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ABC of Wisconsin Supports Effort to Block Naming Employers Tied to COVID-19 Cases

ABC of Wisconsin Supports Effort to Block Naming Employers Tied to COVID-19 Cases

October 26th, 2020 | by NEWCA

ABC of Wisconsin (ABCWI) Board of Directors voted October 21 to join Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) “in opposing efforts by the state to release the names of businesses that have been connected to COVID-19 cases through contact tracing.”

Earlier this month, WMC filed suit against Gov. Tony Evers, Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm over their plan...

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AdvisorSmith Report Details Highest-Paying Construction Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree

AdvisorSmith Report Details Highest-Paying Construction Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree

October 23rd, 2020 | by NEWCA

A recent analysis by AdvisorSmith found that 58 percent of construction managers do not have a college degree—bachelor or associated—but the median salary for this position is $95,260 per year. Construction managers’ average salary took the number two spot overall on the list of high-paying, non-college degree jobs and it is exponentially higher than the median national salary of $39,810.

In fact, the study found that several of the highest-paying jobs in the United States that don’t require a college degree are related to the construction trades.

Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest paying construction jobs that do not require a college degree are...

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COVID Crisis is Catalyst to Fast-Tracking Tech Innovation in Construction

COVID Crisis is Catalyst to Fast-Tracking Tech Innovation in Construction

October 22nd, 2020 | by NEWCA

The proverb “necessity is the mother of all invention” traces its origins back to Plato’s Republic. Despite its age, the axiom has once again been proven true during the on-going coronavirus situation, particularly as it relates to technology and the construction industry.

ConstructionDive tackles the topic in a recent article where they observe, “From expanding VPNs to meet higher network demand to giving employees office equipment, contractors and other companies are finding efficient ways to stay productive through the pandemic.”

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Boldt’s Innovative COVID-19 inspired STAAT Mod Critical Care Units Gets Noticed by Awards Groups

Boldt’s Innovative COVID-19 inspired STAAT Mod Critical Care Units Gets Noticed by Awards Groups

October 13th, 2020 | by NEWCA

In April, The Build Out told you about Boldt’s innovative, solution-minded thinking that led to the creation of their STAAT Mod critical care units in the story, “Necessity the Mother of Invention…Again; Boldt Construction Adapts Modular Construction Know-How to Answer Hospital Needs.”

According to Boldt, the units were...

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Construction Success in Vegas via UW-Whitewater

Construction Success in Vegas via UW-Whitewater

October 13th, 2020 | by NEWCA

An article in The Las Vegas Sun highlights the success of women in the construction trades including Carina Sowinski, whose road to the construction industry began at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Sowinski told the Sun that she never considered a construction career until recruiters from Mortenson Co. engaged her at a college job fair. She recalled, “I remember telling them that I didn’t know anything about construction...

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National Guard Readiness Center in Appleton on the Wisconsin State Building Commission’s Agenda

National Guard Readiness Center in Appleton on the Wisconsin State Building Commission’s Agenda

October 12th, 2020 | by NEWCA

reports that the Wisconsin State Building Commission on Wednesday, Oct. 14 to consider a number of new projects including a potential $20 million overhaul and expansion of the National Guard readiness center in Appleton, WI.

According to the newspaper...

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Discover the Punch List…the Fastest Minute in Construction

Discover the Punch List…the Fastest Minute in Construction

October 9th, 2020 | by NEWCA

We at The Build Out recently discovered a feature from The Daily Reporter, the Punch List. The Punch List is a regular video feature hosted by Nate Beck providing a brief summary of the latest and greatest construction news.

Check out the latest edition by clicking the image below.

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BUILD OUT EXCLUSIVE:  Are the Conclusions of a New Prevailing Wage Study Accurate

BUILD OUT EXCLUSIVE: Are the Conclusions of a New Prevailing Wage Study Accurate

October 6th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Wisconsin Public Radio reports on a recent study by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) that claims the repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage laws resulted in lower wages for construction workers in the Badger State.

According to the article: “Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the study shows that before the laws were repealed, the average annual income for full-time construction and extraction workers was close to $49,000. After the laws were repealed, average annual income was a little over $46,000, a drop of more than 5 percent. When the study removed factors such as education and age, the average annual income for workers was 6 percent less than income pre-repeal.”

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Associated Builders & Contractors Reports Nonresidential Construction Employment Expanded in September 2020

Associated Builders & Contractors Reports Nonresidential Construction Employment Expanded in September 2020

October 5th, 2020 | by NEWCA

According to a recent press release from Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), the construction industry saw a net gain of 26,000 jobs in September based on their analysis of data released from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past five months, the construction industry has added nearly 700,000 jobs. That means the industry has recovered more than 60 percent of the jobs lost at the outset of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Of the net 26,000 new jobs in the construction industry, 4,000 were in nonresidential construction. Additionally, two subunits...

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Good News…Maybe…the Small Business Administration Indicates Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness May Soon be Forthcoming

Good News…Maybe…the Small Business Administration Indicates Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness May Soon be Forthcoming

October 2nd, 2020 | by NEWCA

ConstructionDive reports that the long-awaited guidance on forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) may soon have answers to their questions.

Thus far, more than 96,000 PPP loan forgiveness applications have been submitted to the Small Business Administration (SBA) since August 10, 2020. According to the article, none of the applications have received...

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It’s Official: Governor Evers Declares October Careers in Construction Month in Wisconsin

It’s Official: Governor Evers Declares October Careers in Construction Month in Wisconsin

October 1st, 2020 | by NEWCA

At the end of September, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers joined several other governors around the United States by officially declaring October 2020 to be “Careers in Construction Month.”

The goal of these declaration is to draw further attention to the dynamic, exciting and well-paying open jobs in the construction trades. The NEW Construction Alliance is dedicated to growing participation in the construction workforce via several concurrent efforts, not the least of which is improving the industry’s public image.

“We welcome the governor’s effort to draw attention the construction trades,” stated Joe Giganti, executive director of the Alliance. “COVID-19 and the response to it have left many struggling to recover financially...

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TECH SPOTLIGHT: Integrating Wi-Fi Connectivity in New Office Construction

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Integrating Wi-Fi Connectivity in New Office Construction

September 28th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Our friends at ConstructionDive report on a recent webinar featuring Lars Olsen—Midwest chief for WiredScore, which certifies buildings for connectivity and technologies—where he warned that commercial contractors in the office building sector need to be aware of the latest/greatest trends in connectivity and wi-fi needs from future tenants.

Olsen strongly suggests...

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Wisconsin Contractors Experience See-Saw Recovery from Coronavirus According to September Survey; Overall Confidence Remains Strong

Wisconsin Contractors Experience See-Saw Recovery from Coronavirus According to September Survey; Overall Confidence Remains Strong

September 28th, 2020 | by NEWCA

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Center for Customized Research polled more than 450 businesses—including 22 construction industry businesses—throughout the Badger State in early September about the economic impact of COVID-19 on their businesses.

According to The Daily Reporter, the survey...

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Watch ABC of Wisconsin’s Money Jobs Latest Episode: Industry in Need; Highlights High-Paying Construction Jobs in Need of Workers

Watch ABC of Wisconsin’s Money Jobs Latest Episode: Industry in Need; Highlights High-Paying Construction Jobs in Need of Workers

September 22nd, 2020 | by NEWCA

ABC WI’s Jobs Ambassador Rebecca Kleefisch’s latest episode of Money Jobs highlights the construction industry’s need for quality individuals to fill the many open high-paying jobs. The episode features State Sen. Patrick Testin shadowing JP Rubenzer.

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A Little Light at the End of the Tunnel? ConstructionDive Claims Industry Scores Hat Trick

A Little Light at the End of the Tunnel? ConstructionDive Claims Industry Scores Hat Trick

September 22nd, 2020 | by NEWCA

According to ConstructionDive, new industry data is providing “a glimmer of hope for the industry, following a summer of worrisome trends that emerged in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The encouraging news is culled from two reports and appear to indicate that the construction industry has seen a fuller rebound from COVID-19 related losses than any other industry in the U.S.

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President Trumps Executive Order Waiving Environmental Regulations Successfully Expedited More Than 60 Projects

President Trumps Executive Order Waiving Environmental Regulations Successfully Expedited More Than 60 Projects

September 18th, 2020 | by NEWCA

According to ConstructionDive, newly released documents provide details to dozens of projects that have been successfully expediated by a recent Trump Administration executive order that directed federal agencies to waiver certain environmental regulations and streamline infrastructure projects to help hasten the COVID-19 economic recovery.

