February 26, 2017

MBI Essential Partners

Master Builders of Iowa strives to be the essential resource for Iowa’s construction industry and a valuable component of that effort are those companies who support MBI’s programs and events.  Through the exclusive Essential Partners recognition program, MBI strives to recognize our industry supporters, while adding value to those companies’ sponsorship dollars who take leadership roles in sponsoring MBI events and educational opportunities. Companies that are considered MBI’s Essential Partners have contributed over $3,000 in sponsorships to the Master Builders of Iowa in the past year. These companies are an important part of MBI’s success and we couldn’t do it without them!

MBI’s Essential Partners are profiled on the MBI website, with direct access to their listings from the homepage. They also receive a full-page, company profile/advertisement in an edition of InsideMBI, the association’s quarterly news magazine. These profiles are very exclusive offerings since MBI does not offer advertising on the website, nor in the magazine.

For more information on opportunities to become an MBI Essential Partner, please contact Tania Bowman, Director of Marketing, at (515) 657-4390 / or Chad Kleppe, President/CEO, at (515) 657-4382 /

MBI appreciates our Essential Partners’ gracious and continued support!

Architectural Wall Systems LLC and Seedorff Masonry, Inc.

West Des Moines, Iowa •

On January 1st, 2015 Architectural Wall Systems and Seedorff Masonry formalized a partnership that creates exciting new opportunities for both companies.  Architectural Wall Systems, LLC is a new entity with Mike Cunningham at the helm and headquartered in Des Moines.  Seedorff Masonry, Inc., headquartered in Strawberry Point, continues operations with Bob Marsh as President. 

Architectural Wall Systems has been a leader in the construction industry for over 20 years.  Combined with Seedorff Masonry’s 50-plus years of experience, the merger creates a revolutionary approach in the delivery of the building envelope.  Owners, Designers and Contractors now have access to a single source solution for the design and construction of the building envelope, including but not limited to glass, metal, terracotta, precast, brick or stone - or any combination of the same.

Financial stability, operational efficiency, state of the art technology, and a project centered core philosophy uniquely positions the AWS-SMI team to deliver exceptional value.  With the inclusion of AWS-SMI as part of the design and construction team, every detail from engineering through construction, receives the attention it deserves to maximize quality, economy and performance.  Systems analysis, including thermal modeling, ensures that the air barrier, insulation and cladding systems perform at or in excess of client expectations and project requirements.

The shared commitment to Safety, Quality, and Performance on the job remain the highest priority for the new partnership in support of the vision – “The Building Envelope.  Built Better.”  

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!


Holmes MurphyBeisser's Inc. Lumber Co.

Grimes, Iowa •

Established in 1953, Beisser Lumber has provided Iowa contractors with building materials for 60 years. While growing our company to meet customer needs; Beisser Lumber offers several services. Started in 1989, our in-house design team has over 25 years of experience. Ranging from stock blueprints to custom designs, we have a floor plan to match your style and meet your needs. We also offer commercial and residential estimating and an engineered wood department.

In January 2004, Beisser Lumber opened a 26,500 square foot door plant. Our door plant produces a wide variety of interior and exterior doors for single family, apartment, and commercial projects. By directly monitoring production we can guarantee product quality to our customers.

Beisser Lumber also offers panelized walls for commercial and residential construction. With over 15 years of experience building panelized walls; we can deliver quality materials and accurate time-line production to make your project successful.
Built in a climate controlled environment; utilizing time–tested building methods combined with modern technology; our Components Division offers a turn key product that is ready to install upon arrival. Wall panels can be custom designed for your application. From interior to finished exterior walls, we have a solution that is right for you.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!


Cincinnati, Ohio •

iSqFt, a ConstructConnect company, serves the commercial construction industry with information that empowers and tools that help its customers work more efficiently.
But the real difference lies in the Network. The iSqFt Network connects general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and architects. It’s these connections that open the lines of communication, streamlines processes and help everyone work more efficiently.

And, in a marketplace filled with imitators, no other company has managed to duplicate our industry-leading information and online tools.

  • Information: iSqFt offers its subscribers more planning phase projects with plans and specs than its competitors.
  • Tools: Whether it’s finding the most qualified talent, finding the handful of projects that merit a closer look, or creating relationships, iSqFt’s interface comes complete with integrated tools that help you work more efficiently. 

No matter what part you play in the construction process, iSqFt gives you what you need to succeed.

