November 2018

A Season of Thanksgiving

It has been an exciting time for ABC of Iowa and our members! At the top of the list is the huge win yesterday by Gov. Kim Reynolds! Gov. Reynolds has been a stalwart supporter of our industry and of merit shop contractors and in turn we have been very supportive of her re-election efforts. Combined with Republicans retaining control of the Iowa Senate and the Iowa House, her re-election means policies founded in the spirit of free enterprise and fair and open competition will continue.

In the past 30 days, we have also celebrated our member firms, their people and their work at our annual Excellence in Construction Gala, and our Apprenticeship & Training Trust marked another milestone with the open house of the newly expanded training center.

Keep reading to learn about all of these exciting activities as well as upcoming events.


Grimes Open House

2018 - 11 - openhouse

Starting in the 1970's with less than 30 electrical apprentices, the ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust has grown to nearly 1,500 apprentices and over the past several years, the need for a larger training spaces has become increasingly evident. Since late 2016, ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust has relocated Hiawatha and Davenport's training facilities, and has added on 10,165 sq ft to the Grimes Training Facility.

This training facility was officially designated by the 2018-19 ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship Trustees as the Michael G. McCoy Training Center.

Mike McCoy of ACI Mechanical, Inc. has spent the last 10 years showing absolute foresight and commitment to the growth of ABC of Iowa's Chapter and Trust. Mike served as the Board Chairman in 2009 and 2010, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors, and as the Trustee Chair for ABC of Iowa's Apprenticeship & Training Trust.


Craft Championships

Web Page Detail - Craft Championships

Join us for the 2018 Craft Championships, High School Challenges & Career Day on Friday, November 30th.

ABC of Iowa is proud to be offering our Craft Championships competition where apprentices from around the state of Iowa will compete for a chance to advance to the ABC National Competition. The event is an outstanding opportunity for apprentices to showcase their knowledge, skills and talents while practicing correct safety practices and procedures.

This day also gives high school students a chance to experience the trades during our High School Challenge and Career Day. High schools are invited to enter students or teams of students for competitions in Carpentry, Electrical and Welding, and/or to visit the Career Day booths featuring the fantastic career opportunities in the Skilled Trades.
Click here for more information!


Excellence in Construction 2018



This year, ABC of Iowa celebrated 30 Years of Excellence.

Members from all across the state joined the celebration as the winners were announced during the 30th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala (our largest ever!) held at Prairie Meadows Conference & Events Center in Altoona, IA on Thursday, October 18th.



Special award winners for the evening included:

Project of the Year (Highest Cumulative Score)

Guardian Glass Disaster Recovery by Shaw Electric, Inc.

Craft Professional of the Year (Voted By Peers)
Austin Schmidt, Interstates Companies

Associate/Supplier of the Year (Participating in the Largest Number of 2018 Excellence in Construction Projects)
3E Electrical Engineering & Equipment Corp.

Field Leader Academy



The two-day Field Leader Academy program was held on October 4th & 5th. During this high-impact program, project delivery professionals examined their own talents, their organizations and their processes, thereby transforming from talented builders to true construction entrepreneurs. Next year's course will be held on October 10 - 11, 2019.

Applications for the 2019 Merit Shop Emerging Leaders program will be released in mid-November. Keep an eye out for these materials in the weeks ahead!


Merit Shop Social Series

The final Merit Shop Social Series of the Year will take place in Davenport, IA on Tuesday, November 20th.

Join us at Jersey Grille from 4:30pm to 6:30pm for drinks and appetizers with fellow members and staff.



Members celebrating over 40 years with ABC of Iowa:
Stickfort Electric Co., Inc. (42)

Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
American Electric, Inc. (27)
Plumb Supply Co. (25)
RSM US LLP (25)
Blazek Electric, Inc. (24)
E & J Electric, Inc. (23)
Manatts, Inc. (23)
Jaspering Electric, Inc. (22)
L E Hunt Jr. Enterprises, Inc. (Roto-Rooter) (22)
Midwest Alarm Services (20)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
Dickerson Mechanical, Inc. (11)
Drees Heating & Plumbing, Inc. (11)
Rooney Electric (11)
Soll's Service, Inc. (11)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
Burroughs Consulting Group (9)
Star Equipment, Ltd. (9)
Electrical Installations of Iowa (6)
G & H Electric, Inc. (6)
Hardon's Plumbing, Heating & Electric (6)

Members celebrating our newest member anniversaries:

Grout Electric, LLC (3)
True North Construction Specialty Group (3)
Absolute Concrete Construction, Inc. (2)
CMR, LLC (2)
Lenhart Plumbing (2)


For a full membership directory, click here.

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



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OSHA Resources
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NOVEMBER 20 (TUESDAY) · Merit Shop Social Series - Davenport
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Jersey Grille, Davenport, IA
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NOVEMBER 22 (THURSDAY) ·
Thanksgiving Day
ABC of Iowa - Offices Closed

NOVEMBER 23 (FRIDAY) ·
Friday After Thanksgiving Day
ABC of Iowa - Offices Closed

NOVEMBER 30 (FRIDAY) ·
Craft Championships
8:00am - 3:00pm
Iowa State Fairgrounds - Varied Industries Building



Using Self-funded Plans with Prevailing Wage
Date: November 7, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. CST
Length: 60 Minutes
Speakers: Nat Peniston, Vice President, The Contractors Plan

Webinar Description
Learn about approaches and methodologies to meet the the compliance challenges and obligations of employer self-funded prevailing wage benefits.

2018 Election Results and Insights
Date: November 8, 2018
Time: 3:00 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

Webinar Description
Gain insights from ABC National government affairs experts following the historic 2018 midterm elections. Learn how the election results are likely to impact state and federal politics and policy.
Explore Newly-Released AIA Documents
Date: November 15, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. CST
Length: 60 Minutes
Speakers: Mike Bomba, Esq., Director and Counsel, AIA Contract Documents
Colleen Telling, Esq., Manager and Counsel, AIA Contract Documents

Webinar Description
Learn about the new Contractor/Subcontractor Master Agreement, updates to other Master Agreements, changes to the Instructions to Bidders and more.