CAM eNewsletter – October 15, 2019

CAM eNewsletter - October 15, 2019


  • A New Show! A New Location! Two Days!
  • The 4th Annual Legislative Breakfast Takes Place on Friday
  • Early Bird Registration Still Open for Safety Leadership Conference
  • Return Your 2020 CAM Buyers Guide Listing Today!
  • CAMTEC’s Upcoming Classes
  • CAMComp Free Lunch & Learn Seminar Takes Place on October 25th
  • Two Great CAM Connect Networking Events Coming This Fall
  • Tricia Ruby of Ruby + Associates Wins National Service Award
  • Careers in Energy Week Highlights In-Demand Job Opportunities
  • FY 2020 USDOT Bonding Education Program in Detroit
  • North American International Cyber Summit 2019 Comes to Detroit
  • Introducing the Fulcrum Conference – The Future of Work
  • Oliver/Hatcher Raises $145,000 for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
  • Amendment to Part 11. Recording and Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
  • New Weighting System Could Increase Safety and Health Inspections

Click here to view the CAM eNewsletter

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Michigan Construction Lien Law

Construction Liens

How to Protect Your Right to Payment


Michigan provides to contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and laborers a remedy for payment beyond their customer and beyond their contract. This remedy is called a Construction Lien. In order to have the remedy of a Construction Lien, the land must be privately owned (i.e. hotel, office building, restaurant, manufacturing plant) as opposed to land owned by a city, township, village, state, county, public school or college. The privately-owned land must be in Michigan1. The Construction Lien is recorded against the land of the private owner. The contractor, subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers must be able to prove that they performed an improvement2 to the owner’s land.

To establish a Construction Lien, a party must be one of the following:

  1. Contractor: one who provides an improvement pursuant to a direct contract with the owner or tenant of the land.
  2. Subcontractor: one who provides labor and material to either a contractor or subcontractor.
  3. Supplier: one who only provides or rents material or equipment to a contractor or subcontractor that is used in the improvement to the owner’s land. Suppliers to suppliers have no lien rights.
  4. Laborer: an individual who only performs labor for a contractor or subcontractor.

Before the Owner (or Tenant) begins construction, the Owner must fill out, record3 with the register of deeds for the county where the property being improved is located, and post on the property a document called a Notice of Commencement. The Notice of Commencement will contain the following information that can be used and relied upon by the contractor, subcontractor, supplier or laborer to prepare and record a claim of lien:

  • The legal description of the land
  • The name and address of the general contractor
  • The legal description of the land
  • The name and address of Owner’s Designee

Before starting their work, the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, and laborer should obtain a copy of the recorded Notice of Commencement from their customer or the owner, either informally or by a formal certified mail demand.

To establish a lien, Subcontractors, Suppliers and Laborers must perform 5 steps:

  1. Serve a Notice of Furnishing within 204 days after first labor or material on the General Contractor, and Owners Designee by certified mail (effective upon mailing) or personal delivery.
  2. Prepare a Proof of Service of Notice of Furnishing. This is a notarized statement saying when the Notice of Furnishing was served. Keep and attach to Claim of Lien when recorded.
  3. Record the Claim of Lien in the County Register of Deeds where the Owner’s property is located, within 90 calendar days after last labor or material.
  4. Serve a copy of the recorded Claim of Lien on the Owner’s Designee within 15 days from date of recording by certified mail or personal delivery.
  5. Prepare Proof of Sevice of Claim of Lien. Keep and attach to lawsuit if filed.

To establish a lien, a Contractor must perform only 3 steps5

  1. Record a Claim of Lien in the County Register of Deeds where the Owner’s property is located with 90 calendar days after last labor or material. Before recording Claim, give the Owner a final Sworn Statement.
  2. Serve a copy of the recorded Claim of Lien on the Owner’s Designee within 15 days from date of recording by certified mail or personal delivery.
  3. Prepare Proof of Service of Claim of Lien. Keep and attach to lawsuit if filed.

