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Friday, September 13th, 2019

On a recent episode of NPR's 1A, they delved into the real world consequences of stepped-up immigration enforcement in the form of recent workplace raids. From the show notes: "The raids came as the U.S. is experiencing a nationwide labor shortage. While the raided poultry plants held job fairs to try to replace the detained staff, industry... read more

Monday, August 26th, 2019

With less than two weeks to go before the comment period for the new proposed Department of Labor (DOL) rule on Registered Apprenticeship Programs, or RAPs, will be over, it appears that the construction industry organizations have gotten the proverbial “short end of the stick” from a union-backed exemption that excludes construction Industry... read more

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

HOUSTON, July 30 – Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston, an association representing the interests of merit shop contractors and their employees, announced the recipients of the 2019 STEP awards in the bronze, silver, gold, platinum and diamond levels at the Membership Breakfast on July 26th. Founded in 1989, STEP participation... read more

Monday, April 1st, 2019

The following article was authored by Lauren Pinch and originally published in Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.“Our most precious resource is people,” says Mike Holland, COO of MAREK, recently named Associated Builders and Contractors’ 2018 Contractor of the Year in... read more

Friday, March 29th, 2019

The following was published in The Leader:A local contracting company that is a longtime Oak Forest community staple was recently recognized for its prowess.Associated Builders and Contractors named MAREK as its 2018 Contractor of the Year, an award that recognizes companies for corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development... read more

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

LONG BEACH, California, March 28—Associated Builders and Contractors named MAREK, headquartered in Houston, as its 2018 Contractor of the Year, an award that recognizes companies for corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development and expert craftsmanship. Mike Holland, chief operating officer of MAREK, accepted the honor at... read more

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Dallas Morning News business columnist Mitchell Schnurman this week explored the question of why business leaders in Texas are once again pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. He put it succinctly:  It’s the workforce, stupid.That’s one way to sum up the rationale behind a new push by Texas businesses to rally support for immigrants and... read more

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

AUSTIN — Today marks the launch of Texans for Economic Growth, a coalition of Texas business leaders and associations dedicated to recognizing and supporting the positive impact immigrants have on the Texas economy as business owners, taxpayers, and consumers. With its launch, the Coalition partnered with the Texas Business Immigration Coalition (... read more

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

United Tool and Fastener is proud to be a part of the upcoming 1st annual Construction Career Collaborative (C3) career fair on Thursday, April 4, 2019 as a sponsor and safety representative. The event, which will be held from 7am to 3pm at the Fort Bend ISD Wheeler Fieldhouse in Sugar Land, is part of a greater C3 initiative to educate students... read more

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

AGC Houston recently had the privilege of hosting the meetings for two outstanding organizations whose sole missions are to grow and sustain a skilled workforce.The Construction Career Collaborative (C3) launched 2019 with a strategic planning session that focused on finding the “tipping point” for commercial construction and its “all in”... read more

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Members of the Greater Houston chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) met Friday to learn from a panel of construction leaders how the industry has evolved over the years and discuss free enterprise challenges that lie ahead for the merit-shop construction industry regarding labor unions, regulations, PLAs, workforce shortages,... read more

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Chuck Gremillion, C3 executive director, announced that Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, has awarded a $100,000 grant to C3 to help strengthen craft training programs throughout the Houston region.Gremillion said, “We are honored to partner with Texas Mutual and to have their support... read more

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

WASHINGTON, July 26—On behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors, Mike Holland, Chief Operating Officer, MAREK Companies, testified today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about the need to modernize and expand apprenticeship opportunities in the United States. In his testimony, Holland outlined the... read more

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Dallas, TX, March 22– MAREK has been named the winner of a National Safety Excellence Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). MAREK Dallas received the award March 21 during the 28th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards at ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, CA.The National Safety Awards are presented in three major North... read more

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The following article was authored by Jim Kollaer and originally published on Construction Citizen.Recently, I attended two screenings of the third and newly minted video from the Rational Middle on Immigration, a series of documentaries undertaken by the Rational Middle's media team and the Center for Houston’s Future.The first was held at the... read more

Monday, May 14th, 2018

The following article was authored by Ulf Wolf and originally published on Construction Dimensions.Over the last several years, many of AWCI’s member contractors have voiced the concern that they see no clear candidate to hand the reins when the day comes to retire. Also, they wish there were more young aspirants entering our industry—both as crew... read more

Monday, May 14th, 2018

The following article was authored by Dan Zulli and originally published in Construction News.John Hinson has been with Marek Brothers Systems since 1984, right out of college. He was transferred to its Dallas office in 1988 and became the division president the following year.But despite being born and raised in east Texas, when it comes to... read more

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

The following article was authored by Michelle Neundorfer and originally published on Construction Citizen.On April 11, United Tool and Fastener had the privilege of attending and presenting at the 6th annual Texas Construction Career Initiative (TCCI) 2018 High School Construction Career Day at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall in San Antonio. More... read more

Friday, April 6th, 2018

A group of college students, faculty, and guests spent their spring break this year travelling to the Houston area from Auburn, Alabama to volunteer on work crews repairing homes damaged during Hurricane Harvey last August. The group included seven graduate and undergraduate students and two faculty members from the McWhorter School of Building... read more

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

The following article was authored by Ileana Najarro and originally published in the Houston Chronicle.The men in hardhats compacting fake stone, pouring concrete and handling other jobs on the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston work site typically are paired up based on experience levels. Thus, a 20-year construction veteran often finds himself working... read more


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