January 2019

New Year, New Beginnings

We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and that you are feeling refreshed and excited for the start of 2019!

This month, you'll find updates from December's Holiday Party & Annual Meeting as well as a glimpse of the events and programs to come in the first quarter of 2019.

Happy New Year, Members!

Carpentry Craft Training Program

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

We are delighted to announce this program will begin in February 2019. 

Phase 1 will include Rough Carpentry and Iron Working.
Phase 2 will include Welding & Concrete Finishing.

Late Winter Registration

At this time, we are accepting late registrations with a $50 late fee for
Winter Daytime Students in Electrical, HVAC & Plumbing.

Click here to complete your registration.

2019 Legislative Reception

We are moving our annual Legislative Reception to our newly expanded training center in Grimes. 

Please join us for food and beverages, a tour and time to speak with your legislators about issues important to you, your company and your employees.

Save the date - March 13, 2019 (5-7 pm)
Grimes Training Center

Additional details and official registration to come!

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Holiday Party / Annual Meeting

We left the Holiday Party & Annual Meeting with grateful hearts for those who have served on the Board of Directors in the past, and for those who continue to serve. We are so thankful for each of our members and their contributions to our association, and we look forward to serving you in 2019!

L: 2018 Chairman of the Board, Scott Black, addresses members during the 2018 ABC of Iowa Annual Meeting.
Top L: Tables decorated with holiday decor await the Holiday Party attendees.
Top R: Jeremy Price, 2015 Chairman of the Board, administers the Oath of Office to 2019-2021 Board Member, Loren Field.
Bottom R: Jeremy Price administers the Oath of Office to Loren Field of Younglove Construction L.L.C., Mike McCoy of ACI Mechanical, Inc. and Scott Black of Black Electric, Inc.


Re-Elected ABC of Iowa Board of Directors
3 Year Term (1/1/19 - 12/31/21)
 - Loren Field, Younglove Construction, L.L.C.
 - Matt Frandsen, Keen Project Solutions

2019 ABC of Iowa Officers
Annual Appointment
 - Chairman - Mike O'Day, Hometown Plumbing and Heating
 - First Vice Chairman - Kent Meyn, ACI Mechanical, Inc.
 - Second Vice Chairman - Loren Field, Younglove Construction, L.L.C.
 - Treasurer - Mike McCoy, ACI Mechanical, Inc.
 - Immediate Past Chairman - Scott Black, Black Electric, Inc.

Outgoing Director
Term Complete (12/31/18)
 - Nick Steinkamp, K & W Electric, Inc.

Left: Nick Steinkamp of K & W Electric, Inc. and 2017 Chairman of the Board of Directors receives an Award of Appreciation from Scott Black, 2018 Chairman of the Board of Directors, for his 7 years of service on the Board of Directors.

Greg Spenner, President & CEO of ABC of Iowa presents an Award of Appreciation to Scott Black of Black Electric, Inc. for his service as the 2018 Chairman of the Board.

ABC of Iowa Night with the Iowa Wild

Invite your family and friends to join in the fun and excitement - we're hosting a night with the Iowa Wild on February 22nd!

The puck will drop at 6pm, and all are welcome to join!
$15 gets you a ticket to the Iowa Wild vs. San Jose Barracuda, Iowa Wild hat, and free entry to the after show, a concert by the Dropkick Murphy's.

Merit Shop Emerging Leaders


The Merit Shop Emerging Leaders Group is designed to cultivate future leaders in the construction industry. The program offers networking events that allow emerging leaders an opportunity to meet and interact with their peers. It also provides sessions where participants can learn new leadership skills and steps taken to achieve their success.

2019 Session Schedule

Session 1: Wednesday, February 13th
Colors Training

Session 2: Wednesday, April 10th
Situational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
Emerging Leaders Social

Session 3: Wednesday, June 5th
Technology in Construction/Lean Construction
ABC of Iowa Presentation
STEP: Safety Training Evaluation Process

Session 4: August 21st
Reality-Based Leadership & Graduation

Register your future leaders today - classes begin soon!

Registration closes on Friday, January 18, 2018.

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.

This course will be held on October 10 - 11, 2019.

Click here for additional information and to register today!

