Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and tool manufacturer Milwaukee Tool entered a strategic partnership that will provide ABC chapters and contractor members with solutions for a “safer and more productive jobsite.” Milwaukee Tool is the only manufacturer of power tools, hand tools, storage, and accessories to be named an ABC strategic partner.

“As ABC’s newest strategic partner, Milwaukee Tool joins a group of hand-selected, trusted resources that help ABC members develop people, win work, and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work,” Michael Bellaman, ABC president and CEO, said in a news release.

As part of the partnership, Milwaukee Tool will collaborate with ABC, its 69 chapters, and its six other strategic partners. The manufacturer will also continue to serve as the official tool sponsor of ABC’s National Craft Championships, a relationship that began in 2019. The annual competition celebrates lifelong learning in the merit shop construction industry, with craft trainees from ABC chapters and member training programs competing for national recognition in more than a dozen crafts during the ABC convention.

“One-third of ABC chapters already partner with Milwaukee Tool, making this strategic partnership between ABC and Milwaukee a smart one,” said Darrell Hendrix, president of sales for Milwaukee Tool. “For nearly 100 years, it has been our mission to deliver advanced, trade-specific solutions to professional contractors. Through this partnership, we will have even more opportunities to work with ABC members to better understand their needs to continue improving workplace safety and enhancing productivity.”

ABC is a national construction industry trade association that represents more than 21,000 members.