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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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New York’s Construction Policy Environment Worst in Nation, Says ABC

December 8, 2023

[New York] Dec. 7th-Associated Builders and Contractors has released its ninth annual Merit Shop Scorecard, announcing that New York has THE WORST public policy environment for merit shop construction contractors. Ranking 51 out of 51, New York rated the lowest based on state laws, policies, and programs related to open competition and developing current and future craft…

NYS Reopens Bidding For Offshore Wind Projects Amid Cost Concerns

November 30, 2023

After renewable energy developers threatened to stop building billions of dollars of offshore wind energy projects due to the high construction cost, the governor and NYSERDA issued a new RFP allowing developers to rebid the projects. The rebidding process starts Thursday, November 30th. “We strongly support the development of new renewable energy systems; these projects…

Greedy Attorneys & Docs Cheat Real Injured Workers

November 8, 2023

I think it’s easily understood by everyone that writing construction insurance policies and running a casino or sports betting site are both a gamble. Most of the time you win (insurers collect premiums but pay no claims and gamblers don’t hit the jackpot) but sometimes you lose (a big insurance claim is paid or someone…

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