PRESS RELEASE: Two Major Chicagoland Construction Groups Merge
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Posted by: Hilary Korabik
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rosemaria DiBenedetto
Two Major Chicagoland Construction Groups Merge
Tuhowski III: “We will be using our combined resources and strength to help our members and better the industry.”
Chicago, IL – Two of the largest Chicagoland general contractors' associations announced this week the two have merged effective January 1, 2018 to become the Chicagoland Associated General Contractors (CAGC). The former Builders Association and the Fox Valley Associated General Contractors had been in discussion for nearly 18 months and recently held their first official board meeting of the group.
The Builders Association was established in 1906, and the Fox Valley AGC was in 1952. Both are affiliated with the Associated General Contractors of America representing more than 36,000 contractors and construction related companies across the United States. Their combined membership includes some of the largest names in the Chicagoland commercial construction industry.
George K. Tuhowski III, Director of Sustainability at Leopardo Companies, will lead the new Chicagoland AGC as President. Tuhowski believes the merger will build on the combined strength of the organizations. “The new Association will serve as an even stronger voice for the industry with membership representing the leading contractors and suppliers in the Chicagoland area. Members range from large national firms to smaller, specialized companies building private and public projects valued in excess of $11 billion annually,” stated Tuhowski.
The merger comes at a time when Chicago is in the midst of a construction boom with the highest record of tower crane permits requested in decades. The Chicagoland AGC will continue to have a voice in the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA), the organization that has represented employers in the commercial construction industry since 1971 and has helped promote stability and unity across various trade unions in the industry.
“The merger of these two groups will ensure their members’ voices are heard, increasing our ability to effect change as we strive to improve the industry, provide greater economic development, and create additional jobs in the Chicagoland area,” stated Ken Egidi, President and CEO of Pepper Construction and a member of the Association.
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