May 24, 2018

MBI Essential Partners

Master Builders of Iowa strives to be the essential resource for Iowa’s construction industry and a valuable component of that effort are those companies who support MBI’s programs and events.  Through the exclusive Essential Partners recognition program, MBI strives to recognize our industry supporters, while adding value to those companies’ sponsorship dollars who take leadership roles in sponsoring MBI events and educational opportunities. Companies that are considered MBI’s Essential Partners have contributed over $3,000 in sponsorships to the Master Builders of Iowa in the past year. These companies are an important part of MBI’s success and we couldn’t do it without them!

MBI’s Essential Partners are profiled on the MBI website, with direct access to their listings from the homepage. They also receive a full-page, company profile/advertisement in an edition of InsideMBI, the association’s quarterly news magazine. These profiles are very exclusive offerings since MBI does not offer advertising on the website, nor in the magazine.

For more information on opportunities to become an MBI Essential Partner, please contact Chad Kleppe, President/CEO, at (515) 657-4382 /

MBI appreciates our Essential Partners’ gracious and continued support!

Architectural Wall Systems LLC and Seedorff Masonry, Inc.

West Des Moines, Iowa •

Seedorff Masonry and Architectural Wall Systems have combined over 85 years of experience to create an intentional approach to the delivery of the building envelope.  Success or failure of the exterior envelope is often determined very early in the design and construction process.  Owners, Designers and Contractors now have access to a single source solution for high performing exterior envelopes.

Financial stability, operational efficiency, state of the art technology, a global supply chain, and a project-centric philosophy uniquely positions the AWS-SMI team to deliver single source building envelope solutions.  With early involvement as a member of the design and construction team, every detail from engineering through construction receives the attention it deserves to maximize quality, economy, and performance.  Systems analysis, including thermal modeling, ensures that the air barrier, insulation and cladding systems are designed, coordinated and executed to create high performing vertical exterior envelopes.

We have a longstanding tradition and commitment to Safety, Quality, and Performance.  With a common set of shared core values, our partnership has a mission to “Push the Envelope” as we pursue our vision to “Build Better.”

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!


Cedar Rapids, Iowa •

BerganKDV is not in the business of providing one-size-fits-all solutions. Every client is different – from business problems to personal preferences. We invest the time to understand your needs and customize our services and solutions to meet them.

We are a professional services firm that solves complex business, financial and technology challenges, all under one roof.

Changing regulations, laws that vary by state and the need for surety bonding make the accounting needs of construction and real estate companies increasingly complex. At BerganKDV, we have guided construction contractors, real estate developers, property managers and investors through good and bad economies, always focused on improving the bottom line opportunities. With our customized services we take a practical, well-developed approach to helping you achieve your objectives.


  • Audited, reviewed or compiled financial statements
  • Accounting system design and workflow
  • Bookkeeping services
  • Business start-up services
  • Strategic business planning
  • Multi-state taxation
  • Cost-segregation studies
  • Design and implementation of employee incentive bonus plans
  • Analysis of internal accounting systems, procedures and controls
  • Benchmarking and financial ratio analysis
  • Financial forecasting and budgeting
  • Acquisitions and divestitures
  • Review leases to maximize tax benefits
  • 401(k) and retirement planning advisory services
  • Succession planning
  • Job cost analysis and cost control planning
  • Risk assessments and internal controls

Connect with BerganKDV at and check out our construction blog.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker and Cornerstone Academy!

Community State Bank 

Des Moines, Iowa •

Community State Bank has been a local community bank for over 115 years. Established in 1902, the bank opened its first branch in Ankeny, IA. CSB says they separate themselves from other financial institutions through their customer service and empowering employees to do what’s right for their customers. They set exceptional standards for how they do business and treat their customers. In a quickly changing, highly-regulated industry, Community State Bank’s top priority is to engage in meaningful interaction with customers, clearly communicate with them, and offer services that make managing their finances simple.

