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November 18, 2016

Sonny Telford wins ABC Charter Cup for 2016

Each year, ABC Delaware honors the ABC contractor member who exemplifies the true meaning of the Merit Shop philosophy and has contributed most to the success of the association. This year’s winner is Sonny Telford of Sobieski Life Safety.

Sonny has always supported ABC’s efforts to protect free enterprise and open competition in Delaware.  He served on the ABC Delaware Board of Directors for six years, 2005-2010.
He and his company have shown outstanding personal and corporate commitment to our association, and his company has been a yearly recipient of the ABC Safety Training Evaluation while he is a regular attendee at all ABC events. The company has also been a constant supporter through sponsorships, event participation or community service projects.

Sonny has been a member of the ABC Legislative/Legal Rights Committee, Membership Committee and Partnering Committee which promotes a mutual understanding and resolution of issues common to contractors, design professionals and owners. Sonny has been a strong supporter and contributor of both our local and national Political Action Committee which helps elect pro-merit shop ­legislators. He is an individual that truly embodies the spirit of ABC.

ABC Delaware Chairman Tom Dilley (left) presents Sonny Telford with the 2016 Charter Cup.

Dobson awarded Associate/Supplier of the Year

ABC Delaware is pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the Associate/Supplier of the year is Frank Dobson of Dobson Associates. The award is given to the individual that has made a significant contribution to the association through committee involvement and sponsorship of ABC events.

Frank has committed countless hours of his time to ABC. Frank is a past chair of the ABC Safety, Health & Wellness committee, and has been involved in the subcommittee to review applications for the National Safety, Training, Evaluation and Process awards. He has also served as an instructor for many ABC safety classes throughout the years and currently serves on the Events Committee as the Golf Outing Chairman

Frank is always willing to give his time to ABC community service projects throughout the year. His company Dobson Associates has been a great supporter of ABC through sponsorships and meeting participation.

ABC Delaware Chairman Tom Dilley congratulates Associate/Supplier of the Year Frank Dobson (right).

Mike Horsey awarded Adams Cup for member recruitment

Each year ABC Delaware recognizes the member who recruits the most new members in a calendar year.  It is named after Past ABC Delaware Chair and ABC National Chair, Ken Adams of PACE Services.

This year’s winner is Mike Horsey of Common Sense Solutions. Mike is a first time Adams Cup recipient. In the past 10 months he has recruited five new members to our association. During his tenure with ABC, he has recruited 10 members to the organization.

ABC Delaware Chairman Tom Dilley (left) and past Chairman Ken Adams, for whom the cup is named (right), present Mike Horsey with the Adams Cup.

ABC presents 31 Excellence In Construction awards 

The ABC Delaware Annual Awards Dinner was held November 17 in Wilmington, honoring individuals for their contributions to the association, as well as the best of the best in the building industry. This year, there were 31 awards presented to 22 companies for their projects in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

"These projects recognized as the 'Best of the Best' in the construction industry, by judges are non-ABC Delaware members, and represent a cross section of the industry," said ABC Delaware President Ed Capodanno. "Congratulations to all the winners and the other member companies who worked on these projects. We truly build more than 85% of our community."

The Excellence Winners:
A & H Metals Delaware Tech Courtyard Renovation
Bancroft Construction Girl Scouts Northern Resource Center
BPGS The Philadelphia Union Training Facility
Corrado Construction University of Delaware South Academy Residence Hall Utility
County Inuslation M Davis Skid Phillips 66 Hyrogen Recovery Unit
GFP Cement Crozer Ambulatory Care Center - Linear Accelerator Concrete Vault
GG +A Brew HaHa Café Greenville
GG +A 58 East Main Street Plaza
Nickle Electrical SevOne
Nowland Associates Chateau BuDe Winery Production Building
Ralph G. Degli Obizzi & Sons Summit Assisted Living Facility
RC Fabricators Johns Hopkins University San Martin Drive Pedestrian Bridge
Service Unlimited McGrory Glass - Plant AC & Dehumidification
The Tri-M Group The Guardian Life Insurace Building
Wayman Fire Protection Sugar House Casino
Wohlsen Construction The Rockford Center Children's Addition
Wohlsen Construction Mears Medical Office Building

The Merit Winners:
A & H Metals AIG 600 North King Street
Assurance Media Positive Outcomes Charter School
Bancroft Construction STAR Incubator Lab Fit-Out
BPGS Market Street Willage
BPGS The Mill
County Group Companies Tri-Supply & Equipment Asbestos Abatement
EDiS Delaware History Museum Renovation & Expansion
George & Lynch DelDOT Bridgeville Maintenance Yard Development
Nickle Electrical Salisbury University Sea Gull Stadium 
Nowland Associates Wilmington Friends School Classroom Addition & Library Renovation
Ralph G. Degli Obizzi & Sons Beebe Healthcare School of Nursing
Richard Y. Johnson Lewes Public Library
SC & A AZ FOC South Wing Upgrades & Renovations
Wohlsen Construction Westminster Village Dover
Worth & Company AIG 600 North King Street

Honorable Mention

  • Bancroft Construction-University of Delaware Center for Biomedical & Brain Imaging
  • County Group Companies-DART  Building 15
  • DiSabatino Construction-Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • SC & A Construction-The Rice Restaurant
  • Spacecon-Wilmington Hospital 8th ACE Unit
  • Wohlsen Construction--AIG Building

ABC Mud Cup returns to GI Janes from Nickle Electrical

This year ABC Delaware had 31 teams participate in the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware's annual Mud Run. And ABC teams raised over $21,000. 