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference and the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

The Heartland Companies

Des Moines, Iowa •

When it comes to subcontracting commercial construction projects in interior and exterior finishes, our clients choose The Heartland Companies because we care about quality, reliability, safety, and service. We also believe in supporting our community. Pride in our work drives us to be successful for our customers.

At The Heartland Companies, we believe that quality is essential to a successful project. Materials, workmanship, and documentation must meet a high standard that guarantees the integrity of the finished project.
Reliability and honesty in communications, accounting, scheduling, and relationships is the standard. Our ethics don't bend because of situational changes.

Excellent service is core to The Heartland Companies' beliefs. We adhere to professional standards in all of our dealings with clients, suppliers, subcontractors, and employees. We believe in working smart, maintaining personal commitment, and delivering what we promise.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Sporting Clays Builders' Classic, MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, The Leadership Experience and Cornerstone Academy!

Holmes MurphyHolmes Murphy & Associates, LLC

Des Moines, Iowa •

Holmes Murphy is committed to protecting builders and helping you build your future. We offer a dedicated division of construction industry insurance and surety bond experts to provide you with a single-source partner for your unique risk management needs.

Founded in 1932, Holmes Murphy & Associates, an independent insurance brokerage, serves business and industry leaders throughout the Midwest and across the nation in the areas of property casualty insurance, employee benefits, captive insurance, risk management and loss control.

For more information, call 800-247-7756 or visit us at or on LinkedIn or Facebook. You may also follow us on Twitter @holmesmurphyins.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker and the Annual Winter Conference!

LMC Insurance & Risk Management

West Des Moines, Iowa •

LMC Insurance & Risk Management combines years of experience with leading-edge products to provide exceptional service and value to our customers. Established in 1865, LMC is one of the oldest and most respected insurance brokers operating in the Midwest. We are the longest continuously operating insurance agency in Des Moines. Today the organization ranks in the Top 100 agencies in the country on the Business Insurance annual list. Through 260 associates in 10 offices, we provide a full range of brokerage services including: employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management, surety bonds, and financial services.

We will work in conjunction with you to develop a risk management program that meets your needs. For more information call 1-800-677-1529 or visit our website at

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Sporting Clays Builders' Classic, MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker and MB EYE on the Future!


Merchants Bonding Company

West Des Moines, Iowa •

Merchants Bonding Company™ is unique because its focus for more than 80 years has been on surety bonds. Unlike other companies with multiple lines of business, Merchants has honed its expertise in surety.

A common sense underwriting approach and first-class service make Merchants different from competitors and give agents and their contractor clients an edge. Merchants’ unique underwriting philosophy holds that all accounts are not alike and places a high value on business and personal net worth. Merchants’ offerings range from a Rapid Access Program (RAP) for small and infrequent bond needs, to large programs of up to $150 million.

Merchants is among the top 15 surety writers in the nation and the largest provider in Iowa; achieving an A.M. Best Rating of “A” Excellent or better for 57 consecutive years (Best’s Review, July 2015).

Merchants is licensed in all 50 states, maintaining fully staffed offices in Austin, Texas; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Kansas; Phoenix, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; and it’s home office in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

Midwest Builders' Casualty Group

Kansas City, Missouri •

Midwest Builders’ Casualty has provided workers’ compensation coverage to the commercial construction industry for over thirty years.  Rated A- (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company they have returned over $32 million in dividends to qualifying members, an average of 10% in returned premium.  Over 95% of their policyholders renew with them annually based on their exceptional customer service, competitive rates and consistent dividends. 
Midwest Builders’ Casualty is very aggressive with risk management and claims handling.  Each policyholder is assigned a designated claims adjuster and loss consultant. This member focused approach fosters consistent and long term relationships dedicated to preventing loss and managing claim costs.

The Master Builders of Iowa is proud to partner with Midwest Builders’ Casualty to allow their members access to the Midwest Builders’ Casualty insurance program.  Please contact your agent or visit to obtain a quote and learn more.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, Annual Winter Conference and the MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders' Classic!


Des Moines, Iowa •

Experience The Power of Being Understood. ®

Every day our challenge is to provide our clients with the insights they need to make critical business decisions in a volatile and uncertain environment. This challenge can only be met with a comprehensive understanding of your business models, your internal processes, your objectives and your daily realities. This is why we have to ask the right questions. Read between the lines. Listen actively. Think comprehensively about your business. And build a relationship based on experience and trust.

