Selzer-Ornst Owner Tadisch Takes Over Mentor Lemke’s Stake in Wisconsin Redevelopment Firm

Matt TadischSelzer-Ornst Construction Co. owner Matthew Tadisch is stepping into the shoes of long-time colleague Bob Lemke to become one of the owners of housing developer Wisconsin Redevelopment.

The shared ownership will mean close coordination between the Wauwatosa construction company and Milwaukee development firm. Tadisch said he has known Lemke more than 15 years, and has taken over his stake in Wisconsin Redevelopment.

Going forward, he will work with Wisconsin Redevelopment’s other leader, Todd Hutchison, as the firm continues to pursue new development.

“Bob was always a mentor and advocate for me, and as he looks to phase his way out we’ve been talking over about the past year,” Tadisch said.

Often using public affordable housing tax credits, Wisconsin Redevelopment has been an effective driver of investment in Milwaukee neighborhoods that generally don’t see large-scale projects. It worked with the…Read full article here.

The CLC is Gearing Up for a Very Busy November, Make Sure Your Future Leaders are a Part of it!

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the AGC’s Construction Leadership Council (CLC) from putting on the same great education and leadership development trainings as it always does. Check out what they have planned for the month of November.

Make a Difference Day
Saturday – November 7th
Washington Park – 1859 N. 40th Street
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the CLC as we once again participate in the CG Schmidt organized Annual Make A Difference Day! This year, we will be working with the Land Stewardship Team at the Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park. This volunteer-powered, community-engaging restoration work has helped claim hundreds of acres of land along the Milwaukee River Corridor, the Menomonee River, and in Washington Park.

Learn more and register here.

 

The Principles of Motivation – Virtual Lunch and Learn
Speaker: Ken Collins – Nationally Recognized Business Coach
Wednesday – November 11th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you stuck in the pattern of waiting for your company to hire highly motivated employees? Are you troubled that your team members aren’t motivated by the same things you are? During this session we will review the Principles of Motivation for both self- motivation as well as motivating others to perform at high levels.

Learn more and register here.

 

CLC Civic Engagement Speaker Series – FREE Virtual Event
Speaker: David Crowley – Milwaukee County Executive
Tuesday – November 17th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This brand new speaker series from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) will feature civic and elected officials who will discussing their role, how it relates to the construction industry, and how you can get involved. After their initial presentation there will be time for a Q&A. These sessions will help educate our members on the role civic and government leadership plays in the construction industry and how they can get involved to affect positive change in the greater Milwaukee area.

Learn more and register here.

 

Want to learn more about the CLC? Contact Henry Kruger at (414) 778-4100 or hkruger@agc-gm.org for more information.

Haribo Commits to 2020 Construction Start for Pleasant Prairie Gold Bear Plant

Haribo of America hired Gilbane Building Co. to start work before the end of this year on the company’s $300 million gummi bear plant in Pleasant Prairie, its first facility in the United States.

The project is one the largest economic development deals pending in southeast Wisconsin, with 385 full-time jobs expected to be created. It has seen multiple delays since it was first announced three years ago. Much of that was for Haribo, a global maker of Gold Bear candies based in Germany, to retool its usual construction and factory designs for the U.S. market and its regulations.

After gaining final approvals for those plans in May, Haribo was charting a construction start before mid-November. The company in late September cited “unprecedented occurrences of 2020” for the further delays in a letter to the village of Pleasant Prairie.

That letter anticipated applying for building permits in November of this year for the first phase of…read full article here.

AGC Sponsor Marquee Industry Event

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee was proud to be a Bronze Sponsor for The Daily Reporter’s 21st annual Top Projects. This event recognized outstanding achievements by Wisconsin builders, owners, engineers, architects and more. Along with honoring these outstanding achievements they also unveiled the “Best in Show” from 2019, as chosen by a panel of industry executives, as well as the People’s Choice award.

See replay of the Top Projects Below!

Congratulations to all the Winning Projects!
Al Hurvis/PEAK Transportation Center
Arts@Large
Aurora Health Care – 84th Street Clinic
Brookfield Reserve
Brown County STEM Innovation Center
Community First Champion Center Fox Cities
Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall
Elaine’s Hope Lutheran Home Memory Care
Foxtown Brewing Co.
Freedom House Expansion
Friendship Learning Center
Froedtert & the Medical Center for Wisconsin Center for Advanced Care Vertical Expansion
Froedtert Pleasant Prairie Hospital Medical Campus Surgery Expansion
Garver Feed Mill
Green Bay Railyards Building R
Gundersen Health System – Tomah Clinic
Hotel Indigo
Hudson High School
I-39/90 East Church Road to County AB
I-94 Mainline, N-S Freeway South and Central Segments
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Lakefront Brewery – Kegnado
Landmark by the Rivers
Marquette Athletic and Human Performance Research Center
Marquette University Physician Assistant Building
MGS Class 8 Clean Room
Milwaukee Ballet – Baumgartner Center for Dance
Milwaukee Bucks Entertainment District
Milwaukee County Zoo African Elephant Exhibit
Milwaukee Tool Headquarters Expansion – Brookfield
No Studios
Oshkosh Corp. Global Headquarters
Potawatomi Hotel Phase II and Casino Infill Project
SECURA Insurance Headquarters
Sendik’s Food Market at The Corners of Brookfield
Sentry Insurance, Corporate Headquarters Expansion
St. Francis Convent
Summit Credit Union Headquarters
Synergy at the Mayfair Collection
The Suites at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
The Walnut at Westlawn Gardens
Uline W5 Distribution Center
Union Grove High School Addition & Renovation
Verona Road (US 18/151) Project
Vim + Vigor
Waunakee Public Library
Wgemas
Wisconsin Evans Scholars

AGC Announces 2019 Safety Award Winners

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee celebrated safety week by announcing and distributing our Milwaukee Construction Industry Safety Council’s (MCISC) annual Safety Awards. Normally given out during our Past Presidents and Awards Night, this years award winners received their plaques during AGC Safety Week. These awards are given to AGC Members who took our MCISC Annual Safety Survey and reached goals in specific categories. See winners below.

