December 2018

A Time To Celebrate

We hope that this holiday season has been a safe and successful time for you and we invite you to join us as we celebrate another year of membership. 

On December 19th, we welcome you to the ABC Member Holiday Party/Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Find RSVP details under the Membership section below.

We wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season.
Best wishes from ABC of Iowa.

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2018 Craft Championships

ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust held it's largest-ever Craft Championships, High School Challenges and Career Day this past Friday, November 30th.

This year, 41 ABC of Iowa apprentices competed in the following categories:
- Electrical: Commercial/Industrial
- Electrical: Residential/Commercial
- Plumbing
- Sheet Metal

5 ABC of Iowa apprentices took home First Place, and will now be competing in the 2019 ABC National Craft Championships, taking place in Long Beach, CA in March 2019.

Congratulations to these winners!

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1st Place Winners

Shown above (L to R):

Mark Jacobsen, Kline Electric (Electrical: Residential/Commercial)
Dan Adams, Shaw Electric, Inc. (Electrical: Commercial/Industrial)
Erick Cobbs, Warnick, Inc. (HVAC)
Charles Masek, Converse Conditioned Air (Sheet Metal)
Dan Needels, Royal Plumbing (Plumbing)

2nd Place Winners

Shown above (L to R):

Chris Marks, Modern Mechanical (HVAC)
Corey Jacobe, Mid Iowa Electric, Inc. (Electrical: Residential/Commercial)
Brian Howell, A-Lert Construction (Electrical: Commercial/Industrial)
James Herold, Royal Plumbing (Plumbing)
Max Baldwin, Proctor Mechanical Corp. (Sheet Metal)

High School Challenges

Over 150 high school students from over 20 Iowa high schools were present to compete in this year's High School Challenges.

Categories included:
- Carpentry
- Electrical
- Welding (Beginner)
- Welding (Advanced)

Congratulations to these winners!

1st – Fort Madison HS
2nd – East Sac County HS
3rd – Harlan HS

1st – Sioux Center HS
2nd – Union HS


1st – Colby Morehouse, AC-GC HS (Not pictured).
2nd – Ethan Heitshusen, Williamsburg HS

1st – Tristan Bell, Keokuk County Career Academy
2nd – Trevor Coffman, Cardinal Area Welding Academy

Career Day

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Over 300 Iowa High School students registered to attend the Career Day booths featuring the fantastic career opportunities in the Skilled Trades.

We want to extend our deep appreciation to all who competed in our 2018 event, to the event sponsors and those who held a career day booth, and to those who came by to support the competitors and attend the career day.

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We welcome our members to the ABC Member Holiday Party/Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines from 4:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.

Beverages and heavy appetizers will be served.
RSVP Here!

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.

Register your future leaders today.
Registration closes on December 28, 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. Next year's course will be held on October 10 - 11, 2019.

Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
Johnson Controls, Inc. (24)
Frye Builders & Associates, Inc. (23)
Kruck Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc. (20)
Linahon Electric, Inc. (20)

Members celebrating 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
A-One Geothermal, Inc. (10)
Des Moines Comfort, Inc. (10)
Hawkeye Ready Mix, Inc. (10)
RIVO, Inc. (10)
Tim Hildreth Company, Inc. (10)
Van Maanen Electric, Inc. (10)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
Roth Electric (7)
Weisbrod, Inc. (7)

Members celebrating our newest member anniversaries:

Enterprise Electric, Inc. (2)
Sitler's LED Supplies, Inc. (2)
Combustion Control Company (1)
Johnson's Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. (1)
S and N Plumbing Company (1)

For a full membership directory, click here.

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

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Members-Only Safety Forum

Gain 24/7 access to the Safety Forum and receive exclusive information from OSHA, the OSHA/ABC of Iowa Alliance, safety council meetings, important seasonal updates, and more.

Request your account today!

OSHA Resources
The Safety Council has added a page called OSHA Resources to our website. This page was created to support our members in their quest to create a culture with a true commitment to safety.

On this page, you'll find our curated list of OSHA's web resources including OSHA standards, tips to ensure compliance, and small business resources.

Take a few minutes today and visit this valuable page.
Request a free OSHA on-site consultation.

DECEMBER 1 (SATURDAY) · Electrical Exam Prep - Davenport (Part 1 of 2)
8:00am - 2:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Davenport Training Center
Registration closed November 26.

DECEMBER 8 (SATURDAY) · Electrical Exam Prep - Davenport (Part 2 of 2)
8:00am - 2:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Davenport Training Center
Registration closed November 26.

ABC of Iowa Holiday Party & Annual Meeting
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Hotel, West Des Moines
Please RSVP Here.

· Christmas Eve
ABC of Iowa Offices Closed

DECEMBER 25 (TUESDAY) · Christmas Day
ABC of Iowa Offices Closed

DECEMBER 28 (FRIDAY) · Registrations Due
Merit Shop Emerging Leaders 2019
Complete your application here.

DECEMBER 31 (MONDAY) · New Year's Eve
ABC of Iowa Offices Closed

JANUARY 1 (TUESDAY) · New Year's Day
ABC of Iowa Offices Closed

Successful Construction Contracts: Essential Clauses and the Advantage of Using ConsensusDocs
Date: December 6, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. CST
Length: 60 Minutes
Speakers: Robert P. Majerus, Vice President and General Counsel, Hensel Phelps
Brian Perlberg, Executive Director and Senior Counsel, ConsensusDocs

Webinar Description
Studies demonstrate that fair, best practice contracts achieve superior construction project results, while one-sided, outdated contracts filled with siloed clauses lead to claims and litigation. What clauses should you prioritize in negotiations to set a foundation for success, and which should you avoid? The two-main standard construction contract documents, AIA and ConsensusDocs, take different approaches in some areas and similar approaches in others.