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

  Construction Executive's 2022 Construction Economic Forecast Webinar    Construction Executive Webinar   Date: Wednesday, Dec. 8 Time: 1 p.m. CT Speaker: Anirban Basu, Chief Economist, Associated Builders and Contractors Moderators: Chris Durso, Editor-in-Chief, Construction Executive; Maggie Murphy, Managing Editor, Construction Executive; Rachel O’Connell, Assistant Editor, Construction Executive &...
ABC Holiday Luncheon   ABC is hosting a holiday luncheon on December 10th in our back building, the Arkansas Construction Trades Academy! All member employees and invited guests are invited to join us for some holiday cheer, good food and networking!     Holiday Lunch Includes:   Turkey, ham, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and desserts!     Registration is required.      Details: &nb...
Breakfast with the Executives Series- 4th Quarter   On December 15th, 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 4th quarter executives, Charles Nabholz, Chairman Emeritus for N...
The Future of Construction Is Modular Webinar   Construction Executive Webinar   Date: Wednesday, Dec.15 Time: 1 p.m. CT Speaker: Ray Boff, National Prefab Leader, DPR Construction; Tom Hardiman, Executive Director, Modular Building Institute Moderator: Chris Durso, Editor-in-Chief, Construction Executive; Maggie Murphy, Managing Editor, Construction Executive; Rachel O’Connell, Assistant Editor, Construction Executive   ...