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

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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...
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Central Ladder Safety Awareness Lunch and Learn Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, January 16th in North Little Rock and hear our expert speaker discuss best practices for ladder safety. Fall related injuries are still one of the highest concerns for OSHA and our industry. Knowing how to properly inspect ladders, how to use them, and how to store them properly are critical to maintaining proper safety practices. Following the presentation, there will be an...

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.