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Powers Lake Construction files for bankruptcy (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder Twin Lakes-based Powers Lake Construction Co. Inc. has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. Jerry Kerkman, an attorney with Milwaukee-based Kerkman & Dunn representing Powers Lake Construction, said the construction and excavating ...

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Milwaukee County inches toward bidding preference

By Sean Ryan Milwaukee County soon could give a bidding advantage to the contractor that hires the most county residents for a project. The goal of the county resolution, sponsored by Johnny Thomas and Theo Lipscomb, is to eventually offer ...

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Industry groups support wage law changes

By Paul Snyder Three contractor groups are aligning themselves with the Department of Workforce Development in support of changes to the state’s prevailing wage law. Those groups — the Construction Business Group, the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association and the Wisconsin ...

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Local preference fight fails again

By Sean Ryan Contractors trying to win public works contracts in Milwaukee are continuing their attempts on multiple fronts to overturn the city’s local preference law. American Sewer Services Inc., Rubicon, and United Sewer and Water Inc., Menomonee Falls, on ...

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Contractor targets Milwaukee with federal lawsuit (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder Underground Pipeline Construction Inc. intends to sue the city of Milwaukee for discrimination in failing to award a sewer contract to the company even though it was the low bidder for the job. The city instead enforced ...

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Local preference lands on national stage (UPDATE)

By Sean Ryan The battle contractors are waging against Milwaukee’s preference for local bidders has sparked nationwide opposition to similar laws across the country. “This isn’t just in Milwaukee,” said Elaine Middleton, executive director of the Associated Utility Contractors of ...

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City faces local preference criticism (UPDATE)

By Sean Ryan A Milwaukee alderman is defending the city’s preference for local bidders against criticism from Milwaukee 7, a group formed to promote regional cooperation. “It seems any type of legislation or a policy objective that benefits the city ...

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Green building puts some in the red

By Sean Ryan Wisconsin Public Service Corp. is considering furloughs and layoffs to offset declining revenue yet still supports green construction that will cut into demand for the utility’s electricity. Barb Nick, WPS’s senior vice president of energy delivery and ...

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Contractors prep for local preference showdown

By Sean Ryan [email protected] A Tuesday court hearing represents the one chance contractors will have to kill a Milwaukee bidding preference because city leaders remain steadfast in their support. The chances are slim to none the Milwaukee Common Council will ...

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MMSD targets construction spending cuts

Sean Ryan [email protected] The development market might not let the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District dramatically slash its construction budget in the next five years. Milwaukee-area underground contractors are rooting for the market. “This is not going to stop next year, ...

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