NJSA Priority Issue Advances in State Legislature

Assembly Bill 947, sponsored by Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7) and Assemblyman Joe Lagana (D-38), which would require the release of plan holder lists under Local Public Contracts Law was also approved by the full Assembly recently in a 59-16 vote. This bill has been moving through the legislative process for a number of years without being able to gain final approval. Releasing on plan holder lists is critical to every aspect of the construction economy, most particularly subcontractors and suppliers.  The bill has been listed for consideration by the Senate Community & Urban Affairs Committee on October 27, 2014.  The Senate version of the bill, S2216 is sponsored by Senator Joe Pennachio (R-26).  NJAPA will continue to play a leading role in moving this important policy initiative forward.

Trust Fund Legislation Introduced in Senate

Senators Sandra Cunningham and Jennifer Beck have introduced Senate Bill xxxx.  This legislation will establish a Trust Fund concept for private construction contracts.  Benefits of the bill include giving construction project owners greater certainty that subcontractors and suppliers on their projects are being paid in a timely manner, providing subcontractors a higher standing in bankruptcy proceedings and providing additional and much needed leverage to subcontractors when they are attempting to collect funds from general contractors for work previously completed and accepted.  The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Charles Mainor and Wayne DeAngelo.

NJSA Hosts “A Salute to Higher Education Construction” at 43rd Annual Awards Dinner Dance

The NJSA will be celebrating their 43rd Annual Awards Dinner Dance on November 15th, 2014 at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick.  This year’s theme will be “A Salute to Higher Education Construction”. 

As we all appreciate, the last several years have been very difficult for the construction industry with virtually every sector experiencing a significant contraction.  With nearly every other segment of the industry cutting back dramatically, a handful of major educational projects provided a huge boost for the New Jersey construction economy.  Our honorees will include Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Rowan University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Stevens Institute, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson University.

We will also be honoring True & Associates as our Associate Member of the Year Award.  True & Associates has been an active member of the NJSA for several decades and have continuously gone above and beyond in their support for the organization and its mission to advocate for the best interests of our state’s specialty contractors.

NJSA Safety Awardees Announced

NJSA will once again present our Annual Safety Awards to recognize member firms which have achieved a standard of excellence in construction safety and OSHA compliance.  This year’s awardees are Bonland Industries, Inc., Eii, Inc., Fine Group, Hillcrest Paving and Excavating, Inc., Landmark Fire Protection, Inc., Linear Electric Co., Inc., Matrix SME, and MMC Contractors.

PCL Construction Presents Overview of Revitalized American Dream Project at September Dinner Meeting

PCL, a group of independent construction companies that carry out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia with 31 offices, 4400 professional staff and more than $7 Billion in   annual construction volume, has been designated as the CM for the completion of the American Dream project in the Meadowlands.

Senior representatives of PCL presented an overview of the project which includes a completely redone entertainment and retail center, a major amusement park, and a large scale water park.  NJSA members were provided an opportunity to learn about this massive project and to meet the PCL representative responsible for selection of subcontractors and management of the project. PCL is working with local partner Torcon on this initiative.

Gerry McCarthy recognized and thanked for years of service

The NJSA Board of Directors presented Gerry McCarthy of B.J. McClone, Inc. a plaque and a Joint Legislative Resolution in recognition of completing his two year term as NJSA president.  Gerry directed the NJSA to numerous successes throughout his term and now becomes Chairman of NJSA. 

Dan Swayze Sworn in as NJSA President

Dan Swayze, of Dan Swayze and Son has been elected President of the NJSA.  Dan served as Vice President for the last two years and had been a Board of Director member for several years prior to his election as an officer.  Dan’s firm, founded in 1979, specializes in line striping, sweeping, parking lot repair and maintenance, including infrared repairs and crack sealing.

NJSA Members Dominate List of ENR Top Specialty Contractors

A recent listing of the top specialty contractors in the New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut region included 8 NJSA members among the top 40, and 6 of the top 16 in New Jersey.  Congratulations to Alpine Painting & Sandblasting, Weir Welding, MMC Contractors, Emcor/Forest Electric, Bonland Industries and Allied Fire & Safety.

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