Founded on the merit shop philosophy, Associated Builders and Contractors helps its members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. From best-in-class safety programs to discounts with leading vendors, ABC has the solutions for merit-shop companies nationwide. Join a network of companies striving to be the best the construction industry has to offer.
Politics and Policy
ABC actively works with all levels of government to represent member interests and the merit shop construction industry. Fortune magazine has recognized ABC’s efforts in Washington, D.C., by naming the association one of the “most influential” organizations in the United States.
Growing your company has never been easier. From business leads and construction referrals to green building initives and awards programs, ABC offers tools to help its members develop business opportunities and promote company achievements and capabilities to potential clients.
ABC members can take advantage of exclusive savings on business-to-business services offered through ABC’s discount programs. Descriptions about the savings and services, along with contact information and direct links, are provided for each of the partnering companies.
ABC’s safety programs and products help members maintain safer and more productive job sites, one of the construction industry’s most critical needs. In addition to training resources, ABC provides members with the STEP guide - the industry’s leading safety evaluation program.
Education and Training
ABC is a leader in apprenticeship and craft training for merit shop contractors. Through its chapters, ABC delivers programs that equip craft professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to improve their productivity and safety, and advance their careers. The delivery of services and programs varies by region.
Industry Publications and Communications
ABC provides a wealth of resources to assist contractors in staying current with the industry-related information they need to make informed business decisions. In addition, ABC provides communications leadership and support by working closely with the news media to communicate the industry’s positions to policy makers, owners, educators and the public on a wide range of public policy issues.
ABC actively promotes construction as a top career choice for high school and college students. ABC chapters and members partner with schools, meet with students and instructors, and hold special events to promote careers in construction.
The ABC Merit Choice® insurance program encompasses both an insurance agency and an association-based insurance trust. Members who choose ABC as their insurance provider receive outstanding support and value-added services. ABC Merit Choice exclusively serves members with insurance and fringe benefit solutions that are objective and resource-based. These solutions include benefit programs, incentive-based programs, health and welfare programs and related services. Member companies rely on ABC to administer programs that help them attract and retain employees, so their companies can enjoy continued growth and profitability.
ABC Maryland also provides an insurance program through Chesapeake Employers Insurance that provides discounted pricing on worker's compensation insurance.