Palm Bay’s Joe Mello Wins Silver Medal In Associated Builders and Contractors National Championships
By Space Coast Daily // April 30, 2017
wins $500 in National Craft Championships
ABOVE VIDEO: Joe Mello of Palm Bay won the silver medal in the fire sprinkler competition at Associated Builders and Contractors 30th annual National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Joe Mello of Palm Bay won the silver medal in the fire sprinkler competition at Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) 30th annual National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Mello was presented with the award at ABC’s Careers in Construction Awards Breakfast on March 3 at the conclusion of ABC’s Workforce Week ’17 in Fort Lauderdale.
“This year’s field of the top construction apprentices and trainees truly represents the very best the merit shop construction industry has to offer, and Associated Builders and Contractors could not be more proud of these talented men and women,” said 2017 ABC National Chair Chuck Goodrich, president of Gaylor Electric, Indianapolis.
“Gaylor Electric and our fellow ABC member companies are truly fortunate to employ such a talented group of highly trained and incredibly skilled craft professionals who represent the future of our great industry.”
Mello works for Sanford-based Southern Fire Protection of Orlando Inc. and is finishing his training program at Florida Automatic Sprinkler Training, Inc. in Sanford.
In addition to the medal, he also took home a cash prize of $500.
NCC is a part of ABC’s effort to raise the profile of careers in construction and highlight the $1.1 billion that ABC member companies spend annually on workforce development.
This year’s field of competitors featured nearly 170 craft professionals from 28 states competing for top honors in 13 competitions across 11 crafts.
Competitors first took an intense, two-hour written exam and then competed in a daylong hands-on practical performance test.
Cash prizes were awarded to medal winners, with gold medal winners taking home $750, silver medal winners earning $500 and bronze medal winners receiving $350.
The competition was developed in 1987 to help celebrate and recognize craft training in construction careers.
Each year, the competition draws some of the nation’s most talented craft professionals and highlights the important role that skilled trades training plays in the construction industry.
The National Craft Championships Committee, which is composed of leading merit shop construction firms, plans all year for the two-day competition.
A list of the winners is available on ABC’s website.
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