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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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ABC Keystone’s Roofing Apprenticeship Program launched in October 2023. Today, there are 15 roofing apprentices from Detwiler Roofing & David M. Maines Associates, Inc. enrolled in the program. The roofing apprenticeship program is geared toward aspiring construction professionals seeking to learn essential roofing skills in a specialized program.

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As spring looms, so will the primary election that sets the stage for the 2024 election this fall (our primaries are April 23). Every cliché continues to be thrown at this election cycle: everything is at stake this year, elections have consequences, people will vote with their feet, and incredibly, all of them are true.

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Young Professionals Spotlight

Meet Todd Kauffman
Sales & Marketing
Sahd Metal Recycling

Tell us a little bit about your company.
Sahd Metal Recycling is a leader in recycling industrial scrap metals and demolition materials in Lancaster, PA! We are a third-generation family-owned business that continues to be a recycling leader while investing in green technologies, equipment, and training to maintain our status as a community leader.

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When I entered this industry in 1978 it was basically an all-male industry. Except for the accounting office or the administrative assistant pool, it was hard to find a female employee. Here we are 46 years later and for the month of March we celebrate Women in Construction. Yes, we have come a long way, but we also have plenty of room to grow.

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Our industry continues to see a major impact from labor shortages which currently stand at an approximate 500,000 deficit nationally and 30,000 deficit for Pennsylvania. ABC Keystone is taking on this challenge with an outside-the-box approach to bring about opportunity to help toward solving this challenge.

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FOUNDING MEMBER SPOTLIGHT | Warfel Construction | February 2024

Our greatest achievement is the experience we provide to our clients, made possible through our people and the unique culture of Warfel that has developed and evolved since 1911. We have grown and been successful over time by honoring our mission and values and being grounded in doing the right thing.

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Meet Dave Boll

At age 14, I started working summers for a local electrician. After graduating from high school, I decided to become a full-time electrician. I continued to learn many things regarding electrical work, including the fact that I enjoyed working with customers on special projects!

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Quite a few football fans in Pennsylvania are disappointed heading into this year’s Super Bowl (especially those of us who are Steelers or Eagles fans). What is kicking off right now is the start of election season in our state, which may be less exciting for some but will set the stage for an impactful future.

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FOLLOW THE MONEY | February 2024

If you watch many crime shows you often hear the investigating officer say, ”follow the money,” As we look at the status of politics, National, State, and Local, we keep asking how we got to the condition we are in. I would suggest all you need to do is follow the money.

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