January 6, 2015
Association Highlights
 
Happy New Year! Welcome New Members to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Welcome back!  We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday, and are ready to start the new year with some renewed vigor.  Along with the theme of new beginnings, the AGC would like to welcome its new members for 2015, ready to join us in leading the construction industry forward!

Please join us in welcoming:

The Blue Book Network
Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board
Natural Solutions
Doral Corp
Wall-Tech, Inc.
New Berlin Redi-Mix

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On Jan 29th, CLC Pleased to Present Joe Takash of Victory Consulting at Annual Kick-Off Event!
Keynote Address: Building Profitable Partnerships in Construction

The Construction Leadership Council of Greater Milwaukee is ready to Kick-Off the New Year in high gear!  We will be hosting our Annual Kick-Off event on Thursday, January 29th in the Grand Ballroom of the Wisconsin Club.

This year, we are pleased to present our nationally acclaimed keynote speaker, Joe Takash of Victory Consulting.  Learn to make the most of your connections as he discusses Building Profitable Partnerships in Construction in his keynote address.  You won’t want to miss it!  His expertise has been sought after by national media outlets such as ABC News, Fox Business News, MSNBC , Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Week and more!  Since founding Victory Consulting in 1998, he has advised CEOs, facilitated executive meetings, developed emerging leaders, and helped construction companies win more than $1 billion of new business.  Get the full details on the speaker, his presentation and the event Here on the Event Page.

Before you register, please note that we have sponsorship opportunities which include Admissions AND Memberships to the CLC!  We plan a variety of events throughout the year to help develop and educate the professionals in our industry.  From instructional seminars such as this, tours of major projects in the area, and chances to network with peers in the industry, to student and community outreach, it is our mission to develop tomorrow's industry leaders today.  See if one of these levels is right for your company, and thank you for your consideration and support!

Sponsorships and Registrations will be open until Friday, January 23rd

Thank you to all of our current sponsors for your support!  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Platinum
JH Findorff & Son, Inc.
VJS Construction Services
Mortenson Construction
JF Ahern Co.
InPro Corporation

Gold
State Painting
Creative Constructors
Hunzinger Construction
Plumbing Mechanical & Sheet Metal Contractors' Alliance

Silver
Stano Landscaping
Cornerstone Plumbing
FJA Christiansen Roofing
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Doral Corporation

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Meet Your 2015 Board of Directors at AGC's Annual Meeting
January 20th at The Wisconsin Club, Featuring Guest Speaker, Wisconsinís Chief Economist - Dennis Winters - Where Will the Future Workforce Come From?

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee will bring in the NEW YEAR with its Annual Corporate Meeting on January 20th at the Wisconsin Club.  This event represents an excellent opportunity for AGC General Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers and Service Providers to network and socialize over a sumptuous dinner at one of Wisconsin’s finest clubs.  2015 AGC President, Rick Schmidt (C.G. Schmidt, Inc.) will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and will be recognizing outgoing AGC President, Matt Bratzke (Opus Design Build, LLC).  Additionally, the 2015 AGC Board of Directors includes:

Eric Wynn, Senior Vice President - J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Tim Just, Labor Policy Chair - Berghammer Construction Corporation
Chad Bathke, Corporate Director - VJS Construction Services
Tim Jones, Director - Mortenson Construction
Kevin O'Toole, AGC-America National Director - Hunzinger Construction
Todd Browning, Associate Director - Olympic Companies, Inc.
Phillip Purpero, Associate Director - C.W. Purpero Inc.
Rupert Kotze, Chmn. Education & Research Foundation - Kotze Construction Co., Inc.

We will feature guest speaker, Dennis Winter, Chief Economist, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, who will provide an insightful presentation titled—Where Will the Future Workforce Come From?  As construction activity continues to improve, serious workforce shortages have surfaced which will undoubtedly cause problems for construction employers.  Mr. Winters will provide a thoughtful and provocative examination of exactly where we will need to find the productive workforce for the future. 

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

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The AGC Alternative: Currently Quoting AGC Member Firms and Chapters Interested in a Short Plan Year
New marketing brochure to be mailed to members and target chapters later this week
If your members received higher-than-expected health insurance renewals for 2015 or find themselves looking for better control over their employee benefits budget, now is the time to encourage them to take a look at all the great benefits The AGC Alternative offers exclusively to AGC member firms. Short plan year quotes can still be requested, even if the member firms has already renewed. And, if your chapter is located in one of our target states and you have 10 or more employees, to learn more about whether a short plan year might be right for your chapter staff or to get a quote prior to your annual renewal in 2015, we encourage you to visit www.agc.org/exchange or call 1-800-210-5290.
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Notice: New Venue and Date for AGC Annual Golf Outing
The Wisconsin Country Club, Monday, August 17, 2015

There are a few changes to look forward to this summer at the AGC Annual Golf Outing.  We will be hosting at a new location: The Wisconsin Country Club.  They have been hard at work with renovation projects and updates to the clubhouse and course over the past several years for a fresh experience.  Additionally, the date has moved from our usual second Monday in August to the third, putting it at Monday, August 17th, 2015.  Please make a note and mark your calendar accordingly.  We look forward to seeing you there as much as we are looking forward to summer!

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In the News
 
Construction Employment Increased in 38 States and D.C. During Past Year

Construction firms added jobs in 38 states and the District of Columbia between November 2013 and November 2014 while construction employment increased in 26 states and D.C. between October and November, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by AGC of America. Association officials noted that the list of states gaining jobs has varied significantly from month to month as the market remains extremely variable.

