We are now accepting registrations for our brand new Construction Leadership Academy!
If you would like to learn more and register, check out our website and/or attend one of our two Information Sessions on March 4 or March 8: https://t.ly/newcaleadership.
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Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 talking on Apprenticeships & Trades Career. This will be held at the UA 400 Training Center in Kaukauna, WI.
In partnership with the Lean Construction Institute (US), Fox Valley Community of Practice, we invite you, your clients, architects, engineers, general contractors trade partners, and higher learning together for a Lean Construction event. Sponsored by AGC of Wisconsin, this event will be a mixture of networking, a short Lean presentation, an interactive learning session, and discussion on Lean topics for future events in 2024.
Thursday, May 25, 2023
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Johnsonville Tailgate, Lambeau Field
1265 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304
The career symposium, presented by the Northeast Wisconsin Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Delta Research and Education Foundation, shines a spotlight on a frequently overlooked source of employees — diverse talent. Business leaders, HR professionals and potential job seekers are welcome. RSVPs are due April 24.
The Future Fox Cities Regional Career Expo 2023 is now taking Employer Registrations! This is a 2-day event happening on April 18 and 19 at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center.
Join us on Tuesday, February 28th at Holidays Pub & Grill in Appleton. The annual meeting will take place from 3 - 4:30 p.m. followed by a networking reception from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Holidays (cash bar w/ food provided). Registration is free.
The Fox-Wolf Watershed Conference is Wisconsin’s largest conference focused on stormwater management and watershed recovery.
Once again, the Fox-Wolf Conference planning committee has put together a fantastic agenda, which is now available!
Join us in Oshkosh in February!
Mathwig will lead organization’s industry alliance engagement efforts through strategic partnerships.
FVTC will once again host its Hands-On Construction Trades Expo to help regional high school students have first-hand experiences working in high-demand construction trade careers.
TITLETOWN (NBC 26) — The 2022 New North Summit highlighted some of the best in business in Northeast Wisconsin. It brought in close to 600 individuals from CEOs of startups to professors, all are leaders in the flourishing Northeast business world.
It was also the perfect networking opportunity. New North President and CEO Barb LaMue pointed out the amount of business that gets done right on the atrium floor that day.
TitletownTech, a Green Bay venture capital firm formed by the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, said its latest investment was in a new startup spun out of one of the largest engineering firms in greater Cincinnati.
TitletownTech led a $2 million seed round for Configure Inc., an online construction marketplace that recently launched to connect manufacturers, suppliers and contractors, according to a Tuesday announcement.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – A local program that helps create career pathways for high school students while they build new homes in Green Bay, held a celebration on May 24.
Bridges Construction and Renovation is a Green Bay Area Public School District program that offers high school students a community-based, hands-on learning experience in the construction and renovation industries, while also earning school credits.
The event on May 24 gave guests an opportunity to tour the home they built from the ground up this past year on 331 S Irwin Avenue, while also celebrating the students and the Bridge program. At the ceremony, students were gifted new tool belts and tools they can use for future projects.
Construction started this month on the new building at 3855 S. Washburn St., near the OshVegas Palms Resort and former Country and Rock USA music festival grounds.
DBS Group is the general contractor for the project, though they referred questions to Camping World's press team, who did not immediately return requests for comment.
However, a blog post on DBS Group's website announced the company would be design and building a 35,000-square-foot Camping World retail store and RV dealership in Oshkosh. That post says DBS Group expects "substantial completion" by December.
If you’re a high school student, teacher or the parent of a high schooler, mark your calendar for our Annual Construction Trades Career Day on October 12 at the Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh. There has never been a better time to consider a career in the building trades. NEWBT represents the following trades’ groups including plumber, sprinkler fitter, HVAC service tech, fabricator, electrician, mechanical insulator, bricklayer, cement mason, boilermaker, ironworker, sheet metal worker, steam fitter, millwright, carpenter, painter, laborer, operating engineer, roofer, glazier and teamsters.
Students will be able to participate in hands-on trade skills with experienced journey workers, and learn about paid apprenticeships, training and all the benefits of working in the trades. Unlike going to college, an apprenticeship allows an individual to earn while they learn with no college debt. Don’t miss this event to get the facts about career opportunities in the building trades!
KAUKAUNA - After supply chain issues and lack of funds pushed back construction on a $30 million hotel and apartment development in Kaukauna, a new developer is taking over part of the project to speed up its completion.
Harvest Development LLC was the original developer for the hotel and apartment projects, but the apartment development has shifted to Dreamville Kaukauna LLC...
Wisconsin Pipe Trades State Apprenticeship Contest Event Viewing & Luncheon
WISCONSIN PLUMBERS & STEAMFITTERS UA 400
KAUKAUNA – You are invited to join us during the Wisconsin Pipe Trades State Apprenticeship Contest to observe the skills of tomorrow's tradeworkers! An Open House will be held Thursday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 400 Training Center, 2700 Northridge Drive, Kaukauna, WI 54130...
GREE BAY - Marsha Nebel has been in the construction industry for over 42 years, working on jobs ranging from nuclear plants and paper mills to hospitals and Lambeau Field.
"I was the first woman electrician in Green Bay and one of the first in Wisconsin," Nebel said. " The early years were very hard, convincing everyone that I could do the job, and do it well, was a struggle."
