Inside the Industry: Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin

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ABC of Wisconsin is a construction trade association providing many different services for the construction industry, including safety, legal, apprenticeship and other education and training.

Last updated on July 19th, 2019 at 12:23 pm


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) actively promotes merit – or performance-based – construction. ABC was founded nearly 70 years ago by six Baltimore contractors to defend and promote their right to be free from organized labor. Since the day it was founded, ABC members have shared the belief that construction projects should be awarded based on merit – not labor affiliation – to the lowest qualified bidders. ABC members believe free enterprise does not exist when unfair constraints are placed on merit contractors by the government or organized labor.

These principle beliefs translate into a healthy, productive, competitive and professional climate, the results of which are proudly reflected in ABC members’ construction accomplishments. ABC members represent all specialties within the construction industry and perform work in the commercial and industrial sectors. ABC members build office buildings, schools, hotels, hospitals, manufacturing facilities, roads, highways, power plants and much more.

From its modest start back in 1950, ABC has enjoyed a growing membership, now totaling more than 22,000 firms nationally and more than 880 companies in the Wisconsin Chapter, each dedicated to free enterprise principles. Wisconsin is the largest of 70 chapters. Merit shop contractors perform more than 80 percent of all construction in the U.S., with better than 8 in 10 workers choosing not to belong to organized labor.

ABC of Wisconsin provides a wide range of relevant services to members. These services include apprenticeship programs for 12 trades and 1,500 apprentices, legislative representation, policy advocacy, construction education, safety training, management education, group buying programs, business development and networking. Learn more at

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