The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas held their 10th annual Hard Hat Day in Raleigh on April 19.
House Speaker Tim Moore, Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland and members of the North Carolina General Assembly were welcomed to the Museum of Natural Sciences for the annual event.
Each year, ABC of the Carolinas hosts roughly 100 members – consisting of general contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, attorneys, and construction industry professionals to the state house for it’s advocacy day. ABC of the Carolinas represents the interest of merit shop contractors and its employees in the protection and enhancement of the free enterprise system within the construction industry.
Members gathered for a luncheon and legislative briefing prior to meeting in teams with local leaders to discuss issues impacting construction here in our state. The group was also provided with a unique opportunity for folk to watch active sessions in both the House and Senate chambers.
“We look forward to this event every year,” said a participant. “It really gives our guys a chance to understand the legislative and political process. It also allows our membership a chance to advocate for themselves and their business as well as the industry”
“ABC of the Carolinas’ has long supported business-friendly legislators who appreciate the importance of free enterprise and open competition throughout the commercial construction industry. I would like to thank this year’s attendees for continuing to fight for those principles”, said Chris Bullard, ABC Carolinas’ director of government affairs.
ABC members strongly believe in their right to manage their companies and job sites free of coercion and artificial restraints. They also believe that workers should be hired and paid on the basis of individual merit, that contracts should be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, and that the continuation of craft and safety training is the life blood of our industry.