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Local Apprentices Earn Opportunity
to Compete in ABC National Craft Competition

Four ABC Keystone apprentices received top scores at the Keystone Chapter’s annual Local Craft Competition on Saturday, September 18, 2021, held at the Chapter’s state-of-the-art training facility in Manheim. The top scorers who demonstrated their superior skills, training and safe work practices will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the upcoming 2022 ABC National Craft Competition (NCC) to be held March 15-17, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. At the National Craft Competition, they will compete against apprentices from ABC’s 69 chapters nationwide.

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ABC Keystone Adds Three New Team Members:
HVAC Instructor, Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications, and Administrative Assistant Member Services

Manheim, Pennsylvania, September 13 — ABC Keystone is pleased to announce three new team members have joined the Chapter staff: Derek Robbins (New Cumberland), HVAC Instructor; Janet Gribble (Ronks), Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications; and Lori Allison (Columbia), Administrative Assistant Member Services. Please see below for more information.

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Area Contractors Recognized as Top-performing Safety Leaders

(MANHEIM, Pa.) The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the 2021 STEP Safety Management System participants and recognized its 2021 OSHA Partners on Tuesday, August 17, during ABC Keystone’s Safety Recognition Breakfast presented by Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. During the 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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Twelve Lancaster County Students Discover Careers in Construction at ABC Keystone’s First-ever Construction Summer Camp for Girls

Manheim, Pa, July 12, 2021— During the week of June 14-18, 2021, 12 female students from Lancaster County attended a week-long summer camp at ABC Keystone’s training facility in Manheim. The All ‘bout Construction (ABC) Girls Camp (grant-funded by the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board), was a first-ever program offered by the Chapter and provided the students with the opportunity to meet with female construction industry leaders in addition to visiting jobsites of local contractors and learning beginner trade skills. During the week, the campers used the knowledge and training they gained to create their very own steampunk-themed, lighted charging station.

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ABC Keystone Apprenticeship Training Trust Graduates Record-breaking Total of 108 Apprentices

Manheim, Pa, May 25, 2021—ABC Keystone Apprenticeship & Training Trust (KATT) is pleased to announce a record-breaking total of 108 apprentices have graduated in seven trades, including: Carpentry, Construction Craft Laborer, Electrical, Heavy Equipment Operator, HVAC, Plumbing and Sheet Metal. The ceremony took place on May 20, 2021, at the Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster.

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Local Construction Industry Professional Awarded Craft Professional of the Year from ABC Keystone

Manheim, Pa, May 24, 2021—ABC Keystone is pleased to announce the 2021 Craft Professional of the Year Award (Carpentry) has been presented to George Caldwell (Holtwood), Wohlsen Construction Company (Lancaster). George received an eagle trophy and gift card when the announcement was made during ABC Keystone’s Apprenticeship Graduation & Craft Professional of the Year Award Ceremony held on May 20, 2021, at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster.

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Twelve Students Seeking Education in Construction-related Careers Receive Scholarships from Merit Shop Training and Research Center

MANHEIM, Pa, May 5, 2021 – Twelve deserving individuals were recently awarded scholarships from the Merit Shop Training and Research Center (MSTRC). The $14,500 in scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year brings the total to $550,350 that has been awarded by MSTRC since its inception, helping students entering a career path in the construction industry.

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Local Contractor Earns National ABC Safety Excellence Award

Manheim, Pennsylvania, March 11 — ABC Keystone today announced Keystone Chapter member Wickersham Construction and Engineering, Inc. (Lancaster) received a Merit Level ABC National Safety Excellence Award. The award was presented at the 31st annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC’s Convention in Grapevine, Texas, on March 10.

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Local Contractors Earn National ABC Excellence in Construction® Awards

Manheim, Pennsylvania, March 11 — ABC Keystone today announced three member companies won ABC National Excellence in Construction® (EIC) awards, presented during the ABC Convention, March 10, in Grapevine, Texas. The EIC® awards program is 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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2021 Officers and Directors Named at ABC Keystone

(MANHEIM, Pa.) The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) is pleased to announce that Cleo Weaver (Lancaster), Triangle Refrigeration Co. (Leola), has been named 2021 Chair of the Board. View the entire list of 2021 leadership:

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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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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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ABC Keystone Top Scorers 2020 Craft Competition

Local Apprentices Take Top Awards at ABC Keystone Apprenticeship Competition

(MANHEIM, Pa.) Five local apprentices received top scores at the ABC Keystone Annual Craft Competition on Saturday, September 26, 2020, held at the Chapter’s training facility in Manheim. Earning the top scores in their respective trades provides these apprentices the opportunity to move on to the 2021 ABC National Craft Competition (NCC) to be held March 9-11, 2021, in Gaylord, Texas. This year, two of the Chapter’s carpentry apprentices received tied scores, and both with be joining ABC Keystone’s NCC team in March.

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