MBI Essential Partners

The 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.  The companies listed below with full profiles 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!

For more information on becoming an MBI “Essential Partner,” CLICK HERE.  For questions, please contact Tania Bowman at (515) 657-4390 / tbowman@mbionline.com or Chad Kleppe at (515) 657-4382 / ckleppe@mbionline.com.

MBI appreciates these companies' gracious and continued support!


Architectural Wall Systems LLC
West Des Moines, Iowa • www.archwall.com
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.”  

Holmes MurphyBeisser's Inc. Lumber Co.
Grimes, Iowa • www.beisserlumber.com
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.



Cincinnati, Ohio www.isqft.com
iSqFt 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.



The Heartland Companies
Des Moines, Iowa • www.heartlandfinishes.com
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.

Holmes MurphyHolmes Murphy & Associates
Des Moines, Iowa • www.holmesmurphy.com
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, is ranked 26th among America’s top 100 brokers. Holmes Murphy partners with business and industry leaders throughout the Midwest and across the nation in the areas of property casualty, surety bonds, employee benefits, captive insurance, risk management, and loss control.

For more information, call 800-247-7756 or visit www.holmesmurphy.com. Follow Holmes Murphy on Twitter @holmesmurphyins or visit us on LinkedIn or Facebook. 


LMC Insurance & Risk Management
West Des Moines, Iowa • www.lmcinsurance.com
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. With 210 employees, we provide a wide range of insurance and risk management services including: Employee Benefits, Health Management Services, Property & Casualty, Agri-Business Insurance Services, Surety Bonds and Financial Services.

We will work in conjunction with you to develop an insurance program that meets your needs. For more information call 1-800-677-1529 or visit our website at www.lmcins.com.

McGladrey LLP
Des Moines, Iowa • www.mcgladrey.com

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.

McGladrey 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 almost 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 www.mcgladrey.com.


Merchants Bonding Company
Des Moines, Iowa • www.merchantsbonding.com
Merchants Bonding Company: Common sense surety since 1933. Merchants is ranked among the top 15 surety writers in the United States and is the top writer of surety bonds in Iowa.  Merchants has had an “A” (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best for more than 55 consecutive years, doing business in all 50 states. Merchants common sense underwriting treats each account as unique.  Merchants provides contract surety bonds, commercial license and permit, notary, probate, public official, and fidelity bonds. 2013 represents Merchants’ 80th year in business. 

Midwest Builders' Casualty Group
Kansas City, Missouri • www.mwbc.com
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 www.mwbc.com to obtain a quote and learn more.



Grimes, IA • Grandview, MO • www.pcg.com
PCI is recognized in the industry for excellence in service, quality and understanding clients’ needs. With PCI on the job, you’ll benefit by working with industry experts who are knowledgeable on local market regulations. Our experienced Team will ensure state-of-the-art-equipment, proper techniques, and attention to detail are hallmarks of our performance. We consistently serve our clients by leveraging our unparalleled expertise and delivering on our promises.

PCI’s award-winning safety program and advanced training curriculum are the foundation of our business. Our commitment to safe practices minimizes YOUR risk and is reflected by our industry-leading EMR.

With over 25 specialty services and 60 years of experience, PCI is YOUR single-source interior contractor. Learn more about what PCI can do for you!

Skold Companies
Des Moines, Iowa • www.skoldcompanies.com
Since 1992, Skold Companies has been providing commercial construction products and services to owners and general contractors across the Midwest. Our experience in representing top name manufacturers allows us to recommend the right products for each application. Skold Companies is comprised of the following Iowa-based entities: Skold Construction Services, Skold Door Company, Skold Commercial Contracting and Katelman Steel Fabrication. In addition, Skold Specialty Contracting has offices in South Dakota and Minnesota. Skold Construction Services provides Maxxon floor underlayments, floor leveling, concrete polishing, and trash and linen chutes. Skold Door Company installs and services Cornell and McKeon coiling fire doors, grilles and counter shutters along with Moderco operable partitions and CHI overhead doors. Skold Commercial Contracting covers concrete repair, special floor coatings, caulking and structural grouting. Katelman Steel Fabrication is a 90 year-old entity, with a state of the art facility in Council Bluffs, providing structural steel, stairs and rails, steel joist and metal deck materials.


TrueNorth Companies
Cedar Rapids, Iowa • www.truenorthcompanies.com
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. – www.truenorthcompanies.com

Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C.
Des Moines, Iowa • www.whitfieldlaw.com
The law firm of Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. 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, P.L.C. 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. www.whitfieldlaw.com

 We would also like to recognize other companies that play an important role in sponsoring MBI meetings and events:

1st Interiors, Inc.  King's Material Inc.
AJ Allen Mechanical Contractors, Inc.  Knutson Construction Co.
Allied Construction Services McComas-Lacina Construction Co.
American Institute of Steel Construction Neumann Brothers Inc.
Associated Training Services Newton Daily News
Automatic Door Group Northwest Steel Erection
Baker Group Premier - Iowa
Beisser Lumber Company Rathje Construction Co.
Bergan, Paulsen & Company PC Reynolds & Reynolds Inc.
Breiholz Construction Co. Russell Construction Co., Inc.
Brown Winick Shermco Industries
BTC Captial Management - Bankers Trust Star Equipment, Ltd
Bush Construction Company, Inc. Stetson Building Products Inc.
Caterpillar Safety Services Stew Hansen Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP TEREX
Construction Heaters Inc. TSF Structures, Inc.
Construction Materials Weitz Company
Doors Inc. Wells Concrete
Edge Commercial, LLC Wells Fargo
Forrest & Associate Inc. West Bank
Gilcrest-Jewett Lumber Co. Wolin Mechanical-Electrical Contractors
 HPC L.L.C.  
 Johnson Machine Works, Inc.