VJS Construction Services Honored with Leadership in Safety Award 1

Leadership in Safety Award – Corporate
A.J. Heinen, Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Creative Constructors LLC
J. P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Mortenson Construction
Stier Construction Inc.
VJS Construction ServicesLeadership in Safety Award – Associate
Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc.
Building Service Inc.
Common Links Construction LLC
CornerStone One, LLC
David J. Frank Landscape Contracting, Inc.
Doral Corporation
Erin Construction Inc.
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems Inc.
Hetzel Tile & Marble, Inc.
J.F. Ahern Co.
KMI Construction, LLC
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Lippert Flooring & Tile
OMNI Glass and Paint
Pieper Electric Inc.
Pioneer Roofing, LLC
Professional Construction Inc.
Red Cedar Steel Erectors
Sanchez Painting Contractors
Sid Grinker Restoration
Softer Lite Window Company
State Painting Company
The Rockwell Group
Total Mechanical, Inc.
Wall-tech, Inc.

President’s Safety Excellence Award – Over 300,000 – Corporate

Gilbane Building Company

President’s Safety Excellence Award – Over 300,000 – Associate
J.M. Brennan, Inc.

President’s Safety Excellence Award – 100,000 to 300,000 – Corporate
Hunzinger Construction

President’s Safety Excellence Award – 100,000 to 300,000 – Associate

Olympic Companies, Inc.

President’s Safety Excellence Award – 50,000 to 100,000 – Corporate

Berghammer Construction Corp.

President’s Safety Excellence Award – 50,000 to 100,000 – Associate

Willkomm Excavating & Grade, Inc.

President’s Safety Excellence Award – Under 50,000 – Corporate
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.

President’s Safety Excellence Award – Under 50,000 – Associate
Dairyland Energy Solutions, Inc.

 

AGC Members Celebrate National Safety Stand-Down Week

AGC members all across milwaukee recently celebrated AGC Safety /National Safety Stand-Down Week. Construction companies reinforced and celebrated our shared commitment to safety with safety meetings, equipment demonstrations, job tours and more. Check out how some of our members celebrated below:

Gilbane – Vendors came to Foxconn Site and set booths up to show their safety equipment during breaks and lunch

Mortenson and Lighthouse Safety – With fall protection demonstrations and informative talks, employees were able to see the forces that are exerted on the body during a fall and how having the right equipment and making sure it is fitted properly can save your life

Rainy Outing Raises Money for E&R Foundation

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
iSqFt
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.

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

AGC Coronavirus Resources

AGC Coronavirus Resources

During these unprecedented and ever-changing times, AGC of Greater Milwaukee is working to ensure you are prepared with the latest information and resources related to COVID-19. We are working around the clock to keep you and your teams safe and supported. We will continue to monitor the situation and update the information on this page accordingly. 

Below we have assembled general guidance and links to information from our federal agency partners and health organizations.

AGC of Greater Milwaukee COVID-19 Updates

 

AGC of  America COVID-19 Updates and Resources

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV(link is external), SARS-CoV(link is external), and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2). The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in China and some limited person-to-person transmission has been reported in countries outside China, including the United States. However, respiratory illnesses like seasonal flu, are currently widespread in many US communities.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or onging community spread of COVID-19.

What Should Employers Do?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging businesses to begin preparations for the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States. In order to assist you in these preparations, you are encouraged to take the following steps:

  • Educate your employees
  • Follow the CDC recommendations for employers:
    • Employer Guidance: PREPARE NOW.
    • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene by all employees.
    • Perform routine environmental cleaning.
    • Update your absenteeism policy and communicate the requirements.
    • Update your work from home policy and communicate the requirements.
  • Planning Considerations
    • Prepare for increased absenteeism
      • Cross train employees to handle other functions
      • Encourage employees to develop contingency plans for child care in the event there are long term closures of schools and day care centers
    • Prepare for business interruption
      • Identify alternative suppliers
      • Prioritize certain customers
      • Prepare to shut down certain functions

Additional Resources

CLC Golf Outing Winners

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
iSqFt
J.F. Ahern Co.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
Lee Mechanical
M.M. Schranz Roofing, Inc.
marty@boehlkebgcorp.com
mcartwright@clcbuild.com
Midwest Drilled Foundation
Milwaukee Tool
Mortenson Construction
NEXT Electric, LLC
Reynolds Rigging and Crane
State Painting Company
VJS Construction Services, Inc.
Wall-tech, Inc.

Multiemployer Pensions: Support Composite Plan Adoption

AGC URGENT ACTION ALERT

The nation’s multiemployer pension plan system is facing a crisis. Over 100 plans and a million participants’ retirement security are in jeopardy.

Various measures have been proposed to address the severe underfunding of these plans and the federal agency serving as their financial backstop: the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. However, one pension reform policy that should be enacted immediately is the authorization of composite plans.

A composite plan is a hybrid between a traditional defined contribution and a defined benefit plan. Composite plan legislation would be beneficial to the construction industry because:

  • The plan design would protect retirement savings from market downturns or other unforeseen circumstances;
  • These plans provide lifetime income to participants and give employers certainty as to how much they must contribute to the plans; and
  • The plan design is tried, true, and trusted. In fact, a similar, successful model is utilized in Canada.

Taking action is easy! Simply submit the pre-written message and tweet as is to your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company.

TAKE ACTION NOW

AGC Golf Classic Sells Out for the 5th Year in a Row!

Another AGC Golf Classic, another outstanding sell-out! Thank you to our many generous sponsors and our sold-out crowd who joined us at the Exclusive Wisconsin Country Club and helped us raise funds for the AGC Education and Research Foundation.

See More Pictures from the AGC Golf Classic here.

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

Thank you again to all our sponsors! Your generosity supports our great networking events for our industry’s hardworking professionals as well as provides scholarships for students at Milwaukee area universities.

Thank you to our Sponsors!
CornerStone One, LLC
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
NEXT Electric, LLC
The Rockwell Group
Gilbane Building Company
American State Equipment
Babcock Solutions
Construction Supply & Erection
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Lee Plumbing Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
RIV/Crete ReadyMix
Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc
Building Service Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Reynolds Rigging and Crane
M3 Insurance
Michuda Construction, Inc.
Spancrete
Ace Iron & Steel Corp.
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Milwaukee Tool
Zurich Insurance & Surety
Inpro Corporation
iSqFt
Mutual of America
Doral Corporation
Berghammer Construction
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems, Inc.
Michels Corporation
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp
Butters-Fetting Co., Inc.
The Blue Book Network
Veit & Company, Inc.
Wall Tech, Inc.

