August 27, 2016

Fundraising Time of Year for MBI-PAC

The Master Builders of Iowa works tirelessly to represent the interests of Iowa’s construction industry at the Iowa Capitol as well as the local level (county, city and school).  In this role, MBI’s public affairs program is unique in its unwavering support of Iowa’s construction industry.  Likewise, an integral part of this lobbying effort is the MBI-PAC.  As you know, the MBI-PAC is an important tool to MBI’s public affairs program and complements our constant presence at the Iowa Capitol and at the local level.  We ask today that you join in with your construction colleagues by contributing to the MBI-PAC.

CPR / First Aid / AED Certification Training Opportunities

MBI is now offering CPR / First Aid / AED Certification training, which will be held in multiple locations across the state in October.  The construction industry continues to remain busy in all parts of Iowa, and the need for additional personnel on job sites continues to grow with the surge in workloads.  Make your job site safer by providing your workers with the skills and confidence to respond in an emergency.

Working Overtime to Understand the New Overtime Final Rule – Members-Only Webinar

The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently published changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations that are likely to significantly impact millions of workers. In this webinar, Megan Erickson Moritz, employment attorney with a special emphasis on FLSA compliance, will review the updated rules, discuss new employer obligations that go into effect December 1, 2016, outline some practical steps employers can and should take now to prepare for these changes, and provide some considerations to guide internal decisions about potential changes to employee classifications and/or pay and timekeeping practices.

Registration is OPEN for the 4th Annual MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, so get your teams together for another great year!  For the Builders’ Classic, teams of five shooters test their shooting accuracy and skills using a Sporting Clays format.  The event is offered in both eastern and central Iowa in September and all proceeds go directly to the MBI-PAC.  Last year’s event raised over $26,000 to support pro-business, pro-construction policymakers.


The purpose of Construction Week is to promote community awareness of the construction industry as a safe, exciting and rewarding career option.  It is easy to get involved in promoting Construction Week as a company and individually!  Use resources that we have created to promote Construction Week on social media – we’re all in this together!

Help Students Explore Careers in Construction with

It is no secret that Iowa’s commercial construction industry is rising at a record-setting pace. This has been great for our members, but a rapid expansion in work often equates to a few growing pains, as is the case with our industry’s current workforce shortage.  In response to our members’ consistent demand for growth in our industry’s labor force, MBI has put together a plan to bring awareness to this need, and give our members the necessary tools to recruit the talent they need to move their companies forward.

Register Now for the Annual MBI Regional Membership Meetings

We would like to invite you and members of your firm to attend a local area MBI Regional Membership Meeting, coming to a location near you!  These meetings are luncheon programs for the membership held annually in different locations around the state to introduce new initiatives, services and provide important membership updates and reports.  Members can enjoy lunch and informative conversations over their lunch hour at no charge!

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.

Don’t Miss the Upcoming Webinar on Legal Issues of Drones in Construction

Drones are turning up with increasing frequency on construction projects taking videos of progress mapping for software programs, surveying, monitoring safety and for many more purposes. Is it really that easy? Just purchase a drone and turn it loose on your project to be more efficient? No, drone usage on a commercial construction site comes with extensive regulations, licensing, and limitations. Do you need a license to fly a drone on a commercial construction project? Who has oversight of drone usage? What approvals are required? Do I have liability coverage for drone usage?

Register Now for Mobile Crane Operator Certification

We are excited to once again offer our Mobile Crane Operator Certification for Hydraulic Fixed & Swing Cabs training program. This premier training opportunity is designed to assist companies and their employees comply with OSHA’s certification deadline.  On September 26, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) extended its November 10, 2014 deadline for employers to assure that crane operators are certified. The extension has now been set for November 10, 2017.

MBI Members Are Able to Post Job Openings at No Cost

Has your company taken advantage of the MBI Job Board that is offered to our members at no cost?  Posting a job opening on the MBI Job Board is a great way to advertise your available positions to candidates interested in the construction industry.  Through a partnership with BirdDogHR, MBI created an online job board for the construction industry.  The job board is not housed on MBI’s website, but can be found at   The site is being advertised to our education and state partners, including high schools, community colleges, 4-year institutions and Iowa Workforce Development.