CSB sees investing in the community through local decision-making as a solid business model for success. Their employees live, work and play, side by side with their customers and business partners in the communities they serve.

Community State Bank has local branches in Johnston, Ankeny, Altoona, Des Moines, Pleasant Hill and Waukee. They provide Personal and Commercial Banking, Financial Planning, Insurance, Mortgage Financing and Treasury Management. Contact Mark Rathbun, Senior Vice President, at 515-249-4236.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

Forrest & Associate Inc.

Des Moines, Iowa •

It is the mission of Forrest & Associate to provide the highest standard of total quality masonry construction and service to it's customers, and to meet its customer's expectations 100 percent of the time by employing the highest degree of quality, skilled, and professional people. Forrest & Associate will accept no less than a total quality commitment to it's customers, enabling Forrest & Associate to remain the premier mason contracting firm in Iowa.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

The Heartland Companies

Des Moines, Iowa •

When it comes to subcontracting commercial construction projects in interior and exterior finishes, our clients choose The Heartland Companies because we care about quality, reliability, safety, and service. We also believe in supporting our community. Pride in our work drives us to be successful for our customers.

At The Heartland Companies, we believe that quality is essential to a successful project. Materials, workmanship, and documentation must meet a high standard that guarantees the integrity of the finished project.
Reliability and honesty in communications, accounting, scheduling, and relationships is the standard. Our ethics don't bend because of situational changes.

Excellent service is core to The Heartland Companies' beliefs. We adhere to professional standards in all of our dealings with clients, suppliers, subcontractors, and employees. We believe in working smart, maintaining personal commitment, and delivering what we promise.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Sporting Clays Builders' Classic, MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, The Leadership Experience and Cornerstone Academy!

Holmes MurphyHolmes Murphy & Associates, LLC

Des Moines, Iowa •

Who is Holmes Murphy? If we could sum this up in one sentence, it’d be this: We’re crazy about what we do, obsessed with creating the customer experience, and focused on our clients’ needs by solving their problems and accelerating our collective success. We’re always Thinking Ahead to bring a fresh perspective on your unique Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, and Surety challenges to achieve superior results that increase your peace of mind and bottom line.

Property Casualty: Since 1932, we’ve been building confidence in construction workers with our specialized risk management programs to help control costs with injury prevention, claims management, and experience mod improvement strategies. With Holmes Murphy as your mediators, the claims process, no matter how complex, moves quickly so you can get back to work sooner.

Employee Benefits: What we know about wellness is making our competition sick. Through our innovation and complete suite of benefits consulting services, our expertise ranges from plan design and compliance to employee engagement and the latest benefit delivery technology. We also help employees get healthier, which in turn reduces cost for everyone. Simply put, we’ve made preserving birthdays our business.

Surety Bonds: When your reputation needs accreditation, Holmes Murphy will be in your corner as your biggest advocate. We lead the nation by always staying on top of the latest issues facing the surety and construction industries. With our long-standing relationships and earned respect among national and regional surety companies along with major construction associations, you can trust our word as bond.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker and the Annual Winter Conference!


Cincinnati, Ohio •

iSqFt, a ConstructConnect company, serves the commercial construction industry with information that empowers and tools that help its customers work more efficiently.
But the real difference lies in the Network. The iSqFt Network connects general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and architects. It’s these connections that open the lines of communication, streamlines processes and help everyone work more efficiently.

And, in a marketplace filled with imitators, no other company has managed to duplicate our industry-leading information and online tools.

  • Information: iSqFt offers its subscribers more planning phase projects with plans and specs than its competitors.
  • Tools: Whether it’s finding the most qualified talent, finding the handful of projects that merit a closer look, or creating relationships, iSqFt’s interface comes complete with integrated tools that help you work more efficiently. 

No matter what part you play in the construction process, iSqFt gives you what you need to succeed.

