July 2018

Summer Is Here!

Summer has officially begun - bringing with it plenty of warm sun, longer days and shorter nights. And as you know, it also makes for a busy season for construction projects and other outdoor activities.

This month, we're sharing some tips for staying safe in the heat and in flood conditions. Also, we're hosting two fun outdoor activities (in the next two weeks), and we'd love to see you there.

The ABC of Iowa PAC Sporting Clay Shoot will be held on Thursday, July 12th and we invite you to bring the entire family to Family Fun Night with the Iowa Cubs on Friday, July 20th.

The Safety Council is excited to announce the launch of our first-ever Members-Only Safety Forum, an online discussion site where ABC of Iowa members can connect with our Safety Directors and Safety Council 24/7 to ask questions and find support for their team, including
exclusive information the OSHA/ABC of Iowa Alliance, Safety Council meetings and more!

You'll find this and more below! Happy Summer to you, members!


2018-19 Registration Opens July 11th

Apprenticeship registration for the 2018-19 school year will open on Wednesday, July 11th, and will close on 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.

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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 National Legislative Conference

ABC of Iowa members were in Washington, D.C. last week participating in ABC’s annual Legislative Conference. ABC of Iowa hosted a reception on Wednesday evening for the members of our Congressional Delegation. We were joined by Senator Charles Grassley and his wife Barbara, Senator Joni Ernst, Congressman David Young, and Congressman Steve King. Our members spoke with them about federal issues important to them.


ABC of Iowa PAC Sporting Clay Shoot

On Thursday, July 12, the ABC of Iowa PAC will be holding its first-ever Sporting Clay Shoot fundraiser to further support this important cause, while offering an opportunity for our members to connect and test their shooting skills in the summer sunshine.

Join us at Highland Hideaway Hunting in Riverside, Iowa, where you'll find many unique habitat scenarios giving you one of the newest, most diverse, and most realistic sporting clay courses in Iowa. You’ll have a great time shooting the course in CRP, creek bottoms, hedgerows, over trees, or across one of the many ponds.

Put together your own team of four, or register just yourself and have us pair you with others. Each team will go through a series of 10 stations, totaling 100 targets. Beginners and sharpshooters are welcome!

The cost to participate is $275/player. This includes targets, shells, lunch and beverages!

Schedule of Events
12:00 - Lunch and Registration
1:00 - Competition Starts
3:30 - Award Ceremony

Registration Closes Mon, July 9th.
Register Online  |  Print & Mail Registration

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Family Fun Night At The Ballpark

Bring your friends and family for a night of fun at the ballpark
- Friday, July 20th at Principal Park!

$15/person includes:
- All-you-can-eat hamburgers, veggie burgers, hotdogs, sides and soft drink
- One ticket to the game: Iowa Cubs vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes
- An Iowa Cubs baseball cap

Schedule of Events:
5:30 - Picnic dinner at the Hy-Vee Mezzanine.
7:08 - Game Time with seating in Sections 7 & 8.

Register Today!

Intent to Compete Opens Monday, July 9th

We're celebrating 30 years of Excellence in Construction (EIC) at ABC of Iowa and we want to see your piece of history at our 30th Annual Competition, held October 18, 2018 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, IA.

Projects from the 2017 Excellence in Construction Awards Gala.

The first step in submitting a project, the "Intent To Compete" session opens Monday, July 9th.
All members will receive an email with support materials and information next Monday.
If you are interested in submitting projects, make sure to be taking photos of your projects.

Visit the EIC page for more information on categories, rules and requirements.

Questions on Excellence in Construction can be directed to Jared Harridge, Membership Director, at 515-985-1174.

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An Opportunity to Nominate

During our 30th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards this fall, we will be presenting two awards that celebrate an individual who goes above and beyond to ensure quality, safety, community engagement, positivity, leadership and passion for the Merit Shop philosophy.

We are asking for nominations of ABC of Iowa members and individuals who have helped to shape the quality and integrity of the Merit Shop.