This includes projects such as highway construction, fossil fuel extraction facilities and pipelines, mining, water delivery, energy storage and wildfire prevention projects

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News You Can Use: Here’s What We’re Reading

News You Can Use: Here’s What We’re Reading

September 16th, 2020 | by NEWCA

22 injured after cranes collide in Austin, Texas, official says
Twenty-two people were injured after two cranes collided in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday morning, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

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George Smith Partners Secures $31.5M Construction Loan for Workforce Housing Project in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

George Smith Partners has secured a $31.5 million loan for the construction of The Oscar, a 240-unit workforce housing project in Sheboygan. Green Street Real Estate Ventures was the borrower.

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Looking for Work? We Got Jobs! Second Drive Thru Job Fair Set for Tomorrow in Wisconsin

Looking for Work? We Got Jobs! Second Drive Thru Job Fair Set for Tomorrow in Wisconsin

September 16th, 2020 | by NEWCA

The second Drive Thru Job Fair in Wisconsin takes place tomorrow, September 17, 2020 between 12n-4pm. This phenomenal, innovative idea is catching the eye of the media as well.

The Green Bay Press Gazette featured an article earlier this week sharing the news of the upcoming event. In the article, Craig Coleman, of Alliance member Forward Service Corporation and one of the driving forces behind the job fairs, offered a solution for those seeking employment during COVID, but coming up empty. “There's no lack of employers. Employers are looking for good workers, lots of them. There's no shortage of work. It may just mean changing what field you worked in previous to COVID."

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The Hidden Cost of COVID, Isolation and Depression in the Construction Industry

The Hidden Cost of COVID, Isolation and Depression in the Construction Industry

September 15th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Our friends at ConstructionDive are tackling a very important, but not often discussed problem within our society that affects the construction industry as it does many others: Suicide and the best ways to prevent it.

ConstructionDive sat down for a one-on-one interview with Greg Sizemore, vice president of workforce development safety health and environmental, and chairman of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

They discussed Suicide Prevention Month (September) and how the COVID-19 situation has increased the importance of suicide awareness and prevention tactics.

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Construction Employment Sees Net Gain of 16,000 in August; Industry Has Recovered More Than 60 Percent of Jobs lost in March and April Due to COVID

Construction Employment Sees Net Gain of 16,000 in August; Industry Has Recovered More Than 60 Percent of Jobs lost in March and April Due to COVID

September 10th, 2020 | by NEWCA

According to a recent press release from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the construction industry continues to witness the beginnings of a strong recovery from the hit it sustained during the nationwide lockdowns at the onset of the Coronavirus crisis.

ABC’s Chief Economist Anirban Basu points out that delays to the economy fully reopening in July due to higher positive test results in the South that many expected the August job numbers would be disappointed. “But rather, [the August] report indicates...

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ABC’s New Consortium Aims to Deliver Tech Solutions to Construction Industry

ABC’s New Consortium Aims to Deliver Tech Solutions to Construction Industry

September 1st, 2020 | by NEWCA

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently announced the launch of its inaugural Tech Alliance consortium to help improve utilization of technology and innovative digital solutions for ABC contractor members.

“The need for technological solutions—both big and small—in the construction industry is clear, especially given changing work conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Matt Abeles, ABC’s vice president of construction technology and innovation. “I look forward to the exceptional products, education and dialogue the Tech Alliance companies will bring to ABC members and our evolving industry, especially as we continue to implement technology to revolutionize the design, build and delivery process.

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Tax Implications for PPP Forgiveness Could Hit Construction Industry Hard

Tax Implications for PPP Forgiveness Could Hit Construction Industry Hard

September 1st, 2020 | by NEWCA

Businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans may be blindsided by an IRS ruling that eliminates tax deductions for wages and rent paid with forgivable PPP loans.

Some elected leaders are pushing back on the IRS ruling, which restricts contractors from writing off these types of expenses if they were paid for with PPP loan funds, leaving many wondering whether it will cost more in taxes than to pay the loan back.

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Drive-Thru Job Fair: The Sequel Goes Statewide on Thursday, September 17, 2020

Drive-Thru Job Fair: The Sequel Goes Statewide on Thursday, September 17, 2020

August 31st, 2020 | by NEWCA

The Drive Thru Job Fair has expanded statewide! Plans by the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association, the Job Center of Wisconsin and Forward Service Corporation to host a second job fair event—after their overwhelmingly successful event in July—have opened up to include more than 20 locations across the state.

“With many of the job centers still closed, the drive thru format we brought to Wisconsin has become a popular tool for employers,” said WWDA Executive Committee Chair Anthony Snyder. Snyder also serves as the CEO of the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board in Neenah.

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Apparently Not All Masks are Created, at Least in the Battle Against COVID-19

Apparently Not All Masks are Created, at Least in the Battle Against COVID-19

August 17th, 2020 | by NEWCA

ConstructionDive reports about a new Duke University study that found bandanas and gaiters—quite popular on many jobsites—are among the most ineffective face coverings at slowing or stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the study looked at a wide range of masks and mask materials, including N95, surgical, cotton, fleece and bandanas, among others. One key finding was that the popular spandex gaiters and cotton bandanas are either no better—or potentially worse—than going maskless.
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The study did not directly address concerns about the Coronavirus’ ability to pass through the naturally occurring pores of most masks due to its microscopic size.

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Adopt-a-Subcontractor Program Extended to September 31, 2020

Adopt-a-Subcontractor Program Extended to September 31, 2020

August 17th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Like so many things in our industry, COVID-19 has forced the Alliance to come up with creative ways to continue delivering its message and grow its membership.

As we continue to help our members navigate the course back to normalcy, the Alliance is encouraging our members to consider “adopting” 2-3 of their subcontractors by buying each of them a one-year membership in the Alliance.

“Helping and supporting our subs only makes sense. It makes us better as an industry as well as individual companies within our Northeast Wisconsin construction community,”
Adam Tegelman, director of operations for MCC, Inc. and Alliance chairman said. “And sponsoring them to be part of the NEW Construction Alliance might be one of the best ways to improve the need for collaboration within the industry.”

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The Drive Thru Job Fair is Back! Green Bay Area Event Set for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 from Noon – 4 pm

The Drive Thru Job Fair is Back! Green Bay Area Event Set for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 from Noon – 4 pm

August 17th, 2020 | by NEWCA

The original Drive Thru Job Fair this past July 15 was such an overwhelming success that our friends at Bay Area Workforce Development Board, the Job Center of Wisconsin and Forward Service Corporation are back at it again.

And the timing couldn’t be better.

Fox 11 reported today that experts believe many workers furloughed due to COVID-19 will see their jobs eliminated...

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Move Over Iron Man, Hilti Introduces the EXO-01 Wearable Exoskeleton

Move Over Iron Man, Hilti Introduces the EXO-01 Wearable Exoskeleton

August 11th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Tool maker Hilti has revealed its first foray into wearable human augmentation devices geared to not only reduce strain, fatigue and injuries, but with an eye to helping address the industry’s workforce shortage as well.

The EXO-01 is designed to “help commercial contractors, tradesman and management alike tackle health and safety as well as labor shortage challenges,” according to a press release from Hilti. To create the wearable exoskeleton, Hilti worked with Ottobock, a global leader in prosthetics, orthotics and exoskeletons.

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BUILD OUT EXCLUSIVE: Miron Construction Helps Make 5-Year Old Boy’s Dream Come True, Works Construction for the Day

BUILD OUT EXCLUSIVE: Miron Construction Helps Make 5-Year Old Boy’s Dream Come True, Works Construction for the Day

August 10th, 2020 | by NEWCA

How about an unabashed feel-good story? Yep, we can all use one and it promotes the construction trades at the same time.

We have published a number of stories about the positive aspects of choosing the construction trades as a career and the increasing need for quality people to fill those openings.

Well you can sign 5-year old Dominic from De Pere up! That’s exactly what Miron Construction recently did in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Dominic’s wish? To be a construction worker.

In an exclusive interview, The Build Out spoke with Joel Stave, Miron’s project manager for that job site to discuss the event.

“Once this opportunity really started to take shape, everybody on site was so excited to be able to work with Dominic and go out of their way to try and make his day,” Stave shared.

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Congratulations to NEW Construction Alliance Members Wipfli and Baker Tilly; Both Landed in the Top 10 out of the 50 Best Construction Accounting Firms List

Congratulations to NEW Construction Alliance Members Wipfli and Baker Tilly; Both Landed in the Top 10 out of the 50 Best Construction Accounting Firms List

August 7th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Construction Executive magazine, published by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), announced its second annual The Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms list for the United States as part of the publication’s 200th edition.

