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Union Contractor Mbrs: Glimpse the Future Through Technology

Construction Technology Workshop

Union Contractor Members Only:

This presentation will introduce attendees to the fast-paced work of construction technology. The architect/engineering/construction (A/E/C) industry has traditionally been a lagger when it comes to adopting new technology, but with advancements in mobile and cloud-based solutions, that is rapidly changing. We will discuss how technologies like augmented and virtual reality, along with 3D printing, robotics, drones, and much more are changing how we design and build. Join us and get a glimpse into the future of construction.

February 24, 2017
Holiday Inn Portland South, 25425 SW 95th Ave, Wilsonville, Ore.
3–5 pm: Presentation and Q&A/
5–7 pm Reception; food, drink and talk to Josh, visit with friends and colleagues

Josh BonePresenter: Josh Bone

You will NOT want to miss this training! Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. To register, contact Kari Schoonover, 503-685-8318. You will need to provide the name and email address of the individual(s) who will be attending. You are not limited to how many you register.

Free AGC/NWUCA Safety and Health Forum

Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss best practices with your peers. Participate in our roundtable discussions with experts on the topics listed below, see what your peers are doing, and get some advice on how to improve your programs.

Topics of DiscussionAGC Safety Management Services

  • Drug Testing: New Rules
  • Silica Management: Getting Ready for 2018
  • Patient Centered Care of Oregon’s Injured Workers
  • Managing Injury Claims and Return-to-Work
  • OSHA Rules Update: What You Should Know
  • Emergency Preparedness

When: Friday, February 24, 2017

Time: Registration 7:30am Sessions run from 8:15am – 12:30pm

Where: Northwest College of Construction, 8111 NE Holman St., Portland, OR 97218

Online registration is available: Click Here

If you have questions please contact Kevin Wheatcroft, 503-894-1110, or Melinda Dailey, 503-572-4001.

OP-ED: By building relationships, construction sets itself apart

SC2013_DJC_320x320AGC_relationships_graphic4At the end of January, the Associated General Contractors’ Oregon-Columbia chapter installed a new president. Brian Gray, the Northwest region president of Knife River Corp., highlighted in his inaugural speech that our industry is one that builds. We build hospitals, schools, airports, bridges and interstate freeways. But, Brian noted, perhaps the most important thing the industry builds is relationships.

Building relationships is a common denominator across the industry. Whether working in building, marine or heavy highway, building relationships and the feeling of camaraderie sets construction apart from other industries. We are part of a team that builds something special – something world-class. What we do is important.

But how does building relationships move the construction industry forward and make it unique?

Relationships build a sense of loyalty. Our members build professional and personal friendships over time. Whether serving on a committee or a board of directors, there are ample opportunities to get to know fellow construction industry members and bid competitors. Companies compete mightily, but often do business together because these faceless competitors become people they know and trust. These companies find that when the circumstances are right, and when they work together, they are stronger and able to accomplish more together than they could apart. These companies come together as part of an industry and part of a larger business community to get things done.

Relationships create a better image for a new generation. The people and ideas that represent the companies that make up the industry have the ability to paint a portrait of the industry – and the education needed to succeed in the industry – in a better light. Cutting-edge career technical education bears little resemblance to the old vocational education programs of decades past. Today’s career technical education (CTE) is reactive to the demands of an ever-changing economy, and grounded in the belief that the skills and abilities students need to succeed in college and careers are effectively identical.

The relationships we build have the power to educate young people on the value of learning a trade, dispel their misconceptions about the construction industry, and inspire them to pursue a career as a skilled construction trades worker. Our commitment to forging these relationships and working with our fellow industry members is absolutely essential to the successful development of our future workforce and, in turn, develops a more positive industry image.

Relationships can recruit the next generation of workers. Building relationships is likely the industry’s strongest pillar on which to recruit the next generation of workers. And what have those workers said matters to them? Contributing to a team that has purpose. Our industry has purpose. We build amazing structures and roads, and people want to be a part of that. The emerging construction workers of the future may do things differently than the older generations, but the change is here, it isn’t stopping, and it’s exciting.

With so many boomers retiring from the trades, the U.S. is going to need many more pipefitters, nuclear power plant operators, carpenters, welders, utility workers – the list is long. A skilled workforce is essential to a productive and sustainable construction industry, and it is becoming more and more apparent that the future of the industry lies in our ability to recruit and retain the greatest amount of talent from the up-and-coming generations.

But how can we best build relationships with the up-and-coming generation of workers? A key tool will be social media, perhaps.

While not a “traditional” relationship, social media is used more and more to keep people connected and, therefore, fosters relationships. Millennials are 247 percent more likely than baby boomers to be influenced by blogs or social networking sites. However, if you think baby boomers are not getting into the social media game, think again. According to a recent study, 70 percent of baby boomers use Facebook, 39 percent use Google+, and 31 percent use Twitter. This means that if we are to attract the best and the brightest (no matter their age), a social media presence is downright essential to establishing our industry as a relevant one in today’s marketplace.

Frankly, given our line of work, a social media presence naturally lends itself to our industry. Between photographing the number of cranes on a job site, blogging about the use of green building techniques, uploading a time lapse video of an engineering masterpiece coming together, conducting a drone inspection of a building, interviewing a company president, or tweeting about the accomplishments of our student groups, our industry has the potential to cultivate a strong social presence. People find that what we do is really cool – and social media can show off that “coolness” almost instantaneously.

Like many industries shackled by staunch traditionalism, construction has been slow to adopt social media as a form of communication with other industry members and associates, business owners within similar localities, and, perhaps most importantly, potential hires. It is estimated that 89 percent of potential job candidates have social media profiles. What a massive relationship building opportunity! If we are not on those same social media channels interacting with the public and marketing ourselves as a strong, highly-skilled, family-wage industry, then we will miss out on an entire generation of workers.

When we marry the physical product of our labor with the human element of the relationships we build on the job, we truly have something special. Through strong outreach and effective communication both in person and on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, we have a very real chance at recruiting an innovative and highly-skilled workforce to meet the industry’s future needs.

Mike Salsgiver is the executive director of Associated General Contractors’ Oregon-Columbia chapter. Contact him at 503-685-8305 or

This article originally appeared in the DJC and can be viewed here. (subscription required)

Become a Presenting Sponsor

Become the Presenting Sponsor of AGC’s 80th Annual Portland Golf Tournament

Be the presenting sponsor for the chapter’s fasting selling event. Last year this event sold out in under two hours. AGC’s 80th Annual Portland Golf Tournament Presented by Your Company!

80th AGC Golf Tournament Presenting Sponsor: $5,500
Benefits include:

  • “Presented by” your company name on marketing materials
  • One complimentary foursome ($1,020 value)
  • Golf hole number one
  • Logo on a welcome sign to be displayed at check-in
  • Ten drink tickets ($150 value)
  • Company logo, bio, and webpage link in event app
  • Company name on sponsor sign
  • Recognition on event web page with a link to your company’s site

AGC Golf 2016

Become the presenting sponsor of the Southern Oregon Golf Tournament

Become the presenting sponsor of the Southern Oregon Golf Tournament at Running Y Ranch. Support this fundraiser for construction-related educational programs at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Southern Oregon Golf Tournament Presented by Your Company!

Southern Oregon Golf Tournament Presenting Sponsor: $3,000
Benefits include:

  • “Presented by” your company name on marketing materials
  • Two complimentary foursomes ($1,240 value)
  • Logo on welcome sign and sponsor signage
  • Recognition on event web page with a link to your company’s website
  • Includes golf hole number one
  • Recognition in event blogs

Southern Oregon Golf Tournament

We look forward to showcasing your company.

A full list of sponsorship opportunities is available here.

Longtime Chapter Members Recognized

Members Recognized for 25 and 50 Years of Membership

Two representatives from CNA Surety were recognized for 50 years of membership.

CNA Surety was recognized for 50 years of membership by Chapter President Jeff Perala (center).

Each year the chapter has the honor of presenting the Heritage Award in appreciation and recognition to our members’ long standing commitment to excellence and membership with the chapter. Each company member is recognized as they reach the milestones of 25 years, 50 years, and 75 years of continuous membership.

We would like to express a special thank you for these members’ continuous support over the years. The AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter would not be as strong as we are today without our loyal members.

Members celebrating 50 years of membership:

  • CNA Surety
  • Copeland Asphalt

This year we had 30 member companies that reached the 25 year mile marker:

  • 4S Sign Company
  • Apply-A-Line, Inc.
  • Bergerson Construction, Inc.
  • Bill Erickson Heavy Const.
  • Bliss Roofing, Inc.
  • Comfort Flow Heating Company
  • Durham & Bates Agencies, Inc.
  • Evergreen Roofing, Inc.
  • Gary Pierce Painting
  • Griffith Roofing Company
  • Haley Construction Company, Inc.
  • James E John Construction Co.
  • Keywest Retaining Systems, Inc.
  • Kurisu International
  • L P Company, Inc.
  • Max J Kuney Company
  • Melvin Mark Properties
  • Mike Adams Construction Co.
  • Northwest Pump & Equipment Company
  • Pavelcomm, Inc.
  • Pioneer Waterproofing Company, Inc.
  • Reichle Inc. Painting & Decorating
  • S R Johnson Plumbing, Inc.
  • Team Electric Company
  • Teufel Nursery, Inc.
  • The Lynch Company, Inc.
  • Tidewater Contractors, Inc.
  • Umatilla Ready-Mix, Inc.
  • Universal Applicators
  • Van Lom Concrete, Inc.
  • Varin Construction, Inc.