Each year one ABC team is selected as the recipient of the Mud Cup. The cup is given to the team shows great teamwork, fundraising and costume.

For the second year, this year’s winner is the GI Janes team from Nickle Electrical consisting of Kelly Dignan, Chris Opdenaker, Brendan Cale and Jennifer Wardell.  If your company is interested in having a team participate in the Mud Run next year, please call the ABC office.

The Mud Cup presentation (left to right): Todd Roselle co-founder of the Mud Run, ABCares Chair Sallie Ann Conner, Team GI Janes members Brenden Cale and Chris Opdenaker, last year's team members Laura Massimini and Debbie Dignan, and ABC Delaware Chairman Tom Dilley.

M. Davis hosts signing ceremony during Apprenticeship week 

M. Davis celebrated National Apprenticeship Week and Secretary of Labor Patrice Gilliam-Johnson visited the fabrication shop in Newark to sign the journeyman's papers for three of mechanics who graduated from the apprenticeship program. Secretary Gilliam-Johnson also read a proclamation from the Governor supporting apprenticeship programs.

"I think that people who get there Journeyman's' card should have the same level of recognition and celebration that we provide for those who graduate college," said John Gooden, President of M. Davis and former ABC Delaware Chairman.
Scenes from M. Davis Apprenticeship Celebration


Left: Secretary of Labor Patrice Gilliam-Johnson reading the proclamation. Right: Congratulating M. Davis President John Gooden on the festivities and the company's program.


ABC members get ready for the holidays with events December 1 & 8

It's almost Thanksgiving, the beginning of the holiday season. Have you registered for the ABC Delaware holiday networking events? Now's the time!

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Revised Form I-9 for all new hires now available

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 N or the new version. 
Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used,” and streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals.
Other changes include:
  • The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly.
  • The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators.
  • A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins.
  • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator.
The instructions have been separated from the form, in line with other USCIS forms, and include specific instructions for completing each field.

The revised Form I-9 is also easier to complete on a computer. Enhancements include drop-down lists and calendars for filling in dates, on-screen instructions for each field, easy access to the full instructions, and an option to clear the form and start over. When the employer prints the completed form, a quick response (QR) code is automatically generated, which can be read by most QR readers.

Form I-9 requirements were established in November 1986 when Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). IRCA prohibits employers from hiring people, including U.S. citizens, for employment in the United States without verifying their identity and employment authorization on Form I-9.

For more information, visit

ABC National news 

ABC Applauds Court's Ruling to Permanently Block DOL's Persuader Rule
ABC welcomed news that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has permanently blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) "persuader rule," officially named the Interpretation of the "Advice" Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. In finding the rule unlawful, the District Court has maintained employers' right to obtain advice from labor relations experts.  READ MORE



ABC Board
November 21
11:30 a.m.
ABC Boardroom

Holiday Networking
December 1, 2016
Clarion Belle Hotel
New Castle, DE
5:30-8 p.m.
$40 Member
$50 Non Member

Christmas on the Canal
December 8, 2016
Irish Eyes
Lewes, DE
5-7:30 p.m.
$40 Member
$50 Non Member




OSHA 10 Hr December 5 and December 12 (must attend both classes), 3:00pm - 8:00pm, ABC Delaware Classroom, The course is designed to provide an overview of required safety regulations to meet Federal OSHA Standards on all construction sites and for all trades. Participants receive completion cards from OSHA. The course covers an intro to OSHA, fall protection, electrical safety, personal protective equipment, material handling, hazcom, scaffolds, ladders, trenching, confined spaces and fire protection.

Employee Handbooks  November 28, 2016, 8:30am to 10:00am,  ABC Delaware Classroom This seminar will provide a brief overview of the types of information to be included in your Employee Handbook, and answers questions about all aspects of handbooks and policies.
The Importance of Being Politically Active Debbie Hamilton For Members Only  November 30, 2016, 11:30 a.m. -  1:00 p.m., ABC Delaware Classroom, Come and discuss the importance of you being politically active and the value it has to your business.  You will learn when, how and what is the best way to communicate with your legislators. This Politics 101 class will also explore the various processes that a bill goes through on its way to becoming a law.  This seminar will show you the benefits of becoming politically active in Delaware.

Distracted Driving Consequences and Avoidance  November 29, 2016, 8:30am to 10:00am, ABC Delaware Classroom, The Instructor will be discussing how mobile devices affect the brain / cause distraction, consequences of distracted driving (from accidents to lawsuits) and how to avoid distractions and benefits of doing so.

NLRB-New Rules   December 1, 2016, 8:30am to 10:00am, ABC Delaware Classroom, The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) continues to actively administer federal labor law in a manner designed to assist unions in organizing efforts.  This seminar will keep you informed on the latest labor issues impacting employers and their employees.  Topics include: Update on NLRB decisions, Union election rule changes, Trends in union organizing.                                                                               
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