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ABC of Wisconsin VP Kelly Tourdot named ‘Women in Construction’ honoree

8/23/2019 7:38 AM
MILWAUKEE — Kelly Tourdot, vice president of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin, received a “Women in Construction” award from the state’s leading construction industry newspaper on Thursday in Milwaukee. Tourdot was one of 24 women in the state construction industry to be recognized by The Daily Reporter during the inaugural event at the Marcus Performing Arts. The award honors outstanding achievement by top women in the construction industry who, by achieving success, have also paved the way for success for other women in construction. Read the rest of entry »

With nearly 1,600 apprentices, ABC of Wisconsin remains committed to skilled trades training

8/16/2019 3:28 PM
ABC believes strongly in the earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship model, which provides careers with limitless opportunities for advancement and high earning potential. The ABC Apprenticeship Program is a 501(c)(3) educational organization working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and 11 state technical colleges to educate nearly 1,600 apprentices in 12 skilled trades. This fall, ABC’s apprenticeship program is training nearly 450 additional new apprentices in communities across Wisconsin. ABC is proud to be part of Wisconsin’s deep apprenticeship tradition. Since 1987, we have graduated thousands of apprentices who have great careers as skilled craft persons.  Read the rest of entry »

New safety series designed specifically for jobsite managers

8/9/2019 4:35 PM
Safety Leader 101 graphicMADISON — The newest offering from ABC of Wisconsin’s Construction U aims to help member companies develop their safety supervisors and managers into safety leaders.

Safety Leader 101 will debut this fall at the ABC of Wisconsin Training Center in Madison, offering a 48-hour, six-session course over a six-month period that provides the tools needed to develop safety leaders, regardless of job title. Students will explore the importance of leadership, cultural transformation and the safety management process.

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Chapter enhances member services with new human resources professional

8/6/2019 3:51 PM
MADISON — ABC of Wisconsin members now have a human resources professional they can lean on for consulting. The chapter announced the hiring of Kate Schieldt, director of Human Resources Consulting, who is ready to answer members' questions. Chapter leadership identified a need for this position, particularly for members who are not large enough to have someone to handle human resources issues. Shieldt, who has more than 20 years experience in human resources with a major Wisconsin manufacturer, will provide an immediate benefit to members through high-quality human resources consulting but the depth of what she will be able to offer members will grow in the future.  Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin construction unemployment at 2.8% in June

7/31/2019 1:48 PM
2.7% imageWASHINGTON, D.C.—Wisconsin's construction unemployment rate was at 2.8% in June, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rate in the state was up from the record low 1.3% in May, but down 0.4% from May of 2018 and still significantly lower than the 3.5% overall unemployment rate for the state.  The 2.8% rate is tied for 11th best among the states.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Apprentices among first to use new career pathway

7/24/2019 8:29 AM
Dakota picAPPLETON — Three high school students signed adult registered apprenticeship contracts today that will give them a jump start on their careers. These registered apprentices will work on the first year of their electrical apprenticeships through Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin and Fox Valley Technical College while still in high school. Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin construction unemployment rate reaches all-time low

7/2/2019 1:28 PM
Construction site thumbnailWASHINGTON, D.C.—Wisconsin's construction unemployment rate set an all-time record low for any month on record, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  The estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rate in Wisconsin dropped to 1.3%, topping the previous record of 1.7% for May 2017. The 1.3% rate is seventh best among the states. It's also a drop of 0.9% from May 2018 and 2% from April 2019. It is also 1.4% lower than the not seasonally adjusted overall state unemployment rate of 2.7% for the month of May.  Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin federal legislators recognized for voting records

6/7/2019 3:01 PM
Merit Shop Proud thumbnailWASHINGTON, D.C.— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is recognizing Wisconsin members of Congress for being champions of merit construction. National legislators earning the “Champion of the Merit Shop” designation include Sen. Ron Johnson from the Senate, along with Rep. Glenn Grothman, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, and Rep. Mike Gallagher from the House of Representatives. Read the rest of entry »

Oconomowoc HS seniors mark transition into new careers at ‘Apprenticeship Signing Day’

5/29/2019 3:54 PM
Nine Oconomowoc High School (OHS) seniors who are planning to pursue apprenticeship in the construction trades after graduation participated in an “Apprenticeship Signing Day” ceremony Wednesday morning in the school’s fieldhouse. The ceremony – held as part of the OHS’ “Celebrate Your Future Week” – recognized students who gained work experience through youth apprenticeship programs during high school and who are signing contracts to become adult registered apprentices. Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin construction unemployment near record for month of April

5/29/2019 10:28 AM
NSA chart imageWASHINGTON, D.C.—In April, for the second month in a row, the estimated not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 49 states on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  Meanwhile, Wisconsin experienced its lowest rate on record in April at 3.8%, a drop of 1.2% from the previous month and .09% lower than April 2018.  Read the rest of entry »
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