May 2018

May is here and the weather is warming up, and so is the schedule for members and apprentices! You'll find several special events and courses on the agenda within the next month.

This month we are celebrating 17 member anniversaries and one Contractor of the Year! Read more below, and as always, thank you for your membership with ABC of Iowa!

You're invited to the 38th Annual Graduation Ceremony!

This year's event will take place at Prairie Meadows Event & Conference Center on Friday, June 1st, and ABC of Iowa is excited to celebrate over 250 graduates, our largest graduating class yet.

If you'd like to sponsor this event, download the form, or contact Sandy Conn.
To register, click the invite below!

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On the note of growth, it's time to give another update on the construction of our ABC of Iowa Training Center in Grimes.

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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's Competitive Bidding Bill Signed into Law
On April 4th, Governor Reynolds signed HF 2253 into law. Going forward, public entities will have to competitively bid projects that are financed through a lease-purchase agreement. Because public entities are ultimately the owners of these buildings, we did not think it was appropriate that they be exempted from the public bidding law. We are thankful that legislators and the Governor agreed.

The legislative session is starting to wind down, and the focus is now on reaching a budget agreement. The House and Senate are also working on a tax reform deal. We are hopeful that they will be able to pass a tax reform bill that is beneficial to our members.

ABC of Iowa is incredibly proud to share that our 44-year-member-company ACI Mechanical, Inc. was named Associated Builders and Contractors' 2017 Contractor of the Year, an award that recognizes companies for their corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development and expert craftsmanship.

(The ACI Mechanical, Inc. executive leadership team of (l-r) Greg Braga, Shon Smith, Laura Sundine, Michael McCoy, Chris Kayser and Kent Meyn. Photo by Ben Sandess Photography).

President Mike McCoy accepted the honor at the Excellence in Construction ceremony during ABC National Convention 2018. ABC National Chair George R. Nash Jr., director of preconstruction at Branch & Associates in Herndon, Va, stated “This full-service, design-build contractor stands above the rest with a significant investment in its workforce, an impressive safety record and a commitment to understanding and adopting the latest industry technology. Mentoring, teaching and continuing education have been a primary focus for the company since it first opened its doors in 1945.”

McCoy, ABC of Iowa's current treasurer, has served as a chapter chair, chapter board member, chair of the training trust and chair of the chapter development committee. On the ABC National level, he has served on the Board of Trustees and is a past chair and current member of the National Chapter Development Committee. Not shy of politics, he has proudly represented the interests of his employees and the needs of his industry at the Iowa Statehouse and attended political events in Washington, D.C., to defend and support open shop construction.

According to President Mike McCoy, “ABC, as a volunteer-driven organization, is all about what you put into it. The more you put into it, the more you’re going to get out of it."

We are thankful for all you do for ABC of Iowa!

Read more about ACI Mechanical, Inc., the work they do for ABC, and how they earned this prestigious achievement: Press Release | The Mechanics of Success

Our Spring Golf Outing has officially sold out. We hope to see you at the Fall Golf Outing in Norwalk, IA.


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.

The first step in submitting a project, the "Intent To Compete" session opens on July 9th. If you are interested in submitting a project or projects, make sure to be taking photos of your projects.

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

Any questions on Excellence in Construction can be directed to Jared Harridge at 515-985-1174.

We have many longstanding memberships to celebrate from the month of April.

Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
Carl A. Nelson & Co. (30)
Larsen Plumbing & Heating, Inc. (29)
Hometown Plumbing & Heating (28)
Iowa Insulation, Inc. (27)
Mt. Pleasant Electric Contractors, Inc. (27)
Central Iowa Water Association (26)
Mangieri Electric, Inc. (24)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
United Construction Co. (17)
RiverStone Group, Inc. (16)
Kline Electric (14)
Ameriprise Financial (13)
Elite Electric and Utility Contractors (13)
DePenning & Associates, Inc. (11)
Stein Heating and Cooling, Inc. (11)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
Knight Electric (8)
Trenkamp Electric (7)
Terry Durin Co. (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.

Completing An OSHA Form 300

OSHA has been examining the OSHA logs much more thoroughly - make sure you have all your information listed correctly and pay close attention to Column F.

ABC of Iowa strongly recommends that member companies look at Column F for any injury or illness they have filled in earlier on Form 300, and ensure that they are following the rules of Column F.  It states to “Describe injury or illness, parts of body affected, AND object/substance that directly injured or made person ill”.

The key point is including both pieces of information for the last 5 years of reports that OSHA can and will ask you for. You can amend any year to improve the documentation. These forms are due on July 1st, 2018.

Who does this impact? Each company with 10+ employees must fill this out annually. Companies over 20 employees must electronically fill out their data from 2017 at this website.

Download additional instructions: PDF | OSHA Website
Download OSHA Form 300:
Excel | PDF

For additional information, training, support materials, and STEP details, visit our Safety page, or contact our safety team:

Dale Erickson (Western Iowa) - 515-681-1542
Sandra Jordan (Eastern Iowa) - 319-270-2186

(TUESDAY) · Electrical Exam Prep (Part 1)
5:30pm - 9:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Registration closed May 3rd.

MAY 9 (WEDNESDAY) · Merit Shop Emerging Leaders (Session 2)
10:00am - 4:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Closed to registered 2018 participants. Learn more about this program here.

MAY 14 (MONDAY) · OSHA 10-Hour (Part 1)
10:00am - 4:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Register today!

MAY 15 (TUESDAY) · OSHA 10-Hour (Part 2)
10:00am - 4:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Register Today!

Electrical Exam Prep (Part 2)
5:30pm - 9:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Registration closed May 3rd.

MAY 16 (WEDNESDAY) · Spring Golf Outing
10:30am - 6:30pm
Amana Colonies Golf Club

· Electrical Exam Prep (Part 3)
5:30pm - 9:30pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Registration closed May 3rd.

JUNE 1 (FRIDAY) · Apprenticeship Graduation
Prairie Meadows Events & Conference Center
1 Prairie Meadows Dr., Altoona, IA 50009
Register today!

There are no local or national webinars or seminars in May. Check back in June!