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Mission Statement

Signatory contractors and building trades professionals working together to advance our industry by supplying the safest, highest quality and most cost effective construction services at the best possible value.


Done Right The First Time

Members of the Upper Peninsula Construction Council are dedicated to building Upper Michigan and Northern Wisconsin by providing:

  • On-time Project Completion
  • Access to Over 4,000 Highly Trained Craftspeople
  • Extensive Safety Training & Safe Job Sites
  • Cooperation Between the Trades
  • Experiences Supervision for Each Craft
  • High Level of Employer-Employee Cooperation and Coordination
  • Competitive pricing

In Our Communities

The men and women of the UPCC live in our communities. Their children attend local schools, their families use local health care facilities and shop in our stores. UPCC members donate $2 million annually in time, talent, and resources and the living wage, health insurance and retirement benefits they receive help keep our economy strong.

UPCC members bring pride, professionalism, and a strong work ethic to every project, whether they’re working for a signatory contractor or as a community volunteer.



The Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) was formed and incorporated in July of 1984 as the Upper Peninsula Construction Labor-Management Council, Inc. We represent the first multi-trade, multi-employer association construction council in Michigan. Membership includes the major construction trades and their respective contractor/employer associations.

The Council is a nonprofit, private corporation funded by a cents-per-hour contribution from workers’ checks that is matched by employers. The Upper Peninsula Construction Council is committed to continuing the mutually beneficial relationship between labor and management in the construction trades.

Board of Directors

Executive Director

Mike Smith

Upper Peninsula Construction Council

Phone: 906-786-1573


Management Directors

Cory Bushong

Prime Mechanical Contracting

Phone: 906-226-8381

Stan Kaczmarek

President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.

Phone: 906-779-2303

Tony Guiliani

Division Manager, Van Ert Electric

Phone: 715-845-4308

Andy LaBar

CR Meyer

Phone: 800-236-6650

Eric Lonsway

Murray Painting

Phone: 989-695-8152

Marty Sutinen

Vice President, MJ ELECTRIC

Phone: 906-774-8000

Jeff Goodney

PE President, Closner Construction and Sales, Inc.

Phone: 906-225-1146

John Wozniak

Director of Operations, The Boldt Company

Phone: 920-225-6225

Walker Lakenen

Owner/Operator, Lakenen Crane & Rigging Service

Phone: 906-361-45611

Carl Vonck

Dresseler Mechanical

Phone: 906-226-2565

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Kevin Bahr

Tweet Garot Mechanical Inc

Phone: 920-498-0400

Jerry Norman

Songer Services

Phone: 724-884-0184

Labor Directors

Brian Kerrigan

MI Regional Council of Carpenters

Phone: 906-228-2913

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Dean Gutzman

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111

Phone: 906-789-9784

Geno Alessandrini Jr

Laborers Local 1329

Phone: 906-774-6070

George Edwardsen

Operating Engineers Local 324

Phone: 248-451-0324

Jim Calouette

Boilermakers Local 169

Phone: 313-584-8520

Kurtis Monroe

IBEW Local 906

Phone: 906-226-7497

Scott Pendergraft

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111

Phone: 906-789-9784

Tom Hogan

IBEW Local 906

Phone: 906-226-7497

Travis Cary

Painters Local 1011

Phone: 262-662-1827

Adam Saari

Bricklayers And Allied Craftworkers Local 2

Phone: 517-886-2221

Brandon Langenfeld

SMART Local Union No 7 - Zone 5

Phone: 517-882-4064

Tim Roman

Iron Workers Local 8

Phone: 414-476-9370


Ryan Stern

MI Building & Construction Trades Council

Phone: 517-484-8427

Bill Verrette

Gundlach Champion, Inc.

Phone: 906-779-2303

Damian Hill

AGC of Michigan

Phone: 517-371-1550

Don Maki

Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

Phone: 202-606-8100

Jack LaSalle

MI Building & Construction Trades Council (Retired)

John LaVallee

Iron Workers Local 8 (Retired)

Michael Thibault

MI Building & Construction Trades Council (Retired)

Phone: 517-484-8427

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