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People and Awards

Associated Builders and Contractors Names MAREK Contractor of the Year

Monday, March 25, 2019 12:23 PM
LONG BEACH, California, March 28—Associated Builders and Contractors named MAREK, headquartered in Houston, as its 2018 Contractor of the Year, an award that recognizes companies for corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development and expert craftsmanship. Mike Holland, chief operating officer of MAREK, accepted the honor at the 29th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala during ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California, March 27. Read the rest of entry »

Milwaukee Tool Signs on as Platinum Sponsor of ABC Convention, Official Tool Sponsor for National Craft Championships

Friday, March 22, 2019 8:45 AM
WASHINGTON, March 22—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Milwaukee Tool is a platinum-level sponsor for its 2019-2021 ABC Conventions and the official tool sponsor of the National Craft Championships. An industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, hand tools, accessories, jobsite lighting and storage solutions, Milwaukee Tool will provide tools and safety equipment for NCC competitors.“We’re so excited to have Milwauk Read the rest of entry »

ABC Names Finalists for Craft Professional, Instructor of the Year Awards

Monday, March 18, 2019 2:13 PM
WASHINGTON, March 18—Associated Builders and Contractors named the finalists today for the 2019 Craft Professional and Craft Instructor of the Year awards. The winners of both awards will be announced at the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony on March 28 during the ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Elects 2019 National Chair, Executive Committee

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 12:00 PM
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 14―The Associated Builders and Contractors Board of Directors elected Tony Rader, telecom vice president for National Roofing Partners, to serve as the 2019 national chair during the association’s annual Leadership Institute in Las Vegas. Ray Zamora, president of AnchorBuilt Inc., was elected chair-elect, and Steve Klessig, vice president of architecture and engineering, Keller Inc. was elected secretary. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Announces New Director of Workforce Development

Monday, October 29, 2018 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Timothy Mongeau has been appointed as director of workforce development. Read the rest of entry »

Strategic Partner United Rentals to Sponsor Diversity Program

Thursday, September 6, 2018 2:34 PM
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2018—Associated Builders and Contractors recently announced that United Rentals, Inc., the world’s largest equipment rental company, has signed on as the sponsor of ABC’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the Diversity & Inclusion Summit and National Diversity Excellence Awards.    Read the rest of entry »

ABC and JLG Form Strategic Partnership to Advance Innovation in Construction

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON, June 27—National construction trade association Associated Builders and Contractors and access equipment manufacturer JLG Industries Inc. today announced a strategic partnership that will help solve industry challenges with world-class education, training and equipment solutions. The announcement was made by company executives in Washington, D.C., during ABC’s Legislative Week. Read the rest of entry »

ABC, USVBA Agree to Promote Veteran Construction Businesses

Monday, April 16, 2018 8:45 AM
WASHINGTON, April 18—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the U.S. Veterans Business Alliance (USVBA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on expanding the participation of veteran and disabled veteran businesses in the merit shop construction industry. Read the rest of entry »

Top Craft Professional, Instructor Honored at ABC Convention 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON, March 26—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) named the nation’s top craft professional and craft instructor during ABC Convention 2018 last week in Long Beach, Calif.  Richard Brown of Gaylor Electric Inc. was named 2018 Craft Professional of the Year, and William Fuller of ABC’s Greater Houston Chapter was named 2018 Craft Instructor of the Year. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Honors Future Construction Leaders at Annual College Student Competition

Friday, March 23, 2018 12:34 PM
LONG BEACH, Calif., March 23—Sixteen teams of four undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide put their construction project leadership skills to the test during Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) annual Construction Management Competition (CMC) at ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, Calif. Teams were assigned to manage the completion of the same mock project over two days. First, second and third place awards in five categories were presented to the winners at the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony at the convention’s conclusion on March 22. Read the rest of entry »