According to a press release from ABC, Construction Executive developed the rankings “by asking hundreds of U.S. construction accounting firms to submit their 2019 revenues from construction practice, number of CPAs in construction practice, percentage of firm’s total revenues from construction practice and number of construction clients in 2019, among other data.”

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Coronavirus Ripple Effect Spreads to Hotel Design, Construction

Coronavirus Ripple Effect Spreads to Hotel Design, Construction

August 3rd, 2020 | by NEWCA

Society has witnessed the constant changes to daily life caused by the coronavirus crisis—some more expected than others. One somewhat surprising effect of COVID-19 has been the transformation within hotel design, renovation and construction.

ConstructionDive reported on a white paper...

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Construction Drones Offer Tech Solutions for Contractors

Construction Drones Offer Tech Solutions for Contractors

July 31st, 2020 | by NEWCA

The need for tech solutions to help contractors solve problems and save time has resulted in the use of an innovative tool within the industry: drones.

Construction Dive recently highlighted six construction drones and drone software solutions that contractors are turning to for conducting surveys and inspections, capturing image-based data, and performing quick and easy on-site tasks. Some of these include:

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ABC Cites Marked Decline in Construction Output Due to COVID-19

ABC Cites Marked Decline in Construction Output Due to COVID-19

July 31st, 2020 | by NEWCA

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) released data analysis Thursday revealing economic contraction during the second quarter of 2020 caused hits to the construction industry, including interruption of services and “the possibility of outright cancellation.”

ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu stated, “While there was relatively greater damage done to industries such as retail and hospitality during the second quarter, construction activity also fell dramatically. A number of key construction segments like office, lodging and commercial were hit especially hard by the pandemic.”

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File Under: That’s Pretty Cool! Construction of the Future USS Beloit Begins at Marinette Marine Shipyard

File Under: That’s Pretty Cool! Construction of the Future USS Beloit Begins at Marinette Marine Shipyard

July 24th, 2020 | by NEWCA

From WFRV Local 5 in Green Bay:

“The Lockheed Martin-led team began construction on the U.S. Navy warship, named for Beloit Wisconsin, after a Keel Laying ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard.

“The Lockheed Martin Corporation said the ceremony at Fincantieri Marinette Marine marked the beginning of construction on Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Beloit, which is joining a class of more than 30 ships

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ABC WI Continues Push to Reduce State’s Commercial Plan Review Backlog

ABC WI Continues Push to Reduce State’s Commercial Plan Review Backlog

July 23rd, 2020 | by NEWCA

John Mielke, president of Associate Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin (ABC WI), recently issued a statement on the continuing effort to reduce Wisconsin’s commercial plan review backlog.

In the statement, he notes, “The recent DSPS report details modest gains from important, but preliminary efforts by DSPS to start addressing the commercial plan review backlog.”

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Summer Heat Adds to COVID-19 Complications: Enforcing Mask Usage in the High Temps

Summer Heat Adds to COVID-19 Complications: Enforcing Mask Usage in the High Temps

July 23rd, 2020 | by NEWCA

“Thank you 2020!” is becoming quite the catch phrase on social media as well as in many conversations given the unusual nature the year has taken thus far. And with what seems like hotter than usual temps during this Wisconsin summer, it may be taking on even new meaning on jobsites.

The construction industry, properly declared “essential” in most states, was among the first to adapt to the onset of the Coronavirus including revising best practices to include social distancing, health checks and the now seemingly ubiquitous facemasks.

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NEWS ROUND-UP: How is COVID-19 Changing the Construction Industry Plus Wittman Regional Airport $7 Million Facelift

NEWS ROUND-UP: How is COVID-19 Changing the Construction Industry Plus Wittman Regional Airport $7 Million Facelift

July 16th, 2020 | by NEWCA

On occasion, we like to share what we’ve been reading with you and this edition of The Build Out is just such an occasion.

First up, some good news in Oshkosh. After seven long years of designs and debates, construction on Wittman Regional Airport’s new terminal is beginning.

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‘Drive Thru Job Fair’ Was a State-Wide Success; Second Event Could Happen as Soon as Sept. 17

‘Drive Thru Job Fair’ Was a State-Wide Success; Second Event Could Happen as Soon as Sept. 17

July 16th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Ryan Herber, business solutions specialist for Lakeshore Technical College, broke down the good news for The Build Out in a recent communication.

There were 11 Wisconsin workforce area participating in the inaugural event and they hosted 17 “Drive Thru Job Fair” throughout the state.

Statewide participation was:
• 687 total companies participating
• 3,141 packets distributed to potential workers

While all locations saw strong participation, Herber highlighted the Bay Area event held at the Riverside Ballroom’s parking in Green Bay as just one example of the event’s great success.

The Green Bay job fair had more than 500 vehicles drive thru with 75 participating businesses.

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NEW Construction Alliance Launches Adopt-a-Subcontractor Program Through August 31, 2020

NEW Construction Alliance Launches Adopt-a-Subcontractor Program Through August 31, 2020

July 16th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Is it 2021 yet?

No, not yet. But there’s one way you can celebrate like it’s 2021!

Introducing the NEW Construction Alliance’s “Adopt-a-Subcontractor” program. While it’s true that companies big and small have felt the financial sting caused by the COVID-19 crisis, it is also true that smaller companies and individual subcontractors have borne the brunt of that economic pain.

As we continue to help our members navigate the course back to normalcy, the Alliance is encouraging our members to consider adopting 2-3 of their subcontractors by buying each of them a one-year membership in the Alliance.

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Mike Rowe Reboots ‘Dirty Jobs’ TV Show; Draws Attention to Job Security Provided by Work in the Construction Trades

Mike Rowe Reboots ‘Dirty Jobs’ TV Show; Draws Attention to Job Security Provided by Work in the Construction Trades

July 9th, 2020 | by NEWCA

There has seldom been a better spokesman for the construction trades, and other so-called ‘dirty jobs,” than Mike Rowe and now he’s returning to the show that made him famous and good old-fashioned hard work cool again. The Discovery Channel has launched a reboot of the show at a time when many Americans find themselves unemployed and searching for work that won’t be suddenly evaporate because it has been labeled “non-essential.”

The rebooted show, “Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trip,” premiered on July 7 and will air Tuesdays at 8pm CT. In a recent interview with Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel, Rowe explained what is at the heart of the show’s message: “I think the big message is there's dignity in all work but if you have a skill, if you truly have a skill that's in demand, they can't take that away from you and you'll always have a measure of job security.”

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Just 24 Hours Left to Participate in the Green Bay Location for Next Week’s “Drive Thru Job Fair”

Just 24 Hours Left to Participate in the Green Bay Location for Next Week’s “Drive Thru Job Fair”

July 9th, 2020 | by NEWCA

The statewide “Drive Thru Job Fair” will take place next week on Wednesday, July 15 from 12n-4pm—a list of all locations can be found here.
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While there are two locations participating in our region, only the Green Bay location is accepting job fliers, but they are due by 12n tomorrow—Friday, July 10, 2020.

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Washington County Executive Calls Out Evers Administration for Delaying Building Projects and Much Needed Economic Growth

Washington County Executive Calls Out Evers Administration for Delaying Building Projects and Much Needed Economic Growth

July 9th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Josh Schoemann, Washington County Wisconsin’s first-ever county executive, issued a statement today calling out Gov. Tony Evers’ administration for unnecessary delays in the mandatory review process attached to commercial building construction as well as plumbing and sprinkler plans.

Referring to them as “big government” delays, Schoemann explained that, “in Wisconsin most commercial building plans must be reviewed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Standards (DSPS), or to a delegated local unit of government. In the best of times, these reviews cost a little bit of money, and take a little bit of time, but really, the review is nothing more than a formality.”

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President Trump Visits Marinette Marine to Tour New Frigate Construction Site

President Trump Visits Marinette Marine to Tour New Frigate Construction Site

June 25th, 2020 | by NEWCA

President Donald J. Trump became the first sitting president to visit Marinette, WI today when he touted another type of construction that is prominent in Northeast Wisconsin as he toured Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

The shipbuilder recently was awarded a $5.5 billion contract to build first-in-class guided mission frigates for the Navy. After touring the facilities where the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships are being built, he addressed a crowd of about 700, reportedly mostly employees.

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Senate Passes Bill That Could Create 100,000+ Jobs; Associated Builders and Contractors Urges House Passage

Senate Passes Bill That Could Create 100,000+ Jobs; Associated Builders and Contractors Urges House Passage

June 25th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Last week the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act in a bi-partisan 73-25 vote. While generally viewed as public lands bill focused on conservation, it contains funding that could translate into the creation of more than 100,000 construction jobs.

