December 4, 2017 – Lewis Contractors received two honors at the November 16th Annual State of the Industry Breakfast hosted by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Baltimore Chapter.
ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. The courage and dedication of those seven contractors helped to quickly spread the merit shop philosophy. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America’s business community and the merit shop construction industry. Continuing to follow its founding tenet, the merit shop philosophy, ABC helps members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. With over 620 members, ABC Baltimore is the largest such organization in Maryland and one of the most active chapters in this national organization.
When Henry H. Lewis founded his firm 51 years ago, he became an ABC member within 1 year of starting his business. This year, Lewis Contractors was recognized for its 50-year commitment to ABC Baltimore and our continuing philosophy of bettering the construction industry by awarding contracts large and small based upon both the qualifications as well as the pricing of the competition. Few of ABC’s founding members still exist as the original contractors from 1950, and Lewis Contractors is proud of its commitment to ABC.
Similarly, Lewis Contractors received ABC’s STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Process) Platinum Award. Platinum awardee firms must hold an incidence ranking at least 25% lower than the national average, with no fatality or catastrophic incident requiring hospitalization (except for observation) over the past three years. They must demonstrate a drug free workplace, have—at a minimum—supervisory personnel with current OSHA 10 certification, have designated safety personnel who hold current OSHA 30 certification, have site specific safety programs in place, and continue to hold an EMR rating of 0.7000 for the past three years. Of ABC Baltimore’s 630 members, only five were recipients of a STEP Platinum Award, making Lewis’s award all the more meaningful.