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AGC Southwest Chapters 401(k) Plan Win/Win for Employees and Employers

How companies in the commercial construction industry are addressing the worker shortage in their respective organization varies greatly. From compensation to prefabrication, they are doing what is necessary to meet their needs in recruiting and retention.  So, with July being National Retirement Planning month, I’d like to mention an option that can go a long way in meeting both companies’ and employees’ needs. 

A 2016 Employee Benefits Trend Study revealed that employees were depending on their company to provide access to retirement benefits and that 70% of employees surveyed stated that a 401(k) plan was a "must have" benefit. It underscored that companies that offer a retirement plan can have a big impact on their employees’ future. 

Currently, the AGC Southwest Chapters 401(k) Plan has investment assets of over $310,000,000 with 96 participating employers. 
Events
Come Mix And Mingle August 2 at Cafe Adobe for our summer Membership Mixer!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS JULY 20!
 
Baubles, Beads, Dinner, Dancing & Heavy Crystal Awards!

We are Celebrating Houston's Finest Construction Projects September 22 at The Houstonian!

There's not better way to show your support for the building industry than to be an APEX Awards gala sponsor!

Tickets  & Sponsorships must be purchased by September 5, 2018

 

Come see AGC Houston's young power players hard at work  and join in the fun - all for a great cause: the AGC Houston Scholarship Program

Teams forming NOW!
Friday, August 10, 2018
Hermann Park Golf Course
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Membership Benefits
  
Join the FedEx Advantage® program and the discounts keep coming. AGC members will enjoy savings of up to 78% on select services.
The program is free to join and no minimum shipping, copy or print requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit. What’s more, you may be eligible for other special offers and promotions. Sign up now or call 1.888.708.4100. 
  

It can be tough to feel secure in your financial future if debt is weighing you down.  In honor of Financial Planning Awareness month, discover how you can manage and be in control of your debt. Understanding how debt affects your finances is an important first step in learning how to manage it. 

Check out this informative short article.

Are you taking care of your financial future needs? Currently, the AGC Southwest Chapters 401(k) Plan has investment assets of over $310,000,000 with 96 participating employers. For more information, contact Steve Ellsworth or Robert Brann at 888-792-7650 or mep@rwbaird.com.

  
Data DIGest is your source for the latest economic news relevant to the construction industry with commentary and analysis from AGC's Chief Economist, Ken Simonson. It brings you actionable information to stay ahead of the curve on issues such as materials, prices, construction employment, and state-by-state construction trends

An annual subscription gets you 50 weeks of insight and actionable information to help companies in the construction industry stay ahead of the curve.
Data DIGest is free to AGC Members 
AGC News
  
AGC needs your help to measure the scope of construction labor shortages by taking a quick survey. AGC of America and Autodesk are working to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. That is why we are asking members to take a few minutes to complete the workforce survey that we have prepared. 

Construction employment increased by 13,000 jobs in June and by 282,000 jobs over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said many construction firms appear to be more willing to hire amid lower tax rates and a more favorable business environment, but caution that trade fights and labor shortages pose risks to future growth.

  
Federal agencies recently have initiated action on several key environmental issues of importance to AGC of America’s contractor members from the Waters of the United States rulemaking to proposed new lead-dust standards and re-evaluating the procedural elements of the National Environmental Policy Act.  In May, AGC provided members with an advanced notice of these anticipated actions based on the Federal Government’s Spring Unified Agenda.  
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Education/Training

Designed to develop and grow our industry's future leaders, this program provides a forum for up-and-coming young professionals by giving them an intensive experience that encompasses a broad scope of community and industry concerns.
 

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, click here.
 
Here's Looking at You

AGC Houston was happy to be part of the Houston Minority Business Development Agency's 4th Annual Salute to Minorities in Construction on July 11. The event recognized Tandelyn Weaver - The KBC Houston Construction Contractors' College (fourth from left), as the Community Partner of the Year. During the presentation, Christopher Bilton, Program Director of the Houston MBDA Business Center (far left), called our own Jerry Nevlud (second from left) to the stage and thanked AGC Houston for its ongoing support. Congratulations Tandelyn and thank your for being part of AGC Houston's Diversity Committee!

 
News you can Use
  
By Tony Stergio, Chris Scheurich and Andy Clark, Andrews Myers, PC

Commercial drones are becoming more common on construction sites, as employers monitor and inspect their own sites for safety and related issues. These drones allow employers to capture images of particularly difficult or dangerous places on the jobsite, such as towers, bridges, and scaffolding. They can also assist employers in broadly surveying and mapping large jobsites.
Employers aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the new technology. Recently, at the AGC Mid-year Safety Meeting, OSHA Assistant Regional Director Josh Flesher stated that OSHA is planning to deploy drones for the same reasons employers are?to assist in safely inspecting jobsites, especially hard-to-reach areas of the sites.

What do employers need to consider regarding OSHA's use of drones?

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 gmartinez@lee.edu or by phone at 281-425-6214. You may also contact Marsha Tuha, Director, Workforce Development at mtuha@lee.edu.

New Members
Welcome New Members! Please Consider Contacting These Companies For Your Business Needs
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