1,000 Members Strong: ABC of Wisconsin Celebrates the Growth of Merit Construction

ABC of Wisconsin’s Board of Directors celebrate reaching 1,000 members.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin is celebrating a new record: 1,000 member companies. This achievement highlights the association’s commitment to fostering long- term relationships with contractors and its investments in apprenticeship and training programs.

“Our members understand the importance of safety, skilled labor and ongoing training for Wisconsin’s commercial construction industry. Reaching 1,000 members is a testament to ABC of Wisconsin’s dedication to providing these services,” said John Mielke, president.

The association includes nearly 800 merit shop contractor companies offering services like plumbing, electrical, carpentry, bricklaying, HVAC and more. Collectively, these member companies employ a significant number of skilled workers. Merit shop construction workers represent more than 70% of Wisconsin’s commercial construction workforce.

“ABC members include small businesses, family businesses and independently owned contractors across Wisconsin. We are proud to support these companies, and we know their influence benefits every community where they live and work,” Mielke added.

The growth of ABC’s membership is closely linked to increased attention on workers in the skilled trades. ABC of Wisconsin’s Apprenticeship Trust manages the largest apprenticeship program in the state, with more than 2,100 apprentices currently training in 12 distinct trades.

“The demand for skilled trades is high and these jobs offer family-sustaining wages. We are proud of our apprentices and the partnerships we have with technical schools and employers. Growth in apprenticeship is good for everyone, as it fills important roles in the construction industry and ensures excellence in our buildings and infrastructure,” Mielke emphasized.

Jessie Cannizzaro, Board Chair and ABC member noted, “When I travel the state and speak with our members, it’s clear they value training and apprenticeships, but they also value the advocacy and networking our association provides. Our members appreciate having a unified voice at the State Capitol and the opportunity to grow their businesses through collaboration on projects throughout Wisconsin.”

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