March 30, 2017
Featured Seminar
 
Wisconsin Sales & Use Tax for Contractors - Information to help make your team stronger!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 8:00 am - Registration Closing Soon, Act Now!
Sales and use tax affect a large part of your company’s bottom line. From bidding to recordkeeping, mistakes can be costly. It’s valuable to have someone in your organization who knows the details of the law. That’s why we have opened our doors for just that purpose.

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee is hosting Sales Tax Specialist, Holly Hoffman, of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, to speak directly with contractors on this important topic. This in-depth discussion is tailored to construction contractors and is designed to guide your key financial personnel through the various factors which affect how sales and use tax is assessed. This program also addresses new developments in the law, highlighting exemptions previously unavailable to contractors. Finally, attendees will learn proper recordkeeping techniques, so you can avoid costly audits.

We encourage you to help make your team stronger by sending someone from your office to this beneficial program. Click here for more information and to register.
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Association Highlights
 
Students and Contractors Come Together at AGC CLC Socia-Bowl

On March 22, nearly 50 Students and Contractors came together  at the Marquette Sports Annex to socialize and network over a game of bowling.  See the Photo Album Here!  Members of our Student Chapters had the opportunity to meet with representatives from General Contractors and Subcontractors from AGC over a few frames of bowling.  The 12 lanes at the Marquette Sports Annex provided a great casual atmosphere to get to know each other in a relaxed setting.  The students and Members alike had a great time!

A big Thank You to  all the companies who sponsored this event!

CG SchmidtCoates Electric
FJA Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc.
Franklin Equipment LLC
International Concrete Products
iSqFt
JF Ahern Co.
JH Findorff
KMI Construction
Mortenson Construction

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FMI Releases 2017 Prefabrication Survey

The 2017 FMI/BIMForum Prefabrication Survey offers insights into key trends and drivers shaping today's prefabrication environment in construction.  Get the full report Here.

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Simonson Sees Uncertainty in Construction Outlook
Ken Simonson, chief economist of AGC, provides his outlook for construction and infrastructure funding in 2017.  See his video commentary Here.
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The Blue Book Building and Construction Network’s, “Who’s Who in Building & Construction Showcase”
We wanted to make sure you were aware of The Blue Book Building and Construction Network’s, “Who’s Who in Building & Construction Showcase” event that is being held on April 6th.
 
Whether you’re a subcontractor looking for the right relationships or a general contractor needing more subcontractor relationships, or a supplier providing critical materials and manpower, you are invited to attend this free event.
 

When: April 6th 11:30am-6pm

12:00pm-1:30pm - Lunch provided and Seminar on “Industry Best Practices”

2:00pm-6:00pm - Networking (hors d’oeuvres and cocktails provided)
 
Where: Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, WI (2810 Golf Rd, Pewaukee WI 53072)
 
What: One of the region’s largest commercial construction networking events! The event is expecting over 800 commercial construction professionals to be there, and it is free to attend! The Who’s Who showcase will have over 60 GC’s, Property Managers and Facility Mangers exhibiting for the sole purpose of making new connections for upcoming commercial projects.
 
Why: Now more than ever, relationships are key within the industry and there is a sub-contractor shortage.  This will be the best 1/2 day of networking all year long, and you will definitely walk away with new profitable relationships!
 
The AGC of Greater Milwaukee will have a booth along with other members and we would like to see you there.  There is no cost to attend this event, but they do ask that you register.  Please follow this link to register. If you are already registered, we look forward to seeing you!
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EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

April-May 2017

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events
To Register for any classes, contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100

STP 1: Leadership and Motivation
April 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450

This course will describe the value of effective supervision of workers and improve the construction supervisor’s ability to lead and motivate others.

Unit 1 Explores:

• The dollars and sense of people in construction
• The role of the construction supervisor
• Helping people perform better
• Motivating others
• Leading others
• Positive feedback
• Training and orienting crew members
• Teams and team building
• Leadership skills in action


OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
April 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $280, Associate - $355, *CBA’s - $400, Non-Affiliated IAP - $600
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


The OSHA 30-Hour training is designed for construction workers or managers with safety and health responsibilities.  Students learn to identify common hazards found on construction sites, and develop strategies to prevent injuries.  Although OSHA standards are discussed, this training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention.  Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive and OSHA 30-Hour card as proof of compliance with OSHA mandates. 

Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews


Sales & Use Tax - How is Your Business Impacted?
April 5th
8:00 am to 11:30 am
Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Holly Hoffman, Sales Tax Specialist & Speakers Bureau Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Revenue

This seminar will provide participants information on various elements in Wisconsin’s Sales Tax Law. A primary focus will be on outlining the compliance requirements of the Sales & Use Tax Exemption, effective in 2016, so as not to overpay on taxes or leave yourself vulnerable to audit.

