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Chairman's Message

Chairman's Message September 2019: Supporting our Growing Construction Workforce with Woburn High School

For ABC member companies to continue to thrive, we must take a hard look at our talent pipeline. With an aging workforce that in some cases is not suited to keep up with exponential growth of the construction industry, we need to identify young people at the start of their career and expose them to the many opportunities our member companies can offer. As we well know, the construction industry is about relationships, and a good case in point is the one ABC MA has been developing with Woburn Memorial High School. Our Building Mass Careers team has made multiple presentations to various students about construction. We held an industry roundtable, bringing in five ABC member firms to discuss trends in their sectors of the industry and their specific company hiring practices. Building Mass Careers hosted a three-day OSHA-10 Construction Outreach Safety and Health course attended by 18 students who received their OSHA 10 card. We are currently working to establish a job shadow and externship program in conjuncti ...

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Chairman's Message August 2019: What's Happening at Gould Construction Institute - Your ABC Member-Focused School

The middle of summer isn’t usually a time when we think a lot about school, but as the construction industry becomes ever more sophisticated, education and training can never be far from our minds.  Whether it’s tradespeople or office employees, our workers need to stay up to date with new technologies and other evolving processes. ABC’s Gould Construction Institute (GCI) can be just the resource you need to keep your employees on the cutting edge.  The Gould offers construction training to educate current workers and develop the next generation of trained craftspeople.  To get a sense of some of the benefits GCI can provide for your company, I urge you to go online and check their training calendar to see what’s coming up. Training promotes excellence.  You may not have known that our chapter produced the best pipefitter in the country for 2019.  Fresh off DECCO employee Sean O’Dowd’s first-place finish at the National ABC Craft Competition, ...

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Chairman's Message July 2019 -- STEP Safety Training

Many of our friends in other industries are able to enjoy a more relaxed pace during the summer, but those of us in construction industry don’t have that luxury.  As our workload ramps up even further, it’s more important than ever to ensure that each of our employees goes home safely to his or her family every night.  Like so many of us, safety doesn’t take a summer vacation. To help members hone their safety programs, ABC developed the Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) in 1989.  Since then, this benchmarking and improvement tool has evolved into a world-class safety management system that dramatically improves safety performance among participants regardless of company size or type of work. Participating ABC member firms measure their safety processes and policies on 24 key components through a detailed questionnaire with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incidents. And it works. Companies that participate in STE ...

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Chairman's Message: GCI/ABC Safety & Education Night

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman We all remember times when just surviving seemed to be the number one goal in our industry.  Today the challenge is finding enough qualified employees to meet the demand for construction services. As important as all that is, it is absolutely essential that we send every one of our employees home safely to their families at the end of each day.  That will be the focus on Thursday, May 16, when the Gould Construction Institute (GCI), ABC’s fully licensed training affiliate, holds its annual Safety & Education Night at the Burlington Marriott. At the dinner, GCI will honor member companies who have achieved excellence through ABC’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP), which is an organized approach for analyzing and developing safety loss prevention programs.  But that’s just the beginning: ​ We will honor Gould instructors and students receiving certificates of completion;  Representatives from the Electrica ...

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Chairman's Message: Meet the Generals 2019

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman Last month I wrote about the importance of member engagement.  Getting more involved in ABC isn’t something you should do for the organization, but to help your company.  Getting your employees involved in ABC activities and events makes them more engaged and more likely to stay. There’s no better example of member engagement than when our companies work with fellow members.  To encourage that, ABC holds our annual “Meet the Generals” event that brings together ABC general contractors and subcontractors. Meet the Generals is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:00-8:00 pm at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.  We currently have 13 GCs scheduled to come.  They’re attending because they want to work with other ABC members, and it’s a great way to get on the radar of some of the finest contractors in Massachusetts. Meet the Generals When: Tuesday, April 23 Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Where ...

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Chairman's Message: Programming and Events that Unite Us

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman Despite an impending snowstorm, over 80 ABC members from more than 35 different companies attended our Future Leaders event at Lord Hobo’s beautiful brewery in Woburn last month.  ABC’s Program and Events Manager Dan Gearin said the great turnout was bolstered by 20-30 attendees who are employees of member companies that he had not seen at previous events. ABC hosts a number of events and seminars throughout the year to provide your company with great networking opportunities and give employees the ability to hone their skills by interacting with fellow members. For instance, ABC offers informational programming that cover topics ranging from new industry requirements to HR and legal issues, often sponsored by our Government Affairs Committee, Future Leaders, Human Resources Committee, or Legal Roundtable, to name a few. This is a great way for members to get involved in the organization, which helps us unite and grow. And there are things you can do ...

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Chairman's Message: The Opioid Crisis

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman ​You can’t listen to tv or radio for very long without hearing more bad news about the opioid epidemic that’s engulfing our country. Unfortunately, no industry is being hit harder by the crisis than construction.   Recently Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, in collaboration with ABC and the other industry trade groups, presented a seminar on this issue that highlighted some sobering statistics – over 72,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses in 2017 – more than 2,000 of them in Massachusetts.  And while the overall number of deaths was down slightly from 2016 in our state, the numbers continued to rise among Hispanics and African Americans.  For every death, there are 130 people with a substance abuse problem.  ​ In terms of economic impact, the state economy lost nearly $6 billion in 2017 from the opioid epidemic and people being unable to work.  The national economic impact ...

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Chairman’s Message: The Year Ahead

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman It is my honor and privilege to serve as chair of ABC Massachusetts as we enter the new year.  I’d like to start by acknowledging the hard work and dedication of outgoing Chair John Anderson, as well as President and CEO Greg Beeman and the entire staff, who work diligently on behalf of our members.    We are in the midst of a five-year strategic plan that includes three primary goals: Workforce Development, Membership Development and Legislative Effectiveness.  And I’m happy to say that we have made significant progress on each of them. ​ In terms of workforce development, we graduated the first class of our pre-apprenticeship program in 2018, which was funded by a grant from the Commonwealth Corporation. This program is helping give member companies access to a much-needed group of eager young men and woman with basic construction training.  Most have already been placed.  We have also created the new position of Di ...

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