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.

Upcoming Events

Kings Live Music (map)
Central Social Thursday at Kings Presented by Bale Chevrolet Please join us for this FREE networking opportunity! Come out to Kings Live Music in Conway for a relaxed evening of appetizers, drinks and a chance to mingle with like minded individuals in our industry! All members and prospects welcome! No reservation required. Event Details Thursday, January 24, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Kings Live Music 1020 Front Street Conway, AR 72032 Parking available at First Sec...
New ANSI Standards for Aerial Work Platforms WEBINAR Date: January 29, 2019 Time: 12:00 p.m.   Length: 60 Minutes Speakers: Rick Smith, Senior Director, Global Product Training, JLG Industries Register Here WEBINAR DESCRIPTION The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) creates standards that govern the design and use of aerial work platforms across North America. New ANSI standards for the U.S. were published in December 2018 and become effective in ...
2019 STEP Application WEBINAR Date: January 30, 2019 Time: 3:00 p.m.   Length: 60 Minutes Speakers: Amy Faris, Manager of Safety Programs and Initiatives, ABC National Steve Wiltshire, Director of Safety, ABC National Register Here WEBINAR DESCRIPTION Ready to start your 2019 journey to world-class safety? This webinar about the ABC 2019 STEP application is the best and most informative guide to the application process. With lots of improvements like the f...
ABC Arkansas Conference Center (map)
Influencing People Positively Lunch and Learn Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, February 6th in North Little Rock and hear our expert speaker discuss ways we as leaders can take a positive approach to how we influence others. Byincorporating these leadership habits and practices, we can can impact our work life, personal life, and community life. We encourage all members and prospects to attend! Reservations are required. Event Details Wed...
UofA Stadium Drive Residence Halls (map)
Industry Tour Stadium Drive Residence Halls University of Arkansas Followed by Happy Hour at Farrell's Lounge Bar February 7, 2019 Please join us on Thursday, February 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a guided industry tour of the University of Arkansas' Stadium Drive Residence Halls in Fayetteville! After the tour, everyone is invited to Farrell's Lounge Bar on Dickson St. for happy hour on ABC. All ABC Members and Prospects are welcome! There is no charge to attend. Reser...
Privacy & Security Breaches in the Construction Industry - Understanding & Preventing WEBINAR Date: February 12, 2019 Time: 12 p.m.   Length: 60 Minutes Speakers: Paul E. Gouge, Riske Control Consultant, CNA Insurance Register Here WEBINAR DESCRIPTION Businesses increasingly rely on their computer networks to store confidential business and customer information, automate manufacturing and customer interaction, and manage supply chain relationships wi...
JBU Rogers Center (map)
NWA OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Thursday, February 21st & Friday, February 22nd, 2019 Thursday, February 28th & Friday, March 1st, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days) John Brown University Rogers Center Room #115 2807 W Ajax Ave #200 Rogers, AR 72758 Registration Form About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: History of the Occupational Safety Act and OSHA Employee and Employers righ...
Apple Blossom Brewing Company (map)
NWA Social at Apple Blossom Brewing Company Please join us for this FREE networking opportunity! Come out to Apple Blossom Brewing Company for a relaxed evening of appetizers, drinks and a chance to mingle with like minded individuals in our industry! All members and prospects are welcome! When & Where Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Apple Blossom Brewing Co. 1550 East Zion Rd, Suite 1 Fayetteville, AR 72703 Become a Sponsor! Sponsorship: $250 Get yo...
ACTA (map)
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Friday, February 22nd & Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 Friday, March 1st & Saturday, March 2nd, 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 -Employee a...
JBU Rogers Center (map)
NWA OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Thursday, February 21st & Friday, February 22nd, 2019 Thursday, February 28th & Friday, March 1st, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days) John Brown University Rogers Center Room #115 2807 W Ajax Ave #200 Rogers, AR 72758 Registration Form About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: History of the Occupational Safety Act and OSHA Employee and Employers righ...
ACTA (map)
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Friday, February 22nd & Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 Friday, March 1st & Saturday, March 2nd, 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 -Employee a...
JBU Rogers Center (map)
NWA OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Thursday, February 21st & Friday, February 22nd, 2019 Thursday, February 28th & Friday, March 1st, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days) John Brown University Rogers Center Room #115 2807 W Ajax Ave #200 Rogers, AR 72758 Registration Form About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: History of the Occupational Safety Act and OSHA Employee and Employers righ...
Darragh Co. - Ft. Smith (map)
Western Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney Please join us for ABC's Western Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney on February 28th in Fort Smith! Members may enter a team to have their chili judged. All cooking is done on site throughout the afternoon. Members, prospects, and guests that aren't entering a team can still come out that evening for all you can eat and drink! Come enjoy a night of good food and networking! Registration Form When & Where Thursday, February 28, ...
ACTA (map)
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Friday, February 22nd & Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 Friday, March 1st & Saturday, March 2nd, 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 -Employee a...
JBU Rogers Center (map)
NWA OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Thursday, February 21st & Friday, February 22nd, 2019 Thursday, February 28th & Friday, March 1st, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days) John Brown University Rogers Center Room #115 2807 W Ajax Ave #200 Rogers, AR 72758 Registration Form About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: History of the Occupational Safety Act and OSHA Employee and Employers righ...
ACTA (map)
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course Friday, February 22nd & Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 Friday, March 1st & Saturday, March 2nd, 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 -Employee a...

SAVE THE DATE


Central Crawfish Boil


March 14, 2019

5:00 p.m.

Darragh Company - Little Rock


Details and registration coming soon!

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.