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March 23 & 24: AGC Houston Barbecue Cook-Off & Fair- SPONSORSHIPS END TOMORROW!

April 9: AGC/AIA Golf Tournament At Champions Golf Club - Registration and Sponsorships open!

September 22: SAVE THE DATE! APEX Awards Gala at The Houstonian. Sponsorships now open!

 

 

  
AGC Houston Barbecue Cook-Off To Raise Funds For NextOp 

During the Barbecue Cook-Off March 23 and 24, AGC Houston and cook teams will be selling commemorative t-shirts and raising funds for NextOp,  a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects military leaders to construction industry careers. 
 
NextOp recruits, trains, and places high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders into industry careers such as construction. According to NextOp Executive Director John Boerstler, the organization's veteran candidates are placed into a new industry career within 25 days of program enrollment. 

Shirts Available For Purchase Now! One of a kind, these shirts are 50/50 (cotton/polyester) and come in adult sizes small through XXX-Large. Just $25.

Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Membership Benefits
AGC members are eligible to participate in more than 20 discount programs specifically designed to meet the needs of contractors. Whether you are looking to purchase a new vehicle for your fleet or for ways to cut costs on fuel and shipping, AGC programs can save you money. Enroll and maximize the value of your membership. Discover more.

AGC of America now offers exclusive savings with G&K Services Inc. to enhance your company's image and safety with the highest quality work apparel and facility products. 

Additional benefits include:
  • Free Site Assessment, Cost Comparison, and Set Up of New Customers 
  • 20% Discount Off Standard Pricing
  • Single Point of Contact
  • 24/7 Customer Support
  • ​Safety, Flame Resistant and High Visibility Options Available
AGC Houston is pleased to announce that 401 (k) group plan participants can choose from a series of webinars designed to review the plan's highlights and personal retirement outlook. The first Webinar took place January 25 and more are planned throughout the year.
All webinars will be live at 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. CST. Sign up for the next series of webinars, featuring the following topics:
Saving & Budgeting; Plan Highlights & Your Retirement Outlook; Balancing Retirement & College; Investing 101; Your Retirement Outlook & Joining The Plan; Social Security; Planning For Families With Special Needs; Healthcare In Retirement

 
AGC News
Construction Official Urges Congress to Act Quickly to Pass New Infrastructure Legislation Now that the President Has Outlined an Ambitious Plan to Invest $200 Billion in New Federal Funds

Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of AGC of America, released a press release on February 12, 2018 in reaction to the release of President Trump’s proposal to improve and rebuild the country’s aging public works, including roads, bridges, airports, waterways and clean water systems.

Construction spending in January was unchanged from December and was moderately higher than in January 2017, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. However, further gains, especially in desperately needed infrastructure investment, would be in jeopardy if the administration adopts tariffs on key construction materials.

"Construction spending in January showed a mixed pattern, with noteworthy increases in public outlays and single-family homebuilding balancing out declines in private nonresidential and multifamily investments," said Ken Simonson, AGC's chief economist. "Unfortunately, all categories are threatened by the harmful actions under consideration regarding steel and aluminum."

American Door Products
Baker Triangle
Education/Training
Nominations due March 31, 2018.

Presented annually, this prestigious award gives special recognition to a construction industry employee who most exemplifies the highest standards of excellence.All construction industry employees are eligible including employees of general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, service companies, architects and engineers.

 
Proline Supply Company
Safety
Thursday, March 29, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at AGC Houston
 
To celebrate and promote  National Ladder Safety Month in March, AGC Houston is excited to sponsor a National Ladder Safety Symposium March 29, 2018. 

AGC, The University of Texas at Arlington, OSHA and the American Ladder Institute will offer a safety symposium, which will also be broadcast live. Register here.
 
Here's Looking at You

A special thanks to Charlie Gerston, United Tool & Fastener, for sponsoring the Safety Committee February 23, 2018 and for bringing out  fall protection demonstration equipment. After the meeting, attendees headed outside to watch Gerston hoist Safety Committee member Wesley Dobek, DeWalt Power Tools, on the fall protection trailer to demonstrate and discuss safety measures. Gerston also showcased the new Werner Lean Safe Step Ladder and Podium Ladder,  designed to securely lean against flat wall surfaces, wall corners, poles, and wall studs and perform as a standard stepladder. 



 

AGC Houston members packed Cafe Adobe on March 1, 2018 for the first networking mixer of the year. The event drew more than 100 construction industry professionals for a chance to network and win a $200 gift card to Pappas from our sponsor, SmartBid. Congratulations to Sarah Shoemaker, Working Objective Cleaning Service who won the Predator FPV drone door prize!



