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Cianbro & Starcon Combine to win Six Medals at the 2012 ABC National Craft Championships

Five Cianbro and four Starcon team members traveled to San Antonio, Texas last week to compete at the ABC National Craft Championships. Students and apprentices from across the United States competed in contests in which they displayed their craft skills. Not only was Cianbro well represented by team members who displayed professionalism and integrity, they also returned home with gold, silver, and bronze medals. Kurt Dickinson of the NNE region and Seth Norton of MAR competed in the millwright contest and won gold and bronze medals respectively. In Pipefitting, Ryan Laney from NNE won a bronze medal. Kaleb Gallagher from NNE competed in Pipewelding, finished second and brought home silver. Ryan Taylor from NNE competed in the Industrial Electrical contest against more than a dozen other electricians. Ryan had an excellent performance but unfortunately did not place.  For Starcon, Greg Scullion and Roman McComb competed in Insulating, Cory Essick took part in the Pipewelder competition, and Jack Coldsnow entered the Pipefitter contest.  Greg came home with a bronze medal, and Roman earned a silver medal.   

Each competition is designed and run by a project manager from the industry. In order to compete, the contestants must be students or within six months of completing a training program. They cannot be classified as Journeymen Crafts Workers. Each contest consists of an in-depth written exam and a six hour practical exam. The contestants were given project specifications and the materials required to perform various tasks. They were judged upon craftsmanship, how well they understood and followed the specifications, safety, housekeeping, and accuracy. Time management was an enormous component of the contest. The scope of projects demands that the competitors read and interpret specs, select the proper material, and build a project which would normally be budgeted for more than six hours; all while being observed by hundreds of spectators. 

The reward for the hard work came on Friday morning during the awards breakfast when all of the contestants were recognized for their effort and leadership in participating at the national competition. The winners were awarded medals by the CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Michael Bellaman, and by 2012 Chairman Eric Regelin. ABC represents more than 23,000 merit shop companies throughout the U.S. and territories. The competitors who took part had each been selected by winning their state, local, or company-based contest. Each Cianbro team member who competed expressed appreciation for having the opportunity to compete and represent both Cianbro and Starcon in San Antonio.  

"We are so proud of these individuals," said Cianbro Vice President Mike Bennett. "They represented our companies and the industry with the utmost integrity and professionalism. It is a wonderful opportunity for these team members to demonstrate their skills against the best of the best in the industry. For our training coordinators and instructors it is a day filled with pride as they have the opportunity to see first hand the results of all their hard work in the classroom and labs. We would like to extend our thanks, congratulations, and appreciation to all those within Cianbro and Starcon that invest their time and energy in the training and development of our team members. Great job by all!"

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