ABC of Wisconsin Top 10 news stories in 2019

Here are ten of the biggest stories for the ABC of Wisconsin Chapter in 2019, in no particular order:

Former Lt. Gov. Kleefisch partners with ABC of Wisconsin

MADISON, Nov. 12, 2019 — Former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has partnered with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin as the organization’s “Jobs Ambassador.” Kleefisch will serve as a representative for ABC of Wisconsin in this new role, with an emphasis on promoting careers in the skilled construction trades … (READ MORE)

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Steve Klessig of Keller, Inc. elected 2020 chair-elect of ABC National

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 14, 2019 — Steve Klessig, vice-president of architecture and engineering of Keller, Inc., in Kaukauna, was elected by the Associated Builders and Contractors Board of Directors to serve as the 2020 ABC national chair-elect at the association’s annual Leadership Institute in San Antonio. This is only the second time in the 46-year history of the state chapter that a Wisconsin member was elected to the national post … (READ MORE)

New Safety Series Designed Specifically for Jobsite Managers

MADISON, Aug. 9, 2019 — 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 … (READ MORE)


Chapter Enhances Member Services With New Human Resources Professional

MADISON, Aug. 6, 2019 — ABC of Wisconsin members now have a human resources professional they can lean on for consulting. The chapter announces 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 … (READ MORE)

Wisconsin receives high marks for construction business climate

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9, 2019 — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) national office released its annual Merit Shop Scorecard today, ranking Wisconsin 8th for having an exemplary business environment for merit shop construction contractors. Wisconsin ranks higher than most states for policies and programs that promote open competition and free enterprise for the construction sector … (READ MORE)

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ABC of Wisconsin VP Kelly Tourdot Named ‘Women in Construction’ Honoree

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 23, 2019 — 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. 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 MORE)

Wayne Belanger Honored With “Educator of the Year” Award

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 25, 2019 — ABC of Wisconsin’s Education Director Wayne Belanger was honored with the “Educator of the Year” award October 24 at the 2019 Newsmakers of the Year event in Milwaukee. The event, hosted by The Daily Reporter, recognizes individuals or organizations from around Wisconsin that have positively contributed to the construction and design industry in 2019 … (READ MORE)


ABC of Wisconsin Earns Four National Awards for Membership Success

LONG BEACH, California, Apr. 4, 2019 — 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. Third, the chapter earned an award for achieving its membership goal. Perhaps most impressive, the chapter earned the Mullan Award for superior membership growth … (READ MORE)

ABC Apprentices Among First to Use New Career Pathway

APPLETON, July 24, 2019 — Four 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 MORE)

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Two ABC Staff Members Recognized at Construction Leadership Event

MILWAUKEE, Mar. 14, 2019 — 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 at the event are people who have demonstrated leadership, contributed to their community and successfully achieved positive outcomes early and late in their careers … (READ MORE)

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