February 4, 2019
The CLC Kick-Off is SOLD OUT!
Over 60 General Contractor Representatives Will be in Attendance

The CLC is excited to announce that this year’s Annual Kick-Off Event is SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who registered, we can't wait to see you tomorrow, 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.

Along with the exclusive networking and delicious dinner,  nationally recognized FMI Director, Dustin Bass. will provide our attendees with a presentation of the value of cultivating a culture which supports a healthy work-life balance. Dustin's 15 years of construction industry experience gives him the knowledge of how to deal with complex business issues that clients face on a daily basis.

With over 60 representatives from General Contractors in attendance the CLC Kick-Off will serve as the perfect event to build strong and lasting relationships in the construction industry.

If you missed out on the CLC Kick-Off, don't fret, we have plenty of more exciting opportunities you can be a part of in the upcoming year. Check them out in our events section on our website!

Thank You to all of our Sponsors!

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

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

Silver
Boehlke Bottled Gas
Creative Constructors
FJA Christiansen Roofing
Hays Companies
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
J.F. Ahern Co.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Mortenson

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Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Milwaukee Tool

 

 

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Combatting Drug Use and Opioids in Construction
The Daily Reporter - Article by Nathan Jurowski, AGC General Counsel

We are all waking up to the realities of the devastating effects that opioid abuse can have on employees and businesses in the construction industry. The statistics are overwhelming and offer only a glimpse into the damage done to our workers and their families. Fortunately, our industry and political leaders have begun to champion and carry out real plans to eliminate this scourge.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids killed nearly 48,000 people in 2017.[i] Given the nature of construction, injury rates in our industry are relatively high and opioids are commonly prescribed to treat workers’ pain.[ii]

The statistics bear out similar results for illicit drug use: Of those working in all the major industry sectors, construction workers have the highest rates of... Read full article here.

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Government Shutdown Ends but Impacts May Linger

The 35 day partial federal government shutdown that began on December 22 ended on Friday January 25. Only a few contractors had reported being affected by not receiving authorizations, permits or funding; specifically, for low-income housing, bridges and Small Business Administration loans. However, the reopening of agencies does not guarantee that applications will be acted on immediately. Readers are invited to send information about impacts in the coming weeks to simonsonk@agc.org. The Census Bureau has not yet stated when it will post data that would normally have been released earlier in January, including November construction spending or December housing starts and building permits.

The value of new construction starts in December fell 10% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, "continuing to retreat after November's 7% slide," construction data provider Dodge Data & Analytics reported on Thursday. "Nonresidential building dropped 14%, as its commercial building segment lost momentum following its heightened November amount. Residential building pulled back 8%, due to reduced activity in December for both single-family and multifamily housing. Nonbuilding construction decreased 9%, with a steep plunge by the electric utility/gas plant category that outweighed a December rebound for public works. For 2018 as a whole, total construction starts increased a slight 0.3%....This came after 7% gains in both 2016 and 2017, as well as 11% to 14% gains from 2012 through 2015. The 2018 increase for total construction starts was restrained by a 31% plunge for the electric utility/gas plant category. If electric utilities and gas plants are excluded, total construction starts for 2018 would be up 2% from 2017." Chief Economist Robert Murray stated, "'There were several noteworthy features that stand out in the 2018 construction starts data....Last year's brisk economic expansion enabled...Read full article here.

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The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in February - OSHA 10-Hour, Lean Exam and Much More!


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

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

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. When registering, make sure to select Milwaukee as your location. 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).

 

Upcoming Classes in March

Crane Rigging Training
March 5th
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
March 7th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The Economics of Safety

March 18th
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
March 20th
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Conflict Resolution During a Crisis, Perspectives from Non-Contractor Stakeholders - Panel Discussion
March (TBD)
9:00 am to 11:00 am



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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Construction Emploment Increases in 273 out of 358 Metros in 2018 Amid Strong Demand
Labor Shortages Likely Prevented Additional Gains
On January 29th, the AGC of America's Chief Economist, Ken Simonson, released the December 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, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA area saw a 6 percent increase in construction employment. Of the remaining Wisconsin metro areas, Eau Claire (11%), Green Bay (8%) and Wausau (8%) saw the largest gains, while Janesville-Beloit (3%) and La Crosse-Onalaska (0%) grew the slowest or were flat.

Read the full list to see how your area fared.

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Industry News
 
Summerfest Amphitheater Raises the Roof

Summerfest has officially (and literally) raised the roof on its main stage.

The 26-foot roof raise at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater took place Jan. 28, just 24 hours before a nearly 48-hour wind chill warning overwhelmed the Milwaukee area. Joel Becker, vice president of field operations for project lead Hunzinger Construction Co. in Brookfield, said the roof raise, which will help attract more high-profile acts requiring greater production value, is unprecedented among already-existing structures.

"To lift the roof on an office building or warehouse is pretty common, but usually they don't lift them very high," Becker said. "They want to gain a little bit of head room. In this case, we had to lift this 26 feet."

Becker said that after the roof was raised, it was held in place by massive strand jacks, and workers spent approximately four days, accounting for some cold weather-related delays, welding it into place.

"The cold weather delayed us some, but we endeavored and completed the welding (Monday) morning," he said.

As of Tuesday, workers began lifting and removing....Read full article here.

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Racine County Seeks Bids on Nearly $10M Worth of Foxconn-Related Work

Two Foxconn-related water-infrastructure project worth nearly $10 million combined are scheduled to go up for bid soon in Racine County.

The Racine County Water and Wastewater utilities are seeking bidders for two proposals calling for the reconstruction of water mains as part of work to the county’s water and sewer system that’s being done in concert with Foxconn Technology Group’s construction of a massive manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant.

The largest of the two projects involves the second phase of the reconstruction of the county’s Spring Street transmission water main from Summerset Drive to Fancher Road in Mount Pleasant. Bidding for the project, which has an estimated cost of $7.2 million, will close on Feb. 20. The job itself is expected to wrap up by Oct. 1. The proposal calls for building 9,750 lineal feet of 36-inch water main, installing hydrants and other related infrastructure and patching asphalt.

A separate job calls for rebuilding the Louis Sorenson Road Transmission water main, a project officials expect to cost about $2.2 million. Bids for that work are due on Feb. 21 and the project is expected to be completed by Aug. 1. The proposal calls for building 16-, 20- and 24-inch water mains, hydrants and other infrastructure, in addition to repairing asphalt and taking steps to control traffic and perform other tasks.

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In This Issue
The CLC Kick-Off is SOLD OUT!
Combatting Drug Use and Opioids in Construction
Government Shutdown Ends but Impacts May Linger
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in February - OSHA 10-Hour, Lean Exam and Much More!
Construction Emploment Increases in 273 out of 358 Metros in 2018 Amid Strong Demand
Industry News
Summerfest Amphitheater Raises the Roof
Racine County Seeks Bids on Nearly $10M Worth of Foxconn-Related Work
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