ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Influences Local, State and National Policies

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter membership includes 448 companies, and their influence extends beyond the region, across the state and throughout the nation. Three members of ABC’s 2020 national board of directors are from the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter: Eric Mudge of Wood PLC, Jack Olmstead of Tri-City Electrical Contractors, and David Turcios of Nielson, …

Construction payrolls ramp up in Sarasota-Manatee

But contractors say the Sarasota-Bradenton metro area needs bigger labor force. Construction employment continued to grow at the end of 2019 in Southwest Florida, but payrolls still trail their peak levels. Contractors in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties hired 1,900 additional workers during the 12-month period ended in December, according to a new report from the Associated General Contractors of …

Florida Is Number One in Construction Unemployment Rates

Florida leads the nation in unemployment rates in the construction industry, at 2.4-percent unemployment. This is down from a year ago and is Florida’s lowest December rate on record, based on the Associated Builders and Contractors’ analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Feb. 5. “The construction industry is booming, especially here on the Gulf Coast of Florida,” said …

Associated Builders and Contractors Lobbies Florida Legislature to Reduce Retainage and Increase Continuing Contracts Threshold

On January 22, members of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter will urge the Florida Legislature to tweak current laws governing retainage and continuing contracts to better reflect nationwide economic, legislative and industry trends.  Retainage is money withheld from a contractor until a project is completed. Currently, in Florida, the amount allowed is 10 percent of …

Florida Tops ABC’s Annual Merit Shop Scorecard State Ranking for Second Year in a Row

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9—Associated Builders and Contractors released its 2019 Merit Shop Scorecard today, an annual ranking based on state policies and programs that encourage workforce development, career and technical education, job growth, and promote fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects. Florida topped the list for the second year in a row based on the state’s continued commitment to pro free-enterprise policies …

Associated Builders and Contractors Files Lawsuit Challenging City of St. Petersburg Ordinances

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter announced today that they have filed a lawsuit challenging the City of St. Petersburg’s Apprenticeship and Disadvantaged Worker Ordinances. The legal challenge was filed in the Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial District by Cotney Construction Law. The firm will represent ABC in the lawsuit.  In January 2019, ABC submitted a letter to …

Future of ABC

With steady economic expansion and a more challenging political environment postelection, it’s more important than ever for ABC to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities where we live and work. In 2019, ABC National will focus on four strategic goals to fulfill the promise we have …

Milestones & Accomplishments

1969 – ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (ABC-GC) was formed with President Jay DeLotto and Executive Director, Ron Woerner. 1972 – ABC National (ABC)’s efforts caused the Department of Labor to recognize non-union standards. 1973 – ABC-GC apprenticeship program became the first non-union training program with standards approved in Florida due to the efforts of the chapter’s attorney, Bill Sizemore …

ABC’s Gulf Coast Association is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary!

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association with over 22,000 member organizations. ABC focuses on helping members develop people, win contracts, and deliver their work safely, ethically, and profitably to benefit their communities. The ABC membership represents all specialties in the construction industry, with a primary focus on industrial and commercial construction. ABC was founded …