We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Merit Shop Construction Awards competition! I encourage you all to consider participating. It is our goal to recognize and publicize the outstanding work of our members. Such recognition builds a greater awareness within our industry of the quality of projects performed and completed by Merit Shop companies.
Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana (ABC) hosted its 2016 Graduation Event for Indiana apprentices on Friday, May 20. The event recognized 77 graduates across ABC’s Indiana training sites
ABC Indiana/Kentucky was excited to be invited to participate in Governor Pence’s “Start Your Engines” tour of Indiana.
With construction companies expected to hire more than 61,000 workers in Indiana through 2017, a new partnership between Build Your Future (BYF) and the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation is committed to meeting the demand for qualified craft professionals while helping individuals achieve their career goals. Build Your Future Indiana is a unique collaboration of employers, state agencies and industry associations that encourages residents to learn about construction careers and training opportunities now emerging in the state and to qualify for and obtain careers in these high-demand occupations.
The 3rd Annual Job Fair for the Construction Prep Academy was a huge success! The contractors were eager to meet young people interested in pursuing construction as a career. Students took this networking opportunity seriously and were well prepared for their interviews. All sixteen of the Indianapolis-based ABC students were given three interviews by the fifteen companies represented.
The companies that participated were:
- Baumgartner & Co. Asphalt
- Brandt Construction
- Commercial Trade Source
- Dilling Mechanical
- Emergent Construction
- Ferrer Mechanical Services
- Fluid Waste Services
- Fredericks, Inc., Contractors
- Gaylor Electric
- Glenmark Construction
- Gordon Plumbing
- Kemna Masonry Restoration
- Merritt Contracting
- Myers Construction
- Tech Trades
In just over one week, there have been eleven job offers and numerous second interviews scheduled. Three students have already accepted positions and will be starting their career in construction as soon as they graduate!
Each year, ABC of Indiana/Kentucky selects its Craft Instructor of the Year (CIOY) and Craft Professional of the Year (CPOY).
The CIOY award is presented to an instructor who possesses outstanding creativity, a positive attitude and the ability to transfer knowledge through good communication skills and innovative teaching to promote lifeline learning to our future workforce.
The CPOY award is presented to an individual who sets a high standard for professionals in their craft by exhibiting outstanding skills and leadership. The recipient of the national award demonstrates a passion for the trade, taking pride in hands-on work and the satisfaction of a job well done to benefit both the construction industry and the greater community. The winner is a master of skills whose commitment to excellence makes him or her the ultimate example of merit-shop success in the field.
We are proud to announce our Indiana/Kentucky award winners for 2016: Gabriel Galvan, CIOY, and Bryan Feller, CPOY. Both Gabe and Bryan have been nominated for the national award during WorkforceWeek’16! We wish them both the best of luck!
GABRIEL GALVAN – 2016 IN/KY Craft Instructor of the Year
Gabriel Galvan has been named our 2016 Craft Instructor of the Year. Gabe owns his own construction company, teaches the high school construction program for Marion Schools, and is a Core/Carpentry apprenticeship instructor in Indianapolis. Gabe is an Army 1st Sergeant and serves in the Indiana National Guard. He has earned commendations for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina. He is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and served on a mission trip to Haiti. Gabe has been married for two years, has a 1-year old daughter with a child due in May. One of Gabe’s high school students wrote, “Mr. Galvan has made sure I’m ready for a career in construction, and I intend on attending ABC after high school to continue my training and education.”
BRYAN FELLER – 2016 IN/KY Craft Professional of the Year
Bryan Feller began his career 35 years ago as a journeyman helper, earned journeyman status, and now begins his 26th year with Gaylor Electric. Bryan is a general superintendent responsible for the daily supervision of 85 journeymen. Bryan’s professionalism is best demonstrated by his supervision of over 100 journeymen on the multi-billion dollar Tennessee Wacker Project—a production site for polysilicon used in solar cells. Bryan was instrumental in the build out of our chapter’s BICSI low voltage lab. He serves on the Central Indiana Apprenticeship Committee, is lab coordinator for the Indianapolis Training Center, directs the state craft championships, and has judged both state and national craft championships. Bryan interviews and hires high school interns as part of the Build Your Future initiative. He is an assistant Boy Scout leader, been married for 24 years and is father to 16-year old triplets. He has hiked the Appalachian Trail, Grand Canyon, and Shenandoah and Smokey Mountain Ranges.
See how ABC advanced the merit shop philosophy and helped members win work, develop people and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of our communities in 2015.
We are pleased to announce that as of March 1, 2016, BWI, Inc. has joined Patriot Engineering and Environmental, Inc. (Patriot), expanding our service capabilities and expertise in the disciplines of weld and steel inspection.
BWI and Patriot have a history of successfully working together for nearly 10 years. Our companies hold similar values and philosophies regarding the services we provide to our clients. This transaction will further support Patriot to deliver a broader range of services and deliverables to your projects, adding additional value and reducing risk to our service line.
If you have any questions about this exciting news and what it will mean for you and your projects, please contact us at any time. We look forward to introducing you to our new partners and associates.
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