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May 31, 2016 In This Issue
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Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Joslin Construction
Get involved in AGC today! We're bringing people together to advance the issues important to the commercial construction industry.

June 12-15 - AGCTBB Convention
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Join us in preparing for the 2016 APEX Awards Gala as AGC Houston hosts a contest for members to #NameThatGC.

We will post photos of buildings that have been submitted in past APEX Awards. All you have to do is tell us who built the project for your chance to win great prizes, including tickets to the APEX Gala September 10!

To participate, just LIKE the AGC Houston Facebook page and comment on our #NameThatGC posts throughout the summer. Contest rules will be posted on our website and Facebook page soon.
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June 12-15, 2016
Horsehoe Bay Resort - Texas Hill Country

Don't miss this annual event, which includes educational meetings, a golf tournament on Apple Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort, Safety Awards and Outstanding Construction Awards to AGC chapter members.

Download registration form here.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Open to all AGC Houston members interested in Department of Labor - Wage & Hour compliance issues and HR best practices, this specialized group meets to discuss issues facing human resource and training professionals in an open forum.
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Monday, June 20, 2016
Champions Golf Club
11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

A tradition for 21 years, this A/E/C industry-wide tournament has been raising funds for the ACE Mentor program. The organization introduces high school students to career opportunities in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry.

For further details, contact Shannon Giordano. Click here for team registration and sponsorship opportunities.
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July 14, 2016
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Save the date! You won't want to miss a Midyear Safety Meeting that will be out of this world! Hear from Captain Scott Kelly, history-making U.S. astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain, who set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space by an American astronaut in October 2015, .

We will also present the 2016 AGC Houston Safety Excellence Awards and the Ray Lambright Excellence In Safety Award. Nominate a deserving safety professional and specialty contractors for the Safety Excellence Awards today. 

All companies that took part in the Safety Stand-Down May 2-13, 2016 will be recognized!
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September 22, 2016
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

AGC Houston is bringing the commercial construction industry together - including owners, architects, engineers, and service and supply  representatives - in a forum to discuss new construction technologies and understand issues related to adoption and implementation, their effect on company culture, safety, operations and best practices. Event includes exhibitor space. More details to come.

Featuring a keynote address by Scott Dadich, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED (2012 – Present); Vice President, Editorial Platforms and Design, Condé Nast (2010-2012); Creative Director, WIRED (2006-2010).

Call for presentations opportunities. Get details here.
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In March, AGC Houston launched The Walk-Through, a newsletter dedicated to reporting the latest news on our education and professional development offerings. Read it here.
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Join the Construction Safety Network! Next Meeting: June 14, 2016 10 a.m. - noon, IEC, 600 N. Shepherd

This new network is an alliance of Houston construction companies, associations and related businesses that have created an organization to generate safety awareness throughout all ranks of the construction industry. The Construction Safety Network - Houston Chapter is assisted by OSHA and provides safety information and outreach to all companies and their workers, regardless of size, structure or affiliation.

Visit website here and contact Kim Mason for more details.
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New Members
The following companies recently joined AGC Houston. Please consider contacting them for your business needs.

Fasco Fastners and Supply Company
Greg Malloch
(713) 460-8400
5617 Campbell Road
Houston, Texas  77041-7615

Scott Dawe
(281) 732-4172
13642 Schumann Trail
Sugar Land, Texas  77498-3544

Procore Technologies, Inc.
Johnny McGee
(512) 709-5709
807 Brazos Suite 607
Austin, Texas  78701

Redco Tool & Fastner Supply
Justin Knowles
(713) 937-8665
9095 Emmott Road
Houston, Texas  77040-3511
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Membership Benefits
  • 29% on select FedEx Express U.S. services
  • 25% on select FedEx Express international services
  • 20% on select FedEx Ground services
  • 10% on select FedEx Home Delivery services
  • 70% on select FedEx Freight services
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    Each quarter Verizon offers AGC members great deals on products and services. Here are some of the latest promotions available:
    Through the end of May you can get $250 off any iPad with a two-year contract.

