2016 Merit Shop Construction Awards Competition

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

Governor Pence’s “Start Your Engines” tour

ABC Indiana/Kentucky was excited to be invited to participate in Governor Pence’s “Start Your Engines” tour of Indiana.

‘Build Your Future’ Expands to Indiana to Help Close the Construction Skills Gap

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.

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NHS Prep Academy Job Fair

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!

Congrats to our 2016 Craft Award Winners

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.

2015 ABC Year in Review

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.

BWI Joins the Patriot Family

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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Phone: (317) 576-8058

Offices also in Terre Haute, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Bloomington; IN
and Louisville, KY, Dayton, OH, Nashville, TN, Carmi, IL, and New Orleans, LA.

To learn more about Patriot, please visit us at www.patrioteng.com.

Kentucky Ranks 37th for Construction Business Climate According to ABC’s Merit Shop Scorecard

Contact: Jeff Leieritz:(202) 905-2104; Leieritz@abc.org

Louisville, Kentucky, Dec. 18 – Kentucky is a poor place for contractors to do business according to a
scorecard launched today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). “Building America: The Merit Shop
Scorecard” reviews and grades state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and
industrial construction industry. The scorecard website, meritshopscorecard.org, identifies states, such as
Kentucky, where strategic improvements need to be made to create an environment where merit-shop
contractors are well positioned to succeed and states that have created contractor-friendly business

“Kentucky policymakers have significant room for improvement in creating a business environment where
contractors can excel,” said J. R. Gaylor. “Kentucky policymakers can help reduce the cost of public
construction to taxpayers and make it easier for contractors to expand their operations and create more
jobs in Kentucky by adopting free enterprise-based policies such as banning anti-competitive and restrictive
PLA and prevailing-wage mandates and supporting right-to-work and workforce development programs.”
The merit shop philosophy is the belief that people and companies succeed based on free enterprise
principles within the free market system, which is characterized by open and fair competition and diverse
participants. Those who adhere to the philosophy believe employees and employers have the right to
determine wages and working conditions through either individual or collective bargaining, as they choose,
within the boundaries of the law. They oppose violence, coercion, intimidation and the denial of the rights
of employees and employers. Furthermore, they believe it is incumbent upon all branches of government
to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars and that government should award contracts based solely
on merit to the lowest responsible bidder, regardless of labor affiliation.

ABC sees Governor Matt Bevin as a Governor that will provide an era of new leadership that will create an
economy based on free enterprise principles that are essential to making Kentucky a top tier state in job
creation and job growth. Kentucky’s current high rating (b) in Career and Technical training is consistent
with ABC’s ongoing effort to sponsor construction in Kentucky high schools as a pathway to the lucrative
career opportunities in the skilled trades. Without corresponding construction job opportunities after high
school, students are stymied from realizing the great career options in construction. Hopes are high for the
new Bevin Administrations leadership in education and workforce development.

The Merit Shop Scorecard was developed with input from ABC chapters and industry stakeholders across
the country. States were evaluated based on their policies and records on seven key issues:
 Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)
 Prevailing Wage
 Right to Work
 Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)
 Workforce Development
 Career and Technical Education
 Job Growth Rate
Criteria and definitions are available on meritshopscorecard.org. The scorecard will be updated with
exclusive state construction unemployment rate estimates from economist Bernard Markstein, Ph.D.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association
representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70
chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for
the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at abc.org.