August 8, 2017
Association Highlights
 
AGC-GM Shows Support for Foxconn

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee actively supported the State’s efforts to solidify Foxconn’s unprecedented and historic decision to make a $10 Billion capital investment in Wisconsin. We are also engaged in a public campaign to ensure that lawmakers and the rest of Wisconsin appreciate the great potential of this unique opportunity.

At AGC, we are working directly with the media to promote the exceptional benefits this deal will have on the local construction industry (Read the News Release Here). Our perspective and comments have been acknowledged in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Daily Reporter, and 1130 WISN Radio. And, at the request of Governor Scott Walker’s Office, we have offered testimony before the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance on the transformative effect that the creation of Foxconn will have on construction in our area.

The AGC will continue to pursue opportunities to engage with the public and decision makers on this momentous win for our industry and the people of Wisconsin.  We would like to urge all members to contact your legislator and let them know how vital this new legislation, SS AB 1, is to the future of construction in southeastern Wisconsin.

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AGC Annual Golf Classic Sold Out for August 14th at The Wisconsin Country Club!
Thank You to All Our Generous Sponsors!

Thank you to all who have signed up to sponsor and participate in this year's AGC Annual Golf Classic!  You all play a vital part in the future of our industry when you support this event, because through the AGC Education & Research Foundation, you help raise money for construction scholarship and program funding in the Greater Milwaukee Area!

We will be teeing off Monday, August 14th at the exclusive Wisconsin Country Club, playing 18 holes along with skill contests, a picnic lunch, assorted liquor stands, and even a Golf Cannon!  Afterward, we will have dinner along with a raffle drawing, door prizes, trophies and more!

We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for supporting this event!  

Aon
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
The Blue Book Network
Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp
Brehmer Agency, Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Chicago Scaffolding Inc.
Circle Electric, Inc.
Clean Power
CliftonLarsonAllen
Common Links Construction LLC
Cornerstone Plumbing, LLC
The Daily Reporter
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Doral Corporation
Esch Construction Supply, Inc.
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems, Inc.
Gilbane Building Company
Hausmann Johnson Insurance
Hays Companies of Wisconsin
Hetzel-Sanfilippo Inc.
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
iSqFt
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
J.M. Brennan, Inc.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Lee Plumbing Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Lincoln Contractors Supply Inc.
M.M. Schranz Roofing
Meyer Concrete Pumping and Conveyor Service, LLC
Michels Corporation
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Miron Construction Co., Inc.
Mortenson Construction
NEXT Electric, Inc.
Olympic Companies, Inc.
Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete Inc.
The PrivateBank and Trust Company
Professional Service Industries, Inc.
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
RIV/Crete ReadyMix
Sonag Ready Mix, LLC
Spancrete
Tioga HVAC Rentals
The VanderBloemen Group LLC
VerHalen Commercial Interiors
Zurich

 

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AGC Offers 5 New Trainings on our Fall Education Calendar

AGC of Greater Milwaukee is delighted to present the August-December 2017 AGC Management Education and Safety Training Calendar, and acknowledge 5 NEW educational offerings.

This AGC Fall Semester Education Calendar will cover 27 different education and safety training programs.  Some programs, like the always valuable Supervisory Training Program (STP) and LEAN Construction, will be multi-day and extended-hour programs that will provide key personnel with valuable and productive knowledge to improve your profitability and success.  Others, like OSHA 30 Hour, First Aid and OSHA’s New Silica Standard, will help keep your employees safe and improve your bottom line.  The five new offerings include:

•    New Worker Compensation Rates on August 9th
•    Subcontractor Default Mitigation & Recovery Strategies on September 13th
•    How Effective Are Your Presentations? on October 11th
•    The Risk of Design Liability on November 8th
•    Surety Bonding on December 13th

See the schedule for the upcoming month below.


