October 2018

Celebrating Careers in Construction Month

ABC of Iowa is proud to celebrate Careers in Construction month, a month that raises awareness of the opportunities in the construction industry and inspires the next generation of craft professionals.

ABC of Iowa takes the message of this month to heart. We firmly believe in the future of our industry, and we demonstrate this by our commitment to apprenticeship outreach. In its first year, the Career Exploration Trailer made its way through many of the states' high schools and career fairs, and even the Iowa Capitol, and we have so much more to share in the years to come.

ABC of Iowa is the largest construction apprenticeship program in the state, and we proudly trained more than 1,400 skilled workers in our 2017-18 school year, 257 of them recent graduates - the largest graduating class we’ve ever had.

Finally, our association is passionate about empowering you as you grow yourself and your business. We offer continuing education courses (including the Field Leader Academy and Merit Shop Emerging Leaders), quarterly networking events throughout the state, and
the Excellence in Construction Awards Gala, a premier competition honoring Iowa’s most innovative and high quality construction projects, safety programs and diversity programs.

The 30th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala takes place Thursday, October 18th, and to celebrate the recent expansion completion of our Grimes Training Center, we are holding an Open House on Thursday, October 25th. You'll find additional details and registration links below.

Thank you for being a member of ABC of Iowa. We look forward to serving you in the year to come!

Daytime Classes Starting Soon

Fall evening classes are in full swing, and Fall daytime classes will start in October.

Enrolled apprentices may now view their schedules as well as hotel options, for the Fall 2018 school year. Click below to find your schedule.


Grimes Open House

The work has been completed, and we invite you to join us as we celebrate the Grimes Open House on Thursday, October 25th - RSVP here!

Join us for food, drinks and a tour of the 8,000 sq ft addition, which includes 4 new classrooms and an additional 4,000 sq ft of lab space.

ABC of Iowa PAC Hosts Fundraiser for Governor Kim Reynolds

ABC of Iowa’s PAC hosted a fundraiser for Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg in September. The event allowed our members to personally thank her for her work to support our industry.

Reynolds has been a leader for our priority legislative issues, including banning the use of PLAs on public projects, and funding for apprenticeship training. In addition to Reynolds, the ABC of Iowa PAC is supporting legislators who have also been champions for these important issues.

This year, ABC of Iowa is celebrating 30 Years of Excellence.
Join the celebration as the winners are announced at the Awards Gala held at Prairie Meadows Conference & Events Center in Altoona, IA on October 18, 2018.

Register to attend - the deadline is October 10!


Sioux City Area Members!
Join fellow members and ABC of Iowa staff at CRAVE on Tuesday evening, October 2nd.

RSVP for this free event here.


The two-day Field Leader Academy program will be held on October 4th & 5th.

During this high-impact program, project delivery professionals examine their own talents, their organizations and their processes, thereby transforming from talented builders to true construction entrepreneurs.

Members celebrating over 40 years with ABC of Iowa:
A & W Electric, Inc. (43)
LMC Insurance & Risk Management (43)
Stetson Building Products, Inc. (43)

Members celebrating over 30 years with ABC of Iowa:
Hydronic Energy, Inc. (39)
Mechanical Air Systems Company (36)
Pleva Plumbing & Heating, Inc. (35)
Rasch Construction, Inc. (33)

Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
Echo Electric Supply (formerly Jesco) (24)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
Kinzler Construction Services, Inc. (17)
Miller Electrical Services, Inc. (17)
Converse Conditioned Air, Inc. (15)
Elite Electric (14)
R/B Sales Corp. (14)
Mid-Iowa Electric, Inc. (13)
Premier Plumbing, Inc. (13)
Salow Mechanical Insulation, Inc. (13)
Van Ryswyk Plumbing and Heating (13)
Enterprise Fleet Management (12)
Kauffman Electric, Inc. (12)
Best Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc. (11)
Mohrfeld Electric Inc. (11)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
Air Control, Inc. (9)
Aspen Aire Heating & Cooling (9)
Cable Plumbing, Inc. (9)
Control System Specialists, LC (9)
Custom Electrical Services (9)
Electrical Concepts, LLC (9)
Woodman Controls Co. (9)
Fareway Stores, Inc. (7)
Ryan's Electrical Services LLC (7)
Cobra Electric, LLC (6)
Cruiser Electric (6)
Berg Electric LLC (5)
Gallon, Inc. (4)
Keen Project Solutions (4)
Poppy Electric LLC DBA Jacobson Electric (4)
B. K. Electric, Inc. (2)
Building Science Solutions, Inc. (2)
Web Electric, Inc.(2)

Members celebrating our newest member anniversaries:

Don Bright Electric, LLC (1)
ESI Electric, Inc. (1)
M.C. Electric, Inc (1)

For a full membership directory, click here.

We are truly grateful for our members - we value your membership!

Know of a construction firm that would benefit from all that
ABC of Iowa has to offer our members?

Give Jared a call at 515-985-1174.

Members-Only Safety Forum
Gain 24/7 access to the Safety Forum and receive exclusive information from OSHA, the OSHA/ABC of Iowa Alliance, safety council meetings, important seasonal updates, and more.

Request your account today!

OSHA Website Additions
The Safety Council discussed the OSHA Law and Regulations webpage during August's meeting. This page is a wonderful resource that gives you a one-stop look at current, new and proposed regulations, as well as Safety & Health topics, and training requirements.

Take a few minutes today and visit this valuable page.

OCTOBER 2 (TUESDAY) · Merit Shop Social Series - Sioux City
4:30pm - 6:30pm
CRAVE, Sioux City, IA
RSVP for this FREE event.

OCTOBER 4 (THURSDAY) · Field Leader Academy (Day 1)
8:00am - 3:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Less than 10 spots remaining!
Registration closed September 14, 2018.

Field Leader Academy (Day 2)
8:00am - 3:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Less than 10 spots remaining!
Registration closed September 14, 2018.

Electrical Exam Prep (Part 1)
5:30pm - 9:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Registration closes October 5, 2018.

Electrical Exam Prep (Part 2)
5:30pm - 9:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Registration closes October 5, 2018.

30th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala
5:30pm - 9:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Registration closes October 10, 2018.

Electrical Exam Prep (Part 3)
5:30pm - 9:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Registration closes October 5, 2018.

Open House: Grimes Training Center
5:00pm - 7:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
RSVP Here.

Election 2018: Insights, Analysis and Engagement
Date: October 9, 2018
Time: 3 p.m. CST
Length: 60 Minutes
Speakers: Chris Singerling, Senior Director, Political Affairs
Ben Brubeck, Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs

ABC Members Only

Which party will prevail in the battle for control of Congress on Nov. 6? Is a blue wave imminent, and will Democrats regain control of the House and Senate? Or will Republicans buck Beltway insiders’ dire predictions by maintaining a House majority and adding seats to their slim Senate majority? Republicans are also defending control of 67 of 99 state legislatures and 33 governorships, which will shape policy and congressional redistricting following the 2020 census.

With the 2018 midterm elections roughly a month away, get insights from ABC National government affairs experts and learn how you can help defend merit shop majorities at the state and federal level. See what ABC is doing to protect your business and employees from the threats of anti-free-enterprise lawmakers. Hear why the critical midterm elections may determine the political success of one party for a generation and learn which states are likely to enact policy changes that will impact your corporate strategies and the merit shop contracting community.