May 6, 2014
Association Highlights
 
Help AGC of Greater Milwaukee Welcome New Members to Our Association

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee continues to grow!  More and more companies are seeing the value in the services and connections we provide.  We have several new members joining our Association this year!  Please help us in welcoming:

The Brehmer Agency, Inc.
Babcock-Solutions, LLC
Southport Heating Plumbing Geothermal
DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C.
White Glove Group, Inc.
Bukacek Construction
Weather-Tek Design Center
Perrin Carpentry Contractor Inc.
Insulation Systems Inc.

We look forward to providing you and all our members outstanding service this year!

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Last Week to Register for Past Presidents' & Awards Night
Tuesday, May 13th in the Wisconsin Club Grand Ball Room

Don't wait, the registration deadline for AGC of Greater Milwaukee's Annual Past Prestidents' & Awards Night is this Friday May 9th! 

The event will be held Tuesday, May 13th in the Wisconsin Club Grand Ball Room. The evening will begin at 5:30 with a Cocktail Hour.  At 6:30, Dinner will be served, with the Program to immediately follow at 7:15.

The AGC Past Presidents & Awards Night is where we honor all AGC Past Presidents, the various AGC Members for the many contributions they have selflessly made to AGC, and finally, those elite companies who have put a premium on construction safety.  It is also a unique networking event that draws over 200 construction industry leaders for an evening of recognition.  The date has been set for Tuesday, May 13th at the Wisconsin Club's Grand Ballroom.

Our sponsrs are a vital part of the evenings success!  We would like to thank all those who helped sponsor this evening:

Gold Sponsor
C.G. Schmidt, Inc.

Silver Sponsors
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Weather-Tek Design Center, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors
Aon Risk Solutions
Brehmer Agency, Inc.
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Olympic Companies, Inc.
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
Spancrete

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MSOE Hosts CLC Roundtable Event, Volunteer Event and Golf Outing Coming Up Next!

On April 24th, students from MSOE, Marquette, and UWM got a chance to sit down and talk with industry professionals about what they might expect after graduation.  As the group gathered and mingled for the evening's event, they enjoyed some pizza and beverages and got to know a few of the Roundtable speakers present.  A special thanks to Mike Stern of JH Findorff & Son and CLC Chairperson, Shauna Boyer of CG Schmidt, Angie Benike of JF Ahern Fire Protection, Matt Iwanski of Berghammer, Robert Ornst, Jr. of Selzer-Ornst Co,  Mark Kemp of Superior Masonry, Tricia Fleming of JH Findorff & Son, Michael Duffek of Kotze Construction, Nicholas Rivecca of Sonag Ready Mix, and Max Bade of FJA Christiansen Roofing for volunteering their time and expertise for these students, as well as our MSOE Student Representative, Aaron Lubitz, for all his hard work in organizing this event.

Also, a big Thank You to the evening's sponsors of the refreshments!  Our food sponsors were Selzer-Ornst Co. and Kotze Construction Co., and the beverages were sponsored JF Ahern Fire Protection!

You can see pictures from the event Here.

But the CLC Season is just getting warmed up!  Coming up we have a fantastic opportunity to volunteer to support a local shelter by taking the kids from the shelter for an adventure and picnic outing at a local park.  This event will be held on Saturday, May 31st.  This is a great opportunity for these children to  get out in a safe, supervised environment; to run and play and be kids!  Previous outings have taught us the children bond quickly with volunteers participating in this event, and truly appreciate focused one-on-one attention.  Keep an eye out for more event details, as they will be headed your way SOON!

Also, one of our favorite events is coming up quickly: The CLC Annual Golf Outing at Ironwood Golf Course!  The date is set for Thursday, June 26th and Sponsorship Opportunities are now OPEN!  This event helps support the rest of our events and efforts throughout the year.  We have picked up some really good momentum, due mostly to the support our members have shown over the past couple years.  We want to thank you, and ask to please consider supporting our future efforts through sponsorship at this year's Golf Outing!  Information has already gone out, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org.

 

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OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
May 20th, 21st, 27th & 28th, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Corp. G.C. - $125, Associate - $165, ACEA/IAP - $190, Non-Member - $280
Gert Grohmann & Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Need your OSHA 10-Hour training card to get on the job?  You’ve come to the right place!  This 10-Hour construction safety course was developed by the US Department of Labor to provide construction workers, supervisors, and other personnel responsible for construction activities with an awareness of construction safety and health concerns in the construction industry.  All attendees will become familiar with reading and using the OSHA standards for construction 23 CFR 1926.  Other construction safety and health standards are also discussed.  Attendees receive an update and review of standard construction safety and health principles and information that prepares them to recognize and control a variety of hazardous conditions.  An OSHA card, certificate of completion and hardhat sticker will be issued. 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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FLSA and State Wage and Hour Issues: Avoiding and Defending Against Multi-Million Dollar Class Action Claims
May 21st (Webinar), 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $20, Non-Member - $30
Thomas P. Godar, Whyte, Hirschboeck, Dudek, S.C.

