THE ABC STORY
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing members from more than 21,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 68 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.
ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.
- ABC is the construction industry's voice with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media.
- ABC's mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
- Through its national office and chapters, ABC's objective is to provide its members with an organization to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis.
- ABC's activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices and business development.
ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Maryland to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. Their courage and dedication to the merit shop philosophy spread rapidly, and within time, ABC became the fastest-growing association in the United States.
ABC Florida First Coast Chapter was chartered in 1993 and consists of nearly 200 member companies representing thousands of Northeast Florida construction industry professionals.
ABC Florida First Coast Chapter Mission Statement:
Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC helps the construction industry develop people and deliver the best projects ethically, profitably, and safely for the betterment of Northeast Florida and the communities we serve.
The Florida First Coast Chapter serves Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Associates in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union counties.
Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America's business community and the U.S. construction industry.