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ABC of Wisconsin breaks membership record in 2018

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin set an all-time membership record in 2018, having nearly 900 contractors and industry professionals joining or renewing their memberships.

The ABC of Wisconsin now counts 881 contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and construction-related professionals among its ranks. The ABC of Wisconsin’s previously set this sort of record when it counted 880 members in 2000. The group also notched its best membership-renewal rate ever in 2018; 92.3 percent of the companies in the trades group returned this year.

“We are especially pleased to have reached this new milestone,” said John Mielke, president of ABC of Wisconsin. “This organization’s strength comes from its members, who provide the means for a wide range of relevant services, which in turn promote retention and growth.”

The ABC of Wisconsin’s apprenticeship program, started in 1987, also set records this year; 400 new contracted apprentices enrolled and more than 1,450 people, representing 12 construction trades, took part.

The ABC of Wisconsin is the largest of the 70 ABC chapters in the country. Nationwide, the group represents more than 21,000 members and supports what are known as merit practices and policies for the industry. These are meant to encourage open competition, the free enterprise system and rewarding workers and awarding projects according to their talents and performance.

The ABC of Wisconsin was started in the Fox Valley area in 1972 and has since moved its headquarters to Madison. The group employs a staff of 21 and offers networking opportunities, an apprenticeship program and other services to its members.

About Nate Beck, nbeck@dailyreporter.com

Nate Beck is The Daily Reporter's construction staff writer. He can be reached at (414) 225-1814 (office) or 414-388-5635 (mobile).

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