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.


2019 Legislative Session Bill Tracking

Construction

Upcoming Events

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...
Why Did I Wait So Long To Go Mobile Viewpoint’s Take 15 Webinar Series (Hosted by Viewpoint) Date: Friday February 22, 2019 Time: 1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Register Here Speakers: Viewpoint Product Experts UPCOMING VIEWPOINT WEBINARS: ·February 15 at 1 p.m. – Gain Visibility with Business Intelligence ·February 22 at 1 p.m.– Why Did I Wait So Long To Go Mobile ·March 1 at 1 p.m. – Save Time and Increase Accuracy with Integrate...
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...
ACTA (map)
Cord Safety Awareness Lunch & Learn Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, February 27th in North Little Rock and hear our expert speakers discuss best practices for cord safety. Did you know that OSHA requires you to use only cords that meet their standard? This presentation will discuss guidelines for acceptable cords, inappropriate uses, proper cord inspection, and new cords available on the market that help ensure your company is meeting the industry s...
Nabholz - Jonesboro (map)
NEA Medical Marijuana Laws Lunch and Learn Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, February 27th in Jonesboro and hear our expert attorney discuss the current status of Medical Marijuana Laws and how to keep your workplace safe and compliant. We encourage all members and prospects to attend. Reservations are required. Event Details Wednesday, February 27, 2019 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Nabholz 3415 One Place Jonesboro, AR 72404 Lunch complime...
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, ...
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 Time and Increase Accuracy with Integrated Drawing Management Viewpoint’s Take 15 Webinar Series (Hosted by Viewpoint) Date: Friday March 1, 2019 Time: 1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Register Here Speakers: Viewpoint Product Experts UPCOMING VIEWPOINT WEBINARS: ·February 15 at 1 p.m. – Gain Visibility with Business Intelligence ·February 22 at 1 p.m.– Why Did I Wait So Long To Go Mobile ·March 1 at 1 p.m. – Save Time and Incre...
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...
Arkansas State Capitol (map)
ABC Day at the Capitol Join us at the State Capital on Wednesday, March 6th for an inside look at the 2019 Legislative Session! What to expect... Attendees will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. ABC Arkansas Chapter President & Lobbyist, Bill Roachell, will walk attendees through the legislative process, sit in and listen to debate in Committee Meetings, and give a tour of the State Capitol. Lunch will be served compliments of ABC Arkansas. Attendees will walk as a gro...
New ANSI Standards for Aerial Work Platforms Webinar Date: March 12, 2019 Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Register Here Speaker:  Rick Smith, Senior Director, Global Product Training, JLG Industries 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 December 2019. The indust...
Kimbel Mechanical Systems (map)
NWA Potholes & Politics Lunch & Learn Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, March 13th in Fayetteville. The 2019 Legislative Session started mid-January and ABC Arkansas wants to keep our members up to date on the current political activity. Come hear our expert speakers discuss the status of Road & Bridge Funding and other priority issues that affect our industry and communities. We encourage all members and prospects to attend. Reservations ar...
Central Cajun Night Crawfish Boil Mark your calendars for ABC's Annual Central Cajun Night on Thursday, March 14th at Darragh Company in Little Rock! Family, friends, and clients are welcome to enjoy this casual social night featuring: Crawfish served with Potatoes & Corn / Gumbo/ Shrimp / Beer and Soft Drinks! Registration Form Event Details Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Darragh Company 1401 E. 6th St. Little Rock, AR 72202 Tickets: (Includes ...
ACTA (map)
Central Medical Marijuana Laws Lunch and Learn Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Friday, March 15th in North Little Rock and hear our expert attorney discuss the current status of Medical Marijuana Laws and how to keep your workplace safe and compliant. We encourage all members and prospects to attend. Reservations are required. Event Details Friday, March 15, 2019 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (Back Building) 6 Col...
Using WIP Reporting to Achieve Accurate Cost to Completion Viewpoint’s Take 15 Webinar Series (Hosted by Viewpoint) Date: Friday March 15, 2019 Time: 1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Register Here Speakers: Viewpoint Product Experts UPCOMING VIEWPOINT WEBINARS: ·February 15 at 1 p.m. – Gain Visibility with Business Intelligence ·February 22 at 1 p.m.– Why Did I Wait So Long To Go Mobile ·March 1 at 1 p.m. – Save Time and Increase Acc...
How to self-fund employee benefits with prevailing wage plans Webinar Register Here Date: Wednesday, March 20th Time: 12 p.m. Length: 60 Minutes Speakers: Nat Peniston, The Contractors Plan WEBINAR DESCRIPTION Providing self-funded health benefits to an hourly and geographically dispersed workforce requires a unique approach that integrates enrollment, ongoing eligibility management, premium collection and compliance. Self-funding has many positives, such as redu...
Optimizing Your Operations Viewpoint’s Take 15 Webinar Series (Hosted by Viewpoint) Date: Friday March 22, 2019 Time: 1 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Register Here Speakers: Viewpoint Product Experts UPCOMING VIEWPOINT WEBINARS: ·February 15 at 1 p.m. – Gain Visibility with Business Intelligence ·February 22 at 1 p.m.– Why Did I Wait So Long To Go Mobile ·March 1 at 1 p.m. – Save Time and Increase Accuracy with Integrated Drawing Ma...
ACTA (map)
Five Keys to Safe Driving Breakfast Join us for this FREE breakfast and educational opportunity on Wednesday, March 27th in North Little Rock! Our expert speaker will review the core principles of Smith System, a leader in crash-avoidance training. This introductory awareness training is meant to teach drivers how to drive differently in order to reduce crashes, lower costs, and maintain compliance. We encourage all members and prospects to attend. Reservations are required. Event D...
Oaklawn Racing & Gaming (map)
ABC Race Day at Oaklawn Join us in the Arkansas Room for this GREAT Business Development and Networking Opportunity with your fellow ABC Members on April 5th! Attendees will enjoy a fun afternoon at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming where they will have access to a buffet style lunch, private bar, private seating in the Grand Stand area, flat screen TV's, and private betting window! ABC will have a local Handicapper on-hand to give us his/her tips and picks for the day! Reservations are requ...
Stribling Equipment (map)

