Reminder - AGC Gulf Coast Safety Summit
Wednesday, November 7th
If you have not already registered please let us know you plan to attend by noon tomorrow.
November 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Please make your reservations for AGC’s Gulf Coast Safety Summit scheduled for this Wednesday, November 7th.
Click link to view details: AGC Gulf Coast Safety Summit Flyer 2018 Final
Reservations are Required to attend by contacting us: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Stretch, Drugs, & Rock & Roll”
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Country Club of Mobile 4101 Wimbledon Court—Mobile, AL 36608
Reservations Required: email@example.com or 251-344-8220
Registration & Lunch
Welcome—AGC Safety Chair Buzzy Riis – Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC
Safety Moment—Torrey Garrison—Performance Contractors
Preventing Soft Tissue Injuries—
Richard Sullivan—Industrial Wellness Rehab, Inc.
Brief OSHA Silica Standard Update
Gary Blake – Safety Plus, Inc.
Combating the Opioid Crisis on Your Jobsite
Dr. Terry Taylor—OHC – from a Doctor’s Perspective
Katy Willis—Burr Forman – from a Lawyer’s Perspective
Chad Moore– Millennium Risk Managers – Worker’s Comp Perspective
Torrey Garrison—Performance Contractors – from a Contractor’s Perspective
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 1, 2018
CONTACT: Brian Turmail
(703) 459-0238, firstname.lastname@example.org
CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCREASES TO RECORD HIGH OF $1.329 TRILLION, MOST PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SEGMENTS SHOW HEALTHY GROWTH
Construction Spending Should Stay Robust through Early 2019, But Trade Disputes, Workforce Shortages and Rising Interest Rates Threaten to Undermine Long-Term Growth in Construction Demand, Officials Caution
Construction spending hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.329 trillion and grew 5.5 percent for nine months of 2018 combined, with continued year-to-date gains for major public and private categories, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that while demand for construction should remain strong for the next several months, the construction sector could be impacted by new trade tariffs, continues workforce shortages and higher interest rates.
“Construction spending has increased among nearly every project type and geographic area this year,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Despite month-to-month fluctuations, the outlook remains positive for modest to moderate increases in most spending categories at least through the first part of 2019. However, damaging trade policies, labor shortages and rising interest rates pose growing challenges to contractors and their clients.”
Spending year-to-date through the first nine months of 2018 was 7.0 percent higher than in January through September 2017 for public construction and 5.1 percent for private construction, the economist commented. Within private construction, spending for residential projects increased 6.4 percent and 3.5 percent for nonresidential projects.
Major segments continued year-to-date gains, Simonson observed. The largest public categories recorded year-to-date gains of 5.8 percent for highway construction, 2.0 percent for educational construction and 15.8 percent for transportation construction. Of the three private residential spending categories, single-family homebuilding rose 6.4 percent year-to-date, multifamily was virtually unchanged and improvements to existing buildings climbed 7.1 percent. Among private nonresidential spending segments, the largest—power construction (including oil and gas field and pipeline structures)—edged up 2.3 percent, commercial (retail, warehouse and farm) construction rose 4.8 percent, office construction increased 7.4 percent and manufacturing construction declined 3.4 percent.
Association officials said that overall economic conditions remain positive as the economy continues to benefit from recently enacted tax and regulatory reforms. But they warned that a growing trade dispute with China, shortages of qualified workers and rising interest rates could undermine future demand for construction services. They urged federal officials to resolve trade disputes and boost investments in career and technical education programs.
“Washington has taken a number of positive steps to deliver robust economic growth during the past two years,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The best thing federal officials can do to maintain current rates of growth is to resolve potentially costly trade disputes and boost investments in workforce development.”
Platinum - Top Producing Agency
J. Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh McLennan Agency LLC Company
Gold - $2 million - Above
Turner Insurance & Bonding Co.
Silver - $1 million - $2 million
McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.
Bronze - $500k - $1 million
Fitts Agency, Inc.
Thompson Insurance, Inc.
Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management
Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance Agency, Inc.
USI Insurance Services, LLC
CompTrustAGC – the leading construction workers’ compensation fund in Alabama – has a Christmas present for its members, an overall rate reduction and a $3.5 million Bonanza Premium Credit for 2019.
The fund, which has provided workers’ compensation insurance to the non-residential construction industry for more than 30 years, has returned more than $118.5 million to its members since the Bonanza Premium Credit program was started in 1995.
