NWCOC was founded by four trade industry partners who recognized the workforce shortage was a challenge bigger than one company or one association could tackle on its own. By combining our efforts and resources, we can recruit and train the next generation of contractors.
We work with many organizations in achieving our goal of educating the future generations of construction craft professionals.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Pacific Northwest Chapter
Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (HBA)
Associated General Contractors (AGC)
Northwest Utility Contractors Association (NWUCA) of Oregon & Southwest Washington
A national association representing 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 79 chapters across the United States. 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 of the industry.
- ABC is the 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.
- Through its national office and chapters, ABC’s objective is to provide its members with an organization to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis.
- 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, Maryland. 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. Their courage and dedication to the merit shop philosophy spread rapidly, and within time, ABC became the fastest-growing association in the United States.