Your Member Liaison | P: 712-898-0083 | E:
At the January board meeting, we installed new officers, welcomed new members to the board and thanked outgoing leadership for a job well done.
Outgoing Board Members
We are all busy and have many commitments when it comes to our work, family and community obligations. ABC of Iowa is appreciative of the hard work and dedication that these outgoing board members have given to our organization during their tenure. The commitment they have shown to ABC has set our association’s course for years to come and helped us weather immediate challenges. Please join me in thanking them for their service.
(L to R): Chad Houston of Kruck Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc., Tom Proctor of Proctor Mechanical Corp. and Jim Higley, formerly of Interstates.
Incoming Board Members
We are also excited to welcome new faces to the board of directors and in leadership roles. This group will help ABC of Iowa as we continue on a successful path and chart an even brighter future.
(L to R): Curtis Pike, HPC, LLC and Roger Cannoy, Interstates.
Please feel to reach out to them, or any members of our board, with questions, concerns or ideas you may have.
2021 Officers
(L to R): Board Chairman, Loren Field of Younglove Construction L.L.C.; Vice Chairman, Jim Ellis of Price Electric;
Treasurer, Mike McCoy of ACI Mechanical, Inc.; Immediate Past Chairman, Kent Meyn of ACI Mechanical, Inc.
Help Promote Contractor Participation
in ABC's CBI/CCI Survey
All ABC of Iowa contractor members will receive the monthly Construction Backlog Indicator/Construction Confidence Survey in their inboxes on Feb. 22. We encourage you to respond and help us understand the market forces that are shaping the construction outlook for the coming months.
Ginny Shindelar, VP of Education and Training Services
P: 515-985-1175 | E:
Daytime Winter Classes Begin
We were happy to recently begin our in-person, daytime winter classes. Thank you to the employers, students and instructors for working with us to offer a safe and productive environment for apprentices to continue their hands-on learning.
Craft Championships Update
One of the highlights of the year for the education team is planning our annual Craft Championships that typically take place in December. Apprentices qualify for our state competition through exemplary scores on a written test. Then they compete at our state competition – in the areas of electrical, HVAC, plumbing and sheet metal – for a chance to go to the national competition.
Both the state and national competitions were called off this year due to the safety concerns surrounding COVID, but we know how hard these students have worked to be the best of the best so we still wanted to recognize those who qualified for this year’s state competition.

Jared Harridge, Membership Director
P: 515-681-5620 | E:
Excellence in Construction 2021 is ON
The competition has opened for our 2021 Excellence in Construction Awards. This is an opportunity for contractor members to compete for honors in our annual premier awards program. Do not delay, all information must be completed by Feb. 26th.
Thank You
Thank you to those who have renewed your 2021 ABC of Iowa membership. If you have questions about your membership or know a company that you would like to refer, please reach out to Jared quickly so contractors can take advantage of their full ABC of Iowa membership.
Welcome New Members!
ABC of Iowa would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest 2021 members:

  • Dassie Plastering & Drywall, LLC., Le Claire, IA
  • Halbur Enterprises, Inc., Halbur, IA
  • Huseman Electric LLC., Dubuque IA
  • Lohrmann Electric, Carroll IA
  • Porter Plumbing, LLC, Norwalk IA
  • Pure Light Power, Urbandale, IA
  • Read Plumbing, LLC., Ames, IA
  • The Accel Group, West Des Moines, IA
Rich Formanek, Safety Director
P: 515-681-1542 | E:
Our alliance with OSHA has many benefits for members throughout the year, including an upcoming Recordkeeping Webinar presented by Chris Downs, Iowa OSHA Consultation & Education and OSHA 10-Hour Courses in Hiawatha and Grimes.

This year, ABC of Iowa has created a new Safety Award of Excellence which is presented to the contractor who demonstrates safety excellence through company programs, employee training, pre-work planning, and safe work practices. Contractors must be STEP participants.

COVID-19 Guidance from OSHA
On January 29, OSHA posted additional guidance on COVID-19 for employers and workers in settings (outside of healthcare and emergency response) in response to President Biden’s executive order. In this guidance, OSHA discusses distancing, use of face coverings, and implementation of COVID-19 prevention programs. We have summarized the COVID-19 prevention program guidelines in this document. 

To read the OSHA guidance update in its entirety, click HERE.

Additionally, you may find OSHA COVID-19 guidance for construction work HERE.
Michelle McKinney, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
P: 515-985-1164 | E:
So That Heroes Can Be Heroes
“Construction professionals are working around the clock to build the places, create the products and meet the needs so that heroes can be heroes.”
Waukee APEX
Wakuee APEX students’ Virtual Showcase event by highlighting projects in their Construction Leadership course. We were happy to partner with these students. Learn more.
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Monthly Member News - Jan/Feb 2021 | Questions? - Call 515-985-1160