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    ABC Chapters Converge for Petrochemical Summit

    If you haven’t heard about the ethane cracker plant already under construction in Beaver County, you will.  Situated just east of the Ohio/Pennsylvania border, the project began in 2014 as Commonwealth officials worked with Shell Chemical Appalachia, LLC to develop a luring tax credit program to ensure the development of the project within Pennsylvania. 
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    Mark Your Calendar for the Construction Skills Showcase

    Join us on October 21 to watch our competitors show their skills in  carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work. The hands-on portion of the event will follow a written test to gauge the apprentices’ technical  knowledge of their craft.
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    Food Bank and Ugly Sweaters……Say What?

    ABC Keystone is excited about hosting a food drive to help the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank raise awareness and educate others about the need for hunger relief in our community. Read the rest of entry »

    House Passes Sweeping Construction Code Reform

    House Passes Sweeping Construction Code Reform
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    ABC Keystone is Your Association, and We Are Bringing More Events to You!

    ABC Keystone is Your Association, and We are Bringing More Events to You!
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    Owners of Corporate Entities Can Have Personal Liability to Contractors/Subcontractors Under the Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act

    The Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”), 73  P.S. §§ 501 et seq., was enacted in 1994 to discourage unfair payment  practices and tactics in the construction industry between owners,  contractors and subcontractors.
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    Engaging the Next Generation of Construction Professionals

    Engaging the Next Generation of Construction Professionals
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    Apprenticeship Reform Moves as Fall Session Ramps Up

    Apprenticeship Reform Moves as Fall Session Ramps Up             By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone   After months of languishing in the House Rules Committee following an abrupt departure of the Pennsylvania legislature in July, a bill reforming Pennsylvania’s arcane apprenticeship laws advanced this week. House Bill 1952, sponsored by Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lancaster), would remove the two-tiered current system of on-the-job training for apprentices in Pennsylvania’s skilled trades. Under the current system, which was put into place in 1961, apprenticeship programs that incorporate a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) are free to define their own ratio of supervisory journeymen to apprentices. If the program does not incorporate a CBA, known as a “non-joint” program, state law dictates that each apprentice must be under the supervision of no less than four journeymen. This outd ... Read the rest of entry »

    Valuable Financial Statement Metrics

    Valuable Financial Statement Metrics for Builders and Contractors
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    Legislature Looks to Wind Down With Quiet Fall

    With a contentious, looming national election, the Pennsylvania  legislature is scheduled to resume for fall session next week, but with little motivation to make waves.
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