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Beam Club award recognizes six for recruitment success

2/18/2019 1:11 PM
Six members of Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin were recognized Wednesday evening for their efforts to grow the organization in 2018. The prestigious Beam Club award recognizes members who recruited their peers to become members of ABC of Wisconsin. In 2018, ABC of Wisconsin reached record-high membership with 881 members, making it the largest of 70 chapters throughout the nation. Read the rest of entry »

ABC recognizes 52 Projects of Distinction

2/15/2019 3:10 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin highlighted some of the state’s most impressive and distinct construction projects of 2018 on Thursday during the 26th annual Projects of Distinction Awards Program in Wisconsin Dells. The Projects of Distinction Awards recognize merit construction projects that meet stringent standards for safety, overall quality of construction, and face unusual circumstances and challenges.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Wisconsin recognizes contractors for exemplary safety records

2/15/2019 1:16 PM
Safety photoWISCONSIN DELLS -- ABC of Wisconsin recognized contractors with the highest in safety performance in 2018 at its annual Safety Awards Luncheon on Thursday.  For 32 years, ABC of Wisconsin has recognized hundreds of members for their commitment to safety with the ABC Safety Awards Program."World-class safety is what we encourage our members to strive for and many of them get to this level," said John Mielke. "It's important to recognize when contractors and their employees are committed to safety so all contractors in the state, no matter how large or small, put safety into the culture."   Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin's December construction unemployment outperforms all neighboring states

1/30/2019 10:05 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Estimated December not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 44 states -- including Wisconsin -- on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. In Wisconsin, the NSA construction unemployment rate for December was 6.1 percent, a drop of one percent from December 2017’s rate of 7.1 percent ...  Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin apprentices earn trip to national competition

1/28/2019 12:04 PM
Winners photoWEST BEND, WI -- Three of Wisconsin’s top construction apprentices have earned top honors in their respective trades and will represent the state in the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championships (NCC). The three 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. Read the rest of entry »

November construction unemployment rates down again in Wisconsin

1/7/2019 8:45 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Estimated November construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 44 states – including Wisconsin – on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.  While the November 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate fell 1.1 percent from a year ago to 3.9 percent, the construction industry employed 277,000 more workers nationally compared Read the rest of entry »

This year’s SuperCon the biggest one yet

1/3/2019 3:38 PM
Registration is now open for ABC of Wisconsin’s annual SuperCon, which returns Feb. 13-14 to Wisconsin Dells with more educational and networking opportunities than ever before. SuperCon 2019 features four main topic areas, 15 educational tracks and nearly 70 sessions over two days, along with more than three dozen exhibitors at its Exhibit Show. SuperCon will be held again at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center at the Wilderness Resort, 45 Hillman Road. Read the rest of entry »

Apprenticeship ratio changes credited with jumps in apprenticeship enrollment

12/11/2018 8:35 AM
Apprenticeship imagesPEWAUKEE -- Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) reports a big jump in construction apprenticeship programs as a result of the apprenticeship ratio changes that went into effect this year. 

In a recent news post, the college announced record enrollments in the School of Applied Technologies, which operates many different types of apprenticeships, including the ABC construction trades ...  Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Wisconsin hits record high membership level

11/29/2018 2:16 PM
MADISON – Membership in the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Chapter has reached an all-time high in 2018, with 881 merit contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and construction-related professionals renewing their memberships or joining the trade association. ABC of Wisconsin also reached an all-time-best membership renewal rate of 92.32 percent in 2018. Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin receives high marks for construction business climate

11/28/2018 1:22 PM
MADISON – Associated Builders and Contractors released its annual Merit Shop Scorecard today, ranking Wisconsin as a state with an above average business environment for merit shop construction contractors. The ranking rates states on policies and programs that encourage open competition, education and job growth, and award construction contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. With an overall rank of 12 out of 50, Wisconsin moved up three spots in the rankings from 2017. Read the rest of entry »
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