PATRIOT Stands for Service to Excellence

Founded in 2009 by military veterans, John Gilmore and Matt Timbario, PATRIOT (formerly known as PATRIOT Construction, LLC) has always stood for service and excellence. Gilmore and Timbario started the privately held company as a Small Disadvantaged Business and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned firm. Now, more than a decade later, PATRIOT delivers full-service facilities and infrastructure solutions, providing complete end-to-end life-cycle …

Meet Genesis Corporation: A Woman-Owned Business Shaping the Industry

Since 1998, Michelle Wittig, president and owner of ABC member-firm, Genesis Corporation, has been proving women belong in the construction industry. When she first started out, she worked for a nationwide residential firm. In 2003, Wittig was asked to join a large commercial design/build mechanical firm. She has since forged her own path. In 2019, Wittig went into business for …

Dissen & Juhn Company Builds Legacies On Land and In Water

If you have traveled Maryland by vehicle or by boat, chances are you crossed a bridge or docked at a local marina renovated or built by the Dissen & Juhn Company, headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland. This second-generation, family-owned full-service marine and foundation contractor is nearing its fifth decade in business and over that time has built an impressive portfolio. From …

KBK Brings Zoo’s Africa Exhibit to Life

During the pandemic, zoos have been a safe space to socialize and get some fresh air. And, of course, there’s always the allure of nature and wild animals. If you had a chance to go to the Maryland Zoo recently, you may have been awed by its updated African Journey exhibit—feeling like you were right in the middle of all …

ABC and the Merit Shop Philosophy

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. is the voice of the merit shop in the construction industry. We accept the responsibility for making that voice heard. We believe the merit shop movement is a movement for the betterment of the individual… the construction industry… and the nation. We believe in the system of free enterprise and open competition. We believe employees …

PATRIOT Brings Veteran Values to Construction

Construction has always been a great fit for veterans to transition the skills they learned serving our country into a career path outside of the military. That’s how PATRIOT, an engineering, construction and service company headquartered in Dunkirk, Maryland, began. PATRIOT was founded in 2009 by military veterans, John Gilmore and Matt Timbario, as a Small Disadvantaged Business and Service- …

Auer Electric Celebrates a Century in Business

It takes dedication, perseverance and smart succession planning to reach a centennial anniversary in the construction industry. The history of Auer Electric, Inc., (AEI) matches that description. Started as a small electrical shop in downtown Baltimore by Albert L. Auer, Sr. in 1920, Auer Electric remains a family-owned business 100 years later. Only today, Steve Gaugh, president and CEO, and …

‘Why I Work in Construction’ Jerry Clark

Name:  Jerry Clark Company: Owner, LD Marine Services Trade:  Marine Mechanical Contractor – HVAC/R and RO (reverse osmosis) Desalinization After working in a variety of marine-related fields, Jerry Clark founded his own marine mechanical contracting firm in 2008. Here’s how he made the leap and what inspires him. Why and how did you get into the construction trade? An old …

Colonial Electric Company Continues the Merit Shop Legacy

To say that Colonial Electric Company of Harwood, Maryland epitomizes the merit shop way is an understatement. It’s in the company’s DNA. That’s because one of its founders, Clayton Katski, was instrumental in forming Associated Builders in Contractors (ABC), a trade organization focused on the principles of rewarding employee performance and excellence in construction. Today, ABC is a national organization …

Therrien Waddell Partners in Building

Since its founding in 2005, Therrien Waddell Construction, Inc., (TW) has lived its mission statement, Building Partners for Life. The real partnership, however, took root in the 1970s, when company principals, Jerry Therrien and Donnie Waddell, first met. “I had been in the construction business for a few years, and here is this guy fresh out of college on the construction …