MEDIA ADVISORY: Road to Long Beach Starts Dec. 2

Apprentices test their craft skills to win honors and represent San Diego in national competition

Published Thursday, November 30, 2017

Media Contact: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, Fellow PRSA - 619-997-2495 or

WHAT: 17th Annual San Diego ABC Craft Championship Competition
WHEN:  Saturday, December 2, 2017

  • 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. competiton
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. judging & awards ceremony

WHERE:  ABC Training Academy, 13825 Kirkham Way, Poway CA 92064 

WHO:  Twenty-one San Diego County construction trade apprentices and craft trainees

WHAT:  Competitors test their craft skills to win top honors and represent San Diego in national competition

Now in its 17th year, the Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego Craft Championship Competition is the first step on the “Road to Long Beach” and the ABC National Craft Championships early next year, with numerous changes including an expanded team of six competitors chosen to advance to the national finals.

The hands-on competition is open to the public and free to attend, with a record audience expected.

In addition to the challenging test of construction craft skills, this year’s competition features:

  • Family friendly features including video displays, childrens’ games
  • Photo booth for all guests
  • Company teams cheering on their apprentices in the competition
  • Sponsor displays featuring the latest tools and equipment

The ABC San Diego apprenticeship program has a long tradition of national winners having won 21 medals in the last 16 years, including a Silver Medal in the Sheet Metal Competition by Scott Vorarach of Spring Valley representing Certified Air Conditioning in San Diego; and a Bronze Medal in Plumbing by Rolf Wachter of Jamul representing Interpipe Contracting in San Diego Vorarach also won a Safety Award.

Media coverage is invited. Competitors and judges will be available for interviews. For admittance into the competition, please check in with ABC San Diego staff on arrival.

Spectators are welcome! Bring your kids and come watch the competition. Lunch will be provided by sponsor Bergelectric. RSVP for lunch via email to

ABC San Diego thanks this year’s competition sponsors: Bergelectric, HPS Mechanical, Inc., Laser Electric, Interpipe Contracting, Inc., Rowan Electric, Torrey Pines Bank, Alpha Mechanical, Atkinson, Atkinson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, CED Carlsbad, Ickler Electric Corporation, Pacific Rim Mechanical, and Western Pump, Inc.

Participating vendors include Dewalt Tools, Greenlee, Home Depot, Ideal Industries, Klein Tools, and Milwaukee Tools, PCS (Professional Contractor Supply), and San Diego Lighting Association.

About ABC San Diego

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national trade association representing nearly 22,000 merit shop contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and construction-related professionals in 70 chapters across the United States. The association’s membership includes all specialties within the industry, and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors of construction. ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America’s business community and the construction industry. Visit ABC San Diego at

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