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

ABC Pelican Chapter Flood Update

The devastation in Louisiana has affected so many. Those who wish to support relief efforts during this difficult time can do so by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund via ABC’s donation page and/or by donating to the Flood Relief & ABC Pelican Staff Fund set up by neighboring ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter.In the coming days the ABC Pelican Chapter will set up a relief fund that will accept direct donation. For updates, visit the ABC Pelican Chapter Flood Update webpage.

Construction Executive Magazine: What Type of Leadership Is Needed to Sustain a Family-Owned Business Through Economic Changes and Generational Differences?

ABC Greater Tennessee Chapter's Board Chair and President of Stansell Electric Company, David Stansell, recently participated in a Q&A with Construction Executive Magazine. Check it out at the link below. You can check out the full piece here or read David's answer below: My grandfather founded Stansell Electric Company 76 years ago in his garage in Nashville. Soon after the business really got going, he needed extra help, so he invited his two brothers to join the company and gave each of them one-third ownership in the business. This created second-generation problems right away. They had different styles and ideas about how things should be done—just like we do today—but they found a way to make it work.  A big part of what made them successful, and remains a key part of our success today, was a strong sense of shared values. My dad grew the business significantly, especially into some key, niche areas. My brother Jake and I decided it was time to actually write ... Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors: 'Blacklisting' Final Rule Hurts Contractors, Employees and Taxpayers

Contact: Donna Reichle (202) 595-1782              reichle@abc.org                                                                For Immediate Release  Associated Builders and Contractors: 'Blacklisting' Final Rule Hurts Contractors, Employees and Taxpayers  WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 24 — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) slammed the flawed Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” released today by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council. The rule, which was accompanied by a guidance document from the U.S. Department of Labor and a White House amendment to Executive Order 13673, will increase costs for taxpayers, threaten the livelihood of millions of Americans who work for responsi ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Greater Tennessee to Sponsor Breakfast at UTK Construction Science Career Fair on Sept. 29th

Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee is slated to sponsor the breakfast proceeding the 4th Annual University of Tennessee's Construction Science Career Fair on September 29th. ABC of Greater Tennessee is proud to be a partner with this program and encourage everyone to attend. 

To register, visit www.myinterfase.com/utkcareer/employer to active or create an account. Once you have logged into the system, click on Career Events, under category, choose Career Fair, and click Search. From the list of fairs, click on the 2016 CASNR Construction Science Fair and click the "Register Now" button to register for the fair. When prompted to choose your area of interest select the Environment Soils Science (ESS) area. 

Link to Register

ABC Member Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville Crew Members Compete in Inaugural Fence Skills Championship

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Aug.17, 2016--Rio Grande Fence Co. of  Nashville crew members competed in the Company’s inaugural Fence Skills Championship on Saturday, Aug. 13 at their facility. The competition determined individual winners and overall gold, silver, and bronze medalists in eight critical commercial fencing skills. “In the spirit of this summer’s Olympics, we were inspired to create an annual skills competition at Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville to showcase our crew members’ professional fencing skills,” said Derek M. Smith, Vice President of Operations. “After seeing the enthusiasm and competitive camaraderie among our crew members throughout the event, we hope one day to galvanize interest and support for a National Fence Skills Championship at FENCETECH.”  The eight commercial fencing skills judged were Post Hole Digging, Concrete Mixing, Weaving Chain Link Wire, Chain Link Fabric Installation, Graduating Chain Link Wire, Gate Fabric ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Greater Tennessee Announces General Contractors Showcase

 The ABC Greater Tennessee Chapter is excited to host Meet The GC’s, a showcase designed to feature General Contractors from Middle and East Tennessee. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your name and company front and center! 

2016 GC Showcase September 15 th , 2016 
Location: 400 Davidson St. Nashville, TN 
When: 4:30-7:30


ABC Members: $30 & 2 business cards
Non Members: $50 & 2 business cards 

Questions? Email Michelle at mcorrenti@abctennessee.com.

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Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett to be Featured Speaker at Member Meeting

Event is a Member's Only Event

What:ABC Member Meeting
When:9/15/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Where:Cherokee Country Club

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Member News: JOSEPH CONSTRUCTION BUILDS TEAM

Knoxville, TN, August 3, 2016– Joseph Construction is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its team. Greg Brakebill comes to Joseph as Senior Estimator. With over 38 years of professional experience, the last 20 of those in construction, Greg’s knowledge and ability to lead put him among the region’s most respected estimators. Joshua Buchanan comes to Joseph to drive Marketing and Business Development, coming from a sales and public policy background. Joshua adds a fresh approach to growth strategies at Joseph Construction, bringing strong community relationships and a big picture perspective. It means the world to me to have Greg and Josh join our team. I’m confident that having these guys on board will help us serve our clients better and have a greater impact in our region. – Gerry Eastman, CEO  Since 1972, JOSEPH Construction Company, Inc. has been fortunate to provide general contracting, construction management, and design-build services to E ... Read the rest of entry »

Coffee with Contractors a Success w/ Rep. Diane Black

ABC of Greater Tennessee's Coffee with Contractors was a great success this month. Rep. Diane Black joined us for good conversation and a review of the political landscape in Tennessee. 

Haslam, Construction Industry Leaders Announce Launch Of "Go Build" Initiative

A year after he signed the enabling legislation into law, Gov. Bill Haslam joined construction industry leaders Wednesday in launching a marketing campaign called “Go Build Tennessee” to encourage high school students to consider careers in the building trades.Tennessee is the third state with a similar program, following Alabama, where it began in 2010, and Georgia, in 2012. It uses an array of media, public relations and outreach efforts targeting students as early as junior high to consider careers as boilermakers, carpenters, electricians, electric linemen, equipment operators, iron workers, masons, plumbers and pipe fitters, road builders, sheet metal workers, welders and other trades.Haslam said that for every five skilled tradesmen about to retire, only one new worker is in the, education, training and apprenticeship pipeline to replace them. And he said the construction industry is expected to grow 22 percent over the next decade.“For anybody who’s seen the growth happening in ... Read the rest of entry »

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