September 18, 2020
A Message from AGC CEO Mark Kessenich

AGC Members,

It is with heavy heart that we received word from the leadership of JP Cullen that President, Ron Becher, passed away this past month. As many of you know, Ron served on the Board of AGC-GM from 2010 to 2014 , and as Board President in 2013. In his tenure on the AGC-GM Board, Ron provided stalwart leadership and a sincere commitment to excellence.

Ron joined the team at JP Cullen 19 years ago after working for 18 years at General Motors. Ron made his mark immediately by quickly growing the newly created Industrial Division. Under his leadership, the Industrial Division was the fastest growing market segment for JP Cullen. In 2007 he took over the Janesville Division and in 2013 he was the first non-family member to be named president in the more than 120-year history of JP Cullen.

Most importantly, Ron is remembered as a loving husband, father, and friend to many,  and it is with that that we extend our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to his family and the team at JP Cullen. 

Mark Kessenich
Chief Executive Officer

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Rainy Outing Raises Money for E&R Foundation
CLC Golf Outing

It may have been rainy and cold, but we still had an amazing time at this years CLC Golf Outing!

Thank you to our many generous sponsors and our sold-out crowd of golfers who joined us at the beautiful Ironwood Golf Course and helped us raise funds for the CLC and the AGC Education and Research Foundation.

Below you’ll find the winning teams from the Outing and the winners of our contests. Prizes will be mailed to winners who weren’t able to grab them after the outing. See more pictures from the CLC Golf Outing here.

Winning Teams

1st Place
Andrew Monday
Aaron Brost
Adam Lewis
Mike Moennig

2nd Place
Ben Bergles
Ryan Warson
Mike Bauer
Matt McHugh

3rd Place
Ben Stanisch
Paul Wiedmeyer
Paul Gevers
Colby Bingaman

On-Course Contests

Longest Drive
Birr – Mitch Zierer
Callow – Eric Werner
Meath – Cody Rome

Longest Putt
Birr – Gene Sheedy
Callow – Tim Koenig
Meath – Kevin Lacey

Helicopter Ball Drop/Ball Toss

Closest to the Pin – Nick Matthews
Runner Up – Mike Bradburn

Yellow Ball Contest
Ken Ahler
David Tengler
Ryan Westcot
Nick Matthews

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!
American State Equipment Co., Inc.
Babcock Solutions, LLC
Balestrieri Environmental
Berghammer Construction Corp
Boehlke Bottled Gas
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Common Links Construction LLC
David J. Frank Landscape Contracting
Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental
Doral Corporation
Gilbane Building Co.
Hunzinger Construction
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
InPro Corporation
J.F. Ahern Co.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
Lee Mechanical
M.M. Schranz Roofing, Inc.
Midwest Drilled Foundation
Milwaukee Tool
Mortenson Construction
NEXT Electric, LLC
Reynolds Rigging and Crane
State Painting Company
VJS Construction Services, Inc.
Wall-tech, Inc.
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Tell Us how you Celebrated AGC Safety/National Safety Stand-Down Week

Every year during AGC Safety /National Safety Stand-Down Week, construction companies reinforce and celebrate our shared commitment to safety with safety meetings, equipment demonstrations, job tours and more.

Let us know how you celebrated! Tell us what inspired you to get involved, how you engaged your team and the impact it has made in your workplace and community. We want to hear how your teams celebrates safety and how your continued commitment is helping us build a stronger, safer industry together. We also encourage you to share your safety stories on your company’s social media channels using #ConstructionSafetyWeek. Send all AGC Safety Week stories to AGC Saftey Director, Dan Burazin, at

We're also celebrating safety week by giving out our Milwaukee Construction Industry Safety Council's (MCISC) Safety Awards! AGC Members who took our MCISC Annual Safety Survey and reached goals in specific categories will soon be receiving their MCISC Safety Awards. Winners will be announce publicly in our next AGC Enews.

