Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 69 chapters representing 21,000 merit shop construction-related firms.


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.


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 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. 



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.



ABC’s safety programs and products help members maintain safer and more productive jobsites, one of the construction industry’s most critical needs. In addition to training resources, ABC provides members with the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) guide - the industry’s leading safety evaluation program.



Member Discounts

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.



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.

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ABC Action is an advanced advocacy tool that enables users to become a vital part of the ABC grassroots advocacy efforts and further the merit shop philosophy.

"That's Why I'm a Member" 

"ABC gives me a voice with state and federal legislators while also providing me a platform to network and share ideas with fellow industry peers to help grow my business."

John Arndt, Jr., DWC Construction 
"When I am looking for a new subcontractor, if they are a part of ABC, I know that they will have the right attitude and they will be a quality firm. ABC is the gold standard and it gives them instant credibility."

Darek Bell, Bell & Associates Construction 
"ABC does a tremendous job training our next generation of workers and looks after my political interests by lobbying diligently for merit-shop construction issues. It is the best place to network with the leaders of the construction industry."

Michael Rankin, Crain Construction 
"ABC and its members share the same free enterprise philosophy that has enabled us to grow over the past several years. Our partnership with ABC contractors and suppliers has forged lasting relationships that will continue to help us ALL grow for years to come."

Dan Parkinson, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC