ABC Keystone Celebrates Workforce Development During Careers in Construction Month

Kristi Pronovost Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

October 2017 is “Careers in Construction Month” in Pennsylvania, and we invite you to join us at the following events as we celebrate the Construction Industry:

Construction Wars

Tuesday, October 17; Wednesday, October 18; Thursday, October 19
9 am – 1 pm each day

ABC Keystone
135 Shellyland Road
Manheim, PA 17545

Over the course of three days, 200 area middle school students from Lancaster, York and Lebanon Counties will be attending this year’s Construction Wars, an interactive career exploration event to experience hands-on activities with the help of construction professionals. During this Construction Wars event, students will have the educational opportunity to see our training facility, work with tools, understand safety requirements, and learn more about the skilled trades. Students will be building wood laptop stands, testing electrical circuits, bending sheet metal to make their own tool boxes, and more. Educators will learn what the construction industry needs in its future workforce and how careers in skilled trades are a viable, well-paying alternative to college. This event has filled to its capacity in the past due to its popularity with students and guidance counselors throughout the region.

One middle school student who attended last year responded:
“This event is one of the best events I’ve attended. I would recommend this to a friend. Construction is a lot more fun than I thought it would be.”

Directly from an administrator/teacher:
“This was an outstanding introduction to different trades and at the right age. Get the kids involved early! Thank you for inviting us!”

Registration is requested. To find out more about this event, please contact Dave at the Chapter office.


Excellence in Construction Awards Gala

Celebrate the Best of the Best in the Construction Industry!

Wednesday, October 25
5:00 pm – Networking Reception (Crystal Ballroom)
6:15 pm  – Dinner & Awards Gala (Courtyard)

Eden Resort & Suites
222 Eden Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601-4216

The Keystone Chapter is celebrating the 28th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards. This program features contractors achieving excellence in safety, as well as showcasing the outstanding work performed on projects built by the members of ABC Keystone. Award winners will be able to submit to National to compete with merit shop contractors from across the country for award recognition as the ‘best-of-the-best’ in the construction industry.

View of list of the 2017 award-winning contractors.

More information


Redefining Career Success Night

Linking Parents, Students and Young Adults with Lancaster County’s Leading Employers – Open to the public!
Event Sponsored by: Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, Lancaster Stem Alliance, and Pennsylvania CareerLink, and ABC Keystone

Thursday, October 26
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

ABC Keystone
135 Shellyland Road
Manheim PA, 17545

By 2024, there will be over 16,000 jobs added to Lancaster County making an average wage of over $20 an hour, according to the PA Department of Labor & Industry Center for Workforce Information & Analysis. Connect with Lancaster County employers at this community event on October 26, featuring workshops, informative career sessions and $500 scholarships – including a $1,000 grand prize scholarship!

Contact Dave for more information about the Redefining Career Success Night.


Construction Skills Showcase with Apprenticeship Craft Competition

Friday, October 27
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(highest activity level between noon and 2:30 pm)

ABC Keystone
135 Shellyland Road
Manheim PA, 17545

Featuring…

  • Building Tours
  • Apprenticeship Craft Competition
  • Informative Workshops for Junior and Senior High School Students

Cheer on the Competitors! The best of our fourth-year students are going toe-to-toe in a competition that creates an opportunity for the top qualifiers to move on to the 2018 ABC National Craft Competition to be held March 21, in Long Beach California.

Companies Represented:

Benchmark Construction Co., Inc; eciGroup; The Farfield Company; Frey Lutz Corp.; Haller Enterprises, Inc.; Hertzler Electric, Inc.; Meadow Valley Electric, Inc.; Wilco Electric, Inc.; Warfel Construction Company; and Wohlsen Construction Company

Craft Competition is open to the public! Join us on October 27, to watch our competitors show their trade-specific skills as they compete against each other and the clock during a timed craft competition. The hands-on portion of the event (9 am – 2:30 pm) will follow a written test to gauge the apprentices’ technical knowledge of their craft.


Junior and Senior High Students from Lancaster, Berks, York, Cumberland and Dauphin schools have received a special invitation from ABC Keystone to attend this event. All are welcome, RSVP is requested. Interactive workshops for Junior and Senior High School students will be held from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm to introduce the unique educational opportunities represented by ABC Keystone’s apprenticeship program. Students will have the opportunity to connect with construction professionals and learn about different aspects of the trade, including viewing roller coaster plans!

Contact Dave for more information about this event.


View the “Careers in Construction Month” Proclamation