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ISSUE 3 2017

MICHIGAN

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FEATURES 6

2017 Michigan Construction

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Cybersecurity Challenge

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10 Tips to Prevent Afternoon Slump

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Grand Rapids Art Prize

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Leadership Summit Program - Recap

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Executive Perspective

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hese past few months have been full of hard work to better our state and expand your freedom. From Mackinac Island to Art Prize, cybersecurity to the legislature, this magazine highlights many of the projects and initiatives ABC members and staff have been busy working on.

JEFF WIGGINS State Director ABC of Michigan 2017 BOARD of DIRECTORS Mike Houseman, Chairman Wolverine Building Group Western Michigan Chapter Corey Hannahs, Vice Chair Consolidated Electrical Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter Dave Sheffield, Secretary/Treasurer Onslow-Sheffield, Inc. Southeastern Michigan Chapter Dan Murphy, Immediate Past Chair MAG Insulation Greater Michigan Chapter Chris Beckering Pioneer Construction Western Michigan Chapter Jim Cripps Cripps Fontaine Excavating, Inc. Western Michigan Chapter Rick Jackson Jackson Associates, Inc. Southeastern Michigan Chapter Bill Molnar Wm. Molnar Roofing Co., Inc. Southeastern Michigan Chapter Brian Stadler Wolgast Corporation Southeastern Michigan Chapter

In October, we had the privilege of hosting our second biennial Michigan Construction Leadership Summit on Mackinac Island. Several top-notch speakers offered wisdom, advice, and stories that inspired and informed all our guests. Flip through this magazine for a little recap of the Summit and the events and programs that were featured. We hope you enjoyed our Leadership Summit and are already looking forward to 2019! Inside (page 25) you’ll find a save the date for our 2018 Legislative Day. We are busy planning the events for the day and already know you won’t want to miss it. Mark your calendars now for February 21, 2018. The culminating moment of the past few months was turning in over 380,000 to the Secretary of State to repeal Michigan’s harmful prevailing wage law. Protecting Michigan Taxpayers was successful in its efforts to obtain the necessary number of signatures to hopefully bring the issue before the state legislature. The issue is now in the hands of the Secretary of State and the Board of Canvassers to verify and approve those signatures. We expect a vote from the legislature in the next several weeks and will provide a full update as soon as we know anymore. We hope you enjoy this edition, and the holiday season. We thank you for working hard within your community and for making ABC a better organization for all. Yours for the merit shop!

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2017 MICHIGAN CONSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT PROGRAM — MACKINAC ISLAND

Excitement can’t help but build as guests make their way up the hill to the historic Grand Hotel.

ABC of Michigan members enjoyed several beautiful days on Mackinac Island at the 2017 Michigan Construction Leadership Summit. Over the three days more than 100 attendees heard from the Grand Hotel Historian, were inspired by a Lieutenant Colonel, mystified by a motivational illusionist, and given insight into the young mind from a college dropout turned successful entrepreneur and marketing master. They enjoyed leadership sessions, a talk focused on workforce development, and a panel on safety from the industry’s experts. The days were more than work though, as guests got to enjoy the beauty of the island and Grand Hotel at evening receptions on the front porch, the Grand Hotel Stables, and the Cupola Bar. In addition, they indulged in some amazing food at a five-course dinner each night, and the Grand Hotel Luncheon Buffet. We hope our guests enjoyed their stay with us, and you enjoy this little look into our stay at the historic Grand Hotel. The event would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors. Once again, we thank you for your commitment to this association. We’ll see you at our next event, the 2018 State Legislative Day (more info on page 20) MM

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More than 100 guests joined us on the Island for the second Michigan Construction Leadership Summit.

Wednesday night, October 4 attendees enjoyed the beautiful views from the front porch at a beautiful reception.

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Grand Hotel Historian Bob Tagatz gave an energized talk to everyone at Wednesday night’s dinner.

You could hear a pin drop bright and early Thursday morning when Lieutenant Colonel Bob Darling told his story Inside the White House on September 11.

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Dr. Jerry Teplitz helped attendees build teams and take their leadership power to new levels.

Wednesday afternoon was full of good food at the Grand Hotel Luncheon Buffet, and great entertainment from Billy Riggs.

Thursday evening before dinner in the Grand Pavilion, guests made their way to the Grand Hotel Stables for a unique cocktail reception.

