INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky (ABC) held its annual Craft Championship Competition on December 10. This year, 44 craft professionals from 8 crafts participated.  Competitors first took an intense, two-hour written exam and then competed in a daylong, hands-on practical performance test. The competition was developed in 1987 by ABC National to help celebrate and recognize craft training in construction careers. Each year the competition draws some of the ABC’s most talented craft professionals and highlights the important role that craft skills training plays in the construction industry.

While the adult Craft Championships took place, ABC and Gaylor Electric hosted a “Kid’s Construction Center” for the children of guests and competitors. Children were able to build and paint a small construction project of their own. A special thanks to Yahaira Aguilera, from Gaylor Electric, for running this program.  The kids had a great time!

Congratulations to the following ABC members and their State Craft Champions:

  • Votaw Electric (Electrical, Commercial/Industrial)
  • Advanced Mechanical Services (Sheet Metal)
  • RLTurner Corporation (Carpentry)
  • Pritt Electric (Electrical, Residential/Commerical)
  • Ferrer Mechanical Services (HVAC)
  • DEEM, LLC (Pipefitting)
  • Gordon Plumbing (Plumbing)
  • Brenneco Fire Protection (Sprinkler Fitting)

Each state champion earned a cash prize of $500, championship medal, Carhartt jacket, and the ability to complete against the “best of the best” at the National competition in late February 2017.