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

Central Arc Flash Safety Awareness Lunch and Learn What is an Arc Flash? “Arc flash” is the extremely high-temperature discharge produced by an electrical fault in air – simply put, it’s an electrical explosion that occurs on energized equipment such as electrical panels that have been poorly maintained, improperly installed, or are at the end of their service life. An arc flash happens when electric current flows through an air gap between conductors. In order to main...
2021 Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards Live Virtual Event   April 29, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Join us for a virtual celebration where we will feature the 2021 Eagle Award Winners for their outstanding projects! We will also recognize the 2020 STEP participants and the Hall of Fame winners for their dedication and service to our industry!     Registration: General viewing of the virtual awards celebration event via Zoom is FREE to ...
NWA Crawfish Boil   Join us for ABC's Annual NWA Crawfish Boil on Thursday, May 6th! Enjoy an evening of networking, fun, and all you can eat & drink! Family, friends and clients are all welcome! We will also have games and a charity raffle on site!   Featuring: Crawfish / Sausage / Potatoes & Corn / Beer and Soft Drinks     Registration Form   Event Details     Thursday, May 6, 2021   5:00 p....
Would You Pass an OSHA Inspection? Zoom Event   Tuesday, May 11th 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.     With the nature of our industry, there is a good chance that your company will be faced with an OSHA inspection at some point. If and when that day comes, do you feel confident that your company will pass? Do you know the proper procedures - How to notify OSHA; what OSHA expects from the employer; and what documentation you should provide? It is essential for your com...
ABC Build-B-Q Statewide BBQ Competition & Feast   Join us for ABC's Inaugural Barbeque Competition on May 14th! The main Build-B-Q event will be hosted at the ABC/ACTA facility in North Little Rock but is open to members state-wide!   Whether you plan on entering a team for a chance to compete, or just want to come out for a great networking feast, we'd love to have you!     Registration is Required. Team spots are limited - first come, fir...
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 May 19th and 20th 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 limited! ...
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 May 19th and 20th 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 limited! ...
Central 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 May 25th and 26th in North Little Rock! 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...
Central 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 May 25th and 26th in North Little Rock! 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...