August 4, 2015

WORKSAFE and Public Entities

MBI has had a long standing history of working with various associations that are involved in Iowa’s construction industry. WORKSAFE initially started with the Iowa Board of Regents and the Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services, and has now expanded its reach to the Iowa Association of School Boards and the League of Cities. The members of these organizations are big clients for Iowa construction companies, and they have seen how specifying WORKSAFE enrollment for a project is to their benefit.

Save on Workers' Compensation Premiums with Midwest Builders Casualty

Workers’ compensation insurance is required for all Iowa employers. Without it, some businesses would suffer because the costs of medical care have risen and are continuing to do so. Insurance companies pay close attention to these rising medical costs. When the costs they pay out exceeds what they charge in premiums, they find ways to maintain their profits. One way they do this is by raising the premiums for every customer.

AGC Members Save 15% on All Safety Products With Promo Code

The AGC Bookstore has a variety of safety products ranging from basic safety brochures all the way to OSHA regulation books for on-site construction safety. AGC also has several DVD’s designed to help keep constructions workers knowledgeable about their surroundings and how to prevent accidents from happening on the job site. Help your construction workers development a well-rounded knowledge of what it takes to be safe at work with these safety products.

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Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Take Construction Leaders to Dinner!

The Master Builders of Iowa hosts four different leadership courses each year -- MB EYE on the Future, The Leadership Experience, Leadership Series for Project Managers & Project Supervisors and Cornerstone Academy. All of these leadership classes meet in cities across the state for a two-day period and each of their sessions include a social/dinner on the first evening of the session. Sponsoring this dinner is a great networking opportunity to get one-on-one time with the future leaders of the construction industry.

Dollar for Dollar – A Scholarship Fundraising Campaign for Future Iowa Constructors

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Master Builders of Iowa, we are excited to announce the launching of a scholarship fundraising campaign that will enhance the scholarship offerings to future Iowa construction industry leaders and help establish a pipeline of high caliber construction professionals. 

Shoot Birdies of a Different Sort – Sign Up Today for the Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic

The 3rdAnnual MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic will continue on the great MBI tradition of bringing together industry colleagues for a day of construction camaraderie.   Also, the Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic will be for the benefit of the MBI-PAC and our continued efforts to support pro-business, pro-construction policymakers.

Rally Your Team to Eliminate Workplace Drug Abuse!!

The thought of someone being under the influence of drugs on a jobsite with all of the equipment, cranes, and tools along with all of the moving parts of a commercial construction project is pretty frightening. Do you have employees who may be abusing illegal or prescription drugs?  Would you know if this is happening in your office, on your jobsites, or in your company vehicles?  Are the employees who are charged with project oversight able to recognize drug use symptoms, paraphernalia, and behaviors?  Does your company have and follow an aggressive and proactive drug policy? 

Register Now for the Contractors Environmental Conference

The Contractors Environmental Conference (CEC) is the nation’s foremost management conference for environmental professionals in the construction industry.  Join them on September 2-3, in Arlington, Va. to explore ways to turn environmental responsibilities into successes for you and your firm.  Whether your goal is an excellent compliance record or setting your company apart as a green contractor, AGC’s CEC is the conference for you.

Creating the Right Environment for You:

Congratulations to the 2015/16 MB EYE on the Future Class!

The 12th class of MB EYE on the Future has been selected after another year of a long list of applicants.  In recent years, the number of applicants for this program far exceeds the number of participants that we are able to take for the class.  The blind selection committee, comprised of MBI member leaders, take many things into account when they select the class each year and we appreciate their hard work during this process.   We would like to CONGRATULATE the individuals listed below for being chosen for this year’s class!  The Class of 2016 will begin meeting in September with a six month program in leadership, presentation skills and an introduction to the Master Builders of Iowa.  Over 180 leaders have been through the increasingly popular program and interest continues to grow each year.  MBI will begin accepting nominations for the next class of MB EYE on the Future in February 2016.

Have You Taken Advantage of MBI’s Affiliate Programs?

In continuing an effort to identify strategic partnerships that benefit construction professionals, MBI has made available two exclusive affiliate programs to the general membership.  These programs were developed with MBI members in mind to expand their respective portfolio of risk management tools.  Master Builders of Iowa remains committed to only endorsing a very select few products or programs and only after very careful consideration by the MBI Board of Directors.

Dollar for Dollar - A Scholarship Fundraising Campaign

In an effort to continue its leadership and support of the programs at ISU and UNI, the volunteer leaders of the MBI Scholarship & Academic Advisory Committee are proud to announce a scholarship fundraising campaign that will dedicate Association funds to students of these fine institutions.  The MBI Board of Directors has made a commitment to a “dollar for dollar match,” up to $500,000, for funds raised during this scholarship campaign, which will conclude on December 31, 2015.

More Features and Benefits from iSqFt

The CUOnline Electronic Plan Room Network, powered by iSqFt has been providing companies with access to public bidding information including plans, specs and addenda information since 2001. Subscribers are able to garner this information anywhere an internet connection is available -- 24 hours a day --7 days a week. To assure that subscribers are up to speed with the latest and greatest features of the system, iSqFt is providing a complimentary workshop that will address Advanced Search and Managing Project functions.

Safety Reminder: Confined Spaces Rule Effective August 3rd!

On May 1, 2015, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces.  This new rule will go into effect on August 3, 2015

Manholes, crawl spaces, tanks and other confined spaces are not intended for continuous occupancy. They are also difficult to exit in an emergency. People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions and asphyxiation.