“Construction job growth remains positive overall but volatile,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Although more than three-quarters of states have added construction jobs from year-earlier levels throughout 2014, the list of states with gains keeps changing. Only North Dakota, Louisiana and Oklahoma have exceeded their pre-recession peaks for construction employment this year, while most states are still at least 10 percent below previous highs.”

Read the full release here.

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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
STP 8: Managing the Project - The Supervisorís Role
January 12th, 14th, 19th & 21st, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $150, Associate - $270, CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Held at the AGC of Greater Milwaukee office

STP promotes an interactive training atmosphere among course participants and employs some of the most dynamic instructors in the construction industry.  Unit eight explores the relationship between the roles and responsibilities of project managers and project supervisors.  Attendees will gain a greater understanding of project delivery systems, managing information, risk management, managing methods and materials, understanding finances, working with project partners, and understanding corporate policies and procedures.
Intended Audience: This course was specifically designed for Superintendents, foremen, project managers as well as those who aspire to hold these positions in the future.

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

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Sales & Use Tax for Contractors
January 22nd, 8 am to 11:30 am

Corp G.C. - Comp. Associate - $40, CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $70
Annmarie Alvarez, Wisconsin Department of Revenue

The presentation will deal with topics affecting general contractors and subcontractors.  The main theme will be to classify your property as to whether it is Real or Personal property, so as not to over pay on taxes or leave yourself vulnerable to audit.  This seminar will provide participants information on various elements in Wisconsin’s Sales Tax Law. 

Topics covered include:
• Dept. of Revenue’s treatment of transactions with tax-exempt entities
• Ways to file for a sales tax refund, when sales or use taxes are owed and use tax exceptions.
All attendees will receive a copy of the Sales & Use Tax Information for Contractors Guide.

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

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Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
January 27th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $25, Associate - $40, CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Rough terrain forklift training vividly impresses upon the students the necessity for safety in all aspects of lift truck operations and procedures.  The safety standards reviewed in detail include graphic illustrations of the personal and economic dangers inherent in the use of forklift equipment.  The step-by-step progression of this training is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to become a safe and professional forklift operator.  This is the classroom portion of the total training requirement for rough terrain forklifts. 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for all individuals on a jobsite who may be charged with operating a forklift at any time.

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

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First Aid/CPR/AED Training
January 28th & 29th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $60, Associate - $70, CBA’s - $85, Non-Affiliated IAP - $125
Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Medic First Aid, CPR and AED training is designed specifically for the occupational first aid provider.  This extremely valuable program will help employers comply with OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees on how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work.  Two-year certification cards are issued upon completion of this course. 
Intended Audience:  This course is for any adult who wishes to become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, especially those charged with the responsibility to respond in an emergency.

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

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STP 3: Problem Solving & Decision Making
February 2nd, 4th, 9th & 11th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $150, Associate - $270, CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450

The Supervisory Training Program is a construction-specific training curriculum developed, updated and field-tested by and for contractors.  Each day, decisions made by every foreman and superintendent are crucial to the success or failure of every construction project.  This course will help construction supervisors identify problems and how they occur and learn techniques for solving them in the construction industry.  Supervisors will learn how to use the decision making process and the important considerations to take into account.  Unit three explores problems in the construction industry, establishing a problem solving environment, human performance problems, effective production planning, production process improvement, and risk, emergencies, and crisis situations. 
Intended Audience: Those on a construction jobsite in a supervisory role – from the new supervisor and foreman to the experienced superintendent. 

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

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Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
February 3rd, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $25, Associate - $40, CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

OSHA requires you to meet new requirements under the New Crane Standard for Construction Operations – Subpart CC.  Effective November of 2010, anyone performing crane signals on a construction site has to be “qualified.”  For your employees to fit into this category, they must:  be competent in the application of the types of signals used, have a basic understanding of crane operations and the limitations, know and understand the new crane standard as it applies to signaling, and demonstrate all of the above through testing.  This new course will help contractors meet their obligations under this newly revised standard. 
Intended Audience:  This training is intended for anyone who intends to perform signal person duties on construction jobsites. 

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

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Crane Rigging Training
February 5th, 4 pm to 8 pm

Corp. G.C. - $60 plus $20 for materials, Associate - $75 plus $20 for materials, CBA’s - $90 plus $30 for materials, Non-Affiliated IAP - $145 plus $40 for materials.
Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

In addition to qualified signalpersons and certified operators, the new OSHA crane standard requires employees who perform rigging operations to be “qualified.”  This course has been developed by the Crosby Group to assist employers in qualifying their personnel as a “Qualified Rigger” as required in the new crane standards.  The standard also requires an experience component which is not provided in this course. 

Note: This course is four hours in length.  To receive a card verifying their attendance in this class, attendees must be present the entire four hours.

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

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Happy New Year! Welcome New Members to AGC of Greater Milwaukee
On Jan 29th, CLC Pleased to Present Joe Takash of Victory Consulting at Annual Kick-Off Event!
Meet Your 2015 Board of Directors at AGC's Annual Meeting
The AGC Alternative: Currently Quoting AGC Member Firms and Chapters Interested in a Short Plan Year
Notice: New Venue and Date for AGC Annual Golf Outing
In the News
Construction Employment Increased in 38 States and D.C. During Past Year
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
STP 8: Managing the Project - The Supervisorís Role
Sales & Use Tax for Contractors
Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
STP 3: Problem Solving & Decision Making
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Crane Rigging Training
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