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference and the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

LMC Insurance & Risk Management

West Des Moines, Iowa •

LMC Insurance & Risk Management combines years of experience with leading-edge products to provide exceptional service and value to our customers. Established in 1865, LMC is one of the oldest and most respected insurance brokers operating in the Midwest. We are the longest continuously operating insurance agency in Des Moines. Today the organization ranks in the Top 100 agencies in the country on the Business Insurance annual list. Through 260 associates in 10 offices, we provide a full range of brokerage services including: employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management, surety bonds, and financial services.

We will work in conjunction with you to develop a risk management program that meets your needs. For more information call 1-800-677-1529 or visit our website at

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Sporting Clays Builders' Classic, MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker and MB EYE on the Future!


Merchants Bonding Company

West Des Moines, Iowa •

For more than 80 years, Merchants Bonding Company™ has honed its expertise in surety, offering first-class service and a common sense underwriting approach. Unlike its competitors with multiple lines of business, agents and contractor clients of Merchants are given an edge. Merchants’ unique underwriting philosophy evaluates all accounts on their own merit, and places a high value on business and personal net worth. Merchants offers program assistance ranging from Rapid Access Program (RAP) for small and infrequent bond needs to large programs of up to $150 million.

Merchants is among the top 15 surety writers in the nation and continues to be the largest provider in Iowa; achieving an A.M. Best Rating of “A” Excellent or better for 59 consecutive years (Best’s Review, July 2017).

Merchants is licensed in all 50 states, maintaining 11 staffed offices across the United States and its home office in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker and the Annual Winter Conference!


Des Moines, Iowa •

Experience The Power of Being Understood. ®

RSM US LLP is a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services to middle market construction companies. We serve more than 3,500 construction and real estate clients nationwide, so we understand your industry. Our team asks the right questions, actively listens and thinks deeply about your business, which enables us to provide you with the insights you need to make critical business decisions.

Our professionals are members of and regularly address the industry's leading trade associations, including Associated General Contractors, Construction Financial Management Association and Associated Builders and Contractors.

We provide a wide range of services to the following diverse construction industry segments:

  • Commercial contractors
  • Specialty contractors (electrical, structural, HVAC, plumbing, concrete)
  • Architectural and engineering firms
  • Highway and street construction
  • Residential contractors

For the latest industry trends and updates, visit and sign up for our Construction Quarterly Update newsletter.

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference!

 Skold Companies

Des Moines, Iowa •

Since 1992, Skold Companies has been providing commercial construction products and services to owners and general contractors across the Midwest. We have offices in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Kansas City. Skold Companies is comprised of the following entities: Skold Construction Services, Skold Door Company, Skold Commercial Contracting and Skold Specialty Contracting.

Skold Construction Services – established in 1992
Skold Construction Services has garnered the reputation as the floor underlayment expert. We have poured millions of square feet of gypcrete and other self-leveling floor products. Floor underlayments, concrete polishing and Tectum roof decking are our specialties.

Skold Door Company – established in 1994
Skold Door Company specializes in coiling doors & grilles, fire door products, operable walls and dock equipment. In addition, we offer trash and linen chutes. Skold Door Company also offers a full service department available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Skold Commercial Contracting – established in 1997
Skold Commercial Contracting is your one stop shop for commercial floor coatings - From resinous floor coatings to hardeners and sealers. In addition, we offer structural grouting, caulking, joint sealants, air barriers and waterproofing. We pride ourselves on having extensive knowledge and expertise on fluid applied floor coatings.

Skold Specialty Contracting – established in 2002               
Skold Specialty Contracting is the floor and door expert in South Dakota, North Dakota, Northwest Iowa, Western Wisconsin and Minnesota. From floor leveling and specialty floor surfaces to coiling fire doors and operable walls, we have something for every need.

Proud Sponsor of the MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders' Classic and MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

 Star Equipment, Ltd.

Multiple Locations Across Iowa •

Star Equipment, Ltd. is Iowa’s number one source for high-quality construction equipment.  Family-owned, by the Bowman’s since 1968, Star Equipment offers expert service and unsurpassed product knowledge for contractors across Iowa and parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, and Missouri.  Star specializes in light to general construction equipment, as well as specialty products to fill the needs of our customers.

