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Advocacy Update: Let the Games Begin

We are now “on the other side” of the budget hearings and filing deadline of nomination petitions to run for office. On the later, in the next few weeks, ABC of Pennsylvania will be issuing a voter guide that lists the candidates running for statewide office and U. S. Congress. On the former, the legislature begins the spring session this week, which includes negotiating a 2022-23 state budget along with accompanying bills destined for the governor’s desk.

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Member Spotlight: Dalton Johnson & Johnny West, Best Line Equipment

Tell Us About Your Company!
Best Line Equipment offers equipment rental, sales,
service, and parts from locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With over 35 years of experience, we are
an authorized dealer of major industry manufacturers including Bobcat®, Doosan, JLG®, Dynapac, Hustler, Stihl® and many more.

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ABC Keystone YP Blog

Young Professionals Spotlight

Meet Kyle Lukoskie, CB Construction Services, Inc., Operations Coordinator! How has your involvement in ABC Keystone provided you value in your professional life? For several years, I have predominantly taken advantage of the vast educational opportunities offered by ABC Keystone. Of these, the Leadership Development Series and the Superintendent Training Series are among my favorites. Moreover, ABC Keystone also provides a viable opportunity to network with individuals and companies from all corners of the construction industry and related businesses.

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Worker Retention YP Perspective - ABC Keystone

Young Professionals Perspective

It’s no secret that over the past two years the workforce has declined. More and more workers are finding reasons to move on to another company, industry, or to not return to work at all. Finding ways to hold on to employees and workers is yet another negative coming out of a global pandemic.

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News Releases ABC Keystone

Local Supplier Receives National Diversity Excellence Award from Associated Builders & Contractors

Manheim, March 18—Associated Builders & Contractors, ABC Keystone is pleased to announce that Keystone Chapter member United Rentals (Lancaster, with Headquarters in Stamford, CT) is one of four recipients of a National Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Excellence Award, an annual recognition of ABC members that display exemplary IDE leadership in their company, workforce, supply chain and community with best-in-class recruitment policies, retention practices and training and mentoring programs. The winners were honored at the 32nd annual Excellence in Construction® Awards at ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio on March 16.

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News Releases ABC Keystone

Local Contractors Earn National ABC Excellence in Construction® Awards

Manheim, Pennsylvania, March 18—Associated Builders & Contractors, Keystone Chapter is pleased to announce that three Keystone Chapter member contractors have received Excellence in Construction® Awards during the ABC National Convention in San Antonio. The EIC awards are the construction industry’s leading national competition that honors general and specialty contractors for world-class, safe and innovative construction projects from across the Nation.

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News Releases ABC Keystone

Local Apprentices Win Bronze Medals at National Craft Championships

Manheim, Pennsylvania, March 18—ABC Keystone is pleased to announce two of the Chapter’s top apprentices won bronze medals in the trades of Carpentry and Electrical at the ABC National 2022 National Craft Championships (NCC). Award winners were announced at the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony during ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio on March 17. The 33rd annual competition held March 16 showcased the skills and expertise of more than 175 of the nation’s top-performing craft professionals.

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ABC Keystone President Message 12.27.22

Message from the President-CEO: BACK TO THE FUTURE!

As we watch today’s headlines unfold before our eyes, we begin to wonder, “Haven’t we been here before?” I have said many times that we can’t live in the past, but we need to learn from the past. Based on the current state of affairs all around this country, I’m not sure our politicians have learned anything from the past.

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ABC Keystone Merit Shop Advocacy Blog

Advocacy Update: The Silly Springtime Season is Here

On February 8, Gov. Wolf released his final budget proposal for the 2022-23 fiscal year. The $43 billion budget proposal is about $5 billion over last year. Not surprisingly, the governor is again proposing various policy initiatives, including increasing the minimum wage, setting a minimum teacher salary of $45,000, and legalizing recreational marijuana, to name a few. While there are no broad-based tax increases contained in the proposal, the increase over last year is said to be “paid-for” by using all the federal stimulus dollars.

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Employee Development ABC Keystone

New & Exciting Leadership Education in 2022

The construction industry is constantly evolving. To stay relevant, companies must continually grow their talent. Making employee development a priority within your company culture ensures your team stays well-informed on industry trends, recent developments, and best practices.

Offering professional development boosts employee engagement, lowers turnover and attracts the top talent you want as part of your growing team. ABC Keystone offers continuing learning opportunities to help nurture your staff and provides a path for their development as industry leaders.

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Inclusion Diversity and Unity

ABC Keystone Welcomes NEW Committee!

Based on our merit shop philosophy, ABC Keystone strives to make construction a place where everyone can succeed. The new Inclusion, Diversity and Unity (IDU) Committee has been tasked with doing just that. The IDU Committee evaluates the current state of the association as well as developing and supporting initiatives that will grow the Chapter in new ways. This will include outreach, community partnerships, educational initiatives and programming designed to make its members, their teams, and our industry more successful.

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ABC Keystone to Host Construction Project Management Institute Taught by Nationally Recognized Subject Matter Expert

Manheim, PA, March 2, 2022—Associated Builders and Contractors-Keystone Chapter is pleased to announce the Chapter has been chosen to host ABC National’s prestigious Project Management Institute (PMI) during the weeks of May 16 and July 19, 2022. The intensive, two-week Project Management Institute is developed by experienced contractors and Kirk Alter, professor emeritus at Purdue University and president at Fast Management, Inc., Indiana. Mr. Alter is a nationally recognized subject matter expert with decades of construction project management experience. Today’s contractors face unique challenges, and this education experience is tailored to provide tangible tools to improve profitability, productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction.

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ABC Keystone Merit Shop Advocacy Blog

Advocacy Update: The Political Days Ahead

As we look to the rest of this year, ABC of Pennsylvania will be collaborating with chapters to develop a new and fresh legislative agenda for 2023-24. We are looking for your input on what ABC should advocate for in Harrisburg. Knowing the margins will be tight and we may still have a divided government, we need to be realistic in what we push for, but also be bold in our “wish list.”

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