August 2018

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Dog Days of Summer!

We're already breaking into August, which means plenty of sun, heat and humidity.

Safety is key at all times on the construction site, and even more so with the summer heat at its peak. We want to help you create a culture of safety.

Have you taken advantage of the FREE Safety Evaluation Training Process? If you haven't, finalize your evaluation by Wednesday at 11:59pm. You'll get instant results, and a member of our safety team will be there to support your efforts!

We are excited to announce the launch of our newest support tool. The first-ever Members-Only Safety Forum, an online discussion site where our members can connect with our safety directors and council 24/7 to find support for your questions and concerns, and where you can find exclusive materials and content to increase your safety!

For members looking for in-person training, visit the Safety page at for information on training contracts.

All this and more below! Happy August!


2018-19 Registration Closing Soon

The deadline to register apprentices for the 2018-19 school year is Wednesday, August 8th. For more information, click here.

ABC of Iowa is the largest construction apprenticeship training program in the state of Iowa, and we are proud to have finished the 2017-18 school year with more than 1,400 apprentices, the most in our 42 year history.

Grimes Training Facility Nearing Completion

Exterior work is complete on the Grimes Training Facility, and interior work is coming together nicely. The 8,000 sq ft addition, which includes 4 new classrooms and an additional 4,000 sq ft of lab space, is scheduled to be ready for Fall 2018 classes.

ABC of Iowa PAC

2018 is a big election year with a competitive race for Governor, so raising State PAC funds continues to be a priority for ABC of Iowa PAC. Here's a look at how we are achieving our goals:

Sporting Clay Shoot
On Thursday, July 12, the PAC held its first-ever Sporting Clay Shoot fundraiser, offering our members an opportunity to connect and test their shooting skills in the summer sunshine, and sunny it was!

PAC Phone Drive

On Wednesday, July 29, the ABC of Iowa Board of Directors kicked off our annual State PAC phone drive before the July board meeting, calling their liaison companies requesting support for our political efforts. If you haven't already, please expect a call from your member liaison or Sandra Conlin, Director of Government Affairs.

If you want to make a donation now, you can submit online, here. Please submit by Monday, August 20. We truly appreciate any level of support that you can give!

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Family Fun Night At The Ballpark

Friday, July 20th was the perfect evening to celebrate summer, membership and Iowa Cubs baseball with our members and their friends and family, and the weather couldn't have been better.

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Registered members met up in the Hy-Vee Mezzanine for a grill out prior to the game against the New Orlean Baby Cakes, where Membership Director, Jared Harridge, gave the first pitch.

We had a great group - thanks to all who attended! We hope to see you all at our next family and friends event!

A Record-Breaking Year

We were thrilled to see the number of project intent to competes that were submitted to our 30th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards competition. This will be our largest Awards Gala to date! Thank you so much to all who submitted!

If your company submitted an intent to compete (or several) during this time, the next step is to complete your official project submission. Project submissions are due by Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions on submitting your full project details through the online application process can be directed to Jared Harridge, Membership Director, at 515-985-1174.

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An Opportunity to Nominate

Know a contractor or craft professional who goes above and beyond to ensure quality, safety, community engagement, positivity, leadership and passion for the Merit Shop philosophy?

We're seeking nominations for Contractor of the Year, and Craft Professional of the Year, to be honored at this year's 30th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala.

If you know an ABC member/individual who serves as a wonderful example of this, please take the time to nominate them for this year's awards here!

Nominations are due by Friday, August 24, 2018.


Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
Christians Sheet Metal (42)
K & W Electric, Inc. (34)
Merchants Bonding Co. (32)
Advanced Electrical Services, Inc. (29)
Jetco, Inc. (27)
Lanser Home Service / John W. Lanser & Sons Ltd. (27)
Ethington Heating & Cooling, Inc. (25)
Baty Electric (24)
A-1 Electric (22)
Homewood Electric (22)
Steve's Electric Service (22)
Kulish Electric, Inc. (20)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
Vision Electric (17)
All Pro Electrical Technology (14)
Honorable Electric, LLC (14)
Central City Electric, Inc. (11)
Etringer Electric (11)
Norsemen Electric Co. (11)
Remsburg Service, Inc. (11)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:

