ABC Keystone’s Local Apprenticeship Craft Competition

Free to Attend & Open to the Public! Bring Your Team Members, Friends & Family! Stop by the Chapter and cheer on the best of our fourth-year students as they compete against each other and the clock during a timed craft competition. Top-scorers earn an opportunity to move on to the 2023 ABC National Craft Competition in March 2023! you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see our apprentices in action!

Message from the President-CEO

President Message

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.

Message from the Chair: Celebrate the Apprenticeship Class of 2022!

A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

It’s time to celebrate! How great it is to see individuals work hard, complete their training, and move on to the next stage of their lives. High school students are trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives after school. College grads are looking for their first job and dealing with the student debt they have amassed. And, craft professionals have completed their education and are moving into their careers fully trained.

Local Construction Industry Professionals Awarded Craft Professionals of the Year Awards from ABC Keystone

News Releases ABC Keystone

Manheim, Pa, May 20, 2022—ABC Keystone is pleased to announce 2022 Craft Professionals of the Year Awards have been presented to Edgar E. Espenshade Jr. (Elizabethtown), Carpentry, Wohlsen Construction Company (Lancaster) and Bryan Williams (Bird-in-Hand), Electrical, C Mechanical Services (Lancaster). The awards ceremony took place during ABC Keystone’s Apprenticeship Graduation held on May 18, 2022, at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster. Edgar and Bryan received eagle trophies and gift cards in celebration of their achievements.

84 Apprentices from Across the Region Graduate from ABC Keystone’s PA-registered Apprenticeship Program

News Releases ABC Keystone

Manheim, Pa, May 20, 2022—ABC Keystone Apprenticeship & Training Trust is pleased to announce 84 apprentices have graduated from the Chapter’s PA-registered apprenticeship program in seven trades, including: Carpentry, Construction Craft Laborer, Electrical, Heavy Equipment Operator, HVAC, Masonry, and Plumbing. The ceremony took place on May 18, 2022, at the Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster.

Apprenticeship – Open House for Educators

No-cost to attend! Discover a college-alternative career pathway that gives students valuable, in-demand skills and preps them for an “Earn While You Learn” apprenticeship program with the opportunity to graduate with little to no debt!

Message from the President-CEO: ABC is in the House

ABC Keystone President Message 12.27.22

It has been just a little over two years since Governor Wolf determined that construction was unessential, and the entire industry was shut down in PA. Shortly after, the ABC National Convention was cancelled. This annual event that focuses on the accomplishments of chapters and members would have to wait. 2021 would see a smaller version of the Convention with limited attendance and no National Craft Competition.

Message from the Chair: Focus on Workforce Development

A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

This month we want to focus on Workforce Development. The Workforce Development Committee is tasked with showcasing careers in construction and the talents of our members. They are to build bridges between the industry and educators on skills needed and careers available for K-12 and post-secondary students. The committee and staff liaison have been hard at work for many years building those bridges.

Top Ten Reasons to Train Your Employees

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ABC Keystone provides training for you and your team! Visit our calendar page to discover the latest career development education and safety training programs from the Keystone Chapter and discover the top 10 reasons to train your employees!

Classes Continue Full Speed Ahead!


Here at ABC, apprenticeship training is in full swing! Classes started last September, and the Shop/Training Lab at the Chapter facility has been busy with hands-on training during all our trade classes. While it is important that apprentices learn the theory of their trade and the “how’s and why’s,” it has been our main goal–while expanding our building and hiring full-time instructors–to increase hands-on education opportunities in every apprenticeship class. I would encourage you to check out our training facility if you are in the building and see first-hand what our classes have been learning.

ABC Keystone Adds First-in-Pennsylvania ‘Assembler, Pre-Engineered Buildings’ PA-Registered Apprenticeship Program

News Releases ABC Keystone

Manheim, Pa, December 13, 2021—The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) is pleased to announce the addition of Assembler, Pre-Engineered Buildings to the PA-Registered apprenticeship programs available through the Chapter. ABC Keystone worked with the Metal Building Institute to construct the program which was approved by the PA Department of Labor & Industry and accepted by the State Apprenticeship Council in September 2021.