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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Upcoming Events

The Bakery District (map)
Western Construction Forum Breakfast   Join us on Wednesday, January 29th for breakfast at The Bakery District in Fort Smith followed by a discussion with our panelists. Attendees will hear from local developers, industry influencers, and a legislative representative on the future growth and development we expect to see in Fort Smith.    We encourage all members to attend and participate in the discussion. Following the forum, attendees will have the chance to ask ques...
Multi-Craft Contractors (map)
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, January 30th & Friday, January 31st, 2020 Thursday, February 6th & Friday, February 7th, 2020   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Multi-Craft Contractors Facility Training Room 606 Randall Wobbe Ln  Springdale, AR 72765   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: History of ...
The Holler (map)
NWA Social at The Holler   Please join us for this FREE networking opportunity! Come out to The Holler in Bentonville for a fun evening of appetizers, drinks, shuffleboards, and a chance to mingle with like minded individuals in our industry! All members and prospects are welcome! No RSVP required.    When & Where Thursday, January 30, 2020 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   The Holler 801 SE 8th St  Bentonville, AR 72712 &nb...
Multi-Craft Contractors (map)
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, January 30th & Friday, January 31st, 2020 Thursday, February 6th & Friday, February 7th, 2020   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Multi-Craft Contractors Facility Training Room 606 Randall Wobbe Ln  Springdale, AR 72765   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: History of ...
Central Dale Carnegie Workshop: Lead Effective Meetings     Imagine coming in to work on any given Monday. You log into your computer, open your email and up pops a meeting invitation. Are you already dreading it? In a recent survey conducted by TNS Express for Genesys Conferencing, it was no surprise to find that many people loathe meetings. In fact, most people claim they would rather be mowing their lawn than sitting in an unproductive meeting.   Meetings are ...
Kimbel Mechanical Systems (map)
NWA Growth, Innovation & Leadership Lunch & Learn   Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, February 5th in Fayetteville and hear Sean O'Keane, President and CEO of Riggs CAT, discuss how we can build different leaders within our companies! Whether you are an emerging leader or an experienced one, this lunch and learn is meant to help you identify things that prevent growth and innovation within your company, define your vi...
Multi-Craft Contractors (map)
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, January 30th & Friday, January 31st, 2020 Thursday, February 6th & Friday, February 7th, 2020   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Multi-Craft Contractors Facility Training Room 606 Randall Wobbe Ln  Springdale, AR 72765   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: History of ...
Multi-Craft Contractors (map)
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, January 30th & Friday, January 31st, 2020 Thursday, February 6th & Friday, February 7th, 2020   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Multi-Craft Contractors Facility Training Room 606 Randall Wobbe Ln  Springdale, AR 72765   Registration Form   About the course... This course will go over the following topics among others: History of ...
NWA Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on February 12th and 13th in Bentonville! Training will focus particularly in the areas of productivity, time management, effective communication & negotiations all with the aim of driving world class leadership.   Reservations are required. Spots are limit...
NWA Foreman & Superintendent Leadership Training Program   ABC Arkansas, and training partner FMI, will be providing a two-day professional development course for Superintendent/Field Leadership on February 12th and 13th in Bentonville! Training will focus particularly in the areas of productivity, time management, effective communication & negotiations all with the aim of driving world class leadership.   Reservations are required. Spots are limit...
NWA Dale Carnegie Workshop: Lead Effective Meetings   Imagine coming in to work on any given Monday. You log into your computer, open your email and up pops a meeting invitation. Are you already dreading it? In a recent survey conducted by TNS Express for Genesys Conferencing, it was no surprise to find that many people loathe meetings. In fact, most people claim they would rather be mowing their lawn than sitting in an unproductive meeting.   Meetings are meant to make ...
Central Dale Carnegie Seminar: Stand Out and Build the Leader in You     As a professional in the construction industry we have to find ways to stand out in a competitive environment. This interactive two-day program will provide attendees with the tools needed to thrive as a leader. What kind of leader do you want to be, and how can you make that happen? Are you leading by example? Is your leadership style the best it can be? Are you getting the best results for yours...
Central Dale Carnegie Seminar: Stand Out and Build the Leader in You     As a professional in the construction industry we have to find ways to stand out in a competitive environment. This interactive two-day program will provide attendees with the tools needed to thrive as a leader. What kind of leader do you want to be, and how can you make that happen? Are you leading by example? Is your leadership style the best it can be? Are you getting the best results for yours...