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Young Professionals Spotlight

Meet Brad Lefever, Wohlsen Construction Company!

As a Young Professional, how has your involvement with ABC Keystone helped you?

Being a part of the YP Committee has helped introduce me to new networking opportunities, hone my professional skills, influence our industry with a group of peers, and more. I think the greatest opportunity for me has been to push myself outside my comfort zone with networking. I encourage other YPs and co-workers of mine to get out there and meet other people in the industry, because it helps you grow your people skills while building an industry network that has real benefits.

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ABC Keystone Installs Solar Array

ABC Keystone Shifts to 60-65% Green Electrical Energy Operations

(MANHEIM, Pa.) The Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter is pleased to announce that nearly 60-65% of the Chapter’s electrical energy is now sourced through sustainable solar resources following the installation of a rooftop solar array. ABC Keystone’s 31,000 square foot training facility, built in 2015, was constructed with green energy sources in mind. This solar array, installed on December 3, 2020, is the culmination of this goal.

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A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Message from the Chair: Championing the Merit Shop

As I humbly step into the Chair position of the ABC Keystone Board for the year 2021 – or maybe it is better described as ‘sitting’ in the Chair position – I wish we were entering a more predictable future for our industry. Looking around, I still hear the COVID-19 ‘Goliath’ stalking and yelling at us to fear him, attempting to intimidate us by his threats. What we really need is a ‘David’ to slay this enemy and allow us to get back to business! To my great delight, I discovered that, lo and behold, we have not one but two Davids in our arsenal to overcome this adversary! A big thank you to David (Dave) Sload and David Greineder, who have led us through the last nine months by increasing and growing our ABC influence and value, staring down any fear that the ‘big old giant’ is attempting to bring our way! We are incredibly grateful for your work!

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Ask an Attorney: Construction Claims – An Overview

Most contractors hope their projects will proceed efficiently, within budget, on time, and, most importantly, without needing to file a claim against any of the other parties working on the job. Unfortunately, the reality often proves otherwise. Claims come in all kinds of forms – delay, extra work, acceleration, inefficiency – but essentially involve recovering any type of entitled cost or time impact. Claims can possibly risk jeopardizing the cooperation and good relationships among project stakeholders necessary to get the job done successfully. Sometimes, however, that necessary cooperation cannot overcome losing money undeservedly, making the claim a business necessity. Also, pursuing a claim under a construction contract often involves a process that can seem overwhelming.

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Message from the President-CEO ABC Keystone

Message from the President-CEO: Keystone Goes Green

When the ABC Keystone Board of Directors approved moving forward with our building expansion and renovations back in 2014, they did so with the priority of being good stewards of our resources and that of our energy consumption. The new building was designed and built with “green” in mind. In addition, there were components built in to accommodate future “green” initiatives.
businesses must close.” As we came to find out, construction was determined to be nonessential. Through many emails and phone calls, we
were able to get some projects open if they were life-sustaining. I am still not sure a real definition has been issued for ‘life-sustaining.’ However, in their wisdom, the State felt they could define it through a waiver process, and we all know how that worked. Read more…

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ABC Keystone Awards Top Contractors for Excellence in Construction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 11, 2020
(Manheim, Pa.) The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) recognized local member contractor firms for their work performed on regional construction projects during the 31st annual ABC Excellence in Construction Awards Ceremony. This event, which typically draws nearly 400 attendees, was held virtually this year. The celebration aired December 10, 2020, and it was broadcast virtually via YouTube Live to contractors, project owners, design professionals and invited guests. Senator Pat Toomey (U.S. Senate) and Congressman Lloyd Smucker (U.S. House of Representatives) each sent in virtual congratulations videos for the presentation. The link to view the awards ceremony will be made public and available on ABC Keystone’s website, YouTube channel, and social media in the coming week.

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A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Message from the Chair: Opportunity Knocks

I believe it goes without saying that 2020 rolled out differently than anyone could have predicted this time last year! The “Year of COVID” was certainly filled with many challenges and setbacks in our personal freedoms and financial successes. However, based on the high performance of our team at ABC Keystone, along with the continued commitment of our members, it is with great optimism, that I believe opportunity will be knocking on many doors in 2021.

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Maximize Your ABC Membership Investment:
Gain Impressions Through Committee Involvement

Engaging with ABC’s membership pays dividends many times over, and a sometimes-overlooked, no-cost avenue is through committee involvement. Keystone’s eight standing committees address all of ABC’s functional areas, and there truly is a committee for everyone. Many of ABC’s most satisfied members utilize committee involvement to increase their impressions (one-on-one conversations) with ABC members. Learn more:

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ABC Keystone Merit Shop Advocacy Blog

Advocacy Update: Election Recap and Help Us Improve Our Advocacy Program

The 2020 General Election is now behind us. Much like in 2016, the polls were wrong in many respects. In a year when Democrats were projected to win big, the “blue wave” flopped. Democratic operatives were looking to flip control of state legislatures to dictate re-districting processes next year. As it turns out, only two state legislative chambers changed control, both in New Hampshire, and both flipped from Democrat to Republican. Overall, Republicans outperformed expectations, gaining seats both in the U.S. Congress and in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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Ask an Attorney: Five Quick Ways to Turn Your P.O. Form Into a More Protective Contract

Most contractors and subcontractors use a standard purchase order – or P.O. – form for their limited-scope projects. Attorneys often recommend supplementing the P.O. by attaching a form of general terms and conditions. Although general terms and conditions are designed to incorporate broad legal provisions that protect a contractor’s or subcontractor’s rights during a project, they can be time-consuming to prepare. Consider these five tips for quickly supplementing your P.O. forms in situations where general terms and conditions are unavailable:

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Building Careers at ABC: Apprenticeship Update

In October, ABC Keystone celebrated Careers in Construction Month, dedicated to the many paths available for pursuing opportunities in our great industry. Earlier in November, the Chapter celebrated National Apprenticeship Week. These celebrations of construction careers continue, as every week, apprentices enter the Chapter’s training facility to learn from their instructors the many facets of their trades, each of them striving to build their own skills and futures. Read more for an update on the Electrical and Plumbing programs.

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ABC Keystone Message from the President

Message from the President-CEO: Why We Do What We Do

Seven and a half months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic began, and those dreaded words came down from Governor Tom Wolf: “All nonessential
businesses must close.” As we came to find out, construction was determined to be nonessential. Through many emails and phone calls, we
were able to get some projects open if they were life-sustaining. I am still not sure a real definition has been issued for ‘life-sustaining.’ However, in their wisdom, the State felt they could define it through a waiver process, and we all know how that worked. Read more…

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