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Apprentices Take Top Honors at State Competition

DES MOINES, Iowa (Nov. 25, 2019) — Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa’s apprentices competed in their state competition on Friday. Over 40 apprentices participated in the areas of electrical, HVAC, plumbing and sheet metal and the following were the winners:

Residential Electrical
Darren Spicer from Benchmark Electric Inc. in Marion, Iowa

Commercial Electrical
Austin Bixby from Advanced Electrical Services, Inc. in Iowa City, Iowa

Sean Murphy from Dickerson Mechanical, Inc. in Colfax, Iowa

Tyler Long from Professional Plumbing Service, Inc. in Fairfax, Iowa

Sheet Metal
Dillion de Perrot from Brockway Mechanical & Roofing Co., Inc. in Burlington, Iowa

Apprentices qualified for the state competition earlier this fall through exemplary scores on a written test. Craft Championship competitors placed in the Top 10 of their respective fields’ testing.

“We’re proud of our apprentices for successfully showcasing their training and skills at this year’s Craft Championships,” said Ginny Shindelar, ABC’s vice president of education and training. “Iowa is sending a very talented group to compete at our national competition.”

The first-place winners will travel to Nashville, Tennessee this spring for the National Craft Championships Competition. They were also awarded tools and other prizes.

Pictured here (left to right) is Darren Spicer, Austin Bixby, Sean Murphy, Tyler Long and Dillion de Perrot, during the awards ceremony on Friday.


Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa is a non-profit construction trade association that boasts the largest apprenticeship-training program in the state. With more than 540 member firms statewide, ABC fosters the principles of freedom of choice through the merit construction philosophy. ABC members build commercial buildings, industrial plants, municipal and public works projects, roads and highways, homes and provide an array of construction services. For more information, visit