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. Click here to get started! Nominations are due by Friday, August 24, 2018.

Annual Membership Drive

The Annual ABC of Iowa Membership Drive took place in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 20th, and ABC of Iowa's Board of Directors were hard at work sharing the benefits of membership with past and prospective clients. 

We are excited to welcome the following new members to our association!
Advanced Plumbing
All-Pro Plumbing Iowa LLC
Connected Electric LLC
Empire Power and Controls
Gibbar Electric
Gorsh Electric
Greg Wirth Electric, LLC
Hanley Electric & Pump Inc.
John's Electric & Technical Services
Kline Sewer & Drain LLC
McGrath Fleet & Commercial
Pattison Sand Company LLC
Schadl Incorporated, DBA Mr. Rooter Plumbing
Setpoint Mechanical Services
Sioux City Electric Co., LLC
VP Plumbing

We have many longstanding memberships to celebrate in months of June and July.


Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
Klinger Companies / Younglove Construction, L.L.C. (42)
QCI Thermal Systems (34)
Badding Construction Co. (33)
HPC, LLC (Harold Pike Construction) (33)
NAI Electrical Contractors (33)
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C. (28)
Pritchard Brothers, Inc. (27)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
Meyer Electric, Inc. (15)
Neumiller Electric (15)
Speck Plumbing, Inc. (14)
Seneca Companies (13)
Biechler Electric Inc. (11)
Stickley Electric Service, Inc. (11)
Burke Electric (10)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
Beth & Kelly, Inc. (9)
Riley-Armstrong Plumbing & Heating, Inc. (9)
DDM Electric, Inc. (7)
Marv Smith Electric, Plumbing & Heating, Inc. ( 7)
Vinson & Sill, Inc. (6)


Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
Hart-Hammer, Inc. (42)
Tri-Tech Construction (32)
Electric Wholesale Co., Inc. (29)
Campbell Electric (28)
Hoddy Gates Electric Service (28)
Price Electric (22)
Action Electrical Contracting, Inc. (21)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
Duball Electric, Inc. (16)
Rhiner's Plumbing Co., Inc. (15)
Tradesmen International, Inc. (14)
Hawkins Electrical Service (13)
Commercial Service Innovation, Inc. (12)
Deaver Electric, Inc. (12)
Neil Wedeking Electric (11)
Ulsh Holdings, Inc. (11)
Advantage Sheet Metal, Inc. (10)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
B & G HVAC (9)
Brian Miller Excavating, Inc., LLC (9)
Kohles & Bach Heating, Cooling & Fireplaces (8)
Black Electric, Inc. (7)
Eaton (7)
Germaine Electric, Inc. (7)
Rathje Construction Co. (7)
Bryant Iowa Heating & Cooling LLC (6)
CW Electric L.L.C. (6)
Holstein Electric Ltd. (6)
Mechanical Sales, Inc. (6)
Scharnweber Water Conditioning, Inc. (6)
Wulfekuhle Electric LLC (6)

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 - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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 (usually 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.

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

JULY 11 (WEDNESDAY) · Merit Shop Emerging Leaders (Session 3)
10:00am - 4:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Closed to registered 2018 participants.

Learn more about this program here.

· ABC of Iowa PAC Sporting Clay Shoot
12:00pm - Registration & Lunch
1:00pm - Competition
Highland Hideaway Hunting
3127 160th Street
Riverside, IA 52327

Register today! Registration closes July 9th.

JULY 12 (THURSDAY) · OSHA 10-Hour (Part 1)
7:30am - 1:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes

Register today! Registration closes July 10th.

JULY 13 (FRIDAY) · OSHA 10-Hour (Part 2)
7:30am - 1:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes

Register today! Registration closes July 10th.

JULY 20 (FRIDAY) · Family Fun Night at the Ballpark
5:30pm - All You Can Eat Picnic
7:08pm - Game Time (Iowa Cubs vs. New Orleans)
Principal Park
1 Line Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309

Register today! Only 450 tickets available!

There are no webinars in the month of July.