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The Latest Chapter News from ABC Keystone

Rallying for Reform: Pennsylvania’s Call for Better Governance | June 2024

Over the past year, numerous articles have been fixated on the disappointing performance of our elected officials, and it’s time for a change. Politics have overshadowed policy matters, to the detriment of workers and taxpayers across all levels of government. Instead of productive governance, we often witness bitter partisan squabbling that paralyzes progress, and unfortunately, Pennsylvania is particularly notorious for this.

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Founding Member Spotlight | Wohlsen Construction Company | June 2024

When Herman Wohlsen founded Wohlsen Construction Company in 1890, he embarked on a mission to construct exceptional projects that built strong relationships in the local community. Wohlsen quickly earned a reputation for a first-rate work ethic and remarkable attention to quality, and his legacy
continues with us 134 years later.

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Doesn’t the State Legislature Have Anything Better to Work On? | June 2024

ABC Keystone has been advocating to the legislature for prevailing wage reform for decades. The prevailing wage statute, established in the early 1960s, has remained unchanged since its inception. Despite the significant increase in construction costs over the years, the threshold triggering prevailing wage for government-funded projects has remained stagnant at $25,000. Consequently, even minor repair and maintenance work now incur prevailing wage rates for the state, school districts, and municipalities

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Harding-Yost Insurance

In 1983, Jerry Harding and Lowell Yost merged their agencies, laying the foundation for our present-day company. Since then, their mission remains unchanged. As a leading independent agency, Harding-Yost is dedicated to upholding the company’s core values. The mission is to provide the highest level of insurance integrity to their clients, the companies they represent, and the community they proudly serve.

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Emerging Leaders Spotlight

Meet Daniel Redcay
Project Engineer
Wohlsen Construction

As an Emerging Leader, how has your involvement with ABC Keystone helped you?
I’ve been a committee member of ABC for three years now. Having grown up in the industry and in Lancaster County, I’ve known about the Chapter since I was young. During my time with ABC Keystone, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and connect with numerous professionals, make new friends, and
contribute to making Central PA a better place. Being a part of ABC Keystone has been incredibly valuable to me.

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The Path Ahead for PA | March 2024

Anyone following Pennsylvania politics or news in recent history has likely felt like the world is losing its grip. Heading into a major election in 2024 has only exacerbated the situation. We have witnessed a number of wild policies that seem more like problems seeking solutions (often creating crises in the process) or plain pandering to labor groups. Unfortunately, these policies have had a harmful effect on merit shops.

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Biden Wants to Run Your Business… | May 2024

In the wake of President Biden’s tenure, concerns about the overreach of executive power and its implications for businesses have come to the forefront. Promises of unity and bipartisanship have seemingly given way to a series of executive orders and regulatory measures that could fundamentally alter the landscape of American enterprise. With the administration’s focus on bolstering unions and enacting stringent regulations, the future of free enterprise hangs in the balance.

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THE BIG 3! | May 2024


Congratulations to the 2024 graduating class which consists of 86 apprentices! With the current labor shortage, this annual event is more important than ever as it showcases the women and men who have chosen careers in the trades. Let’s come together to cheer them on!

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Meet Dan Cremins

Tell us about Delta Electronics.

We offer end-to-end solutions that address clients’ needs for green buildings for ESG, Sustainability, and Carbon Reduction, as well as creating an environment that promotes occupant Health, Safety, and Security.

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Ask an Accountant: Cash Management to Improve Your Bottom Line

Cash Management to Improve Your Bottom Line

By: Daniel Sturm, CPA, CCIFP, Partner

Cash management is the process of managing the inflows and outflows of cash in a business and is particularly important for construction contractors. Long payment cycles, unpredictable expenses, and fluctuating demand all emphasize the need for cash management. A solid cash management strategy and process can help with long-term sustainability and help drive additional income straight to your bottom line, especially in today’s interest rate environment.
With guidance from your financial advisor, excess cash can also be invested, creating additional cash flow and income

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Dear Governor Shapiro,

The Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Keystone Chapter, representing 30,000 Pennsylvanians in the labor workforce in 33 counties, must respond to your March 2024 announcement regarding Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).

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TOGETHER, WE CAN WIN IN 2024 | April 2024

We have seen some incredible force majeure-type challenges in the last few years and we’re all trying to predict what the next threat will be. Though we don’t know for sure, there are a few creeping up to start thinking about that will keep us on our toes:

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Meet Carla Doyle

Dale Carnegie was founded in 1912, inspired by one man’s belief in the power of self-improvement. Since then, it’s evolved into a movement that’s crossed
borders and generations, showing thousands of organizations and millions of people how to create positive change and successful growth. Today, Dale
Carnegie is a global organization with professional development courses in 35 languages across 80 countries. Over 100 years of proven success
have made Dale Carnegie the industry leader in professional training and development.

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