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Celebration of an Excellent Life - Remembering Tim Barton

  ABC member firm DECCO, Inc. joined with the family of Tim Barton to hold  a celebration of life on Sunday, July 18 in his honor at the Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis, NH.  Barton was  a principal at DECCO and a former leader, mentor, and friend of ABC and the Gould Construction Institute, who passed away in June of 2020. Tim was active in both ABC MA and ABC NH/VT.  For the Massachusetts Chapter, Tim served on the ABC MA Board of Directors and was a longtime member of the Gould Construction Institute Board of Trustees, where he served as chairman.  He also served on the Board of the ABC Workers Compensation Self-Insurance Group.  He mentored five DECCO apprentices to first-place finishes in the pipefitting competition at the National ABC Craft Competition.  He was remembered by family, colleagues and friends as a unique person whose concern for others was unmatched. We want to thank the entir ...

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Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Announces $250,000 Gift from Cruz Companies

  “Walter Williams Endowed Scholarship Fund” honors legacy of local resident, supports students pursuing Construction Management, HVAC&R, Practical Electricity, related programs   BOSTON – The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) announced the creation of the Walter Williams Endowed Scholarship Fund. The endowed scholarship fund is a result of a generous gift from Cruz Companies and will financially support students from Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan who pursue a course of study in construction management, HVAC&R, practical electricity, or a related program area at BFIT.  The scholarship fund was established in memory of the late Walter Earl Williams, a longtime Roxbury resident and graduate of Boston Trade High School. After serving in the United States Navy, Mr. Williams worked in city government and as a community organizer. Mr. Williams played a key role in establishing the Boston Residency Jobs Policy, a 1983 ordinance which required th ...

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ABC Announces Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2021 9:50 AM Posted in People and Awards, News Release 2021 WASHINGTON, June 8—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Tia Perry, formerly ABC’s director of business development and partnerships, will now serve as its director of inclusion, diversity and equity in support of ABC’s 69 chapters and 21,000 members. Bringing with her 15 years of association experience to this new role, Perry will serve as a strategic thought leader to advance ABC’s IDE strategy, including the measurement and monitoring of the association’s initiatives, and development of new programs and practices that effectively increase IDE awareness. “ABC, its chapters and member companies are committed to putting the best talent on the construction field,” said Michael Bellaman, ABC president and CEO. “In a fair and open competitive construction industry, innovation in value creation is imperative to winning work and sustaining a worl ...

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ABC Welcomes Members Back with Returns to In-Person Events

  ABC MA welcomed our membership back with our return to in-person events on June 3 with a fun outdoor networking event hosted at the Unicorn Office Park in Woburn.  We were joined by more than 80 attendees who were able to connect with fellow ABC members while enjoying catering courtesy of the Pennypacker's food truck and beverages courtesy of the Tapped Mobile Beer Truck.  During the event we recognized the graduating students from our training affiliate, the Gould Construction Institute, in an informal program that highlighted the efforts of their students, instructors, and GCI staff throughout what was a challenging year.  Despite a gloomy forecast, attendees were lively and excited to return to an in-person event and the ABC and GCI staff were excited to welcome them back.  We had five generous sponsors that helped to make the event possible including our Drink Sponsor – L.C. Anderson, Inc. – and our General Event Sponsors that included A&am ...

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MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 EMERGENCY PAID SICK TIME

MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19  EMERGENCY PAID SICK TIME  Until September 30, 2021, Massachusetts employers must provide employees with additional paid time off for certain COVID-19 related reasons. Full-time employees are entitled to a week (40 hours) of paid time off and part-time employees are entitled to a pro-rated amount based on their work schedules. The maximum amount of pay an employer is required to pay an employee for this paid time off (and for which the employer can seek reimbursement from a state fund) is $850 per employee. This program may end prior to September 30, 2021, if the Commonwealth’s fund for reimbursement (currently $75 million) is exhausted before then. Notably, this law applies to both private and public sector employers in Massachusetts, including municipalities (but excluding the federal government).   Reasons for Leave Paid time off must be provided to employees who are unable to work for the following reasons:        (1) ...

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Decreases 0.5% in April, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, June 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.5% in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $786.2 billion for the month. Spending was down on a monthly basis in nine of 16 nonresidential subcategories. Both private and public nonresidential construction spending were down 0.5% for the month. “The fact that nonresidential construction spending continues to decline is no surprise whatsoever,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Many factors are at work, including the historic lag between broader economic recovery and the onset of persistent recovery in nonresidential construction. In other words, nonresidential spending levels reflect what the broader economy looked like about a year ago. A year ago, the economy was in dire shape. “There’s more,” said Basu. “Conven ...

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ABC’s Sizemore Appointed to Serve on OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

ABC’s Sizemore Appointed to Serve on OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health WASHINGTON, May 27—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced that Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Labor to serve as a representative for U.S. construction employers on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, which provides advice and assistance to the assistant secretary on occupational safety and health in construction standards. As one of 15 individuals selected, Sizemore will serve a two-year term on ACCSH, which was established in 1987 to advise the assistant secretary for OSHA on setting construction standards and policy matters arising in the administration concerning safety and health provisions under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. &n ...

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Governor Veto's PLA from Holyoke Soldiers Home Bill

OFFICE  OF  THE  GOVERNOR COMMONWEALTH OF  MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE • BOSTON, MA 02133 (617) 725-4000     To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives: Pursuant to Section 5 of Article LXIII, as amended by Article XC, Section 4 of the amendments to the Constitution, I am today signing House Bill 3770, "An Act Financing the Reconstruction of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke," and vetoing Section 5 as noted below. As you know, it is imperative that the reconstruction of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke take place as soon as possible. Massachusetts veterans need and deserve a home that fully provides for their health, safety, and comfort. For that reason, my Administration sought a federal grant that would provide a reimbursement to the Commonwealth of 65% of the cost to build a new long-term care facility. We have an opportunity, right now, to provide this for those who served to protect the Commonwealth and the United States. ...

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ABC MA Members Judge Skills USA TeamWorks Competition

  ABC Massachusetts was asked to serve as the TeamWorks Series Director at the SkillsUSA State Championship at the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School located in Upton, Massachusetts on April 29th and April 30th. The TeamWorks competition, consisting of six groups of 4 Massachusetts Vocational School students competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze. The four team members consisted of a Carpenter, an Electrician, a Plumber and a Mason, who built a small structure whichl simulated the aspects of a full-sized building.   We called upon our membership to help participate as the judging team, and several member companies stepped up to answer the call. Participating member firms included Industrial Steel & Boiler Services, Inc., Haynes Group, MJ Moran, Inc., Interstate Electrical Services, Northwestern Mutual, Plumb House Inc., and Fernandes Masonry. Thank you to all of our fantastic judges for lending your time, and a big thank you to ABC MA members Milwaukee ...

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Kaplan Construction Receives ABC’s National Excellence in Construction Award for Boston University Children’s Center

  (Via Kaplan Construction)   BOSTON – April 6, 2021 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, today announced its work on the Boston University (BU) Children’s Center in Brookline, Mass. has earned a national Excellence in Construction® Pyramid Award, presented during the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10. The EIC awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for world-class, safe, and innovative construction projects. “The BU Children’s Center involved a complicated renovation of a 115-year-old historic mansion and construction of a new addition in a dense residential neighborhood. The project was technically demanding and there was no shortage of surprises along the way. We are honored to be recognized for our work with this Excel ...

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