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Help ABC Honor Tim Barton

Support My Turn and their work to assist economically, socially and educationally disadvantaged youth.   Tim Barton, longtime leader at DECCO and ABC, the ABC SIG and the Gould Construction Institute, passed away suddenly last month at just 64.   Tim’s passing is a huge loss on so many levels, and the Chapter and SIG Boards of ABC MA and ABC NH/VT, as well as the GCI Board are united in wanting to honor Tim by supporting an organization and a cause that was a passion of his.   The organization is My Turn, a not-for-profit based in Manchester, NH,  and the cause is providing opportunity to young people in need of some help.     In working with My Turn on pre-apprenticeship programs for DECCO, Tim developed a strong and close relationship with the organization and the young people it serves and helped a number of individuals become successful apprentices with new skills and confidence.   There were few mentors ...

ABC Massachusetts Announces New Partnership With PartRunner

  Imagine having one-click access to same day delivery of parts or other materials without losing time or having to leave a jobsite. And how about saving up to 20 percent on regularly scheduled next-day deliveries? Both are a reality now for ABC member companies, thanks to our chapter’s new partnership with PartRunner, a technology and logistics firm. PartRunner partners with large and small vehicles to deliver virtually anything to where it needs to go at any time. Simply enter what you need on their convenient app, just as you would order an Uber or Lyft. It’s on-demand delivery at the click of a button. It’s also a smarter logistics system. By partnering with a broad network of delivery vehicles, PartRunner not only provides on-demand delivery, but it can do it for up to 20 percent less than you currently spend. And in response to these challenging times, PartRunner now offers a non-contact delivery option. Some ABC Massachusetts firms already work with the company ...

Electrical Code Review Will be Added to MA Journeyman Electrical Licensing beginning in 2022

All electrical contractors and apprentices are advised that Massachusetts is in the process of adding a 15-hour electrical code review requirement to electricians’ licensing. The Board of State Examiners of Electricians has approved a regulatory change that calls for applicants for journeyman’s license to certify they have taken 15 hours of continuing education, in addition to current requirements for education and work experience. Code review is currently requirement for license renewals, but not for initial journeyman’s licensing. According to the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL), the code review will be required for applicants beginning in 2022, and based on the 2020 code. DPL says once the official version of the new regulations is released, it will begin public notification of the requirement, including posting on the state website. The license application will be revised to include the 15-hour code review requirement in advance of it taking effect in 2022. ABC will keep members ...

Chairman's Message -- January 2020

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as ABC chairman for 2020. The new decade is a time of opportunity and challenge for our industry, and I take heart in the fact that we have so many talented and dedicated individuals devoting time and energy to ABC and the Gould Construction Institute (GCI), our training affiliate. I’m also fortunate to be the beneficiary of all the progress made in the past year under Karl Hudson’s leadership. We all owe Karl a debt of gratitude for a job well done. In 2019, membership was up for the seventh consecutive year and we're closing in on our goal of 500 members. In addition to an overall 9 percent increase in members, we had a retention rate of at least 90 percent for the sixth consecutive year. We all appreciate and benefit from the efforts of Membership Director Ken Ledwak. Building Mass Careers has become an increasingly effective tool for providing member companies with much-needed talent.  We've established a resume bank, and orga ...

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