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People and Awards

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 Names 2021 Craft Instructor of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Todd Swan, a carpentry instructor for the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, a training affiliate of the ABC Cumberland Valley Chapter, was named the 2021 Craft Instructor of the Year. Swan was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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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 Names the 2021 Young Professional of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:00 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Jim Ellis, vice president, Price Electric, Robins, Iowa, received ABC’s 2021 Young Professional of the Year Award. Ellis was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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ABC Names the 2021 Craft Professional of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:00 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Pat Willburn, senior superintendent, DynaTen Corp., Alvarado, Texas, was named the 2021 Craft Professional of the Year. Willburn was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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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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ABC Honored to Receive the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:19 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23—Associated Builders and Contractors is honored to announce it has received the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award, which will be presented today at a White House event. Among nine recipients, ABC was selected based on its achievements in workforce education and fulfilling its 2018 pledge to recruit and upskill at least 500,000 workers by 2023.

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ABC Honors Student Winners of 2020 Construction Management Competition

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:25 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19—Twenty-six teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide put their construction project leadership skills to the test during Associated Builders and Contractors’ annual Construction Management Competition, held virtually for the first time this week. The four-person teams, which were assigned to complete the same construction management project, received awards in five categories.

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ABC’s Construction Executive Names The Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:40 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4—Construction Executive magazine, published by Associated Builders and Contractors, today announced The Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms in the United States, which will be published in the magazine’s 200th July/August 2020 edition. The list also includes the top 10 construction accounting firms ranked by the total number of construction CPAs, percentage of revenue from construction, total number of employees with a certified construction industry financial professional certification and number of U.S. offices.

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ABC Cancels Convention 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020 2:16 PM

WASHINGTON, July 6—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the cancellation of ABC Convention 2020, which was scheduled for Aug. 17-19 in Nashville, Tennessee. The event, which includes the National Craft Championships, Construction Management Competition and National Excellence in Construction® Awards, was previously postponed from March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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