Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced yesterday that more than 170 of the top construction apprentices and trainees in the country will compete in the 30th annual National Craft Championships, March 1-2 during ABC’s Workforce Week ’17 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Competitors from 29 states will contend for gold, silver and bronze medals and a safety award in 13 competitions representing 11 crafts.  The two-day competition includes a written exam and a hands-on, practical test where competitors will demonstrate their high-level craftsmanship and best safety practices.

“The National Craft Championships is a great opportunity to show off the exceptionally skilled and well-trained craftsmen and women that work on Associated Builders and Contractors member jobsites,” said 2017 ABC National Chair Chuck Goodrich, president of Gaylor Electric Inc. Indianapolis.  “ABC looks forward to showing off the very best the merit shop construction industry has to offer, including six Gaylor Electric apprentices, and drawing needed attention to the terrific career opportunities available in the construction industry.”   Read more » about More Than 170 Top Construction Pros to Compete at ABC’s 2017 National Craft Championships

Hi there. The Chamberlin Man here.

Well, here we are. We’ve made another full lap around the sun. Welcome to 2017! It’s hard for an old guy like me from another generation to believe we’ve made it this far.

It’s also hard for me to believe how far technology has come. I just got my copy of the Winter Chamberlin News and read all about Electronic Leak Detection, or as the cool cats in the know call it, “ELD.” Let me tell you friends, if you’re curious about ELD methods, efficiencies and limitations, this story serves up some great insights. Take a look to get a pulse on ELD and see if it’s right for your next project.

The newsletter also features a project of which the Chamberlin team is particularly proud, the Hallmark Senior Living Community in Houston. Because the work was taking place while folks were home, this restoration project included a series of precautions and extra communications ensuring residents weren’t disrupted in the least.   Read more » about My, How Far We’ve Come!

On December 20, KBR and the Fort Polk Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) celebrated the accomplishments of eight active duty Army soldiers who completed a rigorous, 120-day pipefitting training program. The program was delivered in an industry-education partnership with Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) in Leesville, Louisiana. The graduates were awarded National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Pipefitting course completion certificates and credentials, and every graduating soldier will be offered top helper positions on KBR project sites.

On August 16, 2016 KBR launched the training program to train active duty soldiers under the Army’s Career Skills Program (CSP).  Soldiers who are within 180 days of separation have the opportunity to apply and be selected to participate in these competitive, Army-approved, civilian training courses in preparation for their separation from the United States Army. KBR partnered with CLTCC Lamar Salter Campus to host the training location and provide the soldiers with 28 college credit hours.   Read more » about KBR’s Fort Polk Pipefitting Program Graduates Eight Active Duty Soldiers

Don't forget to wind up your clock!

Hi there. The Chamberlin Man here.

It’s the holiday season, with the whoop-de-doo and hickory dock. Sure enough Santa will be “coming down the chimney, down” and we’ll be ringing in the new year before we know it. My, my how the time does fly!

That means we’re having some fun here at Chamberlin. But don’t just take my word for it, take a gander at our 2016 year in review video. Just look at all those big toothy smiles. (Watch the 3-minute video below.)   Read more » about Whoop-de-doo and Hickory Dock

Excitement filled the air on a cool, crisp, picture perfect day when 322 students with 38 teacher/administrator chaperones from Houston-Metropolitan Area high school campuses attended the 2016 Construction Careers Exposition on Thursday, October 27, at the Pasadena Municipal Fairgrounds.  These select students represented Aldine, Alvin, Barbers Hill, Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, Goose Creek Consolidated, Humble, Pasadena, Pearland, and Sheldon Independent School Districts.  185 volunteers representing 33 contractors, colleges, and suppliers joined with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston/Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) to sponsor and facilitate the Exposition – including the donation of resources, services, and time – to make this event happen.   Read more » about Area High School Students Experience Hands-On Activities at the 2016 Construction Careers Expo

Hi there. The Chamberlin Man here.

This Thanksgiving, take a moment to breathe in the smell of turkey roasting in the oven and count your blessings. Now, imagine me, The Chamberlin Man, tipping my hat and raising a glass in gratitude to you, our clients and colleagues, for trusting Chamberlin with the blessing of your business for yet another year. From all of us at Chamberlin, I’d like to offer a very sincere Thank You.

We feel like it’s a great time of year to take stock of all the good in our lives at home and at work. One of the things we’re most grateful for at Chamberlin is the opportunity to give back to the communities where we live and work. In fact, Chamberlin employees collectively volunteered nearly 400 hours for a good share of nonprofit organizations in 2016. since 2007, Chamberlin is excited that WorkFaith's job readiness program is celebrating its 200th graduating classChamberlin also raised funds for Seven Loaves Community, which will result in over 200,000 meals served to those in need.   Read more » about Good Gravy!

Hi there. The Chamberlin Man here.

Won’t you excuse me just a moment while I toot the horn of our company? To be a braggadocio isn’t my nature or my intent. However, I am so sincerely honored, I am compelled to share some special Chamberlin news with you.

Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing has once again received the highest honor available from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP). STEP Diamond status is achieved by a select few in our field and the fine gentlemen and ladies at Chamberlin have achieved it two years in a row. What are the keys to success, you ask? ABC says a world-class safety program must include a commitment from leadership, an empowering top-to-bottom safety culture and systems and processes that focus on prevention. We’ve got it all at Chamberlin!   Read more » about Toot! Toot!

Hanging and finishing drywall is not easy. It is a skill that takes 10,000 hours or more to master. Skilled drywall craftsmen and women are usually known only by the quality of the finished product they produce. Their names are seldom known or carved into stone at a finished building, but they are true artists. They create walls that can be straight or curved and can extend 20 or more feet high and be, as one drywaller claims, as smooth as a “baby’s bottom.”

Most of us have never thought about or tried to hang a 4x8 foot or 4x10 foot sheet of drywall on a straight wall, much less on a curved wall 1,000 feet long. Nor have we been asked to create a finish on it so that the installation of over 2800 aluminum triangles will meet tolerances are acceptable to the designers, owners and ultimate users of the finished space.    Read more » about Hanging Drywall Can Be a Work of Art

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