When asked what Star sells, the answer is PRODUCTIVITY.  We bring you cutting edge technology and the know how to tailor it to your specific needs.  We provide you with the most uptime of any rental company in Iowa.  When knowledgeable people help you make informed decisions and provide you high quality equipment with unsurpassed service, you get PRODUCTIVITY.

Star Equipment has four locations providing sales, service, and rentals of construction equipment in Iowa. They feature brands such as: Takeuchi, Mustang, Gehl, Multiquip, Allen Engineering, Sullivan Palatek, Husqvarna, Wacker Neuson, IMT, Schwing, Elliott, Topcon, and many others. – Contact us today!

Proud Sponsor of the MBI Regional Membership Meetings, MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, Cornerstone Academy and Annual Winter Conference!

TrueNorth Companies

Cedar Rapids, Iowa •

Now, more than ever, the challenges facing construction contractors extend far beyond the job site.  As TrueNorth’s Construction Specialty Group (CSG), our commitment to working only with contractors combined with our decades of construction industry experience, make an engagement with us unlike one with any other firm.

Founded in 2005, CSG is one of the few true construction risk specialists in the country, with a passion and commitment to the construction industry built deep into our culture. Our services are designed to take work off the contractor’s desks while simultaneously reducing risk. CSG’s goal is to create value for our clients by providing impactful, real-world risk management solutions in the areas of insurance services, contract management, risk control and business management services.  

As a contractor, we know you recognize the importance of being a specialist – and so do we. If you’re going to spend your hard-earned dollars on insurance, why not get the most out of that money and get the specialist you deserve?

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference, The Leadership Experience, MB EYE on the Future and Cornerstone Academy!

UFG Insurance

Cedar Rapids, Iowa •

United Fire Group (UFG) is a publicly traded, multibillion-dollar company, with more than 70 years of knowledge and experience, providing commercial (including surety bonds) and personal insurance for individuals, families, homes and businesses. UFG’s local network of professionals provides expertise in both the contracting and insurance industries. We sell through more than 1,200 independent agencies in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia. In 2017, UFG was named one of “America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies” by Forbes for the fourth consecutive year, and a Five-Star Carrier by Insurance Business America. In 2016, we were named one of Sandler O’Neill’s Insurance Premium Players.

View information about our company, available coverages and products, or find an independent agent at

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference and the MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

Whitfield & Eddy Law

Des Moines, Iowa •

Whitfield & Eddy Law is excited to introduce you to our new construction industry group. We are a single-source provider for your business delivering comprehensive legal solutions based on your needs and budget. The industry group is a cross-functional team with a wide range of expertise to provide continuity in analysis, support, and decision-making across your organization. We carefully planned our approach to assist, nurture, and grow your business with a trusted advisor providing the support of a full-service law firm.

We serve our client base from our offices in Des Moines and Mount Pleasant, Iowa and are committed to meeting the diverse, challenging, and changing needs of our clients through a proactive problem solving approach. Our forty attorneys along with their staff have developed a team-based approach to serve and leverage a wealth of experience to address the legal needs of Iowa businesses, families and individuals. Construction industry group attorneys have earned national peer and client recognition from The Best Lawyers in America, Great Plains Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA.

Additionally, we provide construction association representation including the drafting of and consultation regarding legislation affecting the construction industry.

Contact Whitfield & Eddy Law for business services including:

  • Contract Drafting and Interpretation
  • Insurance Issues
  • Fidelity Claims
  • Insurance Associations Service
  • Suretyship and Bond Claims
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Public Project Claims
  • Construction Defects
  • Contract Claims
  • Delay  Claims
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Business and Corporate
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers and Acquisition
  • Estate Planning
  • Succession Planning

Proud Sponsor of the Annual Winter Conference, MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, and MB EYE on the Future!

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