February 4, 2015
Association Highlights
 
AGC Annual Corporate Meeting & Dinner
Richard Schmidt Inducted as 2015 AGC President

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee held its Annual Corporate Meeting on January 20th at the Wisconsin Club. Over 135 industry leaders joined in recognizing Richard Schmidt (C.G. Schmidt, Inc.) who became the 2015 AGC President.  Additionally, Eric Wynn (J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.) was acknowledged as the 2015 AGC Senior Vice President/Secretary Treasurer.  The remaining members of the 2015 Board of Directors include: 

Rick Schmidt, CG Schmidt, Inc. - President
Eric Wynn, JH Findorff & Son, Inc. - Senior Vice President
Matt Bratzke, Opus Design Build LLC - Past President
Tim Just, Berghammer Construction Corp. - Labor Policy Chair
Chad Bathke, VJS Construction Services - Corporate Director
Kevin O'Toole, Hunzinger Construction - National Director
Todd Browning, Olympic Companies, Inc. - Associate Director
Phillip Purpero, CW Purpero Inc. - Associate Director
Tim Jones, Mortenson Construction - Director
Rupert Kotze, Kotze Construction Co., Inc. - Education & Research Foundation Chairman
Mike Stern, JH Findorff & Son Inc. - Construction Leadership Council Chairman

The guest speaker for the AGC Annual Corporate Dinner was Dennis Winters (Chief Economist-Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development).  Mr. Winters gave a very compelling presentation on the challenges that employers will be facing relative to finding suitable future employees.  He felt all industries, including construction will be under enormous pressure to find workers, given the aging population and static level of new Wisconsin workers. 

Finally, the AGC recognized the following individuals for their completion of the Supervisor Training Curriculum: 

Mark Kuphal, JH Findorff & Son, Inc.
Tyler Kreuser, JP Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Steve Jacobs, Jr., Beeler Construction, Inc.
Myles Multhauf, Beeler Construction, Inc.

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AGC Represented at Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Apprenticeship Summit

The Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee was one of 30 organizations state-wide who were invited to participate in Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Apprenticeship Summit held at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread January 28-30, 2015.

The summit convened industry executives, leading workforce and education experts, and innovative apprenticeship policy makers to evaluate and discuss current research and operating models to enhance Wisconsin’s apprenticeship strategies.  Representing AGC was its CEO, Mike Fabishak, who stated, “The construction industry is well-placed in the annals of apprenticeship training in the state of Wisconsin. Nonetheless, AGC will continually seek to improve our construction workforce system, and strive to align the needs of both general contractors and subcontractors with innovative talent development.

The Summit participants developed several strategies designed to:

1. Expand effective apprenticeship models to existing as well as additional industries, occupations, employers and apprentices.
2. Leverage resources, relationships and rules to bridge Youth Apprenticeship with Registered Apprenticeship tracks, incorporate apprenticeship strategies in talent development tactics, and incorporate apprenticeship models into kindergarten K-12 education.
3. Forge new collaborations at the state, regional and local level to align resources, agencies and industries around the power of apprenticeship models.

The AGC is committed to workforce development strategies that produces the most capable and productive employees for the construction industry.  It has served as a leader in construction workforce development for over 20 years.

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CLC Draws Record Crowd to its Annual Kick-Off Event at The Wisconsin Club

This past Thursday, January 29th, over 180 people gathered at the historical Wisconsin Club in the beautiful Grand Ballroom for the AGC Construction Leadership Council’s Annual Kick-Off event!  We shattered last year’s attendance, with an increase in registration of over 250%!  You can see the photos from the event Here!

As the crowd gathered for the cocktail reception, all were eagerly anticipating hearing the keynote address, Building Profitable Partnerships in Construction, being presented by Joe Takash of Victory Consulting.  Before the program commenced, the group sat down to a sumptuous plated dinner.  Brian Eigenfeld, AGC of Greater Milwaukee and CLC Coordinator, began by thanking the sponsors, who played a vital part in the success of the evening’s event.  They were:
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Platinum Sponsors
JH Findorff & Son, Inc.
VJS Construction Services
Mortenson Construction
JF Ahern Co.
InPro Corporation
Butters-Fetting Co., Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.

Gold Sponsors
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 Sponsors
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
SRS Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

Food Sponsors
Milwaukee Lawn Sprinkler Corp.
AGC of Greater Milwaukee

He then introduced Mike Stern, JH Findorff & Son and 2015 CLC Chairman, who took the stage and told a little bit about the CLC, its mission of developing tomorrow’s construction industry leaders today, and the various events it hosts throughout the year ranging from tours of the city’s major projects, to networking and community volunteer events.  He recognized the Committee, and their hard work not only in putting together this event, but for all their time, effort and dedication to the CLC and the industry.  The 2015 CLC Committee Members are:

Mike Stern, JH Findorff & Son, Inc. – 2015 Chairman
Angie Benike, JF Ahern Co. – Vice Chairwoman
Jason Schneider, VJS Construction Services
Shauna Boyer, Mortenson Construction
Alex Raver, Hunzinger Construction
Andy Sisler, Creative Constructors
Tony Niemiec, State Painting Co.
Randy Hill, Stano Landscaping Inc.
Devin White, JP Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Mark Federle, Marquette University Faculty Representative
Blake Wentz, MSOE Faculty Representative
John Stumpf, Marquette Student Chapter President
Travis Smith, MSOE Student Chapter President

Mike also elaborated on the CLC’s efforts to facilitate and strengthen the connection with the Universities through the Student Chapters.  The CLC has in the past couple years hosted several Roundtable events on the campuses, allowing the students to ask questions of our professional members and leverage their experience.  Another part of strengthening this relationship was acknowledging that the AGC of Greater Milwaukee, through its Education & Research Foundation, provides scholarships to students in construction studies at area universities.  He recognized the scholarship recipients there that evening, Marcos Trejo-Perez of MSOE, and Kevin Kuhtz of Marquette University.