Great sponsorship opportunities! Contact Tamara Hancock for details. View photos here.

Congratulations to Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd.,Brookstone, LP,Linbeck Group, LLC, andReliant Safety Solutions, LLC,for receiving Safety Excellence at the Willis Towers Safety Awards breakfast on February 27, 2018 in conjunction with the AGC of America Convention in New Orleans.

 

The companies were judged nationally for their overall safety and health program, commitment to safety regarding new programs, increased employee involvement in safety, management's commitment to safety and no fatality or multi-catastrophic injuries in the past year.Congratulations to all and a big Thank You to AGC Houston's Director of Safety Services Kim Mason for helping to select the initial judging list.

  • Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd.captured First Place in the CM 160K-475K work hours division.
  • Brookstone, LPwon Third Place in the Building Division 100K-250K work hours category.
  • Linbeck Group, LLCwon Third Place in the Building Division 650K-1M work hours category
  • Reliant Safety Solutions, LLC won Third Place in the Service Provider & Supplier category.

Member News
  
In early February, Gilbane Building Company celebrated a major milestone at the site of the Barryknoll Lane multi-family apartment development. The topping off ceremony was attended by representatives from MetroNational, Slate Real Estate Partners, and by Gilbane employees and several key contractors. The festivities included lunch and entertainment by a Mariachi band.
Gilbane is providing construction management at-risk services for the construction of MetroNational’s new eight story, 670,000 square-foot multi-family luxury complex. This facility will offer 333 luxury apartment units in one- to three-bedroom layouts, 570 parking spaces, an eighth-floor amenity deck with a pool, bar facilities, cabanas, catering kitchen, sitting areas and a dog park.
News you can Use

On Friday, February 16, 2018, the Austin City Council passed a long-discussed ordinance requiring employers to provide employees with paid sick and safe leave ("PSL"). Austin is the first city in the South ever to enact such a law. This law, which will become effective October 1, 2018, will affect all employers with employees who work at least 80 hours in Austin during a calendar year. Read the article from the National Law Review here and look for an industry outlook article from Andrews Myers, PC attorney Tony Stergio soon to be published in Member’s Edge.

Moderate inflation is showing up in most of the US as a strong job market forces employers to raise wages, according to the Federal Reserve's Beige Book. Prices have increased in all of the central bank's districts.

Some of the biggest US makers of consumer products are considering price increases to pass on rising transportation costs to consumers. The costs companies pay to ship goods are rising almost twice as fast as inflation
On January 24, 2018, the EEOC announced it had completed its mailing of the 2017 EEO-1 survey Notification Letters and all employers that qualify must file EEO-1 Reports by March 31, 2018. You may remember that the EEOC recently revised the EEO-1 report, but following advice from AGC the Trump administration reversed the changes and no pay data is required to be reported. The current EEO-1 report is simply the "old" format that employers used to file the last round of reports in September 2016.
In the first few weeks of 2018, the federal government released a series of memoranda officially announcing a host of significant changes in how it will enforce violations of environmental laws – ranging from restricting payouts to "settle" lawsuits outside of court, to deferring to states on enforcement matters, to limiting the practice of regulating through guidance.  
EPA will adjust its civil penalties annually, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act). 
The OSHA Construction Safety and Health Conference will provide an ideal forum to learn about new and ever changing safety products, processes, procedures and technology in the construction industry.
This conference is expected to draw between 600-800 attendees from both construction and industrial sectors, twice the size of the previous conference held in Dallas. Plenty of sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities!

New Members
Welcome New Members! Please Consider Contacting These Companies For Your Business Needs
Northwind Air Conditioning, Heating & Mechanical Services
Robert Shelton
2801 Helberg
Houston, Texas 77092
(713) 683-9474
www.northwindac.com

Veriforce LLC
Michael McKenna
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
(888) 369-1574
www.veriforce.com

National Trench Safety
Robert Stevenson
260 N. Sam Houston Pkwy E., Suite 200
Houston, TX 77060
(303) 968-0862
 
inCon-trol Construction, LLC
Nick Phelps
5726 Bingle Road, Suite A
Houston, Texas 77092-2165
(281) 414-2236

R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc.
Ron Wunderlich
16340 Park Ten Place, Suite 350
Houston, TX 77084
(713) 461-9600

Apex Resources, Inc.
Monica Pulliam
549 Stonegate Dr.
Katy, Texas 77494
(832) 786-7492
 
 

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