In 1947 union contractors in the sheet metal, roofing and insulating trades banded together and formed the Associated Sheet Metal, Roofing and Insulating Contractors, Inc. The objective in forming the organization was to have a unified voice for management in their dealings with organized labor in these three unionized trade sectors.
In 1956, the organization became a chapter of what is now the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association or, as it is more commonly recognized, SMACNA. The main role of the organization was to provide strength to the management component in the overall collective bargaining process. It was also the objective of management to use the association as a vehicle to provide the unionized segment of the construction industry with the management tools needed to develop and profitably operate a successful sheet metal, roofing and insulating contracting business.
This was and continues to be accomplished through educational programs offered to the contractors either locally or through our relationship with our national association, SMACNA.
In the mid-1950's the Association also became the management component to the then recently inaugurated pension and health funds for the Sheet Metal Local No. 40 and the Roofers Local No. 9. The Association is empowered by the trust agreements to appoint the management trustees to the Local No. 40 and Local No. 9 Taft-Hartley fringe benefit funds. During this same time frame the association continued to represent management interests through the collective bargaining process.
As the complexion of the union construction industry changed in the early 1970's, so did the management make-up of the association. Insulating contractors were bargaining independently, and the Association moved to change their name to reflect this.