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  • 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.  

  • November 13, 2014 9:24 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Cameron-Reilly Concrete

    Job Posting - Equipment Manager / Safety Director

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Safety First

    1. Conduct meetings with senior management team to establish overall objectives for development of personnel and compliance with regulatory agencies.
    2. Responsible for accident prevention, accident investigation and reporting to senior management within 24 hours.
    3. Responsible for weekly tool box safety meetings and daily job site safety.
    4. Responsible for overall employee safety training.
    5. Responsible for purchasing and distributing PPE to all employees.

     

     

    Responsible for overall performance of the shop, equipment and purchasing for CR

    1. Direct scheduling of mechanics duties daily.
    2. Responsible for maintaining a clean and organized yard.
    3. Communicate with senior staff management on issues of equipment abuse, missing equipment and equipment that needs to be replaced.
    4. Responsible for all company purchasing.
    5. Responsible for maintaining a limited supply of parts and stock in inventory .

      

    Please submit resume to Joe Schroeder at joes@cameron-reilly.com or call at 509-466-5555 ext. 203

  • 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.

  • July 07, 2014 11:43 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The primary ballots for the 2014 elections go out in the mail today and we want to make sure you know who your AGC is endorsing. The Government Affairs committee has met with candidates both in Spokane and the Tri Cities region to discuss the issues most important to our industry – including transportation funding, workforce development and regulation reform. Based on those interviews, the Inland Northwest AGC Board of Directors is endorsing the following candidates:

    5th Congressional District:US Rep Cathy McMorris-Rogers

     

    Washington State

    6th District

    Senator Michael Baumgartner

    Kevin Parker

    Jeff Holy

     

    4th District

    Josh Arritola

    Leonard Christian

     

    3rd District

    Marcus Riccelli

     

    8th District:

    Brad Klippert

    Larry Haler

    Sharon Brown

     

    16th District:

    Maureen Walsh

    Terry Nealey

     

    Spokane County:

    Commissioner Al French

    Auditor Vicki Dalton

    Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich

    Treasurer Mary Kuney

     

    We encourage you to communicate these endorsements with your employees to help us build a stronger construction industry.

  • July 07, 2014 11:35 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    There were 325 data breach incidents and 8,320,325 people exposed to data theft from the beginning of 2010 through late June, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Almost two breaches every day involving two of every 100 Americans. When thieves steal personal information, the victims look for someone to blame; the target is usually the person or company who had their data to start with. Businesses that suffer data breaches involving the possible theft of others' information can expect to receive lawsuits. Legal actions taken so far have not produced sizable awards, but they have produced some guidance from the courts.

    Some plaintiffs' actions have failed because they could not prove that a data breach actually harmed them. A federal appellate court ruled that only one of three plaintiffs had a cause of action against a company whose computer servers were stolen. That plaintiff had suffered an identity theft; the court ruled that it was possible that the server theft caused the identity theft. Because the other two plaintiffs could not show that the server theft harmed them, the court said that they had no cause of action. Likewise, a federal court ruling on an Indiana case said that a data breach alone was not what state law defines as a "compensable injury." In both of these cases, plaintiffs sought recovery for the cost of credit monitoring services, but the courts ruled that these costs were not compensable damages.

    Plaintiffs had no more success in a class action suit against supermarket chain Hannaford following a three-month data breach that exposed millions of credit card numbers and led to 2,000 incidents of fraud. Claiming that the chain had violated an implied contract to protect their data, the plaintiffs sought compensation and an injunction ordering Hannaford to disclose the breached data and to pay for credit monitoring services. However, the court ruled that Hannaford had no implied contract with its customers and owed no compensation to those affected customers who did not have fraudulent charges on their accounts. It also ruled that customers whose credit card issuers removed fraudulent charges from their accounts were not entitled to damages. Finally, the court denied the request for the injunction because the plaintiffs had closed the affected accounts.

    Banks that reimbursed customers affected by a 2005 data breach involving TJX Corp. had more success in court. The company, which operates popular retail chains, suffered the theft of 45 million customer records from its systems. The banks removed fraudulent charges from their customers credit card accounts, then filed a class action suit against the company. TJX eventually settled for more than $40 million.

    Many business owners see these large-scale events as the problems of large corporations, any business that keeps records of confidential customer information, such as credit card numbers, has a serious exposure to this type of loss. Some insurance companies now offer security liability insurance to protect businesses against being held liable for harm resulting from a data breach. One company's policy covers a business' liability resulting from a failure and inability of its computer security system to prevent a computer attack or to minimize its effects. It covers only losses resulting when a source outside the organization causes a data breach.

    Since virtually every organization keeps some customer information on its computer systems, every organization should at least consider purchasing security liability insurance. A professional insurance agent can suggest coverages appropriate for the organization's exposures and identify insurance companies that can provide them at a reasonable cost. Businesses must do everything they can to protect customer data, but if things go wrong, the right insurance will help the business survive.

    Article submitted by:

    Jim Dinneen, Inland Insurance, Inc.

    9016 E. Indiana Ave, Ste A.

    Spokane Valley, WA 99212

    509-456-2648 phone

    Email: jim.dinneen@inlandins.com

    Website: www.inlandins.com

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