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In addition, ABC produces the Construction Backlog Indicator, the only economic indicator that reflects the amount of work that will be performed by commercial and industrial construction contractors in the months ahead, and the Construction Confidence Index, a diffusion index that signals construction contractors’ expectations for sales, profit margins and staffing levels. Methodology for both indicators can be found hereABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 

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DEWALT Named Program Sponsor of ABC’s National Student Chapter Network

Thursday, April 8, 2021 2:30 PM

WASHINGTON, April 8—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced that DEWALT, a Stanley Black & Decker brand and U.S. manufacturer of professional products, will power the National Student Chapter Network as the program sponsor for the next three years.

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ABC and Milwaukee Tool Announce Strategic Partnership

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, March 31—Associated Builders and Contractors and leading tool manufacturer Milwaukee® Tool, headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, today announced a strategic partnership that will provide ABC chapters and contractor members with solutions for a safer, profitable and more productive jobsite. Milwaukee Tool is the only manufacturer of power tools, hand tools, storage and accessories to be named as an ABC strategic partner.

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ABC Announces New Director of National Craft Championships

Thursday, March 25, 2021 1:31 PM

WASHINGTON, March 25—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that it has hired Jarrell Jackson as the director of ABC’s National Craft Championships and Construction Workforce Awards.

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ABC Announces Awards for Top Construction Projects, Safety and Diversity Excellence, Contractor of the Year and Careers in Construction Honorees

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of its annual national awards—the Excellence in Construction,® Safety and Diversity Excellence, Contractor of the Year and Construction Workforce Awards—during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas.

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ABC Announces 2020 National Diversity Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors has named the winners of the 2020 National Diversity Excellence Awards, an annual recognition of ABC members that display exemplary diversity leadership in their company, workforce, supply chain and community with best-in-class recruitment policies, retention practices and training and mentoring programs. The winners were honored at the 31st annual Excellence in Construction® Awards at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas.  

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Associated Builders and Contractors Names Big D Metalworks 2021 Contractor of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11Associated Builders and Contractors today named Big D Metalworks, headquartered in Dallas, as its 2021 Contractor of the Year, an award that recognizes companies for corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development and expert craftsmanship. The award was presented at the 31st annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10.

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ABC Announces the 2021 Top Performing U.S. Commercial and Industrial Construction Member Companies

Monday, March 8, 2021 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON, March 8—Associated Builders and Contractors today released its third annual Top Performers lists, which recognize ABC member contractors’ achievements in safety, quality, diversity, project excellence and special designations, ranked by work hours.

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January Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 48 States Year Over Year, Says ABC

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 9:20 AM
WASHINGTON, March 20—Estimated January not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 48 states on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. 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 Applauds Reauthorization of Perkins Act to Drive Workforce Education

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 2:26 PM
WASHINGTON, July 31—Associated Builders and Contractors today praised Congress and the administration for passing a bipartisan reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, one of the key federal programs that supports vocational education programs that align with local workforce needs and lead to industry-recognized credentials. Read the rest of entry »
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