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People and Awards

ABC Congratulates 2015 National Craft Championships Winners, Craft Instructor and Craft Professional of the Year

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:37 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the winners of its National Craft Championships and named its Craft Instructor of the Year and Craft Professional of the Year during the Careers in Construction awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ceremony took place March 6 at the conclusion of ABC’s Workforce Development Conference.
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ABC Recognizes America’s Best Construction Projects

Thursday, March 5, 2015 4:43 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) congratulated the winners of the 25th annual Excellence in Construction Awards and named Brasfield and Gorrie ABC’s 2014 Contractor of the Year, March 5. The best-in-the-industry awards were given to firms that displayed exemplary commitment to safety and diversity in 2014. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Announces New Vice President of EH&S and Workforce Development

Monday, March 2, 2015 3:11 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced industry leader Greg Sizemore as its vice president of environment, health, safety (EH&S) and workforce development for ABC. Sizemore is tasked with directing ABC’s long-range strategic objectives related to creating an innovative, skilled, productive, healthy and safe workforce.
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Nearly 200 Top Craft Trainees to Compete at ABC’s National Craft Championships

Thursday, February 26, 2015 2:18 PM
Washington, D.C. –  Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced nearly 200 competitors from 32 states will participate in this year’s National Craft Championships, March 4-5, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Chooses Fringe Benefit Group as Strategic Partner for Ethics and Compliance

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:12 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Fringe Benefit Group, an industry leader in the design, implementation and administration of health and retirement plans for contractors, today announced they have signed a strategic partnership agreement. As ABC’s fourth strategic partner, Fringe Benefit Group will leverage its resources to assist ABC and its 70 chapters in supporting the ABC core value of helping members stay in compliance with government regulations and informed about important compliance information. 
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Electrician Lloyd Evans Named ABC Craft Instructor of the Year

Monday, May 5, 2014 6:05 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today named Lloyd Evans, hiring and training administrator at Watson Electrical Construction Co. in Wilson, N.C. its Craft Instructor of the Year. Evans received the honor May 2 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Development Conference in Birmingham, Ala.
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Menifee Electrician Robert Stuart Named ABC’s Craft Professional of the Year

Monday, May 5, 2014 6:00 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today named Robert Stuart, superintendent at Stronghold Engineering in Menifee, Calif., its Craft Professional of the Year. Stuart received the honor May 2 during ABC’s National Craft ChampionshipsWorkforce Development Conference and in Birmingham, Ala.
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ABC Congratulates National Craft Champions and Craft Professional and Instructor of the Year

Monday, May 5, 2014 1:06 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the winners of its National Craft Championships and the Craft Instructor of the Year and Craft Professional of the Year during the Careers in Construction awards ceremony in Birmingham, Ala. The ceremony took place May 2, at the conclusion of ABC’s Workforce Development Conference.
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Tim C. Walton of Cianbro Named ABC Ambassador to Merit Canada

Friday, March 14, 2014 10:22 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that Tim C. Walton, director of external affairs and public policy at CIANBRO, Pittsfield, Maine, will serve as ABC’s ambassador to Merit Canada. The position will directly support and promote the efforts of the CAN-AM Merit Alliance, formed between ABC and Merit Canada to further promote free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy, under which construction contracts are awarded to construction companies based on merit. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Associations Partner in Support of the Merit Shop Philosophy

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:02 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Merit Canada Feb. 13 signed a joint resolution outlining their partnership agreement and commitment to free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy, under which construction contracts are awarded to construction companies based on merit.
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