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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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Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in March, Contractor Confidence Improves

April 16, 2024

Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator increased to 8.2 months in March from 8.1 months in February, according to an ABC member survey conducted March 20 to April 3. The reading is down 0.5 months from March 2023. View ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator and Construction Confidence Index tables for March. View the full Construction…

Construction Materials Prices Increase 0.4% in March

April 11, 2024

WASHINGTON, April 11-Construction input prices increased 0.4% in March compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices also increased 0.4% for the month. Both overall and nonresidential construction input prices are 1.7% higher…

ABC Corrects the Record on PLAs

April 1, 2024

In a recently published opinion article, “Project Labor Agreements Bring Accountability to Large Scale SUNY Projects”, by Bill Banfield, he makes blatantly incorrect promises about Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). The entire article is based on a false premise. ABC can’t stand by and allow these false narratives to prevail. Doing so would lead to PLAs…

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