About Us

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association for the construction industry which actively promotes the merit shop form of construction. From a modest start by six Baltimore contractors in 1950, ABC has enjoyed a growing membership, now totaling more than 21,000 firms nationally, each dedicated to the principles of free enterprise. These beliefs translate into a healthy, competitive and professional climate, the results of which are proudly reflected in ABC member’s construction accomplishments. ABC is the fastest-growing construction trade association in the country because ABC supports the sound merit shop philosophy at the heart of the free enterprise system. The merit shop is a force for the economy and efficiency in construction, regardless of organizational affiliation. The merit shop is union and open shop firms working side-by-side, free of interference, providing on-time, on-budget construction with safety, quality and cost effectiveness as our goal. ABC’s pursuit of free enterprise in construction has set the standard for all other associations to follow.

Throughout the country, ABC is an effective force in business development, education, labor relations and industry legislation. ABC is comprised of general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and associates who believe in the merit shop form of construction. Today, merit shop contractors perform over 70 percent of all construction nationwide.

The Year in Review  tells ABC’s story as the leading voice for merit shop construction, describing our accomplishments in helping members win work, develop people and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of our communities.