2021 People’s Choice Award

Voting has opened for the SMA’s coveted People’s Choice Award. Help us determine this year’s recipient of the People’s Choice Award by voting on your favorite stair project. Can’t choose just one? Don’t fret! You can vote for as many like (but you can only vote for a particular project once).

Go to https://stairways.org/peoples-choice, review all of this year’s award entries and then cast your vote for your favorite stairway by liking their photo!

Voting will end August 30th and the People’s Choice Award recipient will be announced at the Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, taking place September 23-25.

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Visual Interpretations to the Stair Building Code

We now have three versions of the printed Visual Interpretations to the Stair Building Code available.  You can stock up on these pictorial depictions of the 2012, 2015 and 2018 International Residential Code in the SMA Store at stairways.org/store. The 2012 is in black and white and the NEW 2015 and 2018 versions are in full color!


SMA Stair Academy


by Rusty Parks & Robert Aulicky

Grow your business! Do you have adequately trained employees to assist your company as you take more significant steps to continue your growth? Let the SMA help.

The SMA Stair School hosted two successful classes, with our class hosts Carolina Stair Supply and Crown Heritage, during the 2019 calendar year. Our students gave the class rave reviews. The class teaches theory and practical application skills for both post-to-post and over-the-post installation skills.

The Stair School Class focuses on theory, to better explain how and why the balustrade post-to-post system works. The class offers hands-on training with student workstations designed specifically for this learning opportunity. The workstations allow students to practice their balustrade layout from the starting newel to the wall termination. Students are taught how to calculate handrail height, baluster lengths, and placement of newels. They are also instructed on methods for correcting issues without stopping the workflow.

As seasoned builders, the instructors cover everything from checking paperwork for proper materials to calculating for newel heights to block depth styles to baluster lengths. Students are taught to layout the whole balustrade before they start making their first cut. They are also exposed to several different types of newels and the mounting hardware used, from the 3-inch newels to the more massive hollow box newels. This gives the students perspective and the ability to fine-tune their projects, as necessary.

This class benefits both the shop craftsman and the sales representative. It provides a better understanding of the preparation needed for blocking and premounting newels and balusters. The class also helps attendees understand take-offs with the proper lengths, quantities, and hardware for each installation.

Take advantage of your growth today by setting up for the next wave. The SMA answered your request for more, better-trained employees. Are you ready? We are!

Register for an upcoming class, today!


SMA Member Social Media Accounts

SMA Members!  Let’s get connected, socially. The SMA is on social media and we would like to connect with you by following your business on the various platforms!  Please complete the quick form so we can easily find you and follow your incredible work.  Click here and let us know where we can find you. We will see you soon, socially.

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SMA Annual Business Meeting

The SMA will be holding our Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, April 30th at 2:15 PM EST via Zoom.  This meeting is open to all SMA members.  Attendees will receive updates from the SMA President, Code Representative, and Committee Chairs.  There will also be a time for you to ask questions.  Please watch your email for details of this meeting.

SMA 2020 Annual Conference – Cancelled

The Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association’s (SMA) Board of Directors, in response to the  CDCs advisory, has determined it is not in the best interest of our attendees to continue with our Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, April 16-18. Therefore, the April 2020 event has been cancelled.

The SMA Board of Directors will meet in the coming days to discuss rescheduling this event. We will be in contact with you again as soon as we have a plan to share.  Thank you for your patience as we navigate these unique circumstances.