Washington, D.C. — The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) applauds the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative (CEICI) and the thirteen construction companies that came together to form this non–profit association for the sole purpose of promoting ethical behavior and full compliance with the law. The CEICI was formed April 25, 2008.

The CEICI is not a lobbying organization; it will instead focus on construction companies' best practices for encouraging ethical behavior and ensuring full compliance. Its goals are to identify and spread those practices throughout the construction industry.

"We note and are proud to report that all thirteen of the CEICI's founding members are also AGC members," said AGC's chief executive officer Stephen E. Sandherr. "We encouraged them to take this step and we will continue to support their effort to make a statement about the character and quality of the good people who work in the construction industry."

While AGC has endorsed the CEICI and explained its goals and objectives to AGC members, the CEICI is independent of AGC or any other trade group, and will govern its own affairs. Its first chairman is William G. Dorey, the president and CEO of Granite Construction, and its Interim Coordinator is Richard J. Bendar, a Washington lawyer well–known for his work for and on behalf of the Defense Industry Initiative.

The thirteen founding members of the CEICI are:

Austin Industries Inc. – Dallas, Texas
Balfour Beatty – Atlanta, Ga., and Dallas, Texas
Clark Construction Group, LLC – Bethesda, Md.
Granite Construction Incorporated – Watsonville, Calif.
Kenny Construction Company – Northbrook, Ill.
Kiewit Corporation – Omaha, Neb.
The Lane Construction Corporation – Cheshire, Conn.
Lusardi Construction Company – San Marcos, Calif.
Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. – Boston, Mass.
Sundt Construction, Inc. – Tempe, Ariz.
Traylor Bros., Inc. – Evansville, Ind.
The Walsh Group – Chicago, Ill.
Zachry Construction Corporation – San Antonio, Texas

"This kind of leadership will also contribute to a much larger effort to improve the standing and enhance the image of the construction industry," Sandherr said.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents 33,000 firms, including 7,500 of America's leading general contractors and 12,500 specialty–contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at AGC members are "Building Your Quality of Life."