January 21, 2019
Governor Visits Workforce Development Partner WRTP / BIG STEP

Gov. Tony Evers visited workforce development partner, WRTP/BIG STEP, this past Monday! Evers toured the BIG STEP facility and met with industry leaders to discuss his plans for economic development in Wisconsin. In attendance for the meeting was AGC CEO and BIG STEP Board Co-Chair, Mike Fabishak. Fabishak has served over 20 years on the board for BIG STEP has helped advance the AGC’s commitment to workforce development.

WRTP/BIG STEP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit workforce intermediary dedicated to connecting people to family-sustaining jobs. Their mission is to enhance the ability of public and private sector organizations to recruit, develop, and retain a more diverse, qualified workforce in construction, manufacturing and emerging sectors of the regional economy.

The AGC is proud to be a partner with BIG STEP and for being a leading driver of construction workforce development in Southeastern Wisconsin. Our vision is to develop workforce solutions that attract and train the most capable and productive individuals to join the commercial construction industry in our area.

Learn more about how AGC supports workforce development here.

Learn more about WRTP/BIG STEP here.

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AGC Members Connect with Over 70 General Contractor Representatives at our Annual Meeting

What a way to kick off the new year! With over 70 representatives from general contracting companies in attendance, our Annual Meeting served as the perfect place to make meaningful connections within the industry. Thank you to everyone who attending our 2019 Annual Meeting and helped us welcome our 2019 Board of Directors!

Along with the great networking opportunities, we had the distinct pleasure of hosting Gilbane Building Company's Vice President of Diversity and Community Affairs, Linda Graves, who presented us with a stimulating discussion on "Boosting Your Business Through Diversity".

Our Members gathered at the Grand Ballroom of the Wisconsin Club to celebrate another outstanding year in construction in the Greater Milwaukee Area. They were able to meet the 2019 Board of Directors, and enjoy the fellowship of our Member colleagues and friends. With upwards of half the attendees representing one of our General Contractor representatives, our Annual Meeting serves as one of the most valuable networking events of the year. We have repeatedly heard of lasting professional relationships which have been developed during the reception hour and dinner. Thank you again to everyone who attended, we hope to see you next year!

   

To learn more about AGC and our upcoming events, visit our website or contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100 with any questions.

Follow AGC of Greater Milwaukee on Facebook to see more pictures from the 2018 Annual meeting.

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Grab a Helmet and Ride into 2019 with the CLC at the Harley-Davidson MuseumŽ!
Registration ends soon for the CLC's Annual Kick-Off, February 7th

Registration Ending Soon!

Join the Construction Leadership Council as we rumble in the New Year at the Harley-Davidson Museum™ with featured guest speaker Dustin Bass as he delivers a highly charged presentation on the value of cultivating a culture which supports a healthy work-life balance.

The CLC is pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Kick-Off Event will be held at the exciting Harley-Davidson Museum™ Rumble Room on Thursday, February 7, 2019. The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception at 5:00, seated dinner at 6:00, and followed by our featured guest speaker at 7:00.

This year the CLC has the pleasure of hosting nationally recognized FMI Director, Dustin Bass. As a senior consultant with FMI Corporation, Dustin provides strategic insight and industry-specific advice for a broad range of industry stakeholders. With more than 15 years of construction industry experience, Dustin understands the complex business issues that clients face on a daily basis.

This is a wonderful networking opportunity or just a perfect excuse to unwind and celebrate the new year. In addition to great company in a fun atmosphere, attendees will enjoy a gourmet dinner, two drink tickets, and a complementary Museum ticket.

To register for this event, or to learn more about  the AGC and our many special events, please contact us directly at (414) 778-4100 or at kjalalian@agc-gm.org.

 

Thank You to all of our Sponsors!

Platinum
VJS Construction Services, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Berghammer Construction Corporation

Gold
Cobb, Strecker, Dumphy & Zimmermann
State Painting Company
CG Schmidt
JP Cullen
Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Inc
David J. Frank Landscape Contracting, Inc.

Silver
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Hays Companies
Creative Constructors
Mortenson
Boehlke Bottled Gas

Table
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.

 

 

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The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in January & February - STP, CLC Kick-Off and Much More!


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

January & February 2018
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

   

 

Basic First Aid/CPR/AED Training
January 21st & 22nd
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corporate GC/CM - $60, Associate - $70, *CBA’s - $95, Non-Affiliated IAP - $150
Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Medic First Aid, CPR and AED training is
designed specifically for the occupational
first aid provider. This extremely valuable
program will help employers comply with
OSHA and other federal and state regulatory
requirements for training employees
on how to respond and care for medical
emergencies at work.
Two-year certification cards are issued upon
completion of this course.

Intended Audience: This course is for any adult who wishes to
become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, especially those charged
with the responsibility to respond in an emergency.

 

Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
January 23rd
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corporate GC/CM - $35, Associate - $50, *CBA’s - $60, Non-Affiliated IAP $100
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 2: Communication
February 4th, 6th, 18th & 20th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corporate GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Instructor: Kevin Higgs - Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal

This course presents a body of knowledge and skills that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their jobsite.

