Midland, Michigan, September 2016 –ABC Greater Michigan Chapter held its annual award presentation event last night at the H Hotel, downtown Midland. The chapter was proud to announce the member companies that won the 2016 Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards. STEP recognizes ABC member companies who consistently excel in the field of safety, but more importantly it provides an evaluation tool to help identify areas to improve a company’s safety program. 

Rich Wells, President of Michigan Operations; The Dow Chemical Company assisted in the presenting the awards to the contractor companies. The following ABC Greater Michigan Chapter member companies received awards in the following categories:

Diamond
Alloy Construction
Bay Aggregate
Blasy Electric
G.E. Insulation Co.
RCL Construction

Platinum
Architectural Metals
Fisher Sand & Gravel
Three Rivers Corporation
Windemuller Electric

Gold
Answer Heating & Cooling
Fisher Contracting
J.E. Johnson, Inc.
Lake Painting
Magnum Construction
Pyramid Control
Sugar Construction
The Tancor Corporation
Valley Electrical Contractors
Wolgast Corporation

Silver
A/C Electric
Central Concrete
Consolidated Electrical Contractors
Joseph M. Day Company

Bronze
Albin Hengesbach Custom Cabinetry

The highest honor recognizing a safety program that demonstrates the highest commitment is the diamond-level. These companies must have an incident rate at least 50% below the National Bureau of Labor Statistics average in their particular NAICS code for the current year and each of the past two consecutive years and have an EMR (or “mod factor”) at or below 0.700 (0.800 for companies under 100 employees).

In addition to the STEP award presentation the 2016 ABC/GMC Safety Leader Award was presented. The recipient, Pete Crawford of Alloy Construction Services was recognized for his leadership in leading Alloy to 9 years OSHA free and counting!

NEW to the event this year were the Excellence In Construction (EIC) award presentations. A staple for chapters across the country, EIC recognizes the outstanding projects, craftsmanship and work that that member companies do. Projects were submitted in a variety of categories. The following awards were presented:

New Construction Under $1 Million:
Wolgast Corporation
PROJECT: NBS Commercial Interiors

New Construction Over $10 Million:
Three Rivers Corporation
PROJECT: MidMichigan Health Gerstaker Building

Addition/Renovation $1-5 Million:
Wolgast Corporation
PROJECT: Michigan Brand Meats

Electrical:
Consolidated Electrical Contractors
PROJECT: Consumers Energy Innovation Center

Other awards presented during the event were:

Founders Award for an individual that best exemplifies the philosophy of The Association of Builders and Contractors over a period of time
in the advocacy of both Merit Shop and Workforce Training.  
Recipient: John Bartos

Champion of Free Enterprise award for outstanding contributions into insuring that Free Enterprise continues to exist to this day.
Recipients: Gary Elza, G.E. Insulation and Brian Stadler, Wolgast Corporation

ABC Cares award for using the skilled trades to give back to the community.
Recipient: Corey Hannahs, Consolidated Electrical Contractors for starting a training program for homeless individuals in the Lansing area.

Giving for the Future award
for outstanding support of the chapter and training initiatives
Recipient: Chelsea Lumber

Top Worker’s Compensation Producer award for highest level of new members into the ABC Self-Insured worker’s compensation fund
Recipient: Walton Insurance Group

We congratulate all of the individuals and companies who were recognized for their outstanding leadership, safety practices and construction work that make our Chapter great! 

For photos of the evenings awards and recipients please see the ABC Greater Michigan Chapter Facebook page or contact Rebecca Kaiser at rkaiser@abcgmc.org

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) is a national trade association with 22,000 members representing more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 72 chapters help members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. You can learn about ABC National at www.abc.org.  ABC Greater Michigan Chapter serves a membership spanning 23 counties. ABC/GMC provides craft and professional education, up-to-date industry communication, legislative representation, as well as affinity programs and packages. For more information
contact us at 989.832.8879 or www.abcgmc.org.