Paul Gibson awarded Gold medal at ABC National Craft Competition

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., a national construction industry trade association, named Paul Gibson, certified sprinkler installation apprentice at Piper Fire Protection, as a National Craft Championships winner at its competition in Birmingham, Alabama on May 2, 2014.

This annual competition celebrates the training and educational efforts of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and its member firms. Every year, each of the ABC's different chapters compete all across the country in local and then national contests. In order to qualify for participation, Paul Gibson needed to have a high GPA, take a written exam, complete a schematic for a sprinkler rise, and then build it to the highest quality.

A field of 156 trainees competed for the top honors across 13 different crafts, including carpentry, electrical-industrial, electrical-residential, fire sprinkler, HVAC, instrumentation fitting, insulation, millwright, pipefitting, plumbing, sheet metal, welding-pipe, and welding-structural. First, participants were required to take an intense, two-hour written examination, and then compete in daylong, hands-on practical performance tests.

Due to a massive labor shortage, many candidates aren't being trained properly. This is why Piper Fire Protection is a huge proponent of apprenticeship programs and any events that promote such educational opportunities. The company hopes that such events will help people to become better trained and appropriately educated in their respective field.

This event gave Piper Fire Protection the chance to show just how accurately and thoroughly educated their employees are on safety, correct procedures, and efficiency and allowed them to express just how important these things are in the field.

Chris Johnson, President of Piper Fire Protection is extremely proud of his team for actively participating in becoming safer and more educated in their procedures. Achievements like this allow him to take great pride in the team he's formed.

Johnson said, "Piper Fire is extremely proud of Paul Gibson and this accomplishment."

In business since 1986, Piper Fire Protection designs, installs, inspects and services every aspect of fire protection for local property owners, hospitals, restaurants, industrial buildings, retail shops and government facilities. Piper Fire Protection is centrally located in Tampa and services all of central Florida. For more information please call 727-581-9339, or visit