May 26, 2016
Association Highlights
 
Past Presidents' & Awards Nights
180 Attendees, 80 Representing GCs, and Over 50 Awardees

On May 10th in the Ballroom of the Wisconsin Club, AGC Members gathered to honor those that have worked relentlessly to improve their companies, our Association, and the construction industry as a whole.  All in all, we had 180 individuals in attendance, 80 of whom represented the General Contractors of our Association. 

See the Photo Album Here, along with the complete list of awardees.

This year was an amazing year for our Safety Awards!  It truly shows that we are all incorporating the safety of every individual on our collective projects into our day-to-day concerns and activities.  We had 40 companies who qualified for the Leadership in Safety Award, including 12 who received the President's Safety Excellence Award for being the best in their respective categories.  For more information on how your company can qualify for these awards, contact Dan Burazin, AGC Safety Director.

We also recognized individuals who committed many hours of their time to improve their personal knowledge quotient and skill level through our Supervisory Training Program.  The evening's graduates have completed all 6 Units of the newly-revised program, each representing 12 hours of class time.  We take pride that Milwaukee has one of the most robust and successful STP programs in the country, which shows our members are as committed to the betterment of our industry as we are!  To get started on these courses yourself, contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian.

Finally, we had our Special Recognition Awards, which recognizes the efforts and achievements of individuals which benefit our city, its neighborhoods, and its residents through construction.  We had two exceptionally special awards that evening, even among these already distinguished categories.  First, AGC-GM recognized an individual with the Lifetime Achievement Award, one exclusively given only when the need arises, to one who has stood out as an example for all of us.  This year, the AGC Board felt Tony Gabrysiak, recently retired from many years of dedicated service at Hunzinger Construction, lived up to the esteemed values represented by this award.  Unable to attend that evening, the award was accepted on his behalf by Hunzinger's Executive Vice President, Kevin O'Toole.

In an unprecedented move, AGC also awarded TWO Community Special Service Awards.  These were given to Milwaukee's Mayor Tom Barrett, as well as Milwaukee Common Council President, Ashanti Hamilton, for all of their efforts in securing major projects for the area, most notably the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena.  These projects will spur millions in ancillary developments, and catalyze all construction-related businesses in the area for the foreseeable future. 

The others recognized for their outstanding service were:

Kurt Wildner, Staff Electric Co., Inc. - Harvey Peterson Safety Award
Jim Rooney, Berghammer Construction Corporation - Gilbert Czaplewski Superintendent Award
David Cullen, J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc. - Pioneer Award
Robert Kalhagen, Ideal Crane Rental, Inc. - Associate of the Year Award
Rick Schmidt, Jr., CG Schmidt, Inc. - SIR Award
Mike Stern, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. - Chairman of the Year Award

Congratulations to all the awardees, and thank you for helping the AGC of Greater Milwaukee Lead the Construction Industry Forward!

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Last Chance for the Early Eagle Sponsors to Get the Worm for AGC-CLC Golf Outing!
Invitations Go Out Next Week! Will Your Name Be On Them? Event Date: June 23

The Early Eagle Sponsorship deadline for the 2016 AGC Construction Leadership Council Golf Outing is this Friday, May 27th.  If you want to get the most for your sponsorship dollar, submit your Sponsorship Form by the deadline and your company will be recognized on the Invitation which goes out to ALL our members!

Get the Form Here

If you are unable to submit this week, sponsorships will still be open until registrations are due on Friday, June 17th.  Registration forms will be going out early next week, so make sure your company is represented!


Thank you to all our current Sponsors!

Eagle Sponsors
David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc.
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Doral Corporation
JF Ahern Co.
JH Findorff & Son Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Nations Roof North LLC
Olympic Companies, Inc.
Pieper Electric Inc.
VerHalen Commercial Interiors
VJS Construction Services
Wall Tech, Inc.

Tee & Table Sponsor
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

Tee Sponsor
Ewald Auto Group
Wolf PavingCo., Inc.

Hole Sponsor
Spancrete

Lunch Sponsor
CG Schmidt, Inc.

Exclusive Keg Sponsor
LaForce Inc.

Refreshment Stand
FJA Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc.
JM Brennan, Inc.
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.

Refreshment Cart
iSqFt
Lippert Tile Company, Inc.

