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Posted on: December 9, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Steve Klessig Knows his ABCs

He has done a lot in his career, but Steve Klessig says being elected by Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) board of directors to serve as the 2020 national chair-elect is near the top of his accomplishments.

“I’d say it ranks right up there with high career achievements,” Klessig, Keller’s vice president of architecture and engineering, said.

ABC is a national construction industry trade group. Established in 1950, it currently represents 21,000 member companies. The Wisconsin chapter in Madison is the largest in the country with 887 member companies this year. Its membership includes general contractors, trades people, sub contractors, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other jobs of the like.

Klessig pitches his case for the construction industry as part of the goal of workforce development.

“It’s a great job. It pays well. It’s safe. People don’t think it’s glamorous, but you can leave high school, get into the trades, get paid to take an apprenticeship,” Klessig says, as he lists off the steps one can take to a prosperous career in the industry. “In many cases, make more money than a four-year college graduate,” he said. Currently, Klessig says, nearly all good contractors are looking for workers. “We think it’s a really attractive career,” he said.

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