    Also available is a $150 instant discount with the purchase and activation of select 4G LTE devices on $24.99 or higher plans. And a minimum $100 trade-in account credit on a smartphone with the purchase/activation of any new 4GLTE smartphone. (These two offers are available until June 30.)

    Smartphone offers when you activate a two-year voice with data plan ($24.99 or higher). See a list of all smartphone devices.
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    Dividends for Houston Chapter Members in 2015 totaled more than $6.8M!

    Texas AGC Members who are actively enrolled in the CompGroup AGC Safety Group and had a loss ratio under 60 percent received more than $6.8 million in dividends last year.

    Benefit from financial strength and a superior loss-control program. Managed by a board composed of CompGroup AGC members—Texas-based general contractors and subcontractors—it is a TDI-approved workers compensation purchasing group. CompGroup AGC is a registered safety group formed to administer the workers’ compensation program on behalf of the members of the Texas Chapters of the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc.
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    On May 12, ConstructConnect Brand announced the merger of BidClerk, Construction Data Company, Construction Market Data (CMD) and iSqFt. According to the press release, "The combination of the four businesses creates a powerful offering for customers looking to access the deepest and most geo-targeted data and customized analytics in the commercial construction industry. The unrivaled technology provides quick access to project leads and delivers relevant insights to give customers a competitive edge in their respective market areas."
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    The National Center for Construction Education and Research's Build Your Future initiative will be accepting applications for 2016 Workforce Development Scholarships through June 1, 2016.

    Last year the Education and Research Foundation awarded 19 scholarships to students attending technical schools or approved craft training programs.
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    The Department of Labor's new overtime pay rule goes into effect Dec. 1, at which time contractors will likely be forced to reduce workers' hours and benefits, according to several trade groups, including AGC. "The Obama administration has placed yet another burden on contractors that forces them to spend even more of their limited proceeds on compliance instead of compensation," said AGC's Brian Turmail, adding that the group would "pursue legislative corrections."
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    BMF Solutions, LLP
    Proline Supply Company
    Member News
    Here's Looking At You
    AGC Houston and Louisiana AGC 401(k) plan participants were treated to an evening at the Minutemaid Park thanks to event sponsors R.W. Baird & Co. and Transamerica. Jerry Nevlud  and Ken Naquin, AGC Houston and Louisiana AGC Chapter Presidents, respectively, welcomed AGC of America Chief Executive Officer Steve Sandherr, who flew down for the event and met with Leadership AGC participants the following day.

    Although Sandherr wore an Orioles baseball cap to support his team, Carlos Correa's tiebreaking single in the 13th inning brought the Houston Astros to a 3-2 win over Baltimore. R.W. Baird & Co. and Transamerica sponsored the event, which was held at the Budweiser Patio for the fourth consecutive year.

    Join  the largest 401(k) plan in the nation with $195 million in assets and 85 companies. Contact or call 888-792-7650 for more information.
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    News You Can Use
    In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to simplify and modernize the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply. The department has issued a final rule that will put more money in the pockets of middle class workers – or give them more free time.

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety and prevent injuries and illnesses.

    AGC Houston member Tony Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC writes about the effect these new regulations will have on employees and employers. 
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    Provisions call for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record.

    The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms.
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    With the final votes tallied, four candidates backed by AGC Texas Building Branch emerged victorious from the May 24 runoff elections in the Texas Legislature and now head to the general election in November.

    Those winners—three House candidates and a Senate candidate—have now secured their places on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot after falling short of the votes needed to win in the March primaries. 

    The AGC-backed winners include: Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) in Senate District 1; Justin Holland (R-Heath) in House District 33; Lynn Stucky (R-Sanger) in House District 64; and Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D-San Antonio) in House District 120.
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    Precision and predictability are harbingers of a successful construction project. The failure to adhere to specifications or customer preferences can have serious consequences on the integrity, safety or profitability of a project. While not every aspect of a build can be reduced to a blueprint, general contractors know that their ability to minimize and adapt to the unknowns—including unexpected labor issues—often makes the difference. A recent decision of the National Labor Relations Board won’t make those tasks any easier.
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