In all cases, the recorded Claim of Lien has a one-year life span; meaning that a lawsuit to enforce or foreclose the lien must be filed within one year after the date the Claim of Lien is recorded. If no lawsuit is filed within the one year, the lien claim dies. The lawsuit to enforce the lien must have attached the Proof of Service of the Claim of Lien, and a Sworn Statement and must join all other lien and mortgage holders. If successful on the lien claim, the lien claimant can recover reasonable attorney fees and costs.


The Construction Association of Michigan hosts classes designed to educate member firms about the complexities of lien law and payment bonds.  Click here for upcoming classes.

To purchase a PDF copy of 18 lien law forms, click here.

  1. Each state has its own lien law.
  2. The improvement may be new construction, renovation, remodeling or service work – whether residential, commercial, industrial or office.
  3. The Owner of a residential construction lien (i.e. home) need not record the Notice of Commencement.
  4. Laborers must serve the Notice of Furnishing within 30 days after first work
  5. Contractors do not give a Notice of Furnishing, they receive them.

Note: This summary is not intended to be an all inclusive discussion of Michigan’s construction or mechanic’s lien laws, but does include basic provisions.

Robert S. Broner President Broner Glove and Safety

About the Author

Mr. Burnstein is the dean of construction law in the state of Michigan. He is an expert in Construction Lien Law and Payment Bonds, and teaches classes and workshops at the Construction Association of Michigan and throughout the state on the subjects.

Mr. Burnstein has been recognized by his peers in construction law in Best Lawyers of America from 2010-2020, Michigan Super Lawyers from 2010-2019.

CCC Signs CAMSafety Alliance

CCC Signs CAMSafety Alliance

On August 9, 2019, the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) entered into an alliance agreement with Commercial Contracting Corporation (CCC) on their WMR Murchie Science Building Expansion at the U of M Flint campus. The alliance promotes ongoing training, site inspection, and use of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Consultation, Education and Training (CET) resources to encourage and support continued safety awareness with the intent to reduce the potential for injuries on the jobsite.

The CAMSafety Alliance Program is an opportunity for the association and a member company to partner on a particular project to promote the dialogue of safety and health.  For more information about the program, contact our Safety & Education Director Jason Griffin at

Alliance Program

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces. To that end, MIOSHA and CAM, have formed an alliance to provide CAM members and other with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers in the construction industry.

While participation by individual employers is voluntary, CAM acknowledges that contractors, who embrace the goals of the alliance and who strive to provide a safe and healthy workplace, will experience a decrease in workplace accidents and illnesses, and a decrease in workers’ compensation costs.

Learn More

Mid Year Forecast Recap

Mid-Year Forecast Recap

June 13, 2019 – At today’s Mid Year Forecast and State of the Industry Breakfast, co-hosted by Construction Association of Michigan and Southeastern Michigan Home Builders Association, 250+ attendees were presented with information concerning the national economy and Michigan’s economic outlook.

During the first presentation by Gabriel Ehrlich, Director of Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics (RSQE) and Assistant Research Scientist with experience in the Financial Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), statistics indicated that by July 2019, the national economy will set a record for longest sustained period of growth.  To view all of the charts and graphs presented by Gabe, click here.

The second half was presented by returning speaker Eric Bussis, the Michigan Chief Economist and the Director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis at the Michigan Department of Treasury.  Eric’s remarks focused on Michigan and demonstrated that Michigan has outperformed the US and Great Lakes States during the economic recovery.  To view Eric’s presentation, click here.

To view photos from the event, click here.

Special thanks to our sponsors:


Construction Federal Credit Union
Michigan Talent Investment Agency
Doeren Mayhew


Progessive Plumbing Supply
Testing Engineers & Consultants
Progressive Sweeping Contractors
CMIT Solutions
Surework Construction
Plante Moran
Operating Engineers Local 324 LMEC & JATF
Pella Window & Door


Member Benefit: Sunoco Fuel


CAM Member Benefit

Save on Sunoco Fuel

CAM is pleased to offer current CAM members a valuable member benefit: The Sunoco Fuel Card Program featuring exclusive Association fuel rebates, top-quality Sunoco Ultratech™ fuel, the convenience of broad card acceptance, and unparalleled customer service. With this Program, new accounts will save $.12 per gallon for the first six months*! Even better: With the collective buying power of your Association, all participating members can automatically earn the top fuel rebate regardless of your business’ own monthly volume. You’ll save even more time and money by using the program’s easy, online tools designed to give you complete control over your fuel-related expenses:

  • Set specific spending limits by hour, by day, by driver
  • Eliminate manual receipt collection and expense reimbursements
  • Fuel conveniently at more than 5,000 Sunoco locations (or nationwide with Sunoco Universal)
  • Protect your business from fraud with driver ID and odometer prompts at purchase
  • View and download reports that clearly detail every purchase transaction
  • Pay your invoice and manage your account online or with the Fleet SmartHub mobile app
  • Use our Fuel Card Tax Exemption & Reporting features if your business is exempt from taxes

Visit and a Sunoco Fuel Card Specialist will contact you with more information.

*Offer Expires July 31, 2019

CAM eNewsletter – April 15, 2019

CAM eNewsletter - April 15, 2019


• It’s Open Season for CAM Golf Registration!
• CAM Member Benefits Webinar Takes Place April 16th
• CAMTEC’s Upcoming Classes
• Congratulations to CAM’s Own Suzie DeSonia
• Sponsor Opportunities for May’s Sporting Clays Event
• CAM Connect: Boost Your Networking Knowledge
• New CAM Jobsite Posters Are Updated for April 2019
• Welcome to the New Staples: Updates to a CAM Member Benefit
• NAWIC Detroit Honors the Best in City’s Construction Community
• Michigan Safety Conference Takes Place on April 16th & 17th
• 24th Annual Architects, Engineers & Surveyors Legislative Day
• The Michigan Job Expo Comes to Pontiac on April 24th
• Detroit Engineering and Technology Job Fair – April 29th
• Save the Date for the 2020 CAM Tradeshow & Annual Meeting

Click here to view the CAM eNewsletter


Member Benefit: Staples Advantage

CAM Member Benefit

For All Your Business Needs

Are you looking for more time in your busy day to focus on getting more customers and growing your business? If so, your membership with CAM can help!

As a member, you are eligible for all the benefits and savings that our partnership with Staples Business Advantage offers. They truly are a one source shop for all your business needs. They can assist with the following:

The Right Expertise

Make smarter purchasing decisions with the help of our highly-trained experts. Reduce costs. Simplify processes. Gain a better understanding of your spend at the local, national – and even global – level. Only Staples Advantage can offer the diverse range of expertise your organization needs to excel.

The Right Solutions

With Staples Advantage, it’s always about you and nobody else. Your program is tailored with the right selection of products, service and savings based on your organization’s needs. Only Staples Advantage can offer the broad range of solutions to give you the most flexibility.

Benefit from:

  • Office supply solutions – Millions of products from the most trusted brands
  • Facility solutions – Products and services to keep your buildings clean, safe and efficient, nationwide
  • Technology solutions – Leading assortment of services and products for everything IT
  • Promotional product solutions – More than 700,000 products customizable for your brand
  • Print solutions – Solve any print need, from complex forms and labels to digital copy
  • Furniture solutions – Everyday furniture and complete services, design to installation
  • Safety Supplies – PPE, flammable gas storage, material handling equipment, and more

The Right Service

Reliable, dependable service that exceeds your expectations: That’s the hallmark of our Easy brand. And our financial stability means you can feel confident in our ability to always deliver what you need.