“The Bonanza Credit program is our way of recognizing members’ participation and their commitment to safety,” said Construction Services Co. President Jeff Rodgers. “Half of the premium credit returned to members is based on safety performance. So, CompTrustAGC members’ focus isn’t just on the bottom line, it’s on the employees – and their families -- who make this great industry what it is.
“The fund has four full time safety consultants that visit 2,000 jobsites every year in an effort to help contractor members attain their safety goals.”
CompTrustAGC – the most financially sound workers’ compensation fund in Alabama and the only fund with an AM Best rating (A-) – was created by contractors for contractors. Because of the outstanding leadership provided by participating contractors the fund has been extremely successful and provides the flexibility and benefits of a self-insured program with the financial security of first-dollar insurance. CompTrustAGC has $90 million in undiscounted reserves with $43 million in members’ equity.
While CompTrustAGC has enjoyed success through the years, we have not been sitting on our laurels. Two years ago the trustees made some positive changes, adding products such as expanded out of state coverages, deductibles and discount programs. And in 2017 CompTrustAGC rolled out its property and casualty division – AGCP&C.
AGCP&C provides AL/GL and other property and casualty coverages through a facility with Benchmark Insurance Company to those companies that participate in the workers’ compensation fund. With the new arrangements on out of state coverages and AGCP&C through a facility with a national carrier, our members have access to a full line of insurance products with national coverage. So, CompTrustAGC can go with our members wherever their business leads them.
For more information on Bonanza Credits or to obtain a quote, please contact Tammy King (205) 451-1414 or email@example.com.
Please help us pay for the advertising campaign promoting the
2018 Mobile County Pay As You Go Program
Help us Educate the Citizens of Mobile County on the Importance of
Voting FOR this Referendum
The November 6th Ballot will include Mobile County’s 2018-2020 “Pay As You Go” Road Program Referendum. As has become customary, MCRBA has undertaken an advertising campaign in an attempt to identify the importance of this referendum to the voters. While this is very expensive, we feel this program is far too important to our industry to chance losing it. As a consequence, the association is asking that each member contribute towards our advertising fund.
We would appreciate a contribution of at least $500. per contractor member, and $200. per associate member;
however, any contribution, whether larger or smaller will be welcome.
This is a very important issue for our industry and the citizens of Mobile County and all cities located in Mobile County. We urge you to help us in our endeavor to make sure this referendum is approved by the voters. Please educate your employees, co-workers, friends and family concerning the impact this referendum makes on the road building industry and the road conditions in our county.
By voting FOR this bond issue, we will be voting for new roads and bridges that will mean good-paying jobs for all of us.
As always, the good news is that this referendum calls for NO NEW TAXES to fund these on-going programs!
Please make your check payable to the “Pay As You Go” Advertising Fund today, and mail your check to:
Mobile County Road Builders Association
“Pay As You Go” Fund
754 Downtowner Loop West
Mobile, AL 36609
Please make copies of the attached Ad to give to all of your employees, family, and friends.
Thank you in advance for your contribution to our industry.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
CONTACT: Brian Turmail
(703) 459-0238; firstname.lastname@example.org
CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES IN 278 METROS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2017 & 2018 AS FIRMS EXPAND TO KEEP PACE WITH GROWING DEMAND FOR NEW PROJECTS
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas and Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla. Have Largest Gains; Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean, N.J. and Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash. Have Worst Losses
Construction employment increased in 278 out of 358 metro areas between September 2017 and September 2018, declined in 42 and was unchanged in 38, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that construction employment is growing in most parts of the country as firms expand to keep pace with growing demand for construction.
“It is a good time to be looking for a high-paying job in construction in many parts of the country,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Construction hiring would likely have been even more robust if construction firms could find more qualified candidates to hire.”
The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas metro area added the most construction jobs during the past year (29,500 jobs, 14 percent). Other metro areas adding a large number of construction during the past 12 months include Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. (14,600 jobs, 13 percent); Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (14,100 jobs, 10 percent); and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (12,300 jobs, 17 percent). The largest percentage gain occurred in Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla. (27 percent, 3,600 jobs), followed by Midland, Texas (23 percent, 6,600 jobs); Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. (22 percent, 9,600 jobs); and Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio (21 percent, 400 jobs).