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Free Drive Thru Job Fair on July 15 Adds OSHKOSH Location in Addition to Green Bay

Free Drive Thru Job Fair on July 15 Adds OSHKOSH Location in Addition to Green Bay

June 25th, 2020 | by NEWCA

All Alliance members are invited to participate in this FREE event taking place throughout the state of Wisconsin and is intended to demonstrate that there is still a lot of opportunity available within the construction trades despite how COVID-19 has hurt the economy.

Participating companies are limited to one 1-page flyer per company. Details on suggested information to include and parameters for participating appear at the end of this story. Participants will not even need to exit their cars—each will receive a bag filled with the job opportunities supplied.

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Housing Construction Sees 4.3 Percent Rebound in May Housing Starts; Permits See Significant Increase in Latest Data as Well

Housing Construction Sees 4.3 Percent Rebound in May Housing Starts; Permits See Significant Increase in Latest Data as Well

June 18th, 2020 | by NEWCA

After steep declines caused by the COVID-19 shutdowns, US home construction saw a strong rebound in May with a 4.3 percent increase.

The US Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new home starts were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 974,000 last month.

According the Associated Press (AP), “building permits, a good indication of future activity, rose a sizable 14.4% in May to an annual rate of 1.22 million units.”

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HONORABLE MENTION: Two Great Stories from Construction Dive Worth Reading

HONORABLE MENTION: Two Great Stories from Construction Dive Worth Reading

June 18th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Construction Dive covers the depth and breadth of the construction industry on a daily basis like few others.

They have two recent articles that would be well worth your time to read.

The first is an interview with David Porter, the newly appointed director of Helmets to Hardhats program for the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and its signatory contractor associations that operate the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans Employment (CMRAVE).

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Wisconsin’s Construction Activity Returning to Normal in Wisconsin and 33 Other States Says New AGC Survey

Wisconsin’s Construction Activity Returning to Normal in Wisconsin and 33 Other States Says New AGC Survey

June 18th, 2020 | by NEWCA

According to a new survey from the Associated General Contractors of American (AGC), construction companies’ activities are returning to pre-Coronavirus levels. The survey agrees with data from construction technology firm Procore that shows similar findings.

“Many of the immediate economic impacts of the coronavirus have passed and, as a result, activity and hiring are up, a bit,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, in a statement.

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Looking for Labor? Participate in the Free Drive Thru Job Fair on July 15

Looking for Labor? Participate in the Free Drive Thru Job Fair on July 15

June 17th, 2020 | by NEWCA

NEW Construction Alliance members are invited to participate in the free upcoming “Drive Thru Job Fair” taking place on July 15, 2020 from 12n-4pm at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay. The event is sponsored by Alliance members: Forward Service Corporation and the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, as well as the Job Center of Wisconsin.

The job fair—which is part of a unified, statewide effort—is meant to highlight that there is still a lot of opportunity available despite the setbacks created by the COVID-19 situation.

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CONDOLENCES: Oscar C. Boldt—the Transformative Leader of the Construction Powerhouse—Passes at 96

CONDOLENCES: Oscar C. Boldt—the Transformative Leader of the Construction Powerhouse—Passes at 96

June 15th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Oscar C Boldt—who died on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 of natural causes at age 96—was a “towering man with an equally towering legacy,” as described by the Appleton Post Crescent.

He died peacefully with Pat, his wife of 70 years, and Tom, his son, by his side. The family is holding a private funeral and will plan a public memorial service at a later date explained an executive with Boldt.

Boldt was known for many positive attributes and accomplishments, but most especially for transforming his small family company on the verge of bankruptcy into a national powerhouse with annual revenue of near $1 billion.

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TECH FOCUS: New ‘ToolBelt’ App May Play Major Role in Solving Construction Labor Shortages

TECH FOCUS: New ‘ToolBelt’ App May Play Major Role in Solving Construction Labor Shortages

June 11th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Great news: the construction labor shortage has been solved! Or so claims a press release from tech start up ToolBelt about their eponymously named ToolBelt app…and for now, only if you are living/working in the Portland, Oregon region.

According to the release, they have created the “contracting industry’s first digital labor solution, allowing contractors to connect to skilled labor instantly. In just 8 short months ToolBelt has been able to successfully harness 8 percent of the contracting market in the Portland metro area, allowing contractors to grow their business more efficiently.”

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Pres. Trump Waives Environmental Regulations Tied to Infrastructure Projects in Effort to Jumpstart Economic Recovery

Pres. Trump Waives Environmental Regulations Tied to Infrastructure Projects in Effort to Jumpstart Economic Recovery

June 9th, 2020 | by NEWCA

On June 4, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order directing federal government agencies to relax and/or waive environmental regulations as well as other actions in an effort to streamline infrastructure projects.

The hope is by eliminating government red tape they can expedite the projects and thus speed up the country’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 situation. The order covers multiple areas in addition to infrastructure, including “energy, environmental, and natural resources projects on Federal lands that are within the authority of each of the Secretaries to perform or to advance.”

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Construction’s Record Rebound: May 2020 Growth Largest Single Largest Monthly Increase Since 1939

Construction’s Record Rebound: May 2020 Growth Largest Single Largest Monthly Increase Since 1939

June 8th, 2020 | by NEWCA

According to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of this past Friday’s jobs report, the construction industry added a whopping 464,000 net new jobs in May. This represents the single largest monthly increase in industry jobs since the government first began tracking such information back in 1939.

“One way to look at this stunning jobs report is to suggest that economists missed the mark by approximately 10.5 million jobs,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.

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Construction to the Rescue: Workers Use Digger to Stop Looters from Making Off with Stolen Designer Goods

Construction to the Rescue: Workers Use Digger to Stop Looters from Making Off with Stolen Designer Goods

June 4th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Between news about COVID-19 and reports of violent rioting throughout the United States, the headlines have been pretty grim. That’s why this story caught The Build Out’s attention.

A little bit of good news in an otherwise sad news cycle, and it involves members of our very industry saving the day.

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Senate Passes Bill to Afford More Flexibility to Small Businesses Using the Paycheck Protection Plan

Senate Passes Bill to Afford More Flexibility to Small Businesses Using the Paycheck Protection Plan

June 4th, 2020 | by NEWCA

The US Senate passed a bill on Wednesday to clarify and, in some cases, ease rules surrounding how small businesses can use the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill was approved by the US House last week by a vote of 417-1.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) initially blocked a Democratic effort to have the bill approved by a unanimous consent vote.

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2020 Goes Virtual with Majority of Construction Conferences Switching to Online Platforms

2020 Goes Virtual with Majority of Construction Conferences Switching to Online Platforms

June 4th, 2020 | by NEWCA

As our country begins to slowly transition back to normal—people returning to work, businesses opening to the public and embracing the outdoor life that spring and summer usually bring—the construction industry is plotting a course forward for its conferences during the second half of 2020.

Many are being transitioned to virtual platforms, while others are remaining in-person events. A few have been canceled.

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ABC Wisconsin and WILL Release Joint Study Demonstrating Davis-Bacon Act Drives Construction Costs Up Across the Board

ABC Wisconsin and WILL Release Joint Study Demonstrating Davis-Bacon Act Drives Construction Costs Up Across the Board

May 28th, 2020 | by NEWCA

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) recently partnered with ABC Wisconsin to conduct a study that found “clear evidence the federal law known as the David-Bacon Act (DBA) artificially raises the cost to taxpayers by as much as 50% in some professions, and Wisconsin construction companies indicate a repeal would spur more project bids. As Wisconsin recovers from the COVID-19 response, the Davis-Bacon Act distorts wages, limits competition, and raises costs for taxpayers at a time when Wisconsin can ill-afford it,” according to a press release from WILL.

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Gaylor Electric CEO Says After Initial Stumble, Construction’s Future is Bright

Gaylor Electric CEO Says After Initial Stumble, Construction’s Future is Bright

May 28th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Construction Dive has been publishing a series of articles talking to industry leaders about the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and how they see it affects the future of the construction industry.

In their most recent conversation, they spoke with Chuck Goodrich—president and CEO of Indianapolis-based Gaylor Electric, which has 11 offices in the US and works in 27 states—is “optimistic” about construction’s future.

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TECH SOLUTIONS: Virtual Career Academy Keeps Trades Training Moving Forward

TECH SOLUTIONS: Virtual Career Academy Keeps Trades Training Moving Forward

May 28th, 2020 | by NEWCA

Growing the ranks of those training for a career in the construction and manufacturing trades was tough enough prior to the COVID-19 scare. But the virus-related shutdowns not only impacted recruitment, but training those already in the pipeline as well.

