AGC Supported Tax Exemption Effective July 1, 2018

Tax exemptionAs highlighted in the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s most recent Tax Bulletin, the Tax Exemption for building materials that become part of a facility has been extended to include public higher education construction contracts entered into on or after July 1, 2018.

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee supported this legislative initiative in the Spring of 2017, which was ultimately incorporated into the 2017 Executive Budget Bill. This legislation expands the scope of the original 2015 sales and use tax exemption, which included local municipalities, school districts, water and sewerage commissions, and private non-profit organizations.

This comprehensive approach to a long-standing problem is an example of the common-sense legislation that AGC advocates for on behalf of our members. We have prepared an excerpt of the tax bulletin for your reference, or feel free to contact our office for additional information at (414) 778-4100 or njurowski@agc-gm.org.

AGC-GM to Host Brand New Course: Construction Supervision Fundamentals

Construction Supervision FundamentalsWe are pleased to announce that the AGC of America have chosen the AGC of Greater Milwaukee to host a brand new course, the Construction Supervision Fundamentals (CSF) program! CSF provides front-line management with a path to develop the knowledge and skills to boost communication, teamwork, and operational competence to improve organizational project performance.

Held October 3 – 5, 7:30am-4:30pm at our Milwaukee office (1243 N. 10th St), our three day, 25-hour, instructor-led course has been designed for brand new supervisors and structured as classroom sessions that focus on providing the resources every supervisor needs to be an efficient manager of people, time, equipment and materials.

This course includes highly interactive sessions that incorporate case studies, activities, group discussions and jobsite exercises for skill development.

Course Outline:

  • Session 1 – Team Management
  • Session 2 – Project and Team Leadership
  • Session 3 – Communication Skills
  • Session 4 – Time Management and Project Scheduling
  • Session 5 – Risk Management
  • Session 6 – Construction Law and Contract Documents
  • Session 7 – Problem Resolution
  • Session 8 – Productivity and Cost Control
  • Session 9 – Skills Development

**This unique final session is focused on jobsite exercises for skill development where trainees review the completed assignments with company mentors, so that they can apply the skills learned in the course, evaluate progress, and create a path to advance their career.

 

Register Today

For more information about this course offering, please contact:
Warren Kiesel
Director, Curriculum Development
Associated General Contractors of America
(703) 837-5389
warren.kiesel@agc.org

Another Awesome Year at the AGC/CLC Brewers Tailgate!

Brewers TailgateIt was a beautiful night for Baseball and an even better night for tailgating. The evening was filled with burgers, brats, beer and great company. Thank you to everyone who came to this year’s AGC/CLC Brewers Tailgate and special thanks to JF Ahern for hosting our summer social for the 3rd year in a row!

Along with an amazing tailgate the Brewers had a great night with an commanding 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres. It was a game to remember with the Brewers hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning. What a way to start a game!

Brewers TailgateFor the second 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 and split half the pot, receiving $80 cash each! 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!

Mortenson Construction
iSqFt
CG Schmidt, Inc.
JF Ahern Co.
J. H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

AGC Golf Classic Outstanding Sellout!

AGC Golf ClassicEarlier this week, AGC of Greater Milwaukee hosted its Annual Golf Classic at the Exclusive Wisconsin Country Club. Check out photos from the AGC Golf Classic here. Thanks to our many generous sponsors and a Sold-Out crowd of over 140 golfers, we enjoyed another successful fundraising event for the AGC Education and Research Foundation.

We had some great prizes for skill contests, a chance car with a hole-in-one, raffle and door prizes, and even a Golf Cannon to add some fire power to your tee-off!

This event maybe over, but we have many more you can attend. Check them out here.

Thank you to all of our sponsors whose support helps us host these great networking events for our industry’s hardworking professionals.

 

AGC Golf Classic Sponsors

Ace Iron & Steel Corp.
Babcock Solutions LLC
Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp
Brehmer Agency, Inc.
C.W. Purpero Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Chris Greene, Inc.
Clean Power
Common Links Construction LLC
Construction Leadership Council (CLC)
Cornerstone Plumbing, LLC
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Doral Corporation
Fabick Rents – The CAT Rental Store
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems, Inc.
Hausmann Johnson Insurance
Hays Companies of Wisconsin
I Sq Ft
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Inpro Corporation
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Lee Plumbing Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
M.M. Schranz Roofing
Michels Corporation
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Milwaukee Scaffolding Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Nations Roof North LLC
Olympic Companies, Inc.
Professional Service Industries, Inc.
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
RIV/Crete ReadyMix
Spancrete
The Daily Reporter
United States Alliance Fire Protection, Inc.
VJS Construction Services
Zurich Insurance & Surety

Build a Better Industry, Help us Reach an 80% Voter Turnout!

Our association, along with leading brands and organizations in America, are partnering for the TurboVote Challenge to help America reach 80% voter turnout.

The construction industry and the millions of workers it employs have much at stake this November. At a time when the industry is rebounding from the longest and deepest slump of any sector, it is especially important to elect local, state, and federal leaders willing to work for common-sense solutions to the challenges facing the construction industry and its workforce.

