This month marks Snips’ 80th anniversary issue. It’s quite a milestone. In the March 2012 issue, you’ll see a comprehensive history of Snips magazine here and a timeline we put together about the first 80 years of the industry by going here.

It’s amazing how much the industry has changed, and not just from tin snips to plasma cutters. The industry is rapidly changing and embracing new ideas and technology. I just take a look at how Snips magazine has changed over the past five years. We now have a digital edition, a monthly e-newsletter, and a presence on Facebook and Twitter. These were unthinkable 80 years ago.

It’s also comforting to see how much hasn’t changed. For the past eight decades, Snips has been covering all aspects of the sheet metal and HVAC industry. For example, the first issue covered a “lawyer” racket, which I think is pretty hard news for a first issue 80 years ago. And of course, Snips always covered what was happening with local associations and with small contractors. We still do this today. We try to balance some big news stories with updates on regional meetings, company open houses, and contractor-oriented features.

And we hope that we are still living up to the Snips’ goal to stay “close to the reader.” With that in mind, you can always reach out to us and let us know what stories you want us to cover. If you have an interesting story to tell, share it with us. We want to make sure we continue to keep the sheet metal and HVAC industry connected. Thanks for reading and helping Snips reach its 80th birthday.