Who we are and what we do:

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help 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. 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.

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 of labor affiliation.

ABC's objective is to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis through its national office and chapters.

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. On a National level, 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 helped to quickly spread the merit shop. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America's business community and the merit shop construction industry.


Our Mission

ABC Arkansas’ mission is to advance the merit shop philosophy by promoting safety training, education and free enterprise principles for the betterment of the construction industry.



Value Proposition

Based on the Merit Shop Philosophy, we help Members develop people, win work and deliver work Safely, Ethically and Profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.


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Upcoming Events

Would You Pass an OSHA Inspection? Zoom Event   Tuesday, May 11th 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.     With the nature of our industry, there is a good chance that your company will be faced with an OSHA inspection at some point. If and when that day comes, do you feel confident that your company will pass? Do you know the proper procedures - How to notify OSHA; what OSHA expects from the employer; and what documentation you should provide? It is essential for your com...
ABC Build-B-Q Statewide BBQ Competition & Feast   Join us for ABC's Inaugural Barbeque Competition on May 14th! The main Build-B-Q event will be hosted at the ABC/ACTA facility in North Little Rock but is open to members state-wide!   Whether you plan on entering a team for a chance to compete, or just want to come out for a great networking feast, we'd love to have you!     Registration is Required. Team spots are limited - first come, fir...
NWA Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on May 19th and 20th in Bentonville! Training will focus particularly in the areas of productivity, time management, effective communication & negotiations all with the aim of driving world class leadership.   Reservations are required. Spots are limited! ...
NWA Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on May 19th and 20th in Bentonville! Training will focus particularly in the areas of productivity, time management, effective communication & negotiations all with the aim of driving world class leadership.   Reservations are required. Spots are limited! ...
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ABC Catfish Friday Join us for an all you can eat lunch! This summer, ABC will be hosting a Catfish Fry one Friday a month in our back building, the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy. All member employees and invited guests are welcome to join us for an afternoon of good food and networking! This will be our first Catfish Friday this year! Lunch includes: Catfish, Shrimp, Chicken & all the fixins! Lunch prepared by Adam's Catfish Express & Catering. Registration is ...
Central Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on May 25th and 26th in North Little Rock! Training will focus particularly in the areas of productivity, time management, effective communication & negotiations all with the aim of driving world class leadership.   Reservations are required. Spots are limit...
Central Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on May 25th and 26th in North Little Rock! Training will focus particularly in the areas of productivity, time management, effective communication & negotiations all with the aim of driving world class leadership.   Reservations are required. Spots are limit...
Safety Advisory Luncheon & Zoom Discussion Statewide Zoom Discussion / Luncheon in North Little Rock   Thursday, June 3rd 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   Lunch served to in-person attendees at 12:30 p.m.   In the construction industry, safety is priority. Whether you are an owner, manager, or safety director, your company is tasked with creating healthy work environments, staying compliant with OSHA and other governing entities, implementing proper policies, ...
2021 Western Graham Williams Memorial Golf Tournament   Join us on June 11th for ABC's annual Western Graham Williams Memorial Golf Tournament. This year the tournament will be back at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Alma! Enter a team and enjoy a fun afternoon of golf & networking with other ABC Members!     Registration Form     Tournament Details Friday, June 11, 2021   Registration & Lunch at 11:00 a.m.  ...