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.


Upcoming Events

Western Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney   Please join us for ABC's Western Chili Cook Off & Baggo Tourney on February 27th 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!    Regist...
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 Safety Advisory Luncheon   In the construction industry, safety is priority. Whether you are an owner, manager, or safety director, your company is tasked with creating healthy work environments, staying compliant with OSHA and other governing entities, implementing proper policies, providing quality training, and empowering employees to work safely.    ABC frequently receives requests for guidance on a variety of safety and compliance issues. Many of our membe...
Central Cajun Night Crawfish Boil   Mark your calendars for ABC's Annual Central Cajun Night on Thursday, March 19th! This year the event will be hosted at the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy, ABC's back building in North 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 De...
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NWA Crawfish Boil    Join us on April 2nd for the annual NWA Crawfish Boil & Baggo Tournament! Enjoy an evening of networking, fun, and all you can eat & drink! Family, friends and clients are all welcome! We will also host a charity raffle on site to benefit ABC's Backpack Drive and Samaritan House!    Featuring: Crawfish / Sausage / Potatoes & Corn / Beer / Water & Soft Drinks   Registration Form   Details D...