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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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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 in the News

Unions Finally Come Clean

February 29, 2024

By ABC Empire State Chapter President Brian Sampson In a recent article published by Biznow about declining union membership numbers in construction, the author stated construction unions have a fork in the road ahead of them, and they’re correct. However, they misidentified what the options are. It’s the politicians, not the building trades, that have a decision…

ABC: Government-Registered Apprenticeship Programs Not Keeping Up With Construction Industry Needs

February 22, 2024

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22-At current rates of participation and completion, federal and state government-registered apprenticeship programs will fail to meet the construction industry’s short- and long-term skilled workforce needs, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of recently released U.S. Department of Labor data. ABC estimates that the construction industry’s federal and state GRAPs had…

Prevailing Wage Means Doom & Delays

February 13, 2024

New York State, as a whole, is experiencing a crippling housing crisis that is leaving families with nowhere to turn. This crisis is even more extreme in New York City, which is experiencing a vacancy rate of just 1.4%, the lowest it has been in almost 60 years, according to the city’s Department of Housing…

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