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Early Friday morning, attendees heard from Praxis Director of Marketing, Derek Magill who kicked off the workforce development discussion.

Continuing the important discussion on workforce development, guests engaged in a presentation and conversation with ABC Western Michigan Vice President of Workforce Development, Jen Schottke, Chief Deputy Director of TED, Jeremy Hendges, and Midwest Strategy Group Partner, Chris Fisher.

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Wrapping up sessions for the week was a panel of safety experts moderated by ABC Vice President of HS&E and Workforce Development, Greg Sizemore. Panelists included; Tom Bielema, Regional Director at Safety Controls Technology (SCT); Scott Braak, Loss Prevention Consultant at York Risk Services Group; Kelly Juday, Executive Direct of Great Lakes Safety Training Center; Bart Pickelman, Director of MIOSHA; Nick Walters, Vice President of Safety Engineering Services at SCT.

After a little break where many guests explored the island, everyone came back together to celebrate a fun and educational three days with a closing reception in the Cupola Bar.

Many guests departed the island on Saturday morning after a fun three days, networking, learning, and enjoying the beauty of the Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island!

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CONSTRUCTION’S CYBERSECURITY CHALLENGE Failure to address cybersecurity threats increases contractors’ exposure to a host of threats to their brand and bottom line. Negative press often accompanies cybersecurity incidents, causing reputational damage and potentially resulting in unplanned costs. Further, it can decrease a company’s market valuation, create new legal complexities and may give rise to fines from some regulatory bodies for noncompliance. All of these are possibilities when breach prevention and notification practices have not been managed or properly handled. Construction companies face the same threats as other industries, given their reliance on IT systems and internet connectivity for business operations. However, limited attention to security risks—combined with a common belief that they aren’t a target—often make construction companies low hanging fruit for attackers. Consider the impact on operations if an intruder gained access to a proprietary bidding model and sold it to competitors, or stole bank account credentials to conduct fraudulent transactions. Would the company be able to recover and remain competitive? HOW ATTACKERS PENETRATE A COMPANY’S INFORMATION Confidential information can be compromised in multiple ways. Some of the various methods of attacking a company’s system require a high level of skill and time on behalf of the intruder, while others require little to no effort and can be performed by relatively inexperienced attackers. Following are examples of attacks. MALWARE: A computer program with malicious intent. These programs often appear as harmless files that are designed to trick users to click on the file, yet cause them to reveal sensitive information. KEYLOGGERS: These invisible applications often silently install themselves after unsuspecting users open a malicious email attachment or web link. They allow intruders to collect passwords, credit card numbers and other confidential data 14

as they are being typed on the keyboard. PASSWORD ATTACKS: This includes obtaining and determining a username and password. This can allow unauthorized users to access information via a “secured” system. DENIAL OF SERVICE: These attacks occur when attackers disrupt or impair valid users’ ability to access the company’s networks. UNPATCHED SOFTWARE:  A patch is an update to a computer program (e.g., Java or Adobe software) intended to close vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers. Unpatched applications provide an entry opportunity for attackers into a computer and network.

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10 TIPS TO PREVENT THE AFTERNOON SLUMP BY JERRY V. TEPLITZ, JD, PH.D. © 2010 JERRY V. TEPLITZ If you’re like two-thirds of the population, you’ve experienced the afternoon slump. You know the feeling…it’s mid-afternoon and you feel tired and drained and want to call it a day. While you still plug away at your work, you often find that you are not as productive as you need to be. You’ve hit the afternoon slump. This drop in energy is not all in your head. It is a physiological response from your body. Fortunately, you can employ methods to reduce the slump’s frequency and to shorten its duration once it does start. Some of the methods work solely on the individual level, while others require a company-wide initiative. When you utilize these 10 tips and instill them in your office, you will replace the afternoon slump with a time of increased productivity. TIP #1: Drink your water. Even if you are simply working behind a desk all day, your body still uses water. So don’t wait until you get that thirsty feeling in your mouth. By that point you are already dehydrated, which can impair your physical and mental functioning. If dehydration is one of the factors attributing to your afternoon slump, you now are experiencing both a brain slump and a body slump. To prevent this, drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day, more if you are physically active. Keep a water pitcher and a glass on your desk so you can easily sip water all day. Don’t fool yourself into thinking any type of liquid counts toward your water intake. Liquids like coffee or cola dehydrate you and worsen the slump. TIP #2: Avoid sugar and simple carbohydrates. While a candy bar mid-afternoon may give you a quick sugar rush, in the long run, it actually worsens the slump. Sugar and simple carbohydrates get absorbed immediately into the bloodstream. In response, your blood sugar rises, and your body secretes insulin to bring your sugar level back down. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t know when you’ve stopped eating the candy, so it drops you down into a low blood sugar level by taking too much sugar out of your body. This is why people who rely on sugar for energy have highs and lows throughout the day. But candy isn’t the only culprit. Simple carbohydrates, such as a white bread sandwich and some dessert at lunchtime, can cause your blood sugar to drop after an hour or two, causing the afternoon slump. To avoid this, incorporate more proteins and complex carbohydrates into your diet, such as products made with wholewheat flour, brown rice, etc. They won’t trigger blood sugar highs and lows, putting you more on an even keel. TIP #3: Eat small meals. Have six small meals over the course of the day instead of three large ones. When you eat a big meal in one sitting, it overwhelms your body, 16

