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MIDLAND, MI (JUNE 29, 2012) - in J.E. Johnson, Inc. in congratulating 12 employees (listed below) who completed the 4 year Associated Builders & Contractors, Saginaw Valley Chapter's Construction Academy. Upon completion of these courses and 8000 hours of trade experience, these graduates of the Pipefitting trades' curriculums are recognized as journeymen.

Built upon industry standards, this competency-based Contren Learning Series is taught nationwide by contractors, associations, and secondary and post-secondary schools. It is also recognized by multiple state Departments of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor. We are proud of the following employees' accomplishments:

Pipefitting graduates are Patrick Boks, Mark Burgher, Darrin Chritz, Dean Eastman, Chad Farrow, Tim Gordon, Michael Harrold, Jason Hite, Daniel Kanuszewski, Kyle Pickvet, David Turner and Ryan Vogel.

Trainees who complete the Contren Learning Series through an NCCER Accredited Sponsor will receive credentials and documentation of their training accomplishments through NCCER's National Registry.

J.E. Johnson, Inc. provides design, fabrication, installation and service of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing and mechanical systems to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. The Company was founded in 1979 and is located at 1550 E. Virginia Dr. in Midland, Michigan. J.E. Johnson, Inc. can be found on the web at http://www.jejohnson.com/.

MIDLAND, MI (JUNE 15, 2011) - Join J.E. Johnson, Inc. in congratulating 15 employees (listed below) who completed the 4 year Associated Builders & Contractors, Saginaw Valley Chapter's Construction Academy.

Upon completion of these courses and 8000 hours of trade experience, these graduates of the HVAC, Pipefitting, Sheet Metal and Plumbing trades' curriculums are recognized as a journeyman. Built upon industry standards, this competency-based Contren Learning Series is taught nationwide by contractors, associations, and secondary and post-secondary schools. It is also recognized by multiple state Departments of Education. We are proud of the following employees' accomplishments:

HVAC Graduates---------------Marc Balzer, Cody Waege
Sheet Metal Graduate----------Scott Furgeson
Pipefitting Graduates----------Quincy Allen, Metaga Dembele, Adam DeShais, Glen Gunderman, Stephen Keyser, Nicolas Mulders, Dennis Nievierowski, Joshua Rodgers, Jacob Rowley, Chris Taipalus, Justin Thornburg
Plumbing Graduate-------------Bryan Bollman

Trainees who complete the Contren Learning Series through an NCCER Accredited Sponsor will receive credentials and documentation of their training accomplishments through NCCER's National Registry.the Apple Mountain Resort. Paul Barbeau, President & General Manager of the Great Lakes Loons gave the Commencement Address.

J.E. Johnson, Inc. provides design, fabrication, installation and service of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing and mechanical systems to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. The company was founded in 1979 and is located at 1550 E. Virginia Dr. in Midland, Michigan.

Midland, MI January 2011 - The Saginaw Valley Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC/SVC)* announced today the local chapter student winners in its 2011 Local Craft Championships competition, held at Delta College on Saturday, January 15, 2011.

A field of 23 craft professional apprentices competed in eight different construction trade areas during this year's contest. Competitors first took an intense, one-hour written exam and then competed in a three hours hands-on practical performance test.

ABC/SVC Craft Academy currently has an enrollment of almost 400 students who spend the day working in the field through our member companies and spend 4 years attending evening classes to receive their trade degree. Jimmy Greene, President/CEO of ABC/SVC said; "Once again, we are honored to provide these apprentice craft professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their high-quality workmanship, technical knowledge and safe work practices. These craft professionals are the folks who build our communities. They demonstrate the outstanding excellence ABC contractors bring to any construction project."

The first place winners of the 2011 Craft Championship from ABC/SVC are listed below:

Insulation
Ronald F. Hand (Sanford)
Employer: G.E. Insulation Company

Plumbing
Lucas A. Verwey (Mount Pleasant)
Employer: J.E. Johnson, Inc.

