Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit Sept. 23 to stop Westmoreland County from requiring its contractors to execute a project labor agreement with the Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council as a condition of winning certain taxpayer-funded public works construction contracts.

Big-D Construction was ranked number 4 on the Associated Builders and Contractors' 2019 Top Performer in the Mountain West list. The Top Performers list recognizes ABC member contractor's achievements in safety, quality, diversity, and project excellence.

Associated Builders and Contractors praised Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for signing the Neutrality in State Government Contracting bill (HB 985), which protects Texas taxpayers by ensuring all of Texas' skilled construction workforce can compete on a level playing field for public works contracts to build projects utilizing state funding or credit.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced Doster Construction Company as the 2019 National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award winner for the National Memorial for Peace and Justice at the 29th Annual Excellence in Construction Gala on March 27 in Long Beach, Calf.

Associated Builders and Contractors on Nov. 28 released its 2018 Merit Shop Scorecard, an annual state ranking based on policies and programs that encourage open competition, education and job growth, and award construction contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.

The Associated Builders and Contractors New Hampshire and Vermont Chapter's Young Professionals Group (ABC YPG) recently hosted their 3rd Annual Charity Bowling Tournament at Merrimack Ten Pin Center in Merrimack, N.H. Twenty teams competed in the event, raising $2,500.

Michael Bennett, vice president of the Cianbro Cos., Pittsfield, Maine, told Congress that industry-driven construction apprenticeship programs should play a bigger role in government efforts to close the workforce/skills gap that has left 500,000 construction jobs unfilled in the United States today.

A second-year student in Mississippi State's College of Architecture, Art and Design is receiving major recognition from the state's most diverse construction trade association. Jalyn R. Wallin of Double Springs, Alabama, is a 2017 selection for a $2,000 scholarship from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Mississippi Chapter, which annually provides scholarships to building construction students at Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Big-D Construction garnered several Excellence in Construction awards from the Utah Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), including the inaugural 'ABC Champion of the Year' award. During its annual state convention and EIC Awards dinner in April, ABC awarded the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center of the Arts project the “Champion of the Year.” The project also won the “Excellence in Construction Award for Institutional Over $10 Million.”Big-D's Unified State Laboratory project won the “Commercial Over $20 Million” award.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's favorable reporting of the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1552) out of committee. The bill, introduced by Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and passed by voice vote, will boost competition on government construction projects and reduce building costs to taxpayers by preventing federal agencies from forcing contractors to sign controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) in order to compete to build federal and federally assisted construction contracts.

Construction software developer HCSS (www.hcss.com) announced the winners of its annual Construction Intern Awards. A total of 17 scholarships worth a combined $50,000 were awarded to students in construction-related fields who held internships of at least two months in duration with construction companies during the 2015-2016 school year or summer of 2016.