Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at


Economic OutlookMore Like This

According to a report recently released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the private construction industry’s value added as a percentage of the nation’s real gross domestic product (GDP) rose to 4 percent in 2016, the highest level since 2009. The report also shows annual growth in real construction spending, which rose 3.5 percent in 2016. Thirty-seven states benefited from the rise in construction activity in their state, while 13 states experienced a reduction in activity.

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Workforce DevelopmentMore Like This

The national construction industry added 8,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in September, according to an analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of a recent release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nonresidential sector added 11,700 jobs for the month, which means that residential construction lost several thousand jobs. Nonresidential specialty trade contractors paced the segment, adding 8,500 net new jobs on a monthly basis.

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WebinarMore Like This

Are you prepared for OSHA’s Dec. 1 deadline to train employees on the new “Safety Data Sheets” (SDS)?

In 2012, OSHA enacted its Global Harmonization Standard (GHS), which included a number of significant changes to its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012). These changes affect all employers utilizing hazardous chemicals at their worksites. One of the major changes of the GHS requires employers to train their employees on the new “Safety Data Sheets” (SDS) by Dec. 1, 2013.  Continue »

WebinarMore Like This

The Living Building Challenge is the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s own architecture. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the Living Building Challenge—a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales. Continue »

Davis BaconMore Like This

Federal, state and municipal prevailing wage laws present a myriad of challenges and opportunities for construction contractors. In this webinar, Sam Melamed of ABC Insurance Trust, will discuss compliance principles, allowable fringe benefits and correct crediting calculations. You also will learn little-known pitfalls, tips and tricks to reduce your company’s payroll burden on prevailing wage jobs. Continue »