Newsletter - November 30, 2017

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Exchange Events
Christmas Luncheon & Holiday Auction: Event Reminders
Tomorrow, we will kick off the largest and signature holiday event for the local construction industry at the Adam's Mark Hotel!

A few important reminders for the event:
  • The event starts at 11:30 am with parking available in the hotel ramp
  • Anyone that turns in a Reservation Form today will have to pick their tickets up at our office at 2660 William St in Cheektowaga, NY
  • Tickets for the Prize Auction will available at the event; $10 for a sheet of 25 tickets
  • Please bring cash if you wish to participate in the Prize Auction and Cash Bar
  • The Lunch and Event Program start at 1:00 pm, hosted by WGRZ's Chief Weather Anchor, Kevin O'Connell
  • Auction Results are posted at 2:15 pm
  • The After Party will be held in the Harbor Lounge at 2:30 pm
  • Free Meet & Greet event at Riverworks for American Concrete Institute of WNY starts at 3:00 pm
  • To have booked your own company-reserved table, you must have requested this with your reservation form and had ten people to fill a table
If you have any questions about tomorrow's event, please reach out to us at or 716.874.3435.

Over 780 people are slated to attend this event!
Media Spotlight
Construction Exchange and Construction Industry Education Foundation Featured on WGRZ
On Monday, November 20, WGRZ/Channel 2 News covered our association in their weekly  City Shaper special.  

In last week's segment, Paul Lamparelli, Nicole Savage and Joe Benedict spoke to WGRZ's Kelly Dudzik about why the Construction Exchange is important to members and what the Construction Industry Education Foundation is doing to bring more workers into our industry. 

If you missed the live airing, please click on the link below. 

Channel 2's City Shaper special occurs every Monday and highlights someone or a group of people making waves in Western New York's business or not-for-profit communities. 
Industry Events
CFMA Invites You to Attend: How Contractors Succeed and Which Trends are Emerging for the Future 
On Thursday, December 7, the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the CFMA is offering a seminar presented by Mr. Stephen Boughton, Senior Consultant, FMI.

Please click on the link above for more information and to reserve your seat.

Owners, CFO's, Controllers, Treasurers, and Construction Industry CPAs are encouraged to attend. 

Please register by December 4. 
 Building WNY Magazine 2018
Building WNY Magazine 2018 is Now Available!
Starting today, you may now electronically view our 2018 Building WNY Magazine!

Hard copies of the 2018 edition will be mailed out as well. 

If you wish to inquire about participating in 2019's edition, please reach out to Kristie Michael at
Online Plan Room 
On Center offering 50% off their On-Screen Takeoff Software
On Center Software, one of our Online Plan Room takeoff software partners, is now offering new customers 50% off OST with the purchase of training.

Training for the On-Screen Takeoff software is priced at $200, which is 75% discount off the normal price. 

For more information or to take advantage of this offer, please access the link below.

Safety Services
Get Registered for December's OSHA 10 Today!
December 6-7, we will be holding an OSHA 10-Hour course at the Construction Exchange from 8:00 am-2:00 pm.

The class will already be well attended with a few spots left, so please get your Registration Form in as soon as possible to

Please also note that we will be holding a January OSHA 30-Hour course on January 10-11, 17-18. 

If you have any questions on attending or registering for any of our safety classes either at our office or privately scheduled for your company, please reach out to us at 716.874.3435. 
Member News
United Materials Moves Corporate Offices to Depew
United Materials, LLC is excited to announce that they have moved their corporate offices from Wheatfield to Depew in order to be more centrally located to their concrete plants and their builders supply locations. 

Their new address is 3374 Walden Ave., Suite 120, Depew, NY 14043. 

This new location is just a few doors down from their   Scranton Thruway Builders Supply location along with being a few miles away from their Pavement Road concrete plants in Lancaster. 
Currently United Materials, LLC has concrete plants in Sanborn, Lancaster, Orchard Park and Springville along with UM Builders Supply locations in Tonawanda, Orchard Park and Springville. 

Rounding out the United Materials Family of companies is Scranton's Thruway Builders Supply in Depew and Frey Sand & Gravel located in Alexander. 

For more information or questions, please contact Doug O'Neill at .
Industry News
Informational Meet & Greet on Athenex Project
The Southern Tier Builders Association, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency and The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism have arranged for an informational meet and greet on the Athenex Project located in Dunkirk, NY. 

Project representatives will include Rich Nassar, Mark Forell and Cynthia Metz of Athenex (Owner), Steven Heyborne, Senior Project Manager from M+W Group (Construction Manager) and Justin Francis, Project Manager for the Pike Companies (General Contractor).  

All local construction companies, sub-contractors, suppliers, minority business enterprises and manufacturers are encouraged to attend. 

The meeting will be held from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM on December 6, 2017 at JCC's North County Training Center located at 10785 Bennett Road Dunkirk NY 14048.  

An agenda for the meeting is being prepared if you would like a copy of it or wish to RSVP, please contact Jamie Bowman at 716.665.4026 or via email at
Scaffold Law Reform: Gov. Cuomo says "We'll Try Again" on Reform
On a November 16 article, the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition highlighted WHEC-10's segment, "New York State Exposed", where Governor Andrew Cuomo said "we'll try again" in response to whether or not he would push for Scaffold Law reform in the upcoming legislative session. 

The program, titled "The one law adding $10,000 to the cost of a new home" focused on the history of the New York-only Scaffold Law and the costly impact of the law's liability rules on all construction in the state.

Senators Joe Robach, Rich Funke, Patrick Gallivan, Michael Ranzenhofer, and Rob Ortt along with Assemblymembers Joe Morelle, Bob Oaks, Brian Kolb, Stephen Hawley, Peter Lawrence, and Joe Errigo all offered their support in fixing the law.

In September, a group of Assembly Democrats sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to include Scaffold Law reform in the 2018 Executive Budget. Senator Fred Akshar joined Assemblyman John McDonald in introducing a bill to reform the law to a standard of comparative negligence.

We encourage our members and contacts throughout the industry to contact the Office of the Governor of New York at 518.474.8390 to request that Scaffold Law reform be a priority in the budget process and the next legislative session!
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