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The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in September & October


September & October 2020
For a complete list of this semester's classes or to register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at or (414) 778-4100  

OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
September 22nd, 24th, 29th and October 1st
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.


OSHA’s Silica Awareness
September 30th
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

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system. OSHA’s Silica Standard took effect in June 2017. Find out what this new standard means to your operation.

STP 2: Communication
October 5th, 7th, 12th & 14th
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, Inc.

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


OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
October 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Corporate GC/CM - $320, Associate - $400, *CBA’s - $450, Non-Affiliated IAP - $700
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

The OSHA 30-Hour training is designed for construction workers or managers with safety and health responsibilities.  Students learn to identify common hazards found on construction sites, and develop strategies to prevent injuries.  Although OSHA standards are discussed, this training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention.  Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive and OSHA 30-Hour card as proof of compliance with OSHA mandates.

Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews.


Susan Harwood Crane Management
October 14th
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: S.C. Johnson iMET Center

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 2011 to 2015, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 220 total crane-related deaths, an average of 44 per year over this 5-year period with 42% of the fatal work injuries taking place in the private construction industry. The data also shows that specialty contractors and heavy and civil engineering construction accounted for the most fatalities involving cranes in private construction. AGC of America is pleased to offer this one-day training program based on OSHA standards and best practices to answer the need for quality training within the industry.

Topics Covered

  • Types of cranes
  • Crane hazards associated with assembly and disassembly
  • Lifting concepts
  • Rigging and wire rope
  • Signaling
  • Employee qualification and training
  • Maintenance, repair, and inspection requirements
  • And much more...


Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL)
October 15th
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $35, Associate - $50, *CBA’s - $60, Non-Affiliated IAP - $100
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Everyone, from the company owner to the experienced foreman and new trainee/apprentice, needs to own safety and be a safety leader.  The Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) course is designed to introduce construction workers, particularly those with supervisory responsibilities such as foremen, to safety leadership principles and give them the skills to be a safety leader who can help create and sustain safe and productive jobsites.


Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP)
October 21st
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

“Mobile elevated work platforms, also known as aerial lifts or MEWPs, are popular on a variety of job sites. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) defines a mobile elevated work platform as “a machine/device intended for moving persons, tools and material to working positions,” and consisting of a work platform with controls and an extending structure mounted on a mobile chassis. ANSI updated their A92 standards with new safe use, training and design requirements for MEWPs. If your company uses MEWPs, ANSI’s new safe use and training requirements are now industry-standard best practices.”


Basic First Aid/CPR/AED Training
October 26th & 27th
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.


Crane Rigging Training
October 28th
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Corporate GC/CM - $70 plus $20 for materials, Associate - $85 plus $20 for materials, *CBA’s - $100 plus $30 for materials, Non-Affiliated IAP - $160 plus $40 for materials.
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

In addition to qualified signalpersons and certified operators, the new OSHA crane standard requires employees who perform rigging operations to be “qualified.”  This course has been developed by the Crosby Group to assist employers in qualifying their personnel as “Qualified Riggers” as required in the new crane standards.  The standard also requires an experience component which is not provided in this course. Note: This course is four hours in length.  To receive a card verifying their attendance in this class, attendees must be present the entire four hours.


Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
October 29th
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

OSHA requires you to meet new requirements under the Crane Standard for Construction Operations – Subpart CC.  Effective November 10, 2018, anyone performing crane signals on a construction site has to be “qualified.”  For your employees to fit into this category, they must: be competent in the application of the types of signals used, have a basic understanding of crane operations and limitations, know and understand the new crane standard as it applies to signaling, and demonstrate all of the above through testing.  This new course will help contractors meet their obligations under this newly revised standard.

For a complete list of this semester's classes or to Register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at or (414) 778-4100

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CLC Leadership Developmemt Conference

October 13th - 15th

The CLC Leadership Development Conference brings together emerging construction leaders from across the country in various construction sectors to network, learn, and share. Mid-level professionals will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and gain information on CLC best practices and how to grow local CLC groups.


