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About ABC

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Workforce Development

ABC of Alabama truly understands that any construction company is only as strong as their workforce. Every statistic that we have gathered clearly shows a huge decline in construction workforce and also clearly documents a shortage for the next 3 to 5 years, this is why you will find workforce development at the forefront of ABC’s agenda. Someone in the state of Alabama clearly must take a leadership role in maneuvering through the various workforce development efforts throughout Alabama and find a solution that works, a solution that produces apprentices and craftsmen for the future. ABC is that Association. Along with the apprenticeship and craft training aspects of workforce development, ABC of Alabama also concentrates on professional management education and an exclusive Future Leaders in Construction (FLIC) program. We encourage you to learn more by browsing this site or contacting our office.

 

Government Affairs

Over the last 3 to 5 years ABC of Alabama has raised their political presence in Alabama. Noted House and Senate members have clearly stated that ABC of Alabama has become the voice for contractors in Montgomery. This section of our website is established to provide you the information you need to be aware of what ABC is working on for you in Montgomery and also in DC. As a member you may also choose to receive our weekly legislative briefing while the Alabama Legislature is in session. Whether you choose to access us through the website or through the electronic newsletter you will clearly and quickly learn ABC is the voice for contractors in Montgomery. It seems redundant to say that everyone should get into politics or get out of business but that message has never been more true. Your support of ABC ensures we have everything we need to continue to be your voice.

 

Safety

Aside from governmental affairs and workforce development ABC has truly embraced the concept of safety on the job site. We encourage you to allow your safety professional within your company to become active on ABC’s safety committee. You may also choose to be involved in the Alabama Safe Day awards program, you can find more information on that under the awards section of this website. The ABC safety committee is a group of safety professionals that meet monthly with OSHA, MSHA and other leading safety groups in the state to ensure the message of job site safety is delivered to our membership and beyond.  The safety committee is also made up of end users and owners making this committee truly effective and a great business development tool for your company.

 

Awards and Events

Associated builders and contractors has certainly become the premier Association in promoting our members in the area of job site safety and excellence in construction. Our association holds what is quite possibly the largest Excellence in Construction banquet and Safe Day banquet in the United States among our peers. Below you’ll find quick links to our Excellence in Construction Banquet, Safe Day Banquet, STEP Awards and Accredited Quality Contractor program (AQC).

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  • The ABC of Alabama Chapter welcomes Yolanda Devine Johnson as its new Regional Director for the Mobile/Gulf Coast area.,
  • Free OSHA 10 Hour Course - Dec 9 & 10 - Location: Alabama Workforce Training Center (Bham) - Call the ABC office for details.,
  • Happy Veteran's Day ,
  • ABC Chili Cook Off - Dec 5 (10am-2pm) at SOHO. Proceeds to benefit Magic Moments and March of Dimes. Call ABC for details.,
  • ABC members Michael Goodrich and Milton Davis join Jay Reed at Bradley Byrne fundraiser in Birmingham. ,
  • Thanks to the sponsors of today's ABC Clay Shoot at Selwood Farms. CS Beatty, Midsouth Paving and Cardno ATC.,
  • The "Beatty" Grill Express preparing lunch for ABC's sporting clay tournament today at Selwood Farms. ,
  • Mike Lanier of Hoar Program Management introduces Congressional Candidate Gary Palmer at Bham fundraiser. ,
  • ABC Chairman Tim Hightower visits with Jeb Bush at BCA dinner yesterday. ,
  • RT : Celebrating great projects and teams tonight at the Excellence in Construction Awards. ,
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Government Affairs

PLA Legislation is Officially Signed

PLA Legislation is Officially Signed

7 May 2014

Signed, Sealed & Delivered: PLA Legislation is Officially Signed by Paige Townley ABC of Alabama realized a major victory this legislative session with the passage of SB161/HB195, landmark legislation that bans government entities within the state from requiring contractors to sign a project labor agreement (PLA) or any other agreement with labor unions as a [...]

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Legislative Briefing – March 14

Legislative Briefing – March 14

14 March 2014

  ACT 2014-107 Open and Fair Competition Signed On Wednesday, ABC representatives took part in a bill signing of the Open and Fair Competition Act with Governor Robert Bentley. Included in the bill signing were sponsors Rep. Mack Butler and Sen. Paul Sanford shown above with ABC of Alabama Chairman Tim Hightower and ABC North [...]

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Workforce Development

Alabama Workforce Training Center Opens

Alabama Workforce Training Center Opens

12 August 2014

Alabama Workforce Training Center Opens Workforce development recently received a helpful boost with the new Alabama Workforce Training Center officially opening in Birmingham. The new Center provides a single, central location for AIDT, the state’s primary workforce training program that will be managing the new facility, to train workers with the specific skills needed for [...]

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What are the Construction Industry’s Most Daunting Problems?

What are the Construction Industry’s Most Daunting Problems?

4 February 2014

What are the Construction Industry’s Most Daunting Problems? by Brad Condray, vice president of Operations, Golden Construction   Many have written in recent articles and white papers that today’s most daunting problems in the construction industry are lack of skilled workforce, lack of quality, rising labor and material prices, fewer prospective projects as a result [...]

