By Marie Rohde McGrath Electrical Inc., a longtime Janesville business, has shut its doors, leaving as many as 60 people without jobs. The company‘s office telephone and the telephone at company president and owner Andrew McGrath’s home were not in ...Read More »
By Joe Lanane The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will beef up its penalties Oct. 1, prompting some in the construction industry to question whether the agency’s focus is on safety or money. OSHA’s revised system for calculating penalties comes ...
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By Marie Rohde The construction industry didn’t get what it wanted in the Legislative Audit Bureau’s report on women and minorities in apprenticeship programs for the trades. “We were hopeful that we’d hear some success stories,” said Kelly Tourdot, director ...
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By Marie Rohde A construction industry association wants a new crane and derrick safety rule to be delayed until federal officials provide more information about the rule. The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s 1,100-page rule is to take effect ...Read More »
By Tony Anderson Special to The Daily Reporter An industry group is forecasting at least one more year of decreased construction spending in a market already battered by a weak economy. An American Institute of Architects economic forecast is predicting ...Read More »
By Paul Snyder Industry associations are withholding support for proposed contractor debarment rules until the state can prove it will not unfairly prevent companies from bidding on jobs. The threat of debarment is a useful tool for the Wisconsin Department ...
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By Paul Snyder Contractors working on state projects should have a choice between hiring apprentices and journeymen, according to construction groups asking the state to ease its employment rules. “We want to see apprenticeship standards used as encouragement; not a ...
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By Paul Snyder
I cannot say I was surprised Tuesday when I got word from John Mielke that the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Inc. would not pursue further legal recourse against the state’s new prevailing wage law.Read More »
By Paul Snyder Nonunion contractors either are scrambling to prepare monthly and, in some cases, overdue state prevailing wage reports or congratulating themselves for following the correct hunch. Steven Janke, president of Athens-based Janke General Contractors Inc., said he continued ...
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By Darryl Enriquez Longtime roofing contractor Leo Kaltenbrun of Sheboygan is skeptical of proposed penalties as high as $2,000 for generals and subs that fail to register with the state before going on a work site. When Kaltenbrun, 90, founded ...Read More »