Carpentry
Curtis L. Woods (Beaverton)
Employer: Three Rivers Corporation

Electrical
Anthony S. Brill (Saginaw)
Employer: Valley Electrical Contractors

Millwright
James H. Chritz (Midland)
Employer: Bierlein Companies

HVAC
Cody A. Waege (Millington)
Employer: J.E. Johnson, Inc.

Sheet Metal
Jeremy R. Smith (Midland)
Employer: Three Rivers Corporation

Pipefitting
Trevor A. Kindy (Midland)
Employer: TIC Energy & Chemical

*Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing over 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 78 chapters across the United States. Visit the ABC/SVC local chapter website at www.abcsvc.org.

Associated Builders and Contractors Saginaw Valley Chapter Honors STEP Award Winners

Midland, Michigan, October 2010 - At their Annual Meeting held September 23, 2010, ABC/SVC honored members who won the 2010 STEP Awards. The Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) recognizes ABC member companies who consistently excel in the field of safety, but more importantly it provides an evaluation tool to help identify areas to improve a company's safety program. The STEP Award is based on the company's final safety numbers compared to the national average. To achieve ABC's STEP Platinum level, among other requirements, a company must have a total recordable incident rate at least 25 percent below specific industry averages for the previous data year, maintain an Experience Modification Rate (EMR) of 0.800 (for small companies with less than 100 employees, the EMR limit is 0.900), submit their official U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Forms 300 and 300A on work-related injuries and illnesses for review, and achieve a specific STEP self-evaluation score.

STEP was established in 1989, by the ABC National Environment Health & Safety Committee to assist ABC member contractors in evaluating and improving corporate safety practices and recognize outstanding safety training efforts. Each year, over 2,000 contractors of various sizes participate in the STEP program. STEP awards are presented annually in five categories: Participant, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The following ABC/SVC member companies have achieved the Platinum level of ABC's prestigious STEP program: Alloy Construction Service, Blasy Electric, Inc., G.E. Insulation Co. Harris Sheet Metal Co., Three Rivers Corporation, TIC Energy & Chemical, Inc. and Valley Electrical Contractors.

The following ABC/SVC member companies also achieved safety performances significantly higher than national industry standards. In the Gold category were: J.E. Johnson, Inc., Pyramid Control, Inc., RCL Construction Co., Inc., Sugar Construction, Inc., The Tancor Corporation, Thermico, Inc., and Wolgast Corporation. 2010 Silver category winners were Answer Heating & Cooling and Brandle Roofing & Sheet Metal.

"It goes without saying the human asset is the key for any organization. In today's economy, the most important and powerful factor that differentiates one organization from another is their employees or Human Assets. The STEP Safety Training Evaluation Process is just one tool that allows our members to take a deeper look into their safety processes. It allows them to continue to improve their safety programs to offer their employees the best safety programs in the industry." Stated Erick Forshee, the Senior Operations Leader Maintenance & Logistics of TIC Energy & Chemical, Inc.

Jimmy E. Greene, President and CEO of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, said, "ABC's commitment to safety isn't just demonstrated in the quality of the buildings our members put up in this region, but also in the quality of the people responsible for ensuring it's not at the expense of its people. There are no exceptions we make in our safety training, no short cuts, it's become a part of our daily fabric and reputation we've earned and we're going to keep it."

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 77 chapters representing 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms across the United States. The member businesses have joined together to advance the construction industry by supporting the philosophy of merit shop construction and the free enterprise system. You can learn about ABC National at www.abc.org. ABC Saginaw Valley Chapter serves a membership spanning 13 counties north of Genesee and was the first chapter in Michigan founded in 1977. ABC/SVC provides craft and professional education, up-to-date industry communication, legislative representation, as well as affinity programs and packages. For more information contact us at 989.832.8879 or www.abcsvc.org.