Utility Contractor

NOV-DEC 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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6 Utility Contractor | November/December 2018 From the Chairman's View As I have moved my way up the NUCA National leadership, I have found that the benefits of NUCA National are just as important as those of my local chapter. I am a strong supporter of my chapter, NUCA of Washington, and I get a lot from my chapter membership. Both NUCA and my chapter have the same goal—to represent, protect, and improve contractors and associates in the utility and excavation construction industry. So, in this message, I have the privilege to brag about NUCA's key 2018 accomplishments. Next month, I will share the success and value of NUCA chapters. ADVOCACY: Bryce Mongeon, a former Senior Legislative Assistant for a Congressman from Pennsylvania, joined NUCA as its new Government Relations Director in May. He is enthusiastic, strategic, knowledgeable, and a great addition to the NUCA team. NUCA scored significant wins this year as Congress reauthorized critical NUCA priorities, including the Drinking Water SRF and WIFIA loan programs. Additionally, Congress provided an over $1 billion increase to infrastructure programs, like the SRF loan programs and rural water and waste programs. Legislators also heard our message from the Washington Summit about workforce development by reauthorizing the Perkins Act, which allocates significant funding to local vo-tech programs. SAFETY: NUCA, partnering with NAXSA, held a record-breaking Trench Safety Stand Down. We doubled the number of employees reached from 11,000 in 2017 to nearly 23,000 this year, re-affirming to OSHA that NUCA effectively promotes jobsite safety. NUCA also trained 19 new competent person and confined space instructors this year who joined the ranks of our training faculty, making jobsites safer nationwide. And, NUCA was recognized by ASAE's Center of Association Leadership with the Power of A Award for the construction of the Regional Confined Space and Trench Rescue Facility for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. EDUCATION/KNOWLEDGE: To provide a wide breadth of instructive resources for members, NUCA is launching its new education portal, NUCA University, in December. This portal will feature everything from important white papers all the way through heavy equipment training. Much of the curriculum will be free to members. NUCA provided timely Webinar Wednesdays on a host of subjects throughout the year. These Webinar Wednesdays were recorded and available to members 24/7 as part of NUCA University. Additionally, NUCA ramped up the use of social media to actively increase our presence through LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Using these platforms, our reach has extended to not just members, but those that have an interest in our industry. If you are not following NUCA on social media, please do: NUCA_National NUCA National NUCA1964 I am proud of the accomplishments made at the national level this year. And my year as Chairman has helped me recognize how hard NUCA works to help us, the individual members, as well as our chapters. As the year winds down, we all know how important the employees who demonstrated commitment and hard work were to our companies this summer. Make it a priority to show your appreciation, especially around the holidays. Employees who feel valued and appreciated are almost always happy, loyal employees. As we move into the holiday season, I hope you can take time to pause and be thankful for the things that bring you joy and satisfaction—family, friends, employees and coworkers. Whatever your joys are, I hope you pause, embrace them, and feel grateful that they are part of your life. From my family to yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a profitable New Year. Mark Fuglevand NUCA Chairman of the Board/KBA Inc. NUCA CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE November/December 2018 Volume 42, Number 6, Utility Contractor (ISSN 1098-0342) publishes 6 issues per year (bi-monthly) for the National Utility Contractors Association by Benjamin Media Inc., 10050 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville, OH 44141. Periodicals postage paid at Cleveland, OH and additional offices. One year subscription rates: Complimen- tary in the USA & Canada and $99 in foreign countries. Single copy rate: $10.00. ©2018 NUCA. All rights reserved by the National Utility Contractors Association for articles contained herein except where otherwise noted. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means without written permission from the publisher. Printed in the U.S.A. Subscription Info. / Address Changes (Postmaster): Utility Contractor Magazine, 10050 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141 330-467-7588 subscriptions@benjaminmedia.com Canadian Subscriptions: Canada Post Agreement Number 40830553. Send change of address information and blocks of undeliverable copies to: KML Logistics Group Inc., 118 Herald Ave., Oakville, ON L6K 1S2 Canada NUCA OFFICERS Chairman of the Board Mark Fuglevand — KBA Inc., WA Chairman-Elect of the Board Dan Buckley — Anchor Construction Corp., DC Vice Chairman of the Board Fred Chesney — Centerline Utilities, Inc., FL Treasurer Kevin Cripps — Gen3 Energy Services, LLC, NC Secretary Lauren Atwell — Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Inc., FL Immediate Past Chairwoman of the Board Kara Habrock — LG Roloff Construction, NE Asst. Secretary and CEO Bill Hillman — bhillman@nuca.com NUCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS NUCA STAFF Chief Executive Officer Bill Hillman — bhillman@nuca.com Chief Operating Officer Chris Barrett — chris@nuca.com Director of Communications Anne Luzier — anne@nuca.com Director of Marketing Cheryl Stratos — cheryl@nuca.com BENJAMIN MEDIA PUBLISHING TEAM Robert Krzys, President robk@benjaminmedia.com James Rush, Editor / Publisher jrush@benajminmedia.com Maura Dugan, Advertising Sales Representative mdugan@benjaminmedia.com Sarah Haughawout, Graphic Artist shaughawout@benjaminmedia.com CONTRACTOR DIRECTORS Bill Bocchino, FL Thomas Butler, FL Jason Clark, IA David Chandler, TX Penny Danielecki, FL Scot Hattenburg, WA Patrick Holmens, AZ Tom Lingvai, OH Tony Privitera, MO Tom Quinnan, PA Dan Ross, CO Mark Scoccolo, WA David Skurka, RI Clay Sorey, FL David Stavens, CT NON-CONTRACTOR DIRECTORS Fred Burblaw, TX Gary Lawson, OK Andy Williams, FL DIRECTORS-AT- LARGE Tom Olson, MN Brian Siska, PA

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