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Local Apprentice Students Compete

3/30/2017 11:19 AM
Hagerstown, Maryland, January 7, 2017:  The ABC of Cumberland Valley’s Barr Construction Institute has showcased the skills of top apprentices in Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, and Plumbing with the ABC of Cumberland Valley’s Skill Competition. These apprentices participated in a two hour 100 question written exam and a four hour hands-on practical exam. Winners of this competition could go on to represent Cumberland Valley at the National Craft Championships in Florida in March. These students have worked full time and attended classes 2 nights per week 9 months out the year during there 4 years at the Barr Construction institute. As a requirement of their apprenticeship schooling they must compete in the skills competition to demonstrate that they have learned and retained the skills of their trade before graduation. These students will become the highest trained best in their trades! Winners for the events were: Electrical: 1.     First place&mdash ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Cumberland Valley Christmas party and Retirement celebration for Will Seilhamer

12/8/2016 2:43 PM
The Cumberland Valley Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC CVC) recently recognized their committee members, 2017 Chairman, 2017 Board of Directors, and honored Will Seilhamer on his retirement at Fountainhead Country Club in Hagerstown, MD.  They also recognized one of their newest members Maurice Electrical Supply Company.   The Young Professionals Group ran a very successful Toys for Tots Drive.  A big thank you to the ABC CVC apprenticeship students who held a contest to see which class collected the most.  We were honored to have several Marines, SSgt Kristopher J Shelton; Retired Staff Sergeant Cole Barnhart and Toys for Tots coordinator Jim Mills, join us for the evening.  ABC recognized the numerous members who served on the Apprenticeship; Finance; Maryland legislative; Membership Retention; Pennsylvania legislative; Programs, Safety and Trust Committees.  Committees are the backbone of the organization.    ABC CVC was honor ... Read the rest of entry »

Brooke Wenger named National Young Professional of the Year!

12/2/2016 11:16 AM
The Cumberland Valley Chapter is excited and very happy that Brooke was honored for all of her hard work and dedication to the YP and the industry. Please join me in congratulating Brooke for her award!  John Wooden was once quoted as saying, "Don't mistake activity for achievement". There is no mistake in the fact that we have a great achievement here! Congratulations Brooke. Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) celebrated the achievements of one young professional at the Nov. 16. Future Leaders Awards Luncheon during ABC’s Leadership Week in Dallas. Brooke Wenger, director of business development at Triad Engineering Inc., a member of the ABC Cumberland Valley Chapter, won ABC’s second annual Young Professional of the Year Award!  ABC’s Young Professional program was founded in 2014 and aims to shape the future of the construction industry by supporting the growth of professionals under the age of 40 who are employed by ABC member companie ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC CVC welcomes our New President Amos McCoy

9/28/2016 10:33 AM
As the new President of the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and my career.   I would like to first say thank you to all of the staff and members that I have met so far for the warm welcome that I have received. I would also like to say thanks to Will for the tremendous job that he has done with the chapter and all of the help that he has given me at the beginning of this transition. I wish Will the best as he starts his retirement.   I have spent the past decade in the concrete block manufacturing industry, starting my career in Chambersburg at Nitterhouse. I then went to work for Oldcastle and moved to Chicago to manage a plant for a year and a half. I had the opportunity to return to the east coast for Oldcastle and manage a group of plants in the Eastern Pa and NJ area for several years. I then became operations manager for York Building Products managing all of their manufacturing pl ... Read the rest of entry »

Excellence in Construction - Safety Award Banquet

9/21/2016 3:45 PM
 The Cumberland Valley Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) recently recognized ABC members and their top Excellence in Construction projects at Fountainhead Country Club in Hagerstown, MD.  We also recognized one of our newest ABC CVC member Hoffman Automotive. ABC is proud to honor these innovative merit shop construction projects and industry-leading firms with our Excellence in Construction award.  These award winners are outstanding examples of the astounding craftsmanship and professionalism that exemplify merit shop construction.  The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects and safety program. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer.  Local winners will now have the opportunity to apply at the National Level. Awar ... Read the rest of entry »

Annual Golf outing

8/23/2016 2:49 PM
ABC CVC held it’s annual golf outing on  Friday, July 22, 2016 at the beautiful Black Rock Golf Course.  We surpassed last years  largest participation by one golfer this year and we would like to thank each and everyone that participated in the event and or sponsored.  We had twenty eight teams plus one signed up for the event.  This year’s  hole in one where participants had a chance to win a new Ford Fusion was again sponsored by ABC CVC member Hagerstown Ford.  We held a putting contest for a chance to split $5,000.  and again this year held a hole in the middle where all participants lined up around the green and the first one getting their ball in the hole won $100. Mike Shifler, Fox Sales won the hole in the middle. Winners of the golf tournament were 1st place; the team of Tokio Marine HCC & Minghini’s General Contractors; Beth Wancowicz; Del Carden; Morgan Collis and Jacob Collis.  2nd place;  the team of Morgan Ke ... Read the rest of entry »

Barr Construction Apprenticeship Graduation

5/31/2016 10:18 AM
The Barr Construction Institute, the education arm, of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Cumberland Valley Chapter, held its annual apprenticeship graduation on Thursday evening, May 26th.  Special Guest attending the evening festivities included Secretary Kelly Schulz, Maryland Dept. Labor Licensing & Regulations (DLLR), Bill Taylor; Chairman Maryland Apprenticeship & Training Council and Dan Belcher; Director of Workforce Development, National Center Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Alachua, FL. Graduating from the program were a total of twenty-one students in three occupations. ELECTRICAL Toby Brechbill            Antietam Electrical Robert Cannedy                      Frederick Electric Tyler Lewis              &n ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC CVC hold 2nd Western Md. legislative Pac Reception

5/24/2016 3:21 PM
We want to thank all those who attended our 2nd annual event on May5th. A special thank you to Senator Andrew Serafini; Delegate Brett Wilson; Delegate William Wivell; Commissioner John Barr; Commissioner Jeff Cline and Washington County School Board President Donna Brightman. We also want to thank our sponsors; Gruber Latimer Restoration; Miles & Stockbridge PC and Thompson Best Heating & AC.

Free Enterprise Day 2016 Highlights Policy, Bipartisanship

4/14/2016 10:01 AM
For the sixth consecutive year, members of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) from across Pennsylvania came together in Harrisburg yesterday to meet with legislators and discuss major policy issues affecting the merit shop construction industry.  Known as Free Enterprise Day, the event incorporates members from all five ABC chapters throughout Pennsylvania for a truly statewide advocacy effort. ABC members spent the day meeting with members of the House and Senate in the Pennsylvania Capitol, focusing on crucial policies that would affect the construction industry and level the playing field in Pennsylvania.  The day kicked off with ABC joining a rally sponsored by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) to introduce Right to Work legislation, where Keystone Chapter Chairman Dave Nace offered remarks. “The aged, stagnant days of the union stranglehold in Pennsylvania are long gone.  It’s time to move forward to ensure that ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC CVC to send Tyler Lewis to Ft. Lauderdale to compete

1/26/2016 10:53 AM
ABC Cumberland Valley is proud that we will have an electrical competitor this year
in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Tyler Lewis of Ellsworth Electric will most likely be the youngest of competitors.
At 19 years old, Tyler had taken two years of his training with ABC at Washington County Technical High School.
Upon graduation, he was hired by Ellsworth Electric and has made remarkable strides.
As a fourth year apprentice, Tyler had top scores in both written and performance at our local skills competition.
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