In May, Nebel started the Green Bay chapter of empowHER Wisconsin, an organization made up of women who have knowledge of trade positions hoping to empower women who are just joining the workforce.
The organization is focused on "helping (women understand) everything about how the unions work, how to become a leader (and) how to make a positive and progressive impact on the constructions industry" according to its Facebook Page.
For the last 20 years, Nebel has also served on Northeast, Wisconsin Technical College's apprenticeship committee. The college, based in Green Bay, partnered with empowHER Wisconsin, to bring the group's mission to the Northeast Wisconsin region.
Our April 19th NEWCA Panel Discussion will be held at the NWTC Campus at the Corporate Conference Center. This morning panel discussion will focus on the youth apprenticeship program and how construction companies can become more involved in bringing students on-board to build their skills within the industry. Panelists will also share the student process as they engage with technical colleges and gain their youth apprenticeship work experience.
New housing options are coming online throughout Manitowoc County, with many more still needed across all levels, from affordable to workforce to senior living to single family and high end.
The need for housing ties closely to the issue of workforce. Many businesses are expanding and can’t hire workers fast enough, says Adam Tegen, community development director for the City of Manitowoc. Large employers including Redline Plastics, Dramm Corp. and Kaysun Corp. are adding workers and have either completed expansions or are nearing doing so. Ammo Inc. is also slated to open soon and plans to hire around 100 workers.
At Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Future 15 & Young Professional Awards Ceremony, Immel Construction was named the recipient of the 2022 Next Generation Best Place to Work award.
This award focuses on the next generation of workers and was awarded to a Green Bay company based on engagement in the community, work-life blend, generational diversity, attraction and retention initiatives, and management of talent.
We pride ourselves on our efforts to improve the quality of life in and around the area. To live our philosophy and Core Value of Community, Immel Construction and our people are actively involved in the community. Our company strongly believes that our employees, their families, and health are number one priority, and we encourage employees to continue to do the things they love outside of work. Our company reduces any barriers we have control over to get employees involved in their passions.
Immel is proud to employ a range of ages and backgrounds. We take advantage of our strong culture and employee owner mindset to bridge gaps between generations and foster a trusting and approachable environment. The hard work of each individual Immel team member has contributed greatly to our success and talent attraction.
NWTC and Green Bay West High School invite you to join us for a career/job fair for BOTH students AND the community. NWTC has a strong partnership with Green Bay West High School and we are looking to show students what careers are available to them here in Green Bay and then provide a venue for the community members to learn more.
Date: Friday, April 22nd
Time: 12:00 - 3:00 PM for entire student body (400 students) & 3:30 - 5:30 PM for the Community
Where: 966 Shawano Ave, Green Bay, WI 54303
Fee: $99 non-refundable fee - this will secure a booth for you.
Again, this fair will be open to the public from 3:30 - 5:30 PM.
Questions? Contact Mary at email@example.com or 920-498-6250.
The intention of this Job/Career Fair is to raise awareness of career pathways in our community for students while also talking about open positions. The entire school will be going through and marketing will occur to promote the event to the community - so this is both to raise awareness of you/careers you offer as well as having parents/community members learn about job openings. Click here to register
The Department of Workforce Development's Office of Skills Development (OSD) is again accepting applications!
We have redesigned our grant offerings into a single grant opportunity, "Industry Sectors Worker Training Grants." This grant program is designed to help fund the development of innovative and collaborative customized worker training programs.
Key features of this grant program:
- Grants are available to all industry sector companies of any size;
- Grant award amounts range from $5,000 to $400,000;
- Cash or in-kind match equal to 50% of the grant award amount is required;
- Grantee must complete training of at least 85% of the contracted number of trainees; and
- At least 65% of trainees must be placed in positions with the placement partner(s) identified in the grant application that require the skills taught in the provided training; and
- At least 75% of incumbent trainees receive increased wages.
For more information and to apply, please see the grant program announcement summarizing program requirements.
SEYMOUR (WLUK) -- A Seymour Community School District remodeling project will better prepare students for high-demand jobs.
The district broke ground Friday on its $6.55 technical education facility.
The project will build separate and expanded spaces for woods, metals and welding classrooms to improve workflow and safety. It will also make space for a home construction class, automotive technology lab and small engine repair area. The project will also improve site safety by changing traffic configurations, creating drop-off areas, and expanding parking.
Business manager for the Seymour Community School District, Pete Kempen, says these new spaces reflect the types of jobs the community needs filled.
“We started having discussions with community leaders about three years ago on what we need for this community and it was resounding that tech ed. and workers in that area; we needed to develop the trades," he said.
In April of 2021, voters passed the $6.55 million referendum.
The project is expected to be complete in November of this year.
Bring your girlfriends and parents and explore the
exciting careers in plumbing, pipefitting, welding,
fabrication and HVAC. Meet four successful women
working in the industry, take a tour of our training
facility, view demonstrations and meet representatives
from UA 400 signatory contractors.
Welcome & Introduction of Panelists
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Women in the Pipe Trades Panel Discussion
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Interactive Tour and Demonstrations
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The next generation of Fox Cities talent and leadership is ready to connect with you at the Future Fox Cities Career Expo. This annual event attracts 8th-through-12th-grade students from across the region for career exploration opportunities organized into six distinct clusters. Inspire a future career, connect with a potential intern or employee, and show your support for Fox Cities students by participating in the Future Fox Cities Career Expo.
