Prairieville worker wins at national competition _lowres

Bryon Hebert Jr.

Bryon Hebert Jr., of Prairieville, won the gold medal in the instrumentation fitting competition earlier this month at Associated Builders and Contractors National Craft Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

Hebert was presented with the award during ABC’s Careers in Construction awards ceremony on May 2 in Birmingham.

The National Craft Championships feature the nation’s best craft trainees competing first in a two-hour written exam and then in a daylong, hands-on practical performance test, a news release from ABC said. This year’s competition featured 156 competitors from 28 states competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in 13 competitions representing 11 crafts.

“This year’s award winners represent the best the construction industry has to offer and ABC is proud to honor these craft trainees who will lead the industry moving forward,” ABC National Chairman Dan Brodbeck said. “Their dedication to workforce training, safety and high-quality craftsmanship are an extraordinary representation of ABC’s commitment to showcasing the best the industry has to offer.”

Hebert works at ISC, Inc. in Baton Rouge and is enrolled in a training program at the ABC Pelican Metro. In addition to the gold medal, he also received a cash award of $750 from ABC, tools from Hilti, Klein and Miller Electric, and a pair of boots from Keen.

The National Craft Championships competition was developed in 1987 to help celebrate and honor craft training in construction careers.

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.