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January 20, 2019

Annual Report

The Master Builders of Iowa Annual Report highlights the year's accomplishments and provides you with a thorough review of MBI's programs and our focus on being the essential resource for improving member performance.

The Master Builders of Iowa Annual Report highlights the year’s accomplishments and provides you with a thorough review of MBI’s programs and our focus on being the essential resource for improving member performance.

For 2018, MBI entered into the final year of its 3-year strategic plan. Through diligence and dedication, the organization has held to the plan to provide measurable results in workforce development efforts and enhanced educational services. Also, MBI continued its focus on being the premier source for project information, as well as being the leader in construction safety services through MBI’s preferred safety provider, Construction Safety Specialists, Incorporated.

Workforce development and recruitment has consistently been at the forefront of contractors’ needs. To help provide greater exposure to the industry, while also assisting members with their respective recruitment efforts, MBI hosted two job fairs this year. These programs brought in over 400 high school students in eastern and central Iowa to talk with MBI contractor-members to learn more about careers in construction. In addition, our outreach efforts to schools and students – be it by MBI contractor-members and / or MBI staff – reached over 2,500 kids statewide. Our BuildIowa.org webpage complemented the overall effort by serving as a central portal for students to access construction career information, while also providing the members with a large allotment of resources to assist in their student outreach efforts.

MBI strived to create new educational offerings this past year, while also working to maintain the quality of the existing programs. We saw the first Foundations of a Field Leader program receive high marks, as well as other newly created seminars and classes. The complement of existing programs were also well attended giving participants a wide array of learning opportunities.

Recent efforts at the federal and state levels opened the door to the development of an exclusive Association Healthcare Plan called MBI Plus, which has enabled MBI to create a healthcare program that pools together Iowa firms – both large and small – who are actively involved in the commercial construction industry. It is our hope that MBI Plus will gain a foothold in the marketplace that will allow for increased competition and the introduction of creative plan options. Beyond the notion of competitively priced healthcare plans and other ancillary coverages, we believe that MBI Plus will also provide smaller and mid-size firms the ability to look at their respective benefits package as an important strategy in retaining key employees and recruiting new ones.

MBI celebrated another milestone this past year. 50 years ago in 1968, MBI was granted the Certificate of Occupancy on its existing headquarters building. To mark the occasion, an open house was held offering attendees an opportunity to walk through the building and view nostalgic pictures and documents from years past. The event also was a great opportunity for members to re-connect over good food, drinks and conversation.

 

 

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