CLC River Clean-up Reconnects Steering Committee

Members of our Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) Steering Committee recently practiced one of their core tenets, service, by partnering with Milwaukee Riverkeeper for a River Clean-up along the Hank Aaron State Trail’s section of the Menomonee River.

Milwaukee River Keeper’s mission is to protect, improve and advocate for water quality, riparian wildlife habitat, and sound land management in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds.They envision a future in which people from all walks of life can enjoy the healthy waterways of the Milwaukee River Basin. Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international coalition ensuring clean water and strong communities.

This event is a great way for our CLC Steering Committee to safely reconnect after many months of virtual meetings and we’re so happy they could help work towards creating/maintaining swimmable, fishable rivers throughout the Milwaukee River Basin.

Learn More about the CLC here.

The Interview: Mark Kessenich

Alex Zank – BizTimes

Mark Kessenich in June took over as the head of AGC of Greater Milwaukee, a trade group serving more than 300 employers, including 21 of the largest contractors, in the region. He joined AGC from Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership’s Big Step program, where he worked to recruit and train skilled workers. Kessenich has taken the helm of AGC at a time when the construction industry is dealing with uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Kessenich recently spoke with BizTimes reporter Alex Zank about COVID-19, workforce development and D&I in the construction industry.


What are you excited about most in this new role?

“I’m really excited because I think AGC and its members are going to have a great impact on shaping the future of our city and our region, and it’s great to be in a position to lead that in that way.”


How does your workforce development background influence your role now?

“I think you’re going to see more out of AGC around youth programming and how we partner with the high schools, and how we start looking at internships and youth apprenticeship in a way that provides greater access for folks. Because while we’re talking a lot about skilled trades, we’re also talking about how we’re going to get more engineers, more architects and project managers. We have some relationships that we’ve established with (the Milwaukee School of Engineering), Marquette, UW-Milwaukee, but all this hinges on…Read full article here.

AGC of America Annual Workforce Survey

The construction industry has experienced some very significant and sudden changes during the past few months that have led to dramatic changes in demand for work and the need for new workers. With your help, the AGC will have a better understanding how those changes are impacting the industry’s current workforce needs, and how to be better equipped to advocate for measures to help the industry’s labor needs in both the short- and long-term.

That is why we are asking you to take a few minutes to complete the following workforce survey that we and our partners at Autodesk have prepared:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AGCWorkforceSurvey2020

The results of this survey will help to better outline the current situation to elected and appointed officials, the media, educators and your peers within the business community. The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of current construction labor market conditions, the more likely they are to enact measures to support the industry. We hope you, as well, will find the results useful in comparing your situation and expectations to those of your peers.

Thank you in advance for your time and support. Your responses will be kept confidential; only aggregated results will be reported.

Contact Brian Turmail, AGC of America VP for Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, with any questions or comments about the survey. He can be reached at (703) 837-5310 or turmailb@agc.org.

Invest in the Future of Construction – Sponsor the CLC Golf Outing Today!

Be sure to set aside Wednesday, September 9th for the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) Annual Golf Outing ! We will once again be at the Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, and will feature lunch and dinner catered by Bunzels, contests on the course, the now famous 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 programming 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 hundreds of dollars on your Eagle Sponsorship by registering by August 26th!

Show your support for the AGC-CLC and for education by Sponsoring the CLC Golf Outing Today!

2020 AGC Golf Classic Winners

Social Distance Golfing

Thank you to our many generous sponsors and our sold-out crowd of golfers who joined us at the exclusive Wisconsin Country Club and helped us raise funds for the AGC Education and Research Foundation.
Below you’ll find the winning teams from the Outing and the Winners of our On-Course Contests. Prizes will be mailed to winners who weren’t able to grab them after the outing.

Winning Teams

1st Place
Andy Brocker
Ben Stanisch
Carl Johnson
Tom Skelton

2nd Place
Brad Babcock
Kevin White
John Staehler
Rick Murphy

3rd Place
Rich Heyer
Ty Garlock
Ken Seum

 

On-Course Contests

Longest Putt – Chris Coggins
Longest Putt – Ben Slaby
Longest Drive – Les Blum
Longest Drive – Scott Stroud
Closest to the Pin – Justin Gelhausen
Closest to the Pin – Nick Rivecca
Closest to the Pin in 2 – Fred Fischer

 

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Ace Iron & Steel Corp.
American State Equipment
Babcock Solutions
Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc
Berghammer Construction
Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp
Building Service Inc.
Butters-Fetting Co., Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Construction Supply & Erection
CornerStone One, LLC
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Doral Corporation
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems, Inc.
Gilbane Building Company
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Inpro Corporation
iSqFt
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Lee Plumbing Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
M3 Insurance
Michels Corporation
Michuda Construction, Inc.
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Milwaukee Tool
Mortenson Construction
Mutual of America
NEXT Electric, LLC
Reynolds Rigging and Crane
RIV/Crete ReadyMix
Spancrete
The Rockwell Group
Veit & Company, Inc.
Wall Tech, Inc.
Zurich Insurance & Surety

What Gov. Evers’ Statewide Face Covering Executive Order Means for Construction

Gov. Evers’ recently issued an executive order requiring statewide face covering inside private businesses and office spaces unless an exception applies. Businesses will not be required to provide face coverings for their employees or customers, though they can decide to offer face coverings to employees or customers. Local and state officials may enforce the order and violating the order may result in a civil fine up to $200.

Below are some FAQs we’ve gotten about Gov. Evers’ Statewide Face Covering Executive Order answered by AGC’s Safety Director – Dan Burazin. 

Dan 1. What are the differences between the State of Wisconsin Mask Ordinance and the City of Milwaukee Mask Ordinance?
As I read them, the Milwaukee ordinance appears to be a bit more restrictive as to the wearing of masks. Where the State of Wisconsin requires the wearing of masks inside and, in certain instances, outside (where social distancing is difficult to achieve), the City requires masks both inside and outside. The State appears to have a few more exemptions than the City does as well.

2. What constitutes as an enclosed space? A roof? When windows are put in?
That’s a good question. Common sense tells us that an enclosed space is a space where ventilation tends to be more restrictive. Even OSHA has a difficult time defining “when does a building become a building? At what point during the construction process do we morph from an outdoor space to an indoor space?” With OSHA standards, this becomes an issue when placing fire extinguishers on the job because they call out “protected building space”. As far as I am aware, there is no official definition but here is where the common sense comes in. If the roof structure has been installed and/or the windows are in, it follows that ventilation and air flow will be restricted and therefore you are now “inside”. However, this explanation is NOT the definitive answer! Certain areas of the jobsite could be considered “enclosed” by nature of their physical characteristics. Each situation must be addressed and judged individually.

