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Welcome to Associated Builders and Contractors of Empire State

We are the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, a national construction association devoted to merit shop contractors. The Empire State Chapter serves over 400 members throughout New York State from our central office in East Syracuse, and from branch offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, New York City and Long Island.

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ABC Membership

Membership is available to general contractors, subcontractors, associates, and suppliers.
Founded on the merit shop philosophy, Associated Builders and Contractors helps its members develop people, win work, and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. From best-in-class safety programs to discounts with leading vendors, ABC has the solutions for merit-shop companies nationwide.

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Multiple Employer Apprenticeship Program

With apprenticeship requirements on the rise for both public and private work, ABC’s Empire State Chapter is proud to offer a nine-trade, NYSDOL-approved program.

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Professional Services Committee

This valuable, member-created resource hosts meetings and informational webinars while also acting as a referral service that links contractors with professionals in a number of industries to aid with critical issues.

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Custom Training

Customized training means ABC will develop an accredited training program and tailor it to exactly meet any members current needs.  Our education team will meet, one-on-one, with you and your leadership team to understand and evaluate your professional culture and training needs.

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Political Advocacy

The Chapter’s dedicated government affairs team advocates for and against a multitude of legislative policies – at the local, state, and federal levels – for the benefit of merit shop contractors throughout New York State.

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STEP Program

ABC’s STEP Safety Management System provides contractors and suppliers with a robust, no-cost framework for measuring safety data and benchmarking with peers in the industry.

The self-assessment tool helps participants identify real opportunities for scalable growth in their safety programs to lower their total recordable incident rates.

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ABC Calls for Inclusive Infrastructure Policies During United for Infrastructure Week

May 13, 2024

Associated Builders and Contractors today issued the following statement supporting United for Infrastructure’s 12th annual Infrastructure Week, May 13-17. “The importance of quality, safe, dependable infrastructure cannot be understated, and we must build public works projects to deliver the most value for the taxpayer and our communities,” said Ben Brubeck, ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and…

National Safety Week 2024

May 6, 2024

Every day, ABC members prioritize safety on job sites. We understand that safety requires innovation, skill, talent, and a proven strategy to create industry-leading programs. Top-performing ABC members actively build health and safety into their culture, fueling the power and purpose in their people to deliver for their clients. Since it’s National Safety Week, we would…

Poughkeepsie’s Housing Fiasco

April 24, 2024

A recent study in Poughkeepsie confirmed that they are experiencing the same thing happening across New York State: a significant housing crisis. With a vacancy rate of under 4%, it’s correct to call this situation a housing emergency; a healthy city has a vacancy rate of around 10%, and anything less than 4% is a major…

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