Just like that, the temperatures are falling, the leaves are dropping, and before we can blink, the year is coming closer to an end. I hope this is proving true the old adage that “time flies when you’re having fun.” Right? You’re probably thinking about those days when nothing seems to go right. Whether it’s a misquoted project, a hiccup on fabrication, a missed delivery, upset employees, or a threatening customer, the grays on our heads seem to double in one day. Add to this a current bull market economy with record low unemployment rates, the demand and daily activity seems overbearing at times. This is where the terms “stress” and “frustration” seem to pop into our psyche. However, after taking a few steps back, I am quickly reminded that we are, indeed involved in a great industry that is filled with many smart, unique, and hardworking people that allow for our jobs to be enjoyable. Whether it be a new state of the art stadium/arena, office building, or school, we are blessed to be able to work together in the construction industry, which is part of the core to the American identity.

At whatever capacity, all SPIDA members should be proud of their involvement in the continued growth of this economy. Whether it’s getting tips to keep up with demand, or strategies to stay profitable during times like those that are so fresh in our memory 10 years ago, it’s comforting to listen and gain ideas from dialogue with other members throughout our meetings.

Thank you to all for your continued support and involvement of SPIDA. I look forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta for the General Membership Meeting, as we have a great agenda set for everyone.
Good luck to all as we head into the final sprint of the year. 

John Newland, SPIDA President
Colorado Regional Sales Manager, Hercules Industries
SPIDA and Snips Digital Magazine
Follow SPIDA president John Newland's recent article and interview with Mike McConnell of Snips magazine at the links below:
Snips interview with John Newland
Snips By Association Article
SPIDA and Social Media
SPIDA will be increasing our presence on social media!

Please join us on our new Facebook page and look for us soon on Twitter. Our LinkedIn account is still a great source of SPIDA information. Encourage your employees, co-workers and industry associates to join us.
Technical Committee Update
In this edition, SPIDA Technical Director and Senior Project Manager of SMACNA Patrick J. Brooks shares information with us about his new role with SMACNA, the search for new, cutting edge projects and updates on ongoing projects.
Pat has been on the SPIDA Technical Committee for a little more than 3 years. Previously he worked at United McGill, a sheet metal manufacturer, for 34 years with roles that included Manager of Engineering including Research and Development, General Manager of the United McGill Vermont plant and Director of Manufacturing. The primary products he was responsible for included rectangular ductwork, round spiral ductwork and flat oval spiral ductwork. After United McGill, he joined Eastern Sheet Metal as their General Manager for about 3 years before moving on to SMACNA in June of 2018.
Patrick J. Brooks
Technical Director and Senior Project Manager of SMACNA
As Senior Project Manager in SMACNA’s Technical Services Department, his primary roles are to help advance the sheet metal industry in terms of HVAC and industrial duct construction as well as the various standards developed by SMACNA. He answers technical inquiries, works on task forces to update the various SMACNA standards, gives training seminars for SMACNA members and the HVAC industry plus works with the various industry partners to ensure SMACNA standards are adopted.
For SPIDA, Pat is always looking for ideas and input. The technical committee is currently looking at options for developing a Finite Element Model for spiral flat oval duct. Another project they are investigating is working with insulation manufacturers to develop insertion loss data for 1”, 2” and 3” insulation with a vapor barrier and without, both for lined and double-wall spiral ducts with a perforated inner liner. Pat has also been finalizing ASHRAE's initial draft of the ASHRAE Duct Design Guide. As well, he worked with SMACNA to develop new flat oval reinforcement tables that will soon publish in the revisions to the 4th edition HVAC Duct Construction SMACNA guide.

Patrick J. Brooks earned his Master of Business Administration, master of science, and bachelor of science degrees from The Ohio State University and served as an instructor in duct design and acoustics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is licensed in engineering in the state of Ohio. A member of ASHRAE, he is chair of the Duct Design Guide Committee. 
SPIDA is always looking for research project suggestions.  Please email  info@spida.org with suggestions or comments.
SPIDA Original – Bobby Pope
Bobby Pope
SPIDA would like to offer our sincere condolences on the passing of Bobby Pope. Mr. Pope passed on October 6th, 2018 at the age of 83 in Weddington, NC. Mr Pope was a charter member of the SPIDA organization 36 years ago in 1992. He grew up Statesville, NC and served in the U.S. Army. Upon completion of his military service, he started his career working for HVAC contractors in Statesville and Charlotte before starting his own company, Total Comfort in Monroe, NC. Total Comfort became Monroe Metal Manufacturing and has been in operation for 50 years. The company manufactured spiral duct systems for many iconic buildings, including the Dean E.  Smith  Center in Chapel Hill and the Wachovia and Bank of America buildings in Charlotte.
SPIDA Welcomes New Board Member
Brennan Hall
SPIDA would like to welcome our newest board member, Brennan Hall. Brennan is the Senior HVAC Product Manager at Johns Manville responsible for all HVAC products based out of the Denver, CO area. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the board. He's actively involved with SMACNA and NAIMA as well as his current duties on the SPIDA Technical and Publishing committees.
Brennan has been in the HVAC industry for the past 10 years. Previously to Johns Manville, he was the national accounts manager for Baker Distributing and the Southeast Regional Manager for Owens Corning. Prior to Owens Corning, he spent 5 years in construction management. Brennan brings a national perspective to the board.
Brennan lives in Arvada, CO with wife Anna and three year old son Banks and one year old daughter Abby. He is an avid baseball fan and played college baseball at the University of Louisville and coached at Wright State in Dayton, OH. When not involved with his children's activities, he is an avid watcher of Ohio State football.
Brennan Hall
Senior HVAC Product Manager
Johns Manville
SPIDA Fall Board of Directors Meeting
The SPIDA Board of Directors met in Dallas on September 17th. Attending the meeting were:  John Newland - Hercules Industries, Bill Busch - Northeastern Sheet Metal, Robin Stegall - Hamlin Sheet Metal, Josh Crichton - Semco, Ryan Barnes - Sheet Metal Connectors, Alvin Dueck - Tradesman Manufacturing, Brennan Hall - Johns Manville, Scott Witherow - Design Polymerics, Steve Stratton - Dixie Metal Products, Reid Boydstun - Spiral Pipe of Texas, Jerry Liddell - SET Duct Manufacturing, Steve Stratton, and Pat Brooks - SMACNA.

