Join Us for the 2019 Craft Championships!!

Sponsorships are available.

We appreciate the support of all of our amazing members!

 

The National Political Circus

A letter from J.R. Gaylor
ABC Indiana/Kentucky President

So how do you cut through all of the political posturing to make a meaningful difference when the November elections come around? You want your voice heard, but you are not sure what the legalities are. You may question, can I talk to my employees about political matters? Short answer: You cannot direct employees who to vote for or against. Period. BUT you are not helpless. ABC is here to help. I recommend two new websites just released for the very purpose of educating our members.

ABC Votes is intended for you and your management team (the restricted class of your company). It contains everything you need to make an informed decision on Election Day-Including Do’s and Don’ts for communicating with ALL of your employees and the candidate’s positions on the issues that impact our industry. You can also customize the WeBuildAmerica website to include your company logo and personalize their experience.

WeBuildAmerica is ABC’s brand new online (and mobile friendly) election portal intended for ALL employees of your company. It focuses more on the importance of voting, how and where to do so—there is even an intro video to help articulate that message.

In our world today, everything is politicized. ABC coined the phrase many years ago. ‘Get into Politics or Get out of business’. What that means is that the rules that govern how we do business comes as the result of the political/governmental process. Elections matter. They determine who the decision makers are that govern. The forces against free enterprise and our way of doing business are even stronger. So, no matter how much you don’t like the political happenings in our world, we cannot sit on the sidelines. No other organization fights the political battles for your company like ABC.

ABCINKY Welcomes A New North Central Council Manager

ABC would like to announce the promotion of Masie Reece to North Central Council Manager!

Masie’s previous role was that of ABC’s Administrative Assistant, and she will bring her strong work ethic, positive attitude and attention to detail to her new position.  Please join us in welcoming Masie as your council manager!  Masie’s contact information is listed below:

Masie Reece
masie@abcindianakentucky.org
317-596-4950 ext. 107

With Masie’s transition into her new position, we have decided to postpone the North Central Member Appreciation Cookout originally scheduled for July 24.  We greatly appreciate your understanding!

2018 Indianapolis Graduation Event – Sold Out

For any details on the event coming up this week, including how to get to Crane Bay, a map is available in the event details here on our website. 

ABC Craft Professionals Rank in the Top 3 at the National Craft Championships

Long Beach, CA, 3/22/18– Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky (ABC) brought home four medals at this year’s National Craft Championship competition in Long Beach, CA. The apprentices from Indiana/Kentucky competed alongside 170 of the association’s top craftsmen from 28 states. Apprentices can win a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Safety medal for their performance.  “The National Craft Championships is a great opportunity to show off the exceptionally skilled and well-trained craftsmen and women that work on Associated Builders and Contractors member job-sites,” said 2018 ABC National Past Chair Chuck Goodrich, president of Gaylor Electric Inc. Indianapolis. “ABC looks forward to showing off the very best the merit shop construction industry has to offer and drawing needed attention to the terrific career opportunities available in the construction industry.”

The competitors from Indiana/Kentucky received the following awards:

HVAC
Silver Medal, Austin Tingler, DEEM LLC (Indianapolis, IN)
Instrumentation
Silver Medal, Lucas Anderson, Gaylor Electric Inc. (West Lafayette, IN)
Plumbing
Silver Medal, Geoff Lippert, Ellis Mechanical Inc. (Indianapolis, IN)
Sprinkler Fitting
Bronze  Medal, Zach Dague, Brenneco Fire Protection (Flora, IN)
ABC Indiana/Kentucky also recognizes the following Craft Champions who competed:

Travis Helmuth, Electrical- Commercial/Industrial, J.O. Mory (Ft. Wayne, IN)
Justin Spivey, Pipefitting, DEEM LLC (Indianapolis, IN)
Randy Waterman, Carpentry, Ancon Construction (Goshen, IN)
Mark Zeller, Electrical- Commercial/Residential, Huff Electric (Indianapolis, IN)

Finally, Gene Senter, an Electrical 3 Instructor for the chapter, was recognized as a National Craft Instructor of the Year Finalist.

