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November 2015
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11/4 -  Aerial and Fork Lift training  
8:00am - 2:00pm
Concord, NH
Dennis Richardson, WD Matthews

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11/11 & 11/18
OSHA 10 Hr - Portsmouth
8:00am - 1:00pm
Portsmouth, NH
Jay Fitzpatrick, Worksafe New England.

11/19 - Begins
Super: Planning and Scheduling 
3:30pm - 6:00pm
Concord, NH
Peter Swislosky, Granite Roots Construction

11/23 & 30
Project Management Primer 
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Concord, NH
Charles Frampton, Westvale Consulting

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That's right, once each month ABC Board members meet, listen to reports on chapter and industry activity, discuss, comment, make recommendations, vote on policy decisions and interact with industry peers at a level that is not available anywhere but as a member of ABC's Board of Directors. They are active, engaged, focused on results and having a little fun. The personal and professional growth opportunities realized from participating on the ABC Board are documented and invaluable.

Currently, the chapter nominations process for the 2016 Board of Directors is underway. Through the natural progression of chapter leadership, a couple of Board vacancies are available. It is important the Nominations Committee makes members aware of the nominations process and requests any member who may be interested in serving on ABC's Board of Directors to contact the Chapter Office. We will provide further information with details about the process and the commitment and responsibilities to interested members. If you would like information about participation as an ABC leader, click here. Your interest in leadership will be appreciated and is important to the continued success of ABC.


The NH/VT ABC Chapter is now collecting data for its annual Wage & Benefit Survey. The survey can be completed online this year; it is very user friendly and a quick easy process! Click here to complete the survey and please help ABC help you by participating. If you are not the correct company contact to complete the survey, please forward the survey to the correct contact. If you would like a copy of last year's survey results please contact the NH/VT Chapter office.
This anonymous survey is the only one of its kind available in our area. The survey data is extremely important to members' efforts to understand current wage and benefit practices and to maintain competitive practices to attract and retain quality employees. In addition to ABC Members, the results are made available to owners who may be purchasing construction services and are subjected to union campaigns that include inaccurate statements about merit shop wage and benefit practices. The survey results provide factual data to counter the anecdotal references made by union representatives.  The survey results are also used in the legislative arena and other public policy decision making forums to provide documented evidence of the wage and benefit practices of merit shop contractors.

Reminder, the US Department of Labor is conducting a survey of Building and Heavy construction projects active and on going between 4/1/14 and 3/31/15 in the state of New Hampshire. Any project with a value of $2000 or more, public or private is included. The data must be submitted by 2/5/16. The electronic form is available by clicking here Hard copies may be obtained by contacting ABC. PLEASE, if you would like assistance completing the forms contact the ABC NH/VT Chapter office. 
As stated in a previous communication to ABC members, when establishing prevailing wage rates and fringe amounts for a county, if the total of all survey forms received by the Federal Department of Labor result in data for 6 or more employees in a classification (i.e. carpenter) and the data is from 3 or more companies on private (not federal prevailing wage) projects, then that is the data used to determine the wage and fringe amounts. If the Federal Department of Labor receives data below the 6 and 3 threshold, they will include any data submitted from federal prevailing wage projects. In other words, the amount of data needed to influence the use of private projects and to influence the wage and fringe amounts for prevailing wage projects is not very great. YOUR SURVEY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
It is also worth noting that if 51% or more of submitted wage and fringe data for a classification is the same to the penny, that becomes the wage and fringe amount for that classification. The only data that is the same to the penny is data submitted for union contractors/projects by their respective union (collective bargaining agreements). Again, YOUR SURVEY INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE. If you do not submit and contribute to the data, you may be enabling a union majority of survey forms and unrealistic, not truly prevailing, rates and fringe benefit amounts.


ABC members and other industry professionals gathered together at the 2015 Fall Business Development event, featuring the 16th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony, Thursday, October 22nd, at the Capitol Center for the Arts, in Concord NH. All attendees enjoyed a festive reception and great networking following the annual awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners!
Click Here to view the list of Winners and Sponsors.

Congratulations to Turnstone Corporation for winning the 2015 Chairman's Award!

2015 Excellence in Construction Chairman's Award Winner
2015 Excellence in Construction Chairman's Award Winner

now available 2016 Premier Sponsorship Opportunities

Premier Sponsors are recognized at EVERY ABC NH/VT Event

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Premier Sponsorship gets you access to print and digital formats so you can reach a diverse and industry-specific audience and build your brand while supporting the association.

We thank you in advance for your unwavering support of the Merit Shop industry.

2015 HOLIDAY EVENT - featuring Casino Night and Texas Hold 'Em Tournament

Thursday December, 3rd
Radisson Hotel - 700 Elm St. Manchester NH

5:00 PM -
Registration & Reception
6:00 PM -
Gaming tables open / Hold 'Em Tournament begins

Cost: (2 event tickets to choose from)

1) Casino Night - $50 per person
  • $2,000 in Casino Chips for gaming tables
  • Casino Games (craps, deluxe roulette, black jack, and many more...)
  • Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres / Cash Bar
  • Two (2) Raffle tickets for evening drawing of Premium Prizes
2) Texas Hold 'Em Tournament plus Casino Night - $100 per person (limited to 50 players) sponsored by the ABC Young Professionals Group (YPG)

Includes everything from Casino Night plus...
  • $5,000 in poker chips for Texas Hold 'Em Tournament
  • No limit betting
  • Premium Prizes for top four tournament winners

Click here to register online

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association representing more than 24,000 merit shop construction and construction related firms in 70 chapters across the United States. For more info, email:

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