Enter the Wisconsin Regional Training Program/BIG STEP (WRTP), who launched their Virtual Career Academy (VCA). VCA leads “virtual training and seamlessly continue[s] preparing the construction and manufacturing workforce of the future,” according to a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

They’ve accomplished this by utilizing online tools that allow, “allow training programs to keep their standards high while enabling job candidates to learn remotely. The group offers Accuplacer testing to help assess candidates’ strengths, orientation programs, apprenticeship readiness training, certification courses, tutoring, pre-employment training classes and more— all from the comfort of candidates’ own homes.”

The program is funded through collective bargaining agreement and grants, and they are now beginning to replicate the program in other communities throughout the nation.

You can read more about the program here.Growing the ranks of those training for a career in the construction and manufacturing trades was tough enough prior to the COVID-19 scare. But the virus-related shutdowns not only impacted recruitment, but training those already in the pipeline as well.

Enter the Wisconsin Regional Training Program/BIG STEP (WRTP), who launched their Virtual Career Academy (VCA).

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Kessenich Upped to CEO of Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee

Kessenich Upped to CEO of Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee

May 22nd, 2020 | by NEWCA

In a statement announcing the new role, Kessenich said: “I understand the importance and value the AGC brings to the industry and look forward to leading with a vision for the future, a passion for our work, and a commitment to being the most informed, strategic, and valuable organization in the construction industry,”

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Graduates Seeking Jobs During COVID-19 Gives Construction Industry Opportunity to Shine

Graduates Seeking Jobs During COVID-19 Gives Construction Industry Opportunity to Shine

May 21st, 2020 | by NEWCA

While these stories paint a bleak picture of the job market, it is an incomplete picture. The construction trades continue to be robust, and this misperception of available jobs provides a golden opportunity for our industry to shine.

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Baptism by Fire: Pandemic Provides Construction Interns Chance to Shine

Baptism by Fire: Pandemic Provides Construction Interns Chance to Shine

May 21st, 2020 | by NEWCA

Casey, a 2018 Portage High School graduate, is currently studying construction management at Fox Valley Technical College. As part of his studies, Casey was interning with the Boldt Company in March of this year...But then COVID-19 happened and it provided him with a rare opportunity.

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Meet the NEW Construction Alliance’s New Chairman: Adam Tegelman of MCC

Meet the NEW Construction Alliance’s New Chairman: Adam Tegelman of MCC

May 14th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

In April 2020, Adam Tegelman of Murphy Concrete and Construction took over the reigns as chairman of the NEW Construction Alliance (NEWCA) from our founding chairman, Bill Monfre. Bill— who is soon to retire leading Quality Insulators for more than a decade—will continue as an active member of the Alliance board as immediate past chairman.

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Stories We’re Following

Stories We’re Following

May 14th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

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We Want Your Opinion – Member Survey Hitting Your Inbox Next Week

We Want Your Opinion – Member Survey Hitting Your Inbox Next Week

May 14th, 2020 | Published by New Construction Alliance

The New Construction Alliance’s 2020 member survey will be sent via email next week. The online survey will be brief, but is vital in helping us ensure we are meeting the expectations and needs of our members.

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YOU’RE INVITED: ABC of Wisconsin Hosts Virtual Townhall with Congressman Mike Gallagher on Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief

YOU’RE INVITED: ABC of Wisconsin Hosts Virtual Townhall with Congressman Mike Gallagher on Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief

May 7th, 2020 | BY NEWCA

ABC of Wisconsin is hosting a virtual townhall next Thursday, May 14 from 2-3pm CT with Congressman Mike Gallagher. Rep. Gallagher will provide a preview of the Federal government’s pending Phase 4 COVID-19 response legislation.

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Will COVID-19 Change How We Build Spaces?

Will COVID-19 Change How We Build Spaces?

May 7th, 2020 | BY NEWCA

Mariana Circiumaru, head of U.S. construction at BentallGreenOak, explores an interesting question in the Commercial Observer: Will the Coronavirus crisis change how we physically build out buildings?

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Bridges Construction & Renovation Provides Blueprint to Growing High School Interest in the Trades Through Real-World Experience

Bridges Construction & Renovation Provides Blueprint to Growing High School Interest in the Trades Through Real-World Experience

May 7th, 2020 | BY NEWCA

This top-notch program led by Brian Frerk was highlighted in the latest edition of The Business News.

The program, which works in partnership with NeighborWorks Green Bay, Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity, the Brown County Home Builders Association ad Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), marked its fourth time participating in a new home construction.

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SALUTING A DIFFERENT KIND OF CONSTRUCTION: Marinette Marine Awarded $800 Million Navy Contract to Build New Frigate

SALUTING A DIFFERENT KIND OF CONSTRUCTION: Marinette Marine Awarded $800 Million Navy Contract to Build New Frigate

April 30th, 2020 | Published by NEWCA

Fox 11 News reports that Fincantieri Marinette Marine beat out four other companies and has been awarded a new contract to build the latest edition naval frigate. If all options are exercised, the contract could have a total value of $5.5 billion.

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REGISTER NOW: NEW Construction Alliance and Greater Green Bay Chamber Present ‘We’re in This Together Roundtable—Construction Professionals Virtual Event’

REGISTER NOW: NEW Construction Alliance and Greater Green Bay Chamber Present ‘We’re in This Together Roundtable—Construction Professionals Virtual Event’

April 30th, 2020 |

The NEW Construction Alliance is partnering with the Greater Green Bay Chamber to provide “thoughtful virtual conversation…to support each other’s efforts and learn about community resources available to keep your construction business running.”

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New Wisconsin-Based Virtual Series Helps Kids Learn About Construction; Plants Seeds for Future in the Trades

New Wisconsin-Based Virtual Series Helps Kids Learn About Construction; Plants Seeds for Future in the Trades

April 30th, 2020 | Published by NEWCA

C.G. Schmidt recently launched a virtual education series called ‘Ask the Builders.”

 

The YouTube based series invites students to submit their questions about construction

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CELEBRATE SUCCESS: Immel Awarded MEP Infrastructure Renovation Project at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay; The Construction Trades Provide Much Needed Certainty at an Uncertain Time

CELEBRATE SUCCESS: Immel Awarded MEP Infrastructure Renovation Project at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay; The Construction Trades Provide Much Needed Certainty at an Uncertain Time

April 30th, 2020 | Published by NEWCA

“This really isn’t just good news for Immel, but good news for our industry” commented Joe Giganti, executive director of the NEW Construction Alliance.  “At a time when there’s a lot of uncertainty, the construction industry continues to demonstrate its staying power.   I talk to construction professionals just about every day—owners and managers of big, medium and smaller companies—and they are all, thankfully, staying busy.”

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BUILD OUT EXCLUSIVE: McClone’s Paul Kaster on Force Majeure During the COVID-19 Pandemic

BUILD OUT EXCLUSIVE: McClone’s Paul Kaster on Force Majeure During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 23rd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Build Out caught up with Paul Kaster, JD, MBA, director of compliance and risk management for McClone Insurance, about a very hot topic as this Coronavirus crisis continues: the role insurance plays in mitigating losses over project delays and cancellations.

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BREAKING: Congress Reloads the Money Bazooka After SBA Coffers Run Dry; Waiting on President’s Signature

BREAKING: Congress Reloads the Money Bazooka After SBA Coffers Run Dry; Waiting on President’s Signature

April 23rd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Late Thursday, the United States House approved $310 billion infusion for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA)Paycheck Protection Program or PPP. The president is expected to sign the bill tonight. 

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NEW Construction Alliance Partners with Greater Green Bay Chamber on “We’re in This Together Roundtable – Construction Professionals”—Join Us

NEW Construction Alliance Partners with Greater Green Bay Chamber on “We’re in This Together Roundtable – Construction Professionals”—Join Us

April 23rd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The NEW Construction Alliance is proud to partner with the Greater Green Bay Chamber to provide “thoughtful virtual conversation…to support each other’s efforts and learn about community resources available to keep your construction business running.” 

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Social Distancing on the Jobsite – What’s Different and How the ‘New Normal’ Looks

Social Distancing on the Jobsite – What’s Different and How the ‘New Normal’ Looks

April 16th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Most jobsites start their day with some form of kick-off  or morning briefing.  Until a few weeks ago that meant a large crowd of subcontractors, trade workers, foremen and others gathering into one room for the discussion.


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Necessity the Mother of Invention…Again; Boldt Construction Adapts Modular Construction Know-How to Answer Hospital Needs

Necessity the Mother of Invention…Again; Boldt Construction Adapts Modular Construction Know-How to Answer Hospital Needs

April 16th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Daily Reporter interviewed Ben Bruns, executive vice president of Boldt Co.’s Northern Operations Group, about their new “STAAT Mod critical care units.

