March 2019

WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION MONTH

March is Women in Construction Month.
Join us in celebrating these incredible women on our social media channels - tag the women who have made an impact on your business on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and share with us what you appreciate most about them!

Use the hashtags #WICMonth and #ABCofIowa and we'll share your post!


WHAT'S NEW IN MARCH?

• 11 free webinars on Workplace Harassment, ANSI Standards for Aerial Work Platforms, Employee Benefits, Technology, Optimization and more.

• Continuing Education courses: Arc Flash 70E and Electrical Exam Prep.

• How to generate a 20-point STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Process) Report, to assist with starting, updating or auditing your safety program.

• An opportunity to speak with your legislators during our annual Legislative Reception on March 13th.

• 10 Iowa competitors make their way to Long Beach, CA this month for the National Craft Championships.


APPRENTICESHIP & EDUCATION

2019 - 02 - Carpentry & Winter

Winter Institute classes began in February.
Download schedules here:
Electrical | HVAC/Plumbing

Throughout the past year, nine general contractor firms have collaborated with ABC of Iowa to discuss the structuring of a Carpentry Craft Training Program.

This program began on February 7th, 2019.
   Phase 1 includes Rough Carpentry and Iron Working.
   Phase 2 will include Welding & Concrete Finishing.

For more information on Winter Institute and the Carpentry Craft Training Program, contact Ginny Shindelar at 515-985-1175.


2019 National Craft Championships

The National Craft Championships are held annually to highlight the achievements of the men and women who represent the future of the construction industry.

These talented individuals will represent the State of Iowa at the National Craft Championships in Long Beach, CA, March 27th. We wish you all the best of luck!

For more information on the National Competition, visit ncc.abc.org.



Electrical: Commercial/Industrial
Dan Adams, Employed by Shaw Electric, Inc., Trained by ABC of Iowa
Dan Bugner, Employed and Trained by Interstates Companies



Electrical: Residential/Commercial
Mark Jacobsen, Employed by Kline Electric, Trained by ABC of Iowa
Jacob Reeck, Employed and Trained by Interstates Companies



HVAC

Erick Cobbs, Employed by Warnick, Inc., Trained by ABC of Iowa



Instrumentation
Andy ThongVahn, Employed and Trained by Interstates Companies



Millwright
Frank McBrayer, Employed by Keen Project Solutions,Trained by ABC of Iowa
Servando Perez Garcia, Employed by Keen Project Solutions, Trained by ABC of Iowa



Plumbing

Dan Needels, Employed by Royal Plumbing, Trained by ABC of Iowa



Sheet Metal
Charles Masek, Employed by Converse Conditioned Air, Trained by ABC of Iowa

Commercial Team Competition
The following journeymen will compete in a group competition:

Mike Jensen, Camblin Mechanical, Inc., HVAC/Sheet Metal
Gary Swanson, Frye Builders & Associates, Inc., Carpenter
Gabe Burden, Shaw Electric, Inc., Electrician
Bruce Goemaat, Proctor Mechanical Corp., Plumber

For additional information on the upcoming competition, visit ncc.abc.org.


GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

A chance to speak with your legislators is coming up soon.



Coming up on Wednesday, March 13th, ABC of Iowa offers you the opportunity to speak with your legislators about the issues that matter to you, your company and your employees.

Join us at the newly-expanded Grimes Training Center.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
3100 SE Enterprise Drive
Grimes, IA 50111

Members are welcome to join in the conversation and tour the newly expanded facility.
Appetizers & beverages will be served.

Please RSVP if you plan to join us!


MEMBERSHIP

2019 - 03 - IowaWild

ABC of Iowa Night with the Iowa Wild
Nearly 130 members, family, and friends joined us for a fun, relaxing night out with the Iowa Wild on Friday, February 22nd.

Thank you to all who joined!




Merit Shop Emerging Leaders
Session 2: April 10th

The Merit Shop Emerging Leaders program, designed to cultivate future leaders in the construction industry will continue on Wednesday, April 10 with Session 2: Situational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, followed by an Emerging Leaders Social.

For additional information, contact Jared Harridge at 515-985-1174.




After Business Cocktails, a member social and networking event, will be held across the state throughout 2019, kicking off with Mason City on April 9th. Join us for appetizers, beverages and conversation.

