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SMACNA Names Innovator of the Year

Feb. 19, 2024
This year's winner works for a leading Wisconsin mechanical contractor.

SMACNA has bnamed Chris Hronek, Construction Technology Manager at Tweet/Garot Mechanical in De Pere, Wisconsin, as the recipient of its 2024 SMACNA Innovator of the Year Award, which recognizes contractors who are visionaries, game-changers, and the driving forces behind continuous improvement.

The award was presented at the 2024 MEP Innovation Conference, the preeminent technology conference for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, service and sheet metal contractors. It is a recognition of excellence and celebrates those who are transforming and shaping the future of their industry.  

“Chris is an incredibly skilled sheet metal worker who combines his trade expertise with a keen interest in technology to spearhead the digitization of the fabrication process, specifically focusing on optimizing shop workflows,” Linda Jennings, Executive Director of Innovation, Integration, and Learning, SMACNA. “Chris is also a valued resource throughout Tweet/Garot and the industry, always going above and beyond to share and promote new and innovative workflows.” 

“What an incredible honor and well-deserved recognition of your hard work. You're an incredible ambassador for Tweet/Garot, and it's so gratifying to see your skills and effort being celebrated on a national level,” said Chris Howald, CEO, Tweet/Garot Mechanical. “I'm proud to have you as part of our team and grateful you've helped shape our digital transformation and worked as a change agent to grow adoption with all our employees. You are a wonderful resource for other companies with similar challenges. I know this is just the beginning of the recognition that your innovation and leadership will bring in the future.”