Save the Date

NWA Crawfish Boil


Thursday, April 11, 2019

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Stribling Equipment
- Springdale

More details and registration forms coming soon!
Kimbel Mechanical Systems (map)
NWA Medical Marijuana Laws Lunch and Learn Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Friday, April 12th in Fayetteville and hear our expert attorney discuss the current status of Medical Marijuana Laws and how to keep your workplace safe and compliant. We encourage all members and prospects to attend. Reservations are required. Event Details Friday, April 12, 2019 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Kimbel Mechanical Systems Community Room 1936 N. Shiloh Drive Faye...
Certified Payroll and Fringe Benefits – Making life easy for staff and employees Webinar Register Here Date: Wednesday, April 24th Time: 12 PM Length: 30 Minutes Speakers: Nat Peniston and Steve Antill WEBINAR DESCRIPTION Learn ways leading employers are significantly reducing the time spent on payroll and the administration of employee benefit programs while reducing errors and enhancing compliance and effectiveness. Traditional payroll companies are not...
Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas (map)
ABC State Convention & Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards Friday, April 26, 2019  Day 1 of 2 Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas | Rogers Golf Tournament (Lost Springs Golf Club) Member Welcome Party & Casino Night More information and registration forms can be found here.
ABC State Convention & Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards Saturday, April 27, 2019 Day 2 of 2 Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas | Rogers Brunch | Omelet Bar Complimentary Tickets to NWA Attractions EIC AwardsReception & Banquet More information and registration details can be found here. 

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.