Hutson-Thompson Plumbing, Inc. (9)
Randall Electric, Inc. (9)
A & H Electric, Inc. (8)
A-Lert Construction Services (8)
Chad's Electric, Inc. (8)
Foulk Brothers Plumbing & Heating (8)
H & H Plumbing Inc. (8)
Nelson Electric (8)
Superior Plumbing (8)
Baldon Plumbing, Heating & Cooling (7)
DPT Mechanical (7)
Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling (7)
Schimberg Company (7)
Stivers Ford Lincoln (7)
VHF Sales, Inc (7)
Bartlett Electric (6)
Brady Electric, Inc. (6)
Brookhart Electric, Inc. (6)
Kneifl Electric (6)
Knobbe Plumbing  HVAC LLC (6)
Strange Electric (6)
Universal Electric (6)
Bob Oliver Heating and Air Conditioning (5)
E. Hoffman Electric LLC (5)
Iowa Fire Equipment Company (5)
Lazer Electric and Plumbing LLC (5)
Triton Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. (5)
Unified Contracting Services, Inc. (5)

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.

Members-Only Safety Forum

The Safety Council is thrilled to announce the launch of our Members-Only Safety Forum. Safety staff can request an account today and receive exclusive information from OSHA, the OSHA/ABC of Iowa Alliance, Safety Council meetings, important seasonal updates, and more.
To access the forum, request an account today!

Keeping Safe in the Heat and Flood Conditions
Heat-Related Illness Poster | Be Ready! Floods

Beryllium Standard
The Beryllium standard is in effect. Read more.

STEP Deadline Extended

The deadline to participate in STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Process) for 2018 is fast approaching. This evaluation is free, and once you have completed the process (under an hour), you'll receive an immediate full evaluation of your company's existing safety plan, ready to view and discuss. In additional, ABC of Iowa's Safety Directors will follow up with the support you need to increase your safety and success. STEP evaluation applications are due no later than 11:59pm on Wednesday, August 8th.

Don't delay - click here to get started on your evaluation!

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To see how STEP is increasing safety 770% with our members, view the 2018 Safety Performance Report.

We're Here To Support You!

For additional information, training, support materials, and STEP details, contact our safety team:
Dale Erickson (Western Iowa) - 515-681-1542
Sandra Jordan (Eastern Iowa) - 319-270-2186

Deadline for 2018 STEP Evaluation
Last Day for Apprenticeship Registration (without Late Fee)

Complete your STEP evaluation here.
Register an apprentice here.

· A Leadership Conversation
Online Webinar
, Exclusively for ABC Young Professionals
Register & join the webinar here.

· Excellence in Construction Awards
Full Project Submissions Due
Online Submission

Complete your project submissions here.

AUGUST 21 (TUESDAY) · A Proven Solution to the Skilled Trade Shortage
Online Webinar

Register & join the webinar here.

· Nominations Due
Contractor of the Year
Craft Professional of the Year
Online Submission

Nominate a worthy member here by Aug 24!

(TUESDAY) · OSHA 10-Hour (Part 1)
7:30am - 1:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes

Register today! Registration closes Aug 24th.

AUGUST 29 (WEDNESDAY) · OSHA 10-Hour (Part 2)
7:30am - 1:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes

Register today! Registration closes Aug 24th.

ABC Young Professionals Webinar Series: A Leadership Conversation

Date: August 16, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. CST
Length: 60 Minutes
Speaker: Michael D. Bellaman, President & CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.


Join ABC president and CEO Mike Bellaman as he explores the concept of leadership, as defined by leadership coach Alan Medville. Learn to determine your strengths and weaknesses and think like a leader. With lessons from Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and other noted business and academic sources, discover how you can own your choices and create an environment where you write the future.



A Proven Solution to the Skilled Trade Shortage
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. EST
Length: 60 Minutes
Speaker: TBD

As the challenges to find experienced heavy industrial and commercial trades escalate, more and more contractors are incorporating contract labor into their staffing strategies. These contractors are treating staffing firms as extensions of their internal HR operations and have, as a result, optimized project work-to-worker ratios, and bottom lines.

Learn how firms such as Tradesmen International are able to deliver 10, 40, upwards of 300 hard-to-find trades – i.e., welders, turbine mechanics, licensed electricians, pipefitters – to client jobsites even as the labor shortage looms large.

Find out why highly skilled, safety-minded craftsmen are choosing to work for staffing services. And, why it’s likely your impression of the staffing services of the 2000’s may be holding you back from effectively and efficiently meeting your manpower needs.