In order for our voices to be heard in this ever-changing political landscape, we must register to vote, and cast our ballots early or on Election Day.

AGC makes it very easy to receive election reminders via email or text, register to vote, and apply for an absentee ballot using the TurboVote tool. Sign up today at agc.turbovote.org.

Please share this information with your colleagues, friends, and family. Download this sample communication and send them an email today!

Help make the construction industry’s voice heard loudly and clearly in this year’s elections! Get registered. Get informed. Vote!

Worker Compensation Rates Drop October 1, 2018 – Thanks to Safety-Conscious Industry

The Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau (WCRB) recently released the new annually adjusted Workers Compensation Rates, which go into effect October 1, 2018. 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 7.63%, and construction classifications by 8.45%. Click here to review the highlights of the new rates.

A driving factor is likely an increased focus on safety, represented in our industry by employers’ shifting sentiment toward prevention through the use of 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 Nathan Jurowski, AGC General Counsel, at njurowski@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4104.

AGC-GM Workforce Development Initiatives & Programs 2018

Given the vital importance of developing our future workforce, we are providing the following report on AGC’s workforce development activities. It highlights our involvement, leadership and effort in addressing the critical need for new workers in the construction industry. With the lack of availability of employable candidates reaching record levels, AGC and the construction industry will need to develop creative means to compete against other industries in attracting talent to our contractors.

Below are some of the programs we are actively engaged with:

1. WRTP/BIG STEP
Serving as Co-Chair of this construction workforce development organization, AGC has worked for over two decades to guide their mission in assisting AGC contractors throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Additionally, earlier this year, AGC led an initiative that directed WRTP/BIG STEP to open a satellite training facility in Racine to assist contractors with their workforce development needs surrounding the mega Foxconn Project. This new WRTP/BIG STEP facility located at the Gateway Technical College is preparing individuals for careers in construction. They are also working closely with the AGC Safety Staff in providing required training in various areas of OSHA safety.

2. Employ Milwaukee—Construction Advisory Board
Employ Milwaukee is the principal workforce development agency for Milwaukee County. AGC has participated on its Board of Directors for the past ten years, and Chairs its Construction Advisory Board. As the major public workforce development agency in southeastern Wisconsin, Employ Milwaukee receives over $20 million dollars annually from various state and federal government entities as well as private foundations. AGC’s active participation assures that the necessary amount of attention and funding is directed toward construction workforce development and the needs and interests of the area’s building industry are being met.

3. Construction Labor Management Council (CLMC)—Workforce Development Committee
As a result of the development of a new strategic plan in March 2018, the CLMC is working to become more relevant in relation to developing a more aggressive approach to workforce development. As such, they have created two standing committees: the Workforce Development Committee and the Industry Marketing Committee, both of which are principally dedicated to recruiting more individuals into the industry. The Industry Marketing Committee is currently working to identify a skilled communication/marketing firm that has worked in the construction area and can provide new strategies and experience in social media marketing. As for the Workforce Development Committee, AGC is working with the CLMC and the WRTP/BIG STEP to develop a coordinated approach to youth apprenticeship programs and identify under-employed individuals who could transition to successful careers in construction.

4. Wisconsin Workforce Development Association—Talent Development Council
Because of our lengthy involvement in workforce development, AGC was recently invited to participate on this new Council which was newly formed in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to educate, inform and align efforts on workforce development. The purpose of this organization is to:

Identify talent requirements/needs by sector, skills and occupation
Identify existing talent development pipelines in progress
Educate public policy makers on workforce development needs and proposals

5. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction—Career Pathways Program
This organization has asked the AGC to participate in developing strategies and practices that help students get the education and credentials necessary for life after high school. Their goal is to work with organizations like AGC to increase the number of students that complete career pathways tied to high-skill, high demand jobs (construction), and transform the way career pathways programs are designed so high school students are ready for careers after graduation.

6. Union/Joint Apprenticeship Training Programs (JATCs)
The AGC through its Union Labor Relations program and Labor Relations staff has been working closely with various Union leaders to step up their activity in workforce recruitment. Workforce development has been a constant topic in the individual craft labor/management councils. Additionally, with AGC representatives sitting on Joint Apprenticeship Training Programs, we are working to strengthen the knowledge and capabilities of apprentices to help assure that you are getting the most knowledgeable and productive individuals for your future field staff.

Network While Working on your Short-Game at the AGC Golf Classic

Monday, August 13th at the Exclusive Wisconsin Country Club

Register today for the Annual AGC Golf Classic! It will be held Monday, August 13th 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. Your participation and sponsorship is what makes providing these scholarships possible! With your help, we have raised over $300,000 for scholarship over the past 10 years.

The beautiful Wisconsin Country Club provides 18 challenging holes to test your skills. Attending the AGC Education & Research Foundation Annual Golf Classic provides a great networking opportunity for construction leaders and their staff. Your fee includes golf, cart, lunch, reception, dinner, day-long refreshments, door prizes and skill prizes.

Don’t be left out of one of AGC’s favorite events of the year! Contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4100 to register.

Thank you to all of our sponsors whose support helps us host these great networking events for our industry’s hardworking professionals (become a sponsor).