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Workforce and Safety

ABC Calls for More Effective and Collaborative Construction Safety Regulations

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:52 AM
WASHINGTON, May 23—In testimony before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Kwest Group President and Chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Safety and Health Committee Ryan Odendahl called for a collaborative effort between industry and the federal government to increase workplace safety and promote economic opportunity in the United States. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Keystone Highlights Impact of Apprenticeship Programs in Congressional Testimony

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:30 PM
WASHINGTON, April 25—In testimony before a U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee today, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone Chapter President and CEO David Sload, a 39-year veteran of construction workforce development, highlighted the role apprenticeship programs play in equipping workers with the skills necessary to compete in the modern economy. Read the rest of entry »

Tax Reform Enables ABC Members to Hire and Train More Construction Industry Workers

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2:54 PM
WASHINGTON, April 17—As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017, 55 percent of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) contractor members plan to hire more employees, and 52 percent plan to invest in workforce development, according to a recent poll. In addition, 90 percent of member companies say employees have seen an increase in their paychecks. 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 »

ABC Honors Contractors with Industry-leading Safety Performance

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:59 PM
LONG BEACH, Calif, March 22— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the winners of the 2017 National Safety Awards at ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, Calif. A total of 54 ABC member companies were recognized for their safety performance on March 21 during the 28th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 670 Percent Safer

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:56 AM
WASHINGTON, March 20—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently released its 2018 Safety Performance Report to further the construction industry’s understanding of how to make jobsites safer through its Safety Performance Evaluation Process (STEP). Packed with infographics and practical takeaways, the report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 85 percent, making the best-performing companies 670 percent safer than the industry average. Read the rest of entry »

ABC, BCSP Ink Deal to Promote Construction Safety

Monday, March 19, 2018 4:09 PM
LONG BEACH, Calif., March 19—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on improving occupational safety and health at construction workplaces throughout the United States. The partnership is centered on developing effective prevention strategies and technologies as well as encouraging students and other professionals to choose occupational safety and health as a career and advance their competency in that field. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Highlights Construction Worker Shortage During National Apprenticeship Week

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:04 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) commends the U.S. Department of Labor for declaring Nov. 13-19 National Apprenticeship Week. It’s the third consecutive year that business, labor, government, education and other partners are highlighting the tremendous job opportunities apprenticeships provide and the need for an infusion of Americans to pursue a skilled trade.
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Gaylor Electric Exec Named ABC's Young Professional of the Year

Thursday, November 9, 2017 10:01 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) congratulates Justin Baker, executive vice president of Gaylor Electric in Mooresville, N.C., for being named ABC's Young Professional of the Year. Baker accepted the award Nov. 8 during ABC's Leadership Week Conference in Orlando, Fla. 

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ABC Celebrates Careers in Construction Month 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 11:49 AM
The construction industry has a message for career-seekers this October: the demand for construction workers is high, and firms are looking to hire. Despite an investment of more than $1 billion a year by its members to train the next generation of construction workers, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) says the industry currently has 500,000 unfilled jobs, and that number could more than double if Congress and the White House agree on a promised $1 trillion infrastructure bill. ABC member firms are highlighting the worker shortfall and abundant opportunities for aspiring industry professionals during Careers in Construction Month.
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