See you Tues.-Wed., March 8-9, 2022
Fox Cities Exhibition Center
On Day 1 (March 8)
8TH GRADE STUDENTS ONLY: More than 2,000 8th-grade students will visit your booth to have conversations about careers your company offers.
On Day 2 (March 9)
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY: Ninth through 12th-grade students have the opportunity to make connections with local employers. This includes 1:1 conversations at your booth about your company, open opportunities, internships/apprenticeships, and career paths.
- Health Sciences
- Communication and Information Systems
- Industrial, Construction, Manufacturing and Engineering
- Human Services and Resources
- Business, Marketing and Management
- Environmental and Agricultural Systems
- Public Service
APPLETON (WLUK) -- A new exhibit is highlighting the history of local architecture.
The Trout Museum of Art in Appleton is home to the new GROUNDBREAKING | Oscar C. Boldt Tribute Exhibition. It features photographs of local and regional buildings built by Boldt Construction with a focus on the legacy of entrepreneur, Oscar C. Boldt.
The exhibit opens Thursday and runs through May 15, 2022. The exhibition reception is free and open to the public on March 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Following is a link to a CESA6 LinkedIn posting, which highlights another successful youth apprenticeship story.
Have you seen the IOM January 2022 Volume 16 Issue 1 yet? Page 24 highlights an article about Georgia-Pacific's building plans in Green Bay. Click on the link below to view its insights, which span 30+ pages.
Get to know: Adam Tegelman
board chairman, NEW Construction Alliance
After witnessing the success of the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, construction industry leaders decided to create their own industry group. Members of the NEW Construction Alliance, which was formed two years ago, collaborate to work with educators, workforce development, economic development and government to promote careers in the building and construction trades in Northeast Wisconsin.
Adam Tegelman, board chairman of NEWCA and director of operations for Murphy Concrete & Construction of Appleton, says while companies may compete against one another for talent, it’s important for them to come together to attract the next generation of construction workers.
As the labor shortage continues to squeeze area employers, everyone is looking for solutions to recruit and retain the people they need to meet organizational goals. While the tendency is to look for short-term solutions, it is prudent to have a strategy to cultivate future talent, which can start as early as middle and high school. A new partnership between the Greater Green Bay Chamber, Cooperative Educational Service Agency 7 (CESA 7) and the Ahnapee Youth Apprenticeship Consortium is creating a regional solution to connect employers with thousands of students who want to work as a part of their high school experience.
The Northeastern Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship consortium (NEWYA) combines the strengths of three organizations to create a robust Academic and Career Planning program (ACP) customizable to individual school districts and a streamlined process for students to connect with employers and gain valuable workforce experience as youth apprentices.
“A school district’s mission is its promise to students, and districts have an opportunity to work in tandem with business and community partners to put the truth in advertising that “all means all” as they take Youth Apprenticeship implementation to the next level,” Colleen Timm/ CESA 7 Learning Services Director said. “NEWYA will ensure a clear pathway for measurable gains in student achievement, a diploma by design for all students, and a strengthened community. With the current opportunities available within the workforce, the time is now for all of us to come together to ensure that the students of today become tomorrow's innovative leaders.”
JOIN US ON 3/15 AND LEARN HOW TO BUILD YOUR MILITARY TALENT PIPELINE!
President / CEO | Mission Wisconsin
FVTC Bordini Center | Appleton
7:30 AM - 9:05 AM
Learn more about how Mission Wisconsin can help you build out programming, engagement, and retention best practices for the military community. Mission Wisconsin works every day to help active-duty service members and their families through the most uncertain of times. Find out how your company can help support them. We are looking forward to sharing with the NEW Construction Alliance our event plans for 2022 and how we can support your talent attraction efforts.
Steve Janke is a Marine veteran, founder and CEO of Mission Wisconsin. He worked for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation as the statewide veterans field representative and military talent attraction program Manager. He was a fifth-generation dairy farmer in South Central Wisconsin.
CLICK HERE to register!
(Appleton, WI) – The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on many things, including the way people look at the design of school buildings. That changing approach to school design will be the focus when Hoffman’s Jody Andres addresses attendees at the 2022 Wisconsin State Education Convention in Milwaukee.
“School building operations, how they are cleaned and sanitized, and their indoor environmental quality have all come under scrutiny since the start of the pandemic,” said Andres, K-12 Market Leader and Senior Project Architect at Hoffman. “It’s crucial that future school designs take these recently enacted efforts and other important items into consideration as the health of students, teachers, and staff should always be a top priority.”
Andres’ presentation, “Beyond Reopening: What’s Next for School Buildings” will take place on January 19.
Hoffman has worked with more than 75 public school districts, private schools, and charter schools throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois and is an industry leader in sustainable planning, design, and construction of educational facilities. Hoffman is currently assisting Wisconsin districts in Appleton, Chilton, Clintonville, Darlington, Manawa, Marion, Tomorrow River, and Wittenberg-Birnamwood. This is the eighth time in the last 10 years that Hoffman has been invited to speak and share insight at the state convention.
The Wisconsin State Education Convention, held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, brings together hundreds of school leaders each year to foster effective school board practices for student success through workshops and other education programs.
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Construction is underway for Prevea's new surgery center in Green Bay.
