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 Chili Cook Off   Please join us for ABC's annual Central Chili Cook Off on October 28th at ABC's facility in North Little Rock! Members may enter a team for a chance to have their chili judged or you can just come out for all you can eat and drink! All members, prospects, and guests, come enjoy a night of good food and networking!    Back by poplar demand, we will also have the Delta Biscuit Company food truck on site for any attende...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, November 4th & Friday, November 5th, 2021 & Thursday, November 11th & Friday, November 12th, 2021   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 go over the following topi...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, November 4th & Friday, November 5th, 2021 & Thursday, November 11th & Friday, November 12th, 2021   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 go over the following topi...
ABC Northwest Sporting Clays Shootout   Please join us for the ABC Northwest Sporting Clays Shootout on Friday, November 5th! Enter a two-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   Friday, November 5, 2021   Registration & Lunch at 12:00 p.m. Shooting at 1:00 p.m.   ...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, November 4th & Friday, November 5th, 2021 & Thursday, November 11th & Friday, November 12th, 2021   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 go over the following topi...
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety & Health Course   Thursday, November 4th & Friday, November 5th, 2021 & Thursday, November 11th & Friday, November 12th, 2021   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 go over the following topi...