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Guam Contractors’ Association


Vol.51 Issue 09 SEPTEMBER 2010



Feature Story:

Plumbing & Supply , Professional Liability Insurance




Feature Story


C ommitte Update:

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C rane Critique Corner G reen Space F eature Story:


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P hoto Highlights S mall Business T raining Foundations N ew Members


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Liability Coverage Barrett Plumbing

Supply your Plumbing Demands



Training Foundations



THEDIRECTORS PRESIDENT James A. Martinez, GCA CHAIRWOMAN Chit Bathan, Ace Builders LLC VICE CHAIRMAN Bill Beery, Construction Management Services PAST CHAIRMAN Tom Perez, Perez Bro., Inc. SECRETARY/TREASURER Robert Salas, Landscaping Management Services ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Edward Untalan, First Hawaiian Bank Michelle Quidachay, Horizon Lines Adam Baron, Cassidy's Associate Insurers (Alternate) CONTRACTORS DIRECTORS: Tom Perez, Perez Bros. Inc Tom Nielsen, Maeda Pacific Corporation Joshua Tenorio, Core Tech International Ana Lisa Reed, L.A. Painting & Construc tion Co. Armando Acosta, Orion Construction Corporation Guam Narci Dimoala, Amazon Construction Ron Young, Parker Bros


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Overview and Chronology

By John M Robertson

GUAM INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE 2009 CODE ADOPTION REVIEW Guest speakers at the August meeting of SAME Guam Post were Michael Blas Makio of Taniguchi Ruth Makio Architects together with Brent Wiese and Phillip Noret of RIM Architects. They provided, among other things, an overview and chronology, a review of the Uniform Building Code 1994 and International Building Code 2009 with sample comparisons and a review of the proposed amendment language.

Public Law 30-25 was introduced by Senator Tom Ada, Oversight Chairman for the Department of Public Works enacting the adoption of the IBC 2009. Further, Public Law 30-84 amended the effective date of the IBC implementation to October 1, 2010. A ninety day transition period was established from October 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. Senator Ada held a public forum on this issue on August 18, 2010. Representatives from the Department of Public Works and the Guam Fire Department participated in the public hearing as they are mandated by law to report back to the legislature on this matter. A 60 day period was set for DPW and GFD to provide comments to the legislature for the adoption of the codes, appendices and amendments to the IBC 2009. Undoubtedly, architects and engineers, and many others in the community, have a profound interest in the proposed change in building code for Guam. Therefore the PEALS Board and the AIA co-sponsored an IBC code seminar in June and subsequently gathered in small working groups to discuss concerns and solutions in preparation for the implementa-

tion of the IBC 2009 and IFC 2009. The seminar was well attended including members from the Guam Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Guam, Guam Fire Department, Department of Public Works, PEALS Board, Guam Waterworks Authority, Guam Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers. As a result, the following recommendations were gathered: • Delete fire sprinkler requirement for Group R single family residences, duplexes and townhouses with 15 dwelling units or less. • Include the International Residential Code but delete fire sprinklers for single family residences, duplexes and townhouses with 15 units or less. • Inclusion of the International Existing Building Code. • Inclusion of the National Electric Code. • Inclusion of specific appendices from the above codes. • Create an appeals board and code council to track additional code issues and evolutions.

Review of UBC 1994 and IBC 2009 with Sample Comparisons A review of sample comparisons between the IBC 2009 and UBC 1994 are included on the following tables.

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by Dave Barnhouse

The new OSHA Crane and Derricks in Construction Standard This month’s topic:

How will it affect crane users here on Guam?

The much anticipated OSHA regulation addressing the use of cranes in construction has been finalized and published in the National Register on August 9, taking effect on November 8, 2010. This new standard, 1926.1400, replaces 1926.550 written nearly forty years ago with no revisions since. The new standard addresses construction cranes only. I will outline some of the more significant requirements in the new rule that will affect us all in the crane industry. Types of cranes covered: (1926.1400) rail, crawler, truck-mounted, locomotive, floating barge cranes, boom trucks, derricks, tower cranes, pedestal cranes, side-boom tractors, pile drivers, and variations of above. Not included are mechanic’s service truck with lifting device (when used in activities related to equipment maintenance and repair), concrete pump trucks, excavators, wheel 12 | SEPTEMBER2010

loaders, power shovels, forklifts, digger derricks, drilling rigs, tree trimming equipment, and chain falls. There are numerous exemptions such as forklifts except when configured to lift a load with a winch or hook attachment. Articulating boom trucks are included except when delivering materials to site and transferring to ground, it is not exempt if that same boom truck assists in any manner with the materials being placed other than on the ground. Assembly / Disassembly: (1926.14031406) Provides requirements for procedures for all assembly and disassembly operations, particularly lattice booms. Must be supervised by a person meeting criteria for both a competent and a qualified person. Supervisor must confirm all workers in assembly / disassembly operations understand all hazards associated with their tasks.