Raffle Donation

Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental

Door Prize Donation
Sanchez Painting Contractors

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Premier Event for Young Professionals

Registration is open for the premier event for young professionals in the construction industry!  The 2016 CLC Leadership Development Conference, brings together mid-level career professionals in various areas of the construction industry from across the country to network, learn and share. This event is co-sponsored by AGC Georgia and they have worked hard to create a program with key take-a-ways on how to improve your performance in the industry.

This event is also an opportunity to connect with other CLC or YCF groups from across the country and learn what other chapters are doing to build successful CLC groups and prepare individuals for future leadership in AGC.

To see what you will learn and to register, Click Here.

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Get Ready for OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has not increased its civil penalties since 1990. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 removed OSHA from that exemption in Section 701, entitled the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. Understanding that increased penalty amount is important because once the catch up adjustment is implemented in August 2016, OSHA's civil penalties will not remain stagnant for the next 25 years. OSHA penalties are statutorily required by law to increase annually.

 To read the full report, Click Here.

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Need Training? Call AGC of Greater Milwaukee for a Custom Class!
Yes, the school year is finished but that doesn’t mean the training has stopped!  All of the AGC Safety Training programs can be taken “on the road” to your office or jobsite. The AGC Safety staff can even customize courses specifically for your company’s needs.  Affordable and tailored to fit your company’s exact needs, customized safety programming is just a phone call away!  Please contact Dan Burazin, AGC Director of Safety & Health at 414-778-4102 for more information or to schedule training.
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AGC Introduces National Online Job Board

AGC of America is pleased to announce the launch of the AGC Career Center, an online portal for job seekers and employers in the construction industry.

For individuals seeking career opportunities in construction, the AGC Career Center allows you to search job postings from across the country by location, keywords, categories, and experience level, as well as to post your resume for prospective employers.

Employers are able to quickly and easily sign up to post available jobs, browse viewable resumes and get  notifications delivered via email when new resumes are posted.

For a limited time, employers can take advantage of 10% off job postings by  using coupon code  AGC16 at checkout.  Learn more at https://www.agc.org/careers.

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FREE WEBINAR: Keep Your Doors Open - 7 Signs That You Need A New Project Management Solution
May 31, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST (1:00pm to 2:00pm CST)

May 31, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST (1:00pm to 2:00pm CST)

The construction industry is booming and we are building more than ever before. More buildings to build, means more builders to build them. This flux in competition leaves contractors in constant stress to win new business and keep the doors open. So, how do you remain one step ahead of the competition? Is your project management system preventing your teams from performing at their full potential? And, how do you identify the right solution for your company's unique problems? Join Procore Marketing Specialist, Katie Rapp, as she walks you through the seven keys to keeping your doors open.

In this webinar, you will learn:
•    The "Do It Yourself Mentality"
•    How to self-diagnose your company's problems
•    The seven signs that your current system is harming you more than it's helping
•    How to start your search for a new project management system

Go to the Registration Page Here

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Fall Protection is No Game! Until Harness Hero, That is.
A Fun and Engaging Way to Learn About a Serious Subject!

Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers in the United States. To protect workers, employers must not only provide the right protective equipment but must ensure workers understand proper setup and safe use of that equipment.

Harness Hero engages players in the key decisions of using a fall arrest system. At each step in the game, the player chooses where to anchor, what anchorage device to use, how to set up the harness, what connection device to use, and so on. The player also inspects the equipment along the way for burns, rips, rust and other malfunctions. At the end of each play, the player encounters a fall (the player pushes the worker off the building), and depending on how well they did setting up their fall arrest system, the player will either witness a rescue or a severe injury or even a fatality.

The Developers of the app commented, "Our goal in developing the game was to reinforce good behaviors learned previously through training or experience, as well as identify the skills that are lacking so retraining can be conducted.  We have also found that the inexperienced worker gets a great education in fall protection.  We tested the game with carpenters in the field while we were developing.  One carpenter failed to identify that the chest strap on his harness was too high.  When he encountered the fall at the end of the game, his neck broke.  His reaction was, “Wait!  What?  How?  My chest strap was too high?  Wow.  I’ll never do that again.”  I knew right then we had a winner."

Download the App Here

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Past Presidents' & Awards Nights
Last Chance for the Early Eagle Sponsors to Get the Worm for AGC-CLC Golf Outing!
Premier Event for Young Professionals
Get Ready for OSHA
Need Training? Call AGC of Greater Milwaukee for a Custom Class!
AGC Introduces National Online Job Board
FREE WEBINAR: Keep Your Doors Open - 7 Signs That You Need A New Project Management Solution
Fall Protection is No Game! Until Harness Hero, That is.
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