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The Annual Winter Conference is almost here!!  Plan to be there February 23-25, 2015, at the Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona, Iowa.  The conference brochure includes complete information on this year’s excellent lineup of events and learning opportunities. 

This year’s learning opportunities will include a day dedicated to safety, including a Safety Leadership Roundtable and the annual Safety Day track of various sessions.  There will also be a day dedicated to People, Processes and Profits, presented by a selection of high-quality presenters from FMI, Corp.  We are once again offering the “Performance Track” educational package to MBI members, which offers MBI members significant discounts and incentives to send multiple employees to a variety of programs.

Must attend events during the conference include:

  • MBI Membership Meeting/Welcome Reception – MBI Members Only
  • Build Iowa Breakfast
  • Masters Awards Luncheon
  • Safety Awards Luncheon
  • Annual Industry Reception

Don't Miss Daniel Rodriguez at the Safety Awards Luncheon!

Each year as part of the Annual Winter Conference, MBI recognizes our members’ accomplishments through award programs that highlight excellence in jobsite safety and health initiatives.  These MBI safety awards and the recognition associated with each of them is sought after by the best and safest companies in the Iowa commercial construction industry. 

The Safety Awards Luncheon will be the stage for the recognition of the Outstanding Company Safety Achievement Awards, Safety Professional of the Year and Safety Champion of the Year.  These awards and recognition programs celebrate the success of MBI member companies and spotlight individual and company-wide accomplishments. 

The keynote speaker for the Safety Awards Luncheon will be Purple Heart and Bronze Star Recipient and College Football Player Daniel Rodriguez, who will share his story of struggle, fear, survival and keeping a promise to a fallen friend.

The Safety Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, in conjunction with the 2015 Annual Winter Conference at The Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.

For more information on the Annual Winter Conference and for the registration form, please download the Winter Conference Brochure.

Member Appreciation Luncheons Provide Insights to MBI Programs

Nearly 350 members participated in MBI annual member appreciation lunches held throughout the state.  These lunches provide MBI an opportunity to update members on the many programs and projects being undertaken by the Association.  But more importantly, these lunches give MBI staff the chance to once again thank members for their involvement and support of MBI.

The program started with representatives from United Fire Group unveiling of a new partnership agreement with MBI.  The program provides a dividend paying property / casualty program for commercial builders.  Attendees were given the details of this unique partnership that awards safe construction practices and provides financial returns to those participating contractors.

WORKSAFE Reached 100 Projects

The WORKSAFE program reached its 100th enrolled project this summer and celebrated the event on October 10th with endorsements from Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds, Workforce Development Director Wahlert and Labor Commissioner Mauro as well as all the parties involved with the work. The 100th project is the repair of the EMC Company office and the Hub Tower in Des Moines from damages sustained due to a fire across the street from both buildings earlier in the year. Neumann Brothers Inc. is the general contractor for the repairs and has hired Allied Construction, Architectural Wall Systems…for their specialty work. The local media was present to spread the success story across Iowa. WORKSAFE is the product of cooperation between Iowa OSHA Consultation and Master Builders of Iowa.

Sporting Clay Events Hit the Targets!

The 2nd Annual Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic events proved to be a huge success with members.  The events in both Eastern Iowa and Central Iowa featured a shooting demonstration from past Olympians Mark Weeks and Josh Richmond – both of whom are also part of the US Army National Team.  After that humbling experience, participants got a chance to warm up with a Flurry Shoot before heading out to the 12-station courses in which shooters tested their accuracy and skills at the various stations which were designed to present a wide variety of targets to simulate field sh