Power line safety: (1926.1407-1411) Procedures must be implemented to determine of any part of the crane, load line, or load could get closer than the minimum approach distance of a power line, (20 feet during assembly / disassembly, 10 feet during lift operations), if so, steps taken to prevent encroachment / electrocution. Operators and crew assigned to work with the crane shall be trained on procedures to follow in the event of electrical contact with a power line. Inspections: (1926,1412-1413) Inspections including functional testing shall be performed by a qualified person whenever the following has taken place: Modified, repaired, or adjusted equipment which may affect safe operation of the equipment, including safety devices, functional controls, power plant, braking system, load-sustaining structural components, or load hook.


Answers to last month’s test quiz: Safety Devices and Operational Aids What is the difference between the two and when can a crane operate without the devices or aids working properly? Answer: Safety devices are required on all cranes covered by the new OSHA crane standard. These include crane level indicators, boom stops, locks on foot brake pedals, and outrigger cylinder check valves. If any safety device stops Monthly inspections including the wire rope by a competent person, documented and retained for a minimum of three months. Annual / comprehensive inspections including the wire rope and functional testing performed by a qualified person, documented and retained for minimum of twelve months. Safety Devices / Operational Aids: (1926.1415-1416) Specifies safety devices and operational aids required and temporary alternative measures if a device is not functioning. Fall Protection: (1926.1423) Addresses specific requirements for operational work as well as assembly / disassembly operations such as a work surface 15 feet over a lower level before fall protection is required.

functioning properly during operations, the operator must cease operations and not resume until the device is functioning properly. No alternative measures are permitted to be used. Operational Aids are devices that assist the operator by providing information or automatically taking control of a function such as boom hoist limiting device, Operator Qualification and Certification: (1926.1427). As of Nov 8, 2010 all operators of cranes within scope of 1926.1400 other than derricks, sideboom cranes and cranes under 2,000 lb capacity are required to be tested and certified by an accredited crane operator testing organization. The testing organization must be accredited by ANSI and approved by OSHA. Currently there are four such organizations that operators can choose from. NCCCO, which was the first such certifying facility, received accreditation in 1999 and is still a very much respected and sought after certification in the crane industry. OSHA has approved two accredited agencies this year, Crane Institute of America, and National Center for Construction Education and Research, (NCCER). The Operating Engineers Certification Program has also been approved.

anti-two-block device, boom angle or radius indicator, boom length indicator, load indicator, and drum rotation indicator. Operational aids all have alternative measures that can be implemented but are considered temporary and must be repaired within seven days for Category I aids and thirty days for Category II aids.

The operator certification process will prove to be difficult for many operators as the written tests are not easily passed even for the operators well versed in English. The good news is there is a four year compliance period meaning we have until Nov 8, 2014 to get our operators trained and certified. Ground Conditions: (1926.1402) The controlling entity which is defined as the prime contractor, general contractor, construction manager, or any other legal entity which has overall responsibility for the construction of the project, shall ensure that ground preparations meet the requirements for adequate support and degree of level are met. This shifts responsibility from the crane owner/operator to the crane renter.

This month’s test quiz addresses Repair of Cranes’ Structural Components:

If welding is required or metal loss exceeds acceptable criteria on structural components such as outrigger beams or boom sections, what are the options available for repair?

A monthly crane and rigging informative column for all personnel directly or indirectly involved with crane safety. Each month we will attempt to explain a different technical issue pertaining to crane operations here on Guam, addressing the sometimes overlooked or misunderstood topics by management and operators alike, by Dave Barnhouse

Dave Barnhouse resides in Yigo and has been involved with operations, maintenance, operator training, and/or inspections,of cranes since 1969. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer, CHST, NCCCO certified crane operator and practical examiner for all types of mobile cranes and the only OSHA accredited crane inspector on Guam.


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Recycing at the 2010 Carnival Summer is coming to an end, students are back in school, and the Liberation Carnival has come and gone. The i*recycle program, in conjunction with Guam Environmental Education and many, many volunteers recycled every night at the carnival and recyclables were delivered almost every day to various recycling facilities. If you attended the carnival, which took place from June 23rd to August 1st, 40 days, you would have seen the “recycling atolls” for aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass, and food waste. In addition to these items, cardboard, steel cans and plastic six-pack rings were separated out for recycling as well. The aluminum cans were recycled through the i*recycle program for the benefit of the school volunteers who assisted in the recycling in the evenings. Over 700 pounds of aluminum cans were recycled, which computes to almost 24,000 cans at 34 cans per pound. Total amounts of other recyclables were not able to be determined, but they were significant. As a rule of thumb, generally three times as many plastic bottles were generated as compared to aluminum cans. Vast quantities of cardboard were generated as well. Some of you reading this article may wonder how this is relevant to businesses in general, and perhaps construction firms in particular. Part of the effectiveness of this recycling effort is due to making a determination or assessment of the recyclables that are likely to


be generated and have containers or sites for separation and collection. So if you wish to implement aggressive recycling at your place of business, first and foremost you must know what types of trash you generate and what components of that trash can be recycled. The separation and recycling of recyclables can have a significantly reduce your tipping fees while at the same time decrease the amount of trash going into the Ordot Dump. It is also important to keep in mind that this effort ultimately reduces energy consumption, reduces the production of carbon dioxide, and recycles valuable resources. The following is a description of the components of the carnival waste stream that were separated every night and the facilities or entities they were delivered to for recycling. Aluminum cans and cooking trays were separated and delivered to Pyramid Recycling. All aluminum was recycled through the i*recycle program for the financial benefit of the schools that assisted each evening with the recycling effort. Plastics #1 and #2 were separated and delivered to Pyramid Recycling. At this point there is no money paid for recycling plastics, but we are keeping them out of the dump. Remove the plastic caps and throw them in the trash. The caps are usually #5 plastic, which cannot be recycled on Guam; their removal assists Pyramid in more effec-


by Peggy Denny

tively baling the plastics. Pyramid ships the baled plastic off island, initially for separation and shredding, and this feedstock is ultimately recycled into carpeting, clothing, furniture, lumber, etc. For those who may not be familiar with the different categories of plastics, there are seven categories based on plastic resin types, and these number 1 through 7. These numbers can be found on the bottom of plastic containers within the recycling or “chasing arrows” logo. Beneath that logo appears the letters that represent the resin type. So #1 plastic is PET, which stands for polyethylene terephthalate and can be recycled on Guam at Pyramid Recycling. PET





bottles are generally the single-serving bottles of water, milk, juice, tea and soda, and usually includes the one-liter bottles as well. Number 2 plastics are HDPE or high density polyethylene, and these are the gallon containers of juice, milk and water, as well as containers of soy sauce, vinegar, bleach, and many types of cleaning products. The remaining types of plastics are as follows: #3 is V for vinyl or PVC, #4 is LDPE or low density polyethylene, #5 is PP or polypropylene, #6 is PS or polystyrene, and #7 is Other. This includes such plastics as acrylics, nylon, and fiberglass. One significant component of the waste generated at the carnival was Styrofoam or polystyrene, #6 plastic. The challenge with plastics on an island is if they are not recycled or disposed of properly, they end up in the marine environment. Plastics do not biodegrade. They may photodegrade under sunlight into smaller and smaller pieces, but they are always there. In the marine environment they are often mistaken for food by birds and/or fishes and can cause physical injury or death if they are ingested. Glass was delivered to either the Ordot Dump or the Dededo Waste Transfer Station where it is disposed of in a roll-off specifically designated for glass. The glass is ultimately crushed by a compactor and mixed with crushed coral to be used as part of the daily cover at the Ordot dump. Cardboard was delivered to Guahan

Waste Control (Mr. Rubbishman), one of the partners of the i*recycle program. The cardboard is baled and shipped off island to China where it is recycled into second or third generation cardboard or cardboard backing for writing tablets. Steel cans or other ferrous metal containers can be recycled as scrap metal at any of the scrap metal dealers. Because Pyramid Recycling performs such a valuable service to the i*recycle program by baling all of our aluminum, I take scrap metal either to Pyramid or directly to their sister company, Formosa, which is a scrap metal recycler. Paper was not generated in large quantities at the carnival, except at the bingo tables, but then it was usually mixed with other trash and recyclables so was not separated out. But for companies and offices that generate paper, this is often a significant component of their waste stream. With the inability to recycle paper currently due to the economic downturn, businesses are encouraged to shred all the paper they generate and make it available to farmers for use as mulch, for composting, or for dry litter waste management systems for pigs and chickens. It is far better for our island’s soils to use the shredded paper in this manner than to ship it off island and increase our carbon footprint in the process.

general, is so expensive to ship in, most restaurants have arrangements with pig farmers to pick up their food waste for pig feed. This is a very effective use of a resource that otherwise ends up in the dump. So separating it out at public events is an appropriate method of reducing trash and making good use of non-eaten food. In closing, if you are interested in implementing recycling programs at your place of business, feel free to call me at 483-9415 if you desire some assistance. I’m happy to help. By doing so, you can reduce your tipping fees, save resources, extend the life of the Ordot dump and the new landfill when it opens, and assist Guam’s schools financially with the i*recycle program.

Food waste was also separated out at the carnival and collected by a young man working at the carnival who raises pigs. Because pig feed, and animal feed in


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phase n io t c u r t s n o …as the c uildup B y r a it il M ’s am begins for Gu What is regarded as Professional Lines coverage?

Background Info:

As the construction phase of the Guam Military Buildup commences, professionals engaged in providing services at various junctures of this mega-event must also reassess their resource pool, particularly as it relates to professional insurance lines coverage. We spoke with Cassidy’s Associated Insurers’ property and casualty manager, Orlene Arriola concerning that topic. She handles directly, the majority of the professional lines new and ongoing business for the agency. And, has, for several years, advised and placed coverage for architects, engineers, physicians, and attorneys. A scholarship management science graduate of the University of California San Diego, she continues her academic pursuits vying for a professional insurance certification—CPCU (Certified Property & Casualty Underwriter). 16 | SEPTEMBER2010

Basically, in insurance terms, as a professional, it’s what you actually do in your business. So, with respect to physicians, it’s their medical practice. With respect to architects, engineers, designers, contractors, it’s the actual work they do; such as, architectural work, design work, engineering work. Most standard general liability policies exclude the actual work the insured is engaged in professionally. So generally, for professionals, it covers the work they perform.

And, who are the people most likely to acquire that type of coverage?

Those would be: physicians, attorneys, architects, engineers, surveyors, appraisers, real estate agents--anyone providing consultative work.

In the current business environment, particularly with respect to the Guam Military Buildup, are there particular groups who should consider carrying this coverage? All responsible professionals should have professional liability insurance.


Practioners in the medical field, not just physicians, but, even physicians’ assistants, nurses, certified medical professionals—

Could you give an example of how this type of coverage is utilized in the construction field?

There are different phases in the construction process, and in the very beginning there are surveyors, architects and engineers—people who design the actual work. In the past, particularly, with the Navy, or the Government Of Guam—as a customer, it’s our understanding that the design was usually provided by the customer. Then that customer-owned design is put out for a construction bid. Now, however, what’s changed is the process has moved to what is called a design-build delivery type of project. It is more efficient, but in that model, the customer provides a list of their needs and wants. And so, what they put out to bid is not just the construction portion of the project, but also, the design component as well--a proposed design and proposed pricing for the project. What that does essentially, is it gives the customer more options—for the variety of the design. And, it gives an opportunity for the contractors to meet


in different ways the concept that the customer wants. But, underneath all that, it transfers all risk of the project to the winning bidder, or the contractor who wins the project. In the past, when the customer provides the plans for a project, they have assumed that liability for the design work. There are multiple layers in a construction project, so, if there was a problem with the design, and a contractor built it to the design, they would not have responsibility for the faultiness should a problem arise from the design. In those cases, it would have been up to the customer to require professional liability insurance--to be placed for the designer they hired. Now, with the design-build model, that diligence rests with the prime contractor who bid on the project—who hired the designer to make their proposal. On top of that, not only is there liability for the design, but there is also liability for the actual performance of the contract. What a lot of contractors don’t realize is that professional liability is not a statutory requirement, unlike workers compensation or commercial auto liability. So, while it may not be a legal requirement, or even specified as project requirement, the professional liability exposure exists.

So, the liability is still present?

It is ever present. In the design-build model, the full risk is effectively transferred from the customer to the prime contractor. So, it becomes the prime contractor’s responsibility to make sure they are adequately covered—people and professionals they hire on should carry professional liability insurance.

If professional liability is not a statutory requirement, the project liability rests with the prime contractor?

