THE VOICE OF THE MERIT SHOP®
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 68 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.
Associated Builders and Contractors is a national trade association representing more than 21,000 Contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and related firms from across the country and from all specialties in the construction industry.
ABC is the only national association devoted exclusively to the Merit Shop Philosophy, the principle of providing the best management techniques, the finest craftsmanship, and the most competitive bidding and pricing strategies in the industry, regardless of labor affiliation. Approximately 80 percent of all construction workers are employed by Merit Shop companies.
ABC is committed to developing a safe workplace and high-performance workforce through quality education and training with comprehensive safety and health programs.
ABC has 68 Chapters nationwide including U.S. territories, representing more than 21,000 merit shop firms
- 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.
ABC Delaware promotes open competition through Free Enterprise, enriches individuals, while developing leaders in our community and the construction-related industries.
- Free Enterprise philosophy that offers opportunity for all.
- Quality through innovation, education and training
- Commitment to the community
- Promotion of health, safety & Wellness
Be the Voice of Construction, safely building our community using the Free Enterprise Philosophy.
Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 68 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.
For more than 70 years, ABC has been the leading voice promoting the merit shop philosophy in construction. ABC members are champions of free enterprise and open competition committed to delivering high-quality, safe construction projects awarded to the most qualified bidder based on merit, not mandates or political favoritism. More than 87% of the U.S. construction workforce has freely chosen not to join a union.
ABC creates opportunities for its members to compete for work on a fair and level playing field, and then helps them win work based on merit. ABC defends open competition in construction contracting at the national, state and local levels, opposing government-mandated project labor agreements and prevailing wage laws while supporting right-to-work policies. In fiscal years 2009-2021, ABC helped members win 57% of the value of federal contracts larger than $25 million, worth $73.46 billion.
ABC works to elevate careers in construction and build the workforce talent pipeline. ABC’s 68 chapters and their affiliates offer more than 800 apprenticeship, craft, safety and construction management education programs—including 300 government-registered apprenticeship programs—across the country. ABC members invested $1.6 billion to educate their employees in 2021 to provide 1.3 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety education to advance their careers in commercial and industrial construction. Safety education accounted for the greatest share—56%—of the total workforce investment. ABC works to heighten interest in careers in construction through competitions, awards programs and student chapters.
ABC and its chapters strive to provide all members with the knowledge and tools to achieve the highest standard for health, safety, wellness and environment in the construction industry.
ABC has 68 Chapters nationwide including U.S. territories, representing more than 21,000 members.