Unit 2 Explores:

  • Effective Communication
  • Learn to Listen
  • Carrying on Conversations
  • Persuasion, Negotiation, and Confrontation
  • Communicate with Your Crew
  • Putting it in Writing
  • Meetings that Work
  • Electronic Communication
  • Improving Communication

 

CLC Kick-Off Event
Health Work-Life Balance for Increase Productivity and Profitability

February 7th
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
CLC Members - $75, AGC Members - $90, Non-Members - $150
Speaker: Dustin Bass - FMI
Held at: Harley Davidson Museum

A healthy work-life balance will be one of the biggest management challenges in the 21st Century, and the construction industry is not exempt. Labor shortage, long and odd hours, and varied worksites are unaccommodating to proper work-life balance, and may result in conflicts, burnout, fatigue and reduced productivity. Addressing this challenge now can boost productivity and quality, as well as profitability and sustainability.

Join the AGC’s Construction Leadership Council at its 2019 Annual Kickoff as we host nationally recognized FMI speaker, Dustin Bass, who will discuss how creating a supportive work-life balance at your company will help increase recruitment, retention and productivity. This interactive program will cover creating a supportive culture, team building, how to stave off burnout, and more.

The construction industry is not immune from one of the most pressing personnel issues. Companies looking to survive and thrive now and in the future are encouraged to attend this crucial event.

 


OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
February 18th, 20th, 25th & 27th
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Corporate GC/CM - $130, Associate - $180, *CBA’s - $200, Non-Affiliated IAP - $300
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. 

 

Lean Exam
February 28th
8 am to Noon
Cost: $550 will be collected after the candidate application is reviewed and approved

Exam information: the Lean Construction Education Program provides policies and procedures related to the exam.

Eligibility requirements: CM-Lean candidates must successfully complete the seven AGC Lean Construction Education Program courses, provide AGC with record of completion and have an approved application in advance of exam administration.

Application: Visit www.agc.org/CM-Lean for the CM-Lean application and allow 10 days for review and response. Once approval notification is received, allow 10 days to complete the pre-exam checklist in advance of exam day (provided in the approval notification email).


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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The AGC Participates in the Statewide Talent Development Council

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee was invited to participate in the statewide Talent Development Council, hosted by the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association, at the Pyle Center in Madison, on January 9th.

A representative of the AGC gathered with other association and community leaders to focused on current workforce development efforts. The thirty-plus member roundtable discussed best practices and were treated to presentations on cutting edge initiatives, including:

  • Talent Development Tools: Veterans Retraining Grants
  • Talent Pipeline: Think Make Happen – Results & Future Direction
  • Talent Attraction/Retention: Discussion on the WI workforce development public policy

The Talent Development Council's periodic meetings are designed to inform, educate, and provide communication tools to provide a greater understanding of how the workforce system operates. Participation in the Council assists in informing while aligning efforts during critical public policy discussions that can help build consensus on workforce policies.  The AGC participates in this and other workforce development organizations to ensure our members have the talent pool they need. For more information contact Mike Fabishak at (414) 778-4100.

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Economic News
 
Booming Construction Market in Wisconsin Strains Already Tight Labor Market
Check out the 2019 Sage-AGC of America Outlook Survey
Seventy-nine percent of construction firms nationally plan to expand their headcount in 2019, according to the 2019 Sage-AGC of America Outlook Survey released January 2nd. Apprehension accompanies this anticipated demand as construction firms seek to fill these positions.

Thirty-one of the respondents report hailing from Wisconsin, with 78 percent indicating having a hard time filling some or all salaried and hourly craft positions. Additionally, 37 percent of respondents stated it will become harder to hire hourly craft or salaried personnel over the next 12 months. Internally, this strain has resulted in increased base pay rates, incentives and bonuses, and benefit contributions. Externally, contractors report higher than anticipated costs, higher prices in bids, and delays in bids and completion dates.

The AGC’s full press release is available here as well as their full set of survey materials here, or feel free to contact Brian Turmail (turmailb@agc.org), Ken Simonson (simonsonk@agc.org), or Allen Chen (allen.chen@agc.org) for assistance interpreting or using the results for your own purposes or for contacting media in the state.
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Dodge Momentum Index increases 4.3% year over year

This is the time of year when construction industry groups weigh in on what they believe the next 12 months will hold for contractors. Anirban Basu, the Associated Builders and Contractors’ chief economist, said that construction companies can likely count on strong momentum through 2019, but that the industry in 2020 and beyond could start feeling the effects of inflation; the tight labor market; tariffs (unless some kind of deal is reached that lowers or eliminates them); and immigration policy.

Other measures like the Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index and the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Billings Index also point to a healthy industry at least through the end of this year.

Increasing construction costs are also a concern for contractors around the U.S. In New York City, these costs, along with rising prices... Read full article here.

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In This Issue
Governor Visits Workforce Development Partner WRTP / BIG STEP
AGC Members Connect with Over 70 General Contractor Representatives at our Annual Meeting
Grab a Helmet and Ride into 2019 with the CLC at the Harley-Davidson MuseumŽ!
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in January & February - STP, CLC Kick-Off and Much More!
The AGC Participates in the Statewide Talent Development Council
Economic News
Booming Construction Market in Wisconsin Strains Already Tight Labor Market
Dodge Momentum Index increases 4.3% year over year
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