causing it to work harder to digest the food. As a result, the digestive process diverts blood away from your brain and your extremities and uses it in the digestive track. With smaller meals, your body doesn’t have to work as hard. TIP #4: Evaluate your lighting. Most offices are lit with cool white fluorescent tubes, which have a terrible effect on how people feel and function at work. A better option is full spectrum fluorescent tubes, as these simulate the wavelength of sunlight. Studies have shown that full spectrum lighting provides many benefits: headaches disappear and afternoon fatigue declines, while productivity levels actually rise. If your office doesn’t already use full spectrum fluorescent tubes, you might want to replace the tube just in your office. Your company may want to replace the tubes company-wide because it is an investment in your company’s human capital. As everyone’s productivity increases, the company will quickly recoup its investment. The gains will certainly outweigh the expense. After one company re-lamped their offices, they started referring to their lights as their “happy lights” because employees feel so good being under them. TIP #5: Take walking breaks. Walking gets your blood circulating, helps you breathe better, and stimulates your brain due to the increased blood flow. Take a five or ten minute walk during the day. Walking outside will give you the extra benefit of fresh air, but walking around the office is okay too. If you don’t have time to take a walk, run up and down the stairs for two minutes. That will give you the same benefits in half the time. TIP #6: Meditate. Meditation is great for rejuvenating your body. Each time you meditate, you’ll feel like you just took a six-hour nap. By meditating for fifteen to twenty minutes twice a day, you’re keeping your body continually en-

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ergized. If you do run into the afternoon slump, meditating for a quick five minutes can immediately re-energize you. Physiologically, when you meditate, you go into a state that’s similar to deep sleep. Your heart rate, breath rate, and vital signs are lower than the normal state of sleep, so in effect, you give your cells and your body a tremendous amount of rest in a very short period of time. You may even find that you require less sleep at night since you are giving your body much well needed rest twice a day. TIP #7: Take your vitamins. Several vitamins have an energizing affect on your body, such as B-complex and Ginseng, so take them every day. You get the maximum benefit from your vitamins when you divide your dose throughout the day and take them with a meal. For example instead of taking 100 milligrams once a day, take fifty milligrams with breakfast and fifty with lunch. By doing so, you get much better absorption and greater benefit. TIP #8: Listen to some music. Music can energize you, but choose carefully. Some music can actually weaken your system and fatigue you. For example, hard rock can make you feel jittery. Find some music you enjoy. Upbeat music can get your body into a more upward stance. If you are listening to music with lyrics, make sure they are positive and motivating.

have a draining effect on your energy. Conversely, if you spend the day surrounded by positive people and images, you can feel energized by them. If negative people surround you at work, use your mind to go into the positive realm when they’re going into the negative. Make a conscious effort to stay positive even when others are negative around you. BEAT THE SLUMP AND ENJOY YOUR NIGHT No one enjoys feeling tired and drained. So incorporate these ten tips into your day and encourage others in your office to do the same. When you do, you can turn the mid-afternoon hours into a time of increased productivity. And when you feel better at the end of the day, you will have the energy to enjoy your evening.

