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A QUICK LOOK AT AGC/CT'S
1947 - Associated General Contractors of
Connecticut was charted and became the 28th
Chapter of AGC of America with 14 original
* Formed jointly administered apprenticeship
programs for carpenters, brick masons,
operating engineers and ironworkers.
* Adopted a contractors' Code
of Ethics in Construction.
* Influenced the state to adopt a uniform
payments statute which guaranteed prompt
payment on public construction projects.
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* Introduced new management training
programs - construction cost accounting,
marketing and business and contracts law
* Formed first contractor negotiating teams to
focus on trade- specific agreements
* Changed by-laws to allow construction
managers the same status as a general
* Construction Manager (CM) became
an accepted term
* Won repeal of the "Pre-File Bidding"
Law in Connecticut
* Increased membership by 41%
* Established first Scholarship Award Program
* Affiliated with the Connecticut Construction
* Worked to help pass the Workers
Compensation Reform Act, which reduced
Workers Compensation rates 20%.
* The UCONN 2000 - $1.1 billion construction
program was passed
* Won the New Haven Set-Aside Case in 2nd
Circuit Federal Court, which required the
city of New Haven to reform its set-aside
* The Connecticut Construction Labor
Management Council was established.
* AGC/CT Celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
* The Scholarship Program was increased to
$5,000 per student.
* Build Connecticut Awards Program was
* Amended the by-laws to equalize role of
subcontractors in the chapter.
* Initiated Young Contractors Forum (YCF).
* Defeated State False Claims Act.
* Helped pass a contractor prequalification
* The Industry Recognition Awards was
* John W. Butts hired as Executive Director.
* Received a U.S. Department of Commerce
Leadership Award for its Small Contractor
Training and Development Program (in
cooperation with the MDC)
* Worked to modify the law from the 2012
Supreme Court case, State v. Lombardo
Brothers by establishing a 10-year statute
of limitations on claims brought against
contractors doing state work.
* Created workforce development
website - www.buildconnecticut.com
* Participated in the Construction Contracting
and Bidding Transparency Working Group
with members shaping a reasonable
report to improve the state's construction
10 / CONNstruction / SPRING 2017
Groundbreaking at Lafayette Plaza, Bridgeport, CT.
Included in photo (left to right): W.A. Jones, New Haven
Chamber; Otto LaMacchia, Sr. Resident Judge Superior
Court; Louis Fusco, President/Founder,Fusco Corporation (1st
Generation); Hugh Curran, Mayor of City of Bridgeport; John
P. Cotter, State of Connecticut; Ed Fusco, Fusco Corporation
(2nd Generation); Joe Dearborn, City Planning Commission.
In 1947, 14 construction companies chartered the Associated General Contractors of
Connecticut (AGC/CT) as the 28th chapter
of AGC of America. Key activities in the first
years of the new chapter included establishing close working relationships with city
councils and state representatives to work
on payment and contracting issues, and
forming a labor relations component to support members' negotiations with unions.
One of the founding member companies
was Bartlett Brainard Eacott (BBE), a construction company in Connecticut since
1921. "In the early days of our company
and the AGC/CT, labor negotiations were a
critical issue," explains Jim Eacott, president
of BBE. "It was more effective to negotiate
as a team of contractors rather than as an
While labor relations is still an important
issue that AGC/CT handles well today, Eacott
admits that the environment for negotiations
has changed. "Today, labor negotiations are
less contentious, with fewer threats of strikes
that disrupt the industry," he explains.
Just as working with local and state government organizations was important in the
early days, lobbying and interacting with
government representatives is still important, says Eacott. "For those of us who do
Groundbreaking at Yale New Haven Clinical Laboratory,
New Haven, CT. Included in photo (left to right): Lynn Fusco,
President Fusco Corporation (3rd Generation), Mayor John
DeStefano, Marna Borgstrom, President/CEO Yale New
Haven Hospital and two others.
not enjoy lobbying, AGC's efforts to identify
issues that affect our industry, educate legislators and communicate with members
are very important," he says. "All members
have a chance to participate, but we all can
choose the intensity level of our involvement."
"The association does a stellar job at
watching trends in our industry and in the
legislature," says Lynn R. Fusco, president and CEO of Fusco Corporation, a
93-year-old company that was one of the
early members of AGC/CT. "Tracking issues,
lobbying state representatives and keeping
members informed requires time and experience that most members don't have."
Because the state economy has a direct
impact on the state's construction industry,
association efforts have focused on issues
that might directly or indirectly affect contractors' ability to do business. Payment
issues, onerous regulations and practices
that affect fair bidding practices are examples of the legislative issues the association
has actively followed and acted upon, says
John Butts, executive director of AGC/CT.
As Connecticut's economy changed over
the years with less new construction, the
commercial construction industry, including AGC/CT members, faced financial challenges. The 90s began with the hiring of