ABC Merit Shop Philosophy


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Who We Are

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association representing 21,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 70 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.


Our Mission

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.


Our Objective

To provide 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
  • National & chapter awards programs
  • Employee benefits
  • Information on best practices
  • Business development
  • 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. Their courage and dedication to the merit shop philosophy spread rapidly, and within time, ABC became 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 U.S. construction industry. We look forward to welcoming each of you to our ABC family and to the home of merit shop excellence. Thank you for visiting.

To join the ABC please print and fill out the application below and mail, with payment, to:

ABC New Jersey chapter

100 Gaither Drive, Suite C
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
p: (856) 437-4130




Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing more than 21,000 members from more than 21,303 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.