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ABC Rocky Mountain’s history
ABC Rocky Mountain (ABC RMC) has been a leader in the industry since our chapter formation in 1975.  Protecting and promoting the merit shop philosophy has been a cornerstone of our existence from the outset. ABC continues to be a leader in the industry, protecting and defending your company’s right to run your business as you see fit, unencumbered by government. 

From our very beginning, ABC has been, and will continue to be, the premier construction association promoting and protecting the principles of open competition and free enterprise.  From our humble beginnings, ABC RMC has evolved into the leading organization representing the merit shop construction industry in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Chapter became a statewide chapter in 2013 and now represents merit shop contractors and our industry partners throughout the entire state of Colorado.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 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 philosophy, within time making ABC the fastest growing association in the United States. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America's business community and the merit shop construction industry.

To read more about ABC's goals for the coming years, view the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan.

To read more about what ABC accomplished in 2017, view the Year in Review.