Three Lancaster County students will travel to Florida in March 2023 to compete in a national competition after they placed top in the ABC Keystone Chapter’s individual local craft competition.

They are:

  • Apprentice plumber Richard Barnhart of Millersville, who works for Frey Lutz Corp., West Hempfield Township.

  • Apprentice carpenter Matthew Flores of Ronks, who works for Benchmark Construction Co. Inc. in the town of West Earl.

  • Apprentice electrician Evan Williams of Lancaster, who works for Haller Enterprises in Mannheim Township.

The competition was held on Saturday at the training base of the chapter in Mannheim. The top scorers who demonstrated their superior skills, training and safe work practices earned an all-expense paid trip to the upcoming 2023 ABC National Craft Competition (NCC) on March 16, 2023 in Kissimmee, Florida. At the National Craft Competition, they will compete against crafters from 68 ABC branches across the country. The local craft competition is made possible by the support of ABC Keystone Chapter members.

To compete at the local level, students must place in the top five in their professional class. Registered in Pennsylvania, Keystone Chapter’s apprenticeship program offers education in 10 trades and focuses on hands-on education under the guidance of experienced instructors.

Before the practical professional skills competition, the students had to take a written test, which scored the remaining 25% of the total points. They then competed in a practical part that required them to pay attention to safety while working on projects carefully designed to test practical and problem-solving skills.

The practical part of the individual competition accounted for 75% of the total score and was evaluated by construction industry professionals. Individual competitors were not given details of their project build prior to the event.

This year, the competition also hosted the first-ever team competition, designed to showcase safety alongside the interdependence of skill and teamwork; simulate work conditions where planning is critical to success; emphasize individual leadership and work skills as the project is assembled and completed; and work on problems as a team.

During the team competition, four craft-level professionals worked as a team to complete a series of specific electrical, plumbing, sheet metal/air conditioning and carpentry tasks in six hours.

Team members did not have to take a written assessment. The teams were provided with product specifications and drawings no later than 24 hours before the start of the event.

The team from Benchmark Construction Co. won. Inc., which included:

  • Carpentry: Jason Burdwell, Benchmark Construction Co. Inc., West Earl Township.

  • Electrician: Gavin Sangray, Meadow Valley Electric Inc., Clay Township.

  • Plumbing: Ryan Eberly, Flow Mechanical, Penn Township.

  • Sheet metal: Phillip Gregg, James Craft & Son Inc., Newberry Township, York County.

In addition to the winners, here are the students who were given the opportunity to compete:


  • Brandon Anchant of East Petersburg, Benchmark Construction Co. Inc., West Earl Township.

  • Charles Miller of Elizabethtown, Wickersham Construction and Engineering Inc., Lancaster.

  • Brett Travis of Annville, Benchmark Construction Co. Inc., West Earl Township.


  • Corey Clytes of York, Cyprium Solutions Inc., East Petersburg.

  • Cayden Heiselman of Quarryville, D&T Electric LLC, Manheim Township.


  • David Barth (Harrisburg), James Craft & Son Inc., Newberry, York County.

  • Leah Hoptak (Wrightsville), James Craft & Son Inc. Newberry, York County.

  • Lucas Tire (York Haven), James Craft & Son Inc. Newberry, York County.

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