In addition to the strong performance of our apprentices, ABC of Indiana/Kentucky received 3 membership awards (for achieving 90% retention, for achieving growth, and meeting our annual membership goal for 2017) at the annual Chapter Awards Luncheon. ABC Indiana/Kentucky is thrilled with the high performance of our chapter at the 2018 National Craft Championships!

Congrats to Our Recent Grads!

ABC Indiana/Kentucky Congratulates our 2 year Foreman training graduates and ABC Instructor Glen Brock for leading such a great group.

2017 Year in Review

Based on the merit shop philosophy, ABC helps members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they live and work.

READ THE FULL 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

2018 Craft Championship Sponsorship Available – Inquire Now

Interested in supporting the 2018 State Craft
Championships? Associated Builders and Contractors of
Indiana and Kentucky will host the 2018 State Craft
Championships on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at our
Indianapolis Headquarters. We have sponsorship
opportunities available for the following:

• $1,000 General Event

• $1,500 Santa’s Workshop (limit 1)

• $2,500 Lunch Sponsor (limit 1)

All sponsorships include: company logo on all printed
material and the opportunity to display company
information at the event. ABC will provide a table at a
prominent location inside the LGI room for
handouts/giveaways for spectators and guests. Santa’s
Workshop and the Lunch Sponsor will also receive extra
advertising coverage in the Lab and at the main entrance
to the event.

Contact Cat for further details!
Cat@abcindianakentucky.org call 317.596.4950

2016 Craft Championships

ABC of Indiana/Kentucky Hosts 2017 Merit Shop Construction Awards Gala

Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky (ABC) hosted the annual Merit Shop Construction Awards Gala last Thursday night at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. The purpose of the Gala is to recognize Excellence in Merit Shop Construction. ABC Members from across the chapter submit a variety of projects to compete for the esteemed “Award of Excellence” and “Award of Merit.” Projects are evaluated on criteria including Safety, STEP- status*, and Constructability. A panel of judges (comprised of industry experts) review submissions and name winners. The Gala is a great opportunity for the construction industry to come together and celebrate the accomplishments of our ABC members. In addition to the Awards of Excellence and Merit, the ”James W. Rabold Safety Award” and the “S. Douglas Trolson Image Award” for member engagement are presented.

This year, the event featured Warren Central J-ROTC for the presentation of the colors, followed by the National Anthem sung by Joanna Reinhardt. Al Wurster, of Wurster Construction, gave the invocation. At the ceremony, more than 30 projects were recognized – 90 Awards of Excellence and 50 Awards of Merit were presented to those involved. Our Presidential Sponsor, Gaylor Electric Inc., presented Meyer Najem with the evening’s Presidential Award, as they earned the highest overall score for their Community Cancer Center North project. Paul Zuranski (Gaylor Electric Inc.) and Larry Sheets (RLTurner Corporation) were presented with Rabold awards by Mr. Rabold himself. Both Paul and Larry are exemplary models of safety in our industry and thanks to their hard work and passion, ABC contractors continue to lead the industry in safety. Finally, J.R. Gaylor presented two members (Fredericks, Inc. Contractors, and Commercial Trade Source) with the S. Douglas Trolson Awards for member engagement. Both contractors are avid supporters of the Association and our members.

Details on the winning projects can be found in the Indianapolis Business Journal (starting October 10th) and featured HERE on our website.  For those with winning projects outside of the Indianapolis area, ABC will work with your local news outlet to share your achievements.

To learn more about the Merit Shop Construction Awards Gala, contact Catrona Lanctot at cat@abcindianakentucky.org

*Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) is a certification we encourage all members to pursue. A STEP certified contractor is a minimum of 150% safer on the job than the industry average. For more info: abc.org/STEP

 

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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 delivery that work safety, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its member work. Visit us at www.abcindianakentucky.org

Now Offering Specialized Welding Training

Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky is offering a 1 year Welding Intensive course which provides foundational knowledge and skills to students interested in pursuing a Welding career. This course prepares students to successfully pass a variety of AWS certifications. ABC of IN/KY is an approved educational institution by the American Welding Society.

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