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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ABC Catfish Friday in August   Join us for ABC Arkansas' COVID-Friendly Catfish Friday!    ABC is hosting another Catfish Fry in our back building, the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy and surrounding property! All member employees and invited guests are welcome to join us for an afternoon of good food and socially distanced networking! Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, there will be a few changes to the event layout that you can read about below.&n...
Central Golf Tournament   Join us on Thursday, October 1st for the annual Central Golf Tournament! In order to provide our members with the safest networking opportunity possible during COVID-19, lunch will be served at the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) in North Little Rock prior to the tournament (located 2.3 miles away from the golf course). After lunch and networking, players will head to the Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle for golf! &n...
Central Trap Shoot   You are invited to participate in ABC's annual Central Trap Shoot on Friday, October 9th! All ABC Members and Prospects may register a 5-person team or enter individually. Registered individual shooters will be grouped into teams at random. This year we will have two flights - one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 12:30 p.m. Lunch served in between!  First come first serve!    This shooting competition will be a great opportunity to safely...
New ANSI Standards for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms Lunch & Learn     HELPING YOU MEET HIGHER STANDARDS   START PREPARING FOR THE BIG CHANGES FROM ANSI & CSA FOR MOBILE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS (MEWPs)   Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, October 14th in North Little Rock where our expert speaker will discuss the changes to the North American standards (ANSI A92 in the United States and CSA B354...
New ANSI Standards for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms Lunch & Learn     HELPING YOU MEET HIGHER STANDARDS   START PREPARING FOR THE BIG CHANGES FROM ANSI & CSA FOR MOBILE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS (MEWPs)   Join us for this FREE lunch and educational opportunity on Wednesday, October 14th in North Little Rock where our expert speaker will discuss the changes to the North American standards (ANSI A92 in the United States and CSA B354...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, October 15th & Friday, October 16th, 2020 & Thursday, October 22nd & Friday, October 23rd, 2020     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form     About the course... This course will...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, October 15th & Friday, October 16th, 2020 & Thursday, October 22nd & Friday, October 23rd, 2020     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form     About the course... This course will...
Western Sporting Clays Shootout   Please join us for the ABC Western Sporting Clays Shootout on October 16th in Fort Smith! Enter a three-person team for a chance to win cash prizes! Your entry fee includes lunch and shells. Come out for an afternoon of fun with your fellow ABC members!     Registration Form    Event Details October 16, 2020 Lunch served at 11:00 a.m. Shooting starts at 11:30 a.m.   Pajaro Gun Club 802 Old ...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, October 15th & Friday, October 16th, 2020 & Thursday, October 22nd & Friday, October 23rd, 2020     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form     About the course... This course will...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, October 15th & Friday, October 16th, 2020 & Thursday, October 22nd & Friday, October 23rd, 2020     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (All Four Days)   Arkansas Construction Trades Academy (ABC's Back Building) 6 Collins Industrial Place North Little Rock, AR 72113   Registration Form     About the course... This course will...
ABC Membership Appreciation Catfish Fry   ABC is hosting a Membership Appreciation Catfish Fry on October 23rd for our Members in Jonesboro! Please join us for an afternoon of good food and socially distanced networking! ABC will be abiding by all COVID-19 safety precautions.   Lunch is all you can eat for $5 a person!   RSVP's are required.    *ABC Member Only Event*   Details: Friday, October 23, 2020   11:30 a.m. - ...