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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 6, 2017

ABC Keystone Members Receive National Awards

(MANHEIM, Pa.) The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC Keystone) is proud to announce that four member companies won national honors during Associated Builders and Contractors’ 27th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards celebration at Workforce Week ‘17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“I am proud to honor the commitment to world-class safety, superior craftsmanship and cutting-edge innovation that these Associated Builders and Contractors members and their employees bring to the jobsite every day,” said 2017 ABC National Chair Chuck Goodrich, president of Gaylor Electric Inc., Indianapolis. “The scope of this year’s Excellence in Construction award-winning projects, from sports arenas and hospitals to hotels and universities, proves that if it can be built, the merit shop can build it, on time and on budget.”

“ABC Keystone is absolutely thrilled that four of our chapter members have been recognized for their excellence in construction and safety,” said ABC Keystone President-CEO M. Kate McCaslin. “We are also proud that our own ABC Office and Training facility in Manheim was recognized as an award winner. Merit Shop contractors are proving time and time again, that merit shop builds best across the country and in Pennsylvania.”

National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award Winners

Kinsley Construction, Inc. – Project name: ABC Keystone Training Facility,
Category: COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE, Location: Manheim, PA

Warfel Construction Company – Project name: St. Leo the Great Catholic School Expansion and Renovation, Category: INSTITUTIONAL - LESS THAN $5 MILLION, Location: Lancaster, PA

The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.

National Safety Pinnacle Award Winner

RLS Construction Group – Location: Mechanicsburg, PA

The 2016 National Safety Awards were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) in 2016. During the selection process, they were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Environment, Health and Safety Committee.

STEP is the standard for developing world-class safety programs in construction and is designed to help both large and small contractors evaluate every aspect of their corporate safety and health program and identify opportunities for improvement. In February 2017, ABC published its annual Safety Performance Report, which documented that the average STEP Diamond company is 770 percent safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ average for the entire industry based on their total recordable incident rate.

National Diversity Excellence Award Winner

United Rentals, Inc. – Category: Supplier, Location: Stamford, Conn

The ABC National Diversity Excellence Awards program recognizes members that display exemplary diversity leadership in their workforce, supply chain and community with best-in-class recruitment policies, retention practices, and training and mentoring programs.

A full list of National Award winners is available on ABC’s website, www.abc.org

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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 www.abckeystone.org.