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The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

What Our Members Are Saying

What our members say about us is everything. If the Alabama AGC is doing its job well, their jobs get easier. That’s because we have a simple philosophy: Alabama AGC members set policy and the staff implements it.

So, we regularly ask-for and listen closely-to their feedback. Here are some recent comments:

“I was active in the AGC. The AGC set me on the path. It is a good fraternity of people. When I came up the AGC was very involved in labor negotiations at that time. We were all union contractors. The AGC led the negotiations through all those turbulent, difficult years. I was on the committee that hired (former AGC CEO Henry T. Hagood, Jr.). He was just a young insurance salesman. At the time, the AGC probably had a net worth of $50,000. The great thing he did was set the stage for this organization and all the contractors to benefit from it.  I’m comfortable now that (the strength of the AGC) will be handled appropriately, (that we will) keep this organization strong indefinitely.”– Miller Gorrie, chairman of Brasfield & Gorrie in Birmingham and 1972 Alabama AGC president

“Being a member of AGC has been an invaluable experience for me. A member of AGC gains access to an experienced staff knowledgeable about the industry and our government.  This staff does a phenomenal job in providing classes on the latest technology, ie: BIM, that is required in our industry to stay on the cutting edge.  AGC has brought enormous benefits to our company: Building new relationships on a local and national level, numerous resources at our fingertips to move our organization to the next level, working with general contractors, other subcontractors and the state Licensing Board for General Contractors on new legislation. I would recommend for everyone in our industry to be a member of AGC.”—Mark Harry, secretary-treasurer, Marathon Electrical Contractors, Birmingham

“A small construction company can make no better investment than joining AGC. The information available through AGC allows its members to stay abreast of regulations, trends, changes of law and accounting rules before they happen. By combining our voices under one banner we can be heard. Joining AGC in the early 1970s and becoming active in the organization is the best business decision Whaley Construction ever made.”– Alex Whaley, chairman, Whaley Construction Co. in Troy and 2008 Alabama AGC president

“The benefits of being a member of Alabama AGC are numerous. AGC’s education programs, insurance, and affinity programs, as well as its advocacy and political clout on the state and the local level has been invaluable. One of the biggest added benefits to membership in Alabama AGC is access to AGC of America and its vast resources on the national and international level. AGC of America maintains excellent relationships with all the Federal agencies with which Caddell does business, giving us access to the key decision makers within each agency. In addition, our legislative voice on a national level is greatly enhanced by the clout of knowledgeable construction activists who understand our business and are well known and respected on the Hill.”– B.E. Stewart, president and CEO, Caddell Construction Co., Montgomery, and 2006 Alabama AGC president

“Being a member of AGC over the past 40-plus years has been of immeasurable benefit to our company. It has given us the ability to stay up on constantly changing government regulations, given us a political voice both nationally and statewide, and provided us with a network of outstanding subcontractors and suppliers which we can rely on. Ultimately, the overall goal in business is to make money. Through AGC’s educational programs and insurance program we save approximately $20,000 per year. It is the nation’s leading trade organization, and I am proud to say I am a member of AGC.”– Ricky Saliba, president, Saliba Construction, Dothan, and 1998 Alabama AGC president

“BL Harbert is very proud to have been a decades-long member of AGC and what this organization represents. As an individual contractor, it would be difficult for our voice to be heard, but working with AGC enables the combined voices of contractors throughout the state to tackle major issues impacting our industry and the state as a whole. The greatest challenge facing our industry is workforce development and lack of skilled workers. AGC has been and remains at the forefront of leading the construction industry’s workforce training efforts, through actual hands-on instruction programs, as well as spearheading legislative efforts to obtain public/private funding.”– Gary W. Savage, president, BL Harbert International’s U.S. Group in Birmingham and 2014 Alabama AGC treasurer

“A set dollar amount cannot be placed on membership in AGC.  Tangible benefits include savings on insurance products as well as services of companies that AGC partners with on products such as FedEx and BP.  Intangible benefits include the ability to network with other companies both locally and nationally in a non-competitive environment and the ability to learn from others who perform the same type of work.  The biggest benefit is the legislative work that AGC does at both the national and state levels.  No member has time to watch every bill that comes through the legislative process or every new potential regulation from government agencies, but the staff at AGC does an excellent job doing just that. AGC membership has benefitted our company in the following ways: allowed us to team up on projects with other AGC contractors, introduced us to cutting edge technology and processes at AGC conventions and seminars, introduced us to companies from other areas of the country that call us now when they do work in Huntsville, allowed us to establish a relationship and comfort level with other prime contractors and subcontractors before those relationships are needed when bidding new work.”–Algernon Stanley, PE, vice president project management, Stanley Construction Company, Inc., and 2009 Alabama AGC president