WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust’s team won gold medals at the 29th annual National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this month. The team competition consisted of journey-level professional carpenters, electricians, insulators, millwrights and pipefitters.

“The dedication to top-notch construction, quality craftsmanship and world-class safety exhibited by this year’s champions is truly impressive,”said 2016 ABC National Chair David Chapin, president of Willmar Electric Service, Lincoln, Neb. “With the workforce shortage facing the construction industry, each of this year’s competitors will play an important role in the future of
merit shop construction. Our member companies are fortunate to employ such skilled craftsmen and women.”

ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust’s team included: carpenter Will Price of Muscatine, electrician Lee Palmer of Spencer, insulator Andrew Nelson of Boone, millwright Paul Williams of Grapevine, Ark and pipefitter Scott Goeres of Ogden.

Price works for Frye Builders & Associates, Inc. in Muscatine, Palmer works for K & W Electric, Inc. in Emmetsburg, Nelson works for Iowa Insulation Inc. in Nevada, Williams works for Keen Project Solutions in Ames and Goeres works for ACI Mechanical, Inc. in Ames.

The National Craft Championships featured a field of more than 200 craft professionals from 32 states competing for top honors in 15 competitions across 13 crafts. Competitors first took an intense, two-hour written exam and then competed in a daylong hands-on practical performance test.

The competition was developed in 1987 to help celebrate and recognize craft training in construction careers. Each year the competition draws some of the nation’s most talented craft professionals and highlights the important role that craft skills training plays in the construction industry. This is the second year the competition has also featured the team competition with five different crafts working to complete a joint project. The National Craft Championships Committee, which is composed of leading merit shop construction firms, plans all year for the two-day competition.