About Us

Skilled Workforce & Respected Contractors Building Wisconsin Together

About Us – CBG

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Construction Business Group (CBG) is a partnership of construction employers and employees established to enhance business opportunities in Wisconsin’s construction industry by ensuring fairness, equity and standards of excellence.

CBG works to improve employment opportunities for employees, expand the market for the construction industry, and ensure that a skilled workforce is available to meet Wisconsin’s projected growth in the construction industry. Through CBG, skilled construction trades and respected contractors are Building Wisconsin Together by:

  • Working with K-12 schools and technical colleges to educate teachers, counselors and instructional staff about the high-tech and rewarding careers of the building trades.
  • Providing information on apprenticeship to individuals seeking information about careers in the building trades. For over 100 years, apprenticeship programs have provided employees the opportunity to get classroom instruction and on-the-job PAID experience without the burden of large student loans.
  • Educating the public about the importance of investing in infrastructure to enhance to quality of life in Wisconsin.

About Us – Wisconsin Operating Engineers

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The Wisconsin Operating Engineers represents 9,000 heavy equipment operators, who run a variety of equipment from tower cranes to forklifts for respected contractors throughout Wisconsin.

The Operating Engineers pride themselves on being the best trained in the construction industry and are required to complete a four-year apprenticeship that includes 450 hours of classroom instruction and 6,000 hours of in-the-seat supervised paid work experience. Ongoing education allows Operating Engineers to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and safety requirements.

The state-of-the art Joseph J. Goetz Training Facility located in Coloma, Wisconsin utilizes classrooms, a year-round indoor training arena, and over 400 acres of outdoor space for the operation of equipment on large-scale replicated construction sites. Active members of the Operating Engineers fund the apprenticeship program, continuing education, and the Joseph J. Goetz Training Facility; a sign of their commitment to provide a well-trained, safe and proficient workforce for Wisconsin contractors.