The ambulatory surgery center (ASC) will provide same-day, outpatient surgical care by Prevea providers in a variety of medical specialties.
The 35,000 square-foot surgery center at 1860 Shawano Ave., next to the new Prevea St. Mary's Health Center, will feature four operating rooms, ten procedure rooms, eight post anesthesia care unit (PACU) rooms, and nearly 30 surgical prep and recovery rooms.
"The Prevea Surgery Center comes at a time as demand for our surgical services and our presence in the community continues to grow,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO at Prevea Health. “Our patients will continue to receive the high-quality surgical care they have come to know and trust at Prevea Health, but with the added benefits of increased access to surgical services, less waiting for appointments and lower costs. There is a 20 to 40 % reduction in cost for patients receiving care at a freestanding ASC versus a hospital-based ASC.”
Common outpatient procedures that will be performed at the Prevea Surgery Center include but are not limited to colonoscopy, tonsillectomy, kidney stone removal, breast reduction, hip and knee procedures, and cataract surgery.
The Prevea Surgery Center is expected to be open in May of 2022.
SHEBOYGAN - MilliporeSigma is building a new facility on its Sheboygan Falls campus to manufacture a component of COVID-19 rapid tests.
The expansion comes after the U.S. Department of Defense, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, awarded MilliporeSigma a $136.7 million contract Dec. 29.
MilliporeSigma is part of the life science division of the German-based company Merck KGaA. The life science business operates manufacturing sites around the globe that make lab materials and technologies for scientists.
The new Sheboygan facility will produce nitrocellulose membrane, a material used in COVID-19 rapid antigen tests. It will be the first MilliporeSigma plant in the U.S. to produce nitrocellulose membranes.
"Worldwide market demand for [nitrocellulose] membrane exceeds supply, and there is limited production capacity in the United States," said Rachel Bloom-Baglin, head of PR for MilliporeSigma. "MilliporeSigma's new lateral flow membrane facility will increase domestic supply, help alleviate shortage concerns, and add to the United States' pandemic preparedness and response."
MilliporeSigma has already begun planning construction of the facility, which is expected to be operational in late 2024. The company estimates the plant will create about 60 manufacturing jobs, according to Bloom-Baglin.
The new facility will be the first of its kind in the United States, although the company has a facility in Cork, Ireland, that produces nitrocellulose membrane.
Nitrocellulose membrane is a product needed for more than just COVID-19 tests, such as the detection of HIV/AIDS, STDs and pregnancy.
Join the NEW Construction Alliance for our 2022 Sporting Clays & Social Event!
Create your own team or register individually on February 16, 2022, from 1:00 - 4:30 PM at Woodfire Lodge in Brillion.
The fee to participate is $150 per person, or $450 per foursome and includes the following:
- 1 round of sporting clays
- Flurry shoot
- 3 boxes of shells
- Ear plugs
- Hors d’oeuvres & 2 drink tickets per person
Click here to register!
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced today that 34 organizations, from Beloit to Phelps and from Pepin to Grafton, will share $1 million in grants from the WHEDA Foundation as they work to provide emergency shelter, transitional residences, and extremely low-income housing.
Administered by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), the WHEDA Foundation grants improve housing for community members, including individuals with disabilities, survivors of domestic abuse, individuals with chronic mental illness, those with incomes at or below 30 percent of the area median income, and youth experiencing homelessness...
WMC Foundation’s Future Wisconsin Project released its “Wisconsin 2035” report to detail the challenges facing Wisconsin’s business community and propose potential solutions for long-term economic growth. The new publication identifies the workforce shortage as the biggest problem facing Wisconsin’s business community. The workforce shortage must be tackled in three ways: attraction, retention and expansion.
ONEIDA (WLUK) -- The Oneida Nation plans to use a federal COVID-19 relief grant to help alleviate its housing shortage.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the tribe will use a $1.7 million grant to build eight two-bedroom homes.
The grant is part of $52 million in grants to 49 tribal communities across the country.
One other Wisconsin tribe received a grant. The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is receiving $1 million for COVID-19 response and preparedness.
JTD Enterprises of Chilton, Wisconsin, can produce more complicated parts than a lot of other Wisconsin job shops, and that gives it a competitive edge when bidding. So, does offering engineering and design advice that improves machinability and cost per part. The secret to its success? Fostering apprentices to ensure a steady supply of journeymen machinists.
More than 100 college students from throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan converged Thursday on Lambeau Field for a chance at a paid internship.
It's all part of the 7th annual “Internship Draft Day,” co-sponsored by the NEW Manufacturing Alliance and the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance.
The students get the opportunity to interview for more than 300 paid internships and co-ops with NEW Manufacturing Alliance member companies.
"Students in addition to having the opportunity to interview for more than 300 paid internships and co-ops, will also participate in a contest to be the number one draft pick from their college," said Ann Franz, executive director of NEWMA.
Prior to the event, students received points for participation in college clubs, relevant work experience, and their overall GPA. At the event, students will receive additional points for how well they interview and the Most Valuable Interview will receive additional points.
At the end of the day, Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers will be announcing the number one draft pick based on the points the students earned at each college. The top overall Draft Pick will receive a $1,500 college scholarship for the upcoming college term from the Alliance.