The largest job losses from September 2017 to September 2018 were in Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean, N.J. (-4,000 jobs, -10 percent), followed by Newark, N.J.-Pa. (-3,000 jobs, -6 percent); Camden, N.J. (-2,500 jobs, -11 percent); Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash. (-2,100 jobs, -14 percent) and Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md. (-2,100 jobs, -3 percent). The largest percentage decrease occurred in Spokane-Spokane Valley, followed by Camden, Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean and Charleston, W.V. (-7 percent, -500 jobs).
Association officials said the construction employment gains were coming as most firms continue to benefit from positive economic conditions. They noted that tax and regulatory reform were helping boost private-sector demand while modest increases in infrastructure funding were sustaining public-sector investment levels. They added that the positive economic conditions appear to be helping most firms weather the impacts of higher labor and materials costs, for now, but urged Washington officials to reconsider imposing costly new tariffs that could undermine broader economic growth.
“Many construction firms are expanding their headcount as they benefit from favorable market conditions,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The question is whether conditions will remain positive amid a growing trade dispute with China and turbulent stock market conditions.”
AM Best Rating Points to CompTrust’s Expansive Possibilities
By Bill Caton, CompTrustAGC Manager
In a favorable report, AM Best has renewed CompTrustAGC’s rating at “A-“ for the coming year with a stable outlook. While that is an accomplishment in itself – CompTrustAGC is the only fund in Alabama to maintain an AM Best rating -- there is more to the story upon closer inspection.
The key to CompTrustAGC’s 18th consecutive “A-“ rating is its financial strength. Of course, CompTrustAGC has grown to be a $90 million fund with $42 million in members’ equity. But when AM Best talks financial strength it includes capital, investment philosophy, underwriting and management. Those combined factors mean the potential exists for CompTrustAGC and AGCP&C to grow into a larger size category and expand into a multi-line, multi-state insurance entity. CompTrustAGC and AGCP&C – through agreements with national carriers -- already are available to Alabama-domiciled contractors who need workers’ compensation and property and casualty coverages in other states.
Calling the balance sheet “very strong,” the Best report reads: “The Alabama Associated General Contractors Self-Insurance Fund maintains the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio at the 99.6 percent VaR confidence level.”
Best says of CompTrust’s operating performance, “Favorable underwriting income coupled with a consistent stream of investment income has resulted in five consecutive years of pre-tax operating gains, net income and additions to surplus.”
While our Bonanza Credit program somewhat slows the growth of members’ equity, Best takes note that even returning $3.5 million annually to our members comes to only 22 percent of our combined ratio.
It is that strength that allowed us to partner with Benchmark Insurance Co., a national carrier, to form in 2017 a P&C facility (AGCP&C) our contractor members can access. AGCP&C – which has taken off in 2018 -- is available only in a package with our top-of-the-line workers’ compensation coverage through CompTrustAGC. And we continue to grow our suite of coverages, adding Contractors Professional Liability and Contractors Pollution Liability over the summer.
Meanwhile, AM Best continues to recognize all aspects of CompTrustAGC’s financial power that makes these products possible. Best lists the fund’s Enterprise Risk Management appraisal as appropriate because “executive management at AGC Services, Inc. …utilize effective operating and financial controls.” Best also writes, “The fund utilizes the services of three investment managers to address various credit, financial and interest rate risks in its investment portfolio. Additionally it utilizes the services of an independent actuarial consulting firm to assess the adequacy of the fund’s loss and LAE reserves.”
Everything comes back to CompTrustAGC and AGCP&C’s capital position and strong management. Our current rate of growth, our vision for the future and our conservative, experienced management could very well take CompTrustAGC and AGCP&C into a future where we meet all our contractor members’ insurance needs – inside Alabama and out.
At CompTrustAGC we’re going places other funds cannot even imagine.
Contact your agent or CompTrustAGC VP Tammy King (205.451.1400; email@example.com) to get a quote.
CompTrustAGC is identified by A.M. Best as the Alabama Associated General Contractors Self-Insurers Fund, A.M. Best # 055028.
Isn’t Just Reacting
At AGC We Lead From the Front
Leading From the Front
Managing risk isn’t simply reacting to market conditions. Managing risk is anticipating them.
At CompTrustAGC we are diligent in our commitment to protect our members in an ever-changing risk environment. And we’re back at it this year with a package discount on CompTrustAGC and AGCP&C, new products such as Contractors Pollution Liability, Contractors Pollution Professional Liability and a new triage program designed to minimize the impact of claims on your EMR.
