May 31, 2016

Construction Employment Rises in 42 States and the District of Columbia Over Latest 12 Months, While Only 23 States Add Jobs From March to April

California and Hawaii Add Most Jobs for the Year, North Dakota Has Biggest Actual and Percentage Declines; California and Idaho Top Monthly List of Gainers, Tennessee and Rhode Island Have Largest Monthly Decreases 

NEW SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY – Regional Membership Meetings

The simple act of sponsoring an event is a way to create competitor differentiation.  Attendees often perceive sponsorship in a positive way because they see the sponsoring company as making a greater effort to support the event and industry as a whole.  MBI offers many sponsorship opportunities throughout the year, and we strive to create competitive and valuable sponsorship packages for participating companies.  MBI is very appreciative of our sponsors and we work to ensure value from each dollar invested. 

Don’t Miss this Seminar Offering on Drones in the Construction Industry!

We are pleased to announce that we have contracted with Aerial Strategies, LLC of Hume, Virginia to deliver a unique and informative presentation on drones in the construction industry.  Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, have spent a great deal of time in the news lately and continue to grow in popularity amongst several industries, including commercial construction.  But, how they are used and the benefits of drone use is not clear for most commercial construction companies, and the regulations, licensing requirements, and guidelines likely add to the confusion.  Attend the seminar on June 15th to help answer these questions and more!

Notice to Bidder Changes Go into Effect on July 1, 2016

On March 23, 2016, Governor Terry E. Branstad signed SF 2170, which amends the notice to bidder timeframe provisions of Iowa Code Section 26.3.  The new law will increase the estimating time between a notice to bidders being published to when a public owner can actually set a bid letting date.  Effective July 1, 2016, a notice to bidders shall be “posted” at least once, not less than 13 days and not more than 45 days before the date for the bid letting.  Previously, the timeframe was 4 days and 45 days.

Here is your chance to become a sponsor of the Annual MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic and Smoker!

For the 17th straight year, MBI will be hosting the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic and Smoker.  This year’s event will be held at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines on Monday, August 1st.  Last year’s event sold out for the golfers, and had a nearly sold out crowd of sponsors, representing many of the leaders in Iowa’s commercial construction industry. 

We have completed the first right of refusal process with last year’s sponsors and there are 4 sponsorship opportunities available to be a part of this year’s event!  Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity to be one of the companies that support this popular construction industry event.  As a sponsor, you will be part of a premiere golf event that brings together construction industry leaders from throughout the state.  The Construction Golf Classic and Smoker is one of those rare networking opportunities where you can easily mix business with a whole lot of fun. 

Did we mention that representatives from many of Iowa’s top construction firms will be participating?  We have include a list of the sponsoring firms below and to see the foursome lists from recent years, click on the links below:

Are You Taking Advantage of the Free MBI Training Vault Program?

As a value-added membership service, Master Builders of Iowa offers the MBI Training Vault to MBI member firms at no charge.  The Training Vault is an electronic tool that is designed to make the process of tracking and documenting training records easy, organized, accurate and accessible. Your company-specific Training Vault contains all training conducted by MBI dating back to 1998. This internet-based credential tracking system gives company management, as well as employees, easy access to training records. To reap the maximum benefits of the Training Vault system, you are encouraged to include ALL additional training, past and future, that your employees receive and to include all of your employees.

Within the MBI Training Vault there are two types of users for your company - Administrator and Employee. The Administrator has access to the training records of all of their respective company’s employees.  In addition, the Administrator is able to view and edit all employee records, add company training classes, as well as add and remove employees.  Each MBI member company is assigned one Administrator username and password.  To learn more about the Administrator role and who has been assigned from your company, please contact Tom Fulcher at the contact information below.  Company employees are able to login and view their own personal training records, as well as view and register for upcoming MBI and company provided training. To receive employee login credentials, please contact Aly Schmidt at or (515) 657-4380.

New Three Part Series for Blueprint Reading Training

We are excited to announce that we recently worked with Brad Perkins, Senior Lecturer at Iowa State University, to revamp our blueprint reading training offerings.  The outcome of our collaboration is a new three part training series on blueprint reading for the commercial construction industry.   In this series, participants will gain the skills necessary to read and understand typical construction documents - blueprints and specifications.  The series will be offered in two locations and participants are able to register for the entire series to receive a discount, or register separately for only one or two of the sessions.  

New WORKSAFE Program Features

In an effort to continuously improve our services to the construction industry, MBI convened a task force of safety personnel last summer to evaluate the services provided through the WORKSAFE program.  The group’s focus was to improve job site safety by developing a more responsive WORKSAFE program.  After a series of meetings, the task force made recommendations that were then presented and approved by the MBI Board of Directors. 

New Features of the WORKSAFE Program:

Subcontractor Inclusion Plan – All subcontractors on a WORKSAFE project are eligible to receive 24/7 safety services from MBI throughout the duration of the project and will be included in all of the WORKSAFE correspondence including the pre-construction safety review, and all survey reports. 

Additional Safety Resources – Under the direction of the WORKSAFE Taskforce, MBI has developed two new online resources:

  • Safety Best Practices - We have assembled a listing of safety best practices on the MBI website.  Safety best practices can improve any safety program and have an impact on the bottom line. 
  • OSHA Rules & Regulations - OSHA’s website on construction regulations is extensive, intricate, hard to understand, and can be difficult to find needed information.  MBI developed an easy to read and understand online resource for construction-related OSHA regulations.

Special Package Pricing – For optimal safety results, safety professionals recommend additional site visits depending on the duration of the project.  For this reason, we have developed a special discounted pricing structure.

No Time to Wait for Classroom Training?

We have you covered.  Members of MBI are eligible to receive a discount on online education courses available from ClickSafety. Online education is becoming a very popular option for many contractors because it is convenient and less expensive than sending an employee to a classroom education session. All it takes is an internet connection and a desktop, laptop or tablet. There are courses for safety, management, transportation and human resources. The courses can be started and stopped as the student’s time allows. Certificates of completion are also available.

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