January 20, 2015
Association Highlights
 
Last Chance! CLC Kick-Off Sponsorships & Registrations Close Friday!
Event will be held Thursday, January 29th at the Wisconsin Club, Presenting Keynote Speaker Joe Takash of Victory Consulting

It's coming up soon, and we couldn't be more excited!  We are thrilled to have 130 registered so far, and the support of 26 sponsoring companies!  Again, we could not have put on this event without you, so we would like to recognize and say THANK YOU to all of you! Our sponsors for this event are:

Platinum
JH Findorff & Son, Inc.
VJS Construction Services
Mortenson Construction
JF Ahern Co.
InPro Corporation
Butters-Fetting Co., Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.

Gold
State Painting Co.
Creative Constructors LLC
Hunzinger Construction
Plumbing Mechanical & Sheet Metal Contractors' Alliance
Berghammer Construction Corporation
Common Links Construction LLC
JM Brennan, Inc.
Midwest Stairs & Iron, Inc.

Silver
Stano Landscaping Inc.
Cornerstone Plumbing LLC
FJA Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Doral Corporation
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Marquette University
United States Alliance Fire Protection, Inc.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
iSqFt

Food
Milwaukee Lawn Sprinkler Corp.


With just over a week to go until our event, we must finalize our plans by the end of this week!  If your are interested in Sponsoring or Attending this event, please have those registrations in by the deadline of Friday, January 23rd!  Our speaker, Joe Takash of Victory Consulting, will be discussing "Building Profitable Partnerships in Construction" in his lively and interactive keynote address.  See the Event Page for full details.  It will be an event you can't afford to miss!

To Sponsor or Register by Friday, January 23rd, please contact Brian Eigenfeld at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org  or (414) 778-4100.

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Safety & Management Training Day Set for Feb. 24th, Invitations will be Sent Out Soon
New Location! Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Convention Center

The date is set for AGC's Safety & Management Training Day!  Join us on February 24th, 2015 when we will be at the Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Convention Center for a full day of learning, training, and earning qualifications!  The venue address is 5105 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee.  Invitations will be sent out shortly, so stay tuned!  Sponsorship and Door Prize Donation Opportunities are available now!

For Sponsorship Opportunities please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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FREE Webinar - Lean Construction in the Cloud: Maximizing Value, Minimizing Cost
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (CT) Wed., Jan. 28, 2015

The construction industry is experiencing a major shift; new tools and methodologies are being introduced every day to help minimize the time, resources and dollars spent. To help eliminate time waste, productivity must be maximized. This can mean a number of things — including optimizing workflows, minimizing time spent waiting around for the right people, tasks and/or materials, and ensuring a safe worksite each and every day.

Join us to learn more about how collaborative project management and asset management can maximize your project’s ROI throughout the job lifecycle. We’ll demo how construction companies and project managers with multiple subcontractors and stakeholders are collaborating in the cloud.

By attending this webinar you’ll learn how to:

• Map out and organize projects and all their elements in a smooth and continuous workflow in one central location

• Share custom project views and collaborate in real time and across project teams, subs and stakeholders anywhere, anytime.

• Optimize services, materials and labor delivery, significantly decreasing labor wait time.

• Create, customize and scale apps that work within your unique business processes

• Leverage customizable reports to view daily logs, punch lists and safety reports, costings and more instantly.

Register Here

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In the News
 
Construction Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.3 Percent, Employment at Five-Year High

Nonresidential Construction Employment Gains Outpace Residential As Firms Struggle to Keep Pace with Rising Demand While Coping with Growing Shortages of Qualified Workers

Construction employers added 48,000 jobs in December and 290,000 for the year, the largest annual increase since 2005, as the sector's unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said many firms are expanding payrolls to keep pace with growing construction demand, but are having a hard time finding qualified workers to fill key positions.

"Construction firms are clearly ramping up their hiring to keep up with swelling demand for construction," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Demand for workers to construct apartments, pipelines and huge industrial projects is likely to remain robust in 2015."

Construction employment totaled 6,166,000 in December, the highest level since March 2009, with a 12-month gain of 290,000 jobs or 4.9 percent, Simonson noted. Residential building and specialty trade contractors added a combined 13,500 employees since November and 132,100 (6 percent) over 12 months. Nonresidential contractors hired a net of 34,400 workers for the month and 158,200 (4.3 percent) since December 2013. The heavy and civil engineering construction segment, which includes pipelines, petrochemical and power plants, and public works construction, added 11,600 jobs in December and 57,900 (6.6 percent) over the year.

The number of workers who said they looked for work in the past month and had last worked in construction fell to 680,000 from 958,000 a year earlier. The latest total was lower than in any December since 2000. In addition, the average workweek for craft workers ("production and nonsupervisory employees") lengthened to 40.1 hours, the most since the series began in 1947, as firms ask employees to work more overtime to make up for the difficulty in finding additional workers.

Association officials said the construction employment gains come as more contractors report having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to fill available positions. They urged Congress to act quickly to reform and increase funding for the Perkins Act, which funds most career and technical education programs in the country.

"We need to make sure our education system is giving students an opportunity to qualify for the high paying opportunities that the construction industry is creating," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. "The more paths to success we give students, the more likely they are to succeed." 

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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
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

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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Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
February 16th, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

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

Employers do have rights during the inspection process, but you must be aware of what they are if you hope to exercise them.  As OSHA continues to change the way it does business, it’s more likely your jobsite will be inspected.  The more you know about handling an OSHA inspection, the more likely your experience will be less painful and costly.  This course will help you find out what you might be doing that catches the eye of the trained OSHA inspector and how to successfully navigate your way through the inspection process.

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

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The Law - Managing Social Media/Cell Phone Use at Work
February 17th, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $40, CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Joseph Gumina, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.

Would you like to limit or restrict the use of a cell phone when employees are calling and texting on the job?  Then there are texts, emails and web surfing all while they are supposed to be working.  WHAT CAN LEGALLY BE DONE ABOUT THIS??  AGC member O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., will provide a clear understanding to contractors and HR staff on the necessary policies and procedures to assure that these instances can be dealt with swiftly and appropriately—before you have an expensive legal problem or find yourself in court.  O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. brings experience to bear on issues surrounding HR and will provide an informed presentation oriented to solving problems before they occur which will save you valuable time and costs.

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

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OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
February 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Corp. G.C. - $115, Associate - $155, CBA’s - $175, Non-Affiliated IAP - $250
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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Lean Construction Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction
February 23rd, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Corp G.C. - $100, Associate - $175, CBA’s - $200, Non-Affiliated IAP - $250
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University

Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction is a half-day, instructor-led course that introduces you to the concepts of value-based management, lean in the design process and relational contracting. The course is divided into three sessions:
Session 1 – Defining Design
Session 2 – Applying Lean in Design
Session 3 – Contractors in Design

Following this course, participants will be able to:

• Distinguish between the varying definitions for design.
• Define value and commonly used methods to maximize it.
• Discuss waste and commonly used methods to minimize it.
• differentiate between traditional project methods and lean design.
• Explain the various lean tools used in design and how to deploy them.

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

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Last Chance! CLC Kick-Off Sponsorships & Registrations Close Friday!
Safety & Management Training Day Set for Feb. 24th, Invitations will be Sent Out Soon
FREE Webinar - Lean Construction in the Cloud: Maximizing Value, Minimizing Cost
In the News
Construction Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.3 Percent, Employment at Five-Year High
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
STP 3: Problem Solving & Decision Making
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Crane Rigging Training
Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
The Law - Managing Social Media/Cell Phone Use at Work
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
Lean Construction Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction
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