Member Announcements

This page of the website is devoted to publishing the following categories for member recognition and exchange of information.

  • Community and Charitable achievements
  • Company Anniversaries
  • Memorial wishes 
  • Retirements
  • Weddings/Births
  • Get Well announcements

Do you have something you would like to share? MBI members are encouraged to submit electronic files including photos in any of the above categories. MBI maintains editorial discretion over submitted content. The member recognition section does not include industry awards, project information or similar marketing / business promotion outside the categories noted above. If you have any questions contact Emily Layton at elayton@mbionline.com / (515) 657-4380.

Postings are limited to members of the Master Builders of Iowa.

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Woodruff Construction Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa is building a new wheelchair-accessible duplex for two families in Ames, IA this summer. Woodruff Construction joined in the volunteer efforts by providing labor, materials, and equipment to place and finish the 2,300 sq. ft. basement floor. This project required 30 cubic yards of concrete and many helping hands.

Woodruff’s Field Operations Manager, Dave Warren, was there to pitch in and oversee the work. “We are happy to partner with Habitat for Humanity to help families in our community,” said Warren. “We believe everyone should have a nice place to call home.”

Meet MBI's Newest Staff Member!

MBI has hired Emily Layton as the Communications Coordinator. Emily recently graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. Her major was communication arts with an emphasis in public relations and print media, and her minor was in leadership. At Wartburg, Emily wrote for their school paper, was the sports promotions and development account executive for their student-ran public relations firm, was a student employee in the Sustainability Department, was the student leader in charge of the Wartburg Garden and interned with the Waverly-Shell Rock Area United Way.

Meet MBI's Newest Staff Member!

MBI has hired Tom Fulcher as the Program Coordinator.  Tom is no stranger to MBI and Iowa’s construction Industry having been involved with industry education in Iowa since 1999 when he  joined the staff of Construction Careers Training (CCT) which was the training consortium developed by MBI and Associated General Contractors of Iowa.  As CCT transitioned to the Iowa Association for Construction Training Tom moved as well joining that staff.  Since January 2004 Tom has been the education director at Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa where he helped build the largest construction related apprenticeship program in the state. In addition, Tom was instrumental in building a very successful continuing education training program designed to meet the State of Iowa licensing requirements for electrical, plumbing, and mechanical contractors.

Tom and his wife Lori live in Winterset with their three children Carley, Cayla, and Carson.

MBI Member Recognized

Richard Felice, President/CEO of Forrest & Associate Inc.in Des Moines, has been inducted into the inaugural class of the Masonry Hall of Fame. Felice entered the business as a laborer before achieving journeyman bricklayer status. He launched a business in 1959, equipped with a truck and mixer, and incorporated Forrest & Associate a year later.  Congratulations Dick!

MBI Member Larson Construction Co. Inc. Gives Back to the Community

ABC’s Emmy-winning hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" selected a Northeast Iowa family to feature on its award-winning show that changes the lives of families and inspires remarkable community support. Each week, the show travels across the country building a new home for a deserving family.

MBI member Larson Construction Co., Inc., of Independence, Iowa, was selected as the builder for the project. Larson Construction Co., Inc. is a family-owned business that has been in the construction industry since the 1960’s and encompasses both general contracting for commercial and industrial buildings and project management.

Bruce Lewis

Bruce Lewis, 63, of Sioux City passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

Bruce was born June 6, 1947, in Burke, S.D., to Perry and Frances (Hornbuckle) Lewis. He received his education in Huron, S.D., graduating with the class of 1966. Bruce earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from University of South Dakota in 1970. He began his career with KMEG television in Sioux City as a news intern and quickly was promoted into sales.

Bruce married Shirley Hiemstra on Nov. 28, 1981, in Sioux City, and they had two sons, Matt and Adam. At KMEG, Bruce rose to sales manager and eventually general manager of the station before leaving the company in 1998. In 1999, Bruce began a second career with L & L Builders, where he became a partner, president and CEO.

David Bear

David Bear, President of David Bear, Inc. passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at his home.  David served in the construction industry for most of his life before retiring at the age of 80.

David was an active member of the Master Builders of Iowa serving on the Association’s Scholarship and Academic Advisory Committee from 2007 through 2009, the Industry Relations Committee from 1991 through 1999, and the Government Affairs Committee from 1991 through 2000.

Charles W. Seedorff

Charles (Bill) Seedorff, Founder of Seedorff Masonry, Inc., passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at the age of 77.  Bill was a true leader throughout our community and the construction industry.  He will be remembered for his many contributions and for the strong foundation he laid while forming Seedorff Masonry and their team.  Bill will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and many business associates who grew to know and love him over the past 50 + years. 

Within the masonry industry, Bill served as Chairman of the Iowa Chapter of the Mason Contractors Association of America and the first Chairman of the Master Builders of Iowa’s Associate Council.  He was also instrumental in creating the Masonry Institute of Iowa.

Point Builders Announces New President

POINT BUILDERS is pleased to announce Christopher S. Wheeler has been promoted to President effective January 1, 2010.  Past President and Founder, Fred Timko has become the Chairman of the company.

Mr. Wheeler previously served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and joined POINT BUILDERS in 2001 as General Manager/Director of Business Development at the Davenport, Iowa location.  He will now be responsible for all day-to-day company operations.

Superintendent for Story Construction Recently Retired

Jim Sodders, Superintendent for Story Construction recently retired.  Jim started his construction career in 1961 with James Thompson & Sons (the predecessor of Story Construction Co.).

During his 48 years with Story he has worked on just about every type of construction project from residential poured foundations to the 105,000 sq. ft. Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa.  Being a big University of Iowa Hawkeye fan, Jim stated that one of his favorite projects was the Kinnick Stadium Press Box and Concourse Renovation project completed in 2006.

MBI Member Elected President of DBIA's Mid-America Region

Bill Woodruff, DBIA LEED AP, CEO of Woodruff Construction, LLC based in Fort Dodge with office locations in Ames and Iowa City, Iowa was recently elected as President of Design-Build Institute of America's Mid-America Region. DBIA is an association of leaders in the design and construction industry utilizing integrated project delivery methods to achieve high performance projects.  Woodruff has been instrumental in developing the Design-Build Institute of America's Iowa Chapter and recently completed his term as chapter president.

Hubbell Extreme - 9 Homes in 9 Days

On September 9, 2009, Hubbell Homes began construction on nine connected townhomes at the corner of 21st Street and Carpenter Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa. This nine-plex serves as rental homes for low-income, working families.  The homes were constructed for and are managed by Anawim Housing, a local non-profit organization that provides safe, affordable housing to low-income families.&

Allison Ties the Knot!

Have you noticed a new name at MBI?  Our Communications Coordinator, Allison Meyer, previously Allison Singleton, was married to Justin Meyer on August 28th at the Downtown Church in the East Village.  Allison and Justin vacationed in Italy for their honeymoon.  The newlyweds recently purchased their first home in Des Moines and look forward to spending the rest of their lives together.   

Congratulations Allison & Justin!