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June 28: Employment Practices Committee - Contact Charlene Anthony for information

July 17: Lean EP Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring

July 31Lean EP Unit 4: The Last Planner System

How can your company harness technology and take advantage of how it is being used in the field and in day-to-day business transactions?

As the business of the construction industry changes, so must companies in order to adapt and remain competitive. Companies are faced with a decreasing skilled labor pool, complex projects and demands to streamline information and processes.

Hear from Johnny Saldana, Raven Mechanical, LP and Zeke Smith, Gallant Builders, on how mobile technology is being implemented and managed in the field and how cost effective technology is integrated to ensure a company’s competitive advantage and recruiting tool.

For more information, please contact Charlene Anthony
News you can Use
By Tony Stergio, Pattrick Kelly and Andy Clark, Andrews Myers, PC

 On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, issued a big win for employers. In a 5-4 decision, the Court decided that employers can, in connection with an arbitration agreement, require employees to sign a class action waiver as a condition of employment. A class action waiver is a provision that states the employee will resolve disputes with the employer only through one-on-one arbitration, and not through any class or collective action, in court or in arbitration.

Lee College is looking to hire part-time craft instructors to support a curriculum developed for fast track industrial training. Thanks to a grant from the TWC National Dislocated Worker Disaster Grant (Harvey Grant), the college is able to offer classes to help train and grow a skilled workforce.

Interested individuals can contact Lupe Martinez directly at or by phone at 281-425-6214. You may also contact Marsha Tuha, Director, Workforce Development at

Construction has started on a $962 million bridge replacement project on the Sam Houston Tollway. The Harris County Toll Road Authority expects the cable-stay bridge, which will cross the Houston Ship Channel, to be completed in 2024. The Harris County Toll Road Authority says it’s replacing the bridge so it can handle growing traffic. The bridge currently carries about 55,000 vehicles a day. That’s expected to grow to about 160,000 vehicles a day by 2035.
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Beginning July 12, this class meets five consecutive Thursdays through August 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This course  provides an overview of the risk management and insurance profession from the health and safety program perspective. It is intended for Superintendents, Foremen, Safety Specialists and Coordinators, and project managers.
AGC News
Learn The EPF Strategy: Evade, Prevent & Fight

Until about a decade ago, workplace security focused mostly on preventing theft. Now, businesses are trying to give their employees guidelines on how to escape or handle armed intruders.

Topics will include the history of active shooter incidents, as well as the roles, responsibilities, and/or response options of employers, employees and emergency responders. Presented by Rick Hernandez, Jr., U.S. Navy veteran, former police department SWAT team leader, retired police sergeant, and current adjunct police instructor.
AGC of America has prepared a drone use survey to determine the state of the art in drone use on highway, bridge, heavy and civil projects. The task force is looking at issues such as: how contractors are using drones in day-to-day operations, what impediments to their use exist, what are best practice recommendations, what technical issues need to be addressed, how can AGC work with FHWA and state DOTs in addressing these concerns. 

Please take the time to have the person in your company who is the expert on drone use complete the survey

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between May 2017 and May 2018, while 28 states added construction jobs between April and May, according to an analysis by AGC of America and data collected by the US Dept. Of Labor.AGC warns that soaring construction costs, aggravated by new tariffs on steel and aluminum, could trigger project cancellations and job losses. The report also features employment data by rank, state and peak.

Construction costs accelerated again in May, with steep increases for a wide range of building and road materials, including many that are subject to tariffs that could drive prices still higher, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new Labor Department data. Association officials say that the construction industry will bear a heavy share of the tariffs’ costs.
American Door Products
Baker Triangle
Member News
W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation announced  that Warren S.Bellows IV, David Kubin, and Tim O’Malley will be promoted to vice president positions effective September 4, 2018.

Warren Bellows IV, great‐grandson of company founder Warren S. Bellows, will be promoted from project manager to vice president of project controls. Bellows IV officially joined the company in 2007, following three years of summer internships, upon graduation from Duke University. His first project as a Bellows employee was the Children’s Museum of Houston Expansion; currently, he is a project manager for Bellows on Texas Children’s Hospital’s Legacy Tower. 

David Kubin, whose grandfather worked for Bellows as a carpenter on the San Jacinto Monument, joined Bellows Construction in 1984 to work on the Renaissance Tower in Dallas. Along with the 777 Tower in California and the Schlumberger Technology Campus in Houston, he has since worked on three Texas Children’s Hospital projects: the Mark Wallace Tower, the Pavilion for Women, and Legacy Tower.David Kubin will be promoted from senior project manager to vice president.

Tim O’Malley, who will be promoted from senior project manager to vice president, joined Bellows Construction in 1991 as a project engineer working on the company’s Compaq Center project. Other notable projects include BLVD Place, Phase II; several projects in New Orleans; the international headquarters building for McDermott International; and, most recently, the International Union of Operating Engineers Training and Conference Center in Crosby, Texas.
Membership Benefits
Join us for a live webinar to discover how you can improve your financial future through your retirement plan. This short, online presentation will cover:
Basics of Investing
Our retirement readiness tool called Your Retirement Outlook®
Benefits of joining the plan

Join us for a live webinar on:
Thursday, June 28, 2018
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.

AGC members are eligible to participate in more than 20 discount programs specially 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.
Here's Looking at You

AGC Houston recognized safety professionals dedicated to creating a safe work environment at the annual Midyear Safety Meeting on June 14 at the Junior League of Houston. The event served to recognize the Safety Excellence Award and Ray Lambright Award recipients, the members of the AGC Houston Safety Committee, and the companies that took part in the annual Safety Stand-Down. Special guests included OSHA Regional Administrator Josh Flesher; Tom Muska, Mayor of West, Texas; and Steve Little and Jayne Williams of KPost Company. The meeting focused on crisis management and having an action plan in place with disaster strikes.
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New Members
Welcome New Members! Please Consider Contacting These Companies For Your Business Needs
DBG Services, LP
Melody Deshotel
2331 Texas Avenue
Texas City, Texas 77590-8341
(409) 965-8285

Innerstaff, LLC
Iliana Sanchez
24900 Pitkin Rd., Ste 309
Spring, Texas 77386
(281) 747-4011
Western States Fire Protection, Co.
Robert Lennon
4456 Campbell Road
Houston, Texas 77041-9103
(832) 649-9516




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