3. What does OSHA have to say about this Ordinance? Will they be enforcing it?
If you call the OSHA office here in Milwaukee, you will immediately get a response that says OSHA does NOT enforce state or local ordinances regarding face coverings. This is not surprising because we know that OSHA’s job is to enforce the OSHA Act. They will refer callers to the State or Local Health Departments. Where it may become an OSHA enforcement issue is if a worker is exposed to a hazard. There have been suggestions that the face covering could pose a hazard to the worker in that oxygen levels under the covering drop to dangerous levels. We understand there may be unique situations where individuals have breathing issues, but we suggest you review OSHA guidance for further information. OSHA even addresses this in their FAQs found on the OSHA website at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/covid-19-faq.html.

4. What is the AGC of Greater Milwaukee’s Stance on the State of Wisconsin Mask Ordinance?
The AGC of Greater Milwaukee’s stance on the State’s mandate is similar to its stance on the City mandate. While these policy measures are in place we are here to assist you in finding practical information and ways to comply with the requirements. As an industry, we have always prided ourselves on best safety practices and in this time we are proving that in addition to masks we can adopt measures to remain essential and safe.  If we truly do have the worker’s best interest in mind, we will find ways. Many of our tradespeople are split on the wearing of face coverings but if we all remember why we are doing this, it becomes not only protection for the worker, but also for his/her family.

Still have questions about the Statewide Face Covering Executive Order? Contact Dan Burazin at 414-828-2803 or dburazin@agc-gm.org. 

AGC Safety Director Featured in Safety Panel at Hard Hat Safety Awards

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Dan Burazin has been the director of safety and health for the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee for more than 25 years. His previous work experience includes three years with a local general contractor as its operations manager in charge of personnel, equipment and safety, and 10 years with a Milwaukee-based steel fabricator as its plant manager. In addition to his duties as safety director for the AGC, Burazin has been teaching courses at MSOE in the Architectural Engineering/Construction Management Department for 20 years, as well as Marquette University in the Construction Management Department. He has also taught Safety Management courses for the national Associated General Contractors of America based in Arlington, Virginia.On July 16, 2020, The Daily Reporter honored its Hard Hat Safety Award winners with a virtual event that included a safety panel discussion featuring AGC Safety Director Dan Burazin.

The Daily Reporter Hard Hat Safety Awards honored companies for their continued, successful work keeping employees and the public safe.This year’s group of honorees placed a premium on safety and, most importantly, worked hard to make sure their employees return home to their families at the end of the day. Individuals or Companies were honored for the following:

  • Overcoming safety obstacles that averted an accident;
  • Overcoming a particularly dangerous project where they implemented new safety measures;
  • Finding unique ways to make safety a primary part of their culture;
  • Implementing the use of new design techniques or products that made a project safer for workers or the eventual occupants; and
  • Having an individual, company or organization that has gone above and beyond in their efforts.

Congratulations to all of the Winners!
CG Schmidt
Dan Parente, Hunzinger Construction
Matt Horton, Joel Becker and Dan Von Rueden, Hunzinger Construction
Jeremy Finger, Mortenson
Ken Moczynski, Mortenson
Stephen Jandrowski, Balestrieri Environmental & Development
VA Soldiers Home
VJS Construction Services

The 2020 AGC Golf Classic may be SOLD OUT, but you can Still get your Company in Front of the Industry!

Sponsor the AGC Golf Classic Today!
Monday, August 10th – Wisconsin Country Club

Even though the golf portion of this event is sold out, we still have plenty of sponsorship opportunities that can help get your company directly in front of your target market. Learn more about the AGC Golf Classic’s Sponsorship Opportunities here.

All proceeds from the AGC Golf Classic go toward funding scholarships to our local universities for students entering construction studies through the AGC Education & Research Foundation.

Weren’t able to reserve a spot in the AGC Golf Classic before it sold out? We’ve got our CLC Golf Outing Coming up on Wednesday, September 9th! More information coming soon.

Staying Safe on the Course

We’re working with the Wisconsin Country Club to put together safety guidelines to ensure that the necessary precautions will be in place to protect our attendees. More information on these safety guidelines coming soon!

We are very excited to be able to host one of our annual events and look forward to seeing everyone at the Wisconsin Club on the 10th!

Have questions about the AGC Golf Classic?
Contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4100.

Thank you to our Current Sponsors!
Ace Iron & Steel Corp.
American State Equipment
Babcock Solutions
Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc
Berghammer Construction
Boehlke Bottled Gas Corp
Building Service Inc.
Butters-Fetting Co., Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Construction Supply & Erection
CornerStone One, LLC
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Doral Corporation
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems, Inc.
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Inpro Corporation
iSqFt
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Lee Plumbing Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
M3 Insurance
Michels Corporation
Michuda Construction, Inc.
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Milwaukee Tool
Mortenson Construction
Mutual of America
NEXT Electric, LLC
Reynolds Rigging and Crane
RIV/Crete ReadyMix
Spancrete
The Blue Book Network
The Rockwell Group
Veit & Company, Inc.
Wall Tech, Inc.
Zurich Insurance & Surety

AGC Stays on top of City of Milwaukee’s MKE Cares Mask Ordinance with Informational Session

The Milwaukee Common Council passed a citywide mask mandate on Monday, July 13th. This mandate requires anyone over the age of 3 years old to wear a face covering inside public spaces.

The AGC-GM hosted an important informational session regarding the MKE Cares Mask Ordinance with Claire Evers, Deputy Commissioner of the City of Milwaukee Health Department and Aaron Szopinski, Policy Director Office of Mayor Tom Barrett. They provided an overview of the ordinance and how to effectively implement the requirements of the ordinance on your worksites located within the City. In addition to their summary, Participants had an opportunity to ask their own questions and get clarification on the ordinance. Watch the entire MKE Cares Mask Ordinance informational session below.

If you have any questions regarding the event or would like more information about managing your business and worksite during the pandemic please feel free to contact us!

Learn more about the MKE Cares – Mask Ordinance here.

Mandatory Mask Mandate

The Milwaukee Common Council on Monday, July 13, passed a citywide mask mandate requiring anyone over the age of 3 years old to wear a face covering inside public spaces.

