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W.T. Kenney Co. Celebrates 80th Anniversary

At W.T. Kenney Co., it’s always been about family, whether it’s the type we’re born into or those who become family along the way. This year, the fourth-generation painting contractor celebrates its 80th anniversary.  Walter Thomas Kenney started the company in 1939, selling paint door-to-door in Arlington.  During the 1940s or 50s, he realized it would be more lucrative if his company also did the painting instead of just selling the paint. Walter eventually handed the business over to his sons Wally, Allan and Ted, who for years ran the company together out of the same room. Today it’s Tim Kenney, Walter’s grandson, who serves as president and runs the company along with his nephew, Senior Vice President Brian Jurgens, who represents the fourth generation of family ownership. But blood relatives aren’t the only ones to be celebrated as W.T. Kenney marks its 80th.  The company has about 40 employees, about a quarter of whom are in the off ...

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Call For S.T.E.P. Award Applications

The Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) award applications are now available! Applications are Due by March 10th! Established in 1989, the Safety Training Evaluation Process serves as a benchmarking and improvement tool for achieving world-class safety performance in construction. Members measure their safety processes and policies on the 20 Key Components through a detailed questionnaire and learn to implement or enhance safety programs. Fill out your application today! S.T.E.P. Application If you have any questions, please contact:   Allison Jackson Training & Marketing Coordinator Gould Construction Institute, The Training Affiliate of ABC MA allison@gwgci.org  781-270-9990 x1112 What is S.T.E.P. Established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors.  There is no charge ...

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Kaplan Construction Announces Completion of Revolution Hotel

​BOSTON – February 13, 2019 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today it has completed renovations for the Revolution Hotel, converting a former hostel into an urban boutique hotel located at 40 Berkeley Street in Boston. Built within the existing walls of one of America’s first YWCAs, Kaplan renovated guest rooms, bathrooms, and common areas, throughout the seven-story, 77,000 SF building. ​ Located in Boston’s chic South End within walking distance to the Back Bay, the Revolution Hotel is the first Boston addition to The Mount Vernon Company’s collection of independent lifestyle hotels and showcases the city’s revolutionary past. This 163-room hotel delivers an affordable alternative for value-minded travelers seeking affordable access to Boston’s many attractions and experiences. “We are striving to provide affor ...

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Erland Construction Completes The Fenn School—Dining Hall & Academic Center

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EJ Callahan & Associates Names Steve Zaremba Partner

Steve Zaremba, Partner, EJ Callahan & Associates EJ Callahan & Associates, a leading CPA firm providing accounting, audit, tax and business advisory services to some of New England’s most prominent businesses, today announced Steve Zaremba has been named partner.  With a decade of experience as a Certified Public Accountant at both regional and national accounting firms, Steve most recently served as Senior Manager at EJ Callahan.  In his new role, Steve will continue to service his portfolio of clients while helping to spearhead the Manufacturing & Distribution practice and continue to grow the Construction and Real Estate practices.  Learn more about Steve HERE. Prior to EJ Callahan, Steve held leadership positions at Feeley & Driscoll and BDO and honed his skills in essential services including tax planning and compliance, business strategy, and bank and surety bonding relationship management, among others.  Over the course of his career, Steve h ...

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NEI General Contracting’s Marc Marcelli Gives Back Through Small Contractors Program

Marc Marcelli, Director of Northeast Construction Operations NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, recently announced that its Director of Northeast Construction Operations, Marc Marcelli, is donating his time to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) to assist minority business enterprises (MBE) and women-owned business enterprises (WBE). JPNDC created the Small Contractors Success Initiative in 2018 to assist small MBE and WBE contractors located in the City of Boston. The project involves free technical assistance and business education as well as connecting contractors with seasoned industry professionals like Marc. NEI General Contracting is involved in the small business pilot as both a sponsor and a mentor. As a mentor, Marc, along with staff and other volunteers, interviews and vets candidates for the program. Once accepted into the program, the contractors meet with staff to assess their needs, e ...

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ABC MA Members Meet with MAPC on Climate Change Impacts on Construction

On February 5th, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) conducted a focus group on climate resiliency with our members to learn about their experiences and perspectives on climate change. Over the past few years there have been a number of extreme weather events and trends that brought MAPC to this topic, such as: ​ The five warmest years in the global record have all happened since 2010. 2018 was the wettest fall on record since 1891. There’s been a 71% increase in the amount of rain during 100-year level storm events since 1950. Last March’s repeat Nor’easters resulted in severe flooding across Eastern MA communities. Towns’ storm water and wastewater systems were overwhelmed. Some communities even had sewage backup in their streets.   MAPC solicited our members on-the-ground knowledge and expertise to build an understanding of climate change impacts on construction in New England. This will help inform regional planning ...

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Mass. may reduce how much money unions can donate to back political candidates

Boston Globe (2/5/19) - State campaign finance regulators want to rein in the money labor unions can give their preferred candidates each year, under a newly released proposal that could dramatically alter Massachusetts’ political fund-raising landscape.

Labor unions are currently allowed to give up to $15,000 annually to a single candidate. But draft regulations quietly released Friday by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance would slash the limit to $1,000, as well as cap donations to political action committees at $500 and to a political party’s committee at $5,000. Read More Here...

ABC MA 2019 Installation of Officers and Directors

last week, ABC MA hosted its 2019 Installation of Officers and Directors for ABC MA and the Gould Construction Institute. We have a great leadership team this year that is ready to tackle the many challenges and opportunities impacting the construction industry. During the Installation, Greg Sizemore from ABC National discussed what ABC is doing to assist members in meeting the workforce challenge, outlined the progress that has been made and what can be best addressed in a united effort with ABC National, ABC Chapters and member contractors. Thanks to everyone who joined us and we look forward to a great year! 

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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