History

History

The Rhode Island Chapter has existed as an independent chapter since 1990. Prior to that time, Rhode Island was part of a combined Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter, and before that was part of the former Yankee Chapter (Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island).

Since becoming its own chapter, Rhode Island has established an apprenticeship school (the Rhode Island Construction Training Academy) (RICTA), represented our members at all levels of government, provided ongoing safety and management training and conducted a number of networking events, i.e., monthly dinner meetings and golf tournaments. In recent years the Rhode Island Chapter's Board of Directors has focused on defeating Project Labor Agreements and unreasonable apprenticeship ratios.

As the Rhode Island Chapter of ABC continues to grow in the number of members, apprentices in our school, and volunteers on our working committees, we intend to build upon the progress we have made over the past 27 years towards providing a voice for free enterprise on behalf of our members, educating the present and future workforce in the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts construction industry, and helping our members attain the highest level of profitability possible.