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Haynes Group Promotes New Project Manager, Emily Bozek

Haynes Group, Inc. of West Bridgewater, MA is pleased to announce that Emily Bozek has been promoted to the role of Project Manager.   Since joining Haynes Group as an Assistant Project Manager in 2015, Emily has distinguished herself as a top performer through her relentless attention to detail, superior communication skills, and hyper-focus on the needs of each individual Haynes Group customer.   “Emily’s leadership has helped ensure the success of many of the company’s most complex, highest-profile projects” said Mike Haynes, company co-owner.  “In combination with her professional talents, Emily’s infectious passion for construction and continuous desire to learn and improve have helped elevate the energy and proficiency of our operations team as a whole.  We’re excited to support Emily’s continued success in her new leadership role.” Haynes Group, Inc. is an award-winning commercial const ...

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NEI General Contracting Completes Modular Mixed-Use Development

BOSTON – December 5, 2019 – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, announced today it has completed the construction of 28 Austin, a 68-unit modular mixed-use building located at 28 Austin Street in Newton, Mass for Dinosaur Capital Partners.In May 2014, Austin Street Partners, a joint venture of Dinosaur Capital Partners and Oaktree Development, was selected by the City of Newton to redevelop the Austin Street Municipal Parking Lot in Newton’s village of Newtonville. 28 Austin supports the City of Newton’s initiative to provide quality housing options for households of all income levels, increase diversity within its vibrant villages, and support its local business districts.“We selected NEI General Contracting based on their experience with modular construction as well as mixed-use developments in constrained urban and suburban environments,” said Scott Oran, managing partner at Dinosaur Capital Partners. “This was a very challenging project. Building ...

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The Driscoll Agency Announces the Hiring of Sean C. Driscoll

  NORWELL, MA – December 3, 2019– The Driscoll Agency, an affiliate of Cross Insurance, one of the largest and most respected Agencies in the greater Boston area specializing in the construction, manufacturing and retail industries, today announced that Sean Driscoll  has joined the agency as an Account Executive.  Sean will be focusing on commercial insurance and business development.  He brings insurance experience from Plymouth Rock Assurance as a subrogation Adjuster.  Sean holds a degree Pace University, Manhattan Campus, where he majored in Communications.  Sean grew up in Milton and resides in South Boston. About The Driscoll Agency - The Driscoll Agency, an affiliate of Cross Insurance, is a full-service insurance and surety provider concentrating in the construction and manufacturing, non-profit and service industries.  They offer a full line of personal products for individuals, as well as providing group health and benefits to corporations. ...

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ABC's Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Recognizes the Best of 2019

On November 22nd, 2019, some 270 ABC members and guests gathered at the Westin Hotel for the 27th annual Excellence in Construction Awards dinner, emceed by Ben Simmoneau from WCVB NewsCenter 5 and MeTv Boston, to recognize and celebrate ABC members’ award winning construction projects. Selected companies received either an Eagle Award, representing the pinnacle of achievement, or the Merit Award, for work that stands above the rest. The awards recognize overall excellence in project execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction.    This year’s applicant pool was particularly competitive, with each winner selected for high standards of craftsmanship, safety and quality thanks to the talents of merit shop workers and the efficiency of the merit shop approach.    "We are proud to recognize the outstanding work of our member contractors through the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards.  The winning contractors ...

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Haynes Group Begins Transformation of the New Wayfinder Hotel in Newport

WEST BRIDGEWATER, MA - November 20, 2019 - Haynes Group Inc. today announced its latest hospitality project, The Wayfinder, a 115,000-square foot hotel and conference center situated at the gateway of Newport, Rhode Island. Currently known as The Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center owned by Dovetail + Co., and with the help of designers Reunion Goods & Services, the boutique-style hotel will open reimagined in the spring of 2020. “Newport has a rich history and a strong sense of community, and we are excited to have the opportunity to help Dovetail transform a neighborhood with The Wayfinder,” said Michael Haynes, Co-Founder of the Haynes Group. “Not only are we taking a historic hotel and making it fresh and exciting, but we have the opportunity to help provide a fantastic customer journey for the hotel and its guests. That’s what Haynes Group is all about.” Haynes Group takes a customer-centric approach to hospitality projects, with over ten years of experience wor ...