Some of the companies recruiting for the event include AriensCo., Bassett Mechanical, Belmark, BPM Inc., CMD Corp., EMT International, Encapsys, Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Great Northern Corp., Green Bay Packaging, KI, Nercon, Nicolet Plastics, Omni Glass & Paint, Ornua Ingredients, Parker Hannifin, Pioneer Metal Finishing, Plexus, Sargento Foods, Waupaca Foundry and Werner Electric. Opportunities are in a variety degree fields including engineering, business, supply chain, marketing, electro-mechanical, human resources and IT.
Construction is one business sector that slowed little during the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean the industry hasn’t dealt with its own challenges.
For more than a year, companies have seen material delays and soaring costs as problems have rippled through supply chains. Issues have ranged from severe weather that made it difficult to procure enough material to crippling transportation delays. At the same time, construction companies are busier than ever.
“Someone with a crystal ball couldn’t have predicted this would happen,” says Tim Kippenhan, chief operating officer of Miron Construction Co., Inc. in Neenah. “Initially (during the pandemic), things were going well. Then fall 2020 hit and we started seeing limited material availability and cost increases.”
Joe Truehart, vice president of construction at Hoffman Planning, Design and Construction, Inc. in Appleton, says lead times for materials have increased, especially for manufactured materials, such as doors. “Material costs are all over the board.”
Skyrocketing lumber prices have attracted the most attention. In March 2020 as the pandemic hit, Truehart says lumber prices were $244 per thousand board feet. At their highest point, they were $1,670 per thousand board feet. “There’s been a lot of peaks and valleys with material costs,” he says.
Lumber and manufactured products are just two examples of in-demand supplies. Resins, fiberglass and other materials that come from Texas were affected by severe winter storms that temporarily knocked some companies out of business. They are now slowly increasing their production levels, Kippenhan says.
“We’ve really tried to be proactive in our scheduling to avoid some of these shortages,” he says.
Paul Martzke, president of Immel Construction in Green Bay, has never seen material delays last this long before. “Design and construction have always been about finding solutions to get things done,” he says. “Now, it’s out of our control and across the board, which is frustrating.”
Immel has looked to alternative building materials to keep construction moving, such as taking what was planned to be a steel building and switching over to a masonry structure. “The good news is that demand is strong for construction and financing is low, which makes building more attractive,” Martzke says.
To avoid supply issues, Keller, Inc. in Kaukauna works closely with its suppliers and subcontractors. “We really treat them like family. We strategically plan with them to make sure we have what we need, and with our suppliers, that they set aside time for us,” says Mark Nysted, regional manager. “Costs are through the roof, but people are still interested in getting contracts signed and moving ahead with their projects.”
More than supplies
While the construction industry grapples with having enough supplies, companies also need additional employees. Across the industry, tradesmen are getting older and retiring. At the same time, the number of new employees entering the field is not enough to offset the retirements.
“Everyone is looking to add employees. We need more help in the office, and we’re always looking for field workers as our workforce is aging,” Kippenhan says.
The Boldt Co. adopted modular construction for some of its projects, and President and CEO Dave Kievet says that setup allows the company to “do more work with fewer people.”
“For example, we can have one journeyman teaching and supervising multiple apprentices because they are all working in the same area on the same type of work,” he says of modular projects under construction in a former Manitowoc manufacturing plant.
The construction industry has known for a while it would face a labor shortage, Martzke says. “It’s hard to overcome the shortage since you can’t create skilled workers overnight. They need a lot of training,” he says.
Nysted says finding workers is taking longer than before, but as an employee-owned company, Keller offers a lot of incentives to attract and retain employees.
“We know there’s turnover with the baby boomers retiring, and we are constantly talking to high school and college students about careers in construction,” he says. “Some people don’t understand the variety of jobs available.”
Boldt was already involved in some modular construction projects in March 2020, but the pandemic led the Appleton-based builder to dive deeper into the concept. First, the company realized the modular units it was constructing for Advocate Aurora could be transported easily to a new location. This opened the door to health care providers looking for ways to better treat the rising number of COVID-19 patients.
Boldt and designer HGA developed the STAAT Mod critical care unit, which could be built entirely at a single location and shipped to sites where health care providers needed more room to treat COVID-19 patients or to provide testing and, later, vaccinations. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and similar organizations also can use the units.
“We’ve been exploring modular construction work for years,” Kievet says. “During the pandemic, we saw a way to grow that business.”
For Boldt, that included opening the Manitowoc location, where modules can be built more efficiently and at a lower cost through employing manufacturing techniques. Kievet says the modules roll down an assembly line, which allows teams to handle various details, whether it’s subflooring or installing wiring for electricity.
“It’s a new era of construction. Building remotely costs less than conventional construction,” he says. “It’s allowing us to rethink how buildings are put together. What we can do now in a matter of months would have taken years if we had built onsite.”
Kievet adds that foundation work can begin at a location as modules are built in the production facility. They can then be transported to the construction site and put into place.
“If a unit is prebuilt, it takes less time to install,” he says.
Workforce Connection Grants
Workforce Connection Grants are currently available only in the 11 Bay Workforce Development Area counites (Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Shawano, and Sheboygan), and Milwaukee County. These grants will utilize career coaches to support individuals as they reengage in the workforce, connecting them to the information and resources necessary to overcome barriers that may prevent their full participation in the labor force. Services will also include career planning and skill training, focusing on individuals who are unemployed and underemployed.
For more information, contact Bay Area Workforce Development Board at (920) 617-1384 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Workforce Advancement Grants
Worker Advancement Grants focus on hard and soft skill training for individuals whose employment has not come back post-pandemic in need of a career change, as well as individuals who were not successful in the labor market previously. Employers will play a key role in this program with wage subsidies and on-the-job training opportunities. Services will be highly individualized to address worker needs including assistance with childcare, housing, transportation, and worker stipends.
For more information, contact Bay Area Workforce Development Board at (920) 617-1384 or email@example.com
Workforce Innovation Grants
Workforce Innovation Grants are available to regional economic development agencies, such as NEW North, to design innovative strategies to tackle their communities’ most pressing workforce challenges. Grant funds can be used to meet worker needs such as childcare, transportation, and skill training. Grant funds may also be available for planning, marketing, and developing pilot programs that can be upscaled and shared with other communities.
For more information, contact Rebecca Deschane at NEW North, (920) 246-6038 and Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants
Wisconsin Fast Forward is an on-going initiative from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) for employer-led training. The objective of the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) standard grant program is to award funds to businesses from all Wisconsin industry sectors that reimburse the costs of customized occupational training for unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers. The customized, business-driven training will qualify workers for full-time employment, higher level employment, or increased wages. WFF grants are open to all employment sectors in the state.
For additional information, please visit: http://wisconsinfastforward.com/wff_standard.htm
The Winnebago Catch-A-Ride Program is a
volunteer-based service, providing low-cost transportation to get people to and
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Catch-A-Ride Feonix – Mobility Rising
Winnebago Catch-A-Ride is a workforce development initiative, striving to
provide employment transportation services to individuals who do not qualify or
have access to existing programs throughout Winnebago County. This program
addresses the labor shortage by providing safe, reliable, and affordable
employment transportation that will increase an individual’s ability to
Access to Jobs (ATJ) Transportation Program via GO Transit (Oshkosh)
Transit offers a program for qualifying low-income workers called Access to
Jobs. ATJ is a demand response cab ride for the purpose of going to and from
work only.* It is intended to assist low-income individuals with transportation
needs related to employment. Income is a qualifying factor. The program is
designed to allow low-income individuals to access their employment site, when
the bus is not in service or does not provide reasonable access (walking
distance from bus stop is not reasonable). You must live and work within the
city limits of Oshkosh. You must be working full-time (30 hours or greater per
week). If you are able to get to and from work via GO Transit buses, you must travel
by bus. If you need transportation outside bus operational hours your card will
reflect the hours it is valid for use.
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services can improve the economic outcomes among these workers and the state.
The WETAP program encourages long-term solutions by
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would navigate the existing services. Their mission is to make the ride happen
for older adults and individuals with disabilities so they can remain active
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all shifts are covered. Due to the project's success, several vans have been
donated to the program. Participants are offered 30 days free transportation,
and then each worker pays a nominal fee for their daily transportation to and
Community Foundation Catch-A-Ride Article (February 2, 2020)
program catching on as tool to fight poverty and get workers to jobs
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KAUKAUNA -- The Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 400 held its 2nd annual Apprentice Signing Day Sept. 24 to recognize their 80 first-year apprentices with a certificate of achievement. Several of the over 100 signatory contractors were also in attendance, recognizing the importance of careers in skilled trades like plumbing, steamfitting and pipe fabrication.
Barb LaMue, president & CEO of New North, Inc. presented the keynote remarks, thanking the apprentices and contractors who are a vital part of our region. "We are a region with a population of 1.28 MM, 22% of Wisconsin's population, employment and GDP. We are blessed to have 675,00 full-time careers and growing. Thank you for being part of our region's economic prosperity," she said.
For more information about the 400 Pipe Trades Apprenticeship Program, click the link below.
Click here to watch the video recording from the NEW Construction Alliance 9/17 Virtual Information Session. It featured Rebecca Deschane, Vice President of Talent Development at NEW North.
Rebecca presented on the topic of Preparing High School Students for Careers in Construction Using Regional Career Pathways.
GREEN BAY - Unemployed people and workers who are struggling to support their families can apply for an $8,000 scholarship to pursue higher-paying jobs in one of five high-demand industries.
The Bay Area Workforce Development Board is offering 100 scholarships to residents of its 11-county service region—which includes Brown, Outagamie, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. The scholarships aim to help people pursue degrees, technical certificates or other training necessary for careers in transportation, manufacturing, health care, construction or information technology.
The scholarships aim to provide direct aid to unemployed or underemployed workers in the region while also helping industries address a shortage of skilled labor, said Matt Valiquette, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board's executive director.
"We're talking about hundreds and hundreds of different training programs and opportunities available at our local technical colleges and universities," Valiquette said. "These industries offer family-supporting jobs. They’re the drivers of much of our economies and communities."
The scholarships can be used to attend any higher education institution in the region including Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, UW-Green Bay campuses, Fox Valley Technical College, the College of the Menominee Nation and private training centers that offer certifications for specific jobs and industries.
All you have to do is visit or contact one of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board's eight job centers in the region. Staff will be available to help applicants explore opportunities in the different industries.
"We've got folks that may not know exactly what they want to do or how to go about doing it, so we have programs we can use to make sure it’s the right career pathway for them. But there are other folks who come in and know exactly what they want to do," Valiquette said. "Pick up the phone, give us a call and we’ll get the process started. We can move pretty quickly."