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How Fast Could You Spend $349 Billion? SBA Did it in Less Than Two Weeks Plus PPP Money Could Equal Losing Some Tax Benefits

How Fast Could You Spend $349 Billion? SBA Did it in Less Than Two Weeks Plus PPP Money Could Equal Losing Some Tax Benefits

April 16th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

According to CNN, “the $349 billion emergency small business lending program officially tapped out. The Small Business Administration officially ran out of money for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to a message for lenders posted on the administration's website.”

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Producers Need Consumers: Construction is Essential But So are Clients

Producers Need Consumers: Construction is Essential But So are Clients

April 16th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

A recent article from Yahoo! Finance points out that despite construction being deemed an “essential service” in all but six states with stay-at-home orders in place and the industry successfully instituting strong safety measures to keep all involved safe, the industry is taking a big hit nonetheless.

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Happy Easter to You and Yours!

Happy Easter to You and Yours!

April 9th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

We would like to take a pause from the current upheaval known as COVID-19 to take a moment to wish you and yours a Happy Easter! 

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Helping You Understand the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program

Helping You Understand the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program

April 9th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

“The situation is fluid!” 

That’s an oft repeated line during crisis both in film and real life, but it doesn’t do much to help the average construction company owner/manager in times like these. 

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Regional Leadership Council’s Offer CEO Leadership Series to Help Navigate COVID-19

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Regional Leadership Council’s Offer CEO Leadership Series to Help Navigate COVID-19

April 9th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

From our good friend Barb LaMue, executive director of the NEW North...

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The NEW Construction Alliance and Planning for Post-Crisis Recovery

The NEW Construction Alliance and Planning for Post-Crisis Recovery

April 9th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The COVID-19 situation has affected everyone—whether one has had the virus or not—and all businesses. In the construction industry, this has taken many forms: shortages and disruptions to supply chains; delays or cancellations to projects and workforce challenges.

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Ensuring Your Workforce’s Emotional Health is Just as Important as Physical Health and Safety

Ensuring Your Workforce’s Emotional Health is Just as Important as Physical Health and Safety

April 3rd, 2020 | Published by: NEW Construction Alliance

It is every bit as important to help ensure your team’s emotional health during these trying times. 

To help address these needs, The Build Out spoke with Deb Franckowiak, Ph.D., an executive coach and organizational design consultant with Inspired Training Institute, Inc., about effective ways to achieve the right balance in situations like this.

 

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New AI App Helps Social Distancing Compliance on Jobsites

New AI App Helps Social Distancing Compliance on Jobsites

April 2nd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

In early April, Smartvid.io will be releasing an application to ensure workers are practicing proper social distancing. 

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Learn how the CARES Act Can Benefit Your Business—ABC WI Webinar on Paycheck Protection Program Friday at 10am CT

Learn how the CARES Act Can Benefit Your Business—ABC WI Webinar on Paycheck Protection Program Friday at 10am CT

April 2nd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Up to $350 billion in Paycheck Protection Plan funds will be distributed because of the need Congress saw within the small business community. The CARES Act created a loan package that you may be eligible for.

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Gov. Evers Determination on the Essential Nature of the Construction Industry

Gov. Evers Determination on the Essential Nature of the Construction Industry

April 2nd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

When the Stay At Home Order was first announced in Wisconsin, it had many wondering: Am I Essential? 

For construction workers, the answer is YES.

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“Construction Tsunami” Predicted Post Covid-19 Crisis

“Construction Tsunami” Predicted Post Covid-19 Crisis

April 2nd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Keith Prather (market intelligence expert for Olath) and DeWyan Ables (senior strategist for Pioneer IQ) are optimistic for the construction industry post-COVID-19. 

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CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 RESOURCES PAGE

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 RESOURCES PAGE

April 2nd, 2020 | Published by: NEW Construction Alliance

We have compiled a series of resources to help you navigate these unusual times from an economic, human resources and overall business approach.

Our associate members Baker TillyMcClone Insurance and Wipfli lead the way. 

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Alliance Members Talk Managing the COVID-19 Crisis

Alliance Members Talk Managing the COVID-19 Crisis

March 27th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

In the hopes of sharing key insights and best practices, The Build Out held a “virtual town hall" by interviewing some of our members to share key insights and best practices with all of our members about the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. 

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GOOD NEWS: Bridges Construction & Renovation Program Enrollment Grows by 300 Percent Between 2018/19 to 2020/21 School Years

GOOD NEWS: Bridges Construction & Renovation Program Enrollment Grows by 300 Percent Between 2018/19 to 2020/21 School Years

March 27th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

With all the gloom and doom surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak, we thought everyone could use some good news.

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Immel’s Wonderful Women in Construction Part Deux

Immel’s Wonderful Women in Construction Part Deux

March 19th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Last week, The Build Out introduced you to three of Immel’s stars as our on-going coverage of Women in Construction (WIC), and we finish up on their workforce contributions this week.

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Construction Keeps on Building as the Country Grinds to a Halt

Construction Keeps on Building as the Country Grinds to a Halt

March 19th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, several hundred construction industry tradesmen are still hard at work on the Foxconn project.

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Navigating the Coronavirus in the Construction: What you Need to Know

Navigating the Coronavirus in the Construction: What you Need to Know

March 19th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

In just a week’s time A LOT has changed in the Badger State, and despite the fevered pitch the media is maintaining on all things Coronavirus, the news has not been all bad.

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DON’T MISS OUT: TrANS Contractor’s Breakfast and Talent Showcase

DON’T MISS OUT: TrANS Contractor’s Breakfast and Talent Showcase

March 12th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS), a program of the Forward Service Corporation and a NEW Construction Alliance member, is inviting all other Alliance members to their upcoming contractors’ breakfast.

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Celebrating Women in Construction (WIC): Immel Construction

Celebrating Women in Construction (WIC): Immel Construction

March 12th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Last week marked the 2020 Women in Construction (WIC) Week. The Build Out believes the contribution of women in the construction industry deserves more than just a week, so we are continuing to highlight some of the women that make a difference in our member companies.

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Corona, Corona, Corona...the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Corona, Corona, Corona...the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

March 12th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

You can hardly turn on the TV, listen to the radio or even skim your phone’s inbox without being inundated with talk of the Coronavirus outbreak. To be clear, The Build Out advocates for common sense measures to protect against the spread of this or any virus, personally and professionally. But, fear of this virus is having far-reaching effects on people’s lives, our industry and the economy at large.

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WIC WEEK SPOTLIGHT: Tweet/Garot’s Hope Voigt

WIC WEEK SPOTLIGHT: Tweet/Garot’s Hope Voigt

March 5th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

This week the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) celebrates Women in Construction (WIC) Week. Here at The Build Out, we will be highlighting the female stars of Northeast Wisconsin’s construction workforce throughout the entire month of March.

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Industry News of Note

Industry News of Note

March 5th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Here are The Build Out’s other top news articles of the week...

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Construction Workforce 4.0: First - Ever Fully Autonomous Construction Equipment Unveiled

Construction Workforce 4.0: First - Ever Fully Autonomous Construction Equipment Unveiled

March 5th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Tech developer Built Robotics has unveiled the first fully autonomous construction equipment to contractors and heavy machine operators.

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JOLTS: Nationally Construction Job Openings Down, But...

JOLTS: Nationally Construction Job Openings Down, But...

March 5th, 2020 | Published By NEW Construction Alliance

According to an analysis of the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Turnover Survey (JOLTS), “national construction job openings declined toward the end of 2019 but remain at historically high levels. While job openings across all industries are down on a year over year basis for the first time since 2009, the number of open positions remains higher than the number of unemployed Americans.

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Points to Ponder: Construction Industry News

Points to Ponder: Construction Industry News

February 27th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Build Out recommends these two articles this week...

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Workforce Essentials: Sharpening Soft Skills = Better Hires

Workforce Essentials: Sharpening Soft Skills = Better Hires

February 27th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The following is an excerpt from an news article from The Dispatch about growing the construction workforce in Mississippi...

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Hiring for Talent vs. Need and the Cost of a Bad Hire

SPOTLIGHT ON: Hiring for Talent vs. Need and the Cost of a Bad Hire

February 27th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Jeremy Carver wrote an interesting article for Construction Executive titled “Lessons from the NFL Draft: Recruit for Talent, Not Need,”which offers “In sports (and in business), there are two types of recruiting: recruiting for need (working to fill a specific position on a team) and recruiting for talent (acquiring the best available talent on the market, regardless of need).”

