October 25, 2016

What Your Business Needs

The word ‘membership’ might bring a variety of things to your mind. It seems you can be a ‘member’ of almost anything today. Some are for fun, some are for discounts, and some just simply go unused. However, a membership to the Construction Update Network could be one of the biggest breakthroughs your business will ever receive.

Vote Pro-Business, Pro-Construction

Come Tuesday, November 8th, people across Iowa will be asked to make a selection of who they want serving in the White House, the US Capitol, the Iowa Capitol, the county courthouse and city hall.  From now until then, the evening news will report new polling data, showing candidate A leading candidate B by X points with a margin of error of + or – 4 percent.  However, as many in politics say – the only poll that matters is the one done on Election Day.

THANK YOU to Those Who Submitted Their Exceptional Field Workers to Be Spotlighted!

We want to thank all the companies who participated in Construction Week by submitting their Exceptional Field Workers to be highlighted!  During Construction Week, we spotlighted 101 exceptional field workers on social media!  This group of Exceptional Field Workers can also be found on our website – CLICK HERE to access the listing.  In addition to the social media and online coverage, we will be highlighting all of the Exceptional Field Worker submissions in the winter edition of the InsideMBI magazine.

Don’t Forget……Construction Week is More Than a Week-Long Event

Ask any contractor what keeps them up at night and 9 times out of 10 they will answer with something related to their ability to attract the next generation workforce. The shortage of workers in the skilled trades is high, and will continue to grow in the years to come. This shortage has the potential to be a game changer in the construction industry, which is why Master Builders of Iowa is undertaking a new campaign to create excitement about our industry. This effort was kicked off with Governor Branstad proclaiming the first week of October as Construction Week in 2016.

Submission Deadlines are Quickly Approaching for Annual Awards Programs – SUBMIT SOON!

MBI takes great pride in recognizing individual and organizational achievements in the Iowa construction industry.  All finalists and winners receive recognition for their achievements at the highly visible awards events that take place at the Annual Winter Conference and we encourage you to submit nominations. The awards presentations continue to break attendance records, elevating the profile of the companies involved. In order to be awarded for all your efforts you must take part in the awards process.

We are quickly approaching submission deadlines for this year’s awards, with the Build Iowa and Masters Awards deadlines just one month away – November 11, 2016.  The company and individual safety awards are due two months from now – December 16, 2016.

WORKSAFE Continues to Gain Momentum in Iowa!

Since this time last year, 138 new projects have been registered as WORKSAFE!  The WORKSAFE banner has become a familiar sight as you pass by job sites throughout Iowa and is a constant reminder that safety is the number one priority for all workers involved.  There are currently 272 active WORKSAFE projects in the state and 109 companies have deemed their projects WORKSAFE since it began in 2012.  Are your projects WORKSAFE?

If you haven’t partnered with us on one of your projects, we encourage you to take a look at the program and the value that it can add to your existing safety program. 

UFG Safety Dividend Paying Insurance Program

Have you spoken to your insurance agent about the members-only insurance program that is available through United Fire Group?  UFG has written and issued over 100 policies to MBI members, with over $5,000,000 written premiums in the program since it began late 2014. This premium volume allows members insured in the program to be eligible to earn a safety group dividend for their property and casualty lines of insurance (excluding workers' compensation). 

Top Quality Information

The Iowa construction industry is certainly not short on options for commercial construction project information. But did you know that not all project information systems were created equal?

Here at the Construction Update Network, project information is our business and we have studied it thoroughly.

Construction Week Was a Success!

We want to THANK everyone for a SUCCESSFUL first annual Construction Week!  The purpose of Construction Week was to increase the awareness and dialogue about the great career opportunities available in our industry.  After the hundreds of posts on social media, articles published, schools visited and television interviews done, I think it is safe to say that we successfully made many more members of our communities aware of what the construction industry has to offer!

The numbers below are some figures from just the MBI Facebook account.  These do not include all of the reach that was made through other companies and individuals posting about Construction Week.  

  • 187,680 – Reach (the number of people our posts reached during Construction Week)
  • 7,707 – Engagements (the number of times people engaged in our posts during Construction Week through likes, comments, shares, etc.)
  • 496 – Video Views

We have put together a photo gallery on the MBI website of the many posts and photos that were done during Construction Week by MBI and a multitude of companies and individuals connected to the construction industry.  You can view the gallery by following this link –

Thank you again, and remember, Construction Week is more than a week-long event, it is a year-round commitment to raise awareness of the vast opportunities available in the construction industry.

The 2017 Construction Week will be celebrated October 2 - 6, 2017!


4th Annual Sporting Clay Events Were a HUGE Success!

We want to thank all of the sponsors and everyone that participated in this year's sporting clay events!  We had over 150 shooters and were able to raise over $32,000 for the MBI-PAC, which will be put to good use during this election cycle. CLICK HERE to view more photos!We want to thank all of the sponsors and everyone that participated in this year's sporting clay events!  We had over 150 shooters and were able to raise over $32,000 for the MBI-PAC, which will be put to good use during this election cycle. CLICK HERE to view more photos!

Register to Attend the Annual ISU ConE Reunion – October 27, 2016

On Thursday, October 27th, ISU ConE grads and industry colleagues will come together at the 21st Annual ISU Construction Engineering Reunion in Des Moines, Iowa.  The event has been growing in popularity and attendance each year, so be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend!  The reunion is open to family, friends and colleagues as well.  Heavy appetizers and drinks will be provided for all guests and there is no fee to attend.

A Special THANKS to the Sponsoring Companies of the MB EYE on the Future Class of 2017!

The highly popular MB EYE on the Future leadership program takes place over a period of six months, where participants who are considered future leaders are nominated and go through a selection process to be a part of the class. This year’s class again saw record applications and a group of 21 were chosen out of over 35 applicants. The program aims to groom leaders into better candidates for top leadership positions and to be leaders in the industry as well.

How Do We Implement a Safety Program?

All employers are required to have a safety and health program, per OSHA standards, that includes documentation, training, and specific company policies in addressing employee safety and health within the workplace. However, when was the last time you reviewed your own company’s program? Better yet, when was the last time anyone at your company reviewed the program? If it’s been some time, there’s a good chance that a lot of what’s in there is outdated and / or remedial.