The scholarships cover more than just tuition and textbooks. Valiquette said the scholarships can also fund transportation, child care, tools and other direct costs that can pose barriers to people pursuing a change of careers. He also said the support doesn't stop when a person heads off to school.
"This is far more than handing them a check and sending them off to college," he said. "We assign a career service specialist to walk with them through the process until they get their first job."
Ann Franz, executive director of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance, is enthusiastic about the impact the scholarships could have both on families and manufacturers struggling to find enough workers.
"Every day I have companies contact me looking for all levels of talent," Franz said. "This investment is really going to make a difference in peoples' lives and in our community."
Franz said the five industries selected have overlapping needs, too. She said the alliance spent the last year training more than 200 manufacturing employees in data analytics, a specific skill that will only grow more important as manufacturers look to improve production efficiencies.
"There's a lot of data, but it's only as good as the person looking at it," Franz said. "It's critical to have people with more skills in data analytics."
Valiquette said there is one problem he'd like for the scholarship program to have: More applicants than available funding. He said companies in health care, manufacturing, information technology, transportation and construction have hundreds of jobs available that he'd like to help them fill.
He also encouraged those not working now or who work but do not make enough to afford basic household necessities to think big with the program.
"Don't rule anything out," Valiquette said. "We want folks to see beyond what they have for themselves. Some folks may look past school or feel their age might be some sort of a disadvantage. Don't de-select yourself. Schools are so good right now about making sure every student has the resources to be successful."
By Annie Krall
Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 5:58 PM CDT
NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) - You don’t often see middle school and high school girls operating cranes and laying down bricks. However, for the fifth annual ‘Build Like A Girl’ event hosted by Miron Construction that was exactly what you might have seen today in Neenah.
“The whole idea is to get girls interested in the construction industry,” Dave Walsh, Miron executive vice president of human resources, said. “Let’s think for a second... 50% of the world is women but only about 3% of our construction workers in the country are female. That’s a hard thing. There is an opportunity there to get more girls involved in construction.”
NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) - You don’t often see middle school and high school girls operating cranes and laying down bricks. However, for the fifth annual ‘Build Like A Girl’ event hosted by Miron Construction that was exactly what you might have seen today in Neenah.
“The whole idea is to get girls interested in the construction industry,” Dave Walsh, Miron executive vice president of human resources, said. “Let’s think for a second... 50% of the world is women but only about 3% of our construction workers in the country are female. That’s a hard thing. There is an opportunity there to get more girls involved in construction.”
Please click on the video link to watch the video recording from the NEWCA 6/22 virtual information session. It featured Tania Kilpatrick, Director, Center for College & Career Readiness Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) #6.
Tania presented on the topic of Connecting to K-12 Education Career Planning Using the INSPIRE Statewide Network.
The NEW Construction Alliance Invites You
to a Virtual Information Session on “Connecting to K‐12 Education Career Planning Using the
INSPIRE Statewide Network”
According to a recent study, construction workers have some of the highest Coronavirus infections rates among all industries.
The preliminary study posits that in a review of asymptomatic cases in the Los Angeles found a positive rate of 5.7 percent in construction workers, which was significantly higher than...
D. Albert Brannen and A. Kevin Troutman—partners at Fisher Phillips, a prominent workforce law firm based in Atlanta—told contractors at a recent webinar that they would be well within their legal rights to compel workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Hosted by Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the lawyers compared such a requirement to existing rules for frontline healthcare workers that mandates flu shots to ensure a safe workplace.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has mandated that businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $2 million or more complete a loan necessity questionnaire that Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is objecting to.
According to the story, AGC’s complaint contends “that the process that produced the form, and the form itself, violate the Paperwork Reduction Act and the Administrative Procedures Act, and that the federal agencies failed to meet the minimum standards for due process.
Consolidated Construction Co., Inc.,—a full service design/build firm in Appleton, WI and a founding member of the NEW Construction Alliance—has been recognized for producing one of Wisconsin’s most impressive and unique construction projects of 2020. That’s impressive no matter the year, but given the roller coaster-like nature of 2020, it is particularly impressive.
Congratulations to John Schneider and the entire team at Consolidated Construction Co., Inc.
The latest action in a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) against Governor Tony Evers and his administration is good news for employers in the Badger State. A judge has granted a temporary injunction preventing the state from releasing the names of more than 1,000 employers that have had potential COVID-19 outbreaks.
A recent report from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) provided some good news and confirmation that quality hires are still one of the top challenges to businesses.
In the good news column, small businesses reported historically high level of job openings in November with 53 percent reporting hiring or trying to hire during the month. Unfortunately, the vast majority employers who are hiring said they are finding only a few qualified candidates for open positions—if any at all.
Members of the NEW Construction Alliance’s board and membership met recently with leaders from the NEW North on the development of the new Construction Pathways plan that would help encourage students as young as middle school to being considering the construction trades as their future career path.
The NEW Construction Alliance is proud to announce it has begun work with the NEW North to fully develop a Construction Pathway for the region both organizations serve.
Pathways are exactly what they sound like, a charted course that develops a student’s core academic and technical skills needed to prepare them for a particular career path—in this case: construction.