April 9, 2019
Mason City
Prime N' Wine
3000 4th St SW
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming After Business Cocktails
May 7 -
Cedar Rapids
June 12 - Waterloo
July 16 - Ames
August 13 - Dubuque
October 2 - Davenport
November 5 - Sioux City


2019 - 02 - Member Anniversaries

Please join us in congratulating the following members:

Members celebrating over 40 years with ABC of Iowa:
Bill Yeager - Life Member (44)
C.L. Carroll Co., Inc. (44)
Camblin Mechanical, Inc. (44)
Cunningham, Inc. (44)
Gethmann Construction Co., Inc. (44)
Glass & Sons Electric, Inc. (44)
Holmes Murphy & Associates (44)
L. A. Fulton & Sons, Inc. (44)
Manning-Seivert Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (44)
Warnick & Reeves Mechanical (44)
Community Electric (42)

Members celebrating over 30 years with ABC of Iowa:

Tesdell Electric Ltd. (38)
Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd. (37)
Beisser Lumber Co. (36)
Peterson Contractors, Inc. (31)

Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
Webster Electric, Inc. (23)
Cook Plumbing Corp. (22)
Brown Electric (20)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
JB Electric & Communications (16)
Jansen Electric, Inc. (15)
Stiltner Electric, Inc. (13)
American Boiler & Mechanical (11)
Linder Electric, Inc. (10)
Royal Plumbing (10)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
Hanssen Electric (9)
River Cities Engineering, Inc. (9)
Advanced Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. (8)
Aerotek, Inc. (7)
Sully Electric and Controls (6)

Celebrating our newest member anniversaries:
Blackhawk Electric & Generator Sales Inc. (3)
McCuddin Plumbing (3)
Armor Electric, LLC. (2)
J & D Construction (2)
Partner Communications Cooperative (2)
West Bank (1)

And welcoming our newest members:
PacVan Inc.
Priority Plumbing

For a full membership directory, click here.
We are truly grateful for our members - we value your membership and your commitment to the trades.


SAFETY

"The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others."
- John Locke



Did you know that as a member of ABC of Iowa you have full access to a free tool for analyzing and developing your company's safety and loss prevention programs?

Learn more about STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Process) and get started on your 20-point report to starting, updating or auditing your safety program today!

Get Started Today! The Deadline is July 30th, 2019!
STEP Information | 2018 Report | STEP Online Application

UPCOMING COURSES, EVENTS & WEBINARS

Continuing Education

MARCH 5 (TUESDAY)
Plumbing Exam Prep - Grimes (Part 9 of 9)
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed January 2nd.

MARCH 5 (TUESDAY)
Arc Flash 70E - Grimes
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed February 27th.

MARCH 19 (TUESDAY)
Electrical Exam Prep - Grimes (1 of 3)
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Click here to register.


MARCH 26 (TUESDAY)
Electrical Exam Prep - Grimes (2 of 3)
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Click here to register.

Events

MARCH 13 (WEDNESDAY)
Legislative Reception
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Click here to register.

MARCH 24 - MARCH 28 (SUNDAY - THURSDAY)
ABC National Convention
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
Click here for more information.

MARCH 27 (WEDNESDAY)
ABC National Craft Championships
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (PST)
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
Click here for more information.

MARCH 27 (WEDNESDAY)

ABC National Excellence in Construction Awards
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (PST)
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
Click here for more information.

MARCH 28 (THURSDAY)
Careers in Construction Awards
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (PST)
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
Click here for more information.

Webinars

MARCH 4 (MONDAY)
Preventing and Correcting Workplace Harassment 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

MARCH 6 (WEDNESDAY)
The Evolving Drug Crisis in Construction: The Reality and the Risks of Substance Abuse on Jobsites
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

MARCH 6 (WEDNESDAY)
Davis Bacon Ins and Outs – Prevailing Wage Compliance
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

MARCH 8 (FRIDAY)
Approving Invoices on the Go
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

MARCH 12 (TUESDAY)
New ANSI Standards for Aerial Work Platforms
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

MARCH 15 (FRIDAY)
Using WIP Reporting to Achieve Accurate Cost to Completion
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

MARCH 19 (TUESDAY)
Understanding the Impact of OFCCP's Recent Policy Changes on Federal Contractors
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

MARCH 20 (WEDNESDAY)
How to self-fund employee benefits with prevailing wage plans
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

MARCH 20 (WEDNESDAY)
It's Not Too Late: Tech You Still Have Time to Implement in 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

MARCH 22 (FRIDAY)

Optimizing Your Operations
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.

MARCH 29 (FRIDAY)
Empowering Employees to Manage Their Personal Data
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.
Online Webinar
Click here to register.



Did You Know?

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