About Us

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.

ABC is the merit shop construction industry’s voice with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media.

ABC’s mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. ABC’s objective is to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis through its national office and chapters. ABC’s activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices, and business development through an online contractor search directory.

ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md., to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. The courage and dedication of those seven contractors helped to quickly spread the merit shop. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America’s business community and the merit shop construction industry.


Established in 1962, the ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter represents more than 14,000 merit construction employees who work for approximately 600 member companies and industry partners. The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter has members in the following counties: Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Schuylkill, Pike, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne, Wyoming and Susquehanna. 


To lead the construction industry, guided by the principles of merit construction and free enterprise, while promoting growth in our marketplace and providing the highest level of safety, quality and training to our membership.


Promote the value of merit construction to our legislators, the marketplace and the general public by educating them on the usefulness ABC provides to the construction industry and the importance of free enterprise. Provide cutting-edge knowledge to our members toward developing their workforce en route to becoming leaders in their profession, offering opportunities for growth from within. Offer certified and recognized programs which are vital for our members to train their workers toward building safe and quality projects for their customers. Support our members by providing them with the tools to promote the safety, quality and professionalism on projects that are built by merit construction professionals.

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  • ABC East Norriton Office
  • ABC Allentown Office & Training Center
  • ABC Philadelphia Office & Training Center
  • ABC Hazelton Office