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Coronavirus Announcements

With the growing concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the Commonwealth, ABC Massachusetts has made the decision to postpone all programs and events through April 30. This will include the Meet the Generals and Annual Building Our Future Scholarship Hockey Challenge. As we move through this evolving crisis we will continue to evaluate future programs and events as well. In conjunction with ABC National, we are looking to provide additional on-line content. Watch for additional information on this. Additionally, ABC staff will primarily be working remotely and will be available during regular business hours. We will be re-valuating this status on a weekly basis. We will do our best to continue to meet member needs. During this time, since the office will not be regularly staffed, we ask members to reach us via email or phone rather than in-person at the ABC office. All ABC/GCI staff have remote access to their email, and we recommend this as the most efficient means of communication. Voicemail ...

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New Member Spotlight: United Alliance Services

According to Rich Sarnie, “safety isn’t a cost; it’s an investment.” That approach – that the right safety investments provide excellent ROI – is the foundation of Sarnie’s work as COO of United Alliance Services, a full-service occupational safety and health firm that does 70 percent of its business with the construction industry. Rich’s background and skills set United Alliance apart. In addition to 35 years in the safety industry, he is a professional engineer, holds an MBA, is a board-certified safety professional and is also a licensed in insurance advisory. This expertise makes United Alliance a trusted advisor to its clients. It offers risk management assessments, can review a company’s safety and health program based on what the company has in writing, or can conduct more detailed on-site audits. In fact, United Alliance can eliminate safety and health from clients’ to-do lists by serving as a “plug and play,” handling all clien ...

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New Member Spotlight: Evolve Resource Management

Many of us strive for careers in which we do well by doing good. It’s not easy to accomplish, but John Wood and Shawn Slattery, the CEO and president, respectively, of ABC member company Evolve Resource Management, seem to have achieved that goal. Evolve goes to large companies, identifies their recycling challenges and finds an end-use for the materials. This process began when John and Shawn were approached by National Grid. As the company was transitioning to more environmentally conscious LED lights, it was searching to a solution to the problem of what to do with their old streetlights. The pair saw a business opportunity and started Evolve. The company sold the usable parts of the old streetlights to be processed and transformed into new products, with the rest sold as commodities. Evolve has also been focusing on ocean clean-up initiatives. Thanks to its cutting-edge plastic recycling technology, the company will be recycling ocean plastic by mid-summer, and has created both products that can ...

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New Member Spotlight: DBI Waste Systems

Improving clients’ bottom line by helping them do the right thing – that’s the mission of DBI Waste Systems, a full-service solid waste and recycling company. DBI helps construction, industrial and government clients in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire maximize recycling and comply with state Department of Environmental Protection rules. It also maximizes efficiency and saves clients money by separating waste streams and providing contractors with roll-offs for each type of waste, and by finding markets for selling the waste. DBI is a family business founded by the uncles of the company’s current president, Bob Prezioso, in 1960. DBI utilizes the latest technologies that are transforming the recycling industry. But in many ways, it’s their status as a 60-year-old family business that sets the company apart. “We focus on helping our clients recycle by providing services tailored to each one’s unique needs,” Prezioso says. When a client calls, they ...

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Woodcraft Designers & Builders names Francis Iaccarino to position of Vice President, Project Management

CANTON, MA, Issued February 25, 2020…Woodcraft Designers & Builders (http://woodcraftgroup.com), a leading manufacturer of unique commercial architectural millwork solutions, today announced the appointment of Francis Iaccarino of Boston to the position of Vice President, Project Management.The Shrewsbury, MA native joins a fast-growing firm and brings immense experience and strong industry name recognition to his new role at Woodcraft.Iaccarino has always had a flair for entrepreneurship, which can be traced to his days immediately after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Clark University. As a recent graduate, and preparing to enroll at Suffolk University to earn his MBA from their Sawyer School of Management, he started his own business, World Distributors, which he ran for ten years. Subsequently, he spent more than two decades at his family business, Iaccarino Millwork, a well known and well respected millwork shop located in Boylston MA. Iaccarino served as the company’s president from 1999 until ...

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Coronavirus Alert: Resources for Employers

Information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be issued at a rapid pace. In order to stay up to date and access accurate information, employers are encouraged to utilize the below links. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on the coronavirus, including the resources below: • Prevention and Treatment • Information for Travel • Guidance for Businesses and Employers • Frequently Asked Questions • Latest News Updates • Communication Resources Visit ABC general counsel Littler Mendelson’s coronavirus webpage, which includes the resources below: • Coronavirus: Employer Action Items • The Coronavirus: How Employers Can Manage the Outbreak (previously recorded webinar) Visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s website for additional employer resources: • What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the Coronavirus Visit the Occupational Safety a ...

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Further Update On Code Review for Electrical Apprentices

The Electrical Board confirmed that the 237 CMR 13 has been updated effective 2/7 stating all Apprentices applying to sit for the exam will need the 15 hr. CE from the current code cycle adopted at time of when they take their exam. The Board set a date of March 31 as a deadline for this additional Educational requirement and will start rejecting applications that do not have the 15 hr. CE completion certificate. If someone sits for exam from now and before 3/31, the state will not reject the application to sit for test but that apprentice will need to take the 15 hr. CE before next code cycle. Here is the link to the updated (237 CMR 13)13.05 https://www.mass.gov/doc/237-cmr-13-eligibility-criteria-for-initial-licensure-0/download Please note: The 15 hr. CE hours DO NOT count as part of the apprentice’s 600 hours nor can the 15 hr. CE hours be used in place of class hours missed. Gould Construction Institute will schedule 15 hr. CE classes in Woburn and in Springfield for our 4th year students who will b ...

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February Chairman's Message

Much has changed for the Massachusetts construction industry over the past decade, and I’m happy to report that most of the change has been for the better.The latest and one of the most important examples came in January when the Baker-Polito administration announced its Career Technical Initiative, which will train an additional 20,000 skilled trade workers over the next four years and help close the skills gap, which has become the top priority for both ABC and the construction industry as a whole.The initiative calls for vocational-technical schools to operate three teaching shifts per day. Vocational students will take classes from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, students from area high schools will take classes from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, and 5:00 to 9:00 pm will be reserved for training adults. Among other things, the initiative will:• Provide adults with assistance to pay for their training• Boost business involvement in program development and credentials• Reduce licensure barriers to provide incentives for mid-career ...

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Connolly Brothers Completes Headquarters for W. L. French

BEVERLY, Mass. – February 19, 2020– Connolly Brothers Inc, a general contractor and construction management firm, announced today it has completed a new 60,000 SF corporate office and maintenance facility for W. L. French Excavating Corp. in Billerica, Mass.The 48,000 SF maintenance facility includes 10 drive-through maintenance bays, three high equipment bays with five-ton and 10-ton overhead cranes, truck tire carousel, diesel filter cleaning system, truck and heavy equipment wash bay, parts storage and service management offices. The 12,000 SF office building features a fitness center, meeting spaces, and collaborative workspaces for W. L. French’s 250 employees. It was designed to promote health, wellness and productivity in the workplace. Comprised of 60,000 SF over 22 acres, the two buildings feature new technologies, energy efficiencies, and increased capacity to handle a growing demand for field operations tied to the company’s continued growth. “Like W. L. French, Connolly Brothers is a family-owned ...

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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 ...

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