Members' Edge
Message from the President/CEO
Seventy-eight percent of construction firms in Texas say they’re having difficulty finding skilled workers, despite record employment in the industry, according to Ken Simonson, AGC of America Chief Economist who spoke in Houston, August 29, 2018, and delivered the latest results from a national Workforce Shortage Survey. Simonson, along with Brian Turmail, AGC of America led a press conference at Marek Brothers Systems, Inc., which featured Mike Holland, COO, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.; Dan Gilbane, Sr. Vice President, Southwest Division, Gilbane Building Company; Chuck Gremillion, Executive Director, Construction Career Collaborative.
Events

Presenting AGC Houston's First Fall Festival And Auto Show

Sponsored By Vets In Construction!
 

Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Featuring cool, classic cars
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Trunk-or-Treat!
  • Carnival Games
  • Food & Drinks
  • Fantastic sponsorship opportunities!
Check Out The Details Now

 
 
 
Join Us November 1 For The Last Member Mixer Of The Year!
 
We are taking over Cafe Adobe's main dinning room!

$30/person until October 19
$40/person until October 31
$50/person at the door on November 1
 
Sponsorship available!
 
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Membership Benefits
  
       

AGC members receive valuable discounts of up to 29% on select FedEx Express® and FedEx Ground® shipping services, up to 70% on FedEx Freight® shipping services. There are no costs and no minimum shipping, copy or print requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit.

       

AGC members receive valuable discounts of up to 29% on select FedEx Express® and FedEx Ground® shipping services, up to 70% on FedEx Freight® shipping services. There are no costs and no minimum shipping, copy or print requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit.

 
Enroll today
 
AGC News
Construction spending increased 0.1 percent from June to July and 5.2 percent for seven months of 2018 combined, with year-to-date growth for most major public and private categories, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. According to the report,  said sustained growth will depend in part on contractors’ ability to find increasingly scarce craft workers and urged public officials to step up support for career and technical education to prepare more students for construction careers.

Read the full report
Union contractors may not rely on contributions to typical vacation or welfare plans as a basis for claiming the temporary exclusion to the federal contractor paid sick leave rule, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has informed AGC.  WHD provided the information to AGC in response to questions posed by AGC on behalf of questioning members.
 
"Price changes for construction materials in August were mixed, but contractors are likely to be hit with additional cost increases as new tariffs take hold, as well as significant labor cost escalation," said AGC of America’s chief economist, Ken Simonson. "Prices for goods and services used in construction rose over the past year at nearly double the rate that contractors have raised their bid prices to put up new buildings."
Diesel fuel, steel, aluminum, asphalt paving mixtures and gypsum products were among the diverse products that contributed to the large year-over-year cost increases

Baker Triangle
Education/Training

Join AGC Houston  And Learn About:

General Uses, Future Innovation Uses & Legal Issues Surrounding Drone Use In Construction

Hear from Ryan Moret, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Tony Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC as they discuss how unmanned aerial vehicles are changing the way construction companies are doing business.

$15 per member, includes lunch

Register here 

 

September 27, October 4 & 11: AGC WebEd - Three-Part Construction Risk Management Series 

October 12: Texas Sales and Use Tax

October 19: Texas Lien Laws

October 19Advanced Texas Lien Laws

October 23-24PMDP Module 3: Project Administration

Join us October 25, 2018  for an interactive session on conceptual planning and scheduling, and incorporating risk mitigation techniques.

Presented by Lana Coble, Ed.D, and Kendall Pouland, Tellepsen
Ideal for Project team members who are involved in creating, updating, evaluating, reporting, or providing input in the project schedule  between Pre-Construction through Construction.
 
Andrews Myers, PC
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Safety
AGC Members receive a 10% discount on all UTA OSHA-taught classes. Please call (866) 906-9190 and provide the member code (AGCHOU). 
 
 
 
 
October 1-4: OSHA 2225: Respiratory Protection
 
 
October 4-November 1: OSHA 30-Hour

 

 
Here's Looking at You

 

AGC Houston members were in full force at the OSHA Construction Safety and Health Conference September 13 and 14. AGC Houston was a pinnacle sponsor of the biennial event that focuses on new and ever-changing safety products, processes, procedures and technology in the construction industry. The Safety Committee members helped to lead and moderate sessions as well as showcase their goods and services in the exhibit hall.


Thanks to these members who supported our Pinnacle Sponsorship: Andrews Myers, PC - Anslow Bryant Construction Ltd.; Brookstone Construction, LP; Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.; Cherry Companies; Gilbane Building Company; Holes Incorporated; Karsten Interior Services; Keystone Concrete; McCarthy Building Companies; Safety by Design; Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.; TAS Commercial Concrete Construction; Trio Electric; and W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation

Check Out The Photos

 

Member News
This month, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc. announced that it acquired Ryder Insulation after having worked alongside each other for more than 40 years on high profile projects that include ExxonMobil's Woodlands Campus, Phillips 66 headquarters and Texas Children's Pediatrics and Maternity Center.
 
 
"Ryder's deep expertise in fireproofing, firestopping and advanced insulation techniques will strength Marek's portfolio of offerings," stated Phil Nevlud, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc. Managing Director. The acquisition became official September 4. John Ryder, owner and president of Ryder Insulation will join the team as a specialty Department manager. 

Pictured from left are Saied Alavi, Phil Nevlud, John Ryder, Jorge Rodriguez and George Kissamis
 
News you can Use

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a set of 53 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to provide guidance to employers and employees regarding OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. AGC has assembled a  four-page document with some of the clarifications and a PDF version of all the FAQs for members’ convenience.  AGC encourages its members to review all the FAQs to assist in their compliance efforts.

 For more information, contact Kevin Cannon at (703)837-5410 or cannonk@agc.org or Nazia Shah at (703)837-5409 or nazia.shah@agc.org. 

Congress has reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on the America''s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which will allocate billions of federal dollars toward improving ports, harbors and waterways as well as $4.4 million for a safe drinking water program. The legislation also could help curtail rural and coastal flooding.


More than $3 billion in flood risk reduction and repair projects can move forward in Houston following a vote held on Hurricane Harvey''s anniversary that authorized a $2.5-billion bond program.

Those bonds will be used to fund 237 projects, including three large detention basins across the county. The projects and land acquisitions, which will occur over the next 10 to 15 years, include the three detention basins, repairs to Buffalo Bayou and acquisition of thousands of pieces of property.

 
The Senate''s passage of a spending bill that covers funding for the Occupational Health and Safety Administration would increase the agency''s funding by $5 million over the current fiscal year. The bill requires House passage and a presidential signature.
New Members
Welcome New Members!
Please Consider Contacting These 
Companies For Your Business Needs
OCTCET, Inc.
Leon J. Els
16225 Park Ten Place, Suite 500 
Houston, Texas 77084
(281) 616-9555
 
ACT Pipe & Supply, Inc
Matthew Wolfe
6950 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N.
Houston, Texas 77041
(713) 937-0600
 
AMECO (American Equipment Company)
Kelli McClung
kelli.mcclung@ameco.com
1 Fluor Daniel Drive 
Sugarland, Texas 77478
(281) 325-4913
 
Perfection Wholesale Supply Co., Inc.
Kathy St. Clair
6742 North Eldridge Pkwy. 
Houston, Texas 77041
(713) 333-1534
 
 

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