CPL and CPP typically are excluded from construction general liability coverages and we have filled that gap. We know that the EMR is the life-blood of your business, so we are adding a 24/7 triage program – the perfect complement to our industry-leading safety program -- to lessen the impact of an injury.
All of this creates easier access to the insurance programs that protect your employees, your EMR -- your business.
In 2017 we introduced AGCP&C, providing general liability, commercial auto and commercial property and inland marine coverages through a facility with Benchmark Insurance Company.
In 2016 CompTrustAGC changed the game with its expanded list of products – deductibles, discounts, emerging contractors program.
The products available through AGCP&C are only available as a bundle with CompTrustAGC’s workers’ compensation. So, current members can access the program as well as those who request a quote on our A-rated workers’ compensation program. And our new package discounts make accessing the facility easier than ever.
Only CompTrustAGC could bring these products to our industry. And only our members – old and new -- can add these valuable tools to their box. All of this creates easier access to the insurance programs that protect your employees, your EMR -- your business.
CompTrustAGC leads from the front so you can stay on the cutting edge.
To: AGC-BCRBA-MCRBA Members
From: Charlotte Kopf
AGC Member Thompson Engineering is organizing an effort to help victims of Hurricane Michael. If you would like to help, donations of the items below will be accepted at Thompson’s main office through November 2. Thompson is working in Florida and Georgia on disaster recovery and facilities assessment projects and reports that many people are still without power and steady access to food, water, and other basics. Thompson employees will be making a delivery of items collected in early November.
On Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 4.00pm – 6.00pm at the Huntsville International Airport (Four Points By Sheraton), ALDOT-AAMU DBE Supportive Services and the Huntsville International Airport will host a DBE Fall Forum – Northern Region Update. DBEs, Primes, and other Small Business Owners are invited to join us to network and hear an update on forecasted FY18 – 19 Airport and Highway Construction plans/projects. ALDOT and Huntsville Airport Officials will provide an overview of work planned for this fiscal year along with a few words from Prime Contractors who are seeking various work-types.
Additional registration details are forthcoming however, should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Danielle R. Barnes at 256-372-8667 or 256-372-5681.
Ingram State Technical College is having a Resource Fair. The Resource Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at ISTC’s Draper and Main Instructional Sites. The fair will begin at the Draper instructional site at 8:00.
The resource fair will be attended by approximately 200 current and former students who are with a year of release. They will have certificates in a range of trades including carpentry, welding, electrical. Masonry, diesel mechanics, HVAC and plumbing.
The address is 5375 Ingram Road, e, AL 36025. Reserved parking will be available. Enter through the gate on the far right hand side of the complex.
The College is a secure facility. Cell phones and weapons are not allowed on site. Also, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) requires that we provide them with each participant’s name, date of birth, and driver’s license number. Please provide this information as soon as possible by calling Renee Foshee at 334-514-5053.
ISTC will provide a table for you to set up a display. You may bring display materials, tablecloths, brochures and other printed materials. Promotional materials allowed by ADOC are pencils, candy, and plastic wrist bands. If you need special accommodations please let us know.
Resource Fair Schedule: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
7:30-8:30 Set up (Light breakfast will be provided)
8:30-10:30 Draper Resource Fair
10:30-12:00 Lunch & Learn/ Relocate to Main Campus (Lunch will be provided)
12:00-2:00 Main Campus Resource Fair
The mission of Ingram State Technical College is to provide a range of occupational, educational, life skills and re-entry programs and services to incarcerated adults so as to facilitate their successful return to society as responsible citizens.
The partnership we have with Catholic Social Services is critical to the success of our students.
We look forward to seeing you at the Resource Fair. If you have any questions please contact a Reentry Services staff member.
Rick Vest Joeanne Young Renee Foshee Jerome Batie (334) 514-5070 (334) 514-4031 (334) 514-5053 (334) 514-5069
We have had a wonderful response for our BuildSouth Awards!
We have had a total of 38 entries from 20 different companies. Along with those entries we have had 3 safety awards and 5 members inducted into our 2018 Hall of Fame.
Please save the Date for our 2018 BUILDSouth Banquet on January 10th, 2018!
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Interested Contractors Forum
The Alabama Department of Transportation’s DBE/Supportive Services, in partnership with
Tuskegee University, is hosting a DBE forum.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – 5:30– 7:30 p.m.
