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Workforce and Safety

ABC Announces National Safety Leaders in the Construction Industry

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the 39 winning contractor companies of the 2020 National Safety Excellence Awards, which were presented at the 31st annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10.

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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 Award-Winning Construction Projects of 2020

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the presentation of the Excellence in Construction® Awards to 87 projects collectively worth nearly $2.7 billion during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10. The EIC awards program is the construction industry’s leading national competition that honors general and specialty contractors for world-class, safe and innovative construction projects from across the nation.

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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 Wilburn, senior superintendent, DynaTen Corp., Alvarado, Texas, was named the 2021 Craft Professional of the Year. Wilburn was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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ABC Statement on Senate Committee Vote Approving Nomination of Mayor Walsh as Labor Secretary

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11— Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement on the vote by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to approve the nomination of Mayor Marty Walsh as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Arizona Is the No. 1 Merit Shop Construction State, According to ABC’s 2020 Scorecard

Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:25 PM

ABC released its 2020 Merit Shop Scorecard today, an annual ranking based on state policies and programs that encourage workforce development, strengthen career and technical education, grow careers in construction and promote fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects.

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ABC Celebrates Career Technical Education During Apprenticeship Week

Monday, November 9, 2020 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8—Apprenticeships are a key part of Associated Builders and Contractors’ commitment to an all-of-the-above approach for developing a safe, skilled and productive workforce that meets the current and future needs of the construction industry. During the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 8-14, ABC celebrates the value of earn-while-you-learn opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, students, non-graduates and people laid off during the pandemic or seeking new careers, re-entry to the workforce or a second chance.

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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 Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 827% Safer

Monday, June 1, 2020 9:21 AM

WASHINGTON, June 1—Associated Builders and Contractors today released its 2020 Safety Performance Report, an annual assessment that furthers the construction industry’s understanding of how to achieve world-class safety through its STEP Safety Management System. Published in conjunction with National Safety Month, the report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 88%, making the best-performing companies 827% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average.

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ABC Launches Safe and Healthy Construction Pledge

Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:03 AM

WASHINGTON, May 28—Associated Builders and Contractors recently launched the Safe and Healthy Construction Pledge, an industry-wide call to action to redouble construction jobsite safety commitments under new protocols due to the coronavirus outbreak. Open to all U.S. contractors and industry associations, the pledge calls for prevention, preparedness and response plans to prevent injuries and disease and safeguard total human health.

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