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

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 »

Home construction booms despite need for more workers


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Home construction in Rutherford County and Middle Tennessee is booming, but finding enough workers to build it is a big problem.There is a shortage of framers just to get the shell of houses built.But it’s not just framers, trying to find enough skilled labor is getting more difficult for builders.

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