AGC Golf Classic Registrations are SOLD OUT !
Join us for the post-golf dinner reception

Monday, August 12th at the Exclusive Wisconsin Country Club

This year's AGC Golf Classic will be held Monday, August 12th at the exclusive Wisconsin Country Club.  All proceeds from this event go toward funding scholarships to our local universities for students entering construction studies through the AGC Education & Research Foundation.

Even though the golf portion of this event is sold out, we invite you attend the Dinner Reception to follow. Attending the AGC Education & Research Foundation Annual Golf Classic provides a great networking opportunity for construction leaders and their staff.  

Please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4100 if you have any questions on sponsorships or to register for the Dinner Reception.

The AGC Golf Classic is a sell out event, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4100 with questions about  registration and Sponsorship! 

Thank You to our Current Sponsors! 
Ace Iron & Steel Corp.
American State Equipment
Balestrieri Environmental Inc.
Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp
Brehmer Agency, Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann
Common Links Construction LLC
Construction Leadership Council (CLC)
CornerStone One, LLC
David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc.
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems, Inc.
Hausmann Johnson Insurance
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Inpro Corporation
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Lee Plumbing Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Michels Corporation
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Milwaukee Scaffolding Inc.
Milwaukee Tools
Mortenson Construction
Mutual of America
NEXT Electric, LLC
Professional Service Industries, Inc.
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
Reynolds Rigging and Crane
RIV/Crete ReadyMix
Sanchez Painting Contractors
The Blue Book Network
The Daily Reporter
Thomas A. Mason Co., Inc.
United States Alliance Fire Protection, Inc.
Veit & Company, Inc.
VerHalen Commercial Interiors
VJS Construction Services
Wall Tech, Inc.
Zurich Insurance & Surety
CLC Brewers Tailgate Summer Social Keeps Industry Connected During Busy Summer Months!

Even with a tough Brewers loss, our CLC still had a great time tailgating at their Summer Social. The evening was filled with good food, cold drinks, and great company! Thank you to everyone who came to this year's AGC/CLC Brewers Tailgate Summer Social and special thanks to JF Ahern for once again hosting!

For the third 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 for the third year in a row!  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

JF Ahern
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

The 2019 Worker Compensation Rates Are Here!
Contractor classification drops over 11%, thanks in large part to the construction industry placing a premium on safety!

The Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau (WCRB) recently released the new annually adjusted Workers Compensation Rates, which go into effect October 1, 2019. These numbers continue a recent trend of declining rates.

The WCRB promulgates the annual Workers Compensation Rates, which are then approved by the State of Wisconsin, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. This year the trend of rate decreases continued, with the aggregate contracting classification dropping by 11.21%, and construction classifications by 9.43%. Click here to review the highlights of the new rates.

A driving factor is an increased focus on safety, represented in our industry by employers’ shifting sentiment toward prevention through the use of AGC safety services like rent a safety director, OSHA 30 Hour and Silica Training. 

Here at the AGC, we will continue to provide valuable updates essential for efficient management of your business, as well as necessary safety services you depend on.

If you have any questions, contact Dan Burazin, AGC Safety Directr, at dburazin@agc-gm.org or at (414) 828-2803. 
Suicide Prevention in Construction: The Next Dimension of Safety

Over the past 25 years, a focus on improved safety practices and attention to training and prevention have reduced the rate of construction workplace fatalities by one third from 15/100,000 in 2014 to 9.5/100,000 in 2017. These statistics show that a cultural shift in attitude toward safety guided by leadership support and investment can turn the tide on preventable deaths. It is this same mindset that is necessary to move the needle on an even greater danger to construction workers – suicide. According to a CDC Report released in 2018, more construction workers die by suicide each year than any other industry – at a rate of 53.2/100,000. This rate is not only over 5x greater than the workplace fatality rate, but 4x greater than the suicide rate of the general population.

