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February 2nd, 2022 | Jessica Thiel | Editor | Insight Publications

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.

“We used to be competing with other construction companies, and now I think the spectrum has opened up so much that ... you’re competing with everybody across the state of Wisconsin, no matter what industry they are,” he says. “We look at it as a giant fishing pond, and unless we stock more fish into the pond all we’re going to do is take each other’s fish — and that doesn’t help anybody.”

Though the pandemic has hampered some of NEWCA’s outreach efforts, leaders have found ways to continue the organization’s work. That has included holding monthly educational sessions at Fox Valley Technical College’s D.J. Bordini Center. Its most recent event featured Steve Janke, founder and CEO of Mission Wisconsin, speaking about recruiting within the military community.

Many smaller companies don’t have full human resources or recruitment staffs, and the alliance can provide helpful information and connections. In addition to attracting new talent, NEWCA is focused on recruiting more businesses to join as members, Tegelman says, adding that if the organization can provide some resources or connect companies to even one new worker, it’s doing its job.

“Our No. 1 goal is to integrate more people into the workforce and start helping our members gain the connections to foster the relationships that will bring them the people they need,” he says.

newconstructionalliance.org

  • NEW Construction Alliance
  • 1460 Foxborough Ct.
  • De Pere, WI 54115