September 2018

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An Upcoming Season of Change

It's that time of year again - summer vacation has ended and the kids are heading back to school. The weather is becoming more fall-like, and soon enough Fall will be here officially (September 22nd).

We hope you have had a safe and successful summer season. As your trusted association, ABC of Iowa is here to serve you, and to help you grow and succeed. As a new school year approaches, consider what you or your team may need in the year ahead, and let us know how we can serve you.

Fall will be packed with activities and opportunities to connect and grow with ABC of Iowa! Enjoy the remainder of summer!

Fall 2018 Schedules Now Available!

Enrolled apprentices may now view their schedules as well as hotel options, for the Fall 2018 school year. Click below to find your schedule.


Final Touches In Place for Grimes Training Facility

The final touch is taking place on the Grimes Training Facility addition - the beautification of the grounds.


This 8,000 sq ft addition includes 4 new classrooms and an additional 4,000 sq ft of lab space. ABC of Iowa is thrilled to be able to open the expanded training facility for Fall 2018 classes.

Stay tuned in September for information on the Grand Opening!

Shindelar Appointed to Work-Based Learning Advisory Board

On Monday, August 27th, Governor Kim Reynolds announced the members of the new Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning Advisory Board.

ABC of Iowa is honored to have Ginny Shindelar, V.P. of Education and Training Services as a member of the new advisory board.

Governor Reynolds established the virtual clearinghouse 'to expand high-quality, real-world work-based learning experiences for K-12 students, in keeping with the Future Ready Iowa goal of 70 percent of our workforce having education or training by 2025.'

In addition to facilitating K-12 school-business partnerships, it will assemble an inventory of established and newly created work-based learning options for K-12 students as well as for students in post-secondary education and training programs.

This joint venture of the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEA) Learning Online will go live by July 1, 2019.

Learn more - click here to read the full article.

Don't delay - register ASAP!
Registration forms have been mailed for the Fall 2018 Golf Outing, which will be held on September 19th at The Legacy Golf Club in Norwalk, IA (20 minutes south of Des Moines).

Spring Golf sold out very quickly. If you are planning to attend the Fall Golf Outing, don't delay! We are expecting it to sell out very quickly. Registration closes on Monday, September 10th.

You may also register online here.

This year, ABC of Iowa is celebrating 30 Years of Excellence.
We were thrilled to receive 42 total project entries into the 30th Annual Excellence in Construction!
Thank you to all who submitted a project!

The judging process is in motion, and winners will be announced at the Awards Gala held at Prairie Meadows Conference & Events Center in Altoona, IA on October 18, 2018.

As we celebrate 30 Years of Excellence, we are proud to feature the following additional awards at this year's event:

Craft Professional of the Year:

Recognizing a nominated individual who best embodies the ideals of a merit shop craft professional through superior efforts and applied talents (skill, dedication, professionalism, ingenuity, patience and hard work).

Contractor of the Year:
Recognizing a nominated ABC of Iowa member-company that, through its performance, has achieved significant accomplishments for the construction industry, merit shop philosophy and ABC of Iowa.

Associate/Supplier of the Year:
Given to the ABC of Iowa Associate or Supplier who was listed most frequently on the projects submitted to the 2018 Excellence in Construction competition.


Sioux City Area Members!
Join fellow members and ABC of Iowa staff at CRAVE on Tuesday evening, October 2nd.

RSVP for this free event here.


Less than 10 spots remain in the upcoming two-day Field Leader Academy. Registration closes on September 14th, and the program will be held on October 4th & 5th.

During this high-impact program, project delivery professionals examine their own talents, their organizations and their processes, thereby transforming from talented builders to true construction entrepreneurs.

Don't delay - less than 10 spots remain! Register here.

Members celebrating over 40 years with ABC of Iowa:
Nelson Electric Company, LC (43)
Interstates Companies (41)
Kapaun & Brown, Inc. (41)

Members celebrating over 30 years with ABC of Iowa:
Engineered Thermal Insulation (35)
Brooker Corp. (32)
Merit Electric, Ltd. (32)
Precision Electric, Inc. (30)

Members celebrating over 20 years with ABC of Iowa:
Proctor Mechanical Corp. (29)
ACME Tools (24)
C. H. McGuiness Co., Inc. (24)
Gleason Electric Company (23)
Halvorson Trane Co. (23)
Polk County Heating & Cooling (23)
Van Meter Inc. (23)
Ahrold Fay Rosenberg (21)
Mechanical Comfort, Inc. (20)

Members celebrating over 10 years with ABC of Iowa:
TPI Plumbing (19)
Stateline Electric & Automation, Inc. (18)
Dorrian Heating & Cooling, Inc. (17)
Insulation Contractor Services (11)
Gasche Electric & Control, Inc. (10)
Slycord Electric Co. (10)

Members celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa:
Zehr Electric, Inc (8)
Camblin Plumbing & Heating, Inc. (7)
Action Electric Wiring & Design LC (6)
Best's Powerhouse, LLC (6)
Edwards Enterprises, Inc. (5)
KW Electric (5)

Members celebrating our newest member anniversaries:

DR Bonin Electric, LLC (4)
Goering Plumbing, Heating and Cooling (4)
Advantage Homes, LLC (3)
Century Electric (3)
Jenson Electric (3)
M & S Electric, LLC. (3)
Jerry's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. (2)
Midwest Compliance Consultants, Inc. (2)
Modern Mechanical (2)
Schaal Heating & Cooling, Inc. (2)
Fredrikson & Byron (1)

For a full membership directory, click here.

We are truly grateful for our members - 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
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 Website Additions
The Safety Council discussed the OSHA Law and Regulations webpage during August's meeting. This page is a wonderful resource that gives you a one-stop look at current, new and proposed regulations, as well as Safety & Health topics, and training requirements.

Take a few minutes today and visit this valuable page.

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

· Fall Golf Outing
11:00am - 6:00pm
Legacy Golf Club, Norwalk, IA
Register today! Registration closes September 10, 2018.

OCTOBER 2 (TUESDAY) · Merit Shop Social Series - Sioux City
4:30pm - 6:30pm
CRAVE, Sioux City, IA
RSVP for this FREE event.

OCTOBER 4 (THURSDAY) · Field Leader Academy (Day 1)
8:00am - 3:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Less than 10 spots remaining!
Register today! Registration closes September 14, 2018.

Field Leader Academy (Day 2)
8:00am - 3:00pm
ABC of Iowa - Grimes
Less than 10 spots remaining!
Register today! Registration closes September 14, 2018.

There are no webinar offerings in the month of September.