Webster’s Dictionary defines membership as “a part of a whole,” and defines being registered as “qualified officially or formally.” There are companies across the United States and abroad that have sought to register their companies with ABRA to gain recognition and notoriety as a knowledgeable leader in the industry.

Webster’s defines recognition as “taking special notice or attention.” ABRA being recognized by OSHA, NIOSH and the CDC as the “go to” in the biorecovery industry has been a vital tool for many of its registered companies. An ABRA membership has opened many doors for its registered member companies in obtaining national and governmental contracts for services.  Brian Yarbrough of Carolina Crime Scene Recovery in North Carolina saw the advantages of an ABRA membership when closing a military contract; Brian was also able to offer national services by utilizing the large membership base of ABRA. Andy Yurchuck of BIO-Clean of New Jersey has also been able to use the assets of his ABRA membership to gain national contracts for his business expansion along the East Coast. So whether you collect pet rocks or clean up trauma scenes, there is a definite advantage to belonging to a group that shares a common interest.

ABRA’s next national conference and trade show will be Sept. 22-24 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. You do not have to be a member of ABRA to attend this event. For more information on attending and to obtain the hotel discounts, contact committee chairman Dan Pinkston at (352) 804-3992.