Contact: Jeff Leieritz (202) 905-2104             
leieritz@abc.org
                                                                For Immediate Release
May 13, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Tradesmen International, the construction industry’s premier source for craft professionals and labor-related services, which will help contractors maximize productivity per dollar of labor. The agreement became effective May 1, during ABC’s 28th annual National Craft Championships in Birmingham, Ala., which Tradesmen International sponsored.

“This partnership with Tradesmen International gives ABC members access to a trusted industry source that can help provide needed skilled craftsmen and help improve workforce productivity while maintaining the highest safety standards,” said ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman. “We are excited to formalize this partnership with Tradesmen International, which will help our members enhance their workforce and increase profitability.”

“Our heightened partnership with ABC further emphasizes Tradesmen’s commitment to supporting ABC member contractors’ efforts to increase workforce productivity while concurrently minimizing costs related to workers’ comp, health care, unemployment and, of course, the acquisition of proven craftsmen, which is highly challenging as our industry endures a critical shortage of skilled craftsmen,” said Tradesmen International’s Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mike Christiansen.  “In addition, our continued emphasis on promoting the trades to the country’s youth and helping to fortify the nation’s base of job-ready skilled craftsmen is something we believe will be enhanced substantially by our partnership with ABC.”

As part of the partnership, ABC members will have access to Tradesmen International’s Total Labor Support ® services – including labor productivity consulting, skilled trades staffing and OSHA safety training – to help them maximize workforce productivity and take full control over labor-related costs. Tradesmen International’s team brings over two decades of experience and a network of nearly 100 local offices across North America. Tradesmen International has been a longtime supporter of ABC and the merit shop construction sector, is a member of 58 ABC chapters and has been the exclusive sponsor of ABC’s Craft Professional of the Year award for more than a decade. Under the new strategic partnership agreement, Tradesmen International will serve as ABC’s workforce productivity partner and will have the ability to strengthen its relationships with nearly 21,000 ABC member companies.

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at www.abc.org.

Tradesmen International provides construction contractors and industrial companies with North America's best, safety-minded skilled craftsmen, simply because we are the industry's premier skilled workforce recruiters. From our National Recruiting Center and network of nearly 100 local offices, industry recruitment experts with multiple years of construction experience identify top craftsmen who are reliable, verifiably skilled and safety-minded. Each is thoroughly vetted and provided with safety training upon hire. And every one is fully guaranteed.