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TIP # 9: Take time to breathe and stretch. Deep breathing is another way to give yourself an energy boost. Your cells require an exchange of air in the lungs to get the waste products out of the body. If you’re not breathing enough, you’re getting a build-up of waste products. By doing some breathing exercises during the day, you’ll get a lot more fresh air into your system, your cells, and your brain. Try this exercise: Breathe in slowly, filling your stomach first, then the chest, and finally the shoulders while counting to seven. Then exhale slowly, starting to exhale at the shoulders first and finish with the stomach, again while counting to seven. Do this three to six times. When you do, you are dramatically increasing the exchange of fresh air in your body. Equally important is to stand up and stretch. When you stretch and move, you not only increase the blood flow in your body, but you are also stimulating the lymphatic system, which removes waste products from your body and only functions from muscular contractions. So if you are sitting for hours at a time, you are actually building up waste products in your body. Do some stretches mid-morning and mid-afternoon. TIP #10: Handle negativity. Negative people and images can

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ABC WESTERN MICHIGAN STAFF SUBMITS TO GRAND RAPIDS ART PRIZE The project was done by ABC Western Michigan Vice President of Workforce Development, Jen Schottke and Marketing & Membership Manager, Mia Jankowiak with Mia capturing all the photos at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Check out some of the photos, the story of their project, and some thoughts from the photographer. THE STORY OF THE PROJECT Every hard hat tells a story. A story about an individual who is smart with their hands and their minds. It tells the story of countless buildings spanning across towns, cities, states, and countries. Buildings that create skylines. Buildings that heal and teach. Buildings that provide for each of us to live, work, play, and learn. Every scratch, sticker, and dent represents a moment. A moment at the end of the day when a hard hat is tossed in the bed of a truck after a long day’s work. A moment of safety when it’s absence could have resulted in injury. A moment of pride, when arriving home and a child playfully places it on their head, just to have it topple to the ground. A moment of recognition and reward for accomplishment in the industry. We are construction. We are men and women, immigrants and refugees, young and old, and everything in between. These photos represent the diverse West Michigan artisans who create the landmarks that provide lifelong memories for each of us. THOUGHTS FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER, MIA JANKOWIAK What I love so much about this project is that it will bring a different message to everyone who views it. For a young girl exploring the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Kidstruction exhibit, seeing a portrait of a woman working in construction can inspire her to pursue the industry. For the high school graduate who is not collegebound, seeing a wall of portraits of people who found success in construction could inspire him/her to give construction a shot. For the peers of those photographed, seeing these portraits will be a reminder of no matter who you are or what you are, you can do great things in this industry, and in this city. Finally, for those photographed, seeing their portraits should invoke a sense of pride, because they should be proud of the role they play in making west Michigan, west Michigan. This project is all about celebrating the industry. The beauty of ABC is that it’s not about one company or the other. It is about coming together to create the best perception of the industry, to develop cutting-edge programs/trainings, promote safety, attract the next generation of our workforce, and last but not least- learn from each other. As the artist behind the lens, I hope that this project leaves an impact on the community, and on our members. I know that ABC has done this for me in just the two short years I have been with the organization, and I anticipate that this project is the start of many influential, exciting things for the industry.MM

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MICHIGAN STATE LEGISLATURE

HOUSE INTRODUCES NEW BILLS TO BETTER CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

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ichigan State Legislature is making strides to fix the shortage of skilled workers in Michigan. This is happening through the expansion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the K-12 education system, by eliminating barriers and increasing collaboration amongst parents, students, and employers. House Bills 5139-5142 and 5145 make amendments that will help progress towards these goals and ensure a brighter future for CTE students across the state.

House Bills 5139, 5140, 5141 and 5142 are a package of bills, sponsored by Representative Ben Frederick, Representative Sue Allor, Representative Bronna Kahle, Representative Robert L. Kosowski, and Representative Julie Alexander respectively. The first bill in the package, House Bill 5139, aims to add career-development to course curriculums as early as kindergarten. The bill requires that the Michigan Department of Education develop a model program of instruction that delivers age-appropriate career development exploration. WHAT TO KNOW:

• HB 5139: requires MDE to create a model program of instruction in career development. • HB 5140: require high schools to provide pupil directory to proprietary schools, community colleges, or skilled trade employers. • HB 5141: allow non-certificated, non-endorsed individuals to teach CTE curriculum. • HB 5145: allow time spent learning or engaging with local employers/tech centers to be used as credit toward a teaching certificate renewal

would be more expensive to create and staff a new program altogether, but it would allow the department some freedom to tailor and design the program to perfection. House Bill 5140 aims to make contact between students and future employers, proprietary educators, or community colleges easier and more attainable. The bill requires high schools to provide their pupil directory information to representatives of proprietary schools, community colleges, or skilled trade employers. This would give students a leg-up when the time comes to make connections with employers and educators. The board of the school district would be required to notify students, parents, and guardians that their information is being shared. Without creating any (or very little) additional costs, these provisions will give students a leg up when being recruited by proprietary schools, skilled trade employers, or community colleges. They are receiving direct contact information at least once annually. Names written down on paper can quickly turn into nametags of future skilled trade workers, students, or educators.

