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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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EnviroVantage Receives National Excellence in Construction Award from Associated Builders and Contractors

Wood Island Life Saving Station Project in Kittery Point, Maine Long Beach, California, March 27, 2019—  EnviroVantage’s work on the Wood Island Life Saving Station Project in Kittery Point, Maine has earned a National Excellence in Construction® Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors in the Community/Public Service Category. Representatives from the company received the top honor March 27 during ABC’s 29th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California.   “We are honored to be recognized for our work among the distinguished list of Excellence winners.  The Wood Island Life Saving Station project was the execution of a well thought out strategy by an exceptionally skilled team.  I’m proud of the men and women who work with me”, stated Scott Knightly, EnviroVantage President & CEO.  ​ Careful abatement by EnviroVantage kicked off the long-term histori ...

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ABC Collects Membership Awards at ABC National Convention; DECCO Apprentice Wins Pipefitter Competition

Last week, ABC MA collected several awards at ABC's National Convention in Long Beach, California. ABC MA was recognized for 90% membership retention, year-over-year growth, and achieving its 2019 membership goals.  Membership is the foundation of everything our chapter does - whether its training employees at the Gould Construction Institute, providing members with access to a pipeline of qualified workers through the Merit Apprentice Program (MAP) and, more recently, through our pre-apprenticeship program, or working to promote the interests of our members on Beacon Hill - the more members we have, the more success we will enjoy. If you know of businesses you think are good membership candidates, please contact ABC's Membership Director, Ken Ledwak, at or (781) 273-0123. We would also like to congratulate Sean O'Dowd from DECCO for winning the pipefitting gold medal at this year's National Craft Championship competition! Sean competed against the nation's premier open ...

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ABC's Building Mass Careers Hosts Career Roundtable at Woburn Memorial High School

On Friday March 22, ABC MA's Building Mass Careers hosted a construction industry round table at Woburn Memorial High School in Woburn, MA. Over 30 high school juniors and seniors heard from five ABC MA member companies about their crafts within the Construction industry, and their specific company hiring practices.  “It was a great event for our students to be part of” explained, Jessica Callanan, Principal of Woburn High School. “Our students heard first hand from employers about what is needed to be successful in the workplace. The Construction industry is booming, and I think many of the kids who attended will seriously pursue Construction as a career path.” The students heard from a diverse group of presenters who discussed the wide array of opportunities for both men and women in the Construction industry.  “I thought the roundtable discussion was tremendous!" Offered, Joe Camilo, from Tocco Building Systems “The studen ...

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Erland Foundation Raises Awareness for the New England Center for Children at Annual Bowling Fundraiser

Erland employees laced up their bowling shoes at Kings in Burlington to support autism awareness and education at their third annual Strike Out Autism bowling fundraiser. The Erland Foundation’s Strike Out Autism event on February 7 benefited The New England Center for Children® (NECC®), a global leader in autism education, research and technology. Proceeds from this event directly support NECC’s goal to help children with autism acquire the skills they need to maximize their independence. ​More than 120 bowlers and countless volunteers participated in making this event another great success. Attendees included NECC students and staff members, subcontractors, Erland employees, friends and family members. Erland holds this event each year to give back to the Center, where the company built NECC’s 35,000-square-foot John and Diane Kim Autism Institute in 2016. “After interacting with NECC’s students and seeing their needs and the needs of their families ...

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NEI General Contracting Transforms Dormitory into Affordable Housing

​BOSTON – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, announced today it has completed its fourth project for the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Inc. (POUA), a non-profit housing developer affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. NEI oversaw the historic adaptive re-use of the 56,000 SF Kennedy Hall at Cardinal Cushing Center in Hanover, Mass. into 37 affordable and workforce housing units, which is now known as Bethany Apartments. The Cardinal Cushing Center in Hanover, Mass. has supported children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, employment training, residential care, and other services since the late 1940’s. Constructed in 1957 as a dormitory, Kennedy Hall has been converted into 37 spacious units with a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. The design preserved the historic envelope of the three-story H-shaped brick building and maintained the e ...

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NEI General Contracting Retained for Historic Renovation to Create Mason Square Apartments

​BOSTON – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, has been retained by First Resource Development Corporation LLC for the historic rehabilitation of an existing 55,000 SF mill building and adjacent 15,000 SF firehouse in Springfield, Mass. Located in the McKnight National Historic District of Springfield at 837 State Street, the existing historic building is best known as the original home of the Indian Motorcycle Factory where the famed motorcycles were built and distributed nationwide. NEI General Contracting will start by renovating the existing site drainage systems and new site utility work to support the renovation of the mill and firehouse buildings before demolition of the existing structures, the addition of drainage system and site improvements to provide an accessory parking lot to support future residents. The mill building will be renovated to include 45 apartment units. NEI will keep the majority of the ...

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Delphi Construction Moves into New Waltham Headquarters

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JM Coull Tops Off First Building of Waters Corporation’s Manufacturing Facility Expansion Project in Taunton, MA

JMC topped off the first building under Waters Corporation’s 135,000 sf manufacturing facility expansion project in Taunton Maynard, MA – JM Coull (JMC) topped off the first building under Waters Corporation’s 135,000 sf manufacturing facility expansion project in Taunton. The building, which will house offices, laboratories, manufacturing space, central utilities, and maintenance, has since been enclosed and made weather tight. Energy-efficient TPO roofing is currently being installed. Waters is making approximately a $215 million investment in the project. JMC has retained the services of Industrial Facilities Design, Inc. (IFDI) for architectural and structural engineering and, through IFDI, mechanical and electrical engineering services from NV5 and civil engineering through BSC Group as part of its turn-key design-build team. “We have a really focused team, from JMC to our design and engineering partners, to our subcontractors, to the client team,” comm ...

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HVAC Apprentices Must Register with Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS)

All HVAC companies must be registered with the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) in order for the HVAC apprentices’ work experience to count towards their license exam requirements.

This is the link to their website

For those students whose companies are not currently part of the program, the board will be grandfathering in students for approximately 6 months if their company calls and registers with the DAS.

Contact Info: Henry Muttuchio (617) 626-5403 or Henry.Mattuchio@MassMail.State.MA.US
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