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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 14, 2017

ABC Keystone Apprentices to Compete at National Craft Competition

(MANHEIM, Pa.) The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC Keystone) is pleased to announce that three of their high-achieving apprentices will be competing amongst more than 170 of the top construction apprentices and trainees in the country at the 30th annual National Craft Championships (NCC) to be held on March 1-3, which takes place during ABC’s Workforce Week.

Competing at this year’s competition are Justin Cramer, York, 4th year carpentry apprentice, Benchmark Construction Co., Inc.; Zachary Rhoads, Willow Street, 4th year carpentry apprentice, Benchmark Construction Co., Inc.; and Jeremy Weaver, Reinholds, 4th year electrical apprentice, The Farfield Company. Cramer, Rhoads, and Weaver received top scores at ABC Keystone’s local craft competition on October 21, 2016, earning them spots to compete at NCC.

NCC is part of ABC’s effort to raise the profile of careers in construction and highlight the $1.1 billion ABC member companies spend annually on workforce development. Competitors from 29 states will contend for gold, silver and bronze medals and a safety award in 13 competitions representing 11 crafts. The two-day competition includes a written exam and a hands-on, practical test where competitors will demonstrate their high-level craftsmanship and safety best practices. ABC Keystone competitors have been successful at past National Craft Competitions, earning 29 national medals since 1997.

 Justin Cramer, York Zachary Rhoads,
Willow Street

Jeremy Weaver, Reinholds

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