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

August-September 2017

For a complete list of this semester's classes or to Register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at

kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100

New Workers Compensation Rates
August 9th
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - Comp, Associate - $50, *CBA’s - $60, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Bernard Rosauer, President, Workers Compensation Ratings Bureau (WCRB)


Please join us as we host WCRB President, Bernard Rosauer, to discuss the annual changes to the workers compensation rate levels. These adjustments, which take effect October 1, 2017, directly impact your bottom line, are sometimes confusing, and require strict compliance. That is why the AGC of Greater Milwaukee has arranged for Mr. Rosauer to come and discuss these changes in detail and to field your questions.

Mr. Rosauer has been the President of WCRB since 2010, and has over 26 years’ experience working with both public and mutual insurance companies. This program is an opportunity for your payroll staff to have their questions answered, and to ensure cost-effective compliance with these new changes.


Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
September 6th
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.


STP 5: Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs
September 11th, 13th, 18th & 20th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450


This course 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.  This course also details how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of a project.

Unit 5 explores:

• Construction estimates
• Who controls project costs
• Reporting and analyzing actual costs
• Planning for cost control
• Labor cost variances
• Working with project partners
• Managing risk and loss potentials
• Cost control strategies
• Project-cost evaluation
• Benchmarking construction productivity
• Improving productivity through pre-planning
• New skills for effective supervision
• Personnel management
• Equipment management for productivity improvement
• Jobsite productivity, planning and scheduling
• Quantifying labor cost productivity
• Record keeping, control, changes, and defect analysis


Lean Construction Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
September 11th
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $200, Associate - $250, CBA’s - $350, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Lean Construction challenges all project stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process.  Unit 1: Variations in Production Systems is a half-day course that introduces one of the fundamental concepts of Lean Construction: Variation.

In the construction process, the work we do is all connected, and variation in even one of those processes affects us all.  This course provides tools to help participants recognize sources of variation on their own projects, examine variation’s effect on operations and mitigate the effects of variation in their everyday work.  Following completion of this course, participants will have the ability to:

·    Define the different types of variation
·    Explain the concept of throughtput and distinguish it from productivity
·    Discuss the role of variation in production operations
·    List sources of variation in construction settings
 

For a complete list of this semester's classes or to Register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at

kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100
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Photo Album: CLC Summer Social - Tailgate Party & Brewers Game!
Up Next, All-Student Chapter Meeting September 21st!

With our gracious host, JF Ahern Co., providing their offices as a venue for the second year in a row, the AGC Construction Leadership Council, their families and friends met in the Menomonee Valley for their Annual Summer Social - a Tailgate Party and Brewers Game!  See all the fun in our Photo Album Here!  A little cloud cover cooled the patio area down from the heat of the day, and everyone had an enjoyable afternoon.  With delicious food, catered by Bunzel's and sponsored by Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. & CG Schmidt, Inc., beverages courtesy of JF Ahern Co., and beer sponsored by LaForce Inc. the tailgate party was in full swing by 5:00!


This year, the CLC featured a Bags Tournament, raising money for the CLC Scholarship Fund through the AGC Education & Research Foundation.  Sixteen teams went head-to-head in a Sweet Sixteen style, single elimination contest.  One by one, teams were eliminated and the victors moved on the the next round.  Finally, it was down to the Final Four: Doug Biggar & Gary Montag from Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Zach Albert & Brian Miller from JP Cullen & Sons, Inc., Ben Bergles & Adam Lewis from VJS Construction Services, and Paul White & Steve Madziarczyk from CG Schmidt, Inc.  For their perseverence, the each received a CLC high-visibility tee shirt.  Finally, it came down to the final playoff, which was determined by the best two out of three wins, between Ben & Adam from VJS, and Zach & Brian from JP Cullen.  After three gruelling games, Ben Bergles & Adam Lewis came out victorious, and split half the pot, receiving $80 cash each!  Congratulations!

As evening settled in, we began our treck to Miller Park to watch the Milwaukee Brewers take ong the St. Louis Cardinals!  Cheers roared and fireworks boomed at the bottom of the first as the Brewers hit the first home run of the game!  The Cardinals retorted with a score of their own at the top of th very next inning, then put the home team in check with another run in the 4th.  Things quieted down for a while until the 6th inning, when the Cardinals surged forward with a three-run inning.  Despite a valiant effort, and three runs over the next two innings, the Brewers just couldn't pull back from that devastating 6th inning.  In the end, the Brew Crew was defeated by one run.  Despite the solemn walk back to the Ahern offices, we all still had a great time meeting, socializing, networking, and taking in the game.