Time To Focus On The Areas Where You Need Growth Right Now

This year’s CLC Leadership Development Conference is quick and impactful. Focused on areas that will make you more competitive than your peers, we are giving our best tips and tricks on how to put your best foot forward in a virtual world. Dip in and watch the specific talks you need to transform your business or catch them all. It’s all here and up to you!

Learn More and Register Here

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Stay Informed
AGC’s WebEd Program will Deliver the Information you Need to the Comfort of your Home or Office!

The AGC of America offers web based education throughout the year on various topics related to the construction industry. These topics range from newly released industry regulations to innovative processes and technology that can benefit your company. AGC’s WebEd program will deliver the information you need to the comfort of your home or office.

Upcoming WebEds

WebEd: Platform Technology: Enabling Change by Design
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Learn how Platform technology benefits your business by design - better preparing your organization now and into the future. Hear about the current state of the Technology in the construction industry, the core benefits of platform technology, and key insights and best practices that you can apply to your business through the lens of behavioral change, enabling your workforce to do their best work.
WebEd: Keep Your Team Connected: Sharing Virtual RFIs and Construction Documents with Everyone
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Tracking drawing changes, RFI submittals and responses, and the thousands of other types of design/build documents that go into a modern construction project can be an administrative nightmare. The solution isn’t always a massive, and expensive, construction management system. Sometimes, the answer is just understanding how you can use the Cloud to host and give access to all your files from one location.
WebEd: What General Counsels are Thinking to Navigate Obstacles and Achieve Company Success
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Training/Professional Development
General Counsel from some of the largest General Contractors in the Unite­d States will share their personal insights and suggestions for construction attorneys and litigation support experts. You will learn what is most appreciated in the services they receive and what sticks in their crawl. What are specific examples where in-house appreciate an outside counsel taking initiative and times when actions or firm practices are not well received by the general counsel or construction company’s c-suite management.

Learn More and Register for these WebEds Here

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Industry News
Museum Site Continues Neighborhood Growth

There has been a lot of speculation over the past few months on where the Milwaukee Public Museum would choose to move to in the downtown area.

From hope of a move to the lakefront to form a museum campus with the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World to a site immediately adjacent to Fiserv Forum, there have been a number of locations suggested that would make sense for the prominent museum, which is currently in an aging building at 800 W. Wells St., adjacent to the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

In the end, the museum surprised many real estate observers by announcing Sept. 11 it would locate in the Haymarket District on the northeast corner of Sixth and McKinley streets. The museum will have the 2.4-acre site adjacent to the Deer District that is accessible via both freeway and bus routes.

"By locating our new home in the historic Haymarket District on McKinley Street, MPM will remain in a part of the city that is close to neighborhoods and is accessible for all and will continue to have an integral presence in the minds and hearts of our community for generations to come," said Milwaukee Public Museum CEO and president Ellen Censky. Read full article here.

The move is another big boost for the Haymarket District and Bronzeville neighborhood, located just to the north of downtown Milwaukee. This area has seen a surge of development in recent years, spurred on by the development of Fiserv Forum and the surrounding Deer District, which includes four restaurants and an entertainment plaza.

The announcement came just days after the Milwaukee Bucks selected Madison-based North Central Group to build a 200-room boutique hotel at Juneau Avenue and Vel R. Phillips Avenue.

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In This Issue
A Message from AGC CEO Mark Kessenich
Rainy Outing Raises Money for E&R Foundation
Tell Us how you Celebrated AGC Safety/National Safety Stand-Down Week
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in September & October
CLC Leadership Developmemt Conference
Stay Informed
AGC’s WebEd Program will Deliver the Information you Need to the Comfort of your Home or Office!
Industry News
Museum Site Continues Neighborhood Growth
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