The AGC-GM hosted an important informational session regarding the MKE Cares Mask Ordinance with Claire Evers, Deputy Commissioner of the City of Milwaukee Health Department and Aaron Szopinski, Policy Director Office of Mayor Tom Barrett. They provided an overview of the ordinance and how to effectively implement the requirements of the ordinance on your worksites located within the City. In addition to their summary, Participants had an opportunity to ask their own questions and get clarification on the ordinance. Watch the entire MKE Cares Mask Ordinance informational session below.

AGC Mask Webinar-video

If you have any questions regarding the event or would like more information about managing your business and worksite during the pandemic please feel free to contact us!

Learn more about the MKE Cares – Mask Ordinance here.

Updated COVID-19 Isolation Release Times

The CDC and DHS have updated the COVID -19 isolation and release times for people that have been diagnosed with and people that have been tested and are awaiting test results for COVID-19. The self-isolation release time has been increased from 7 to 10 days. If you have employees self-isolating please contact your county health department to make sure your employees are self-isolating for the recommended amount of time.

If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results, you should self-isolate and self-monitor in order to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. You should follow these recommendations for at least 10 days since symptoms first began AND for at least 3 days after symptoms resolve. If you receive a negative test result, you should follow these recommendations until at least 24 hours after your symptoms resolve (no fever and improvements in other symptoms)

Link to DHS website
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p02599.pdf

Link to CDC website
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

Being diagnosed with COVID-19 can mean that you had a positive lab test or a doctor told you that you had COVID-19. If either of these situations occurred, you should practice self-isolation and self-monitoring in order to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. You should follow these recommendations for at least 10 days since symptoms first began AND for at least 3 days after symptoms resolve.

Link to DHS website
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p02627.pdf

Additional $310 Billion In Funding For Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Construction Officials Urge Congress to Quickly Pass New Coronavirus Relief Measure and Start Work on Broader Recovery Measures, Including New Infrastructure Funding and Pension Relief

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to proposed legislation that will provide an additional $310 billion in funding for Paycheck Protection Program loans to help small businesses retain jobs:

“The new loan funding will help thousands of construction firms to retain essential construction jobs amid rapidly declining demand for construction services. As one of the relatively few sectors of the…Read full article here.

Governor Ever’s Plan to Re-Open the Economy

A Message from AGC-GM Chief Executive Officer Mike Fabishak:

AGC Members,

For your information, I have attached Emergency Order #31 and to various documents regarding Governor Ever’s recent three-phase plan to re-open the state’s economy. Much of his plan anticipates a gradual re-opening based on a continued reduction in coronavirus cases over a two-week time period. Additionally, similar to many other states in the country, there will be a substantial increase in testing (12,000 daily) so as to identify any individual who display the virus’s symptoms. That will then be followed up with contact tracing and tracking for any individual who can transmit the virus to make sure they are not doing so.

Again, I would like to remind you to be extremely vigilant in observing the various coronavirus safety protocols we have emailed to you, as well as placed on our AGC-GM website over the past 5 weeks. Unlike many other industries, we were allowed to continue working through this pandemic, so therefore, we must continue to be very watchful to protect the health and wellbeing our the individuals in our industry.

Thank you and stay healthy,

Mike Fabishak

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Hundreds Of Construction Firms Across The Country Hold Coronavirus Safety Stand Downs To Protect Workers And The Public

Associated General Contractors of America Organized the Nationwide Safety Stand Down to Make Sure Firms and Workers Know, and Follow, All Coronavirus-Related Safety Procedures and Practices

Hundreds of construction firms across the country are stopping work today to hold what are called safety stand downs focusing on ways to protect construction workers and the public from the spread of coronavirus. The safety stand down, which was organized by the Associated General Contractors of America, was designed to make sure firms and workers are taking measures outlined by public health and safety officials to protect workers on active construction sites and the public.

“Construction firms across the country understand that the public is counting on them to protect workers and nearby communities from the spread of the coronavirus,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Today’s safety stand downs were designed to make sure everyone working in construction knows, and follows, coronavirus safety measures.”

Read more.

Construction Layoffs Spread Rapidly As Coronavirus Shuts Down Projects In Contrast To Job Gains Through February In Most Metros

Association Officials Urge Quick Enactment of Infrastructure Investment, Relief for Hard-Hit Firms and Pensions in Order to Save Jobs in Construction and Supplier Industries

More than a quarter of construction firms responding to an online survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America last week reported they had furloughed or terminated jobsite workers because of the coronavirus pandemic. The finding contrasts starkly with the association’s analysis of government data released today that showed a majority of the nation’s metro areas added construction jobs through February.

“The metro-level employment data show that construction was still growing strongly in many parts of the country in February, immediately before the pandemic forced contractors to shut down projects and…Read full article here.

Join Us for a Nationwide Coronavirus Safety Stand Down on April 9

We are asking AGC of America members across the country to hold a nationwide coronavirus safety stand down at job sites on Thursday, April 9th. Click here to view a special message from AGC of America CEO Stephen E. Sandherr on why you should participate. If you haven’t already participated in safety stand downs like the one organized earlier by the AGC of California, these stand downs will provide an opportunity for you to make sure that everyone working on your job sites understands, and follows, all relevant safety guidelines provided by public health and safety officials. Please click here for resources to assist you in planning your stand-down event. We are also asking you to let us know if you plan to participate in the stand down, how many workers will be involved, and if you would be willing to allow the media to observe your stand downs. Just fill out this form, click here to let us know what you plan to do.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

A Message from AGC-GM Chief Executive Officer Mike Fabishak:

AGC Members,

I am writing to provide you the details of the provisions associated with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act which just went into effect and expires on December 31, 2020. This Act passed by Congress and signed by the President applies to private employers with fewer that 500 employees and provide the leave benefits to employees of covered employers.

Thank you and as I learn of any new developments, I’ll be in contact with you.

Mike Fabishak

Construction as an Essential Industry

The federal government recently released a list detailing “critical infrastructure industries” whose workers are “essential” and should continue normal work schedules. Although the document lists industries for which construction is absolutely critical, our industry was not explicitly included. Even though the list “is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard in and of itself,” some states have/are considering it for determining which industries can go to work amid state and local COVID-19 responses to shelter in place, among other policies.

