Associated Builders and Contractors Congratulates National Craft Champions
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 9– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the winners of the 29th annual National Craft Championships during the Careers in Construction awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ceremony took place March 4 at the conclusion of ABC’s Workforce Week.
“The dedication to top-notch construction, quality craftsmanship and world-class safety exhibited by this year’s champions is truly impressive,” said 2016 ABC National Chair David Chapin, president of Willmar Electric Service, Lincoln, Neb. “With the workforce shortage facing the construction industry, each of this year’s competitors will play an important role in the future of merit shop construction. Our member companies are fortunate to employ such skilled craftsmen and women.”
The National Craft Championships featured a field of more than 200 craft professionals competing for top honors in 15 competitions across 13 crafts. Competitors first took an intense, two-hour written exam and then competed in daylong hands-on practical performance test.
The competition was developed in 1987 to help celebrate and recognize craft training in construction careers. Each year the competition draws some of the nation’s most talented craft professionals and highlights the important role that craft skills training plays in the construction industry. The National Craft Championships Committee, which is composed of leading merit shop construction firms, plans all year for the two-day competition.
A list of the winners is available on ABC’s website.