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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Analysis of Changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code Arkansas Electrician Continuing Education Training   Details Saturday, December 7, 2019 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (Back Biuilding) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   About the course... ABC Arkansas, and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors are pleased to offer this one day training to all Journeymen an...
OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Day 1: Thursday, December 12, 2019  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & Day 2: Friday, December 13, 2019 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   ABC Arkansas Facility (Conference Center) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form   About the course... This two-day course is intended for all entry level employees and employees that have responsibility f...
OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Day 1: Thursday, December 12, 2019  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & Day 2: Friday, December 13, 2019 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   ABC Arkansas Facility (Conference Center) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form   About the course... This two-day course is intended for all entry level employees and employees that have responsibility f...