Thank you for your many years of membership! We look forward to celebrating your next Heritage Award milestone!

Partner Program Deadline: February 28

The Partner Program closes on February 28

The Partner Program is a sponsorship program that offers you additional benefits throughout the year due to your sponsorship commitment. Click here for the individual partner level benefits.

Every year, the Oregon-Columbia Chapter offers high quality, focused events and professional development opportunities within the construction industry, which offer you the following benefits:

  • Reach over 800 member companies
  • Grow brand recognition
  • Maximize your marketing efforts
  • Customizable partnership packages
Northside Ford Trucks at the Annual Business Meeting Industry Showcase

AGC Partner Northside Ford Trucks at the Annual Business Meeting Industry Showcase

Becoming a partner is easy!

Click here for a short step-by-step guide.
Click here for the 2017 Partner Agreement.

For a complete list of partner benefits and sponsorship opportunities review the 2017 Partner Program Book.

Your partnership demonstrates your company’s dedication to the construction industry. You also gain brand recognition, reinforcing your company’s positive positioning in the minds of construction executives. We greatly appreciate your support!

Accociated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter 2017 Annual Business Meeting, January 27, 2017; Portland, OR.

AGC Partner Star Rentals at the Annual Business Meeting Industry Showcase


Contact Viktoria Schulz, Events Specialist, 503-685-8314

AGC Welcomes 2017 Officers, Board

Oregon-Columbia Chapter 2017 Board of Directors

The new Oregon-Columbia Chapter Board of Directors and slate of officers was formally put into place at the chapter’s Annual Business Meeting on Friday, January 27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland.

Welcome 2017 Board of Directors!

2017 Oregon-Columbia Chapter officers

2017 Oregon-Columbia Chapter Officers


  • Brian Gray, president, Knife River–Western Oregon Division
  • Cameron Foroud, first vice president, James E John Construction Co.
  • Sandy Trainor, second vice president, Kodiak Pacific Construction
  • Russ Batzer, secretary, JB Steel, Inc.
  • Angelique Whitlow, treasurer, Hunter-Davisson, Inc.

2017 New Board Members

New Council Directors

  • Yohn Baldwin, Baldwin General Contracting
  • Greg Morrill, Bergerson Construction, Inc. – North & Central Coast Council
  • Brent Hackwell, Kogap Enterprises, Inc. – Rogue Valley Area Council
  • Michelle Brunetto, Walsh Construction Company – Safety & Health Council

Elected Directors

  • Eric Hill, American Concrete Company
  • Stacy Lewallen, Lease Crutcher Lewis, LLC
  • Sam Manley, Kodiak Pacific Construction
  • John McKenzie, J E Dunn Construction Company
  • Tim Sissel, Fortis Construction, Inc.

For a complete list of the chapter’s board, click here.


Board of Directors

What are the Annual Summary Posting Requirements

What are the Annual Summary Posting Requirements?

OSHA Logo blog

OSHA 300A Summary  is the annual summary of injuries and illnesses recorded on your OSHA 300 log. Review the OSHA 300 log to verify that the entries are accurate and to correct deficiencies. The OSHA 300A Summary must be certified (signed and dated) by a company executive. A designated representative can certify the OSHA 300A Summary as long as a company executive reviews the OSHA 300 Log to familiarize themselves with its contents. Each year you must post a copy of each establishment’s OSHA 300A Summary in a conspicuous place no later than February 1 of the year following the records and keep it posted until April 30. The summary must be posted at the establishment where the injuries or illnesses occurred. In cases where the employees are mobile, the OSHA 300A Summary may be posted at a location where employees regularly report to work. Do not post your OSHA 300 Log. Click here for more information

Congratulations Award Winners

Outstanding Members in Safety

AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter recognized several members at the annual Safety award Luncheon for their outstanding safety achievements.  Our guest speaker was Howard Mavity.

