August 10, 2018
AGC Golf Classic Outstanding Sellout!

Earlier this week, AGC of Greater Milwaukee hosted its Annual Golf Classic at the Exclusive Wisconsin Country Club. Check out photos from the AGC Golf Classic here.Thanks to our many generous sponsors and a Sold-Out crowd of over 140 golfers, we enjoyed another successful fundraising event for the AGC Education and Research Foundation.

We had some great prizes for skill contests, a chance car with a hole-in-one, raffle and door prizes, and even a Golf Cannon to add some fire power to your tee-off!

This event maybe over, but we have many more you can attend. Check them out here.

Thank you to all of our sponsors whose support helps us host these great networking events for our industry’s hardworking professionals.

 

AGC Golf Classic Sponsors

Ace Iron & Steel Corp.
Babcock Solutions LLC
Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp
Brehmer Agency, Inc.
C.W. Purpero Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Chris Greene, Inc.
Clean Power
Common Links Construction LLC
Construction Leadership Council (CLC)
Cornerstone Plumbing, LLC
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Doral Corporation
Fabick Rents - The CAT Rental Store
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems, Inc.
Hausmann Johnson Insurance
Hays Companies of Wisconsin
I Sq Ft
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Inpro Corporation
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Lee Plumbing Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
M.M. Schranz Roofing
Michels Corporation
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Milwaukee Scaffolding Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Nations Roof North LLC
Olympic Companies, Inc.
Professional Service Industries, Inc.
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
RIV/Crete ReadyMix
Spancrete
The Daily Reporter
United States Alliance Fire Protection, Inc.
VJS Construction Services
Zurich Insurance & Surety


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AGC-GM to Host Brand New Course: Construction Supervision Fundamentals

We are pleased to announce that the AGC of America have chosen the AGC of Greater Milwaukee to host a brand new course, the Construction Supervision Fundamentals (CSF) program! CSF provides front-line management with a path to develop the knowledge and skills to boost communication, teamwork, and operational competence to improve organizational project performance.

Held October 3 - 5, 7:30am-4:30pm at our Milwaukee office (1243 N. 10th St), our three day, 25-hour, instructor-led course has been designed for brand new supervisors and structured as classroom sessions that focus on providing the resources every supervisor needs to be an efficient manager of people, time, equipment and materials.

This course includes highly interactive sessions that incorporate case studies, activities, group discussions and jobsite exercises for skill development.

Course Outline:

  • Session 1 - Team Management
  • Session 2 - Project and Team Leadership
  • Session 3 - Communication Skills
  • Session 4 - Time Management and Project Scheduling
  • Session 5 - Risk Management
  • Session 6 - Construction Law and Contract Documents
  • Session 7 - Problem Resolution
  • Session 8 - Productivity and Cost Control
  • Session 9 - Skills Development

**This unique final session is focused on jobsite exercises for skill development where trainees review the completed assignments with company mentors, so that they can apply the skills learned in the course, evaluate progress, and create a path to advance their career.

 

For more information about this course offering, please contact:
Warren Kiesel
Director, Curriculum Development
Associated General Contractors of America
(703) 837-5389
warren.kiesel@agc.org

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Another Awesome Year at the AGC/CLC Brewers Tailgate!

It was a beautiful night for Baseball and an even better night for tailgating. The evening was filled with burgers, brats, beer and great company. Thank you to everyone who came to this year's AGC/CLC Brewers Tailgate and special thanks to JF Ahern for hosting our summer social for the 3rd year in a row!

Along with an amazing tailgate the Brewers had a great night with an commanding 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres. It was a game to remember with the Brewers hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning. What a way to start a game!

For the second year in a row 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. After many hyper-competitive matches,  VJS Construction Services, Team came out victorious, and split half the pot, receiving $80 cash each!  Congratulations!

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!

Check out pictures from the event here.

Thanks again to all our Generous Sponsors!

Mortenson Construction
iSqFt
CG Schmidt, Inc.
JF Ahern Co.
J. H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

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New AGC Website Features Will Enhance Your Buisness

The Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee (AGC) is proud to announce the launch of our new website, agc-gm.org, which coincides with expanding our mission to promote, educate and interact with our membership by delivering exceptional value through innovative programming and the highest quality service.