RSM is a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Our firm understands construction -- our professionals are members of and regularly address the industry's leading trade associations. Through nearly 100 offices nationwide, we provide services to more than 3,500 construction clients, including:

  • Commercial contractors and developers
  • Specialty contractors (electrical, structural, HVAC, plumbing, concrete)
  • Architectural and engineering firms
  • Highway and street construction
  • Residential contractors

For more information, visit

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference!

 Skold Companies

Des Moines, Iowa •

Since 1992, Skold Companies has been providing commercial construction products and services to owners and general contractors throughout the Midwest. We have offices in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Kansas City; representing top name manufacturers from floor leveling and specialty floor surfaces to coiling fire doors and operable walls. Skold Companies is comprised of the following entities: Skold Construction Services, Skold Door Company, Skold Commercial Contracting and Skold Specialty Contracting. Skold Construction Services provides Maxxon floor underlayments, floor leveling and concrete polishing. Skold Door Company installs and services Cornell and McKeon coiling fire doors, grilles and counter shutters along with Moderco operable partitions, CHI overhead doors and CHUTES International trash and linen chutes. Skold Commercial Contracting covers concrete repair, special floor coatings, caulking and structural grouting. Skold Specialty Contracting is the floor and door expert in South Dakota, North Dakota, NW Iowa, Western Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders' Classic and MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

 Star Equipment, Ltd.

Multiple Locations Across Iowa •

Star Equipment, Ltd. is Iowa’s number one source for high-quality construction equipment.  Family-owned, by the Bowman’s since 1968, Star Equipment offers expert service and unsurpassed product knowledge for contractors across Iowa and parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, and Missouri.  Star specializes in light to general construction equipment, as well as specialty products to fill the needs of our customers.

When asked what Star sells, the answer is PRODUCTIVITY.  We bring you cutting edge technology and the know how to tailor it to your specific needs.  We provide you with the most uptime of any rental company in Iowa.  When knowledgeable people help you make informed decisions and provide you high quality equipment with unsurpassed service, you get PRODUCTIVITY.

Star Equipment has four locations providing sales, service, and rentals of construction equipment in Iowa. They feature brands such as: Takeuchi, Mustang, Gehl, Multiquip, Allen Engineering, Sullivan Palatek, Husqvarna, Wacker Neuson, IMT, Schwing, Elliott, Topcon, and many others. – Contact us today!

Proud Sponsor of the MBI Regional Membership Meetings, MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, Cornerstone Academy and Annual Winter Conference!

TrueNorth Companies

Cedar Rapids, Iowa •

Now more than ever, the challenge facing contractors extends far beyond the job site. For those wanting to remain competitive in the industry, they're required to have the expertise, operations and systems to effectively mitigate many types of risk.  Our solution, The Advantage Builder, gives you an immediate edge and access to expertise unavailable anywhere else. We can help you build for the future. With our 5 phase process, we determine what solutions we have to manage your risk.

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference, The Leadership Experience, MB EYE on the Future and Cornerstone Academy!


Cedar Rapids, Iowa •

UFG is a publicly traded, multibillion-dollar company, with more than 65 years of knowledge and experience, providing commercial (including surety bonds), personal and life insurance for individuals, families, homes and businesses. UFG’s local network of professionals provides expertise in both the contracting and insurance industries. We sell through more than 1,200 independent agencies in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia. For the second consecutive year, UFG was named one of “America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies” by Forbes. View information about our company, available coverages and products, or find an independent agent at

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference!

Whitfield & Eddy Law

Des Moines, Iowa •

The law firm of Whitfield & Eddy Law serves its client base from three Iowa offices. The firm is committed to meeting the diverse, challenging and changing needs of our clients through a proactive problem solving approach.  Our fifty-one attorneys, along with our staff, have developed a team-based approach to serve in seventeen practice areas. They leverage a wealth of experience with a group of supporting attorneys and assistants to address the legal needs of Iowa businesses, families, and individuals. Many attorneys have earned national recognition from Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Great Plains Super Lawyers. 

The Construction and Surety Practice Group attorneys at Whitfield & Eddy Law provide a wide range of services to clients in the construction and surety law areas including:

  • Disputes
  • Contract Drafting and Interpretation
  • Counseling on Insurance Issues
  • Fidelity Claims
  • Insurance Associations Service
  • Surety Counseling and Representation
  • Fidelity Claims
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Public Project Claims
  • Construction Defects
  • Contract Claims
  • Delay Claims
  • Arbitration
  •  Litigation

Whitfield and Eddy attorneys also provide construction association representation including the drafting of and consultation regarding legislation affecting the construction industry.

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference, MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, MB EYE on the Future and the Drones in Commercial Construction seminar!

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