The liability is transferred to the prime contractor. Now whether or not they want to transfer that off via professional liability insurance is their decision. But, what they need to understand is that the liability exposure is there—with them. Should businesses or anyone considering doing construction be concerned if their architects or construction team are not carrying professional lines coverage? Absolutely. Should there be any problems down the line, and there is demand or claim for restitution or bodily injury--it will either be against their self-insurance or the professional liability insurance the respective professional carries.

construction professionals load in their business insurance packages?

Of course, the local statutory requirements are: workers compensation and commercial auto liability, USL&H (this coverage is federally required if work is being done near a body of water—dockside, wharf ). What contractors need to be aware of is, while the body of the contract may not require a particular coverage, they are still required to comply with all local and federal laws. It’s really upon your due diligence with your legal counsel to review these issues. And, while it might require some expense in the beginning, it will safeguard you and your customers.

Can you give an account of professional liability coverage being utilized?

There was a construction element that collapsed, which was deemed to have an engineering fault, so that was a direct claim against the engineer. If the prime on the project had not required his project professionals to carry professional liability, that loss would have been the responsibility of the prime contractor. In this case, they were able to deflect liability.

So, what would compel a construction professional to acquire this coverage?

First and foremost, it would indicate financial responsibility. Customers and primes would certainly see that organization as adhering to some sort of professional integrity, that they would make sure this resource (professional liability coverage) was present in their representations to prospects. It’s just a prudent business choice.

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For more than 35 years, Barrett Plumbing has been servicing Guam. Jessica M. Barrett President of Barrett Plumbing explained the business has been operating since 1972 and have been members of the Guam Contractors Association since August 2004. Throughout the years, most of Barrett Plumbing’s projects have been work on waterline and sewer-line installations for private homes. “This type of work entails connecting the government waterline and sewer-line to provide infrastructure for a new home or building. It is always a joy to be a part of this milestone for our fellow islanders who call Guam home,” Barrett said. Barrett continued, “Additionally, we do work for developers including 6” waterline installations and 8” sewer-line installations. This is required of the developers.” “This work is all encompassing of both aspects of our business services as the work is both laborious and requires heavy equipment. These types of projects require coordination and clearances from government and utility agencies. Moreover, in order to ensure compliance with the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) standards and guidelines, our work is overseen and inspected by GWA permits and inspection division,” Barrett explained. 18 | SEPTEMBER2010

“After all the clearances and permits are completed the work begins. The ground is excavated quickly but diligently as we have to observe the materials for any signs of historic artifacts or remains, then the trench is compacted and bedded to prepare for the pipe installation, once the new waterlines installed the line must be pressure tested in order to ensure there are no leaks on the new system,” she said. “Once that is passed the new waterline must be chlorinated by a person certified through GEPA. Once the test results receive the A+ from UOG Water and Energy and Research Institute (WERI), then and only then can the newly installed pipe be connected to the existing waterline,” Barrett said. “This tedious process is to ensure no contaminants or bacteria are introduced into the waterline. The waterline can be tapped while the line is in use AKA “wet-tapping or hot-tapping” and at other times, dependent on the conditions and pipe material will require a water outage,” she explained. “The process continues as the sewer-line undergoes a flow and light test to confirm proper grading,” Barrett said. “As for the sewer-line, the line itself must be set as closely as possible to the original design set forth in the plan and profile. Manholes and laterals may be required depending on the project design.”


Once this is all completed, letters of warranties, acceptance letters and such must be submitted.

“This type of work is very rewarding when you see the building and homes that are utilizing the infrastructure our company built,” Barrett shared. Other projects undertaken by Barrett Plumbing include some recent work at Guam’s Air Force Base. “We have recently begun working on projects at Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB). We completed installation of a new leaching field and septic tank for the new visitor center. This was our first project for AAFB. Additionally, we have embarked on two other projects for AAFB. One is for a 1200’ waterline installation which we are currently working on and the second is for capping off two 14” & 6” waterlines,” Barret explained. “Most recently, we are also working on installing a compressed air line for the Andersen Medical Clinic,” Barrett added.


“Our company also does work for GAIN. Our relationship began years ago when we participated in the creation of what is now known as “Bark in the Park”. It was a joint effort with other companies and it was a something we could do to help our 4 legged friends and our community. Through the years, we have continued this relationship,” she said. Other works in progress include the piping replacement for Villa Kanton Tasi in Tumon. Barrett explained, “this work entailed replacing 4” copper pipes and fittings for the main water system for the Condominiums as well as servicing the float valves for the water storage tanks. Additionally, we replaced two booster pumps for TECIO Condominium. This work also entailed some repair work for the float valves and water controls.”

