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ABC of Wisconsin earns four national awards for membership success

4/4/2019 9:39 AM
Mullan Award photoLONG BEACH, California — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin received several awards for membership success in 2018 at the ABC National Convention in Long Beach last week. 

First, the chapter was recognized for achieving more than 90% retention, which means more than nine in 10 members renew. Second, the chapter received an award for reaching membership growth. For the first time in the chapter's 46-year history, membership reached 881 members. Third, the chapter earned an award for achieving its membership goal.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction unemployment in Wisconsin at near record low in February

4/3/2019 4:42 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Estimated February not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates dropped in 46 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. As the February 2019 national NSA construction unemployment rate fell 1.6% from a year ago to 6.2%, the construction industry employed 222,000 more workers nationally compared to February 2018, according to BLS numbers. In Wisconsin, the NSA construction unemployment rate for February was 5.9%, a drop of 2.1% from February 2018’s rate of 8% ...  Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Wisconsin members earn National Excellence In Construction Awards

4/1/2019 1:41 PM
EIC logoLONG BEACH, California — Two ABC of Wisconsin members earned national honors during the 29th National Excellence in Construction Awards gala at the ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California, last week. 

Corporate Contractors, Inc. (CCI) of Beloit was recognized in the General Contractor Renovation $10 to $100 million category for the Stateline Family YMCA renovation in Beloit. Holtz Builders, Inc. of Lake Delton was recognized in the General Contractor Community/Public Service category for Camp Gray "The Ark" Gymnasium in Reedsburg.   Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Wisconsin member apprentice wins 2019 National Craft Championship medal

4/1/2019 1:22 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin announced an employee of one its member companies took home a bronze medal at the 32nd annual National Craft Championships(NCC) during ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California. Chad St. John, a carpentry apprentice for Northcentral Construction Corporation, took the bronze award in the competition’s residential-commercial carpentry division. Read the rest of entry »

Three Wisconsin competitors ready for National Craft Championships

3/21/2019 1:07 PM
Three Wisconsin apprentices are heading to Long Beach, California next week to face 197 other competitors in Associated Builders and Contractors’ National Craft Championships.Chad St. John, a carpentry apprentice with Northcentral Construction Corporation in Fond du Lac; Cody Heath, a plumbing apprentice with Terrytown Plumbing in Baraboo; and Jedidiah Krug, an electrical apprentice with Current Electric Co. in Brookfield, advanced to the national competition after receiving the top scores in their trades during ABC of Wisconsin’s Skills Competition on Jan. 25 in West Bend.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction unemployment in Wisconsin just misses record mark for January

3/20/2019 10:57 AM
Unemployment ChartWASHINGTON, D.C.—Estimated January not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates dropped in 48 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. As the January 2019 national NSA construction unemployment rate fell 0.9 percent from a year ago to 6.4 percent, the construction industry employed 343,000 more workers nationally compared to January 2018, according to BLS numbers. In Wisconsin, the NSA construction unemployment rate for January was 5.8 percent, a drop of one percent from January 2018’s rate of 6.8 percent ...  Read the rest of entry »

Two ABC staff members recognized at construction leadership event

3/14/2019 1:15 PM
Rising event photoMILWAUKEE — ABC of Wisconsin Membership Engagement Coordinator Mary Austinson and President John Mielke were recognized with some of their peers at the Rising Young Professionals and Icons In Construction event in Milwaukee on Thursday, March 14. These honorees are people who have demonstrated leadership, contributed to their community and successfully achieved positive outcomes early and late in their careers. Read the rest of entry »

Dave Jones receives Hall of Fame award from Wisconsin DWD

3/11/2019 3:21 PM
MADISON — Dave Jones, former president and CEO of Dave Jones, Inc., received the Hall of Fame Award from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) Apprenticeship Advisory Council. Jones received the award at the 2019 Hall of Fame Awards Banquet hosted by the Wisconsin Biennial Labor-Management-Government Apprenticeship Conference. The award is presented to individuals who bear a distinguished record of contributions to Wisconsin's apprenticeship systems and having more than 25 years of contributions for their apprenticeship-related occupation.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship receives Apprenticeship Sponsor Award for outstanding achievement

3/11/2019 3:14 PM
MADISON — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Program has been awarded the Sponsor Award for outstanding achievement by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) Apprenticeship Advisory Council. The award was presented at an awards luncheon at the Madison Marriott West on Tuesday ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Wisconsin members testify on workforce development bills

3/6/2019 8:32 AM
Hearing photoMADISON — Several ABC of Wisconsin members testified before the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development Wednesday. There are several bills before the committee, including expanding funding for youth apprenticeship curricula and grants to high schools for youth apprenticeship completion.  Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite. Similar to adult apprenticeship, it is a one- or two-year elective program that ... Read the rest of entry »
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