February 2018

Thank you for joining us in the month of February!

We hope that you are staying warm this winter, as you continue your hard work.

This month we have many membership anniversaries to celebrate!
Also, you'll find OSHA 10 Hour and Electrical Exam Prep courses for the upcoming months. Register today to get your spot!

As always, feel free to give us a call at 515-985-1160 or send us an email with any questions.

Winter Institute Classes

ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship and Training Trust offers a wide range of education opportunities to our members to assure all construction company employees are well-trained to meet the vigorous demands of the industry.

The winter session for Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC has started.

Find each class schedule here!

Learn more about Welding Classes here!

Questions? Contact the Apprenticeship team at 515-985-1160.


2018 National Craft Championship Competitors

(L to R:)
Electrical: Residential/Commercial:
Nicholas Jones, Action Electrical Contracting, Inc.

Electrical: Commercial/Industrial:
Miguel Rios, Kline Electric

Michael Jensen, Camblin Mechanical, Inc.

Eli Hoyt, ACI Mechanical, Inc.

Sheet Metal:
John Primakov, Primo Heating & Cooling

These 5 first place winners from our 2017 Craft Championships event (held this past December 8th), will be competing for the Gold at the ABC National Craft Championships in Long Beach, CA on March 21st.

200 competitors will compete in 15 competitions, representing 12 crafts. We are proud of our apprentices' achievements, and we wish them the best of luck at the competition!

Learn more about this event here!


The Status of Apprenticeship in 2018

There are 833 registered apprenticeship programs in the state of Iowa, and ABC of Iowa has the largest construction apprenticeship-training program in the state! And... we're growing!

With a record year for Apprenticeship Training & Trust, in order to accommodate the increasing trend of apprentices, ABC of Iowa has broken ground on an expansion of our Grimes Training Center. This is scheduled to open Fall 2018.

We have also leased a new facility in Davenport, IA that will have two classrooms and a hands-on training lab. This is scheduled to open Winter 2018.

Our Legislative Reception will be held on Tuesday, February 6th this year. This annual event gives our members an opportunity to network with each other and state legislators in a fun, relaxed environment. Join us for free drinks and food, and casual conversations with legislators about your companies.

It's not too late to register for tomorrow's event!
Click here for more information about the event and to RSVP.

Upcoming Member Events

Spring is coming, members (slowly, but surely), and with that comes Spring Golf!
This year our event will take place at Amana Colonies Golf Club on Wednesday, May 16.
Keep an eye out for registration information coming up in March.


Interested in submitting one or more projects to the 2018 Excellence in Construction Awards? Registration will open after July 4th, so be sure to be taking photography of your projects in the meantime.

The Awards Gala will be held on October 18, 2018 at Prairie Meadows Events Center.


January Member Anniversaries

Members celebrating over 25 years with ABC of Iowa:
ACI Mechanical, Inc. (44), Dahl Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC (44), Shaw Electric, Inc. (33), Atwood Electric, Inc. (32), Garling Construction, Inc. (32), Rist & Associates, Inc. (32), SimplexGrinnell (32), Domestic Plumbing Co. (31), Lewis Electric Co. (31), P.J. Electric & Equipment Co. (30), City Supply Corp. (29), HUB International (29), DeVries Electric, Inc. (27), and Hilpipre Auction Co. (26).

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
Califf & Harper, P.C. (20), Crescent Electric Supply, Co. (20), Republic (17), Thompson Electric (16), Resource Services, Inc. (15), All Seasons Heating & Cooling, Inc. (14), Mid States Electric Co., Inc. (14) Dewey Ford, Inc. (13), Camblin Mechanical, Inc. (11), Brookwood, Inc. (10), Kasperbauer Service Inc. (10), and Professional Solutions Insurance Services (10).

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
Fye Excavating (9), Jim Hunt Electric (9), NRG Sales Lighting & Controls, LLC (9), Breese Electric LLC (8), Nerem & Associates Ltd Insurance (6), Francis Electric (5) and Herr Plumbing (5).

New Members:
We welcomed Larry Den Herder as a life member.

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 peer or colleague that would benefit from the ABC of Iowa membership? Give Jared a call at 515-985-1174.


Are you taking advantage of the Member Discounts available to you and your employees?

Check out the Savings Calculator to see how much your company can save, in addition to your other membership benefits!

2018 STEP Applications Now Open!

Every ABC member wants to send its workers home safely every night. Take the first step towards achieving world-class safety by participating in STEP (ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process), whether you are beginning your safety journey or continuing to strengthen your performance.

Getting started with STEP is free, and it can help you lower your workers compensation insurance rates.

A Platinum STEP Contractor-Member since 2013, ACI Mechanical, Inc. is celebrating 1 year Accident-Free, a shining example of the value of the STEP program.

Click here to learn more. Click here to apply today!

For more information or for Q&A's, contact Dale Erickson, our Safety Director at 515-681-1542.

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Attendees will learn about recognition, avoidance and prevention of safety and health hazards on the job site. This course also informs workers of their rights and employer responsibilities.
February 27-28, 2018 (7:30AM - 1:30PM) - Omaha
March 1-2, 2018 (7:30AM - 1:30PM) - Grimes



This course is designed to prepare you for the PSI journeyman and master electrical exams. Whether you are a recent graduate or looking to upgrade a Class B license to a Class A license, this course will give you the tools and information that you need to be confident and successful when you sit for the exam.


Feb 20, 27 / Mar 6 (5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
Electrical Exam Prep - Urbandale (3 Parts)
Deadline to Register - Thursday, February 15, 2018.

May 8, 15, 22 (5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)

Electrical Exam Prep - Grimes (3 Parts)
Deadline to Register - Thursday, May 3, 2018.


March 17, 24 (8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
Electrical Exam Prep - Hiawatha (2 Parts)
Deadline to Register - Monday, March 12, 2018.

April 7, 14 (8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Electrical Exam Prep - Davenport (2 Parts)
Deadline to Register - Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

There are no Webinar/Seminars in the month of February.