The one day meeting involved discussions on future research projects including their costs and funding. The board was updated on our previous flat oval testing and SMACNA's publication tentative timeline in the HVAC Duct Construction Standards manual. Many of the details will be finalized for our Spring meeting in Nashville and Winter meeting in conjunction with ASHRAE - please join us for both! SPIDA also decided to enter more fully into the social media landscape with a Facebook page and a Twitter account. SPIDA remains financially strong, but needs new and renewing members to stay strong. Please renew and encourage others to join our organization.
SPIDA Needs Your Photos!
Please send photographs of spiral duct projects of stadiums and arenas, along with details (name, location, size of project in pounds, feet, etc) to switherow@designpoly.com and james@madcrouch.com for upcoming Pipeline publications.
New Member Profiles
Haltom Industries

Haltom Industries is located in a 60,000 square foot facility just east of Fort Worth, TX with nationwide service. They have been in the metal rolling and forming business for the past 40 years. They currently have 15 full time employees. Haltom Industries specializes in angle rings, duct flanges, gaskets, blast gates and custom rolled metals.

Tin Man Sheet Metal Fabrication

Tin Man was founded in 2001 by partners David Simpson and Randy Campbell and now have grown to 27 employees. David and Randy added spiral duct fabrication about a year ago to compliment their rectangular duct shop. Their 12,000 square foot fabrication only shop is located in Manassas, VA and services the Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Washington DC and East West Virginia areas.
Member News
SPIDA encourages its members to contribute or submit any news that is either related to their own business or the industry in general.

Some examples of topics to submit are:
  • Acquisitions
  • Company anniversaries
  • New facilities
  • Changes in personnel

Please submit to marketing@spida.org .
ASHRAE in Atlanta
January 13-16, 2019
Please join us for SPIDA Winter Meeting on Sunday January 13th for our annual Winter general membership meeting. Registration begins at 11:30 am with lunch/meeting starting at noon. The meeting will feature an in-depth discussion of the fabrication and installation of the spiral duct system in the new Atlanta Falcons Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
SPIDA 2019 General Membership Meeting
January 13, 2019
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Georgia World Congress Center
Room C106
Atlanta, GA

Sunday, January 13, 2019
11:30 am – 2:30 pm

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Welcome and Introductions | Lunch
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

General Membership Meeting
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
President John Newland and other members of the Board will take us through an update on all the SPIDA projects during 2018 and will present the planned activities for 2019.​ 

Program – Spiral Duct Fabrication and Installation at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
While watching Monday night football or the upcoming Super Bowl, many SPIDA members will take note of the massiveness of the spiral duct utilized in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The $1.5 billion Atlanta stadium made extensive use of spiral duct. SPIDA is fortunate to have two gentlemen from R.F. Knox Company, Atlanta to speak on the accomplishments as well as the hurdles encountered on a project of this magnitude. Project manager Sean McNamara who will discuss how they managed to make this job go smoothly in the field, while shop superintendent Chad Smith will discuss the planning and staging through the manufacturing process.

Save the Date! SPIDA Spring Meeting
Nashville 2019
Details are being finalized for our Spring meeting in May 2nd - 4th, 2019 in Nashville. Join us at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel an informative and exciting few days discussing industry topics including planned updates on steel and safety issues. We may find some time in the evenings to visit The District and the Grand Ole Opry.    
Keynote speaker Alex Chausovsky will be addressing our group. Mr Chausovsky is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than a decade of expertise across subjects including macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, energy efficiency, automation, and advanced technology trends. He has consulted and advised companies throughout the US, Europe, Brazil, China, and Japan for the last 15 years.

In his prior role, Mr. Chausovsky led a group of analysts covering the industrial manufacturing. He was also the lead analyst for 3D printing at a major international firm. Alex regularly delivers keynote addresses at leading industry conferences and association events.
Alex Chausovsky
Volunteers Needed!

SPIDA needs your assistance. Each year ASHRAE provides us with a tradeshow booth at the AHR Expo to promote spiral duct to engineers, designers and contractors.

We need your help staffing the booth!

Please contact Scott Witherow at 614-451-0780 or switherow@designpoly.com with questions or to volunteer.
SPIDA on LinkedIn

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