About Us

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.


The Wisconsin Operating Engineers represent 10,000 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.

Our Partners

  • Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee
  • Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin
  • Allied Construction Employers Association
  • Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
  • Wisconsin Underground Contractor’s Association

About Us

Building Wisconsin Together® is a cooperative effort by Construction Business Group®, Wisconsin’s Operating Engineers and construction contractors to positively promote educational opportunities in the construction industry and the positive impact that construction has on the State of Wisconsin. When skilled trades and respected construction contractors come together, jobs are created and a promising future becomes a reality.

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