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  • March 05, 2015 9:25 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Highway contractor is looking to hire an estimator and project manager to join our team long term. Minimum 3 years construction experience required. Must have experience estimating WSDOT highway contracts and Public Works projects. Extensive knowledge of traffic control is required. Will deal with project scheduling, material submittals, traffic control plans and coordinating with various public entities and prime contractors throughout the state of Washington.

    Please send resumes to:

    stephanie@northse.com

    North Star Enterprises

    P.O Box 607

    Liberty Lake WA 99019

  • February 16, 2015 10:14 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Last Friday, Washington State Senate Transportation Committee Chair Curtis King (R-Yakima) announced an aggressive transportation plan that will invest over $15 billion dollars in the states infrastructure system over the next 16 years.

    “We are encouraged to see the Senate come up with such a comprehensive package that should have strong bipartisan support”, said Inland Northwest AGC Executive Director Cheryl Stewart. “This package includes both new revenue and system wide reforms, both of which are necessary to ensure long term stability for the state’s transportation systems.” 

    The package looks to several revenue streams, the largest of which is an 11.7 cent gas tax increase over the next three years. Also included in the package are 8 key policy reforms that will help to ensure the efficiency of transportation projects and provide better stewardship of gas tax revenues.

    Several Eastern Washington projects will be funded with this proposal, over $1.3 billion total, including the North Spokane Corridor, 1-90/Medical Lake & Geiger Interchanges, I-90/Barker Road, I-82/Red Mountain Interchange and Spokane Transit’s Central City Line.

    “We strongly encourage all of our local legislators to support this package”, Stewart said. “This not only brings much needed infrastructure improvements to Eastern Washington, it will also create thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact.”

    For a complete list of the projects and reforms included in the package, please visit the Senate Transportation Committee website at http://leg.wa.gov/senate/committees/tran/Pages/default.aspx.

     

    ACTION ALERT: Please contact your legislator today and let them know you support both the Funding Package and the Reform Package. Find your legislator here. We have prepared a sample letter/email for you to send. Please contact Cheryl Stewart or Wayne Brokaw for more information. 

  • February 03, 2015 10:36 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone that attended our recent Commercial Motor Vehicles Roundtable discussion with local law enforcement agencies. This session was very well attended and provided some very valuable information to members.

    There were several requests for copies of the power point presentation that was used as well as the links that were provided throughout the morning. Please see the list of resources below:

     

  • December 10, 2014 11:34 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The Spokane City Council will be hearing an ordinance next Monday, December 15th, that will require 15% apprenticeship utilization on all public works contracts over $350,000.

     

    Proponents of this ordinance call it a jobs bill and have described anyone that opposes it as not supporting jobs. Make no mistake – this ordinance DOES NOT create jobs. The street levy and park bond create jobs. All this ordinance does is tell us who can and cannot have those jobs.

     

    More than anyone, AGC contractors understand the workforce shortages facing our industry. No other association does more to support apprenticeship or workforce development. The construction industry as a whole employees more apprentices than any other industry in the State of Washington. And while we understand that we are facing a workforce shortage, this one size fits all approach is not the solution to our problems.

     

    The Spokane Alliance and FUSE have gathered an impressive group to be at City Council on Monday in support of this ordinance. Every apprenticeship director in the area will tell them they have a long list of people that want to be apprentices. You are well aware that for every one of them that testifies, we could bring up 3 times as many contractors that will tell you they cannot get apprentices when they need them.

     

    This ordinance also imposes stiff penalties for anyone that does not meet the requirements and gives no allowances for “good faith effort”. It also makes no allowance for contractors that do not have access to apprentices and forces them to sign agreements with a union sponsored plan. When Council President Stuckart was told that this ordinance would force many small, family-owned companies that provide their own in-house training, to no longer do work with the city, his reply was “no one is forcing them to work with us”.

     

    We need to make sure City Council understands the real implications of this ordinance. This will not help solve our workforce issues, this will force companies to use apprentices when they tell them to, not when it makes the most sense or provides the best training opportunities, and it will cost the city money in oversight and increased bid prices to accommodate extra workers or penalties. Additionally, we currently have 11,000 people working in this industry that we need to keep employed, and this could very well force contractors to send some of these people home to make room for the required apprentices.

