ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND
Building the Heart of
Who Is ABC?
ABC was founded in 1950 when seven
contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md. These
7 shared the belief that construction projects
should be awarded on merit to the most
qualified and responsible low bidders.
Who is ABC?
Associated Builders and Contractors
(ABC) is the fastest growing national
construction industry association, with more
than 25,000 merit shop contractor members
in 79 chapters across the United States.
Fortune magazine ranks ABC as one of the
50 most influential organizations in the nation
What Is ‘Merit Shop’?
Merit Shop is:
The essence of Free Enterprise
The belief that construction projects should be
awarded on merit to the most qualified and
responsible low bidders.
The belief that employers must provide for the
general welfare of the employee through fair
compensation for work performed.
ABC Today !
ABC's mission is the advancement of the merit shop
philosophy, which encourages open competition and a
free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based
solely on merit, without regard to labor affiliation.
ABC's activities include government representation,
legal advocacy, education, workforce development,
communications, technology, national and chapter
awards programs, employee benefits, best practices
and business development through an online
contractor search directory.
ABC Heart of America
Heart of America Chapter’s national
federation charter covers Kansas & Missouri
Heart of America was founded in 1975
Growing membership in St. Louis w/
Regional Office, media campaign and civic
Members of ABC
Membership Includes All Industry Sectors:
Architects / Engineers
Associated Service Members
ABC Heart of America Code of Ethics
To maintain a standard of performance consistent with the owner’s
To quote only realistic prices and completion dates and perform
To fully cooperate with the architect and other agents of the owner
toward fulfillment of the contract undertaken.
To solicit and accept bids and/or quotations only from firms with
whom we are willing to do business.
To make all payments promptly within the terms of the contract.
To observe and foster the highest standards of safety and working
conditions for employees.
To establish fair wage schedules for employees commensurate with
their ability so that they may enjoy the dignity to which they are
To actively participate in the training of skilled tradespeople for the
future welfare of the construction industry.
ABC Committed To Safety
National STEP program – Safety Training Evaluation
Process is a progressive tiered safety recognition
TWO OSHA Partnerships between the Heart of
America and OSHA in Kansas and Missouri
Full Time Safety Director to assist members and
their owner / clients
Focus Four Programs, OSHA 10 & 30 hour, CPR,
ABC Committed To Training
U.S. Dept. of Labor approved apprenticeship
standards in 32 construction trades
Approximately 500 apprentices currently registered
20 training locations across Missouri and Kansas
Training affiliations with Ranken Tech. College,
Vatterott College, Ozark Tech. College, Metropolitan
Community College of Kansas City, Pima
Community College, University of Central Missouri
and Columbia Area Career Center
ABC Committed To Members
ABC has 23 nationally endorsed affinity
programs providing the best discounted services
to ABC members.
Access to health care coverage at competitive
rates with pooled health insurance trust (AHP
model) available where state law permits
Dental and vision insurance
Web Enabled Training
ABC Value Partnerships
ABC Construction Resources
National resources including legal, regulatory,
technical, safety, education, peer to peer, economic,
market and business development resources
Chapter resources including labor and legal experts,
craft / industry consultants, governmental
representation, industry networking and discounted
affinity program resources
Interactive membership directory at national and
local levels by trade, specialty and volume
ABC Accredited Quality Contractor
The Accredited Quality Contractor Program
recognizes and honors construction firms
which have documented their commitment in
four key areas of corporate responsibility:
Safety (STEP Gold or Platinum Level Required)
As contractors, we want business owners and the
public in general to know that we care about our
employees and the communities in which we build,
and that we are prepared to demonstrate this
concern through our actions. We are proud to be
contractors and proud to be an integral part of this
great industry. We want our many "publics" to know
that we are dedicated to the principles of free
enterprise and that we are committed to providing
our employees, now and in the future, with the skills
they need to work safely and productively on the
ABC Focal Points
Diversity – National committee promoting a diverse
industry and diverse workforce
National grants enabling diversity at the local level
Safety Tool Box Talks in English and Spanish
Safety Orientation Video in English and Spanish
ABC Green Building Resource Guide
ABC National partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) to offer workshops
National Quality Awards
Excellence In Construction (EIC)
Craft Excellence Competition
Why Belong To ABC ?
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc Is:
40th most influential organization in the country (Fortune 500
The largest PAC in the construction industry - $1.6 million (non-
residential) and nearly $9 million spent by the Free Enterprise Alliance
(FEA) during the last election cycle
ABC PAC was listed among the Top 20 Association PACs in the
nation, according to the Feb. 13, 2009 issue of CEO Update.
The largest organization dedicated to the merit shop philosophy –
projects should be awarded to the lowest, safest responsible bidder, or
an owner's contractor of choice, regardless of labor
The construction association where every member (specialty
contractors, industry professionals, and general contractors) has an
equal vote and equal status in ABC
Why Belong To ABC ?
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc Is:
Leading the Construction Industry in opposition to
the Employee Free Choice Act (Card Check)
Funded a study exposing the critical funding
shortage in construction union pension plans
Leading the effort in both Kansas and Missouri to
place a “constitutional right” to a confidential election
on unionization into the state constitutions
What The Unions Are Saying
The Unions Are Organized
And If The Employee Free Choice Act
The unions will be doing a lot more
What ABC is Saying
We Must Organize To !
Your joining ABC will help to insure that
open shop, merit based construction
Your membership and your voice will help
ABC preserve YOUR right to run YOUR
We Need Your Help. Join ABC.
ABC Members Getting It Done