ABC members compete in sheet metal and HVAC competitions.

WASHINGTON -The Associated Builders and Contractors' honored the winners and participants of its 2005 National Craft Championship Feb. 19-22 in Orlando, Fla. The contestants took part in 10 different competition categories, including carpentry, electrical, fire sprinkler, HVAC, masonry, millwright, pipe fitting, sheet metal and welding.

"The Craft Championships is always one of the highlights of ABC's National Convention," said 2005 ABC national Chairman Gary Roden, executive vice president and COO of Aguirre Corp. in Dallas. "These craft competitors represent the ‘best of the best' in the construction industry. Each year, we are honored to provide these craft professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their high quality workmanship and safe work practices."

The competition evaluates the contestants' knowledge of a specific craft as well as their skill and talent. More than 100 participants took part in the competition. All qualified or won competitions at the regional level, took a three-hour written exam, and then competed in a hands-on building project.

In the sheet metal competition, Ryan Wambold of Dahl Air Conditioning & Heating Co. took the Gold Medal. The Silver Medal went to Matthew D. Zook from Herr & Sacco Inc., while Patrick Arnold from USA Sheet Metal won the Bronze.

Austin Childress of Suitt Construction Co. won the Gold for welding. Second place went to Eric C. Hooks of BE&K Construction, and third place went to Andy Blanchard of Performance Contractors Inc.

Timothy Sweeny from Trane took Gold in the HVAC competition, while David Buckland from Dyna Ten Service earned the Silver. The Bronze went to Joseph William Thomas III of Service Unlimited Inc.