Thank you to everyone who attended The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) first annual Industrial Grade Innovation Conference and Expo!

Where you can experience construction technology and innovation

Why We Created IGI?

The Industrial Grade Innovation Conference and Expo (IGI) is an event that gives technology firms and innovation entrepreneurs an unprecedented opportunity: to introduce their products and services to senior executives in the industrial construction and maintenance industry, one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy.

The Problem

Thanks to a booming economy, an aging workforce and the ongoing American energy renaissance, demand for industrial construction services is skyrocketing.  Sounds good but...

  • Construction Productivity is down - due in large part to the industry's failure to adopt new innovation and technology.

  • Many firms and labor unions are experiencing significant labor supply shortages as baby boomers retire, and experts say the problem will only get worse.

  • Recruitment of a new generation of both labor and management personnel in the industrial construction sector has been insufficient.

The Solution

You!  Your company's products and services can help revolutionize the industrial construction sector and usher in a new wave of safety, productivity and efficiency.  Technology can improve contractors' bottom lines, increase their competitiveness and offset the challenges associated with a tight labor supply.

  • Advanced automation

  • Augmented and Virtual Reality

  • Robotics

  • 3D printing

  • Safety innovation

  • Next-gen engineering and design software


Schedule of Events

Keynotes, Breakout Sessions & Demos

The conference will feature keynote speakers such as Ford Land Director Chris Johnson, Brick and Mortar Ventures Founder and Managing Director Darren Bechtel and Principal Vice President Curtis Rodgers, as well as others from Microsoft, GE, DEWALT, and Procore.

Breakout sessions will feature technology firms showcasing case studies with TAUC member contractors, and apprenticeship and training directors from International/Local Unions will be highlighting how new innovation and technology is being incorporated into their trades' curriculum. 

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A subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, Ford Land owns and operates approximately 5 million square feet of well-appointed commercial office space in Dearborn and Allen Park, Michigan. From their multi-story office buildings and business parks with research and development space, to their individual offices and move-in-ready suites, Ford Land provides a wide variety of properties designed to meet all types of business needs. Their dynamic community contains a myriad of A-list tenants, and continues to attract and welcome more.




The mission of Brick & Mortar Ventures is simple: Identify, invest in, and grow emerging companies developing innovative software and hardware solutions for the industries of architecture, engineering, construction, and facilities management.

They enable emerging companies trying to bring efficiency tools to the AEC and facilities management verticals. Their sector-specific mandate is what sets them apart from the larger venture investor community. 

Brick & Mortar Ventures' industry experience uniquely positions their team to evaluate new technologies as well as build deep relationships with industry leaders designing and building the modern world.

DEWALT never backs down from a challenge, and using direct user feedback from users (including TAUC members) that feedback has inspired their engineers to redefine what's possible.  Using the latest technology DEWALT is taking on job site challenges to increase efficiency, boost productivity, and help contractors and labor get more out of their tools.

DEWALT's FLEXVOLT batteries are allowing battery powered tools to be used in a variety of new ways never before thought possible.  Their Jobsite WiFi access points are easy to set up and allow data access and reliability on the job site.



Owners, Contractors
& The Trades

The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) is dedicated to bringing the three entities involved in the successful completion of construction projects together, and all three will be active participants in IGI along with innovation and technology firms and subject matter experts.  In order for new innovation and technology to make an impact on the union construction and maintenance sector, buy-in from all three is critical.  










Dearborn, Michigan


IGI will kick off with a Welcome Reception at the Ford Rouge Factory, where America's best-selling truck for the past 40 years, the F-150 is manufactured.  The conference and expo will take place at the Ford Conference & Event Center, and Wednesday Reception and Dinner will take place at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.