Late in 1970, a small group of Capital District subcontractors met several times for the purpose of organizing an association that would represent the interests of subcontractors above all others. These subcontractors recognized the need for a unified, effective body working to improve the economic well-being of subcontractors and suppliers, and to alleviate problems affecting them. After several preliminary meetings, the Northeastern Subcontractors Association, Inc. (NESCA) was established in January 1971 and was incorporated February 10, 1971.
In 1974, NESCA moved to its current location at the Building Industry Center, 6 Airline Drive, Albany, New York. Also in 1974, NESCA together with subcontractor organizations in Syracuse, Buffalo and New York City, organized a state-wide affiliate to represent subcontractors' interests before the NYS Legislature. That affiliate is now known as the Empire State Subcontractors Association
In the more than forty years since the founding of NESCA, the association has grown and prospered as witnessed not only by its dramatic increase in membership, but also by the continuing addition of new programs and benefits to serve its membership. With membership over 500, NESCA remains the largest regional organization of subcontractors in the nation.
NESCA has become a well-recognized force within New York State's construction industry, and also within the business community as a whole. Rarely is construction-related legislation or regulatory action undertaken where NESCA has not been contacted for comment. Likewise, the construction trade press maintains regular contact with NESCA for informaton on construction industry issues. Moving foward, NESCA will continue to speak out on behalf of subcontractors and suppliers before the State Legislature, public agencies, private construction users and within the construction industry itself.