We would like to extend a special thanks to JF Ahern for hosting the tailgate again this year!  Your hard work in helping set up, organize, and hosting this event are truly appreciated!


Thank you again to all our Generous Sponsors!

Food Sponsors
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

Beverage Sponsor
JF Ahern Co.

Beer Sponsor
LaForce Inc.

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Hire a Milwaukee Engineer - UWM Fall Industry Expo September 22nd!

Meet and hire the Milwaukee Engineers and other STEM employees of the future for internship, co-op and full-time opportunities at the 2017 Fall Industry Expo hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's College of Engineering & Applied Science. Last year over 700 students attended this event.

The Fall Expo will be on Friday, September 22, 2017, from 10:00am - 2:00pm, in the Wisconsin Room of the UWM Student Union. The event is a wonderful way to meet and recruit the engineers, computer science and other STEM employees of the future.

For more information, contact Julie Pickering at UWM at jlpicker@uwm.edu or find our more Here.

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The Latest - AGC Member News

Catalyst Construction Named a Top Fastest Growing Company
Congratulations to being a repeat recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s annual Fastest Growing Firms award!  To see the full article, Click 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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AGC Committee Examines Financial Issues Affecting the Construction Industry

Members of the Financial Issues Committee (FIC) of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) met in Minneapolis to discuss emerging industry developments. The committee is composed of financial leaders of construction companies nationwide and experienced professionals practicing in the industry.

Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen from Minnesota, an influential member of the House Ways and Means Committee, opened the dialogue. Representative Paulsen observed that our economy’s growth rate should be accelerating while corporate inversions should be decelerating. An outdated tax code was seen as a key underlying cause of the nation’s stifled growth and the increasing number of corporate headquarters migrating abroad. Paulsen was optimistic that a tax code overhaul based on objectives of growth, simplicity, international reform, and permanency may yet be achievable in 2017, though likely very late in the year.

Read Full Article Here

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August Construction Expansion Index: 12 to 18 Month Look Ahead at the Construction Marketplace
For metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) across the U.S., the expansion index measures the dollar volume of projects (i.e., in ConstructConnect's extensive database) in all stages of preparation prior to construction field-work getting underway, at the beginning of any given month this year versus what was calculated at the same time last year. Expressed a little differently, it is the value of all the projects in the pipeline prior to groundbreakings or 'starts' now versus 12 months ago.  Check out your Metro Area Here.
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In the News
 
Slideshow: Wisconsin Business Leaders Celebrate Foxconn's Arrival

The mood was celebratory at the Milwaukee Art Museum as Foxconn chairman and CEO Terry Gou and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a memorandum of understanding officially cementing the company’s plans to build a $10 billion plant in southeastern Wisconsin that could employ up to 13,000 workers.

Check out the Slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Kenny Yoo to see scenes from the packed event.

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OSHA Updates Online Whistleblower Complaint Form

OSHA currently controls over 20 laws that protect workers who file safety complaints against their employer or other employees. In general, whistleblowers are protected against retaliation from their employer.  In order to file a whistleblower complaint, 4 key elements must be alleged (from OSHA's website): Read Full Article

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
AGC-GM Shows Support for Foxconn
AGC Annual Golf Classic Sold Out for August 14th at The Wisconsin Country Club!
AGC Offers 5 New Trainings on our Fall Education Calendar
Photo Album: CLC Summer Social - Tailgate Party & Brewers Game!
Hire a Milwaukee Engineer - UWM Fall Industry Expo September 22nd!
The Latest - AGC Member News
AGC Committee Examines Financial Issues Affecting the Construction Industry
August Construction Expansion Index: 12 to 18 Month Look Ahead at the Construction Marketplace
In the News
Slideshow: Wisconsin Business Leaders Celebrate Foxconn's Arrival
OSHA Updates Online Whistleblower Complaint Form
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