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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Greater Tennessee Chapter News & Updates

Construction Job Growth Steady in June, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, July 5 – The construction industry added 21,000 net new jobs in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, employment in the industry has expanded by 224,000 jobs, representing an increase of 3.1%. Nonresidential construction employment gained 14,900 net jobs in June and is up 146,700 jobs during the last 12 months.   All major segments of nonresidential construction added jobs in June, with the bulk of job growth in the nonresidential specialty trade contractor segment, which added 11,900 net new positions. The construction unemployment rate stood at 4% in June, down 0.7% from the same time last year, and unemployment across all industries was 3.7%, slightly higher than 3.6% in May. “Today’s employment numbers indicate the economy is not slowing nearly as quickly as data suggested earlier this year, which is promising news for contractors,&r ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Greater Tennessee endorses Janet Testerman for Knoxville City Council

The Greater Tennessee chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors has approved the recommendations for endorsement of Janet Testerman for Knoxville City Council. 

In the City Council, At Large Seat B, Ms. Testerman is set to face an opponent that will not recognize the open shop philosophy that keeps Tennessee growth moving forward. 

We look forward to the election and seeing Ms. Testerman prevail in this race. 

ABC Greater Tennessee Meet with Congressional Leaders in D.C.

ABC Greater Tennessee staff and Board of Directors had the pleasure of speaking with our Tennessee representatives in Washington, D.C. last week to push forward policies to re-enforce the Merit Shop Philosophy. 

Board members and staff met with Rep. Scott Desjarlais, Senator Marsha Blackburn, Senator Lamar Alexander, Rep. Tim Burchett, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and Rep. Phil Roe. They also heard from Mercedes Schlapp, the White House Strategic Communications Director and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX).

For pics, visit our flickr page. 

ABC Greater Tennessee Craft Training Program graduates 54

Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Tennessee Craft Training program graduates 54 NASHVILLE, TENN., June 10, 2019 – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Tennessee (ABC-Greater Tennessee) is pleased to announce that its Craft Training Program has successfully graduated 54 students for the 2018-2019 school year. “Thursday was one of the most important events that we at ABC- Greater Tennessee hold each year,” said ABC- Greater Tennessee President/CEO Clay Crownover. “It’s important because it highlights the accomplishments of our school and our students and the extra effort they have made to furthering themselves and our industry.” ABC- Greater Tennessee is a leader in continuing education for the construction industry, as well as apprenticeship and craft training for merit shop contractors in the state. ABC- Greater Tennessee delivers programs that equip craft professionals with the knowledge and the skills they need to improve their productivity and sa ... Read the rest of entry »

Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt highlights May Membership Meeting in East Tennessee

ABC Greater TN's Knoxville office hosted Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt at the Cherokee Country Club. ABC members and guests enjoyed lunch sponsored by Mobile Mini Storage Solutions. 

Honoring Don Smith

Don L. Smith, born in 1931 and a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a founding partner of Smith Cashion & Orr, PLC where he devotes his practice to construction law and litigation. For the past 30 years Don Smith has worked with ABC- Greater Tennessee and provided legal consultation and seminars to the members and staff. In honor of Mr. Smith's dedication, a reception was held on May 6 at the Sheraton Music City. Past ABC Chairs gathered to present Don with a plaque recognizing his contributions. ABC is grateful to have the presence and experience of Mr. Smith and is thankful for his many contributions to the chapter and the overall construction industry. 

Former ABC Chairman & current Governor Bill Lee Speaks to ABC Membership

On May 8, 2019, past ABC Chairman and current Tennessee Governor, Bill Lee, spoke to ABC members at our May Membership Meeting. Over 125 members attended to enjoy networking, lunch, and Q&A with the Governor. 

Governor Lee shared how building his own company from the ground up has aided in preparing him for the responsibilities he now holds. We are thankful to have someone from prior ABC leadership in this role and look forward to Governor Lee's future contributions to our state and industry. 

ABC Membership Meeting w/ Gov. Bill Lee

Middle TN Golf Tournament a huge success

On April 15, 2019 ABC hosted our annual Middle TN Golf Tournament at the very sought after Governor's Club in Brentwood. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. Over 140 members and guests played in the tournament and enjoyed networking with other industry professionals. As with every tournament, players are awarded for their golfing skills.  Congratulations to Graybar Electric for taking home 1st place for the third year in a row!  1st Place - Graybar Electric 2nd Place - Rio Grande Fence Co.  Many thanks to the sponsors and volunteers for helping us make this event possible. ABC is looking forward to hosting this event for many more years to come. If you are interested in participating in this tournament next year, remember, it sells out FAST! Additional event photos can be found on our Facebook page @ABCGreaterTN.  Thank you to Aerial Innovations Southeast for all of the Team photos, which can be found on our Fl ... Read the rest of entry »

2020 ABC National Convention coming to Nashville

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ABC- Greater TN Members win National Excellence in Construction Awards

Congratulations to our National Excellence in Construction Award Winners in Tennessee

CATEGORY: Commercial - $25 to $100 Million
AWARD: Eagle Award
CONTRACTOR: Skanska USA
PROJECT NAME: Lifeway Christian Resources New Headquarters
PROJECT LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.

CATEGORY: Electrical Commercial - $2 to $10 Million
AWARD: Eagle Award
CONTRACTOR: Gaylor Electric
PROJECT NAME: The Scott Hamilton Center for Proton Therapy
PROJECT LOCATION: Franklin, Tenn.

CATEGORY: PRE-ENGINEERED BUILDING
AWARD: Eagle Award
CONTRACTOR: T.W. Frierson Contractor Inc.
PROJECT NAME: American Wonder Porcelain 
PROJECT LOCATION: Lebanon, Tenn.

CATEGORY: Historical Restoration/Renovation $25M to $100 Million
AWARD: Pyramid Award
CONTRACTOR: Skanska USA
PROJECT NAME: Cordell Hull State Office Building Renovation and Parking Garage
PROJECT LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.



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Construction Job Growth Steady in June, Says ABC

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ABC Greater Tennessee endorses Janet Testerman for Knoxville City Council

The Greater Tennessee chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors has approved the recommendations for endorsement of Janet Testerman for Knoxville...

ABC Greater Tennessee Meet with Congressional Leaders in D.C.

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