April 2018

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It is and will always be ABC of Iowa's mission to support and strengthen our merit-shop members, their companies and their employees, and also to bring awareness and understanding to the value of careers in construction to Iowa's youth, the next generation of the construction workforce.

This month you'll learn about our efforts to encourage and train the future of skilled-trade. In doing so, we celebrated many achievements at the National Convention (March 19-22) in Long Beach, CA, and spoke to legislators at the Capitol on March 27th. Read below to learn more!

We wish you a wonderful and successful April.

As always, if you have any questions about your membership, or upcoming courses or events, contact us today. We are here to serve you!




ABC of Iowa celebrated many wonderful achievements at the Careers in Construction Awards Ceremony during the ABC National Convention in Long Beach, CA.

ABC of Iowa was proud to be represented by 10 outstanding National Craft Championships competitors from 7 member-companies. 6 of those 10 took home awards during the competition.

HVAC
1st Place - Gold Medal
Michael Jensen, Camblin Mechanical, Inc.

INSTRUMENTATION
Safety Award
Elijah Allison, Interstates Companies

INSULATION
2nd Place - Silver Medal
Kris Froehle, Insulation Contractor Services

3rd Place - Bronze Medal
Dustin Froehle, Insulation Contractor Services

PLUMBING
1st Place - Gold Medal & Safety Award
Eli Hoyt, ACI Mechanical, Inc.

SHEET METAL
2nd Place - Silver Medal & Safety Award
John Primakov, Primo Heating & Cooling

For additional information and photos from the event, visit our Facebook page.

The Status of Apprenticeship in 2018

Graduation 2018

We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2018 Apprenticeship Graduation on June 1st at the Prairie Meadows Events & Conference Center.

If you would like to be a sponsor at this year's Graduation, please contact Sandy Conn at 515-985-1177. Look for your graduation invitation to be coming soon in April.



Grimes Training Center

Work continues on the ABC of Iowa Training Center in Grimes. This 8,000 sq ft addition includes 4 new classrooms and an additional 4,000 sq ft of hands-on lab space.

This addition is scheduled to be ready for Fall 2018 classes.






ABC of Iowa introduced the Career Exploration Trailer to legislators at the Capitol on March 27th. Training Iowa’s workforce is a top priority for the Governor and Legislature this year, and we wanted to share what we are doing to encourage high school students to enter the construction industry.

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend, and many legislators came for a tour of the trailer, and even tried out the virtual reality simulators for themselves. In addition to the trailer tour, we also provided lunch to legislators and staff. We are grateful for the support of Tradesmen for sponsoring the cost of the event.

For additional photos, visit our Facebook page.




We have an abundance of opportunities coming up to grow, connect and challenge yourself and your business.

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Spring Golf Outing
This year's Spring Golf Outing will be held at Amana Colonies Golf Club on May 16th. You may register individually or as a team of 4.

Register here!

This event sells out fast, so be sure to get yourself registered as soon as possible to ensure your team is able to join in the fun!


Excellence in Construction Awards
Each year, ABC of Iowa provides the opportunity to contractor members to compete for honors in the construction industry's premier annual awards program, recognizing the outstanding merit shop projects of the year.

If you are interested in submitting one or more projects for this year's event, be sure to capture photos of your project and keep your documents in a file.

The first step in submitting is the "Intent to Compete". This will open in early July.

An important part of the EIC scoring includes participation in the STEP and AQC programs.
Learn more about these programs and get started today.


Merit Shop Social Series
The next evening social will be held on April 17th at Tony Romas in Dubuque.
Join us from 4:30 - 6:30 for apps, drinks and great conversation and networking.
RSVP here.


We have many longstanding memberships to celebrate from the month of March!

Members Since 1975

Bill Yeager - Life Member (43)
Camblin Mechanical, Inc. (43)
C.L. Carroll Co., Inc. (43)
Cunningham, Inc. (43)
Gethmann Construction Co., Inc. (43)
Glass & Sons Electric, Inc. (43)
Holmes Murphy & Associates (43)
L.A. Fulton & Sons, Inc. (43)
Larry Meisner - Life Member (43)
Manning-Seivert Mechanical Contractor (43)
Warnick & Reeves Mechanical (43)

Members celebrating over 30 years with ABC of Iowa:
Tesdell Electric Ltd. (37)
Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd. (36)
Beisser Lumber Co. (35)
Meyer Mechanical Contracting & Service Co. (31)
Peterson Contractors, Inc. (30)

Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
Webster Electric, Inc. (22)
Cooking Plumbing Corp. (21)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
Brown Electric (19)
JB Electric & Communications (15)
Jansen Electric, Inc. (14)
Community Electric (12)
Stiltner Electric, Inc. (12)
American Boiler & Mechanical (10)
Charlotte Electrical Service, Inc. (10)
Lowry Electric, Inc. (10)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
Linder Electric, Inc. (9)
Royal Plumbing (9)
Hanssen Electric (8)
River Cities Engineering, Inc. (8)
Bratney Companies (7)
Aerotek Inc. (6)
Integrated Sales (6)
Sully Electric and Controls (5)

Welcome to our newest member:
West Bank

For a full membership directory, click here.

We are truly grateful for our members, both new and long-time
- 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.



Understanding Silica Rules & Regulations

You will find a plethora of information on this important topic on the OSHA Construction Silica website.

For additional help in understanding the new silica standard rules and regulations, contact one of our Safety Directors for a in-person or phone session. We are here to be your partner in safety, and would be more than happy to explain the new silica rules as well as any other OSHA related/regulation topic you have questions on.

Safety Directors:
Dale Erickson - 515-681-1542
Sandra Jordan - 319-270-2186




Click the dates below for additional information, as well as to register for the course.


April 7, 14 (8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
Electrical Exam Prep - Davenport (2 Parts)
Deadline to Register - Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

April 10, 17, 24 (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
HVAC Exam Prep - Grimes (3 Parts)
Deadline to Register - Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

April 18 (5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
Arc Flash 70E - 2018 Grimes
Deadline to Register - Friday, April 13, 2018.



There are no webinars this month.
Keep an eye out for seminars/webinars in the upcoming Spring months.