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Safety

November Safety Committee Meeting

November Safety Committee Meeting

10 November 2014

The ABC Safety Committee will meet on November 14th at 7:30am.  Please plan to attend and invite your safety professional colleagues as well.  J.R. Dove of Marathon Electrical will be presenting “Lock Out Tag Out: A Practical Approach”.  The presentation will help to better understand lock out tag out procedures on jobsites.  J.R. will point [...]

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Stand Down To Save Lives

Stand Down To Save Lives

12 August 2014

Stand-Down to Save Lives BL Harbert participates in the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down Year after year, falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), falls accounted for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities reported in 2012. During that [...]

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Awards

Jim Gorrie: Building on Success

Jim Gorrie: Building on Success

10 November 2014

by Paige Townley This year’s Cornerstone Award winner leads one of the nation’s largest construction firms with a focus on personal values and helping others For Jim Gorrie, every day is a new opportunity. Whatever the day holds—a visit to a jobsite, board meeting or a brief conversation in the hallway—it’s a chance to connect [...]

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ABC Announces the 2014 General Contractor and Subcontractor of the Year

ABC Announces the 2014 General Contractor and Subcontractor of the Year

3 October 2014

White-Spunner Construction: 2014 General Contractor of the Year In its 30-plus years, much has changed at White-Spunner Construction. Based in Mobile, Alabama, the company has grown from a small company concentrating on local projects along the Gulf Coast to one of the largest privately held contracting firms in the Southeast managing major projects across the [...]

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News & Events

Chili Cook Off

Chili Cook Off

10 November 2014

Do you have a killer chili recipe?  Mark your calendar for the ABC Chili Cook Off on December 5th to find out if it is the best in town!  Proceeds benefit Magic Moments and March of Dimes Alabama Chapters.  Limit of 15 teams so sign up now to reserve your spot in the competition! Click [...]

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I-10 Build The Bridge

I-10 Build The Bridge

17 September 2014

Over the past two years ABC Alabama has participated and monitored the actions of the Mobile based build the bridge coalition.  ABC Incoming Chairman, Robin Savage commented, “On the heels of our recent victory with the northern belt-line those resources will now be directed to Mobile. We have heard loud and clear from the construction [...]

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Membership

Do Your Part

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By now everyone has read the famous quote that says everyone should give back to an industry from which they draw, in other words everyone should be part of an association that is truly doing something to promote their industry. That association is ABC of Alabama. We encourage you to join by simply filling out an application and become involved in an association that truly is relevant to your company when it comes to increasing productivity, driving down cost and spurring economic development.  Those three measures coupled with our political action in Montgomery, Washington D.C. and in the workforce development arena make us the association that is the voice for contractors in Alabama.

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Contact Us

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1830 28th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35209

Phone: 205.870.9768 | Fax: 205.879.5090

 

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Jay Reed, President  

Jay serves as the President of the Association and is a registered lobbyist for the Association.  He is publisher of Alabama Construction News, ABC’s publication.    Reed is founder of Alabama Employers for Immigration Reform, served on Governor Riley’s Immigration Commission and presently sits on the Board of the Alabama Council of Association Executives. Jay is also ABC National’s Chapter President’s Council of his peers.  Weekends find Jay at Smith Lake with his Boykin Spaniel.  He enjoys leisure reading of James Patterson and is currently enrolled in an Academy for Excellence in Association Management, centered around The Race for Relevance.  Reed recently began his 16th year with ABC of AL.

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Todd Walker, Vice President

Workforce Development

A graduate of Auburn University, Todd is ABC’s Vice President and is responsible for the chapters role in workforce development, marketing, communication and strategy, in regards to membership services.  Todd is married and has two young boys, he loves his church and enjoys quality time with his family.

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Jenny Wilson 

Assistant to President/Accounting

Jenny joined ABC in 1996. During her time at ABC, she has held numerous roles in the association. She is currently the assistant to the President and responsible for handling all his secretarial needs. Jenny is also responsible for the everyday accounting needs of the association. She lives in Hayden with her husband Josh and son Baylin.

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Charles Hall

Member Services/Meetings and Events

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Charles graduated from Faulkner University with a degree in Business Administration.  He is the associations contact person for member service questions and requests, as well as meeting and event questions and registrations.  Charles enjoys the outdoors and many weekends can be found camping or hiking in one of Birmingham’s surrounding parks.

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George Pierce, Advertising/Sales

Alabama Construction News

George, a native and graduate of Auburn, Alabama, graduated in 1975 with a degree in Industrial Management. He is married with 3 children and 4 grand children with a  5th grand child on the way. His hobbies include outdoor sports, especially hunting and boating.

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Yolanda Johnson

Regional Director – Mobile/Gulf Coast Area

Yolanda Devine Johnson has built a career developing networks around economic development and communities in Alabama.  Her knowledge of ABC extends over 20 years working on membership drives, serving on the board, chairing the Economic Development Committee and in most recent years developing and implementing the initial years of Future Leaders in Construction.  Her professional career in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industry as well as non-profit management accentuates her qualifications for representing ABC in South Alabama.  Her strengths of building relationships, connecting people and professionalism will be leverage to benefit ABC in South Alabama.  Yo’s passion for people, economic development and South Alabama are the foundation for our success.

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