Coronavirus Outbreak – What You Should Know

Amber Ramsey News

ABC Members’ safety and health are our #1 priority We know you have been inundated with information on the coronavirus, so we realize we are not passing along anything new to you. That said, this is probably one area where too much information is probably a good thing. There has …

HMS Insurance Associates, Inc. Offers New Healthcare Plan

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Compliance: Employers are busy with running their business and don’t have the time or perhaps the human resources to ensure their health insurance program is in compliance with evolving federal or state laws and regulations. Offering healthcare is only one aspect but there are several administrative items such as ERISA, ACA, …

Small Business Circle February Newsletter

Amber Ramsey Education, News

New Maryland Minimum Wage Effective 1/1/20 The new Maryland Minimum Wage is $11.00 per hour Some counties and municipalities have higher rates, so check any localities you are working in (Montgomery County, for example) 2020 Federal Mileage Reimbursement Rate The new reimbursement rate for mileage is 57.5 cents per mile, …

ABC and MMCA Join Forces to Stop City PLA

Amber Ramsey Legislative Alerts, News

New video highlighting the many problems with bill. View it HERE. Members from ABC Baltimore and the Maryland Minority Contractors Association are working together to persuade City Council members that legislation that imposes a union-only ‘project labor agreement’ on City projects $15 million and more would have a devastating impact …

Excellence in Construction Winners

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Join us as we celebrate the BEST of merit shop construction at our 2020 Excellence in Construction Awards Ceremony on April 16th 5 to 9 pm at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.  Click HERE to register. For sponsorship information, contact Danielle Hardy at 410-821-0351 ext. 105 or dhardy@abcbaltimore.org). EXCELLENCE WINNERS …

Benchmark Construction Welcomes New Project Manager

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Benchmark Construction Company of Elkridge, PA has hired Cathy Esworthy as a Project Manager. In this role, Ms. Esworthy will oversee the daily operations of select projects in the company’s Maryland market, which includes coordinating field and administrative activities as well as ensuring that all parties involved in the construction …

Maryland Lands Top Five Lowest Unemployment Rate

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ABC’s latest State-Level Construction Unemployment Report came out with an update, in which Maryland is now among the lowest five  unemployment rates in the country. As of February 2020, Maryland’s construction unemployment rate is 2.8%. This means the state is now the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the country. According …

ABC Announces New Fringe Benefit Management System

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ABC is pleased to announce our new Contractors Fringe Benefit Management System. Under this program, our members can manage all of the fringe portion of the scale wage under one management system. Health insurance, vacations, holidays, paid time off (PTO), apprenticeship and retirement will all be managed under one system, …

C4 to Host Gala Fundraiser for Construction Academy

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WBAL NewsRadio host Clarence Mitchell IV, better known as C4, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for ABC’s upcoming Build Baltimore Gala on February 22. Features. Last week, C4 did a promo on his program. Listen to what he had to say HERE! Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available! …

Small Business Circle News

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Here is the ABC Baltimore Small Business Circle monthly newsletter. Please let Verna know if you have any questions, comments, or are interested in joining the group. Davis Bacon Act Report- In 2019 the Department of Labor released a report that identifies prevailing wage concerns Federally contracted work that falls …

Good, But Troubling News on P3 Initiative to Add to I-495

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ABC leaders are in discussion with Hogan Administration officials and legislative leaders over an announcement that a union-only labor pact could be part of an $11 billion expansion of the Capital Beltway. “We’re glad they are moving forward with the project; it’s long overdue. But we can’t help but be …

Apply for the 2020 Women of ABC Scholarship

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The 2020 Women of ABC Scholarship is now available. Women of ABC, a committee of members of Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore has a $2,000 scholarship available for a female high school, trade school or college student planning to pursue construction related fields of study in post-high school education. The …

Wohlsen Welcomes New Superintendent

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Wohlsen Construction Company recently welcomed Travis Heath as a new superintendent to its Maryland/Northern Virginia team. Heath has more than 26 years of experience in the construction industry, having worked on many multi-million-dollar projects throughout the Washington DC and northern Virginia areas. His experience spans a variety of markets including …

Maryland Starts 2020 on a Jobs High Note

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“One of the biggest economic turnarounds in America.” That’s what Governor Larry Hogan called the U.S. Department of Labor’s November jobs data for Maryland, according to WJZ-Baltimore. From August to November 2019, Maryland gained 32,000 jobs, marking the biggest stretch of employment growth since 2010. The state’s unemployment rate also …

Welcome to the New Chair of ABC Baltimore: Mark McDaniel

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On January 1, Mark McDaniel will take the chair’s seat on the board of ABC Baltimore. McDaniel comes to the board leadership role with more than three decades in the construction industry. He began working for NLP, the family’s commercial painting business, as a project engineer in 1988. The company …

ABC’s Construction Education Academy Groundbreaking

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ABC Greater Baltimore’s groundbreaking ceremony for our Construction Education Academy will be held Monday, January 13th at 10 am. We will be moving into our new facility in Spring of 2020 and we could not be more excited to share this journey with everyone. Our work with Project Jumpstart and …

Meet Project JumpStart’s New Director: Jimmy Stewart

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(Kate McShane is seen here last night at a ‘Farewell’ party given in her honor. Her successor, Jimmy Stewart, was introduced as well. He is seen here (left).) Jimmy Stewart is the Project JumpStart has a new director. He took the reins in October, Kate McShane, JumpStart’s longtime director, retired …

Montgomery County Schools Get $1.82 Billion Construction Plan

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Montgomery County schools Superintendent Jack Smith recently released a five-year school construction and infrastructure improvement plan totaling $1.82 billion. The long-range plan includes nine new projects. The school board previously approved the school district’s capital improvements program (CIP) for fiscal years 2021-2026 but can adjust the plan each year. According …

2019 STEP Award Winners

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STEP is a world-class safety management system that dramatically improves safety performance among participants regardless of company size or type of work. Congratulations to the ABC Baltimore members receiving their 2019 STEP Awards. The winners will be honored at ABC’s State of the Industry and Annual Meeting on November 7th. …