A recent ConstructionDive article attempts to tackle the question of how well construction has conducted itself during the COVID crisis. The prevailing belief if that construction has adapted well to changes the virus has forced upon its daily operations. Over the past 6 months, has reported several examples of the industry improvising and adapting to keep the industry at the top of its game.
Now ConstructionDive cites recent academic studies, local public health data and “anecdotal media reports” challenging the perception that construction has had a clean bill of health as goes COVID-19 mitigation.
As part of the observation of National Apprenticeship Week (proclaimed by President Trump to take place from November 8-14, 2020), the Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association has officially introduced PipeTradeCareers.com.
According to the Daily Reporter, “The site is...
On Thursday, Nov. 5 a federal judge ordered the Small Business Administration (SBA) to release the names of all Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) borrowers and precise loan amounts.
The order comes as a result to a lawsuit filed by five media organizations this past May. The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Down Jones and ProPublica claimed a lack of transparency in the process and were angered that the SBA refused to share date they requested via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
As part of the virtual U.S. Green Building Council Wisconsin’s Transformation event, Focus on Energy announced the 2020 construction trade winners of its coveted Ally Award.
Seven construction and design firms were recognized in eight separate categories. Three of the firms are based within the boundaries served by NEW Construction Alliance. They are: Bray Associates, who have offices in Sheboygan; Muermann Engineering based in Kiel; and Miron Construction Co, Inc., based in Green Bay. All winners are also Trade Allies of Focus on Energy, which is an energy efficiency and renewable energy resources program in Wisconsin.
The winners are firms that...
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, analyst Construction Coverage ranked cities with the highest and lowest share of women in the construction workforce.
Wisconsin did not fare well among the 55 large cities nationally ranked with women making up 7.8 percent of Milwaukee’s construction workforce—far below the national average of 13 percent. Conversely, Madison scored much better with 13.8 percent of their construction workforce being women.
According to a story in The Daily Reporter...
The U.S. Commerce Department reported earlier this week that outlays for construction projects went up .3 percent at a seasonally adjusted rate of $1.41 trillion. While the uptick is welcome, it fell short of the expected .9 percent by economists polled by Econoday.
ConstructionDive is doing “a two-part series looking at the ramifications of a Biden win on the contractors and subcontractors that are helping to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall.”
The second article in the series focuses on the unexpected consequences construction companies experienced by participating in construction of the wall: Blacklisting.
What might surprise some though is the source of blacklisting, which is
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...
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...
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.”
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.”
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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...
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.
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.
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.”
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...
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:
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.”
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
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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,”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.”
C.G. Schmidt recently launched a virtual education series called ‘Ask the Builders.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Daily Reporter interviewed Ben Bruns, executive vice president of Boldt Co.’s Northern Operations Group, about their new “STAAT Mod critical care units.
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.”
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.
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!
“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.
From our good friend Barb LaMue, executive director of the NEW North...
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.
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.
In early April, Smartvid.io will be releasing an application to ensure workers are practicing proper social distancing.
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.
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.
Keith Prather (market intelligence expert for Olath) and DeWyan Ables (senior strategist for Pioneer IQ) are optimistic for the construction industry post-COVID-19.
We have compiled a series of resources to help you navigate these unusual times from an economic, human resources and overall business approach.
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.
With all the gloom and doom surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak, we thought everyone could use some good news.
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.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, several hundred construction industry tradesmen are still hard at work on the Foxconn project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are The Build Out’s other top news articles of the week...
Tech developer Built Robotics has unveiled the first fully autonomous construction equipment to contractors and heavy machine operators.
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.
The Build Out recommends these two articles this week...
The following is an excerpt from an news article from The Dispatch about growing the construction workforce in Mississippi...
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).”
Next week, March 1-7, 2020, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate the 2020 Women in Construction (WIC) Week.
The following are construction stories of note that we are keeping tabs on at the 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
You still have a chance to register your foursome for our inaugural “Give Us a Shot” Clay Shoot.
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.
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.
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.
A great story from WFRV...
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.
There’s less than a week left to sign up your foursome for our first ever “Give Us a Shot!” clay shoot fundraiser.
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.
Fair warning, Autodesk prepared this infographic and related info to promote some of their software, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable.
We would like to thank McClone Insurance for helping sponsor our first-ever clay shoot fundraiser.
The Wisconsin State Senate unanimously confirmed Caleb Frostman as the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) this week.
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).
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.!
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.
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?
The NEW Construction Alliance is starting off 2020 strong as we welcome one of our newest members Cardinal Construction Co.
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.
“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.
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!
The Alliance wants to thank those that have already answered the call to serve on one of our four (4) committees.
Here’s a fun story from Connecticut courtesy of the NY Post...
A 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our industry’s workforce shortage creates a sense of urgency, not just for our members, but for all that the Alliance’s leadership does.
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.
The NEW Construction Alliance board met on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 for its monthly meeting.
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.
Improving construction industry productivity and applying best practices to achieve a thriving industry are among the main focuses of the NEW Construction Alliance.
Please join us in welcoming Tri City Glass & Door to the NEW Construction Alliance.
Here are a few great stories we’ve been reading and thought you mind find interesting as well...
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.
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.
If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP...
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.
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.
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.
Just a couple of quick reminders for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We just wanted to give you a heads up that your 2020 renewal notices will be mailed out in the first week of November.
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 email@example.com
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.