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About Us

Founded in 1978 and open to contractors signatory to the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers’ Local Union 33, ECO-SMACNA, offers its members a wide variety of unique benefits and access to some of East and Central Ohio’s largest construction companies and organizations through strategic partnerships.

It’s important to note we’re a trade association and not a union. While we collaborate with local unions, we’re different in that we’re an organization founded and funded by contractor businesses. We participate in public relations, advertising, education, and other services that promote our industry.

Our Mission Statement

We strive to promote understanding, high standards, and good relations on behalf of our contractors with the sheet metal industry and the community.

Our Executive Team & Staff

It takes the right kind of leadership to ensure our members – and organization – continue to flourish. We’re proud to say our executive team and staff members boast over 150 years of combined industry experience.

Aaron Hall, MCA Akron Division, Executive Director
Aaron Hall Executive Director
Aaron Hall

The Executive Director of East Central Ohio SMACNA, Aaron Hall serves in the same capacity with the Mechanical Contractors Associations (MCA) of Akron and Mahoning Valley, the Associated General Contractors of Akron (AGC), the Akron Canton Mansfield Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (RSMCA), and the Construction Industry Development Board, Inc. (CIDB). He represents these associations on a local, state and national level to ensure the construction industry’s interests are properly reflected in legislation.

A former Ohio carpenter and graduate of The University of Akron, Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication with minors in Marketing and Advertising and Professional Speaking and Writing. His education extends to completed courses on negotiations, grievances and dispute resolution at the Cornell School of Industrial Relations, Michigan State University, Harvard University, Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He’s also a Master Facilitator through the Leadership Access Institute, a Master Trustee through the IFEBP Trustees Masters Program, and has attained Executive Leadership Accreditation from the MCA of America.

Aaron’s leadership experience also includes service with numerous industry committees, including the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau Board of Directors (NCPWB), Mechanical Contractors of America (MCAA) Industry Improvement Committee, the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) Board of Directors, and as chairman of the MCAA Associated Executive Council (AEC).

He currently serves as a trustee on the United Association Local 219 Pension, Annuity, Health and Welfare, and Industry Training funds, in addition to the United Association Local 396 Pension Fund, Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 Health and Welfare Committee, and the Ohio State Carpenters Health and Welfare Trust Fund and Collections Committee.

A technology advocate, Aaron also has extensive experience as a national instructor and consultant on how to properly integrate and utilize tablets, smartphones (specifically iPads and iPhones) and other cutting-edge tools to help improve productivity and professionalism in the industry.

Joe Stella, MCA Akron Division, Assistant Executive Director
Joe Stella Assistant Executive Director
Joe Stella

Joe Stella serves as Assistant Executive Director of East Central Ohio SMACNA and holds the same position with the Mechanical Contractors Associations (MCA) of Akron and Mahoning Valley, and the Associated General Contractors of Akron (AGC). He’s been in his current position since 2017.

An experienced public sector contract negotiator and union representative of 15 years, Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Akron and has attained Executive Leadership Accreditation from the MCA of America. He also attends annual trustee training through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).

Joe is extremely active in the industry, serving as a trustee on Sheet Metal Local 33 Health & Welfare Fund, Tri-County Pension Fund, UA Local 219 Health & Welfare Fund, and Local 219 Training Fund. He’s also been a member of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Akron’s Canton Board of Directors since its inception in 2017. He works extensively with local schools and universities in leading workforce development and outreach efforts, utilizing partnerships with the Six District Compact, Akron Public Schools, and Kent State University to promote opportunities in the construction industry.

To that end, Joe helped establish a new nonprofit organization called Akron Canton Builds. Its purpose is to promote union skilled trade programs to communities and schools in Summit, Stark and surrounding counties.

Become A Member Join ECO-SMACNA Today

The choice to become an East Central Ohio SMACNA member isn't just a choice to join our industry's leading trade association – it's an opportunity to be part a family. Open to contractors signatory to the SMART Local Union No. 33, we offer a variety of benefits designed to support our members and provide positive impacts on their careers.

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Resource Downloads Our Knowledge At Your Fingertips

A core part of our mission is ensuring our members have immediate access to the latest industry information. Whether it's an updated wage sheet or safety accountability letter, our resource library is always just a click or tap away.

Upcoming Events Engage With The SMACNA Community

We believe a connected association is a stronger one. To that end, we offer a robust schedule of educational and social networking events that allow our members opportunities to improve their skillsets while forging lasting bonds within our industry.

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