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Women in Construction Week - Brenda Laurenza

ABC is thrilled to celebrate Women in Construction Week! At ABC, women are a critical part of our organization and the construction workforce, and we are committed to recruiting and upskilling women in the construction industry as part of our efforts to continue growing a diverse and inclusive construction workforce. Many ABC member companies are women-owned and/or employ women in all areas of operations, from in the field to the office.  During Women in Construction Week, we are highlighting several ABC members to celebrate the great work they do every day of the year and to provide some insight into the women who represent our organization and industry, such as Brenda Laurenza, Owner/President of Bald Hill Builders, LLC. Brenda Laurenza Brenda Laurenza’s dad owned a tile business and used to bring Brenda to jobsites when she was young.  Brenda loved being his helper and the buzz of activity and watching the work progress to completion. But it was only after college and st ...

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Women in Construction Week - Jane Kaplan Peck

ABC is thrilled to celebrate Women in Construction Week! At ABC, women are a critical part of our organization and the construction workforce, and we are committed to recruiting and upskilling women in the construction industry as part of our efforts to continue growing a diverse and inclusive construction workforce. Many ABC member companies are women-owned and/or employ women in all areas of operations, from in the field to the office.  ​ During Women in Construction Week, we are highlighting several ABC members to celebrate the great work they do every day of the year and to provide some insight into the women who represent our organization and industry, such as Jane Kaplan Peck, Chief operating officer (COO) for Kaplan Construction. Jane Kaplan Peck Jane Kaplan Peck has been immersed in Kaplan Construction, the family business she now serves as COO, since childhood.  “At six months old I was present at my parents’ first meeting with their accountants,” she says. ...

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Women in Construction Week - Diana Hasan

ABC is thrilled to celebrate Women in Construction Week! At ABC, women are a critical part of our organization and the construction workforce, and we are committed to recruiting and upskilling women in the construction industry as part of our efforts to continue growing a diverse and inclusive construction workforce. Many ABC member companies are women-owned and/or employ women in all areas of operations, from in the field to the office.  During Women in Construction Week, we are highlighting several ABC members to celebrate the great work they do every day of the year and to provide some insight into the women who represent our organization and industry, such as Diana Hasan, Human Resources Director for C.E. Floyd Company, Inc. Diana Hasan Diana Hasan, Human Resources Director for C.E. Floyd Company, Inc., a general contractor, says the best advice she ever got came from a couple of mentors, who told her about the importance of getting honest from feedback from bosses and peers alike. She ...

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Women in Construction Week - Tracey Hartford

ABC is thrilled to celebrate Women in Construction Week! At ABC, women are a critical part of our organization and the construction workforce, and we are committed to recruiting and upskilling women in the construction industry as part of our efforts to continue growing a diverse and inclusive construction workforce. Many ABC member companies are women-owned and/or employ women in all areas of operations, from in the field to the office.  During Women in Construction Week, we are highlighting several ABC members to celebrate the great work they do every day of the year and to provide some insight into the women who represent our organization and industry, such as Tracey Hartford, Vice President of Client Services, Windover Construction.          Tracey Hartford For Tracey Hartford, it’s all about relationships and integrity. “Nothing I achieve is done alone,” Tracey says.  “Collaboration is critical and I embr ...

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Women in Construction Week - Laurie Duffy

ABC is thrilled to celebrate Women in Construction Week! At ABC, women are a critical part of our organization and the construction workforce, and we are committed to recruiting and upskilling women in the construction industry as part of our efforts to continue growing a diverse and inclusive construction workforce. Many ABC member companies are women-owned and/or employ women in all areas of operations, from in the field to the office.  During Women in Construction Week, we are highlighting several ABC members to provide some insight of the women who represent our organization and industry and celebrate the great work they do every day of the year, such as Laurie Duffy, President/Co-Owner of New Horizon Finishes, Inc. Laurie Duffy Laurie Duffy co-founded New Horizons Finishes, Inc., a commercial painting and wallcovering company, in 2008.  It wasn’t exactly the best timing.  “We were in a recession,” she says.  “But through hard work and a go ...

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Women in Construction Week - Jayne D’Angelo

ABC is thrilled to celebrate Women in Construction Week! At ABC, women are a critical part of our organization and the construction workforce, and we are committed to recruiting and upskilling women in the construction industry as part of our efforts to continue growing a diverse and inclusive construction workforce. Many ABC member companies are women-owned and/or employ women in all areas of operations, from in the field to the office.  ​ During Women in Construction Week, we are highlighting several ABC members to celebrate the great work they do every day of the year and to provide some insight into the women who represent our organization and industry, such as Jayne D’Angelo, Treasurer/Clerk of Systems Electrical Services, Inc. Jayne D’Angelo When Jayne D’Angelo worked for her father’s construction company back in the 1970s, women were largely limited to the office, so Jayne made a point of learning everything that happened there. She later met her husband, who ...

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ABC Celebrates Women in Construction Week

The number of women in the U.S. construction industry is on the rise. From apprentices to craft professionals, estimators and executives, women are represented in all facets of the construction workforce. And opportunities to both join and advance within the booming construction industry are numerous, especially with worker shortages impacting the sector across the United States. Construction offers an earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship model and values lifelong education, which allows for career advancement without incurring hefty student loan debt. Construction is not just a job, it offers the promise of a lucrative career.  Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts is committed to recruiting and upskilling women in the construction industry as part of our efforts to continue growing a diverse and inclusive construction workforce. Many ABC member companies are women-owned and/or employ women in all areas of operations, from in the field to the office.  To c ...

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New Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations: Make Your Voice Heard

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) recently released draft regulations for the new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, laying out how it proposes to implement the law, which begins phasing in this July and will be fully effective in 2021. This new benefit program was established last year as part of the so-called Grand Bargain between advocacy groups and the business community. The newly established Department of Family and Medical Leave (the “Department”) will oversee the administration of PFML.   EOLWD is currently accepting comments on these draft regulations. This is an important opportunity for ABC and our member firms to be heard on any concerns or issues with the draft. PFML will impact almost every Massachusetts business, therefore we encourage all members to review the regulations and share your concerns with ABC Director of Public Affairs, Rob McGovern at Rob@abmca.org or (781) 273 – 0123 so we can use our collective voi ...

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NEI General Contracting Wraps Up Holmes Beverly

NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, recently announced the completion of Holmes Beverly, a transit-oriented mixed-use development located adjacent to the Beverly Depot commuter rail station in the heart of downtown Beverly, Mass. Located at 112 Rantoul Street and developed by Barnat Development, the 67,000 SF six-story new construction includes 67 residential rental units plus commercial space. Holmes Beverly was completed almost two years to the day that Barnat Development was designated the developer of the site by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA).    ​Offering a new type of rental product for the North Shore, Holmes Beverly has five floors of residential rental units, including 51 market-rate and 16 workforce housing units.   The apartments range from studios to two-bedroom apartments offering views of both downtown and the waterfront. Located next to the Beverly Depot commuter rail station ...

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Reporting Injury and Illness Summary for 2018

March 2, 2019, is the deadline for employers to electronically report OSHA Form 300A data, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during calendar year 2018. Not all establishments are covered by this requirement. Visit OSHA's Injury Tracking Application webpage for information about which establishments are covered by this requirement and to submit data.
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