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 70 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.

Upcoming Events

Industry Tour Chaffee Crossing Development Followed by Happy Hour at Ft. Smith Brewing Co. Please join us on Thursday, September 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a guided industry tour of the Chaffee Crossing Development in Fort Smith! Attendees will be transported via bus as we navigate our way through the various districts of this diverse development project (see details below). After the tour, everyone is invited to Fort Smith Brewing Company in the Historic District for happy hour...
Stribling Equipment (map)
Fall Protection Competent Person Training Course Friday,September 28, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Stribling Equipment 3838 Wagon Wheel Rd Springdale, AR 72764 Registration Form About the course... This training provides a classroom presentation, hands-on practice and a written test and is intended for workers who are required to review and modify their fall protection solutions on a routine basis. Typical at-height duties may include working on a roof, from a ladder, in an...
Harrisburg Trap Club (map)
NEA Trap Shoot ABC Arkansas is hosting their second annual NEA Trap Shoot competition! All ABC Members and Prospects may register a 5-person team or enter individually. Registered individual shooters will be grouped into teams at random. Due to the layout of the trap club, teams will be assigned shooting times in one hour increments upon registration - first come, first serve! The full event is from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please arrive a few minutes before your shooting time to check in. Lu...
ACTA (map)
ABC Tailgate Tuesday "Talking Razorback Football with Clint Stoerner and Grant Garrett" Join us for lunch and a chance to talk Hogs! Come out to ABC's new back building, the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy, for Tailgate Tuesday and hear from former Razorback greats Clint Stoerner and Grant Garrett talk football; recap the Razorbacks season so far; HOPEFULLY talk about Arkansas' upset win over Alabama that previous Saturday; and just real talk about the team's strengths and weakn...
Arkansas State University (map)
ABC's NORTHEAST AR TAILGATE Arkansas State University Red Wolves Football Game Join Us Game Day ~ October 9th! You're invited for some pre-game fun with ABC at ASU's football game against Appalachian State! Come by our tent for drinks, food, door prizes, and a chance to network with other ABC members and their families! FREE for Members, Prospects & Guests! When Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Tailgate starts at 3:00 p.m. Game Starts at 7:00 p.m. Where Centennial Bank Stadiu...
Pajaro Gun Club (map)
Western Sporting Clays Shootout Please join us for the ABC Western Sporting Clays Shootout on October 12th in Fort Smith! Enter a three-person team for a chance to win cash prizes! Your entry fee includes lunch and shells. We will also have a gun raffle on site so please come out for an afternoon of fun with your fellow ABC members! Registration Form Event Details Friday, October 12, 2018 Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Shooting starts at 12:30 p.m. Pajaro Gun Club 802 Old Hwy 271...
Stribling Equipment (map)
Northwest Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney You are invited to our annual Northwest Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney on October 18th in Springdale! Members may enter a team for a chance to have their chili judged or just come out for all you can eat and drink! We will also have an on-site raffle, all proceeds benefiting the Collin's Kids Annual Backpack Drive! All members, prospects, and guests, come enjoy a night of good food and networking! When & Where Thursday, October 18, 2...
North Shore Riverwalk Park (map)
Central Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney Please join us for ABC's annual Central Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney on October 25th in North Little Rock sponsored by FCA, Certified Public Accountants! Members may enter a team for a chance to have their chili judged or you can just come out for all you can eat and drink! We will also have an on-site raffle, all proceeds benefiting the ALS Association of Arkansas! All members, prospects, and guests, come enjoy a night of good food and netw...

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.