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 Join us for an all you can eat lunch! This summer, ABC will be hosting a Catfish Fry one Friday a month in our back building, the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy. All member employees and invited guests are welcome to join us for an afternoon of good food and networking! This will be our first Catfish Friday this year! Lunch includes: Catfish, Shrimp, Chicken & all the fixins! Lunch prepared by Adam's Catfish Express & Catering. Registration is ...
Central The Skinny on Lean Construction Lunch and Learn   Lean construction practices, and the teams that apply them, are focused on collaboration, communication, and continuous improvement. Out of a deep respect for the people who perform the work, lean-minded construction teams seek to eliminate waste in order to add value and create predictable workflow. Whether they execute off-site construction strategies, Nothing Hits the Floor housekeeping programs, 5S organization...
Central Construction Technology Trends Lunch and Learn   The pandemic brought on numerous challenges that required many companies to start using more technology in their day to day workflow. We also saw a lot of new technology emerge during the pandemic. Plus, our industry continuously strives for efficiency and innovation, often times using mainstream technology to help with those efforts. Pandemic or not, technology is constantly evolving and it can be difficult to stay up to date o...
Breakfast with the Executives Series- 2nd Quarter   On July 21st, we will continue with our quarterly Breakfast with the Executive Series! Each quarter, we will hear from an influential industry leader as they share insight on their professional life and what advice they would give to aspiring leaders.   Join us for this FREE networking breakfast and participate in an intimate discussion with our second executive, Anthony Brooks, President of Platinum Drywall! ...
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ABC Catfish Friday Join us for an all you can eat lunch! This summer, ABC will be hosting a Catfish Fry one Friday a month in our back building, the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy. All member employees and invited guests are welcome to join us for an afternoon of good food and networking! This will be our first Catfish Friday this year! Lunch includes: Catfish, Shrimp, Chicken & all the fixins! Lunch prepared by Adam's Catfish Express & Catering. Registration is ...