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Meet Lee Summers, Electrical Project Manager, C Mechanical Services!
How has your involvement in ABC Keystone provided you value in your professional life?
I have been involved with ABC since my apprenticeship started back in 2006. From the various apprenticeship teachers I had, to my mentors training me for the ABC National Craft Championships (NCC), to becoming an apprenticeship instructor and later leading the NCC training, I have long seen the benefits of ABC. I met many people and learned so many things during my involvement at ABC. I have learned to take criticism and use it to perform self-assessment and improve, and I have learned a great deal about how politics plays into every aspect of our trade work. It’s truly an invaluable resource.

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A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Message from the Chair: Big Opportunities in Construction

I’ve been in the workforce long-enough to see different careers become hot and then cool off. When I was coming out of school, the big career was nursing. The employers were offering signing bonuses, and people coming out of school had their choice of places they wanted to work. Construction has had its employment issues for longer than any other profession I can remember. Guidance counselors pushed everyone to college, and no one was talking about careers in the trades, which is a shame because of the things you learn from working in construction. You learn to think on your feet, adapt to changing circumstances, and discover how to solve problems that seem insurmountable.

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News Releases ABC Keystone

Local Apprentices Earn Opportunity to Compete in ABC National Craft Competition

(MANHEIM, Pa.) Three ABC Keystone apprentices received top scores at the Keystone Chapter’s Individual Local Craft Competition on Saturday, October 1, 2022, held at the Chapter’s state-of-the-art training facility in Manheim. This year, the competition also featured the Chapter’s first-ever Team Competition designed to demonstrate safety along with craft interdependency and teamwork; simulate working conditions where planning is critical to success; highlight individual leadership and workmanship skills as the project was assembled and completed; and work through problems as a team.

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ABC Keystone Merit Shop Advocacy Blog

The Merit Shop Advocacy Update

The 2022 General Election, especially in Pennsylvania, is set up to be a nail-biter. In Pennsylvania, all 203 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, along with 25 seats in the Senate (in even numbered districts). Voters will also elect a new governor, a U.S. Senator, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives across 17 congressional districts.

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YP Perspective - ABC Keystone

Young Professionals Perspective

On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies across the industry are eyeing a bounce back with a backlog of work and not enough manpower to complete the projects. Aside from a reduction in skilled tradespeople, the competition among companies to hire the most qualified individuals is another hurdle plaguing our industry. As someone who solicits career opportunities for qualified individuals, this process has been more challenging than ever.

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Meet Timothy Asinger, Kessel Construction, Inc.!

Tell Us About You and Your Company!
Butler Buildings have been a part of Kessel’s success for over 86 years by supplying custom and pre-engineered building systems. Kessel and Butler have successfully built standard pre-engineered building systems, conventionally framed structures as well as “hybrid” structures (Butler pre-engineered and conventional design structures combined into one structure).

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Ask an Attorney - ABC Keystone Blog

Silence is Golden – The Workplace Injuries Construction Employers Do, and Do Not, Need to Record on OSHA Forms

The old adage “Sometimes less is more” may provide sound advice when it comes to completing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations paperwork. Employers must keep track of workplace injuries and illnesses using a series of OHSA-supplied forms: the 300 Log to record each incident throughout the year, the 301 Report for each particular incident, and the 300A Summary of yearly statistics.

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ABC Keystone President Message

Message from the President-CEO

As we enter September, we usually think about finally reaching the home stretch for the year. However, here at ABC Keystone we start planning for the start of the new year ahead. Like most businesses, we have to think about the budget, but that is only one component. For our association, September becomes focused on strategic planning and making sure we elect our new Board members for 2023.

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A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Message from the Chair: ABC Keystone in Action

August was a fun month! It was great to see everyone in Wrightsville at ABC Keystone’s Summer Outdoor Mixer presented by Saxton & Stump Lawyers and Consultants and to see many of you in Belfonte at the Keystone Chapter’s Nittany Valley Mixer. Mixers like these are events I look forward to each year to have a good time and catch up with so many of our ABC members. It was especially valuable this year to build connections with our members from our new Nittany Valley Region.

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ABC Keystone Merit Shop Advocacy Blog

The Merit Shop Advocacy Update

This weekend will be the 140th time America will celebrate Labor Day. While we mark the long weekend as the “unofficial end of summer,” the day was created to recognize the work, contributions, and achievements of American labor, particularly the trades. As an association consisting of the trades and businesses affiliated with the construction industry, we want to say THANK YOU for your contributions to this great nation and for helping to train the next generation of tradespeople.

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News Releases ABC Keystone

Area Contractors Recognized for Achieving World-Class Safety Standards Through ABC STEP Program

(MANHEIM, Pa.) The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors announced the 2022 ABC STEP Safety Management System participants on Tuesday, August 16, during ABC Keystone’s Safety Recognition Breakfast presented by Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. During the recognition event, representatives from Keystone Chapter member companies had the opportunity to hear remarks from Kevin Chambers, Area Director, U.S. Department of Labor OSHA – Harrisburg Area Office.

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ABC Keystone YP Blog

Young Professionals Spotlight

Meet Brent Droege, Financial Director & Vice President, Cedar Run Construction! With being in the early stages of my involvement with ABC I am excited to see what doors it will help open for me and the company for which I work. So far, I have met some informative people that have helped the way I look at the business and how I interact with our stakeholders. It has also opened another world of networking that I was unaware of before being a part of the construction industry and a part of ABC Keystone. I enjoyed meeting new people at the mixer in August.

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Member Spotlight: Meet Kurt Twiford, Conexus!

Tell Us About You and Your Company!
Conexus was formed in July 2005 through the purchase of an existing building automation system contractor. Since 2005, Conexus has grown an average of 7% per year and to 33 total team members. Leveraging open protocol technologies, Conexus migrated from a traditional building controls contractor to a smart building technology system integrator, leveraging technology to transform our client’s environments to optimize the comfort, safety and efficiency of their facilities. In order to meet our client’s critical service needs, most customers are within a two-hour radius of our office in Middletown, PA, but some relationships do take us to western PA, Virginia and southern Maryland as well.

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President Message

Message from the President-CEO

It is hard to believe that over half of 2022 has gone by. With this, ABC Keystone needs to look at how we are doing in terms of the strategic initiatives we set forth at the beginning of the year. The four areas we review are Political Influence, Continuous Growth & Value, Safety & Health, and Being the Leading Force in Workforce Development Education & Training.

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