After recognizing these individuals and companies, it was time to bring up the keynote speaker for the evening, Joe Takash of Victory Consulting.  Joe has given over 3500 presentations throughout his 17-year career since founding his company on building and maintaining effective partnerships.  As a sought-after media resource, Joe has been interviewed on national outlets such as ABC News, Fox Business News, MSNBC, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur Magazine, Career Builder, CBS Radio, USA Today and BusinessWeek, and has helped construction companies win more than a billion dollars of new business.  His experience was evident as he delivered his keynote to the CLC that evening, Building Profitable Partnerships in Construction.  He kept the entire crowd engaged with a presentation that was informative, entertaining and interactive.  Several audience activities were included that allowed those in attendance to get real-time practice and feedback to the topics he was presenting such as how we are perceived when we greet someone and tips to remembering those we meet. 

Joe certainly delivered a dynamic presentation, and all in attendance seemed to agree that it was a great way to Kick Off the 2015 season for the AGC Construction Leadership Council.  Thank you all for coming and making this the best Kick-Off event yet! 

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Safety and Management Training Day
February 24th, 8 am to 3:30 pm, Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Convention Center

Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Convention Center
5105 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee
Cost $55 Members; $95 Non-Members

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee is pleased to present this valuable event for the construction industry.  Join us in a full day of safety training on topics such as Confined Space, Fire Extinguisher Training, Proper Use of PPE, Undeerstanding the OSHA Process and more.  In addition to more interactive safety training, this event will provide a management training track on such topics as negotiation, partnering and sales.

Don;t miss this opportunity, register today!  Save 10% when you register 10 or more!  There are also sponsorhsip and door proze donation opportunities.

For more details on registration, sponsorships or door prize donations, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Upcoming Trainings from the Knowledge Source
 
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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STP 6: Understanding and Managing Project Costs
March 2nd, 4th, 9th & 11th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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

STP promotes an interactive training atmosphere among course participants and employs some of the most dynamic instructors in the construction industry.  Unit six covers understanding how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated, and how to control costs to meet the estimate.
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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In the News
 
Construction Spending Ends 2014 at Highest Level since 2008

Construction spending rose in December to a six-year high of $982 billion as public construction for the year increased for the first time since 2009, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said President Obama's budget proposal and his suggested infrastructure funding program should help construction spending continue to grow by accelerating debate about the best way to fund repairs to the nation's aging roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

"For the first time in nearly a decade there was growth in all three major construction segments-public, private nonresidential and residential," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "If the president and Congress can work out a way to pay for long-term investments in our aging infrastructure, there is a good chance this pattern will repeat in 2015."

Construction spending in December totaled $982 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, 0.4 percent higher than in November, 2.2 percent higher than in December 2013, and the highest monthly figure since December 2008, Simonson noted. The full year total of $961 billion was up 5.6 percent from 2013 and was the highest full year amount since 2008.

Private residential spending in December climbed 0.3 percent from November but slid 4.0 percent from a year earlier, while private nonresidential spending slipped 0.2 percent for the month but rose 5.3 percent year-over-year. Public construction spending increased 1.1 percent from November and 6.7 percent from December 2013. For the full year, private residential spending rose 4.1 percent, private nonresidential spending climbed 11 percent, and public spending grew 1.8 percent.

"The hottest segments in 2014 as a whole were warehouses, which leaped 50 percent, and multifamily, which climbed 34 percent," Simonson added. "Both of these categories should do well again in 2015."

Other private nonresidential segments that grew steeply in 2014 included offices (24 percent); manufacturing (16 percent); power, including oil and gas pipelines and field work (14 percent); and commercial-retail, warehouse and farm (13 percent), Simonson observed. He noted that office and retail construction included many renovation projects as well as new starts.

The two biggest public segments both grew in 2014: highways and streets (4.1 percent) and education (1.2 percent). In addition, public spending on transportation facilities such as transit, airport and ports rose 4.9 percent, Simonson said.

Association officials said the infrastructure funding outlined in the president's latest budget will help stimulate needed debate on the best way to finance repairs and additions to the nation's vital public infrastructure. "The president's budget proposal opens the door to a healthy debate about the best way to finance our long-term infrastructure needs," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. "Congress should take advantage of this opportunity and work with the president to find the right funding solution."

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
AGC Annual Corporate Meeting & Dinner
AGC Represented at Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Apprenticeship Summit
CLC Draws Record Crowd to its Annual Kick-Off Event at The Wisconsin Club
Safety and Management Training Day
Upcoming Trainings from the Knowledge Source
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
STP 6: Understanding and Managing Project Costs
In the News
Construction Spending Ends 2014 at Highest Level since 2008
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