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ABC Board of Directors Member James Abbott Achieves PPC Designation

Jim Abbott, Vice President and Financial Advisor of Claro Advisors, LLC, was awarded the Professional Plan Consultant® (PPC®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies®, the standards-setting body for Fi360 on October 1st, 2019.  “Jim has continued to demonstrate a passion for increasing his expertise in certain areas which goes above and beyond most other financial advisors. I'm proud of his most recent accomplishment.” said Managing Principal, Ryan Belanger. Jim joined Claro's team in 2017 with a focus on Company 401(k) plans as well as fostering collaborative relationships within the Construction, Design and Engineering industry and the Professional Hockey industry. As a student-athlete, he earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire winning Back-to-Back Hockey East Championship titles and playing two Frozen Four Tournaments. He was also named to the All-Academic Team his Senior year. After graduation, he played professional ho ...

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It's National Apprentice Week!

National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 11-17, is an opportunity to celebrate workers who are building where we live, work, learn, heal and play. For decades, the U.S. construction industry has stood alone as a leader in leveraging both government-registered and industry-driven education platforms to recruit and educate the next generation of our workforce. ABC and the construction industry have created safe, innovative and effective skills education programs that prepare students and workers for the modern economy. ABC and its members are spending $1.6 billion annually to produce the highest skilled workforce using innovative and tried-and-true development programs. Family-sustaining careers are abundant in construction, thanks to hardworking men and women and industry-led education programs.   At ABC, we believe in building people through the merit shop philosophy: that projects and personal advancement should be awarded based on performance, skill and achievement. ABC has been setting the standard ...

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Metro Walls Opens South Shore Branch

MANCHESTER, NH - Metro Walls is excited to announce that they will be expanding operations to the South Shore! Starting November 1st, you will find Metro Walls and their crews throughout the South Shore of Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island…doing what they do best – Commercial Framing, Drywall and Acoustical Ceilings! Heading the charge for this new branch will be General Manager Jay Rocha, who comes to Metro with over a decade of commercial drywall expertise. Rocha, former project manager for Superior Drywall can’t wait to lead this South Shore team! He is a native of Fall River, MA, and he knows this region well. “Having the opportunity to expand our operations to cover more of New England has been a goal of ours since we opened our doors. We are thrilled to have Jay Rocha on board. I can tell he loves what he does and he has the energy to keep up in this business”, says Mike Dion, President of Metro Walls With locations already in Manchester, NH and Portland Maine, ...

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ABC Member Spotlight - Meet Brian Kennedy, Founder of BW Kennedy & Co.

It may seem hard to imagine now, but it wasn’t that long ago when the construction industry was fighting for its life. In 2008, Brian Kennedy was doing some work for clients he had worked with as a project manager for his previous employer. They asked him if he was going to start his own business. He did. It was himself, one superintendent and a part-time office administrator working out of the first floor of a three-family house. His clients fed him some projects.Today, as BW Kennedy & Co. celebrates its 10th anniversary, it is a general contractor that does about $80 million worth of work annually, employs around 35 people, and has moved into newly constructed headquarters in Arlington this summer. Some of those original clients are still with the company.Kennedy had a strong background doing life sciences work, and that remains the biggest sector BW Kennedy & Co. serves, but the company has branched out. It’s now a full-service company doing private school and other types of jobs. Whether it’s new ...

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Kaplan Construction’s Jane Kaplan Peck Named a Woman of FIRE

BOSTON – September 26, 2019 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today that Chief Operating Officer Jane Kaplan Peck has been named a Women of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) by Banking New England magazine. The FIRE sector has emerged as a keystone of the New England economy, transforming the knowledge, wealth and dreams of the world’s most ambitious visionaries into reality. As more and more women rise to the top of businesses and institutions in this sector, there is a growing need to shine a light on their achievements to inspire others. Following a management transition in 2014, Jane ushered the family business – one in which half of its employees had been with the company for multiple decades – into its second generation. As COO and majority owner of Kaplan Construction, Jane Kaplan Peck is responsible for the day-to-day operations and ensuring Kaplan’s financial security and ...

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