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You Go Girl! Celebrating Women in Construction (WIC) Week 2020

You Go Girl! Celebrating Women in Construction (WIC) Week 2020

February 27th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Next week, March 1-7, 2020, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate the 2020 Women in Construction (WIC) Week

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Northeast Wisconsin Construction News

Northeast Wisconsin Construction News

February 20th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The following are construction stories of note that we are keeping tabs on at the NEW Construction Alliance...

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Strengthen the Construction Industry’s Marketing and Public Relations Work

SPOTLIGHT ON: Strengthen the Construction Industry’s Marketing and Public Relations Work

February 20th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

One of the NEW Construction Alliance’s focuses is improving the image of the construction industry and working in the construction trades. For better or worse, one of the main reasons the prevailing narratives about our industry and work is negative is because we have failed to proactively change the story.

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SIGN UP TODAY: TrANS CONTRACTORS BREAKFAST

SIGN UP TODAY: TrANS CONTRACTORS BREAKFAST

February 20th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS), a program of the Forward Service Corporation and a NEW Construction Alliance member, is inviting all other Alliance members to their upcoming contractors’ breakfast. 

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Bullseye: Inaugural Clay Shoot Fundraiser Hits its Mark

Bullseye: Inaugural Clay Shoot Fundraiser Hits its Mark

February 20th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Cold temperatures were no match for the enthusiasm and turn out for the NEW Construction Alliance’s first-ever clay shoot fundraiser at the Woodfire Lodge in Brillion. We had 28 shooters—seven teams in all—join us for a fun afternoon of target shooting, good food, drinks and great fun.

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Will the Construction Workforce Shortage be the Catalyst for Effective, Lasting Immigration Reform?

Will the Construction Workforce Shortage be the Catalyst for Effective, Lasting Immigration Reform?

February 13th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

A recent article from FoxNews.com opens with the very true, but woefully under appreciated declaration: “It’s a good time to be a construction worker.”

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Can Automation Help Solve the Construction Workforce Shortage? That’s a Definite...Maybe

Can Automation Help Solve the Construction Workforce Shortage? That’s a Definite...Maybe

February 13th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) released a study that predicts that increasing automation in the construction industry could displace or replace as much as 49 percent of the US construction workforce.

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LAST CHANCE to Register for the February 19 Clay Shoot

LAST CHANCE to Register for the February 19 Clay Shoot

February 13th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

This is your last chance to register for our first-ever “Give Us a Shot” Clay Shoot Fundraiser that is next Wednesday, February 19 at the Woodfire Lodge.

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Focus on Retention: The Small Cost of Rewarding Employees to Increase Longevity

Focus on Retention: The Small Cost of Rewarding Employees to Increase Longevity

February 13th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Much of the focus when it comes to the construction workforce shortage has been, rightly so, on recruitment. But there’s another “R” when it comes to human capital management: Retention.

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News You Can Use: Some of What We’ve Been Reading

News You Can Use: Some of What We’ve Been Reading

February 6th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

We always try to keep our finger on the pulse of construction industry news and there are a few articles we wanted to share from our friends at Construction Dive.

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Late Registration Available for Feb. 19 Clay Shoot!

Late Registration Available for Feb. 19 Clay Shoot!

February 6th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

You still have a chance to register your foursome for our inaugural “Give Us a Shot” Clay Shoot. 

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President Talks Construction During State of the Union Address

President Talks Construction During State of the Union Address

February 6th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

President Donald J. Trump spent a portion of his State of the Union address this past Tuesday talking about the impact of expanded Opportunity Zones and their positive impact on low income neighborhoods and growing the trades workforce.

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NEW Construction Alliance’s Vice Chairman Appeal: Become a Founding Member

NEW Construction Alliance’s Vice Chairman Appeal: Become a Founding Member

February 6th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

On behalf of the NEW Construction Alliance’s Board of Directors, I want to thank you for all that you contribute to the thriving construction industry in Northeast Wisconsin and to thank you for your membership in the Alliance.

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What do we Need? People! When do we Need Them? Now!

What do we Need? People! When do we Need Them? Now!

January 30th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Milwaukee Business Journal recently held a panel discussion about the greatest threats to sustaining the flourishing commercial real estate market in the Milwaukee region. While the expert panel was answering questions about the Milwaukee area, it is easy to extrapolate those concerns and apply them to our region-Northeast Wisconsin.

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Appleton HS Students Develop Construction Skills While Giving Back

Appleton HS Students Develop Construction Skills While Giving Back

January 30th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

A great story from WFRV...

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ABC of Wisconsin Launches New Web Micro series: Money Jobs

ABC of Wisconsin Launches New Web Micro series: Money Jobs

January 30th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

ABC of Wisconsin has launched a new micro-series that will take a behind-the-scenes look at careers in construction. The series is called Money Jobs, hosted by Jobs Ambassador Rebecca Kleefisch. 

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Clay Shoot Registration Closes Next Wednesday, Feb. 5 — REGISTER HERE!

Clay Shoot Registration Closes Next Wednesday, Feb. 5 — REGISTER HERE!

January 30th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

There’s less than a week left to sign up your foursome for our first ever “Give Us a Shot!” clay shoot fundraiser.

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It’s Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete...Seriously

It’s Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete...Seriously

January 30th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Cement is literally a fundamental building block of the construction industry serving as one of the most widely used building materials due to its low cost, durability and longevity.

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MEMBERS ONLY INVITE: TrANS CONTRACTORS BREAKFAST

MEMBERS ONLY INVITE: TrANS CONTRACTORS BREAKFAST

January 23rd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS), a program of the Forward Service Corporation and a NEW Construction Alliance member, is inviting all other Alliance members to their upcoming contractors’ breakfast.

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Construction’s Seven KPIs – Can They Improve Productivity as Easy as 1, 2, 3?

Construction’s Seven KPIs – Can They Improve Productivity as Easy as 1, 2, 3?

January 23rd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Fair warning, Autodesk prepared this infographic and related info to promote some of their software, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable.

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Don’t Delay, Register Today for our Clay Shoot Fundraiser

Don’t Delay, Register Today for our Clay Shoot Fundraiser

January 23rd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

We would like to thank McClone Insurance for helping sponsor our first-ever clay shoot fundraiser.

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Northeast Wisconsin’s Frostman Confirmed as Secretary of Workforce Development

Northeast Wisconsin’s Frostman Confirmed as Secretary of Workforce Development

January 23rd, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Wisconsin State Senate unanimously confirmed Caleb Frostman as the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) this week.

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Trump Administration Seeks to Streamline Infrastructure Permitting by Revising NEPA

Trump Administration Seeks to Streamline Infrastructure Permitting by Revising NEPA

January 16th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

In a move designed to speed up the permitting process for infrastructure projects, the White Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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TDCON20: Developing Talent for the Future to Give Wisconsin a Competitive Edge

TDCON20: Developing Talent for the Future to Give Wisconsin a Competitive Edge

January 16th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Our good friend Jim Golembeski, executive director of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board and a driving force behind the creation of the NEW Construction Alliance, shared the exciting news of the first-ever TDCON20 on February 26, 2020 at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisc.!

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Will Construction Become the New Manufacturing ?

Will Construction Become the New Manufacturing ?

January 16th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Forbes recently published the third and final article in a series about the future of the construction industry and tech-based solutions to our workforce shortage.

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PULL! Registration in OPEN for our Sporting Clay Fundraiser!

PULL! Registration in OPEN for our Sporting Clay Fundraiser!

January 16th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Want to have some fun and shake off those wintertime blues? Want an "excuse" to hang out with co-workers and friends? Want to help solve the construction workforce shortage by raising funds for the NEW Construction Alliance?

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members

January 9th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The NEW Construction Alliance is starting off 2020 strong as we welcome one of our newest members Cardinal Construction Co. 

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The Greatest Challenges to Construction Profitability in 2020

The Greatest Challenges to Construction Profitability in 2020

January 9th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Accounting firm Deloitte has released a new report detailing the greatest challenges to construction profitability in 2020.The ongoing industry “talent shortages” are cited several times as one of the key obstacles.

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Technology: Smart Phone Apps That Help Make the Industry More Effective

Technology: Smart Phone Apps That Help Make the Industry More Effective

January 9th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

“There’s an app for that” includes the construction industry as much as any other. The construction industry has witnessed a boom in industry-based tech solutions over the past decade. One reason for reliance on tech tools—particularly specialized apps—is to compensate for our workforce shortage.

