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Celebrating 80 Years of Performance: Congratulations to ABC Member Hensel Phelps

Award-winning ABC member Hensel Phelps is celebrating its 80th year of continuous operations in 2017. Founded in Greeley, Colo., in 1937, the award-winning firm has evolved from home building and remodeling into a multibillion-dollar employee-owned firm, delivering landmark buildings both nationally and internationally.   Read the rest of entry »

Champion Electric Inc. Earns AQC Credential

Champion Electric Inc. of Riverside, Calif., member of ABC’s Southern California Chapter, has been awarded Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) status by ABC. The AQC program recognizes and honors construction firms that document their commitment to excellence in five key areas of corporate responsibility: quality, safety, employee benefits, training and community relations.   Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin Chapter Members’ Recruitment Efforts Recognized

Jerry Daniels of Joe Daniels Construction has reached the Chairman’s Level of the Beam Club for recruiting more than 100 new members, and Gerry Krebsbach of K-W Electric Inc., Jay Zahn of R & R Insurance and Tom Altmann of Altmann Construction Co. Inc. have reached the Presidential Level of the Beam Club for recruiting more than 50 new members.

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ABC Members Combine Learning and Networking at Autodesk University

More than a dozen ABC members took advantage of the inaugural ABC at AU program in Las Vegas Nov.14-16. Autodesk University (AU) draws hundreds of construction professionals from all size businesses to see, touch, and try the latest industry technology and attend any of the 180 construction related classes. Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Walking/Working Surfaces

On Nov. 18, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) final rule. This is an update for general industry and does not change the construction standard. This update could impact maintenance activities being completed on a facility. OSHA indicated that under the final rule they have worked to align the general industry standard with the construction standard.  Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs

On Dec. 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a document entitled recommended practices for safety and health programs in construction.  This document is meant to help small and medium contractors who may not have safety and health specialists on staff to create proactive programs to keep their workplace safe. The recommendations do not change any existing obligations from OSHA standards or create new legal obligations, rather is meant only as advisory.  Read the rest of entry »

Find and Do Business With ABC Members at FindContractors.com

The new site allows members and staff to search for ABC members across the country by name, chapter, location, sales volume or type of construction. Plus, you can search for members that participate in STEP, have signed the Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace Pledge and those who have federal designations. Members can also manage their membership information, including verifying company name, chapter, CSI and NAICS codes and designations. Read the rest of entry »

CFMA Benchmarker Report Shows Increase in Return on Assets, Equity

The 2016 CFMA Financial Benchmarker Report presents a detailed analysis of key operating data from the construction industry. The report, based on confidential surveys completed by 869 companies in early 2016, showed an increase in return on assets (ROA), return on equity (ROE), average days in accounts receivable, gross profits and net income and a decline in average days in accounts payable.
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Using the Tax Code to Your Advantage: Purchasing a New Vehicle for Business Could Save You Money

Section 179 of the U.S. tax code presents a welcome opportunity for small business owners to save money at tax time. An economic incentive designed to encourage the purchase of business-related equipment, Section 179 lets taxpayers deduct the full cost (within limits) of certain types of property from their federal taxes for the year the property was purchased and put into service. Read the rest of entry »

New I-9 Form Beginning Jan. 2017

On Nov. 14, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised I-9 Form. Employers can begin to use the newly revised I-9 Form or continue to use the current version, which is dated 3/8/2013. However, beginning Jan. 22, 2017, all employers must use the revised I-9 Form (edition date 11/14/2016 noted at the bottom of the form) for all new hires to verify their employment eligibility, including U.S. citizens and non-citizens. Employers who fail to use the new form on or after Jan. 22 may be subject to penalties.  Read the rest of entry »