EZG Manufacturing
Federated Insurance
Fraco USA, Inc.
Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
Husqvarna Construction Products N.A.
Hydro Mobile, Inc.
iQ Power Tools
Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
Mortar Net Solutions
Non-Stop Scaffolding
Southwest Scaffolding
Tradesmen's Software, Inc.
Companies that are employing veterans are seeing a high return on investment.
Companies that are employing veterans are seeing a high return on investment.
December 24, 2015 1:30 PM CST

From military to construction

Veterans provide continued leadership


The Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Pelican Chapter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Bayou Chapter in New Orleans are home to some of the largest training centers along the Gulf Coast. Part of what makes these chapters successful is that they have Manpower and Education committees to review and suggest training to be delivered. At the helm of these committees are four unique men, which I am fortunate to be part of:

  • Chris Melancon (U.S. Marines) of Primoris Services serves as chair of ABC Pelican Chapter
  • Chris Newton (retired U.S. Navy) of Cajun Industries serves as vice chair of ABC Pelican Chapter
  • Steve Bomar (retired U.S. Navy) of Performance Contractors is incoming vice chair of ABC Pelican Chapter
  • David Theriot (U.S. Army) of Performance Contractors serves as vice chair of ABC Bayou Chapter
While it is “business as usual” for us, there’s one thing that sets our committee leadership apart: We are all veterans who have found careers in construction. We are also avid statesmen who work closely with Build Your Future’s Hard Hat Heroes military program and NCCER to provide entry points, assessments and careers for our fellow veterans.

“We know what it is like to transition from serving our nation to civilian life, and we know the opportunities that are available in our industry,” said Chris Melancon, a Marine infantryman and current chair of ABC Pelican Chapter. “We can match up military skills that immediately translate to construction careers. Better yet, we know that every veteran is trainable and possesses the qualities our industry is looking for in craft professionals and leaders.”

At the 2015 ABC Workforce Development Conference, NCCER hosted a session about hiring and training veterans, and how companies that are employing veterans are seeing a high return on investment. The companies and organizations represented below have partnered with Build Your Future’s Hard Hat Heroes program and demonstrate a strong commitment to support our military service members by giving them hiring preference as they transition into construction careers.

Cajun Industries
Consolidated Electric
Crossland Construction
L.P.R. Construction Co.
Marek Brothers
Overland Contracting
Performance Contractors, Inc.
Turner Industries
Worth and Company, Inc.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.
AGC of America
Florida Masonry Apprentice & Education Foundation
Louisiana Community and Technical College System

For more information on Hard Hat Heroes, visit

About the Author

Chris Newton is the Workforce Development Coordinator for Cajun Industries, LLC.

This article was originally published in Breaking Ground: The NCCER Blog. This content has been republished with the permission of NCCER and the publisher.


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