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People and Awards

Associated Builders and Contractors Honors America’s Top Construction Projects

Thursday, March 3, 2016 9:55 AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., March 3 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the recipients of the 26th annual Excellence in Construction® awards. A total of 105 projects collectively worth $2.8 billion were honored at the Excellence in Construction Awards in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

David Allen Company Named Contractor of the Year by Associated Builders and Contractors

Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:55 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that it has named David Allen Company of Raleigh, N.C., its 2015 Contractor of the Year. Art Odom, president of the company, accepted ABC’s highest honor at the 26th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala on March 2 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

More Than 200 Top Craftworkers to Compete at ABC’s National Craft Championships

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 16– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that more than 200 of the top construction apprentices and trainees in the country will compete in this year’s National Craft Championships, March 2-3 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Announces New Government Affairs Team Leads

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:47 AM
AssociatedBuilders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that it has promoted two staffers to lead its government affairs team. Ben Brubeck will serve as ABC’s vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs; and Kristen Swearingen will serve as vice president of legislative and political affairs. 
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Gov. Kasich Addresses ABC Member Concerns in TeleForum

Thursday, December 10, 2015 4:20 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 10 – Presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) addressed and responded to questions from members of a coalition of major nationwide business groups in a TeleForum today. Kasich answered questions from members of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business and National Retail Federation. Read the rest of entry »

ABC to House Panel: Uncertain Tax Policies Limit Small Business Growth

Thursday, December 3, 2015 3:45 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) member Rich Shavell, CPA, CVA, CCIFP, today told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that small businesses need relief from onerous tax policies and a growing regulatory burden in order to succeed and create jobs. Shavell testified before the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access at a hearing titled “Tax Extenders and Small Businesses as Employers of Choice.” Read the rest of entry »

Iowa Native Shon Smith of ACI Mechanical Named ABC’s National Young Professional of the Year

Monday, November 23, 2015 3:00 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 23 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that Shon Smith, prefabrication manager at ACI Mechanical, Inc. in Ames, Iowa, has been named ABC’s first Young Professional of the Year. Smith was among three finalists for the award chosen based on their career achievement, leadership and vision for future industry enhancement from a field of more than 100 nominations. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Announces Young Professional of the Year Finalists

Thursday, October 22, 2015 8:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) continued its celebration of Careers in Construction Month today by announcing three finalists for its first Young Professional of the Year Award. Finalists were chosen based on their career achievement, leadership and vision for future industry enhancement from a field of more than 100 nominations representing 47 ABC chapters and more than 80 member companies. Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Trimmer Foundation Awards Scholarships to Merit Shop Construction Students

Thursday, September 24, 2015 10:14 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the first 10 winners of the Build Your Future Scholarship through ABC’s Trimmer Construction Education Foundation (TCEF). The scholarships are awarded to the top 10 students attending an NCCER-accredited program or a state/federally approved apprenticeship program in a merit-shop training facility. The scholarships are funded through a pledge of $100,000 from NCCER over the next five years. Read the rest of entry »

Electrical Training Manager Named ABC National Craft Instructor of the Year

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:38 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named Jonathan Sacks of Palmyra, Maine its Craft Professional of the Year. Sacks currently works as a transmission and distribution training manager at CIANBRO in Pittsfield, Maine. He received the honor March 6 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »