April 29, 2019
Only One Week Left to Register for The Past Presidents' and Awards Night!
Registration Closes May 7th!

Registration closes May 7th for the Past Presidents' and Awards Night, May 14th at the Wisconsin Club!  We'd love for you to join us in  helping us recognize our past leadership, and to congratulate the companies who will be receiving Safety Awards along with our other award honorees.

The Past Presidents' and Awards Night is a great opportunity to get your company in front of the construction industry. It's one of our our highest attended networking events of the year and with strong participation from general contractor and construction management firms as well as sub-contracting firms, the Past Presidents' and Awards Night serves as a great opportunity to network and grow your business, making it a 'can't miss event'.

To sponsor or register the Past Presidents' and Awards Night please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100. Registration Closes May 7th!

 

Thank You to Our Current Sponsors!

Aon
CIBC
Common Links Construction
CornerStone One, LLC
David J. Frank Landscape Contracting, Inc.
Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Inc.
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
International Concrete Products, Inc.
iSqFt
J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Thomas A. Mason Co., Inc.
Zurich Insurance and Surety
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Invest in the Future of Construction | Sponsorship Opportunities for the CLC Golf Outing are Now Available!
Be sure to set aside Thursday, June 20th for the AGC Construction Leadership Council's Annual Golf Outing!  We will be at the Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, and feature an all-day lunch, contests on the course, buffet dinner, raffles, door prizes, helicopter ball-drop, live music, and more!

Sponsorships for the AGC Construction Leadership Council Annual Golf Outing have officially opened! 

Your sponsorship will be supporting our local students, universities, CLC programing and CLC events. Our Eagle Sponsorship is our best value and includes 4 golfer registrations, a Tee and Hole Sponsor, and all On-Course Contests! Save 10% on your Eagle Sponsorship by registering by May 9th!

Show your support for the AGC-CLC AND for education, and return the Sponsorship Form today!

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Top Contractors Share The 10 Traits all Successful Contractors Must Have

We’ve heard the grim statistics in survey after survey — the labor shortage has 70% of contractors missing deadlines and it simply isn’t letting up. The industry is bogged down in constraints even at the peak of its economic cycle, but fixating on this is discouraging to companies targeting continuous growth and improvement.

Without minimizing present pain points, Dennis Engelbrecht, a senior consultant at The Family Business Institute, part of The Travelers Cos. family, framed his recommendations at the Associated General Contractors of America’s convention this week in a much more positive light by setting out the top 10 reasons contractors achieve success and can continue to do so. These were the characteristics that the institute's top rung of clients, marked by growth and profitability, had in common, according to the business management consulting firm.

1. Servant leadership

An effective leader likely attained that position because of innate talent and drive, but once at the top, he doesn’t settle in his ways. “There’s always more to learn,” said Engelbrecht, “and as soon as you think you’ve got it all, it probably means your ego is leading more than it should be.”
 
That drive can also be channeled to move an organization forward in a spirit of service to employees, not self-interest, he suggested, and oriented in a way that meets the needs of ...Read full article here.

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Updates to AGC Membership Discount Program

AGC's Membership Discount Program's provide members access to high-quality services, cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line products. From discounts on vehicles to office supplies to cloud-based construction management solutions, AGC has partnered with some of the best to give you the most for your money and improve your daily business operations.

We have a couple of updates regarding some of the AGC of America member discount programs:

BFGOODRICH TIRES
– We are excited to officially announce AGC’s newest member discount program on BFGoodrich tires. AGC members can save up to $100.00 on a set of four new tires as part of their Tradesmen Support Program – Learn more here.

COMPATICA APP – Some of you may have participated in the Utility Infrastructure Showcase at the Convention last week and heard about our soon to launch partnership with Compatica, a mobile app provider for workplace incident reporting.

  • AGC members will receive a significant discount on the Compatica App, and details on how to take advantage of the AGC program will be released in the next couple of weeks.
  • You can learn more about Compatica here.


ATHENIUM ANALYTICS
– Reminder about AGC’s new cloud-based weather risk analysis and alert dashboard for contractors. See how Athnium Anallyticscan help your company here.

ARCORO – Reminder about the new member discount programs being offered by ARCORO (parent company for BirdDogHR), including the ExakTime time and attendance solution and InfinityHR’s payroll and benefits management solution. Learn more here

FORD FLEET - We received notification from Ford that they will be ending its current association program for qualified fleet operators effective April 1, 2019.

  • They will apparently still be honoring the discount on fleet purchases for a period of time (no specific time frame was given), but it appears it is being offered up to any qualified fleet operator regardless of affiliation with AGC.
  • We will be removing information on the Ford program from the AGC of America website and Chapter exchange effective immediately. 

 

When it comes to your company's bottom-line, your membership in AGC pays dividends. These value added discounts will give you the competitive advantage over your competition.

You can find up-to-date AGC Member Discount information here.

 

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Industry News
 
Foxconn Seeking Bids for Start of Work on Fabrication Plant

Foxconn is seeking bids for the first phase of work on the actual fabrication plant it is planning to build in Mount Pleasant.

Company officials put out Bid Release 4A for the project, which calls for materials testing, excavation and foundation work and elevator work. Companies that are interested in the jobs can find an invitation to bid here.

Contractors have until 10 a.m. May 3 to submit bids. A pre-bid meeting and matchmaking session is scheduled to start at 9: 30 a.m. April 24 in Auditorium Room 104 of the SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd, Sturtevant.

Previous bid solicitations issued for the project have called for site development, the construction of a multipurpose building and an electrical substation and work related to utilities and roadways. Foxconn had once pledged to spend as much as...Read full article here.
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32-story, Mixed-Income Apartment Tower Planned in Downtown Milwaukee by Housing Authority

An up to $150 million tower with 350 apartments would bring new affordable housing to downtown Milwaukee under a plan by the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee.

The 32-story proposal would be built at Milwaukee and Knapp streets on the housing authority’s Convent Hill property. It would be a mixed-income building with market-rate apartments, but a significant number of its units would be reserved for people making less than the area’s average income, the main mission of the public housing authority.

“We’re not here to try to build ourselves anything other than an affordable housing source for people to live in,” said Scott Simon, vice president of development for authority affiliate Travaux Inc.

It is the largest affordable apartment development proposed in downtown Milwaukee since the recession, and comes at a time when Mayor Tom Barrett and other city officials are seeking to make downtown living available for lower-income residents.

Pending approvals and securing financing, the building could break ground in 2020, and would take about two years to build, Simon said. The mix of market-rate and affordable apartments hasn’t been set, he said, and could depend partially on the financing source used to build it.

“Creating a mixed-income housing opportunity I believe provides a better living opportunity than a destination affordable location,” Simon said.

The project will cost $140 million to $150 million. Simon said the federal Opportunity Zone program, which only recently...Read full article here.

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AGC Eudcation Calender
 
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in May- STP, Construction Lien Law and Much More!


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

May 2019
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

 

Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
May 1st
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 5: Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs

May 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Instructor: Kevin Higgs – Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal
Corporate 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


Succession Planning: Protect What You’ve Built

May 9th
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Corporate GC/CM - Complimentary, Associate - $40, CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75


Failing to plan is the same as planning to fail. And, by the time you inevitably step aside failing to have a plan in place will undermine and put at risk your future goals. That is why the AGC of Greater Milwaukee has assembled a team of expert advisors for an exclusive panel discussion to help prepare you for your future.

In the construction industry, success is dictated by the schedule. Succession planning is no different, and involves planning, consulting trusted advisors, having difficult conversations with company stakeholders and family members, and focusing on your own mental wellbeing. Join us for a unique discussion featuring: Certified Public Accountant, Bob Komisar, Partner with Komisar & Spindler, Certified Business Coach, Kim Palms, of Focal Point Coaching, and Attorney Jacqueline Messler, with Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. Each expert will draw from their experience to help make this seemingly difficult topic more approachable.

There is no one-size-fits-all model of success planning and it takes a team to achieve your vision. Whether you are a year away from stepping down, or a new principal in your company, this seminar will provide the initial guidance necessary to start making clear succession planning decisions today.


OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
May 21st, 23rd, 28th & 30th
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. 
 

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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Only One Week Left to Register for The Past Presidents' and Awards Night!
Invest in the Future of Construction | Sponsorship Opportunities for the CLC Golf Outing are Now Available!
Top Contractors Share The 10 Traits all Successful Contractors Must Have
Updates to AGC Membership Discount Program
Industry News
Foxconn Seeking Bids for Start of Work on Fabrication Plant
32-story, Mixed-Income Apartment Tower Planned in Downtown Milwaukee by Housing Authority
AGC Eudcation Calender
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in May- STP, Construction Lien Law and Much More!
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