Our new website provides a clear message of who we are, what we stand for and where our value lies when developing, delivering and maintaining support to the commercial construction industry. The website also boasts a clean design and intuitive and simplified navigation system that easily directs you to the information most relevant to you. Along with improving the information on the website, it’s also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and portable devices.

The creation of the new website has given us the opportunity to improve upon sections that were useful on the old website, making them even better and easier to use. We’ve made it easier for potential new members to find our member benefits by having them all located in one place. In addition to improving sections for new members we’ve also improved our “Membership Directory”, so our current members can easily connect to other members in the industry.

We’ve introduced a range of new content to the website, including an “Events” page that not only will show you upcoming events and classes that we are hosting, it also gives you the option of registering for these events directly on the website. In addition, our “News” section will keep you up to date and properly informed on all aspects of the commercial construction industry.

As a member you’ll get special access to exclusive information on our website including:

  •  Advocacy Initiatives
  •  Legislative Updates
  •  Labor Contracts
  •  Collectively Bargained Wage Rates
  •  Labor Relations Updates
  •  Toolbox Talks
  •  And much more!

Going forward, we see our website as an active project, constantly being improved upon and updated. We plan to continue adding more content and construction related information to provide you with everything you need to enhance your business and the commercial construction industry.

We’re proud of the new website and feel it will create the experience you’re looking for when you pay us a visit. Check out the new website here: https://agc-gm.org/


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Learn how to Minimize Costs and Maximize Value on Projects with Our Lean Construction Series!
Registration Ending Soon!

AGC of Greater Milwaukee is excited to be offering a Lean Construction Series to kick off this year's fall semester. This is our most vital program to increase your knowledge on Lean Construction. 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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Wisconsin Saw a Year-Over-Year Increase in Construction Employment
See How We Fared this Past June

On August 1st, the AGC of America's Chief Economist, Ken Simonson, released the June 2018 construction employment numbers for the 358 metro areas across the US. The State of Wisconsin saw a year-over-year increase of 7 percent in construction employment, with the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA area seeing a 4 percent increase. Eau Claire (14%) and Janesville-Beloit (10%) enjoyed the greatest gains, while Oshkosh-Neenah (0%) was at the opposite end of the spectrum, remaining flat. Read the full list to see how your area fared.

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AGC Supported Tax Exemption Effective July 1, 2018

As highlighted in the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s most recent Tax Bulletin, the Tax Exemption for building materials that become part of a facility has been extended to include public higher education construction contracts entered into on or after July 1, 2018.

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee supported this legislative initiative in the Spring of 2017, which was ultimately incorporated into the 2017 Executive Budget Bill. This legislation expands the scope of the original 2015 sales and use tax exemption, which included local municipalities, school districts, water and sewerage commissions, and private non-profit organizations.

This comprehensive approach to a long-standing problem is an example of the common-sense legislation that AGC advocates for on behalf of our members. We have prepared an excerpt of the tax bulletin for your reference, or feel free to contact our office for additional information at (414) 778-4100 or njurowski@agc-gm.org.

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Support Guest Workers to Alleviate Growing Worker Shortages

 

The construction industry is experiencing record economic activity with low unemployment and little expectation that the current domestic workforce can alone meet employment demand.

Currently, our nation's immigration system provides the high-tech sector, agricultural businesses, and seasonal employers with options for legal work authorized immigrants. It does not for construction.

Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would allow contractors to hire year-round construction guest workers, who otherwise have no legal immigration avenue. The Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act would provide industries like construction access to tens of thousands of new temporary workers while protecting Americans and alleviating incentives for individuals to enter the country illegally.

Contact your members of Congress and urge them to support this legislation.

 

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In This Issue
AGC Golf Classic Outstanding Sellout!
AGC-GM to Host Brand New Course: Construction Supervision Fundamentals
Another Awesome Year at the AGC/CLC Brewers Tailgate!
New AGC Website Features Will Enhance Your Buisness
Learn how to Minimize Costs and Maximize Value on Projects with Our Lean Construction Series!
Wisconsin Saw a Year-Over-Year Increase in Construction Employment
AGC Supported Tax Exemption Effective July 1, 2018
Support Guest Workers to Alleviate Growing Worker Shortages
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