• Include strategies for engaging parents and community business and industry interests.

Students cannot thrive in a CTE environment without excellent teachers who are there to support them and help them grow. House Bills 5141 and 5142 look at a different aspect of this issue: teachers. These bills extend and alter the requirements needed to be eligible to teach. Non-endorsed, non-certificated individuals are currently allowed to teach subjects such as computer science, foreign language, mathematics, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, robotics, and more. This bill simply extends these individuals the ability to add CTE programs to that list. By doing so, a wave of additional teachers can be funneled into this system of education.

Through the implementation of this model, students will be exposed to real world career possibilities after their K-12 schooling. They will be able to develop the potential skills necessary to navigate life outside of school. The biggest benefit of a career-development focused program is the student’s opportunity to consider their desired skilled trade field, and to further refine their interests. Students will be better prepared to face life outside of school, and they will have had years of learning about their future career paths.

These individuals must be engaged in the subject matter of which they have expertise. This can be fulfilled by either holding a professional license in this subject, or having previously held a license. What is crucial is to recognize the individual’s real world experience working in a skilled trade field. Students could benefit greatly from these types of teachers because of their wisdom and knowledge of having actively participated in a specific field.

Additionally, this model could either be created by the department, or adopted from an outside source. Cost dependent, it

What is unique about these individuals is that they are not required to have a bachelor’s or graduate degree in the area of specializa-

According to HB 5139, the model would be designed to do all of the following: • Define learning targets and themes for each grade level • Include instruction for students in kindergarten to 12th grade • Incorporate career development education within core instruction

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tion. Students pursuing career and technical education often do not go on to earn a university degree, but rather they will utilize their earned skills elsewhere within the community. Similarly, noncertificated, non-endorsed individuals seeking teaching positions will have a level of connection with these students, because they represent a product of the education the students are currently going through. They can relate to students because of their shared interests and educational experience. These individuals offer a different point of view that might be more beneficial to young students. In order to implement these provisions, House Bill 5142 essentially takes the measures to incorporate non-certificated, non-endorsed CTE teachers into the proposed allowance required to pay these individuals. Schools are required to notify the Michigan Department of Education of the names and amounts paid to those individuals. House Bill 5145 takes aim at amending the School Code to require the Superintendent to promulgate rules to allow an individual the ability to renew a teaching certificate through time spent engaging with local employers or technical centers. This time spent will be interchangeable with continuing education or professional development. It provides another outlet for individuals to advance and progress. Individuals can put their experience and time spent engaging with local employers or technical centers toward the renewal of a teaching, professional teaching, advanced professional teaching, or school administrator’s certificate. This would increase administrative costs for the Michigan Department of Education, but it would allow for a larger population of certified teachers. Lastly, House Bill 5145 takes aim at amending the School Code to require the Superintendent to promulgate rules to allow an individual the ability to renew a teaching certificate through time spent engaging with local employers or technical centers. This time spent will be interchangeable with continuing education or professional development. It provides another outlet for individuals to advance and progress. Individuals can put their experience and time spent engaging with local employers or technical centers toward the renewal of a teaching, professional teaching, advanced professional teaching, or school administrator’s certificate. This would increase administrative costs for the Michigan Department of Education, but it would allow for a larger population of certified teachers. MM

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MM: What do you believe is the single biggest issue facing Michigan now and what do you think is the best solution to that issue? I think building a 21st century workforce is crucial to our state’s long term success. As someone with extensive personal experience dealing with inflated prices and ridiculously long bid times, I understand that we need more young people going into the skilled trades. In recent years, I’ve begin to notice a culture shift to where finally high school kids are not being discouraged to go into the trades, however we certainly have a long way to go in order to put skilled trades jobs on par with the so called “white collar” jobs — which is where they should be. MM: How can ABC members continue keeping lawmakers up to date on key issues and priorities for their businesses and employees?

