when I say that we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as one of the top workplaces,” said Jon Mendel, vice president of human resources at Uponor. “A great workplace begins with great employees and Uponor North America employees are second to none.”

According to WorkplaceDynamics, the Star Tribune’s partner in the Top Workplaces project, of the 331 companies that participated in the survey, only 160 met the benchmark for being a top employer. The Star Tribune article said that Minnesota has more companies that meet its national benchmark than any of the other 30 markets the firm surveys, which includes cities such as Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta.



The HVAC program at Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo., has been granted accreditation by HVAC Excellence.

In seeking approval, the staff at Linn State Technical College had to complete and submit a self-study evaluation of their program that demonstrates how they meet each required standard. The self-study was sent to HVAC Excellence for their executive team to assess for compliance against each standard. 

HVAC Excellence sent a team to conduct an on-site review before deciding to grant the accreditation. 



Armistead Mechanical Inc. has been recognized for its safety record.

The fourth-generation mechanical contracting and engineering firm with corporate offices in Waldwick, N.J., has been recognized with the Governor’s Award from the administration’s Occupational Safety and Health program.

The Governor’s Award was given to Armistead Mechanical for having no work-related lost time from injury or illness for four consecutive years. Prior to attaining the award, companies must achieve several other recognitions in previous years, including the Division of Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health Award, and the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Award.



Esab Welding and Cutting Products have a new manufacturing facility in Union County, S.C.

On June 20, the company opened its new 260,000-square-foot plant on Midway Drive which will be used as the company’s site for manufacturing welding wires.

Daniel Young of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, state and local lawmakers, and Union County dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the opening, which brings 101 new jobs to South Carolina.

“We believe that we will continue to see steady growth in the North American market, and this move to Union County represents an increase in production capacity and the transfer of lines that were being manufactured overseas,” said Sue Bartholomew, Esab global marketing director. “Esab remains committed to consistent delivery of our premium-quality wires, and to leading the industry in technology and support service.”

This manufacturing location will house the production of Esab’s high-performance MIG and submerged arc welding wires. Two new production lines of the company’s premium brand AristoRod and copper-coated wires will also be housed at the Midway facility.