West Texas AGC News & Resources
At West Texas AGC we are THANKFUL, GRATEFUL AND BLESSED to be a part of the commercial construction industry and work with a membership who serve their many communities generously. Thank you for ALL you do!

Our offices will be closed for the holiday on November 24th & 25th
Safety Tip: Get Ready to Work in COLD Weather SAFELY
The early start for construction crews can be COLD and when you add a West Texas WIND CHILL, very cold. Use today's safety tips in English and Spanish for tips on protection and signs to prevent cold injuries from frost bite and hypothermia.

Take the weather with you on your mobile phone! Wherever you are, you can get the local weather forecast from the National Weather Service with one click on your home screen. Bookmark mobile.weather.gov to make sure that you have the latest weather news and information on the go.
West Texas AGC Board of Directors Elected
The following members have been elected to serve and lead the chapter as Board Directors, serving from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2024:
  • John Cooper - Cooper Construction
  • Chad Henthorn - Teinert Construction
  • Greg Durbin - Sandia Construction
  • Leo Lane James - Lane Mechanical Contractors
  • Shane Darnell - M & F Litteken Co.
  • Sam Waldrop - Waldrop Construction

The following member has been elected to serve and lead the chapter as a Board Director, serving from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023:
  • Liz Lonngren - Henthorn Commercial Construction

The newly elected board members will join the following members who will serve out the balance of a two-year board term ending December 31, 2023:
  • James Bishop - Associated Contractors, Inc.
  • Anthony Inman - Anthony Inman Construction, Inc.
  • Jr. Hagler - Dean Hagler, Ltd.
  • Ryan Lewis - Lee Lewis Construction

Thank you! In advance for a willingness to serve, provide oversight and leadership to the West Texas Chapter!
EEOC Releases Updated "Know Your Rights" Poster
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released the "Know Your Rights" poster, which updates and replaces the previous “EEO is the Law” poster. Covered employers are required by federal law to prominently display the poster at their work sites. The EEOC’s web page for the poster provides information about where to post it. The poster also includes a QR code for applicants or employees to link directly to instructions for how to file a charge of workplace discrimination with the EEOC.
Despite OSHA’s efforts, construction’s death rate hasn’t budged in 10 years
The death toll in construction hasn’t changed in the past decade, raising important questions about the effectiveness of OSHA and what it would take to save more lives, according to an analysis by Construction Dive.
Workers continue to die at the same rate — 10 out of every 100,000 workers didn’t come home between 2011 and 2020 — highlighting weak enforcement, meager inspections and fines, and the opioid epidemic. Funerals totaled 1,008 in 2020, the most recent data available. And three in five workers who perished consistently died from the same causes, known as the “Fatal Four.” 
AGC and Sage - Surveying AGC Members for Annual Outlook
Deadline - December 9th
Each year around this time, AGC asks you – our members – to predict what next year will be like for your business. AGC has partnered with Sage to prepare questions that focus on expectations for market performance, hiring, labor market conditions, etc. Please take a moment to complete the survey here. AGC of America will use the survey results to help make the case with elected and appointed officials in support of key member priorities. The more people who complete the survey, the more effective the results will be in supporting our work on your behalf.
Construction Spending Ticks Up in September Driven by Nonresidential Construction, Despite Drop in Public-Sector Activity for the Month
Total construction spending increased by 0.2 percent for the month of September and by 10.9 percent for the year as nonresidential construction activity now outpaces residential construction, according to an analysis the Associated General Contractors of America released today of federal spending data. Association officials noted that gains in public sector transportation construction have lagged other fast-growing segments as officials grapple with Buy America and other new regulatory requirements...
“The best way to accelerate investments in our aging transportation sector is to provide immediate relief to the Buy America rules that make no sense as a time when supply chains remain very challenged,” said Sandherr. “The administration can provide an immediate boost to infrastructure upgrades by relaxing what are proving to be unworkable new requirements.”
Construction employment edges up in October; wages accelerate; September job openings set record
Construction employment, seasonally adjusted, totaled 7,721,000 in October, an increase of 1,000 from September and 266,000 (3.6%) year-over-year (y/y), according to AGC’s analysis of data the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) posted on November 4. Residential construction employment, comprising residential building and specialty trade contractors, rose by 900 in October and 105,300 (3.4%) y/y. Nonresidential construction employment—at building, specialty trades, and heavy and civil engineering construction firms—climbed by 300 for the month and 161,000 (3.7%) y/y.
Construction Bond Elections Passing of Interest
Take note of some passing bond elections from November 8th that will positively impact construction for our West Texas AGC and AGC of Texas members.
Lubbock                      Street Maintenance Bond    200M
Abilene                        New Fire Station                   8M
Stephenville ISD         Stadium                                39.9M
Fort Stockton/Pecos   Schools                                 84M
Fort Stockton/Pecos   Schools                                 16M
Denton County            
   Transportation (includes rural areas)                   650M
Outside of the West Texas Chapter Area
Austin                          City of Austin – Housing       350M
Austin ISD                   Schools                                 2.44B (yes Billion)
Austin Community College Tech Programs             270M
DFW & Houston AREAs
Various Bonds in these areas due to growth and demands on cities and schools 

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West Texas AGC Member Quiz
You are a member of AGC of America through West Texas Chapter AGC - What do you know about the oldest and most respected Contractors Association in America and your local chapter?

The staff at West Texas AGC want to know you better and we want you to know us better AND know more about the West Texas AGC Chapter and AGC of America.

Start by taking this quiz then email your sheet with your name and company to chughes@wtagc.org. Each person responding to the quiz will be eligible for a drawing for a gift card from Lowes or Starbucks.

Need clues? Search the wtagc.org website!
AGC-General Motors Vehicle Program Update  
We received some unfortunate news regarding the AGC-General Motors vehicle program. Effective January 3, 2023, General Motors is terminating their discount program across all associations, including AGC of America. AGC Chapters and Members must take delivery by January 3, 2023, to receive the $500 discount.
GM has made it clear that they intend to reinstate the AGC-General Motors discount program once the auto industry supply chain becomes stable. We will keep you update on these ongoing conversations.
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PRESIDENT - RHETT DAWSON | Henthorn Commercial Construction , LLC
VICE-PRESIDENT - JAMES BISHOP | Associated Contractors
AREA REPRESENTATIVES - KEVIN DARNELL | M & F Litteken Co. & JOHN W. COOPER | Cooper Construction Co., Inc.