     

    I strongly encourage you to write to city council today and to be present at next Monday’s city council meeting. It is important that they hear both sides of this issue. They are getting dozens of letters every day, we need all of our members to contact them, please encourage all of your contractors, subs and suppliers to contact them as well.

     

    See the complete ordinance here (Page 216).

     

    Find contact information for City Council members.

     

    For more information, contact Cheryl Stewart at cstewart@nwagc.org or at (509) 535-0391.  

  • October 27, 2014 11:22 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Here at the Inland NW AGC we have identified a very real need as well as the benefits of building an Ambassador Program and are looking forward to membership participation. This is your opportunity to get more involved with your AGC chapter and helps support the programs and events we put on throughout the year.

    The AGC Ambassadors will provide support at events throughout the year, such as Holiday parties, The Annual Convention, Golf Tournaments and the Summer BBQ’s.  Tasks will include serving as greeters, helping with registration, set-up, information tables or providing social media content. In addition the Ambassadors may be requested to be mentors to new AGC members, inviting a new member to an event and engaging them with existing members.  As Ambassadors of the AGC, the volunteers will be able to promote the programs of our construction community while supporting our chapter. 

    Please contact Mary Tantriella – mtantriella@nwagc.org or (509) 534-1446 with your questions and comments.

  • October 27, 2014 10:00 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The AGC Young Execs and Future Leaders spent last Friday making life a little easier for a family here in Spokane. The group partnered up with SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Program) to construct a wheelchair ramp, build a new set of steps, and perform some general yard work – all of which would not have happened without this team of volunteers.

    In addition to the companies that volunteered their time, many companies also stepped up to donate all of the materials needed for the project, allowing SNAP to help a member of the community at no cost.

    “The ramp alone would have cost us close to $5,000”, said Chris Davis, SNAP Director of Housing Services. “We can now help 2-3 additional families because of you and your members generosity.”

    The Young Execs hope to make this type of project an annual event.

    Thank you to all of the companies that participated as donors or volunteers:

    • Max J. Kuney Co.
    • Garco Construction
    • ProBuild
    • Wells Fargo Insurance Services
    • Cobra BEC
    • White Block
    • North Star Enterprises
    • Travelers
    • Fasteners, Inc.
    • AGC Apprenticeship Programs
    • Continental Contractors, Inc.
    • Rol Herriges

  • October 27, 2014 9:02 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The Concrete Estimator provides the leadership and oversight necessary to enable the company to secure profitable projects. Must be full capable of handling any and all aspects of the estimating program, including managing the estimating team. The position reports directly to the President of the company.

    Wm. Winkler Co. is a family owned concrete construction company that has been offering construction services throughout the northwestern United States since 1919. Additional information is available at our website www.wmwinkler.com.

    SKILL, EXPERIENCE AND DUTIES:

    • Effectively plan, lead and oversee the estimating group
    • Lead the estimating effort from beginning to end
    • Opportunity tracking and monitoring
    • Bid day leadership and effective organization of resources
    • Obtains actual cost data (unit rates/production rates) at the conclusion of a project in order to update and maintain the historical cost database.
    • Must be experienced and proficient with performing quantity take-offs and pricing for certain scopes of work including:
      • General Conditions
      • Cast in place concrete of all types
      • Precast concrete - site cast
      • Misc. earthwork required for concrete
    • Evaluate the scope, pricing, inclusions, exclusions, etc. of subcontractor and vendor operations
    • Review the work product, including pricing, of other bid team members for incorporation into final estimates
    • Recent and relevant experience with Bid2Win and Computer Takeoff packages
    • Highly proficient with Microsoft Excel

    compensation: Salary DOE - Full Family Insurance - 401K

  • October 09, 2014 9:05 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors is seeking a new Director of Membership and Industry Relations. This position is responsible for the overall management of the chapter’s membership recruitment and retention activities, group products, discount programs, marketing and communications. Additionally, this position will play a key role in other chapter activities, including special events, workforce development, our future leaders initiative, and overall chapter management.

    Ideal candidate will have a degree in marketing or business or the equivalent combination of education, training or experience. Construction Industry experience and sales background a plus. Must be computer literate with ability to use various database, word processing, email applications and social media.

    Please send resume and cover letter to Cheryl Stewart, Inland Northwest AGC, 4935 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA  99212 or by email to cstewart@nwagc.org.