AGC of America has continually sought to make clear that our industry is essential to responding to and recovering from this virus in the following ways:

  • Received broad media coverage of its release detailing how counter intuitive it is to shut down construction projects and the industry itself during a pandemic.
  • Partnered with the buildings trades unions in a joint release—showing that management and labor agree—that construction must be included as an essential service able to operate during COVID-19-related shutdowns.
  • Partnered with construction business organizations in a letter to the White House in underscoring the essential need for the construction industry to work during this crisis.
    Communicated to the Republican and Democratic Governors’ Associations these same messages.

Please join us in telling President Trump and Congress to treat the construction industry and the work it performs as vital and essential to the critical industries that must remain in operation to respond to this pandemic and crises to come. To ensure this is the case, the federal government must issue guidance classifying construction as a critical infrastructure industry whose workers are essential. Click here and simply submit the pre-written message as is to President Trump and your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your employer. You can view the real-time activity on this action alert here.

US DOL Publishes Emergency Paid Leave Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective today, April 1, 2020.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also issued “COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs”. FFCRA provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related…Read Full Article Here.

February Rise In Construction Outlays Contrasts With Pandemic-driven Collapse In March As Owners, Government Orders Shut Down Projects

Survey Finds Contractors Face Shortages of Materials and Workers, Delivery Delays and Cancellations;  Association Officials Urge Additional Measures to Help Workers, Firms and the Economy to Recover

Construction spending in February increased 6.0 percent from February 2019, with year-over-year gains in both residential and nonresidential outlays, according to a new analysis of federal data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that their latest survey shows conditions for contractors have deteriorated rapidly since February. They called on Congress to urgently pass targeted recovery measures to boost infrastructure funding, compensate firms for lost or delayed federally funded work, and provide needed pension relief.

“Spending in February declined 1.3 percent from an upwardly revised, exceptionally strong pace in January that was aided by unusually mild winter weather in much of the country,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Together, the rate in the first two months of 2020 represents a high-water mark immediately before government officials ordered widespread business closures and project owners canceled or halted work on their sites. The survey we conducted March 23 to 26 found that 39 percent of the more than 1600 respondents said they had been directed to stop work on one or more projects.”

Read more.

U.S. EPA Issues Enforcement Policy for Noncompliance Resultant from COVID-19 Pandemic

On Mar. 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) issued a new, temporary enforcement discretion policy for certain noncompliance events that can be documented and tied to the COVID-19 epidemic. U.S. EPA has emphasized that this new policy is not a “license to pollute.” The enforcement discretion is intended to address challenges in staffing that facilities or laboratories will likely face during the COVID-19 epidemic, which may constrain certain activities required by federal permits, including: compliance monitoring, sampling, reporting, “wet” signatures, or training as some of the listed examples. The policy applies to specified federal programs, states may take a different approach related to compliance and enforcement during the pandemic.

According to the U.S. EPA press release, “[t]he temporary policy makes it clear that EPA expects regulated facilities to comply with regulatory requirements, where reasonably practicable, and to return to compliance as quickly as possible. To be eligible for enforcement discretion, the policy also requires facilities to document decisions made to prevent or mitigate… Read Full Article Here.

AGC of America – Webinar Slides

Miss one of the AGC’s 8-part coronavirus webinar series? No need to worry, we’ve got you covered with PDFs of the presentations below!

“Navigating the Outbreak: Factors that Construction Companies Neet to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity” (8 Parts)

COVID-19 Safety Stand-Down Week | April 6-10

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) chapters of Wisconsin and Greater Milwaukee have partnered to declare April 6-10, 2020 as “COVID-19 Safety Stand-Down Week” in Wisconsin.

This declaration is in response to a recent meeting between AGC contractors and Governor Evers. During the March 31st meeting, Governor Evers emphasized that “Safety is Job #1” during this time of crisis. Governor Evers also stressed the important role that construction plays in Wisconsin’s economy and is committed to keeping construction going as an essential business.

Contractors across the state are encouraged to hold a daily (5-10 minute) Safety Stand-Down to educate and inform their workers on preventing the spread of COVID-19 on the job site. The AGC will provide contractors with topics for daily educational and informational Tool Box Talks to discuss with their workforce. The Safety Stand-Down Week is just one of many ways the AGC’s of Wisconsin and Greater Milwaukee are working with member contractors to educate and promote COVID-19 safe job sites.

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US DOL Publishes New Federal Paid Leave Guidance Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.

AGC of GM and AGC of WI – COVID 19 Documents

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee and the AGC of Wisconsin have been in joint conference calls regarding the current situation in Wisconsin as it pertains to COVID-19. Some of you have participated in these discussions. In order to assist contractors in their efforts to keep their people safe, here are the latest documents that the group has produced.

Please review them and let me know if you have anything that you can offer.

These documents are for guidance. Each contractor must develop their own policy on how they want to handle the situation.

AGC, Others, Push OSHA to Stop Treating Coronavirus Positives as Reportable Incidents & Calls for Flexibility for Firms Running Short of N95 Masks

AGC, along with our industry partners on the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), is pushing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to re-evaluate its decision to treat cases of employees contracting COVID-19 as recordable incidents. Instead, healthcare providers should be required to report these cases on their logs because they are in direct contact with people with confirmed cases and are at greatest risk.

At the same time, we are pushing OSHA to provide flexibility in enforcement with respect to respirator use due to the growing shortage of N95 respirators. For example, OSHA should consider allowing job rotation to reduce exposures to employees who may not have access to the appropriate masks. For more information, and to view a copy of the AGC/CISC letter, click here.

Construction Industry Reponses to Gov. Evers Construction Exemption

A Message from AGC-GM Chief Executive Officer Mike Fabishak:

AGC Members,

You will find a news release from the AGC of Greater Milwaukee, several other collateral construction trade associations, and unions acknowledging Governor Evers recent Executive Order listing construction as an essential service.

On behalf of the AGC of Greater Milwaukee we appreciate the efforts of Governor Evers leadership, and offer our assurances that we will continue to dedicate ourselves to the safety and health of all those men and women who are part of our great industry.