Company Profile Provided by Barret Plumbing President Jessica Barret: Barret Plumbing is a small family corporation that is woman owned and managed by the founder’s two daughters Jessica & Jacquelyn Barrett. The business was started in 1972 by John “Jack” Barrett, after he earned his journeyman certificate from the Department of the Navy in 1971. He used this experience and knowledge to

start up his own plumbing service. Our company has grown from a one man operation to our current work staff of 19 employees. We service residential, commercial, and government customers. We provide services for everything from small projects such as leaky faucets to large scale projects such as plumbing upgrades and renovations. Some of our customers have been with us since the beginning and we have fostered a close relationship with them. Other services we provide include leak detection, sewer camera services, pipe snaking and jetting and we also rent out our backhoe. Additionally, we currently have four apprentices going through their certification at the present time. We have since graduated 4 plumbers. The first to complete the cycle was Jessica M. Barrett. It was an honor for the family business and the female workforce as well, as Ms. Barrett was the first female plumbing apprentice from GCC. Joseph Barrett, the founders grandson also graduated last year. As the military buildup nears, we are preparing our workforce to be able to be a part of this unprecedented boom in Guam’s economy. We look forward to many more years of service to our beautiful island we call home.


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SUPPLY your PLUMBING demands Frontier has been supplying Plumbing, Waterworks, Mechanical and Industrial Piping products in Alaska for more than 21 years. There are 22 military bases in Alaska that require "buy American" specifications for all their material purchases.

“Guam did not have a ready inventory of American made products before Frontier,” explained Al Hutton, General Manager, Frontier Supply Company. “Being so close to Asia, most of the materials come from China or other Asian countries. With the $15-billion dollar military build-up, having a supplier like us will be very beneficial to construction companies that are doing work in the base. In addition, contractors that have maintenance or services contracts with the military will also take advantage of our on-island 20 | SEPTEMBER2010


Frontier has been a member of the Guam Contractors Association since November 2009. “Frontier is a service oriented business and we intend to serve our customer. When a plumbing or mechanical contractor calls us on the phone to see if we have the products that they need for a job, we will get the materials ready for them in our "will call" area the minute we get off the phone. So when this customer comes in the door, his order is waiting for him. If this customer is going to have a hot and humid worksite, we will fill up a cooler for with ice and water from our triple filtered water system. Our goal is to get customers in and out of our door as fast as we can so they can better serve his customer,” he continued.


“In addition, Frontier is part of an Association of 120 Independent Plumbing Wholesaler located throughout the United States with $5-billion of annual purchases. This association is widely recognized by all the top building manufactures and suppliers. In other words, Frontier buys its inventory direct or “first tier” from reputable brands such as American Standard, Zoeller, Anvil, Muller, etc. This list of first tier suppliers numbers to several hundred companies,” he said. “The investment in Guam by the owners of Frontier is quite significant. We are looking to hire 20 employees with higher than average wages. We are carrying products in our store that contractors can only bring into Guam through a special order paying exorbitant prices for air freight if the product is time critical. Frontier has invested several million


dollars in inventory to make products readily available,” he explained. “The local market is currently being served by several hardware stores, three plumbing retailers, and two or three brokers. The retailers basically served the needs of the residential market; while the Brokers supply products to construction and large commercial projects. The Plumbing retailers try to capture both residential and commercial. Being “first tiered” in the supply chain, all of the current suppliers whether Plumbing Retailers and Brokers can buy directly from Frontier Supply on Guam instead of buying from another wholesaler from the U.S. Mainland. We will offer competitive prices to the market,” he said. Hutton explained that Frontier is busy at work on some significant projects with

Guam’s military bases. “We are currently bidding on all MACC Projects. We are supplying material to the BOS contractor and to the military housing maintenance contractor on base. Being relatively new on the island, we are still establishing ourselves, especially with some of the long time contractors on Guam who have established relationships with their current supply source. This is a relationship based business. In Alaska, Frontier has been supplying products and materials for over two decades to oil companies, military contractor, mining companies, plumbers and mechanical contractors.” “The owners of Frontier have a very unique business plan. They pay their bills before they are due. This has enabled Frontier to get the highest credit scoring with all rating companies,

banks, and vendors. Needless to say, when Frontier comes calling on a manufacturer of mechanical equipment, the door is wide open! Price concessions are always offered,” he said. “Having direct relationships with stateside manufacturers has brought immediate benefits to the local market. New Products are currently being introduced into the market that have very strong “wow” factors upon demonstration. Viega Pro-Press technology that enables copper pipes to be joined without soldering or brazing; flex drop sprinkler systems that eliminates hard pipe threading and cutting; Gruvlok value engineering for Mechanical Rooms; Fusible PVC; and the like will make all contractors more efficient and more profitable,” he added.


