Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. was founded in Baltimore in 1950 by a group of seven contractors with a strong belief in Free Enterprise. The founders of ABC and its members today, believe that a contractor and their craft professionals should be rewarded and paid based upon the respective effectiveness and value that they bring to a project; that one should succeed or fail based upon one’s merit. Members of ABC believe that free and open competition is essential and it requires a free market that operates without discriminatory constraints placed by special interest groups.
ABC believes that professionalism is characterized by a commitment to achieve the highest standards of personal and company performance. We value corporate integrity and believe companies have a responsibility to their employees to provide economic opportunity, safe working conditions, and to contribute to the improvement of their communities for families to live and work.
From its humble beginning just 60 years ago, ABC has grown to over 22,000 member companies nationwide representing millions of industry employees. Today, with 69 chapters and its national headquarters in Washington DC, ABC is the fastest growing construction association in the United States. At the forefront of ABC is representation of the construction industry before policy makers and providing the industry with the training tools and resources to develop the next generation of construction craft professionals.
In New York, ABC represents over 400 member companies and thousands of employees through the Empire State Chapter. With offices located strategically throughout the state, ABC Empire State has developed relationships with government officials at the local, state and federal levels.
In the real world of construction, ABC’s maxim “Get into Politics or Get out of Business” is true. The fact is, few businesses or individuals have the time or resources to monitor legislation that directly affects their industry, in addition to the influence their law makers. At the state and local levels, ABC is the merit shop’s most influential advocate.
Whether actively lobbying the legislature or tracking legislation and regulations that affect their business, ABC members are given the tools to take action on legislation and the voice to lobby for change.