    Position Purpose: Responsible for targeting and recruiting new members; responds to the needs and requests of existing membership to foster membership retention, oversees all aspects of membership, marketing, communications and group products for the association.

    Job Functions:

    • Achieve annual membership recruitment and retention goals established jointly with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
    • Implement and assist in development of an ongoing membership recruitment plan including but not limited to organizing and maintaining a prospect list, establishment of membership growth goals, and making personal contacts throughout the Chapter service area, utilizing current members assistance as appropriate.
    • Implement and assist in development of an ongoing membership retention plan including but not limited to analyzing current membership trends, establishment of retention goals, and development of a new member and at-risk member orientation program and communication process.
    • Work with accounting staff to monitor and follow up on payment of dues and other expenses from Contractor / Specialty Contractor and Supplier / Service Provider members.
    • Manage chapter communications and marketing efforts
    • Write news releases on AGC activities as required;
    • Prepare brochures to promote AGC programs as required;
    • Assist in coordinating special events, help to recruit event sponsors.
    • Serve on the Association’s management team to guide decision-making, problem solving, and identification of new opportunities to improve overall Association effectiveness, mission impact, and value to members and the industry, perform special projects as assigned by the Executive Director and identify and effectively recommend additional member services to increase perceived value to members.
    • Represents AGC in personal (phone and visitation) calls to prospective and existing members, marketing AGC products and services within the chapters service area.
    • Conducts membership orientation.
    • Establishes strategic marketing alliances with other industry groups and participates in industry events for the promotion of AGC
    • Manage, market and promote AGC group products and discount programs. Meet with current and potential members to educate and assist in enrollment.

    Required Skills, Abilities, Knowledge: Degree in marketing or business or the equivalent combination of education, training or experience. Construction Industry experience and sales background a plus. Must be computer literate with ability to use various database, word processing and email applications. Prior marketing experience a benefit, ability to focus and pull together a marketing strategy to recruit members. Excellent communication and personal skills.

  • September 22, 2014 10:10 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Heavy/Highway Contractor seeking an experienced Estimator/Project Manager in our Spokane area office for bridge and civil projects in the Northwest.  Duties to include estimating, project management, contract administration, formwork design, etc. Previous bridge experience and PE a big plus. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required to work effectively with State, Federal and other agencies, as well as Subcontractors and employees.  Need to be proficient in estimating, scheduling software and MS Office programs.  Great salary/benefit package for the right team-oriented person. We are a very progressive company with a great future. Send resume and salary requirements to P.O. Box 519, Airway Heights, WA 99001 or e-mail to markj@westway.cc

    We are an equal opportunity employer.

  • September 08, 2014 9:23 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    CFMA Inland Northwest Chapter is pleased to welcome Robert Davidson, CPA, for two sessions geared for construction accountants, owners, CFO’s and surety underwriters and other industry professionals.

    EVENT DETAILS

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Lincoln Center

    1316 N. Lincoln | Spokane, WA 99201

    Download registration form.

     

    Day Long Seminar

    Contractor Accounting, Analytics, Taxation and Continuity Planning

    (8am to 11:30am) and (1:30pm to 4pm):

    This seminar session will include an in-depth discussion of the accounting, financial management and management strategies for contractors of all sizes. Participants will be provided with worksheets, exhibits and practice aids to facilitate the implementation of best practices in construction financial management and reporting.

     

    The seminar is intended for CPAs, CFOs, controllers, surety underwriters and other construction industry professionals with an intermediate knowledge of construction accounting and financial management.

     

    The seminar will qualify for 7 hours of CPE; 4 hours of Accounting & Auditing; 2 hours of Management Advisory Services and 1 hour of Tax.

    Luncheon Keynote

    Construction Accounting & Financial Management: Current Trends & Strategies for Owners, Senior Management & Decision Makers

    12pm to 1pm

    • Update on construction industry trends and developments
    • Healthy contractor financial benchmarks and goals
    • 10 smart things contractors should do to “survive and thrive” in today’s construction economy

    This session will include a brief summary of current economic developments and trends in the construction industry. Attendees will be provided financial management information about construction benchmarking, internal controls and strategic planning to control costs and improve profitability.

    The luncheon session is designed for Owners, CFOs, controllers, CPAs, surety underwriters and other professionals with a basic knowledge of construction accounting and financial management. This session will qualify for 1-hour of MAS CPE.

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