The ROSE Award is Recognition of Safety Excellence and recognizes chapter leaders in safety excellence, Rose Awardprovides an excellent way to document your achievements in safety, and offers an opportunity to receive well-deserved recognition from your peers in the industry.

Grand Award – Slayden Constructors

The AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter has two members who will be competing in Las Vegas for the CSEA Construction Safety Excellence Award in March, 2017: Omega Morgan Millwright, Inc. and Goodfellow Bros., Inc.

The PRIDE Award is Program Recognition Indicating Dedication and Excellence and is AGC Oregon-Columbia AGC Safety PRIDE ProgramChapter’s premier safety award.


How to Mitigate Heart Disease in the Construction Industry

Seeing Red: How to Mitigate Heart Disease in the Construction Industry

Why is being heart healthy impAGCA_bugortant for the construction industry? Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke total more than $316.6 billion. That includes health expenditures and lost productivity. At the same time, construction workers are increasingly overweight. The Centers for Disease Control notes that 71 percent of construction workers were either obese or overweight compared to 63 percent for all industries combined. Obesity increases the risk for injuries and illnesses, including heart disease.

What can be done? To help curb the trend, more emphasis is being placed on proactive measures with employers leading that charge. Traditionally, many organizations have focused on the total health of their population through safety programs, and/or separate wellness initiatives. It is time to take that one step further and integrate the two initiatives together to really impact the health of your workforce.

We typically find that wellness and safety programs operate in silos – human resources focuses on a wellness program in an effort to lower overall healthcare costs and the risk management team focuses on a safety program in an effort to lower workers’ compensation costs. Both areas work to protect the well-being of employees. In theory this sounds wonderful; however, the model fails to acknowledge that employees with chronic health conditions — for example obesity and heart disease — often have more frequent and costly workers’ compensation claims.

By breaking down the silos and integrating these initiatives, employers are in a much better position to realize effective and sustainable cost containment. If you still need a little convincing, consider these facts on obese workers from Gallup, Duke University Medical Center and

  • Number of work-related injuries are 25 percent higher
  • Workers’ compensation (WC) medical claims are 7x higher
  • Absenteeism increases by 10x for work injuries or illnesses

What are some ways that construction companies can combine efforts? Here are two quick examples:

  • Back Injury Prevention: A safety program can focus on ergonomic improvements and employee training related to proper body mechanics. The wellness piece will then focus on obesity reduction, which greatly increases the potential for a back injury and other medical complications. With a combination of these efforts, organizations can see a reduction in back injuries, which will result in lower claim costs and greater productivity.
  • High Blood Pressure and Stress: This impacts both safe behavior and decision making on the job, as well as significant health issues. This health issue can minimize the effectiveness of safety training and also spike use of healthcare services. Providing on-site dieticians or access to health consultants, and combining it with proper jobsite techniques will help in lowering stress.

How to Make the Program Successful

Ensuring leadership is visible and leads by example is one of the largest factors in ensuring a combined safety and wellness effort is successful. This includes stressing the importance of preventative screenings to identify risks like heart disease and obesity. Another way is to incorporate both wellness and safety into the company culture. The philosophy of a one-size-fits-all approach will not work. Employees need to feel ownership and see that your organization is serious about improving the health and well-being of the workforce, especially as it relates to heart disease.

Also, incorporate a varied communication approach to show how the program will benefit each employee individually. When workers are out on jobsites, communication remains critical.

Do not forget to define success. Since these programs are a long-term commitment, the value does not always impact the bottom line immediately. Most importantly, though, make wellness and safety fun by providing incentives and highlighting achievements.

Your construction company does not have to do this all on their own. Partner with groups like the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA hosts an event called Hard Hats for Hearts that specifically addresses heart risks within the construction industry and provides a networking platform for companies actively working to reduce those risks. The event raised over $430,000 in its inaugural year to help with funding programs and research. The AHA also has plenty of ways to get involved in their ‘Go Red’ campaign in February, which can be geared toward women in the construction industry.

Why Heart Disease

Wellness programs are great for catching and mitigating a number of health-related issues and can be combined with safety initiatives to really make an impact. However, heart disease is one area in particular that needs to be called out. With construction leading or in the top sector of industries in terms of obesity, smoking and alcohol-abuse, it is time to really drive change.

Michael Alberico is a senior vice president and construction practice leader at Assurance, a member of multiple AGC chapters. He maintains a special focus on the construction and real estate industries, as well as alternative risk financing. With nearly 30 years of experience, Alberico’s primary responsibility is to provide a comprehensive and integrated health and risk management program that fully addresses risks while maintaining price sensitivity. Alberico graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.