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Save the Date: Sporting Clay Fundraiser Set for Feb. 19, 2020

Save the Date: Sporting Clay Fundraiser Set for Feb. 19, 2020

January 9th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Looking to break up the winter doldrums and have a little fun while helping support solving the construction trades workforce shortage? Then we have the perfect event for you and your friends!

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We Want You: Join a Committee

We Want You: Join a Committee

December 19th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Alliance wants to thank those that have already answered the call to serve on one of our four (4) committees. 

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Let’s Not Be Maryland: Working Together Now Prevents Bigger Problems Later

Let’s Not Be Maryland: Working Together Now Prevents Bigger Problems Later

December 19th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

recent story out of the state of Maryland illustrates well the urgency in addressing Northeast Wisconsin’s growing construction workforce shortage now rather than later

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Construction Trade Salaries Rank Among the Highest

Construction Trade Salaries Rank Among the Highest

December 19th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

A recent analysis by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) once again demonstrates the economic power and security working in the construction trades provides its practitioners.

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Welcome TrANS Forward Service

Welcome TrANS Forward Service

December 12th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The NEW Construction Alliance continues to grow, and we are happy to welcome our newest member, the Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS)—a program of the Forward Service Corporation.

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Construction Leaders Meet with President Trump to Discuss Range of Topics Including the Workforce Shortage

Construction Leaders Meet with President Trump to Discuss Range of Topics Including the Workforce Shortage

December 12th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Leaders from the construction and manufacturing industries recently met with President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and key cabinet members to discuss the state of their industries.

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Good Vibrations: New Tech Provides “Sensory Substitution” to Increase Worksite Safety

Good Vibrations: New Tech Provides “Sensory Substitution” to Increase Worksite Safety

December 12th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

When The Beach Boys sang “I’m picking up good vibrations” back in 1966, it is likely no one would’ve guessed that 50 years later researchers would use a similar concept to improve construction worksite safety—particularly as it pertains to struck-by and caught-in deaths.

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Responding to the Urgency: Join One of the Alliance’s Action Committees

Responding to the Urgency: Join One of the Alliance’s Action Committees

December 12th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Our industry’s workforce shortage creates a sense of urgency, not just for our members, but for all that the Alliance’s leadership does.

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Construction Industry Makes Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturer’s Major Expansion Possible

Construction Industry Makes Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturer’s Major Expansion Possible

December 5th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Green Bay Packaging officials recently provided an update on the construction of its new $500 million paper mill. The project is not only the first new paper mill built in 30 years in our state, but it is also the largest development project in Brown County history.

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MEMBERS ONLY: November Board Meeting Minutes

MEMBERS ONLY: November Board Meeting Minutes

December 5th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The NEW Construction Alliance board met on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 for its monthly meeting. 

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2020 Commercial Construction Outlook: Bears vs Bulls and the Workforce Shortage

2020 Commercial Construction Outlook: Bears vs Bulls and the Workforce Shortage

December 5th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

A recent article from Construction Dive attempts to read the commercial construction tea leaves to figure out if 2020 will be a bearish or bullish year for the industry.

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PRODUCTIVITY & BEST PRACTICES: Introducing Autodesk Construction — Free Webinar

PRODUCTIVITY & BEST PRACTICES: Introducing Autodesk Construction — Free Webinar

December 5th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Improving construction industry productivity and applying best practices to achieve a thriving industry are among the main focuses of the NEW Construction Alliance.

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Tri City Glass & Door Joins the NEW Construction Alliance

Tri City Glass & Door Joins the NEW Construction Alliance

November 21st, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Please join us in welcoming Tri City Glass & Door to the NEW Construction Alliance

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Important Stories: Maternity Benefits Key to Attracting Tradeswomen; 21st Century Tech Benefits Construction Productivity; and New Bill Could Impact Occupational Licensing

Important Stories: Maternity Benefits Key to Attracting Tradeswomen; 21st Century Tech Benefits Construction Productivity; and New Bill Could Impact Occupational Licensing

November 21st, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Here are a few great stories we’ve been reading and thought you mind find interesting as well...

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Wisconsin Construction Hires Going Up in Spite of State Unemployment Rate Rising for Third Straight Month

Wisconsin Construction Hires Going Up in Spite of State Unemployment Rate Rising for Third Straight Month

November 21st, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Preliminary numbers from Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development shows a slight uptick (3.0% - > 3.3%) in the state’s unemployment numbers in October 2019—the third straight month with an increase.

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

November 21st, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The NEW Construction Alliance’s inaugural annual meeting took place this past Tuesday at Mackinaw’s with more than 80 percent of our membership scheduled to attend. 

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RSVP: Members Only Annual Meeting is Next Tuesday, Nov. 19!

RSVP: Members Only Annual Meeting is Next Tuesday, Nov. 19!

November 14th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP...

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“Apprenticeship programs [have] the potential to fundamentally change the professional trajectory for millions of Americans — and the economy as a whole.”

“Apprenticeship programs [have] the potential to fundamentally change the professional trajectory for millions of Americans — and the economy as a whole.”

November 14th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

According to a recent article from Human Resource Executive, a new study found that 80 percent of students recognize the need for training that is often found in apprenticeships and would embrace them if they more widely promoted and known.

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National and State Leaders Mark Fifth Annual Apprenticeship Week

National and State Leaders Mark Fifth Annual Apprenticeship Week

November 14th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week is underway and has included several events within the NEW North, including a breakfast, several open houses and a Find Your Inspiration—Community Exploration Event at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay, Wis.

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Former Lt. Gov. Talks to The Build Out About New Role as Jobs Ambassador

Former Lt. Gov. Talks to The Build Out About New Role as Jobs Ambassador

November 14th, 2019 | Publish by NEW Construction Alliance

The Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin announced this past Tuesday that Wisconsin’s former lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, has partnered with them as their “Jobs Ambassador.” The announcement comes in tandem with the launch of the 5th Annual National Apprenticeship Week.

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REMINDERS

REMINDERS

November 7th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Just a couple of quick reminders for you.

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Eppli’s Report Continues to Make Waves in Construction Industry

Eppli’s Report Continues to Make Waves in Construction Industry

November 7th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

UW-Madison economics professor, Mark Eppli, recently authored a study that showed Wisconsin’s construction workforce and production is lagging behind the national average by 26 percent and it continues to send shockwaves through the industry.

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Feeling the Heat: Workforce Shortage Garnering More Attention

Feeling the Heat: Workforce Shortage Garnering More Attention

November 7th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Wisconsin Public Radio highlights the struggle to fill skilled worker openings in companies big and small. It reinforces the need for the efforts of organizations like the NEW Construction Alliance.

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BUILD OUT EXCLUSIVE : State Sen. Jacque Talks Tools of the Trade and Growing the Construction Workforce

BUILD OUT EXCLUSIVE : State Sen. Jacque Talks Tools of the Trade and Growing the Construction Workforce

November 7th, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

The Build Outspoke exclusively with State Sen. Andre Jacque about the passage of his bill, SB 44, which authorizes $100,000 annually for the Tools of the Trade program.

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Parents Pathway to Youth Recruitment to Construction Trades

Parents Pathway to Youth Recruitment to Construction Trades

October 31st, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Despite the soaring cost of college and attaining a four-year degree, 70 percent of parents recently surveyed by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) would steer their teens away from a career in the construction trades.

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REPORT: Wisconsin Construction Employment Trails National Average

REPORT: Wisconsin Construction Employment Trails National Average

October 31st, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Eppli attributes the disparity to a combination of factor: land, labor and legislation. In terms of labor, he stated, “We have a shortage available relative to the demand, especially in construction. One of the things we can think about there is training at tech schools and apprenticeships.

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Renewal Notices Mailing Soon

Renewal Notices Mailing Soon

October 31st, 2019 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

We just wanted to give you a heads up that your 2020 renewal notices will be mailed out in the first week of November.

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Annual Membership Drive Until Oct. 15, 2019

Annual Membership Drive Until Oct. 15, 2019

October 8th, 2019 | Published by: NEW Construction Alliance

We have a membership drive in effect until Oct. 15, 2019. Any new member signing up by then receives 15-months membership for the price of an annual membership.

Please contact the NEW Construction Alliance's executive director, Joe Giganti, for more information or to sign up. You can reach him at (920) 619-1900 or email him at joe@newconstructionalliance.org

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October 8 Event: Solving our Industry's Workforce Shortage

October 8 Event: Solving our Industry's Workforce Shortage

October 7th, 2019 | Published by: NEW Construction Alliance

You won't want to miss our special event tomorrow: Solving the Construction Industry's Workforce Shortage featuring Jim Golembeski, executive director of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, and Paul Chamberlain, Northeast WI director for Sen. Ron Johnson and liaison to The Joseph Project.

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