Construction News

December 8, 2017

111th Annual Convention Recap

The 111th Annual Convention is a wrap.  AGCI appreciates the support of all our members who attended.  Some of the highlights of the convention include:

ELECTION OF OFFICERS.  Serving for 2018 are:

Bill Kinney (Kinney Contractors) - President


Art Snyder (Civil Constructors) - Vice President

Jim Davidsmeyer (Asphalt Stone) - Treasurer

Brad Bruins (Advanced Asphalt) - Secretary

NEWLY ELECTED BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  The following Board members were elected and started their 3-year term following the Annual Business Meeting.

District 3—Joe Cowan (Iroquois Paving)

District 4—Allen Cullinan (UCM)

District 5—David Stark, Jr. (Stark Excavating)

District 6—Matt Reyhan (Sangamo Construction)

District 7—Bob Dunn (Dunn Company)

District 8—Ken Kilian (The Kilian Corp.)

District 9—Steve Ashe (E.T. Simonds Const.)

SAFETY AWARDS.  The Safety Awards were handed out at the AGCI Recognition Luncheon on Monday, December 4th. Award winners were:

0—19,999 Man Hours Category                                 JK Steel Erectors,Inc.

20,000—49,999 Man Hours Category                        N.E. Finch Company

50,000—74,999 Man Hours Category                        Southern IL Asphalt Co., Inc.

75,000—99,999 Man Hours Category                       Dunn Company

100,000—199,999 Man Hours Category                   Howell Paving, Inc.

200,000—349,999 Man Hours Category                   E.T. Simonds Construction

350,000+ Man Hours Category                                 Otto Baum Company

Most Improved Award                                               Tobey’s Const. & Cartage

The following companies received Zero-Incident Certificates:

Diamond Construction                                              Ambraw Asphalt Materials

Ne-Co Asphalt                                                          Illini Drilled Foundations

G.M. Sipes Construction                                          Champaign Asphalt Company

Phoenix Corp. of the Quad Cities                             A.J. Walker Construction

Kieffer Bros. Construction                                        Sangamo Construction

Open Road Paving                                                   Iroquois Paving

Halverson Construction

EDUCATION FOUNDATION AUCTION AND RAFFLE.  The Dollars for Scholars raffle came down to three ticket holders.  The lucky individuals share the $5,000.

Bids were going high during the Auction.  Special thanks to Kent Kleiman and Jacob Hopper from Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers for providing their services.  The Education Foundation raised almost $12,000 from the Raffle, Auction and Silent Auction.  Thank you to all who participated.

Thank you also to David Bruner (UCM) for chairing the event.

SPONSORS.  The Convention could not be a success without the help from our members.  THANKS!


CONVENTION SPONSORS                                              HOSPITALITY ROOM  SPONSORS

Advanced Asphalt                                                               Altorfer CAT

Altorfer CAT                                                                        Commercial Fabricators

Bitco Insurance                                                                   E.D. Etnyre

Bowmark Consulting Group                                               George Lanxon Piling Sales

CMW Equipment                                                                Hesse Martone

Commercial Fabricators                                                     J.L. Hubbard Ins. & Bonds

Dunn Company                                                                  Midwest Fence

Emulsicoat, Inc.                                                                  P.H. Drew

G.M. Sipes Construction                                                    Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

George Lanxon Piling Sales                                              Roland Machinery

J.L. Hubbard Ins. & Bonds

Keeley & Sons

Kinney Contractors

Midwest Fence

P.H. Broughton & Sons

Petersburg Plumbing & Excavating

Roland Machinery

Sangamo Construction

Tobey’s Const. & Cartage

Travelers Bond

Vulcan Materials

Zurich Surety


Asphalt Stone Mike Goeken

Civil Constructors Roland Machinery

Dunn Company Southern & Central Illinois LECET

Howell Paving United Contractors Midwest

Midwest Fence



Mark Lies, a partner in the Chicago law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a past speaker at AGCI’s annual convention, reminds construction companies of the approaching deadline for compliance with OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rule.

The reporting deadline has been extended several times throughout the year and is now set to take effect on Friday, December 15, 2017.  Further delays in implementation are not anticipated.

The rule requires employers meeting certain criteria to file injury and illness date with OSHA by electronic means; per OSHA, the deadline has been repeatedly extended this year in order to “allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system, which was not made available until August 1, 2017.”

Seyfarth Shaw’s article on the new deadline provides a brief overview of the criteria by which employers can determine whether they are affected by the new rule, as well as a summary of the delays in implementation.  It can be found here:

Further information can be found in the November 24,2 017 Federal Register (PDF):


TRANSPORTATION BULLETIN.  IDOT launched its interactive web-based Transportation Bulletin today with both general information and letting-specific information updated on a regular basis during the letting process.  To access the new construction Transportation Bulletin directly go to:

HOLIDAY TRAFFIC BULLETIN.  Heavy traffic is expected during the Christmas and New Year holiday periods.  In accordance with Article 107.09 of the Standard Specifications, the holiday periods will be from: 

December 22—Friday—3:00 p.m. to December 25—Monday—11:59 p.m.

December 29—Friday—3:00 p.m. to January 1—Monday—11:59 p.m.


TFIC WEEKLY SUMMARY.  TFIC’s End of Week Summary can be found by following this link:

AGC OF AMERICA MEMBER DISCOUNT PROGRAM WITH AMAZON.  AGC of America is excited to announce a member discount pilot program with Amazon.  The pilot runs through March 31, 2018.  Amazon Business allows companies to create corporate Amazon accounts that provide an easy way for companies to purchase business products from and save money.  Amazon Business account users can save up to 20% on the first $500.00 of orders, get free two-day shipping, and can also access exclusive discounts on Amazon Business items.  AGC member companies are able to set up accounts free of charge and then control and monitor who has access to make purchases, plus run reports.











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