This webinar will explore the explosion of class action wage and hour claims and how they affect the construction marketplace.  Claims of failure to pay employees for pre- and post-job site tasks, working through unpaid breaks, or for otherwise compensable travel time can lead to demands of millions of dollars.  Likewise, aggressive plaintiffs’ counsel are reviewing claims of misclassification of exempt employees, unpaid donning and doffing of special equipment or clothing, or faulty time clock practices.  This webinar will explore what employers can do to avoid being a target, or respond when sued for failure to compensate employees correctly.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Lean Construction Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly
May 29th, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Corp G.C. - $175, Associate/BE Members- $300, Non-Members  - $500
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University

Lean Construction Education Program was developed to help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build lean.  Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system.  Unit 5 introduces participants to the concept of lean supply chain and assembly.
Following this course, participants will be able to:
• Differentiate between traditional procurement practices and lean supply chain applications
• Identify waste and value-adding activities within the supply chain and assembly
• Evaluate the impact of using lean supply chain on waste elimination, continuous flow and site operations pull
• Use value stream mapping to diagnose and improve the supply chain

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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In the News
 
Posner Building Redevelopment into Apartments Could Secure $2.5M in Milwaukee Help

Milwaukee may provide $2.5 million for the $23.5 million conversion of the mostly vacant Posner Building on West Wisconsin Avenue into apartments.

The seven-story building at Wisconsin Avenue and North Plankinton Avenue currently houses Mo’s Irish Pub on its first floor and vacant upper floors. Milwaukee-based HKS Holdings LLC, which developed the Global Water Center, will convert the building into 105 apartments, according to a city announcement.

The Mo's Irish Pub will remain in place after the renovation.

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority will contribute $13.75 million in financing.

Its conversion into housing has been discussed since late 2012, when its owner, restaurateur John Vassallo, pitched a plan to build 103 apartments on its upper floors. The apartments are seen as another way to bring more residents and activity to West Wisconsin Avenue.

“A lot of good work is underway to strengthen this part of Milwaukee’s downtown," said Mayor Tom Barrett. "Additional residential development and more street-facing retail are certainly part of Wisconsin Avenue’s future.”

The city this month will consider creating a $2.5 million tax incremental financing district to support renovating the Posner Building into apartments, according to a public notice posted Thursday. Under the proposal, a developer would receive $2.5 million, with the costs repaid by recovering new property taxes generated by the project. The Milwaukee Redevelopment Authority will consider the TIF district on May 15.

The developers also will use historic tax credits and a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. grant, according to the city announcement.

The Posner building is among three major housing proposals for the neighborhood. Chicago-based DJ Acquisitions LLC has an option to buy the building at 401 W. Michigan St. and plans to convert it into 188 apartments. Also, Milwaukee developers Vangard Group LLC and Endeavour Corp. Inc. plan to convert the Germania Building on Plankinton Avenue into 78 affordable apartments. That project suffered a setback this week when it was not awarded state affordable housing tax credits.

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Construction Unemployment Rate Declines to 7-Year Low of 9.4%

The unemployment rate in construction dropped to the lowest April level in seven years as contractors added 32,000 workers to payrolls in April, bringing industry employment to 6.0 million, the highest level since June 2009, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials warned that it is essential to revive and expand training opportunities before the industry runs short of workers.

“It is heartening that all categories of construction employers added workers, not only in April but over the past 12 months,” said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. “Moreover, contractors have been adding to workers’ hours as well as hiring more employees,”

Construction employment totaled 6,000,000 in April, a gain of 189,000 or 3.3 percent from a year earlier, while aggregate hours worked rose even more—3.8 percent, Simonson noted. Residential building and specialty trade contractors added a combined total of 13,100 workers in April and 107,900 (5.0 percent) over 12 months.

Nonresidential construction—building, specialty trades and heavy and civil engineering contractors—grew by 18,600 employees last month and 81,300 (2.2 percent) since April 2013.

“There is a limit to how much overtime workers can put in, and companies will be seeking to expand employment even faster if the volume of projects continues to grow,” Simonson added. “But the huge drop in the number of unemployed former construction workers may make it harder to keep adding employees.”

The unemployment rate for workers actively looking for jobs and last employed in construction declined from 13.2 percent a year earlier to 9.4 percent last month. Simonson noted that the unemployment rate for construction workers had fallen by more than half since April 2010, when it reached 21.8 percent. During that time, the number of unemployed workers who last worked in construction declined by 1.1 million, but industry employment increased by less than 450,000.

Association officials said that a sharp drop in the number of secondary-level construction training programs over the past several years has contributed to a decline in new entrants to the industry to replace retiring workers. They urged federal, state and local officials to adopt measures to help schools, construction firms and local trade associations to start and expand training programs for future construction workers.

“If elected and appointed officials don’t act soon to improve the quantity and quality of training opportunities for future workers, many construction employers will struggle to find the workers they need,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “It would be tragic if the construction industry can’t fill good-paying jobs because of a lack of trained recruits.”

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Help AGC of Greater Milwaukee Welcome New Members to Our Association
Last Week to Register for Past Presidents' & Awards Night
MSOE Hosts CLC Roundtable Event, Volunteer Event and Golf Outing Coming Up Next!
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
FLSA and State Wage and Hour Issues: Avoiding and Defending Against Multi-Million Dollar Class Action Claims
Lean Construction Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly
In the News
Posner Building Redevelopment into Apartments Could Secure $2.5M in Milwaukee Help
Construction Unemployment Rate Declines to 7-Year Low of 9.4%
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