June 30, 2016

Construction Headcount Dips in May but Outpaces Overall Rate of Job Gain Since May 2015; Rising Pay, Plunging Unemployment Suggest Worker Scarcity

Construction employment dipped for the second consecutive month in May, but rising industry pay and plunging unemployment suggest contractors would be hiring more workers if they were available, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that worker shortages may be reaching the point where they undermine the sector’s growth.

It’s Not Too Late to Pull the Trigger on a Sporting Clay Sponsorship!

There are sponsorship offerings available for MBI’s 4th Annual Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic.  Like many of MBI’s programs, the Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic brings together construction professionals from throughout the state for some great construction camaraderie.  Last year’s events saw 125 shooters, combining to raise nearly $25,000 for the MBI-PAC and our continued efforts to support pro-business, pro-construction policymakers.  The event has grown in registrations each year and has already become a highly anticipated annual offering by MBI.

MBI Members Are Able to Post Job Openings at No Cost

Has your company taken advantage of the MBI Job Board that is offered to our members at no cost?  Posting a job opening on the MBI Job Board is a great way to advertise your available positions to candidates interested in the construction industry.  Through a partnership with BirdDogHR, MBI created an online job board for the construction industry.  The job board is not housed on MBI’s website, but can be found at   The site is being advertised to our education and state partners, including high schools, community colleges, 4-year institutions and Iowa Workforce Development. 

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.

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). 

Don’t Miss the Free Members-Only Webinar on Safety Culture Change

On July 12th, MBI is offering a free, members-only webinar presented by Kevin Ellison of Caterpillar Safety Services, Peoria, Illinois.  Caterpillar’s formula for achieving operational excellence is driven by the Six Criteria for Safety Excellence, a four-step accountability model, and tools to facilitate engagement-based safety management. Learn how these tools can be applied in any company to take safety performance from good to great.

Plan Now to Sponsor MBI Events & Programs in the 2016/17 Training Season!

Master Builders of Iowa offers the construction industry with a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities to assist in broadening your competitive advantage in the marketplace.  Each year MBI holds many events and educational offerings that provide unique sponsorship opportunities for the commercial construction industry.  Sponsorship of a MBI event is an excellent way to deliver increased awareness and brand exposure for companies looking to make contacts with clients and mix business and pleasure. 

Save on Workers' Compensation Premiums with Midwest Builders' Casualty

Workers’ compensation insurance is required for all Iowa employers. Without it, some businesses would suffer because the costs of medical care have risen and are continuing to do so. Insurance companies pay close attention to these rising medical costs. When the costs they pay out exceeds what they charge in premiums, they find ways to maintain their profits. One way they do this is by raising the premiums for every customer.

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. 

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: