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About The Empire Chapter

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

THE VOICE OF THE MERIT SHOP

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 72 chapters help members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

  • ABC is the merit shop construction industry’s voice with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media.
  • ABC’s mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless ofabor affiliation.
  • Through its national office and chapters, ABC’s objective is to provide its members with an organization to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis.
  • ABC’s activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices and business development through an online contractor search directory.

ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md. to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. The courage and dedication of those seven contractors – Charles Mullan, C.K. Wells, Jr., Philip Cloves, Ernest Shultz, Edward Colwill, Charles Knott and Edward Dickinson – helped to quickly spread the merit shop philosophy, within time making ABC the fastest growing association in the United States. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America’s business community and the merit shop construction industry.

Upcoming Events

Thu 21

40- Hour Hazwoper Training

February 21 @ 7:00 am - February 23 @ 4:00 pm
Thu 21

Fundamentals of Crew Leadership Workshop

February 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 23

8- Hour Hazwoper Refresher

February 23 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 25

Monday Madness

February 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Latest News

Ogdensburg Won’t Save Money With a PLA

For years, the city of Ogdensburg has struggled to gather funding for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. Now, with the final financing pieces falling into place, the spendthrift City Council has voted to irresponsibly waste tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to conduct a study to consider using a Project Labor Agreement: a discriminatory, pre-hire agreement with labor organizations requiring that the workforce comes from the local union hiring hall.

Mt. Kisco Should Reject Project Labor Agreement for Firehouse Project

The critical project for renovations and additions to the Green Street firehouse will provide hundreds of construction jobs to the region. That’s the good news. The bad news? The Mount Kisco Village Board is making this taxpayer-funded project significantly more expensive by mandating a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).

Death From Above: Lawmaker Envisions Bird-Safe Buildings in New York City

Brian Sampson, president of the Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which works on behalf of over 400 construction and contracting firms throughout New York State, said he’s actually a bird fan. It’s just that saving them from deadly building crashes with a new law is “unnecessary” and “pretty far down the list” compared to other big cost-drivers affecting construction such as the dusty scaffolding laws, the calculation of prevailing wages, and even recreational marijuana legalization that has been floated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a possible law that he said could endanger pot-free hardhats working alongside legal users.

New York Ranks 47th for Construction Business Climate, According to ABC Scorecard

Construction contractors in New York continue to struggle to do business, according to 2018 state rankings released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard” reviews and ranks state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial construction industry.

Ogdensburg Council Hears From Businesses Opposed to Wastewater Plant Union Agreement

A spokeswoman for the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, along with two north country private contractors, have informed elected officials in Ogdensburg that they do not support using a Project Labor Agreement as part of the municipality’s $35 million wastewater treatment plant project.

JOIN ABC EMPIRE CHAPTER

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.

As a full-service trade association, ABC offers a variety of information, tools and services to its members. Learn more about our membership.

Membership is available for general contractors, subcontractors, associates and suppliers.

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