June 21, 2018
It's Time to Tee Off at the SOLD OUT CLC Golf Outing!

Grab your clubs! we're teeing off at the SOLD OUT AGC Construction Leadership Council's Annual Golf Outing today! The CLC golf outing is one of our favorite events of the year and we are so excited to get this tournament going.

We have a ton of fun contests this year including the always popular Golf Ball Launcher, Ball Toss Contest, Raffle Prize Drawings, Hole Contests, and  Door Prizes at the reception and awards presentation that afternoon.  

If you capture any great pictures at the golf outing make sure to share them with us on Facebook and Twitter!

 


Thank You to those who have sponsored!

Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp

C. D. Smith Construction Inc.

CG Schmidt, Inc.

Common Links Construction LLC

Construction Supply & Erection, Inc.

Cornerstone Plumbing, LLC

David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc.

Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental

Doral Corporation

Esch Construction Supply, Inc.

F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc.

Fabick Rents - The CAT Rental Store

Hetzel-Sanfilippo Inc.

Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.

J.F. Ahern Co.

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

J.M. Brennan, Inc.

Kotze Construction Co., Inc.

LaForce Inc.

Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

Lockton Companies

Michels Foundations

MKE Drones

Mortenson Construction

NEXT Electric, Inc.

Professional Service Industries, Inc.

Spancrete

State Painting Company

United States Alliance Fire Protection, Inc.

VerHalen Commercial Interiors

VJS Construction Services

Zurich Insurance & Surety



 

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Workers Compensation Rates Drop 6% Thanks to Safety-Conscious Industry

The Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau (WCRB) will soon release the new annually adjusted Workers Compensation Rates, which go into effect October 1, 2018. Based on recent announcements, we know there will be an overall decrease of 6.03%, continuing a recent trend of declining rates.

The WCRB promulgates the annual Workers Compensation Rates, which are then approved by the State of Wisconsin, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. This year the trend of rate decreases continues, with the aggregate rate dropping by 6.03%. The specific classification rates, including construction classifications, are expected to be released later this month.

In this past year our industry has helped lower workers comp rates because of it's increased focus on safety and safety prevention.

Here at the AGC, we will continue to provide valuable updates essential for efficient management of your business, as well as necessary safety services you depend on. One way we can help is our our Rent-a-Safety Director program, which can help with any OSHA issue or violation. We can assist during an initial inspection or if a citation is issued, we can provide advocacy assistance at the OSHA informal conference.

Learn more about our Rent-a-Safety Director program here.

If you have any questions, contact Nathan Jurowski, AGC General Counsel, at njurowski@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4104.

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AGC’s E&R Foundation to Fund Virtual-Reality Laboratory

Earlier this year members of the AGC’s Education & Research Foundation, (Rupert Kotze, Rick Schmidt, Jim Parks, Steve Freckmann, Josh Halvorsen and Mike Fabishak) hosted representatives from Milwaukee Universities to hear research grant proposals to help usher in a new era of hands-on construction-related tools in higher education.

The AGC-GM E&R Foundation is please to announce that we have selected the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's proposal for a Laboratory for Virtual-Reality Building Construction. UWM representatives, Gillian Chamberlin, Jean Opitz and Dr. Jian Zhao, presented their funding proposal to help build UWM’s Virtual Reality Infrastructure, by purchasing a VR Table. The table would be utilized by students during lab to simulate construction design and stress testing. We found this technology cutting edge and a great tool for recruitment and possibly as an industry resource for contractors.

Learn more about what this virtual reality table can do here.

 

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The Lean Construction Series, One of Our Most Popular Programs, is Coming Back!

AGC of Greater Milwaukee is excited to be offering a Lean Construction Series to kick off this year's fall semester.  This is one of our most popular programs and Units 1: Variation in Production Systems and 2: Pull in Production will be starting on August 30, 2018.

Lean Construction is driven to minimize costs and maximize value on each project completed, challenging all stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process. Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost — from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to designers and contractors who want to do their job well and move on to the next project. To develop the tools needed to build lean, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has developed the Lean Construction Education Program. Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system. AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program is a series of courses that progressively cover a range of topics essential to Lean Construction, including:


•    Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
•    Unit 2: Pull in Production
•    Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring
•    Unit 4: The Last Planner® System
•    Unit 5: Lean Supply Chains and Assembly
•    Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-Construction
•    Unit 7: Problem-solving Principles and Tools

 

For a complete list of next 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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Following AGC on Social Media Will Keep You Up to Date on Industry News

At the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee we're always looking for new ways to improve communication with our members. One way we're trying to improve communication is by implementing a strong presence on social media.

Social media is also a great way to show you, our members, the latest commercial construction news and keep you up to date with everything we are doing, including new educational and safety courses and any new improvements to our services. Social media is also a great place to ask questions and share images from our events. Whether its sending us a direct message or commenting on one of our posts, we'd love to hear from you!

Follow the AGC-GM today on Facebook, Twitter and connect with us on LinkedIn.

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AGC Members can get $1,000 Towards New GM, Chevy & Buick

AGC is proud to provide members and their employees with a private offer of up to $1,000 off the purchase or lease of most new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles. Association members can combine this offer with most current incentives, including the National Fleet Purchase Program and Business Choice Offers for an even better deal.

Until July 2, 2018, General Motors is offering fleet customers $500 in Fleet Cash on 2017/2018 full size vans and midsize pickups that can be stacked with your GM Private Offer.  See your local Chevrolet or GMC dealer for details.

Learn more here.

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Foxconn & UW-Milwaukee Partner to Create New International Engineering Co-Op Program

Foxconn Technology Group, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Chung Yuan Christian University recently announced an agreement to create an international co-op program in which UWM engineering students will study at the university in Taiwan and work at a Foxconn facility there.

"We are delighted to host Foxconn's first international co-op program in Wisconsin and be a model for other universities in the state," UWM Chancellor Dr. Mark Mone said. "Many of us in higher education have talked for years about the need to collaborate more closely with each other and with our business partners, and Foxconn has encouraged us to accelerate that work to benefit our students and our state. Companies throughout Wisconsin will need the well-trained engineers that programs like this will provide."

Foxconn will need thousands of engineers to help run the $10 billion advanced manufacturing facility it is building in Mount Pleasant. This co-op program model could eventually be replicated at other universities around Wisconsin and the Midwest.

Learn more about this new partnership in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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In This Issue
It's Time to Tee Off at the SOLD OUT CLC Golf Outing!
Workers Compensation Rates Drop 6% Thanks to Safety-Conscious Industry
AGC’s E&R Foundation to Fund Virtual-Reality Laboratory
The Lean Construction Series, One of Our Most Popular Programs, is Coming Back!
Following AGC on Social Media Will Keep You Up to Date on Industry News
AGC Members can get $1,000 Towards New GM, Chevy & Buick
In The News
Foxconn & UW-Milwaukee Partner to Create New International Engineering Co-Op Program
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