Jeff Wiggins was one of the first people to reach out to me after I came to Lansing. He made a point of explaining how ABC can act as a resource to help me understand how decisions at the capital effect the construction industry. The relationship we have built has proven to be extremely valuable. I always know that I can call Jeff when reviewing legislation and get an honest answer regarding how the bill will affect Michigan builders. MM: Of which legislative effort are you most proud? As chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, the majority of my effort thus far has been to provide Michigan citizens with the best “bang for their buck” when it comes to the transportation budget. I am very proud of the fact that I led the way to force MDOT to sell one of their five airplanes, which was underutilized and costing taxpayers unnecessarily. I have also worked to shift existing road funds from administrative costs and use it where it is needed most — repairing our roads.

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• The best way is to pick up the phone and call their Representatives. I personally love hearing from people in my district, as do most of my colleagues. You can reach me at: (517) 373-0835 MM: What are your top legislative priorities for 2017-8? • Continuing to push for reductions in the tax burden. • Ensuring we get better at fixing our roads without raising taxes. MM left: Rep. Shane Hernandez with Jeff Wiggins below: Rep. Shane Hernandez at Sandusky Elementary


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ABC Self Insured Workers Comp Fund.......... 32

K & S Plumbing Co., Inc............................... 27

A.J. Veneklasen Const., Inc............................ 15

K & T Electric............................................... 23

PUBLISHER Jeff Wiggins wiggins@abcmi.com

Accurate Construction Services, LLC............... 2

K-Value Insulation........................................... 2

Aerotek.......................................................... 31

Kyle Barnhart Trucking, LLC......................... 22

AIS EQUIPMENT.......................................... 4

Laux Construction......................................... 15

MANAGING EDITOR Breanna Cope cope@abcmi.com

Andrews Hooper Pavlik, PLC........................... 4

Liquid Calcium Chloride Sales....................... 13

Arrow Concrete Cutting................................... 2

Livingston County Concrete.......................... 14

Attitude & Experience, Inc............................. 13

Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis, Gotting, PC.... 27

BCT Benefits Plan............................................ 4

Maltese Construction LLC............................. 13

Blackstar Building Group................................. 2

Mann Construction Inc................................. 25

Blasius, Inc..................................................... 20

Meredith Lea Sand & Gravel, Inc................... 22

Blevins Sanborn Jezdimir Zack PLC............... 28

Merlo Construction Co., Inc.......................... 13

Brigade Fire Protection................................... 27

Michigan Air Compressor Technologies......... 25

Capital Steel & Builders Supply..................... 23

Michigan Cat................................................. 19

Cloverleaf Electric, LLC................................. 18

Michigan Solar & Wind Power Solutions....... 29

Commonwealth Associates, Inc...................... 10

Midland Tool & Supply Co., Inc.................... 22

Constructive Sheet Metal, Inc........................ 17

Modern Concrete........................................... 22

Covenant Occupational Health & Wellness... 22

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Creative Window Treatments........................... 2

Pamar Enterprises............................................. 7

Crowe Horwath LLP...................................... 18

Parrish Excavating Incorporated..................... 23

CSM Mechanical, LLC.................................. 27

Plante Moran................................................. 22

Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineers, Inc............ 13

Pm Technologies.............................................. 2

E J H Construction, Inc................................. 17

R. Bruton Electric, LLC................................. 23

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R.W. Mercer Co............................................. 28

Energy Optimization...................................... 25

RCI Electric................................................... 27

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Redi Wall LLC............................................... 18

Expert Heating & Cooling, Inc...................... 22

Robert Clancy Contracting, Inc..................... 23

Fair and Square Construction, Inc.................... 2

Rock Products Co.......................................... 23

Fasteners, Inc.................................................. 23

Scientific Brake & Equipment........................ 18

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Standard Supply & Lumber Co........................ 4

Fisher Companies........................................... 23

Stonehenge Consulting, PLC......................... 25

Fred Myer Excavating & Trucking LLC.......... 18

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Garber Chevrolet........................................... 29

Summit Electric Inc....................................... 15

GBM Recycled Concrete, LLC....................... 15

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Independence Commercial Construction, Inc... 28

Universal Spiral Air........................................ 28

Industrial Process Piping, Inc......................... 22

Universal Wall Systems................................... 19

J & D Plumbing & Heating........................... 22

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Jackson Associates, Inc................................... 24

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