With the changing of the season from summer to fall, ABC contractors mark the passing with the annual trap shoot at the Detroit Gun Club. Longtime ABC SEMI Board Member, Tom Campbell of Campbell Industrial Contractors Inc., played gracious host to nearly 100 shooters who took to the sporting clay field to try their hand at “breaking birds.”
“Just an amazing day to be a member at ABC,” said ABC SEMI president and CEO, Keith Ledbetter. “The camaraderie and networking alone made this day special, getting to shoot guns and test your skill on the range made it so much more. We are always grateful to Tom and Jeff Campbell, their continued support of this event and ABC. They are the fabric of what makes this association so great.”
As the temperatures dipped into the 50s, our members heated up their gun barrels as they attempted to score as many points as possible by breaking the clay targets that were launched from 14 different stations throughout the challenging course. According to Ray Merlo, owner and operator of Merlo Construction, it was as much fun “ribbing” old friends and colleagues as it was breaking clays.
“You think you would be careful what you say around someone who is holding a gun, but the stuff that comes out of people’s mouths,” laughed Merlo. “Sometimes you wonder if these guys are friends. It was so much fun to catch up and enjoy a day of friendly competition—a rare treat for us contractors who are so busy in the industry. Congratulations to ABC for putting on such an excellent event—it made it worth the sacrifice.”
Tickets for raffle prizes were sold this year to support the “Build The Future Fund”—a scholarship program ABC provides to help students attend the Southeast Michigan Construction Academy (ABC’s education affiliate) and begin their career in construction. In addition, dozens of door prizes were given out as well to attendees.
The annual clay shoot will be back next September. Thank you to everyone that came out and had fun—so much so that the rain held off until the last shooter came inside. Stay tuned for the 2023 Clay Shoot date soon to be announced on abcsemi.org.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Campbell Industrial Contractors Inc, AIS Construction Equipment, Third Coast Electric, Multi Drywall & Partition, LLC, Kaltz Excavating, AssuredPartners, Robert Clancy Contracting, Independence Commercial Construction, Holsbeke Construction, Merlo Construction, Livingston Concrete, Paul C. Scott Plumbing, and Architectural Hardware and Supply.