Members celebrating over 40 years with ABC of Iowa:
ACI Mechanical, Inc. (45)
Dahl Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC (45)
Brookwood, Inc. (44)
Packard Electric, Inc. (43)
Todd & Sargent, Inc. (43)
Larry Den Herder - Life Member (42)

Members celebrating over 30 years with ABC of Iowa:
Shaw Electric, Inc. (34)
Atwood Electric, Inc. (33)
Garling Construction, Inc. (33)
Rist & Associates, Inc. (33)
SimplexGrinnell (33)
Domestic Plumbing Co. (32)
Lewis Electric Co. (32)
P. J. Electric & Equipment Co. (31)
City Supply Corp. (30)
HUB International (formerly Ruhl & Ruhl) (30)

Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
Kurrent Electric, Inc. (29)
DeVries Electric, Inc. (28)
Hilpipre Auction Co. (27)
Brown Electric Company (26)
Harvest Heating & Air Conditioning (22)
Robison Electric (22)
Califf & Harper, P.C. (21)
Crescent Electric Supply, Co. (21)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
Republic (18)
Thompson Electric (17)
Resource Services, Inc. (16)
All Seasons Heating & Cooling, Inc. (15)
Mid States Electric Co., Inc. (15)
Dewey Ford, Inc. (14)
Kasperbauer Service Inc. (11)
Professional Solutions Insurance Services (11)
McAllister Electrical Services, Inc. (11)
Fye Excavating, Inc. (10)
NRG Sales Lighting & Controls, LLC (10)
Jim Hunt Electric (10)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
Breese Electric LLC (9)
Precision Air Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. (9)
Nerem & Associates Ltd Insurance (7)
Symmonds Electric L.L.C. (7)
Francis Electric (6)
Herr Plumbing, Inc. (6)
Ripke Electric (6)
Renda Electric LLC (5)
Dan's Plumbing & Heating LLC (5)

Members celebrating our newest member anniversaries:

Hirsch Electric Inc. (4)
Hulgan, Inc. (4)
Iowa Automation Company (4)
North Central Iowa Service, LLC (4)
Monti Plumbing Heating & Electric (4)
Graybar Electric Co., Inc. (4)
Gruhn Electric Enterprises, Inc (3)
T. Steele Construction, Inc. (3)
Bergman Plumbing, Inc. (3)
Skilled Trades Services, Inc. (3)
AJM Group, LLC (2)
AGI Electric LLC (2)
Residence Electric LLC (2)

For a full membership directory, click here.

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

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The Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) is an organized approach for analyzing and developing safety and loss prevention programs, that incorporates both OSHA required safety data and self-assessment requirements to give a full, wide-ranging report on the entire nature of your company's safety program(s).

STEP was developed in 1989, written by contractors, for contractors, and is designed to benefit both large and small contractors alike. There is no charge for this service (unless you are applying for STEP Diamond or Platinum), and your responses are strictly confidential.

2018 STEP data shows STEP Diamond participants are 670% safer than the BLS average in a number of areas, leading to benefits both when bidding for business and negotiating insurance rates.

Learn more about the evaluation process and how to apply online
- join in a free webinar provided by ABC National on January 15th.

JANUARY 5 (SATURDAY) · Electrical Exam Prep - Hiawatha (Part 1 of 2)
8:00am - 2:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Hiawatha Training Center
Registration closed December 31st.

JANUARY 8 (TUESDAY) · Plumbing Exam Prep - Grimes (Part 1 of 9)
5:00pm - 9:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed January 2nd.

Electrical Exam Prep - Hiawatha (Part 2 of 2)
8:00pm - 2:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Hiawatha Training Center
Registration closed December 31st.

· Plumbing Exam Prep - Grimes (Part 2 of 9)
5:00pm - 9:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed January 2nd.

2019 STEP Application Webinar
10:00am - 11:00am
Free Online Webinar
Register here!

· Residential Calculations - Davenport
5:30pm - 8:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Davenport Training Center
Register by January 11th.

JANUARY 22 (TUESDAY) · Plumbing Exam Prep - Grimes (Part 3 of 9)
5:00pm - 9:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed January 2nd.

JANUARY 23 (WEDNESDAY) · Residential Circuits - Davenport
5:30pm - 8:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Davenport Training Center
Register by January 11th.

JANUARY 29 (TUESDAY) · Plumbing Exam Prep - Grimes (Part 4 of 9)
5:00pm - 9:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes Training Center
Registration closed January 2nd.

2019 STEP Application

Date: January 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. CST
Length: 60 Minutes
Speakers: Amy Faris, Manager of Safety Programs and Initiatives, ABC National

Steve Wiltshire, Director of Safety, ABC National

Ready to start your 2019 journey to world-class safety?

This webinar about the ABC 2019 STEP application is the best and most informative guide to the application process. With lots of improvements like the four new key components, the First STEP process, and updates to the online process, ABC National's safety staff will help be your guide to this year's application.