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GCA Trades Bus Stop GCA Trades Academy donated time, labor and materials to build bus shelter for Mangilao community.

GCA August Luncheon August 18, 2010 Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort


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TRAININGS/SEMINARS The Guam Chamber of Commerce Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with Guam Small Business Development Center presents the 2010 Small Business Management Seminar Series: Managing Growth: A Panel Discussion on Facilities, Staffing & Training October 15, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Registration Information Chamber Member Admission: $10.00/person Non-member Admission: $20.00

The Guam SBDC is one of seven SBDC’s serving the Micronesian region, collectively known as the Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network (PISBDCN). We offer free, confidential, one‐to‐one counseling in all areas of business management, including pre‐venture feasibility, business planning, marketing, and financial management. We also offer high quality small business training programs at low to no cost. For upcoming training workshops, please call the Guam SBDC at 735‐2590 or visit our website at (click on workshops/calendar). Requests for reasonable accommodations must be made 72 hours in advance. Services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Tel: 472-6311/8001• Fax: 472-6202 Email:

Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center September 21, 2010, 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Cost: $20.00 (Cash/Check Only) UOG School of Business & Public Administration Bldg. Room 129

Navigating the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations)

Contracting with the Federal Government requires an awareness of the Federal Acquisition Regulations or FAR.The Guam PTAC will provide a basic overview of the FAR, clauses and provisions, how to use FAR supplements and tools, and practical exercises. September 28, 2010, 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Cost: $20.00 (Cash/Check Only) UOG School of Business & Public Administration Bldg. Room 129

Construction Bids/Proposals: Working with the Prime

ties in the federal contracting industry is increasing. Get an overview of subcontracting bids and proposals; learn how to respond to solicitations, and what primes are looking for in your submission. Don’t miss out on these upcoming opportunities and be prepared. Register today! October 05, 2010, 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Cost: $20.00 (Cash/Check Only) UOG School of Business & Public Administration Bldg. Room 129

Developing a Capabilities Statement

A capabilities statement is probably one of the most important marketing tools that you can use to promote your business in the federal/local market place. Join us in this workshop as we help you to develop a great marketing tool.

With the Guam Build-Up in motion, subcontracting opportuniTo register for any of our workshops please log on to our website at or call Therese Agustin at 735-2552 for more information.


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Fun Church

Three year old Reed attended his first family funeral, for a distant relative whom he had never met. He was not sure what to expect, but he was told that he would see his grandmother and grandfather. That was enough for him. Without question he jumped into his car seat in the van and his father buckled him in.

An hour later they arrived at the church. To his surprise, several of his cousins who were roughly his same age were also there. After a brief service where there was singing, they pretty much had the run of the church basement, including a room with toys. The funeral lunch was great. There were sandwiches and milk and punch and even cookies. Reed had one of the best times of his life and he was a little sad to leave when it was time to go. He said goodbye to all of his cousins and to his grandparents. Once in the car seat, he fell fast asleep. The next Sunday Reed’s mother told him that it was time to go to church. He was all dressed up and ready to go, jumping into the van. On the way, he said, “Dad, are we going to fun church or regular church?” At the recent ABC of Wisconsin Graduation Banquet I talked with a number of completing apprentices. Like Reed, they did not know exactly what to expect

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when their bosses approached them about applying for an apprenticeship program. Once they went through the application process and actually started the paid related instruction portion of the program, they had a better understanding of what they had committed to. For many of these completing apprentices, their apprenticeship was one of the best times of their lives. Not only did they have the opportunity to learn, but they were expected to learn and to bring their knowledge back to the jobsite. Once they started doing that, they figured out that learning can be fun as well as being important to their career. Every apprentice indicated that the apprenticeship experience changed them and they were looking forward to new challenges. As the employer, it is important to have a process in place to select new apprentice applicants, to help shepherd them through the application process and advise them on how to prepare for the apprenticeship program. Once contracted, new apprentices need to know why they were selected, what the company policies are regarding apprenticeship, and who they should contact if they have questions.


