Though the saying, "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW," was made famous by a cell phone company, it’s very appropriate for construction work. Hearing loss is too common nowadays. More and more “seasoned” construction workers are below normal when their hearing is tested, and it’s usually not tested until there is a considerable loss or their family has to shout, “Can you hear me now?”

On April 7, 2015, MBI will be hosting a webinar that will address what the OSHA regulations say, what types of programs contractors should have in place, and what really causes hearing loss. Workers compensation adjusters are saying that they are having more hearing loss claims than 10 years ago, and it’s costing more and more to settle them. This is an injury that can be easily prevented, doesn’t take much effort to control, but yet affects all construction trades. If you would like more information or to register, please CLICK HERE.

Train Your Workforce in Just Two Days!

Commercial construction companies are constantly looking for ways to get more training to more people in their workforce... MBI has the solution!  The 2015 MBI Annual Winter Conference will be held February 23 - 25 at The Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.  This conference will offer many topics including safety training for employees, leadership training for management teams and a day long seminar for safety leaders and company executives.  Companies are encouraged to register as many members of your workforce as possible, and to take advantage of over 10 hours of leadership related training and over 45 hours of safety related training.  In addition, attendees will have full access to exhibiting vendors and suppliers displaying the latest and greatest products an this year's Annual Winter Conference.  Please view the full brochure for more details and registration information.

Iowa Sales Tax Issues for Construction Contractors

MBI will be holding a MBI Members Only webinar on February 17th beginning at 11:00 am on 'Iowa Sales Tax Issues for Construction Contractors.'  This webinar will addresses several of the tax concerns that Iowa construction companies should be aware. Some of the questions that will be answered in this webinar include…What constitutes a construction contract? Is this job construction or repair? What is taxable? Does the type of construction business affect taxation? Who pays the tax? At what point in the transaction does tax apply? How are nonprofit organizations handled?

Presenter: Terry O'Neill, Iowa Department of Revenue

MBI Members Only webinars are offered at no charge.

CLICK HERE to register.

Innovative Strategies for Talent Development

As construction contractors emerge from the industry recession, there is still a significant need to invest in our human resources, especially as the baby boomers continue to retire at increasing rates. What is the best way for your company to go about finding and retaining the best talent? How do you measure the effectiveness of training in terms of outcomes and benefits? Discover the answers to these questions and hear anecdotes from construction contractors that were revealed in the talent development report during an interactive seminar titled Innovative Strategies for Talent Development.  Ed Palpant of FMI Corporation will work with the audience to:

  • Examine training trends, challenges, concerns and innovations having an impact on the construction industry in the past year
  • Identify the training and development strategies that are now required to maximize performance and develop a culture of success
  • Examine the trends training, challenges, concerns and innovations that have had an impact on the construction industry in the past year
  • Understand how to use these trends and strategies to guide training and development practices within your own firms

Join us from 9:00 - 11:45 am on February 24, 2015 for this exciting seminar that is being offered as part of the 2015 Annual Winter Conference in Altoona.  Use the links below for more information and to register.

MBI Annual Winter Conference Brochure & Registration

Winter Conference Registration Page (fillable PDF file)


Turn Your Project Managers into Business Managers

Although they need to have a solid foundation of technical knowledge, the most successful project managers have also developed strong management, leadership and business skills in order to execute projects profitably. Project managers need to understand the financial impact of what they do every day and learn to proactively manage cash flow, accurate forecasting of cost to complete along with tracking, pricing and collecting of change orders. The best project managers will accomplish this while maintaining positive client relationships to leverage future repeat business.