ABC Keystone Members, Companies, and their Associates achieve the American Dream in the Spirit of Free Enterprise.
Advancing and defending the principles of the merit shop in the construction industry
and providing members with the opportunity to succeed.
ABC… The Merit Shop’s Most Vigorous Advocate.
ABC’s core purpose is to advance and defend the principles of free enterprise in the construction industry and to provide members and their employees with an opportunity to succeed.
In 1950, seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Maryland, to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded based on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders, regardless of their union affiliation.
Today, ABC is a powerhouse with 70 chapters and over 21,000 members. It is one of the leading organizations representing America’s business community and the
construction industry. Covering ten counties in south-central Pennsylvania, ABC’s Keystone Chapter was established in 1959. The Chapter is presently headquartered in Manheim, with a government affairs office located in Harrisburg.
The Merit Shop Philosophy:
At the heart of ABC’s philosophy is the commitment to two primary principles: free enterprise and the merit shop. We believe that free enterprise is fundamental to our nation’s success. The term “merit shop” means contractors and employees should be selected and rewarded based upon their performance, regardless of union affiliation.
“The saying ‘Get into politics or get out of business’ is as relevant today as it was in 1950.
ABC’s involvement with political activities in both Harrisburg and Washington D.C. allows member companies to focus on running their businesses with the assurance of knowing that ABC has their backs and is watching out for the interests of the construction industry.”Donna J. Shoff, H.L. Wiker, Inc., ABC Keystone Chair of the Board