It is essential that the lines of communication and support be in place from the very beginning. This allows the new apprentice to concentrate on succeeding in the program rather than figuring out what to do next. Even a three year old likes to know where he is going. Apprenticeship is a process which means that the better prepared the new apprentice is, the better the skilled worker he or she will be at completion—and beyond.

Wayne T. Belanger Director of Education ABC of Wisconsin Inc.


Your Very Successful Apprentice When the survival of your company depends on hiring and retaining the best employees, training through apprenticeship can be a good business decision. With apprenticeship, productivity increases as your apprentice progresses in knowledge, skills and confidence. Is your apprentice a top performer? Although there are individuals who naturally excel at everything they do, most of the techniques they use to get to the top can be learned. Anyone who adopts the characteristics of these individuals will be successful. The employer, with just a little effort can do things that will enhance the performance of every apprentice. During the application stage of the apprenticeship there is often a flurry of activity. The focus is on getting approved and the apprentice into the first class. Once the apprentice has attended the first few sessions, however, there can be a tendency to put everything on autopilot. Here are a few suggestions on how you can help an average apprentice become a highly successful member of your team: • Make sure that the apprentice has a solid support group, both at home and at work. Apprenticeship is a training process. It often requires understanding

and patience from significant others and co-workers. This creates a positive learning environment all the way around. • It is always helpful if one of your top workers has gone through the same or a similar program. Informal mentoring can make a difference. • Instructors often ask apprentices on the first day of class why they are there. “The boss sent me” is a response that speaks volumes about the employer/apprentice relationship. You goal is to inspire your apprentice to do his or her best. Help the new apprentice see into their possible future with your company and they will make that future happen. Leave them to fend for themselves with no direction and they will wander through the program. No one can travel into the unknown without a compass. • Right from the start, make sure that the apprentice knows why he or she is in the program. Apprentices who know why they are in the program and how the classes they are taking relate to the job will do much better than those who are just there to “mark their time.” If you take the program seriously they definitely will. • Recognize that apprenticeship is a new experience for the employee.

You can assist the apprentice in adapting to his or her new status as an apprentice by setting up a simple line of communication with supervisors. The best way is to ask the apprentice to distribute copies of the course syllabus for all interested parties. Make the apprentice responsible for advising everyone of possible changes in the schedule. Everyone hates surprises. In implementing these suggestions, it is important to realize there is a fine line between nurturing and nagging. You need to provide an environment that assists the apprentice in adjusting to the apprenticeship process, but early on, your apprentice must start taking the reins of their own program. A side benefit of encouraging your apprentice to be their best is that the characteristics you helped instill will continue to develop throughout that person’s career. The highly successful apprentice usually turns into a highly motivated employee. With a little assistance from you, every apprentice you train will be a peak performer. Think what that will do for your company’s bottom line.

Wayne T. Belanger Director of Education ABC of Wisconsin Inc.


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR GCA 2nd Annual Industry Trade Fair September 24 - Hyatt Regency Guam Hotel GCA 18th Annual Family Day Picnic October 10 - Ypao Beach Park


SEPTEMBER 2010 Associate: American Pacific Island Distributors P.O. Box 9007 Tamuning, GU 96931 GCA Contact:Ferdinand Permalino Email: Ph: (671) 646-1768 Fax: (671) 646-1758 Description: Distributor & Wholesaler of 3M & Other Supplies EFCO Corporation Philcrest 2 cmpd Cupang Muntinlupa, Philippines GCA Contact: Mario Jamo Email: Ph: (632) 772-1006 Fax: (632) 772-1007 Description: : Lease & Sale of System Formworks National Trading Corporation P.O. Box 6421 Tamuning, GU 96931 GCA Contact: Dohn So, Manager Email:

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Ph: (671) 647-1883 Fax: (671) 647-1885 Description: Sales of Safety Products, Electrical, Mechanical Errosion Control Servco Home Appliance Distribution 2841 Pukoloa St. Honolulu, HI 96819 GCA Contact: Bryan Murakami, Sales Rep. Email: Ph: (808) 564-2453 Fax: (808) 564-2480 Description: Appliance Distributor Allied: UOG Endowment Foundation UOG Station Mangilao, GU 96923 GCA Contact: Mark Mendiola, Exec. Director Email: Ph: (671) 735-2956/7 Fax: (671) 734-2952 Description: Non-Profit Organization


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