Construction News

September 21, 2018


Capitol News.  Lawmakers continue to campaign, leading up to the November elections.  It still looks like there could be momentum behind the “blue wave” movement across the country.  The old adage by former Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill that “all politics are local” is getting lost in the national media.  Politics are driven by national inter-party battles.

For those AGCI members who were able to play in the annual golf outing at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, I want to say, “Thank You”.  Your involvement in AGCI activities such as this helped raise more than $7500 for the AGCI PAC.  Mark Strawn 217.789.1570

AGCA Tariffs Update. On Sept. 17, the Trump administration announced the implementation of a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to the U.S., including a wide range of construction materials and supplies.

Scheduled to take effect on Sept. 24, the complete list of Chinese goods falling under this latest round of tariffs numbers in the thousands. Starting Jan. 1., 2019, the level of tariffs on these Chinese goods will increase to 25 percent, unless progress is made on trade negotiations with the administration.

Given these events, AGC of America has updated three documents regarding tariffs impacting construction materials and supplies. Those include:

AGC’s Primer on 2018 Trade Action Affecting the Construction Industry

AGC Tariff Memo to Private Contractors

AGC Tariff Memo to Direct Federal & Federally-Assisted Contractors

Annual Hog Roast.  Are you ready for some BBQ?

AGCI’s 21st Annual Hog Roast is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 at the Firefighters/Postal Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Drive in Springfield.  Cost is $30 per person.  A registration form is attached!

 AGCI/SIBA/ECA Shooting Event.  Registration is now open.  A form is attached for your convenience. The shooting event is also seeking sponsors for the September 28, 2018 shoot.  It will be held at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois.  Please find attached the sponsor form.  There are different levels for participation.  Donations are being accepted until September 20th.

2019 Midwinter Seminar.  THE DEADLINE IS DRAWING NEAR- October 18th is the last day to receive AGCI negotiated room rate. 

The 2019 Midwinter Seminar  will be held at Sanctuary Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic from January 26 through February 2, 2019.The registration form can be found at:

If you have any questions, contact Brittany Stribling at 217-789-2650, ext. 211 or email

Annual Golf Outing.  What a great day on Monday.  The weather was a little hot but our 108 golfers enjoyed a good game of golf.  The outing raised $7725 for AGCI PAC.  Thank you to all who participated.  Congratulations to the winers of the day.

Flight 1 First Place

Kolin O'Brien, Tim Nicoud, Dan Sears, and Drew Long

Flight 1 Second Place

John Morgan, Nathan Hart, Cory Littlejohn, and Larry Susmarkis

Flight 2 First Place

Devon Davidsmeyer, John Kanney, CD Davidsmeyer, and Jim Davidsmeyer

Flight 2 Second Place

Longest Drive - Josh Andres

Closest to the Pin

Long Putt - Craig Robeen


Thanks to our Hole Sponsors

Advanced Asphalt

Altoffer Cat

Asphalt Stone

Bitco Insurance Companies

Bowmark Consulting

Carter Waters Construction Materials

Civil Constructors

Commercial Fabricators

DeLong's Inc.

Dunn Company

G.M. Sipes Construction

Hesse Martone

Howell Paving

Illini Drilled Foundations

J.L. Hubbard Ins. & Bonds

Keeley & Sons

Keller Construction

Kerber Eck & Braeckel

Kinney Contractors

Midwest Fence

P.H. Drew

Petersburn Plumbing & Excavating

Purple Wave Auction

Quigg Engineering

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

Roland Machinery

Southwind RAS

Stark Excavating

Structural Rubber Products

The Kilian Corp.

Truman Flatt & Sons

Vulcan Materials

Warning Lites of Southern Illinois

Margarita Bar - Quigg Engineering

Believe it or not!  All players in this foursome are left-handed.

Joe Orlozek, Keith Ackerman, Mike Grillo, and Julian Nixon.

Brian Hemphill and Eric Coleman

Cody DeGroot and Matt Franks - Roland Machinery

John Wilmesher and Jeff McGough

Josh Grenzebach

Brenna Koonch, Laney Lutkehus, and Becky Stocker

You can see more pictures from the outing on our Facebook page.


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