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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 27, 2016

Local Craft Champions Recognized by ABC

On Friday, October 21, the best of ABC Keystone’s fourth-year students went toe-to-toe in a competition that creates an opportunity for the top qualifiers to move onto the 2017 ABC National Craft Competition held March 1–3, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Fourth year apprentices represented three trades: electrical, carpentry, and plumbing.

ABC Keystone has a history of producing National Craft Championship medal winners representing the South Central PA area. Last year, two Keystone apprentices achieved high honors by earning a Safety Award and Bronze Medal in Carpentry and a Safety Award in HVAC.

2016 ABC Keystone Craft Competition winners:


  Zach Rhoads 
  Benchmark Construction Co., Inc. (Brownstown)   Lancaster

 Electrical   Jeremy Weaver   The Farfield Company (Lititz)   Reinholds

 Plumbing   Mark Cassel   Garden Spot Mechanical, Inc. (Manheim)   Manheim

                                                       Mark Cassel, Jeremy Weaver, Zach Rhoads

The competition has two components: the written test, which counts for 25% of their total score; and the practical “hands-on” competition, which counts for 75% of their total score. Attendees of the Craft Competition were clearly impressed by the dexterity, focus and determination of these competitors.


The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) is a construction trade association based out of Manheim, Pennsylvania, representing nearly 600 construction-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. Visit us at http://www.abckeystone.org.