Thank you and stay healthy,

Mike Fabishak

Update on Federal Paid Leave Mandates under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201

On March 20, Treasury, IRS and DOL announced their intent to implement these new mandates. Items to note:

  • SMALL BUSINESS EXEMPTIONS: It appears that guidance/regulations will be issued from the Secretary of Labor to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the leave requirements relating to school closings or child care unavailability where the requirements would jeopardize the ability of the business to continue. The exemption will be available on the basis of simple and clear criteria that make it available in circumstances involving jeopardy to the viability of an employer’s business as a going concern.
  • PROMPT PAYMENT FROM IRS TO EMPLOYERS MANDATED TO PROVIDE LEAVE: Under guidance that will be released next week, eligible employers who pay qualifying sick or child care leave will be able to retain an amount of the payroll taxes equal to the amount of qualifying sick and child care leave that they paid, rather than deposit them with the IRS. The payroll taxes that are available for retention include withheld federal income taxes, the employee share of Social Security and Medicare taxes, and the employer share of Social Security and Medicare taxes with respect to all employees. If there are not sufficient payroll taxes to cover the cost of qualified sick and child care leave paid, employers will be able file a request for an accelerated payment from the IRS. The IRS expects to process these requests in two weeks or less. The details of this new, expedited procedure will be announced next week.

Take Action: Tell Congress to Protect Construction Jobs and Markets!

The Senate could vote on a new $2 TRILLON+ COVID-19 relief package shortly. Negotiations are extremely fluid. On March 20, AGC of America shared it’s priorities and policy proposals in a letter to all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and received confirmation from key legislators and officials that many of our priorities are part of the fast-paced negotiations. Our priorities include but are not limited to:

Protecting our members’ cash flows and access to capital;
Infusions of funding into direct federal and federal-aid construction accounts;
Enacting multi-year reauthorizations of federal and federal-aid construction programs; and
Maintaining the viability of multiemployer pension and health plans on which millions of participants, retirees and contributing employers depend.

Please join us in telling Congress to take immediate action. Click here and simply submit the pre-written message as is to your members of Congress or customize it with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your employer. You can view the real-time activity on this action alert here.

OSHA Provides Guidance on Recording Workplace Exposures to COVID-19

OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log.

COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are met:

The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);
The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5; and
The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g. medical treatment beyond first-aid, days away from work).
For more information, click here.

Wisconsin Construction Industry Coronavirus Announcement

The Wisconsin construction industry, including both labor and management, has come together to communicate specific strategies they are taking to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
Deriving from CDC and OSHA workplace recommendations, the following strategies are being implemented across the state to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in the construction industry.

View the industry’s COVID-19 strategies here.

Summary of Paid Leave Mandates under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201

On March 18, 2020, Congress approved and the president signed into law legislation that includes mandates for employer-fronted federal paid leave—emergency sick leave and emergency paid family and medical leave described below. These requirements take effect on April 2, 2020, and sunset on December 31, 2020. However, the legislative environment remains fluid. The Senate could consider altering these paid leave mandates in a COVID-19 economic investment bill, a third COVID-19 relief bill. Such a measure could pass within days and would then need to be considered by the House before it became law. As such, please note that the information in this document is potentially subject to change before it takes effect.
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AGC of America Update: Best Practices, Defense and Civilian Agencies & AGC Survey

COVID-19 Best Practices for Construction Jobsites
Personal Responsibilities
Social Distancing
Jobsite / Office Practices
Managing Sick Employees
Government Resources
Vendor Resources
For detailed practices, click here and here.

Defense and Civilian Agencies Respond to AGC’s Request for Guidance for Direct Federal Contractors
USACE, GSA, and others provide guidance and planning for potential contract impacts due COVID-19. To read more, please click here.

AGC Survey of State DOT Response to COVID-19
AGC chapters report that generally speaking most state DOT construction programs are moving ahead as scheduled and are not directly impacted by COVID-19 related shutdowns. Many state office personnel are telecommuting but, in most states, construction inspectors are considered essential and, therefore, are reporting to work and visiting on-going projects.
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AGC of America Coronavirus Resources

A Message from AGC-GM Chief Executive Officer Mike Fabishak:

AGC Members,

I wanted to let you know that I have been in contact with the AGC of America since last week concerning the corona virus. I was particularly interested in understanding what actions they have taken on issues centered around paid sick leave, reportable incidents under OSHA regulations and other related issues. Below you will find an email from Steve Sandherr, CEO of the AGC of America, addressing these issues and other associated with this virus. Additionally, they have posted an AGC-A corona website (below) which will help inform you on other aspects of this matter.

Be assured that we will be keeping you informed of any new developments as they arise.

Here’s what the AGC of America has so far:

  1. Established a microsite on agc.org that is updated as circumstances warrant. You can see it here.
  2. During a call with the Secretary of Labor last Thursday, I asked him to withdraw the announced OSHA policy that employees who tested positive had to be treated as a reportable incident. I explained the impact that would have on insurance premiums, on owners evaluating safety records, and the logic that an employer can control many things on a jobsite but they can’t control the spreading of a virus. On Friday the policy was slightly altered but it needs to be withdrawn. We are going back to his office with a renewed request and we are looking at additional, labor, HR and safety policies that need attention at this time.
  3. As I write this, Ken Simonson and Brian Turmail are working on a survey to be sent out all members, asking them to tell us of supply chain disruptions and other negative consequences resulting from the virus. This will go out in the next day or two and we ask that you encourage your member firms to participate.
  4. With respect to the paid sick leave requirement in the House passed response bill, we are reaching out to Senate offices to see if we can mitigate the impact on construction firms.

Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience.

Mike Fabishak

AGC of America to host WebED on the Coronavirus

A Message from AGC-GM Chief Executive Officer Mike Fabishak:

AGC Members,

The AGC of America will be holding a very important WebED on the Coronavirus this Friday, March 20th at 2:00 PM (EDT) to give an update on the impact of the virus on the construction industry.

The details of the WebED are below and you should note that it will air at 1:00 PM our time.

Thank you and if you have questions, please contact me at your convenience.

Mike Fabishak

Request for Face Masks from Vice President Pence

A Message from AGC-GM Chief Executive Officer Mike Fabishak:

AGC Members,

I am writing to all AGC of Greater Milwaukee Members, as well as all area contractors on behalf of Vice President Pence request concerning the donation of N95 Face Masks to area hospitals.

With the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been a shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for health care workers, particularly the NIOSH 95 face masks. As such, they are requesting all construction companies who have some available to donate them immediately to your area hospital.

As you may know, Vice President Pence is coordinating the federal government’s response to this pandemic. As such, due to the lack of supply of PPE’s, he is asking all construction companies for your help.

“We would make one specific request, and that is, we would urge construction companies to donate their inventory of N95 masks to your local hospital and forgo additional orders of those industrial masks,” Vice President Mike Pence said during a White House press conference on Tuesday.

