NHF Webcast – Pandemics and Productivity: Quantifying the Impact

August 13, 2020

Register to view the Webcast on Demand The New Horizons Foundation has issued a new project study, Pandemics and Productivity: Quantifying the Impact, that addresses the productivity impact COVID-19 has had across the sheet metal, HVAC and mechanical industry.  This webcast breaks down the report in easy-to-understand pieces and explain how contractors can use the findings to: Quantifying […]

SMACNA and the New Horizons Foundation Issue Landmark Report on the Productivity Impact of COVID-19

July 29, 2020

Research shows rising costs, diminished productivity in the industry Chantilly, Va. (July 29, 2020) – The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association(SMACNA), the leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, announced its member foundation and premier research entity, the New Horizons Foundation, has issued a new project study […]

Interim COVID-19 Productivity Report

June 29, 2020

The New Horizons Foundation (NHF) and SMACNA have partnered with ELECTRI International and NECA to help industry specialty contractors assess, capture and act on “The Impact of COVID-19 on Productivity.” Many subcontractors have faced additional costs associated with performing work at jobsites during the COVID-19 outbreak and in the fabrication processes integral to project completion. […]

Survey: Organizational Adoption of New Technologies

June 18, 2020

The New Horizons Foundation, in partnership with Arizona State University, is conducting a survey to identify best practices and common barriers to adopting new technology or processes within the Sheet Metal and HVAC industry. Take the 5-minute survey and contribute to valuable research shaping our industry. Aggregate survey results will be shared with SMACNA Members in an effort […]

Webcast Recording: COVID-19 and Construction – What the Numbers Tell Us

June 11, 2020

In this webcast, recorded June 5, 2020, Guy Gast and Angie Simon of the New Horizons Foundation, along with representatives from SMACNA’s Premier Partner, Procore, provide exclusive data and reporting that has been compiled by NHF combined with aggregated workforce data from Procore’s proprietary platform and additional information from industry resources. This full and informative discussion included the topics […]

NHF Partnering with ELECTRI on COVID-19 Productivity Data

May 7, 2020

The New Horizons Foundation (NHF) is partnering with ELECTRI International (NECA’s foundation) to help industry specialty contractors assess, capture data, and act on COVID-19’s impact on productivity.   Many contractors and subcontractors have had to face additional costs associated with performing work at jobsites since the COVID-19 outbreak started to impact job site construction and fabrication processes integral […]

Engaging a Workforce in Transition – Keeping Skilled Labor

January 9, 2020

Over the next 10 years, the industry will undergo one of the most significant transitions of multiple generations. Yet few seem adequately prepared. This poses significant risks, chief among them the ongoing viability of the business. Reducing voluntary turnover provides the organizational consistency necessary to navigate this transition, and engaging employees continues to prove to […]

Video: New Horizons Foundation on the Factors that Drive Successful Transitions

December 19, 2019

“Most people think succession planning is only about the people who are still there. This video and white paper also focuses on the executives leaving the business and how it affects them,” says Guy Gast, president of Waldinger’s Iowa Division and chairman of the New Horizons Foundation. The Foundation, in partnership with FMI, recently released […]

New Horizons Foundation Launches Website, New Logo

December 1, 2019

The New Horizons Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new logo and website, The website and logo were developed to modernize the look and feel of the Foundation, as well as to complement the recently completed Contractor Resource Library. Earlier this year the New Horizons Foundation and partner Arizona State University […]

New Horizons Foundation Selects Projects for 2020

November 15, 2019

The New Horizons Summit Council met recently in Boston to review and select foundation projects for 2020. The Council approved five of the ten proposals presented: Addressing the Skilled Labor Shortage through Increased Workforce Diversity: Exploring Incentives and Deterrents to HVAC Industry Employment This project will investigate current practices in HVAC and sheet metal workforce development […]