Depend on:

  • Dedicated account manager who helps you continually find new opportunities for improvement
  • Easy and efficient Web site that reduces ordering time and keeps employees productive
  • Accurate and FREE next-business day delivery
  • Simplified billing processes that reduce paper work and payment reconciliation time
  • Local Staples® retail stores for last-minute purchases at your negotiated pricing rate
  • No-hassle shipping, returns and Customer Service policies –simple, transparent and clear

Learn why more organizations choose Staples Advantage as their trusted office solutions advisor over everyone else. Contact Lynn Swain at and sign up today. For more information about your membership benefits, visit or contact your Membership Representative at 248-972-1000.

CAM Members Elect New Board

CAM Members Elect New Board

At the 133rd Annual Meeting of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), held February 5, 2019, at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, the association’s new officers and directors, who will serve on the 2019 Board of Directors, were installed.

CAM’s new 2019 Chairman of the Board is Kevin Foucher, Vice President, Construction, Commercial Contracting Corporation, Auburn Hills.  Newly promoted to CAM Vice Chairmen are: Kerlin Blaise, Blaze Contracting, and Erik Wordhouse, Edwards Glass Company. CAM’s incoming Treasurer is Samuel Ruegsegger III, The Christman Company.

Each year, three Directors retire from CAM’s 12-member board, and three new Directors are elected by the CAM Membership. The newly elected 2019 Directors are: Tricia Ruby, President/CEO, Ruby+Associates, Inc., Bingham Farms; Matthew Cramer, President, Dee Cramer Inc., Holly; and Frank Jonna, CEO, Jonna Companies, Detroit.  Outoing Directors include Joseph Fontanesi, Fontanasi and Kann Company; Tom Broad, Midwest Steel; and Jennifer Panning, Artisan Tile.

Other current members of the CAM Board of Directors are: Joshua Barney, JJ Barney Construction; Jeffrey Chandler, Valenti Trobec Chandler Inc./VTC Insurance Group; Stephen Frantz, Motor City Electric Company; Michael Green, John E. Green Company; and Paul Stachowiak, Integrated Design Solutions, LLC.

2019 Special Issue Awards: Submission Deadline Extended!

If you have a groundbreaking, beautiful, complicated construction project that deserves to be featured in the October 2019 CAM Magazine Special Issue, submit your entry today!

CAM Magazine’s Special Issue is published each October.  It highlights the 12 most outstanding construction projects, as determined by the CAM Magazine staff and the CAM Magazine Editorial Advisory Board.  Any project constructed or designed by a CAM member company, which has been completed or reached substantial completion between June 2018 and June 2019, is eligible for consideration.

As an added bonus to being featured in Special Issue 2019, the General Contractors/Construction Managers/Architects of each winning project will be presented with a commemorative plaque at an award ceremony held at the Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow in February 2020. They will also be eligible to be voted as the CAM 2019 Project of the Year.

There are great advertising opportunities in Special Issue 2019. Ad reservations can be made by calling Roy Jones at (248) 972-1115. The advertising deadline is August 23, 2019.

The deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, March 15, 2019.  Click here to download your entry form.

Member Benefit: Health Insurance

The health insurance plans through CAM Administrative Services have been saving money for our members since 1964!  Participating employers can choose a self-insured program or a fully-insured product through Priority Health.  For more information, visit

Self insured/Level Funded

  • The CAM Benefit Program’s Employers Advantage Plan, a self-funded medical/prescription drug benefit package for employers with as few as 5 enrolled employees.
  • Competitive pricing, often 20% to 40%+ less than “metal plan” and “as is renewal” rates
  • Composite rates (three and four tier rates available)
  • Monthly level funding, cost based on each month’s actual enrollment regardless of claim activity
  • Cofinity primary PPO network
  • MultiPlan/PHCS national PPO network
  • Free generic drugs available to members through medtipster/free
  • Solid Plan Document
  • 12/21 aggregate only stop loss
  • A+ rated stop loss carrier

Fully insured (Priority Health)

  • For groups of 2 or more enrolled employees
  • Issue fully insured group quotes
  • Enroll group plans
  • Provide ongoing administration


You can keep your agent!  For more information, request a quote: