Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. is committed to hiring vets

Elizabeth Howe
January 23, 2019 - 12:45 pm

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Our Employer of the Week series features one company each week that has made a commitment to hiring and supporting veterans. This week’s employer is Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

ABC is an industrial construction trade organization that represents roughly 21,000 member companies across America. 18,000 of those companies are construction companies, and the rest support the construction industry. The company operates through 69 chapters across the country — and all of those chapters want to bring in veteran talent. 

"We do that through a series of initiatives both formal and informal at chapter level, and we've also got some members, larger contractors, that deal directly with the Department of Defense," said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of workforce development. 

For example, KBR, a Houston-based global government contractor, offers a four-month pipefitting training program for active duty military in transition at Fort Polk. The program will graduate its fifth cohort of soldiers in 2018.

Jacobs, a Dallas-based construction service, developed a pre-hire training program called Jacobs JumpStart. This program provides 45 hours of free training to prepare participants to enter the world of industrial construction and maintenance.

These are just two of the programs and initiatives run through ABC's chapters to support veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. Veterans can find more by using ABC's chapter locator to find the nearest chapter location.

"I think it's important to understand that we're committed to veterans like every other American on the planet should be because it's first and foremost the right thing to do," said Sizemore. "In addition to that, the military provides a ready pipeline for us to tap into with young men, young women, seasoned men, seasoned women, that are transitioning out with lifelong learning experiences that for the most part match well with our industry."

For more information and job opportunities, visit ABC's careers page

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