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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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ABC Fights Addition of PLA to Bill Funding Reconstruction of New Holyoke Soldiers Home

  Boston Herald Editorial Calls Attention to Minority Participation Concerns    ABC MA is fighting to remove a project labor agreement (PLA) that has been added to bonding legislation to finance the construction of a new Holyoke Soldiers Home (H 3701).   Recent developments include the Boston Herald publishing an op-ed on 4/16  highlighting the impact of the PLA on minority participation as the bill moves to the Senate after initial passage in the House.   ABC strongly supports the reconstruction of the Holyoke Soldiers home but believes it should be done without a PLA.  PLAs require that all labor must come from the unions, which effectively shuts out open shop contractors.  According to unionstats.com, in 2020 the Massachusetts construction workforce was 83.5 percent non-union.  ABC strongly opposes PLAs as discriminatory and costly due to their limiting open shop competition.     The Herald editor ...

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ABC MA Reboots Membership Committee

  ABC is pleased to announce the reconvening of our Membership Committee to help grow the chapter membership base.  Chaired by ABC’s all-time recruitment leader, Ray Caruso (C. E. Floyd Company, Inc.), the committee is made up of volunteers from fifteen members firms that include 14 General Contractors  as well as Associate Member and Beam Club Member Jim Abbott (Claro Advisors), who was former ABC MA Membership Director.  With the support of current ABC Membership Director Venus Williams and Chapter President Greg Beeman, the committee’s goal for 2021 is to reach 500 chapter members by the end of the year.     Membership Committee Members: Ray Caruso (C.E. Floyd Company, Inc.) Jim Abbott (Claro Advisors, LLC) James McCormack (Erland Construction, Inc.) Tom Dionne (Connolly Brothers, Inc. Nick Baker (Shawnlee Construction, LLC) John Teixeria (John B. Cruz Construction Co., Inc.) Skip Titus (Groom Construction Co ...

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Mark Roberts

ABC has added Massachusetts Chapter member Mark Roberts of A & M Construction Co., Inc. to the Beam Club Presidential Level.

The Beam Club was established in 1966 to recognize ABC’s top membership recruiters for their commitment to growing the association. By recruiting five new members, ABC members are automatically enrolled in the Beam Club by their chapter. Members receive one point for each new member recruited. Beam Club activity is ongoing from year to year, with members’ point totals continually accruing and advancing members to the next Beam Club award level.

To reach the Presidential Level of the Beam Club, ABC members must recruit between 25 and 49 new members.

For more information on the Beam Club, contact Leiloni Hayward at [email protected].

 

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ABC MA Completes Pre-Apprentice Construction and Maintenance Program as Part of the Workforce Success Grant

  On April 9th, the first cohort of 15 students graduated from the Metro North Pre-Apprentice Construction and Facilities Maintenance Training Program (PACMAN) in a truly joyous and inspirational ceremony.  The PACMAN curriculum includes an introduction to construction and facilities maintenance, financial literacy, and job readiness.  Students earned OSHA-10 safety and health certification and completed a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) core curriculum that included the following elements: Basic Safety (Construction Site Safety Orientation) (12.5 hours) Introduction to Construction Math (10 hours) Introduction to Hand Tools (10 hours) Introduction to Power Tools (10 hours) Introduction to Construction Drawings (10 hours) ntroduction to Basic Rigging (7.5 hours) Basic Communication Skills (7.5 hours) Basic Employability Skills (7.5 hours) Introduction to Materials Handling (5 hours) But more inspiring than the curriculum or ...

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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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April 2021 Chairman's Message

President Biden has sent clear signals that he supports union-only policies for our industry, and the signals have emboldened construction unions here and around the country. The latest local example is the building of a new Holyoke Soldiers Home.You might remember that the Soldiers Home was in the headlines at the beginning of the pandemic last year, when a COVID outbreak tragically took the lives of 77 veterans. Now a new Soldiers Home needs to be built and the legislation to do so is on a fast track so it can be signed in time to take advantage of a federal Veterans Administration matching grant that will soon expire.Despite the need to act quickly, a state legislative committee slapped a last-minute project labor agreement on the legislation. PLAs require that all labor on a project come from unions. Since well over 80 percent of Massachusetts construction workers choose not to affiliate with union, the amendment would prohibit more than four out of every five Massachusetts construction workers from wo ...

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Kaplan Construction Named a Top-Performing U.S. Construction Company by ABC

BOSTON – March 30, 2021 - Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today it was ranked on Associated Builders and Contractors national 2021 Top Performers list, which recognizes ABC member contractors in safety, quality, diversity, project excellence, and special designations, ranked by work hours. Kaplan also made the Top General Contractors up to $50 million and the Top Performers with Special Designations lists (Kaplan is a certified WBE).Published as a supplement to Construction Executive magazine, the ABC Top Performers lists identify the Top 200 Performers, Top 75 Trade Contractors, Top Electrical Contractors, Top Plumbing/HVAC Contractors, Top Specialty Contractors, Top 100 General Contractors, and Top General Contractors Up to $50 million, all of which have earned the elite Accredited Quality Contractor credential, as well as the Top Performers With Special Designations. “We are honored to ...

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NEI General Contracting Completes Historic Renovation of Mason Square Apartments

BOSTON – March 24, 2021 – NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor, announced today it has completed the historic rehabilitation of an existing 55,000 SF mill building and adjacent 15,000 SF firehouse in Springfield, Mass. for First Resource Development Corporation LLC. Located in the McKnight National Historic District of Springfield at 837 State Street, the existing historic building is best known as the original home of the Indian Motorcycle Factory where the famed motorcycles were built and distributed nationwide. Despite the impact of COVID-19 and the pandemic, the project was completed on time. The Mason Square II at Indian Motorcycle consists of 60 rental units ranging from one bedroom to three bedrooms which were fully shortly after completion. Mason Square Apartments at Indian Motorcycle appears as a gateway to its neighbor, the American International College (AIC), and is located on a major bus route that allows easy access to the surrounding area. The Square is also nearby to b ...

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Connolly Brothers Welcomes Michael Cullen as CFO

BEVERLY, Mass. – March 24, 2021 – Connolly Brothers, Inc., a construction management firm serving private commercial, industrial, and institutional clients, announced today that Michael Cullen has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Reporting to President Jay Connolly and Vice President Thad Minshall, he will plan, develop, direct, and evaluate the organization’s fiscal function and performance. In addition, he will evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning, introduction of new programs and strategies, and regulatory action. As CFO, he will provide timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports, and trends as he assists the management team in developing plans and programs to ensure the continued success of the company.Founded in 1880, Connolly Brothers is dedicated to providing quality, professional construction services to its commercial, industrial, and institutional clients. The company’s years of experience enable it to price and budget more accurately, manage m ...

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