Holly Hoffman is a tax specialist who will speak on topics affecting both general contractors and subcontractors alike. Topics include Department 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 sales and use tax exceptions. All attendees will receive a copy of the Sales and Use Tax Information for Contractors booklet.


OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
April 25th, 27th & May 2nd, 4th
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $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 will be issued. 

Change Orders and the Clauses that Govern
April 26th
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Nathan Jurowski, General Counsel, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Change orders are a normal step in every construction project, but will inevitably affect two of your most valuable resources: time and money. Because change orders are frequently the only legal means by which an owner and contractor may amend the contract, identifying and knowing how to revise critical clauses is vital to helping ensure your project’s profitability.

Participants will follow an interactive discussion as the AGC’s General Counsel, Nathan Jurowski, interprets these valuable clauses, highlights the law in this area, and provides the tools necessary to avoid costly mistakes.

STP 6: Risk Management and Problem Solving
May 1st, 3rd, 8th & 10th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450

This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control. 

Unit 6 explores:

• Safety leadership, communication and expectations
• Planning for site safety
• Site safety management
• Site security and protection
• Multi-employer safety
• Construction risk management
• Safety and Human Resources
• Regulatory procedures, record keeping and documents


Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
May 9th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $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.

OSHA’s New Silica Standard
May 18th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system. OSHA’s new Silica Standard is scheduled to take effect in June of 2017. Find out what this new standard means to your operation.

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events
To Register for any classes, contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100

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Early Bird Registration Opens for AGC Financial Issues Summer Meeting
The AGC Financial Issues Committee (FIC) Summer Meeting will be held June 27-28 at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn. Get more details and Register Here.
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In the News
 
Member News

Steve Freckmann of Dawes Crane to Serve on AGC E&R Foundation Board
Congratulations to Steve Freckman on his new role serving on the AGC of Greater Milwaukee's Education & Research Foundation board.  Steve, as well as his company, Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, have long been active participants and supporters of AGC's various boards, committees and events, and we would like to thank and recognize him for his continued involvement in his new role.

Ahern Contributes to Multiple “Top Projects”
Ahern contributed to at least one trade to six of the "Top Projects of 2016," as chosen by industry publication The Daily Reporter.  See which projects Here!

Student Showcase: Milwaukee School of Engineering's Holly Denfield
Holly Denfeld, an MSOE student, and her path into the construction industry is highlighted in the AGC of America’s Annual Report (pg. 5).  Read about her, and the rest of the report, Here.

 

Got news? Share your company news with the AGC of Greater Milwaukee membership by sending press releases, notices, etc. to Brian Eigenfeld at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org 

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Have You Reset Your AGC-A Password?
As part of AGC’s ongoing efforts to implement best-practices for data management and security, we will soon be implementing a new password policy for all contacts (member and non-member contacts) in the AGC of America database (iMIS database).

Starting on March 22th, anyone with an active member or non-member record in iMIS (that includes an email address) will receive a notification via email from AGC on the change that will include their new username and temporary password to log-into their AGC account.  

Important Changes to Note:

• The user’s new username will be the email address linked to their account, and the new temporary password will be the user’s lastname+5 digit zip code tied to their account.

• Users will be encouraged to log-into their accounts to update their temporary password, as well as to update their communication preferences.

• Information on the new procedures for logging into user accounts will also be added to the AGC website and event registration platforms.

• Moving forward, neither AGCA staff, nor chapters, will be able to access any individual’s current password. Individuals may reset their password at any time by clicking on ‘reset password’ link from the log-in page or AGC of America staff may reset the password directly in iMIS on their behalf. This will generate an email to the linked address that can be used to reset a password.


Members as well as non-member contacts will be alerted of these changes over the course of the next two months.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 703-837-5343 or christi.reimer@agc.org.
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Blacklisting Regulation Has Been Repealed

Thanks to AGC advocacy efforts a major legislative victory was achieved on March 27 when President Trump signed a bill repealing the Blacklisting regulations.  For a Press Release regarding this and other AGC Regulatory Updates, Click Here.

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Featured Seminar
Wisconsin Sales & Use Tax for Contractors - Information to help make your team stronger!
Association Highlights
Students and Contractors Come Together at AGC CLC Socia-Bowl
FMI Releases 2017 Prefabrication Survey
Simonson Sees Uncertainty in Construction Outlook
The Blue Book Building and Construction Network’s, “Who’s Who in Building & Construction Showcase”
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Early Bird Registration Opens for AGC Financial Issues Summer Meeting
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Have You Reset Your AGC-A Password?
Blacklisting Regulation Has Been Repealed
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