Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. was founded in Baltimore in 1950 by a group of seven contractors with a strong belief in Free Enterprise. The founders of ABC and its members today, believe that a contractor and their craft professionals should be rewarded and paid based upon the respective effectiveness and value that they bring to a project; that one should succeed or fail based upon one's merit. Members of ABC believe that free and fair competition is essential, and it requires a free market that operates without unfair constraints placed by special interest groups
From its humble beginning just 60 years ago, ABC has grown to over 22,000 member companies nationwide representing literally millions of industry employees. Today with 70 chapters and its national headquarters next door to Washington DC in Arlington, Virginia, ABC is the fastest growing construction association in the USA. At the forefront of ABC is representation of the industry before local, state, and federal policy makers and providing the industry with the training tools and resources to develop the next generation of construction craft professionals.
In New York, ABC represents over 400 member firms and thousands of employees through the Empire State Chapter. With offices located strategically throughout the state, ABC Empire State has developed relationships with government officials at the local, state and federal levels.
In the real world of construction, ABC's maxim "Get into Politics or Get out of Business" is true. The fact is, few businesses or individuals have the time or resources to monitor legislation that directly affects their industry in addition to the influence to get the attention of their law makers. ABC has the time, the resources, and the means to do just that. At the state and local levels, ABC is the construction industry’s front line soldier.
Whether actively lobbying the legislature or just keeping abreast of legislation and regulations that affect their business, ABC members are given the tools to take action on legislation and the voice to lobby for change.
By Brian Sampson
President, Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors
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