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At ABC’s second annual Industrial Users Summit, merit shop contractors discussed issues regarding labor, safety, productivity and working with the client with some of the top industrial construction users in the country. 

The more than 60 construction leaders collaborated and shared insight on topics such as how to 
In the session “Construction Contracting Strategies,” panelists from Cajun, LyondellBassell and Phillips 66 discussed how a user decides on a contracting method, the pros and cons of each approach and how contractors and their clients can work together to complete a project as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Another panel with representatives from companies such as S&B’s power group, Fluor and Exxon dove into the demand for construction labor and how to recruit the new generation, how to remain safe and productive on the jobsite and how merit shop contractors an integral part of creating a skilled workforce.

Other topics included optimizing jobsite productivity, safety procedures, ways to use modularization and prefabrication to mitigate labor risks. 

Among the users that attended the event were representatives from the following companies:

  • Michelin ASRC
  • Valero Energy Corporation
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Air Products and Chemicals
  • LG&E and KU Services Co.
  • DuPont
  • Lyondellbassell
  • Valero Energy
  • Dow Corning Corporation
  • EverBLUE Water Technologies
  • Sasol
  • ExxonMobil Global Services Company
  • Phillips 66
Event sponsors were Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Cajun Industries, LLC, Gaylor Electric, Inc., hth companies, inc., Kelchner, Repcon, Trandesmen International, United Group Services and Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. For more information, visit

For more information on the Industrial Users Summit, be sure to subscribe to Construction Executive magazine and look for an overview of the program.