He continued, “Because of what the president asked to be included in legislation moving through the Congress today, those industrial masks that they use on construction sites are perfectly acceptable for healthcare workers to be protected from a respiratory disease.”

On behalf of the AGC of Greater Milwaukee we are asking you to acknowledge the Vice President’s request and consider donating your available N95s to your local hospital.

Thank you for your consideration and if you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience.

Mike Fabishak

AGC Opposes House-Passed Paid Leave Proposal

In a March 16, 2020 letter to the Senate, AGC stressed the need to address the 14 weeks of employer-fronted paid leave mandated under the House-passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Corona virus Response Act, and to offer workable solutions.

AGC cannot support a Senate product that includes this House-passed proposal in H.R. 6201 and reserves the right to record the vote on legislation including such a proposal as an AGC “Key Vote” for the education of its membership.

To read the complete letter, click here. Tell Your U.S. Senators to Oppose Employer-Fronted Paid Leave Mandate here.

Updates to AGC Membership Discount Program

More Ways to Save with AGC!

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 Anallytics can 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.

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.

Invest in the Future of Construction | Sponsorship Opportunities for the CLC Golf Outing are Now Available!

CLC Golf Outing GroupBe 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 programming, 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!

Only One Week Left to Register for The Past Presidents’ and Awards Night!

Past Presidents NetworkingRegistration 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 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

BFGoodrich

Hard work and the right equipment mean roads get paved, animals get cared for, and houses get built. That’s why BFGoodrich® Tires is rolling out the Tradesmen Support Program and partnering with the AGC.
Because downtime isn’t an option when there’s a job to do. 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.

Record Numbers Attending AGC Trainings

Over the last month the AGC has been seeing incredible member participation at our classes and training sessions. We are pleased to say that with only a month into the fall semester we’ve been able to train over 100 construction professionals. We love seeing this amount of participation from our members and their commitment to the professional development of their employees.

Our AGC Milwaukee offices have been host to a number of different classes this semester like the Supervisory Training Program (STP), Lean Construction and Opioid Abuse in Construction. One class we were especially proud of was the Construction Supervision Fundamentals (CSF) program. The AGC of America chose us, AGC-GM, to be the first to host this inaugural program. The CSF program provided front-line management a path to develop the knowledge and skills to boost communication, teamwork and operational competence to improve organizational project performance.

Along with our office hosting a number of great classes and trainings, our Safety Staff have been kept very busy, traveling around Southeastern Wisconsin leading a number of different classes including:

• STP-2
• OSHA 30 Hour
• First Aid/CPR
• Flagger Training
• OSHA 10 Hour for Mindful Staffing
• Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Certification
• OSHA Inspection Protocol
• Fire Extinguisher Training

For more information on the AGC of Greater Milwaukee’s Rent-a-Safety Director Program, contact Dan Burazin, AGC-GM Safety Director, at 414-778-4100 or email dburazin@agc-gm.org

New Course, Construction Supervision Fundamentals, was a Great Success!

Construction Supervision FundamentalsThis past week we kicked off a brand new course, the Construction Supervision Fundamentals (CSF) program! CSF provides front-line management with a path to develop communication, teamwork and operational competence, improving organizational project performance. We’d like to thank the AGC of America for choosing our chapter to host this three-day course and for their support of our mission to develop the next generation of construction leaders.

Held October 3-5 at our Milwaukee office, the three day, 25-hour, instructor-led course was 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.

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

The highly unique final session, Skills Development, 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.

Learn more about the educational courses we offer here.

All-Student Chapter Meeting Kicks off the New School Year

The AGC-GM’s Construction Leadership Council brings in the new school year with the CLC All-Student Chapter Meeting at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on September 20th.

The first half of the program featured an open networking session with construction professionals and over forty students from the local AGC student chapters. This networking provided an excellent opportunity for students to begin developing their professional network with Milwaukee’s largest General Contractors and Subcontractors.

The second half of the program featured a panel discussion with established construction professionals sharing their knowledge and experience of what inspired them to choose construction and what it took to become successful. Some examples of questions that were answered were:Have you thought about what your day-to-day professional life will be like after you graduate? How do you make sure you choose the best job for you? When there seems to be so many options, where do you begin?

Learn More about the CLC here.

Check out more pictures from the All-Student Chapter meeting here.

Project Tour: Synergy at Mayfair Collection

The Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee’s Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and over 45 professionals and students attended a Project Tour at Synergy at Mayfair Collection on September 26th.

Located at the Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa, Synergy at the District is a unique 450,000 sf multifamily/mixed use space with 290 enclosed parking stalls. The 6-story project has 270 apartments and features two outdoor rooftop courtyards with grilles, fire pits, cabana and dog run. Synergy also features a Fitness Center with tanning studio; a Wi-Fi cafe; a clubroom with gourmet kitchen and a Public Plaza green roof.

Special thanks to Berghammer Construction for leading this tour and allowing us access to their jobsite as well as Superior Masonry Builders and Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. for sponsoring our networking event at ABV Social that took place after the jobsite tour.

Learn More about the CLC and our upcoming events.

Check out more photos from this event here.

CLC Leaders Attend Leadership Development Conference in Washington D.C.

Leaders from our AGC-GM Construction Leadership Council attended the leadership development conference in Washington D.C. from September 29th- October 1st.

The CLC Leadership Development Conference brought together emerging construction leaders from across the country in various construction sectors to network, learn and share. This unique event was an opportunity to connect with fellow emerging leaders and construction professionals from across the country. This year’s program offered construction professionals the opportunity to develop their leadership skills along with providing information on CLC best practices and how to grow local CLC groups.

Learn More about the CLC and our upcoming events.

Foxconn Purchases Downtown Racine Property as Part of ‘Smart City’ Plans Across State

Foxconn Technology Group on October 2nd said it has bought a three-story, 46,000-square-foot office building in downtown Racine and will turn the structure into yet another of what the company is calling its innovation centers.

The purchase of the building at 1 Main St., near the Root River, promises a boost for downtown Racine — and for one of Wisconsin’s more hard-pressed cities.

Renamed Foxconn Place Racine, the building will house a co-working space and at least 125 company employees, and will serve as a model for Foxconn’s “smart cities” program, said Alan Yeung, the firm’s director of U.S. strategic initiatives.

Much of the building stands vacant. The entire second floor is inaccessible to the public. The principal tenants are branches of BMO Harris bank and the…Read full article here.

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).