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ABC Provides Comments to Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians, and Sprinklerfitters Bureau

Last week, the Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians and Sprinklerfitters hosted a listening session to solicit comments from members of the public on the current regulations. ABC provided comments on a number of issues including creating a separate welding license, reducing the 18-year age requirement for refrigeration apprentices, applicable credit for educational and on-the-job training hours required to become a journeyman, and eliminating prohibitive apprentice ratios. 

For a copy of the comments, please click here. 

Safety Notice - Crosby Shackles Recall

The Crosby Group has recalled a number of shackles after determining that some may have a condition that reduces the ultimate load of the shackle. Crosby asserts that use of these shackles is within the rated working load limit, however use in excess of the rated working load limit may result in property damage, severe injury, or death, depending on the type of application. 

The full list of products recalled and additional information can be found here. 

ABC's Legal Roundtable - March 12th: Negotiating Contracts To Avoid Legal Intensive Care

ABC MA's Legal Roundtable Tuesday, March 12th 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM   ABC MA Office 100 Unicorn Park Drive, Suite 1 Woburn, MA 01801 Register Today ​Construction contracts are filled with traps and pitfalls for even the most seasoned negotiator. Join attorneys Chris Kenney and Mike Sams, of the law firm Kenney & Sams, P.C., for our next Legal Roundtable as they represent opposing parties in a simulated subcontract negotiation.   With their extensive experience negotiating and litigating construction contracts, Chris and Mike will present key issues every contractor should be aware of during contract negotiations and provide an attorney's point-of-view of the contract negotiation decision-making process.   Learn how to:   ·     Negotiate Construction Contracts ·     Get Paid ·     Allocate your Risk ·     Include Key Insurance Coverage Provisions · ...

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ABC's Human Resources Committee to Meet March 20th

Join ABC's Human Resource Committee on Wednesday, March 20th from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at ABC's Office located in Woburn, MA.  Dianne Durkin will join the HR Committee to present "Coaching: The Secret to Employee Success."  What: ​ABC's Human Resource Committee Meeting When: Wednesday, March 20th from 8:30 am to 10:00 am Where: ABC's Office, 100 Unicorn Park Drive, Suite 100, Woburn, MA Contact Diana Hasan to attend or for more information Dianne Durkin has over 25 years of experience in finance, sales, international marketing, and training & development. She has held Vice President of Marketing and Presidential positions with companies like Gulf Oil, Digital Equipment Corp, Corporate Branding Partnership and ASTEA International. Dianne’s combination of executive management and entrepreneurial skills has proven very beneficial in helping major corporations and small enterprises achieve maximum results.    A graduate of Rivier College, Ms. D ...

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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  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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  1. Re: It’s Construction Safety Week

    We always use construction safety week to remind everyone about safety and best practices. Thanks for...

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