Project JumpStart Acts as Catalyst for Change in Cincinnati

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ABC Baltimore’s Project JumpStart video with Mike Rowe, was the catalyst for necessary changes and growth in Cincinnati, Ohio. Two years ago, the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency and Ohio Valley Construction Foundation conducted a pilot project to determine if a career readiness program with a focus on the commercial/industrial …

How OSHA’s New Silica Provisions Will Effect Contractors

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New regulations governing silica will result in contractors creating written exposure plans, providing employees with silica risk training, and offering medical exams to exposed workers. OSHA recently made its first revisions regarding crystalline silica rules in over 40 years. According to OSHA, crystalline silica is composed of soil, sand, granite, …

MCN Build/Southway Builders and Mechanical Engineering & Construction Capture ‘Projects of the Year’

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On Thursday night at the Excellence in Construction and Safety Awards, MCN Build/Southway Builders and Mechanical Engineering & Construction Corporation captured Projects of the Year honors for General Contractor and Subcontractor, respectively. MCN Build/Southway Builders won for their work on the Green Street Academy. Mechanical Engineering & Construction was honored …

May Network to Focus on Port Covington

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On Wednesday, May 18th ABC Baltimore is pleased to announce it will host an exclusive member briefing on the upcoming redevelopment of Port Covington by Sagamore Development Company. This briefing will be part of our May Network at Night and will be held at the former bus garage in Port …

Nothing ‘Minimum’ About this Wage Hike

Ally D'Ovidio

Legislation was introduced last week that would increase Baltimore City’s minimum wage by an astounding 81 percent over the next four years. “All we have heard from our elected officials and community leaders the past year ¬â€œ and rightly so ¬â€ is how badly we need to address high unemployment …

Long-time Industry Leader Passes

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Calvin Coblentz Led AGC and Asphalt Association Cal Coblentz, a well-known and respected construction executive, who finished his career in 2005 as the Executive Director for AGC Maryland, died peacefully, this past Saturday. Friends may call at Peaceful Alternatives; 2325 York Road; Timonium MD 21093 on Thursday, April 14, from …

The Revitalization of Baltimore

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Putting the “Charm” back into Charm City Last week, the General Assembly passed a series of bills designed to help improve lives in low-income areas of the state. HB 686 and SB 559 are two larger bills, supported by Baltimore City legislators. Del. Peter Hammen, D-Baltimore City, and Sen. Bill …

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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The WABC (Women of ABC) Committee is collecting professional women’s clothing for their annual Women’s Empowerment Day to be held at My Sister’s Place Women’s Center. Click on this flyer for drop-off locations and information.

ABC Mourns the Passing of Albert Marani, Founder, A.R. Marani, Inc.

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Albert R. Marani, who nearly 25 years ago launched one of the most enduring commercial contracting companies in the area, passed away suddenly, March 2. A graduate of Baltimore Polytechnical Institute, Mr. Marani went on to study engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Before joining Lawrence Construction Company, Mr. Marani …

Inaugural ‘Build Baltimore Gala’
Nets $40k

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Proceeds to help create ‘Kick-Start’ program for younger participants Mike Rowe and his team did a whole lot more for Project JumpStart than “just” serve as our keynote speaker at the Build Baltimore Gala. He also donated his time and talents and that of his film crew to create for …

ABC Member Firms Honored Nationally

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Last week, two ABC Baltimore member firms were awarded National Diversity Excellence Awards for their commitment to “making diversity a business priority.” Among those honored were Hensel Phelps, and Mechanical Engineering and Construction Corporation. The awards were given as part of ABC National’s 26th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards, held …

Apprentices from CAM & Miles to Represent ABC Baltimore at Craft Championships

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NATIONAL CRAFT CHAMPIONSHIPS Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Mar. 1-4 Fourth-year apprentices Charles Lapp and Tyler Williams will represent ABC Baltimore at the National Craft Championships, held this year March 1-4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Lapp, a carpenter with CAM Construction Company and Williams, an electrician with Miles Electric, won their respective …

Over 150 Companies have Hired Jumpstart Graduates

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A&K Electrical Services Aegis Mechanical Alarm Tech Solutions Allan Myers Archer Western Contractors Ariosa & Company Athena Construction B. Frank Joy Baldwin Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Ben Lewis Plumbing Benfield Electric Bob Andrews Construction BoMark Electric C&H Mechanical C.L. McCoy Framing Cain Contracting Calvert Mechanical Carter Site Services, Inc. Centerline Construction …

Project JumpStart Turns 10

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A decade of changing lives, and changing Baltimore By Rita Colorito In 2006, before Maryland and the nation plunged into a steep recession, the future looked bright. The construction industry was booming in the Baltimore Metro area. Johns Hopkins broke ground on its Science and Technology Park, part of a …

2016 ABC Baltimore Board of Directors

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In accordance with the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter’s Bylaws, Article IV, A.6A, the Chapter’s Nominating Committee herewith tenders the following slate of Officers and Directors for 2016. OFFICERS BOARD CHAIR: Matthew Bolyard, Southway Builders (general contractor) 1st VICE CHAIR: Mark McDaniel, NLP Enterprises, Inc. (specialty contractor) 2nd VICE CHAIR: Vic Victoriano, …

THANK YOU MEMBERS! Unprecedented Support for ‘Build Baltimore’ Gala!

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Skillforce Takes Lead Sponsorship In the frenzied weeks leading up to Christmas, ABC members and strategic partners donated over $85,000 toward the 10th Anniversary celebration of Project JumpStart, ABC’s pre-apprenticeship program based in Baltimore City. “We are overwhelmed with the support we are seeing from our members,” said incoming ABC …