About the AGC of Greater Milwaukee
The mission of the AGC of Greater Milwaukee is to promote, educate and interact with our membership by delivering exceptional value through innovative programming and the highest quality service. This mission is accomplished by responding to our members needs and working to optimize their business success. AGC is also committed to building member involvement and loyalty by providing the highest quality service efficiently and effectively. Additionally AGC seeks to develop new initiatives that assure association growth and improvement. Finally, AGC is committed to cultivating new association leaders to provide for future continuity and assure association growth and improvement.
Representing over 40 general contractors and 300 subcontractors, suppliers and service suppliers the AGC is the largest and most influential construction trade association in the State of Wisconsin. As a full service construction association the AGC operates with a governing structure of ten Board Members, which includes a leadership team of three officers. They are charged, along with the CEO and the AGC staff, with championing the needs of the AGC membership with innovative programming and services, and is dedicated to strengthening its role in the construction community
- 1913 the Concrete Contractors of Milwaukee founded
- 1919 name changed to the Associated General Contractors of Milwaukee the same year that the Associated General Contractors of America was born
- 1967 the AGC of Greater Milwaukee founded the Milwaukee Construction Industry Safety Council (MCISC). The MCISC leads the nation in construction safety and has won numerous awards for its innovative construction safety programs.
- 1976 AGC establishes the AGC Education & Research Foundation which has awarded of $400,000 in scholarships and grants to college students, many of which currently are employed by our Chapter’s member firms.
- 1980 the AGC of Greater Milwaukee merges with the Builders Exchange of Milwaukee which was established in 1887. The Builders Exchange is a depository for the review of plans and specifications from throughout Wisconsin, Northern Michigan and Illinois.
- 2002 the AGC establishes the first ever electronic plan room in the state of Wisconsin.
- 2004 Formed the AGC - Construction Leadership Council
I’m truly honored to be elected to serve as the 2016 President of the Associated of General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee (AGC). As many of you know, the AGC has been a vital part of our industry and community for over 100 years, creating a rich and varied history of accomplishments. During 2016, I would like to build on the many activities that have been achieved by AGC, and plan on doing so through the dedicated support of our board members and the AGC staff.
The AGC and the hundreds of member firms which it represents are comprised of skilled and ethical general contractors, subcontractors and industry suppliers that put a premium on education, quality and safety. AGC works to harness the power of those members to unify, advocate and advance the construction industry in the Southeastern Wisconsin area. In so doing, the AGC is the driving force behind the recent growth and development in our area.
As we enter 2016, we are seeing this growth in construction improve. While we are still well behind the “go, go days” of several years ago, our activity level is slowly moving upward, particularly in metropolitan Milwaukee. With this improved level of construction, we are also facing new challenges in the areas of labor relations/contract administration, workforce development, compromising public policy initiatives and the difficulties of the ever changing face of construction technology.
The AGC is here to help its members navigate these challenges through innovative programs, quality services and strategic alliances.
Labor Relations/Contract Administration:
At the end of 2015, AGC brought on an attorney to serve as our new General Counsel, Nathan Jurowski. In this new role, Nathan will assist the Bargaining Committee during labor negotiations; administer labor relations policies and agreements; interpret and administer contracts pertaining to wages, grievances, employee welfare, pension, health care and other duties; handle all grievances and arbitrations; draft contract proposals; cultivate relations with union business managers and business agents; provide basic legal advice/services to AGC Member companies; provide updates and legal programming regarding public policy, regulatory issues, and other topical legal matters.
In the area of workforce development, AGC has a significant governing presence in WRTP/BIG STEP and EMPLOY MILWAUKEE (formerly the Milwaukee Workforce Investment Board). We are currently working with these two organizations as well as the Construction Building Trades Council, PMC/SMACNA and the CLMC on developing new collaborative policies on construction workforce development. Additionally, our active involvement in the development of the New Arena workforce plan, and participation on the State of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Council, are a testimony to how we are seriously engaged in improving workforce development. Finally, AGC has been collaborating with the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) on their Workforce Diversity Committee, as well as with the Milwaukee Common Council and Mayor’s office on the City’s Residential Preference Program.
AGC successfully navigated the passage of the Sales Tax Exemption for Materials for Non-Profits, a valuable accomplishment that will eliminate an unnecessary state regulation and will save considerable time and money for all contractors. As for the recent legislative initiatives on prevailing wage, however, our efforts did not prove as successful. That does not mean that the fight is over, nor does it mean that we intend to leave the current legislation stand. Many individual AGC Member Contractors are acutely affected by this legislation and AGC will work aggressively, first, to fight any further attacks against prevailing wage, and second, to restore the most important provisions of the original legislation.
Construction Education & Technology:
AGC’s commitment to management education is demonstrated by the over 55 programs and workshops we hold annually. Along with introducing a new certification program in LEAN construction this past year, we provide the Building Information Modeling series as well as important new programing that examine new technologies in construction. In 2016 we will be expanding our technology programing on Emerging Technologies in Managing Construction Projects. The new program will examine how technology will be used to change the way that contractors interact with owners. Additionally, we will showcase a unique program that looks at the newest and latest materials and techniques in construction.
The AGC of Greater Milwaukee will continue to work aggressively to provide exceptional services and programs to you as a General Contractor, Subcontractor, Supplier or Service Provider. We are driven by maintaining and improving our reputation and relationship to improve your bottom line.
In closing I would like to thank you for your support and involvement as members of the AGC-GM. I am very thankful and exited to have been elected to lead this great association and look forward to working with you throughout 2016.
J.H. Findorff & Son
2016 AGC-GM President
AGC of Greater Milwaukee Education & Research Foundation
The Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee Education & Research Foundation was founded in the 1970's to promote construction industry related education and training efforts. Throughout the years, Foundation grants have funded professional growth programs for our contractor members, the development of technical education programs and scholarships to local scholars totaling well over a quarter of a million dollars in giving.
Thanks to visionary volunteer leadership, the AGC Education & Research Foundation continues to provide a solid base of educational and research programs that will allow deserving students the chance to pursue their dreams of a career in construction. In addition to funds provided through voluntary donations, the AGC Education & Research Foundation hosts several fundraisers each year to help secure additional funds to support the Foundation's scholarship program, and student competition participation.
For more information on the AGC of Greater Milwaukee Education & Research Foundation and how you can lend your support, please contact Heather Stair, Education Director at 414-778-4100.
The current Education & Research Foundation Board includes:
Chairman: Rupert Kotze, Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Jim Parks, Berghammer Construction Corp.
Angie Benike, J.F. Ahern Co.
Rick Schmidt, Jr., C.G. Schmidt
Board of Directors
AGC Past President
Rick Schmidt, Jr.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
AGC Senior Vice President
National AGC Director
AGC Educ. & Research Foundation Chairman
AGC Labor Policy Chair
Berghammer Construction Corporation
J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
VJS Construction Services
AGC Corporate Director
J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
AGC Associate Director
C.W. Purpero Inc.
AGC Associate Director
Choice Construction Companies
AGC Construction Leadership Council Chair
J.F. Ahern Co.