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

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Central Industry Insight Forum Breakfast Join us on Wednesday, August 21st for breakfast with our special guest, Governor Asa Hutchinson!After the Governor addresses our membership, attendees will hear our other two expert speakers present on priority industry issues regarding highway funding and our economic development. We encourage all members to attend and participate in the discussion. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED *There is No Charge for Members to attend.* **Non Members will be c...
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NWA Golf Tournament Join us on August 23rd for the annual Northwest Golf Tournament! This year the tournament will be held at Lost Springs Golf & Athletic Club in Rogers. Members may enter teams or as individual players. Players may choose to play in the morning or afternoon flight - first come, first serve!  Registration Form Tournament Details Friday, August 23rd AM Registration 7:30 a.m. / Tee Off 8:00 a.m. Lunch 12:00 pm PM Registration 12:00 p.m. / Tee Off 1:00 ...
Central Growth, Innovation & Leadership Lunch & Learn Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, August 28th in North Little Rock and hear our speaker discuss how we can build different leaders within our companies! Whether you are an emerging leader or an experienced one, this lunch and learn is meant to help you identify things that prevent growth and innovation within your company, define your vision and goals, and build effective relationships. W...
Western Lean Principles for Business Luncheon Are you interested in learning how you can create more value for your customers, be more competitive in your sector, and help your business operation run more smoothly? Join us for lunch on Wednesday, September 11th and learn about the principles of Lean management. Initially, a concept that pertained to auto makers in Asia, these principles now apply for all business. We will have representatives sharing insight from manufacturing, industrial, ...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Friday, September 13th & Saturday, September 14th, 2019 & Friday, September 20th & Saturday, September 21st, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days) Arkansas Construction Trades Academy 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113 (Back Building) Registration Form About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: -History of the Occupational Safety Act and OSHA...
Central Dale Carnegie Workshop: Managing Customer Expectations Building a loyal customer base is essential for the success of any business, large or small. Customers continue to do business with organizations that deliver on their promises, every time. This workshop will help you determine the customer's initial expectations, and learn sure-fire approaches to exceeding them again and again! You will also learn how to work with customers to set realistic expectations, and follow a consistent ...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Friday, September 13th & Saturday, September 14th, 2019 & Friday, September 20th & Saturday, September 21st, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days) Arkansas Construction Trades Academy 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113 (Back Building) Registration Form About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: -History of the Occupational Safety Act and OSHA...
Northgate Plaza Industry Tour Followed by Happy Hour at Crossland Company's Red Iron Bar Please join us on Thursday, September 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a guided industry tour of Northgate Plaza in Pinnacle Hills in Rogers! After the tour, everyone is invited to Crossland Construction's Red Iron Bar on S 52nd St. for happy hour on ABC. All ABC Members and Prospects are welcome! There is no charge to attend. Reservations are required. PROJECT PREVIEW: Northgate Plaza ...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Friday, September 13th & Saturday, September 14th, 2019 & Friday, September 20th & Saturday, September 21st, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days) Arkansas Construction Trades Academy 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113 (Back Building) Registration Form About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: -History of the Occupational Safety Act and OSHA...
NWA Dale Carnegie Workshop: Managing Customer Expectations Building a loyal customer base is essential for the success of any business, large or small. Customers continue to do business with organizations that deliver on their promises, every time. This workshop will help you determine the customer's initial expectations, and learn sure-fire approaches to exceeding them again and again! You will also learn how to work with customers to set realistic expectations, and follow a consistent proc...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Friday, September 13th & Saturday, September 14th, 2019 & Friday, September 20th & Saturday, September 21st, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days) Arkansas Construction Trades Academy 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113 (Back Building) Registration Form About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: -History of the Occupational Safety Act and OSHA...

NW Developers Panel Breakfast


September 25th (Tentative)

7:30AM-9:00AM
Location TBD
No Cost of Members
$15 for Non-Members 
Industry Trends/ Networking/ Business Development
Disability:IN Certification: Leveraging our Network to Grow Your Business Date: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 Time: 1 p.m.  Length: 60 minutes Speakers: Patricia Richards, Philip DeVleigher and Cami Turcotte Register Here WEBINAR DESCRIPTION ABC Members Only Get an overview of the Disability:IN Supplier Diversity Program, which certifies businesses owned by persons with disabilities, including service-disabled veterans. The program provides access to commercial opportunities wi...
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ABC Catfish Friday Join us for an all you can eat lunch! Due to everyone loving our fish fries, we decided to add in one more before the year is over! ABC will be hosting the last Catfish Friday of the year in our back building, the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy on October 4th. All member employees and invited guests are welcome to join us for an afternoon of good food and networking!  Lunch includes: Catfish, Shrimp, Chicken & all the fixins! Lunch prepared by Adam's...
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Central Trap Shoot October 11th  AM Flight Registration at 9:30 AM | Shooting at 10 AM Lunch at 11:30AM PM Flight Registration at 12:30 PM | Shooting at 1 PM AGFF Shooting Sports Complex | Jacksonville $200 Member Team | $275 Non-Member Team $65 Member Individual | $95 Non-Member Individual Sponsorships Available Networking/Recreational/Competition 
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Foreman Training Program 

October 17th

8:00AM- 3:30PM
Arkansas Construction Trades Academy | N. Little Rock
$450 Member | $695 Non-Member
Field Leadership Development/ Productivity 

NW Chili Cook Off


October 17th

Cooking Starts at 2:00 PM | Event Starts at 5:00 PM
Location TBD | NWA
Chili Teams: $100 Members Only
All You Can Eat: $20 Member | $25 Non-Member
Sponsorships Available
Networking/ Dining/ Competition
ACTA (map)

Foreman Training Program 


October 18th

8:00AM- 3:30PM
Arkansas Construction Trades Academy | N. Little Rock
$450 Member | $695 Non-Member
Field Leadership Development/ Productivity 
Pajaro Gun Club (map)

Western Clay Shoot


October 18th

Lunch at 11:30 AM | Shooting at 1 PM
Pajaro Gun Club | Fort Smith
$250 Member Team | $275 Non-Member Team
(3 Person teams)
Sponsorships Available 
Networking/ Recreational/ Competition 
ACTA (map)

Central Chili Cook Off


October 24th

Cooking Starts at 2:00PM | Event Starts at 4:00 PM
Arkansas Construction Trades Academy | N. Little Rock
Chili Teams: $100 Member | $135 Non-Member
All You Can Eat: $20 Member | $30 Non-Member
Sponsorships Available
Networking/ Dining/ Competition
Gunsmoke Sporting Clays (map)

NW Clay Shoot


November 1st

Lunch at 12:00 PM | Shooting at 1 PM
Gunsmoke Range | Garfield
$150 Member Team | $200 Non-Member Team
$75 Member Individual | $100 Non-Member Individual 
(2 person teams)
Sponsorships Available
Networking/ Recreational/ Competition 

Foreman Training Program


November 7th 

8:00 AM- 3:30 PM
Location TBD | NWA
$450 Member | $695 Non-Member
Field Leadership Development/ Productivity 
U.S. Marshals Museum (map)

Western U.S. Marshals Museum Industry Tour & Happy Hour


November 7th (Tentative) 

4:00 PM- 6:30PM
U.S. Marshals Museum | Fort Smith
Happy Hour to Follow | TBD
No Cost for Members
$15 for Non-Members
Sponsorships Available
Jobsite Access/ Networking

Foreman Training Program


November 8th 

8:00 AM- 3:30 PM
Location TBD | NWA
$450 Member | $695 Non-Member
Field Leadership Development/ Productivity