Wisconsin experiences lowest January construction unemployment on record; Rates down year over year in all 50 states

3/21/2018 9:33 AM
The State of Wisconsin and the U.S. both experienced their lowest not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rates on record for January, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Continued strength in construction resulted in a 7.3 percent January 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate, down 2.1 percent from January 2017, while Wisconsin's rate was 8.5 percent, down 3.1 percent from a year earlier.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC's Suzanne Knight recognized as Rising Young Professional of Construction

3/16/2018 10:45 AM
MILWAUKEE -- ABC of Wisconsin Education Coordinator Suzanne Knight was honored Thursday, March 15, at the Rising Young Professionals of Construction banquet. The event, held in Milwaukee by The Daily Reporter, recognizes a new generation of workers for positively making an impact on the construction industry landscape. What follows is her write up in the special awards magazine from The Daily Reporter ... Read the rest of entry »

Statement from ABC on Assembly Bill 508 passing the Senate

2/21/2018 8:31 AM
Statement from John Mielke, president of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin on the passing of Assembly Bill 508 passing the Senate Tuesday:

“Even before Foxconn construction, there’s a shortage of skilled trades men and women in Wisconsin. 
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Wisconsin contractors recognized for commitment to world-class safety

2/19/2018 9:44 AM
More than 60 contractors were recognized for commitment to world class safety at Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin's annual convention in Wisconsin Dells on February 15 ...  
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45 projects recognized in 2017 Projects of Distinction Awards

2/16/2018 3:11 PM
Some of the most impressive and distinct construction projects for 2017 were recognized at the 25th Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Projects of Distinction Awards Program in Wisconsin Dells Thursday. 

The Projects of Distinction Awards recognizes projects ...
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Jacobson receives highly-coveted Meilahn Award

2/16/2018 10:56 AM
Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin named Gene Jacobson, PDC Electrical Contractors, Monroe, with the organization's most prestigious award. Jacobson received the Wes Meilahn Award at the Annual Projects of Distinction Awards Banquet in Wisconsin Dells on Thursday, February 15. 
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ABC of Wisconsin member makes appearance on "Ask This Old House"

1/31/2018 2:27 PM
You may see a familiar face on the national television show, "Ask This Old House" during this week's episode. That's because ABC member Larry Budiac of Budiac Plumbing, Inc., Mequon, was asked to participate in the shooting of an episode this past summer. 
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Wisconsin apprentices qualify for national competition

1/29/2018 8:39 AM
Four of Wisconsin’s top construction apprentices are heading to California to compete in the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships. The four advanced after placing first in their respective trades at the ABC of Wisconsin Skill Competition and will now compete against the top craft trainees from around the U.S.
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Three ABC-backed workforce bills pass through Assembly Committee

1/16/2018 1:41 PM
Three workforce-related bills passed the Wisconsin Assembly's Workforce Development Committee today. The committee action comes just a few days after eleven ABC members testified in favor of the bills, intended to address the construction skills gap.  
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ABC of WI members testify on several workforce/apprenticeship bills

1/10/2018 3:09 PM
ABC of Wisconsin members appeared before the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development today to support three apprenticeship-related bills, including AB 745, relating to high school seniors being allowed to participate in adult apprenticeship programs; AB 734, relating to creating individual or corporate tax deduction for apprenticeship tuition; and AB 124, relating to the marketing of employment and training opportunities to University of Wisconsin System students who do not complete degrees. 
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