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: Elections Have Consequences

A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Who is tired of hearing “elections have consequences?” I know I am, but after spending several days in Washington D.C. at the ABC National Legislative Conference, I get it. ABC National has been tracking several issues and waiting for some of the rules from the current administration to determine the next course of action. Several of these steps include preparing to file suit. The list of items from this administration that ABC opposes is extensive, and I suggest you visit the ABC website to review the list in detail. There are two items that I would like to highlight as they are of great importance to ABC members.

Message from the President-CEO: <br>Safety First…Why STEP?


We hear all the time from those outside our industry that we are not safe, yet we hear our members say they take “Safety First” seriously. Which is it? It’s probably a little bit of both. Statistically, over the last several decades our industry has continued to get safer. However, we can do better to reduce jobsite injuries and fatalities.

National Safety Month<br> Take the First STEP on Your Safety Journey

ABC Keystone Safety Blog

ABC and its member companies work daily to build a construction workforce that is diverse, safe, skilled and productive. A foundational pillar of ABC’s very existence is safety. A culture of both physical and mental health and safety cannot exist without leadership taking a stand that includes an unwillingness to compromise safety and modeling this belief in their every action. Challenging and transforming the status quo to create a belief that all incidents are preventable creates a culture where safety is considered a moral obligation not just for leadership, but for all employees.

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.

Message from the Chair: STEP – Begin the Journey to World Class Safety

A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

It’s that time of year again. Almost as exciting as the holidays. It’s STEP season. Okay, I can hear the groans and the eye rolls, and it reminds me of my wife or our girls as they respond to one of my comments. But it truly is an exciting time for ABC with the approaching STEP application deadline of July 1 for recognition at the Safety Recognition Breakfast on August 16. STEP is an extremely important time for us, and the data that is collected helps us to accomplish two of our missions: protecting employee total human health and advocating for your businesses.

Message from the Chair: 2022 GOALS & INITIATIVES

A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

With the start of a new year, there is always excitement over the goals and initiatives we set out to accomplish. Likewise, there are many exciting initiatives that we are working on at ABC Keystone for the upcoming year.

First, we look to establish the Inclusion, Diversity and Unity committee. Unfortunately, the construction industry has an image problem. For too long, it has been considered a white male profession. While attending the 2021 ABC Leadership Institute, we saw how other chapters are making significant inroads with the minority, women, Veterans and LGBT communities. As we look at an aging workforce, the answer must be attracting new talent to this industry. ABC Keystone and all ABC chapters should tell the story that construction is a great industry in which to work, you can make a good living, and it is an industry for all.

Local Contractors Recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance

(MANHEIM, Pa.) The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the recipients of its 2020 Safety Training & Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards and recognized its 2020 OSHA Partners on Tuesday, September 15, in celebration of National Safety Week.

Safety Academy – The Road to World Class Safety

Discover how an enhanced safety culture can play an important role in maximizing your profits.

Relying on the extensive data that ABC National collects regarding safety and key elements that top performers in safety have in common will help you and your company to improve safety. Deep diving into successful business models will reveal that top businesses have models that indicate that safety is part of the equation that maximizes their profits. Join us to discuss safety and how to make it part of your company’s DNA.

This interactive forum is provided to discuss the methods and means to develop a world class safety culture.