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 magazinehereand a timeline we put together about the first 80 years of the industryby 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.
A lot changes in 80 years (and doesn't)
James J Siegel is the associate editor of SNIPS magazine. He has been with the magazine for eight years and is based in San Francisco.