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Associated General Contractors of America

Top News
AGC recently launched ConstructorCast, a new monthly podcast that explores in-depth issues affecting the construction industry. For each episode, AGC will speak with a different authority on current topics including public policy, safety and health, labor and many more. For the first episode, David Ashinoff, director of AGC's PAC and Political Advocacy, discusses the 2016 elections and what the association is doing to support the industry's interests through the process. Upcoming episodes will focus on OSHA's new silica rule and multi-employer pension reform. Listen to the first episode here

Construction employment rose between April 2015 and April 2016 in two-thirds of the nation's metro areas, while spending on most types of structures increased for the year despite a drop in the latest month, according to a new analysis of federal data on employment and construction spending released by AGC of America. Association officials said that many parts of the country continue to benefit from strong demand for construction services. "Construction growth remains widely distributed by location and project type," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. 

"However, job gains were uneven: many states included metros with large gains but also areas that lost jobs. Some of those metros might have added construction jobs if contractors had been able to find enough qualified workers. The dearth of skilled construction workers in many areas threatens to hold down the extent of job gains in the coming months." 

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AGC of America worked with the General Contractors Association of Hawaii to hold a June 1 media event in Honolulu to push for more investments in America's aging infrastructure.  During the event, AGC of America announced that the Honolulu metro areas was the nation's third fastest-growing construction jobs market, but warned that growth could be undermined by federal gridlock in acting on key infrastructure bills. Specifically, AGC of America called on Congress to pass Federal Aviation and Water Resources Development bills and to find a long-term way to pay for highway and transit investments.  Clay Asato, president of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii, also called on state and local officials to continue investing in local infrastructure projects, including the city's new light rail line which is spurring new transit oriented development projects.  The event was covered by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Pacific Business News and all the local television news stations.
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Business Tips
With the economy on the upswing, construction is booming. Since the construction industry bottomed out in 2009, construction projects have tripled and according to the Commerce Department, construction spending as of January 2016 has reached its highest level in eight years. It’s certainly a prosperous time to be in the industry, but when it comes to crane safety, it’s vital to understand the importance of equipment specs, routine maintenance and operator certification, and to have an extremely buttoned-up risk management plan.

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Chapter News
The AGC Southwest Chapter 401K Plan has now over $200 million in assets making it one of the largest MEP in the country. The Plan currently covers over 85 AGC member firms and over 6,000 participants. Additionally, because of the size of the Plan, the chapter was able to return back to covered employees of AGC members more than $800,000 in savings and over $300,000 to member firms. The AGC Southwest 401K Plan is a partnership of the Louisiana AGC and the Houston AGC Chapters. 

Recent signing of MAPP Construction and Barber Bros. Contracting pushed the assets of the 401K Plan over $200 million. Much thanks to both and all AGC members that have signed on to the 401K Plan. If you would like more information, please contact Michael Demouy at

Member News
Construction has begun for the new $24-million Student Services Center at Coast Community College District’s Golden West campus in Huntington Beach. As the district’s construction manager, Sundt Construction, Inc., a member of multiple AGC chapters, is overseeing, coordinating and directing all construction activities throughout every phase of the project.

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It took Swansea, Illinois-based Holland Construction Services, a Southern Illinois Builders Association member, 25 years to grow to $80 million in annual revenue, a milestone it reached in 2011, but in the five short years since then, Holland has undergone a period of rapid growth that has the firm projecting revenues of double that amount for 2016. With annual revenues on target to top $160 million, and its workforce up by 37 percent since 2011 to 80 office and field staff, the company’s 30th year in operation is expected to be its best ever.

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McCarthy Building Companies Southeast Division has been recognized by AGC Georgia for its work on the Georgia Institute of Technology Engineering Biosystems Building and the Georgia State University College of Law building. Both projects earned First Place Honors in their respective construction groups and First Place in Best Sustainable Building Practices Division and will be recognized at the upcoming 2016 AGC Build Georgia Awards.

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Turner Construction’s Huntsville office has been selected to build three new facilities for the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) on the Redstone Arsenal campus in Huntsville, Alabama. The project will be managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). TEDAC serves as a collaborative, multi-agency, single-point improvised explosive device (IED) analytical center, identifying actionable intelligence and making associations between devices.

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Industry Events
General Electric (GE) Employment Webinar 
This General Electric (GE) employment webinar is led by Kris Urbauer, a veteran and HR professional from GE. The workshop covers a variety of topics including resume building, networking, and interview tips, taking into account your military background and lifestyle. The material covered in this session will better prepare you in your search for a career in the civilian workforce.

More Hiring Our Heroes webinars can be accessed here. 

Hiring Fairs 
June 16, 2016 
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Memphis Hiring Fair
Memphis, TN 

June 22-23, 2016 
Fort Gordon Transition Summit 
Augusta, GA 

June 23, 2016 
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
San Juan Hiring Fair 
Fort Buchanan, PR 

June 23, 2016 
4 to 6 p.m. 
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Senior Leadership Networking Reception 
Arlington, VA 

June 29, 2016 
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Hawaii Wounded Veteran & Caregiver Employment Conference 
Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Hawaii 

June 29, 2016
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New York City Hiring Fair
New York City, NY
July 7, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Biloxi-Gulfport Hiring Fair
Biloxi, MS
July 12, 2016
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
El Paso Hiring Fair
El Paso, TX
Scott Air Force Base, IL

July 15, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Detroit Hiring Expo with Detroit Tigers
Detroit, MI

July 16, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Houston Hiring Fair
Houston, TX

July 26, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Montgomery Hiring Fair
Montgomery, AL

July 28, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fort Indiantown Gap Hiring Fair
Fort Indiantown Gap, PA

July 28, 2016

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Atlanta Hiring Expo with Atlanta Braves
Atlanta, GA