February 26, 2017

Get More Involved in Your Industry – Join a Committee!

MBI is fortunate to have a significant number of individuals who are willing to devote their time, talent and expertise to the Association and give back to the industry in a productive and meaningful way.  The MBI committee system is the backbone of the Association and is responsible for generating the many services, new ideas and policies that reflect the desires and needs of an ever changing industry.  Committee members travel from all over the state to participate in meetings designed to inform and produce programs and services that reflect the needs of the membership.

Learn How to Hold Your Own Successful Safety Week

It seems every month, week or day has a specific focus to it anymore: “National Nurses Week,” “National Robotics Week” or “National Volunteer Week.” In our industry, “National Safety Week” is acknowledged throughout the country. However – when was the last time your company celebrated “Safety Week?” A lot of companies want to take the next step, but they just don’t know where to start.

We’re Going to Playa del Carmen in 2018 – Who’s Coming With?!

On behalf of MBI’s Convention & Travel Committee, we would like to invite you to attend the Master Builders of Iowa “Out-of-Country Excursion” to Playa del Carmen, Mexico following next year’s Annual Winter Conference!  The trip is scheduled for March 1 – 6, 2018 at the luxurious adults-only Paradisus Playa del Carmen – La Perla, an all-inclusive beach resort.

MBI is Now Offering the Lean Construction Education Program!

To help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build lean, Master Builders of Iowa is excited to announce that we are now offering the Associated General Contractors of America Lean Construction Education Program!  Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system.

10 Tips for Submitting Better Bids

As the commercial construction industry rolls into 2017, there is a very high likelihood that we will see more projects out for bid than any other year in the past decade. While estimators will be hard at work, any of them will tell you that there is always more than meets the eye when it comes to putting together a competitive bid.

Do You Want to Learn How to Make More Money?

If your answer isn’t ‘YES!’, then these upcoming training offerings are not for you.  But, if you are interested in finding out how to make more money in the years to come, read on. 

Most construction companies grow to a certain level, get used to doing business their way, stop growing, and then start making less and less money. Why? Contractors get comfortable doing things the same way, don’t want to try new ways of doing business, won’t change how they run their companies, don’t want to do the hard things to improve, and stop learning. 

PLA Prohibition Passes out of Subcommittee

Legislative Focus
February 24, 2017
Volume XVI, Edition 7

A Senate Labor and Business Relations subcommittee approved SSB 1145, which would:

  1. Prohibit a public owner from entering into a project labor agreement (PLA)
  2. Prohibit a public owner from creating any sort of ordinance or rule that would require an interested bidder, as a condition of bidding, to submit a questionnaire that would divulge proprietary and / or confidential information.

MBI has long pushed for a PLA prohibition that would codify Executive Order 69, which was signed by Governor Branstad on his inauguration day in January of 2011.  (If you recall, EO 69 prohibited the use of PLAs on any project in which state funding was provided.)  SSB 1145 is the culmination of legal battles and PR campaigns against the use of government mandated PLAs.   

House and Senate Pull Long Hours to Pass Collective Bargaining Reform

Legislative Focus
February 17, 2017
Volume XVI, Edition 6

A long week of contentious debate wound up on Thursday with both the Senate and House using a “time certain” motion to cut off debate.  Time certain basically cuts off all debate on any remaining amendments.  At a specific time, all amendments are voted on, one-by-one, with no debate.  Once all amendments are disposed of, a vote is made on final passage.  In my 21 year career at the Capitol, I recall having only seen this done on one other bill – the House’s consideration of the prevailing wage bill during the 2009 legislative session.  Only difference was that time certain was granted by unanimous consent, whereas, the one this week was a party-line vote.

Are You Registered for the Popular 2017 Winter Conference Awards Events?

Annual awards and recognition programs held during the Annual Winter Conference celebrate the success of MBI member companies and spotlight individual and company-wide accomplishments.  These award events have become popular Annual Winter Conference activities, attracting hundreds of attendees to each presentation, and the Masters Award Luncheon has already SOLD OUT for this year’s conference.  The other awards events and educational sessions are also growing quickly in numbers. 

There is Still Time to Register for the Annual Winter Conference!

Actually, there isn’t even a deadline for registering for the conference.  However, there are certain classes that are nearing their seating capacity that will most likely be closed by the time the conference begins.  It is also important to note that the Masters Awards Luncheon is SOLD OUT, and it is likely that the Safety Awards Breakfast will also sell out before the conference.  It is always better to register in advance so that you are more likely to get in to what you choose. 

You Do Not Want to Miss This Year’s Construction Industry Reception!

Last year’s Construction Industry Reception saw record numbers and it was a great networking experience for all in attendance.  The conference is now known around the Midwest for more than just training.  The annual trade show has become a must-attend aspect of the conference for many contractors.  Be sure to stop and meet with vendors that are displaying their products and services while at this year’s conference.  Visiting with these industry professionals is a great way to build upon your current relationships and to learn about new and innovative products on the market.