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People and Awards

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 »

Alabama Welder Named ABC National Craft Professional of the Year

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:32 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named Holley Thomas, Double Springs, Ala., as its Craft Professional of the Year. Thomas works as a foreman for KBR. Thomas received the honor March 6 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Congratulates 2015 National Craft Championships Winners, Craft Instructor and Craft Professional of the Year

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:37 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the winners of its National Craft Championships and named its Craft Instructor of the Year and Craft Professional of the Year during the Careers in Construction awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ceremony took place March 6 at the conclusion of ABC’s Workforce Development Conference.
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ABC Recognizes America’s Best Construction Projects

Thursday, March 5, 2015 4:43 PM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) congratulated the winners of the 25th annual Excellence in Construction Awards and named Brasfield and Gorrie ABC’s 2014 Contractor of the Year, March 5. The best-in-the-industry awards were given to firms that displayed exemplary commitment to safety and diversity in 2014. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Announces New Vice President of EH&S and Workforce Development

Monday, March 2, 2015 3:11 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced industry leader Greg Sizemore as its vice president of environment, health, safety (EH&S) and workforce development for ABC. Sizemore is tasked with directing ABC’s long-range strategic objectives related to creating an innovative, skilled, productive, healthy and safe workforce.
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Nearly 200 Top Craft Trainees to Compete at ABC’s National Craft Championships

Thursday, February 26, 2015 2:18 PM
Washington, D.C. –  Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced nearly 200 competitors from 32 states will participate in this year’s National Craft Championships, March 4-5, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Chooses Fringe Benefit Group as Strategic Partner for Ethics and Compliance

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:12 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Fringe Benefit Group, an industry leader in the design, implementation and administration of health and retirement plans for contractors, today announced they have signed a strategic partnership agreement. As ABC’s fourth strategic partner, Fringe Benefit Group will leverage its resources to assist ABC and its 70 chapters in supporting the ABC core value of helping members stay in compliance with government regulations and informed about important compliance information. 
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Electrician Lloyd Evans Named ABC Craft Instructor of the Year

Monday, May 5, 2014 6:05 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today named Lloyd Evans, hiring and training administrator at Watson Electrical Construction Co. in Wilson, N.C. its Craft Instructor of the Year. Evans received the honor May 2 during ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC) and Workforce Development Conference in Birmingham, Ala.
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Menifee Electrician Robert Stuart Named ABC’s Craft Professional of the Year

Monday, May 5, 2014 6:00 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today named Robert Stuart, superintendent at Stronghold Engineering in Menifee, Calif., its Craft Professional of the Year. Stuart received the honor May 2 during ABC’s National Craft ChampionshipsWorkforce Development Conference and in Birmingham, Ala.
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