2015 Craft Championships winners!

January 24, 2015

The competition was awesome!!  Job well done to all who competed!  We’re happy to announce the winners of Saturday’s competition (listed below).  All first place winners will be representing ABC So-Cal at the 2015 National competition in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 3-6, 2015.  We are also pleased to announce that for the 2nd time, we will also be sending the 2nd place Plumbing Winner to Nationals.  Best of luck! 

Electrical Residential/Commercial Competition
3rd place - James Lindsley, Colonial Electric 
2nd place - Matthew Haley, Stronghold Engineering
1st place winner - Aaron Velasquez, Sunwest Electric

Electrical Industrial/Commercial Competition
3rd place - Jason Barteske, Ironwood Electric 
2nd place - Stephen Manley, Champion Electric
1st place winner - Erik Terkelsen, Vector Resources 

Plumbing Unilateral Apprenticeship Competition
3rd place - Michael Donally
2nd place - Bryan Weaver, Warren Weaver 
1st place winner - Matthew Elliott

Installation & Awards Dinner
Thursday, February 5, 2015

This year's event will again be held at the Richard Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda.  If you joined us last year, you remember what a fabulous night it was!

We'll start the evening off at 5:00 PM with an EXCLUSIVE ABC self-guided Library tour, networking (no host bar) & the exciting 'ABC Bucks Silent Auction', followed by an elegant dinner and the Installation & Awards part of the program.  Plan on joining us, we look forward to spending the evening with you!  Event flyer....
Compliance alert: Health care provisions effective in 2015 — are you prepared? 

Important Affordable Care Act implementation and enforcement deadlines — such as for the employer mandate ("pay or play") and information reporting requirements — are approaching quickly. Make sure you are prepared by taking advantage of the resources Associated Builders and Contractors is offering, including a recent webinar on how these complex ACA requirements could impact your company in 2015. Click HERE for entire article.
NLCAA approved to be a Test Technician Certified Provider

The 2013 revisions to California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (in the California Building Standards Code, California Code of Regulations, Title 24) include new requirements for commercial buildings to reduce electricity use through lighting controls.  This is being accomplished through the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP).

Starting January 2015, NLCAA will be conducting Acceptance Test Technician Certification classes on the fourth  week of the month. Acceptance Test Technician classes will be held Tuesday through Thursday, and Employer certification course will be held that Friday. 

A Merit Shop organization, the National Lighting Contractors Association of America (NLCAA), was approved in November 2014 by the California Energy Commission as an Acceptance Test Technician Certified Provider.  This will allow NLCAA to train and certify field technicians and employers on the Building Energy Efficiency Standards lighting control acceptance tests.  Visit our information page HERE.

ALERT! SB 854 - What You Need to Know About the New Registration Program for Public Works Contractors

....."SB 854 began as a simple change in how compliance and project monitoring will be funded but has a much broader application."  Open the pdf file HERE.
Workforce Development Conference & Natl Craft Championships
March 3 - 6, 2015, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Be a part of one of the biggest events of the year!  Numerous educational modules for all members, professional development and best practices, National Craft Championships and the recognition of the Excellence in Construction award winners will all be a part of this power packed event!

Just Announced! John Ratzenberger is joining us as our Keynote Speaker on Wednesday, March 4!  

Join us in hearing from John Ratzenberger, a multi-Emmy-nominated actor and accomplished screenwriter, director, producer and author, John Ratzenberger may be best known for playing mail carrier Cliff Clavin on the long-running NBC sitcom “Cheers.”

Though never a postman in real life, he worked as a journeyman carpenter, archery instructor and oyster boat crewman. He created and starred in the Travel Channel series “Made in America,” which highlighted U.S.-made goods and workers. He is passionate about how important it is for this country to recognize the need for, and to provide the training to produce skilled laborers.  Register HERE!
ABC So-Cal instructor recognized as ABC National Craft Professional of the Year Award, wins new pickup

Congratulations go out to our very own Robert Stuart, the winner of the ABC National Craft Professional of the Year Award. Stuart won a 2014 Ram Tradesman truck and a trophy, and was featured in an article in Construction Executive magazine, press coverage in ABC national outlets and a video was featured on the CPOY website. Stuart additionally is the first person to win both this prestigious award and the ABC National Craft Instructor of the Year Award.


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Craft Championship Sponsors

We'd like to give a warm and heartfelt 'thank you' to our fantastic sponsors for the upcoming Craft Championship event!!  We couldn't do it without you!

Champion Electric, Inc.,  Christian Brothers Mechanical Services, Inc., Colonial Electric, Inc., Electro Tec Electrical Contractors, Inc., Ironwood Electric, Inc., LCS Constructors, Inc., Mammoth Electric, Inc., Orange Electrical Contractors, Inc., Pacific Rim Mechanical Contractors, Pro-Craft Construction, Inc., RDM Electric, Inc., Stronghold Engineering, Inc., Sunwest Electric, Inc., Tutton Insurance Services, Inc.