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

Recognizing Exemplary Women in Construction

It's Women in Construction Week, and we wanted to take a moment to recognize just a few of the exemplary women who represent our member companies on a daily basis. Erin Wakefield, The Wakefield Corporation; Wendy Whitemore, Aerial Innovations; Shana Alford, The Comfort Group; Michele Correnti, Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee; Bethany Smith, Messer Construction; Amy Cathy, Lee Company; Colleen Mollica, Batten & Shaw Construction

ABC- Greater TN Members win National Excellence in Construction Awards

Congratulations to our National Excellence in Construction Award Winners in Tennessee

CATEGORY: OTHER CONSTRUCTION - $2 TO $100 MILLION
AWARD: Pyramid
CONTRACTOR: Skanska USA
PROJECT NAME: West Riverfront Park Redevelopment 
PROJECT LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.


CATEGORY: PRE-ENGINEERED BUILDING
AWARD: Pyramid
CONTRACTOR: T.W. Frierson Contractor Inc.
PROJECT NAME: Jenkins & Wynne Ford and Honda Dealerships 
PROJECT LOCATION: Clarksville, Tenn.

Associated Builders and Contractors Praises President's Commitment to Infrastructure Investment in Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb., 28- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) issued the following statement from Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen in response to President Trump’s pledge to commit needed resources to rebuild American infrastructure and to work with the business community to craft a transparent regulatory system that will encourage business investment during tonight’s address to the joint session of Congress: "Associated Builders and Contractors applauds President Trump’s pledge in tonight’s address to the joint session of Congress to commit needed resources to rebuild America's infrastructure and work with the business community to craft a transparent regulatory system that will encourage business investment. We are hopeful that the president’s call to ‘create a level playing field for American companies and workers’ will translate into policies that guarantee that all qualified contractors are able to compete for taxp ... Read the rest of entry »

Welcome ABC- Greater Tennessee's Newest Members

Associated Builders and Contractors - Greater TN Chapter would like to welcome the following new Members to our Association as of February 2017


PeopleReady
1817 Ailor Ave
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 540-3806



Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping
1817 Ailor Ave
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 540-3806



Structural Technologies
555 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN 37214



CDP Consultants Data Processing
8000 Corporate Center Drive
Charlotte, NC 28226




ABC - Greater Tennessee Chapter releases video to help grow the labor force in Tennessee through craft training

With the current labor shortage and 20% of the current workforce expected to retire soon, ABC - Greater Tennessee has released a video to encourage more interest in the trades. We hope this effort can help to spur more involvement among our members in our many training programs and hope to inspire the next generation of tradesman. For more information, visit our Education page.  


Day on the Hill Highlights

Day on the Hill Highlights

On February 21-22, we held our annual Day on the Hill briefing the policy makers in the Tennessee General Assembly on our positions on bills pertaining to the construction industry in Tennessee. The two day event, in partnership with AGC, began at Jimmy Kelly's Steakhouse on Tuesday and concluded on Wednesday with around 80 members in attendance on behalf of the industry.

Working under the ABC- Greater TN and Tennessee Construction Coalition banner, we advocated on the bills most important to the growth of the industry.

Thank you to our volunteers Kristen Morris (Waste Management) and Javi Sardy (Trade Management).  

Pictures for the event can be found by clicking the picture below. 

2017 Day on the Hill

Welcome ABC- Greater Tennessee's Newest Members

Associated Builders and Contractors - Greater TN Chapter would like to welcome the following new Members to our Association as of February 2017


Messer Construction Co.
230 Great Circle Road
Suite 210
Nashville, TN 37228-1726
(615) 256-5006

Messer Construction Co.
120 Perimeter Park Road
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 769-3944
Specializes in managing, developing and performing complex commercial construction in the communities in which we live and work, and delivering value to our clients through quality construction experiences.



Beaty Chevrolet
9615 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 622-7366
Specializes in fleet management



CORT Furniture
280 Industrial Blvd. 
La Vergne, TN 37086
(615) 834-6040
Specializes in providing the best and most affordable furniture rental for home and office.








Member News: Rio Grande Fence Co. Invites Requests from ABC Members for Annual Good Friday Service Project

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Feb. 20, 2017--Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville is inviting requests and ideas from ABC members to aid a local non-profit in greater Nashville for RGF’s annual Good Friday Service Project. Each year, Rio Grande Fence Co. selects a local project and provides all materials and installation of a new, commercial grade fence at no cost to a deserving organization. If old, deteriorated fence needs to be torn out, RGF will include the removal as well. For 2017, Rio Grande Fence Co. is again inviting requests from fellow ABC members for the selection process. Preliminary site work can begin as soon as Monday, April 10th and 100% of Rio Grande Fence Co.’s employees will be on site to complete the installation on Friday, April 14th. Ideal projects could include playgrounds, sports courts and fields, or any area that needs a perimeter security and peace of mind upgrade. Rio Grande Fence Co. will consider all deserving locations and organizations for its final selection. Deadline f ... Read the rest of entry »

Member News: VIDEO OF WORK IN PROGRESS AT SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL, KNOXVILLE, TN

Click here to view a video of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral where ABC - Greater TN member, The Wakefield Corporation, is installing the metal stud framing.

Tennessee Names Ann McGauran State Architect

NASHVILLE- Today the Tennessee State Building Commission voted unanimously to appoint Ann McGauran as State Architect. McGauran is the first woman to serve Tennessee in this capacity since the position was created in 1955.  McGauran is a Senior Architect and Facilities Management Professional who has more than 25 years of architectural and project management experience. Since 2014, she has been working in the Tennessee Department of General Services, most recently serving as the Executive Director of Business Operations, in the STREAM Division. McGauran has substantial experience as an architect in the private sector, including with Vanderbilt Medical Center, where she worked as a project manager and in other capacities.  The State Architect and staff serve as support for the functions of the State Building Commission and also provides oversight for all state capital projects and real estate transactions that are under authority of the State Building Commission, to assure compliance with State ... Read the rest of entry »

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ABC Greater Tennessee Announces Excellence in Construction Awards

Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Tennessee Chapter is pleased to announce our 2020 Excellence in Construction® Awards Winners. Out of 56 entries...