As an industry who has a large part of its workforce made up of white, middle age males without a college education (the demographic population most at risk of suicide) and combined with a large number of veterans (whose suicide rate is 1.5 times greater than the non-veteran population) we are at increased risk for suicide before you even begin to consider the industry specific factors. When you add in the elements of a “tough guy” mentality where talking about feelings or struggles may be looked down upon; a transient workforce where peer relationships may not be encouraged; erratic work hours and location – requiring travel and time away from families and physical pain resulting from work related injuries or wear and tear (and resulting drug use/self medicating) it might not be as surprising as first thought why construction is so at risk for suicide.

You may be reading this and thinking “not me – we don’t have a suicide problem at our company.” I would challenge you to consider do you have a problem with deaths caused by falls, struck by incidents, or electrocutions? I would hope not. And yet, you more than likely invest in fall protection, back up alarms, spotter training, and assured grounding programs and training – to prevent fatalities by these causes. So, if you are among the fortunate who have not experienced an employee suicide, I urge you to begin investing in suicide prevention in your company. Not only do you have the potential to save lives, but by making mental health a priority you can improve productivity and reduce the likelihood of...Read full article here.
Construction Employment Increases in 42 states from June 2018 to June 2019

Forty-two states added construction jobs between June 2018 and June 2019, while construction employment increased in 30 states from May to June, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released July 19, 2019. Association officials said the new construction employment data demonstrates the need for new federal investments in career and technical education programs, along with immigration reform.

“Construction demand remains robust across most states, and contractors continue to add workers when they can find them,” stated chief economist Ken Simonson. “But contractors are struggling to find all the workers they need in many states, as shown the historically high number job opening...Read full article here.

AGC Fall Educational Calendar Just Released!
Here's a sneak peak at our course offerings this Fall

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee is pleased to announce our Fall leadership development and safety training calendar! 
Safe and well-run jobsites are essential to employee wellbeing and productive and profitable projects. And the AGC makes it easy for contractors to have their employees attain these valuable skills through a wide range of course offerings. 
As a sneak peak, the AGC will be providing management education programs for Supervisory Training Programs (STP), Construction Supervision Fundamentals, and new offerings such as Learning from the Legends (an AGC Leadership Forum). We will also be offering traditional, but essential Safety Training Course, including Basic First Aid/CPR/AED, Silica Standards and OSHA-30. 
All of the AGC Training Programs can be taken “on the road” to your office or jobsite. The AGC Safety staff can even customize courses specifically for your company’s needs. Please contact Dan Burazin, AGC Safety Director at 414-828-2803 for more information or to schedule training. 
To learn more about our Fall Academic Calendar, contact AGC Education & Operations Director, Kim Jalalian at 414-778-4100 or kjalalian@agc-gm.org. 
Foxconn awards another $15 million in construction contracts for work in Mount Pleasant
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Rick Romell, Published July 31, 2019

Foxconn Technology Group said Wednesday it has awarded subcontracts totaling more than $15 million for further work on its factory complex under construction in Mount Pleasant.
The latest contracts deal with the power substation to be built at the site, just across Racine County Highway H from the larger substation American Transmission Co. is building.
The latest awards are to:
Gestra Engineering Inc., Milwaukee, for materials testing.
C.D. Smith Construction Inc., Fond du Lac, for concrete work, building enclosures and interiors.
Spancrete Inc., Waukesha, for precast concrete.
Daigle Brothers Inc., Tomahawk, for miscellaneous metals work.
Lee Plumbing Mechanical Contractor Inc., Kenosha, for mechanical and plumbing work
Staff Electric Co. Inc., Menomonee Falls, for electrical work.
Morse Electric Inc., Beloit, for long lead electrical equipment.
 Milwaukee office of BrightView Landscape Development Inc., Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, for landscaping work.
Foxconn said that to date it has awarded subcontracts totaling more than $175 million for work at its Mount Pleasant site.
FULL COVERAGE: Foxconn in Wisconsin
Contact Rick Romell at (414) 224-2130 or rick.romell@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RickRomell