Stepping in again as title sponsor of Saturday’s ABC Labor Day Miracle Mile Parade is Associated Builders and Contractors, which views the event as an opportunity to give back to the community.
“We see the parade as a nice way to step forward and say thanks to all of Indiana’s workers and the many small businesses that employ them,” said J.R. Gaylor, president and CEO of ABC’s Indiana/Kentucky chapter.
“We salute the men and women who labor to make all of Indiana a shining beacon of prosperity and hope for the future of this great state. We also honor the products and services that are proudly made in Indiana. Our Hoosier work ethic of innovation, hard work and integrity makes the ‘Made in Indiana’ brand respected throughout the world. And those qualities parallel ABC’s beliefs in values, integrity and merit performance.
“We’re supporting the Gateway Community Alliance and the Southside in their efforts to present the parade. There is a lot of history on the Southside. It’s wonderful to keep a tradition alive. I bring my grandkids to the parade every year,” boasted Gaylor.
And not only is ABC a huge supporter of the Miracle Mile Parade, it is also Indiana’s merit shop construction industry voice with all branches of federal, state and local governments and the media. The association’s members represent more than 35,000 Hoosier workers who have helped create a bright future for Indiana, said Gaylor.
ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on open competition and a free enterprise approach to the most qualified and responsible low bidders, regardless of labor affiliation.
The courage and dedication of those contractors helped to quickly spread the merit shop philosophy, within time making ABC the fastest-growing association in the United States. Today, the association is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America’s business community and the merit shop construction industry.
The association strives to protect the liberties of every worker, honoring every one in their chosen endeavors, said Gaylor.
ABC is a specialist when it comes to helping companies grow, as noted on its website. “From business leads and construction referrals to green building initiatives and awards programs, ABC offers tools to help its members develop business opportunities and promote company achievements and capabilities to potential clients.”
When small companies have the freedom to run their businesses as they see fit, they prosper and reward their employees for their labor, which makes the economy work for everyone, Gaylor said.
“We also serve as a business resource for our members as we offer apprenticeships, safety and insurance programs,” said Gaylor, adding that members can take advantage of savings on business-to-business services offered through ABC.
The association is a leader in apprenticeship and craft training for merit shop contractors. Through its chapters, ABC delivers programs that equip craft professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to improve their productivity and safety while advancing their careers.