ALDOT Central Office Conference Rooms 5, 6, 7, and 8
1409 Coliseum Blvd. Montgomery, AL 36110
This is the second scheduled forum held in the state. The DBE goal has yet to be determined.
Attendees will learn about the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project, meet with the proposing teams, and gain an understanding of the business opportunities associated with the project.
By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News
Infrastructure funding is one of the top issues facing Alabama at the moment. Finding a way to pay for building and repairing the state’s aging roads and bridges is expected to be a top issue in the Alabama Legislature’s 2019 Regular Session no matter who gets elected in November.
One high profile project demonstrates both the problems that come with a lack of resources and the great promise the state could see should a realistic funding solution be found.
Crews are widening Interstate 65 from four to six lanes for a three-mile stretch from State Route 3 in Alabaster north to Pelham where the highway begins its expanse into metropolitan Birmingham’s urban core. The project began in January, earning both groans for the inevitable construction delays and sighs of relief for the eventual positive effect it will have on commuters and travelers alike.
The $70 million project is a major undertaking that has been badly needed for years. It’s one of dozens of major infrastructure needs throughout Alabama. But, due to lack of funding resources, the state can generally only afford to build one of these major projects each year.
Dunn Construction and Wiregrass Construction Company, which won the bids for the project, invited members of the Alabama Legislature to tour their local asphalt-making plant and the highway project itself. Project Manager Michael Estell said the work is on schedule and currently about 43 percent finished.
Jim Page, President of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure (AAI), hosted the group along with representatives from the Alabama Road Builders Association and the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Together, they explained construction techniques and worked to convince lawmakers why more infrastructure funding is critical to Alabama’s economic future.
The Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure has recently started a social media campaign documenting some of the state’s road and bridge deficiencies and urging lawmakers to solve the problem.
Infrastructure Impact on Economy and Well Being
Page first highlighted the connection between infrastructure development and the growth of Alabama’s economy. He pointed out that the way in which Alabama deals with its infrastructure problems is a key factor in whether or not industries decide to locate or grow their businesses here.
To: AGC-BCRBA-MCRBA Members
From: Charlotte Kopf
AGC Members Performance Personnel and Performance Workforce Solutions are helping to organize an effort to help victims of Hurricane Michael.
They are accepting items at their offices in Mobile and Pensacola and will be delivering these items to those in need in the Panama City area.
If you would like to donate, please deliver your items to either office between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.
3355 Copter Rd.
Pensacola, AL 32518
Performance Workforce Solutions
4480 Halls Mill Rd. Suite F
Mobile, AL Zip 36693
They will be accepting items such as:
First Aid Kits
Toiletries (Shampoo, Toothpaste, Deodorant etc)
Paper Products (paper towels, toilet paper)
Please do not send Clothes.
Our thoughts and prayers continue for those who were in the path of
I’m sure all will appreciate any help they receive.
Hoover City Schools is having a Worlds of Work career expo Tuesday, October 16th. The Worlds of Work Career Expo will be a fun, educational, hands-on opportunity for students to become familiar with an overview of high demand, high wage career opportunities available in the areas of Computer Science, Construction & Skilled Trades, Culinary Arts & Hospitality, and Fire Science.
The purpose of this expo is to create awareness about exciting career options among students, educators, and parents and introduce new programs soon to be offered by Hoover City Schools at the Riverchase Career Connection Center. Existing employers in the region continue to have unfilled job openings due to a shortage of skilled workers. In addition, employers face additional shortages over the next few years due to retirements of up to 50% of their workforce. Please join us on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at The Finley Center, 100 Ben Chapman Drive Hoover, AL 35244.
All vendors are being asked to have interactive, informative stations. Vendor setup for this event will be held from 7:00-8:30am. Over 1100 Hoover City School 9th grade students will rotate through this event from 9:00am-3:10pm. Parents have the opportunity to attend this event from 4:00-6:00pm.
AGC-MCRBA-BCRBA encourage you to help make a difference by donating to the Hurricane Michael Relief efforts by making either a cash or in-kind donation.
Volunteers of America Southeast (VOASE) is accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Michael.
All donations will go directly to the victims of Hurricane Michael.
Please drop items off any of the items listed below between 8:00AM and 4:30 PM to their corporate office
located at 1204 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL 36695.
For more information please contact Amanda Gonzales: 251-463-9342