December 11, 2018

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Winter Conference 2019 – Save the Date

Mark your calendars today for Iowa’s largest industry education conference and tradeshow. On February 25 – 27, 2019, MBI will host its Annual Winter Conference in Altoona, IA. This event will feature outstanding leadership and professional development seminars with some of the highest quality and experienced presenters in the country.  Topics of these seminars include leadership, negotiating, scheduling, and much more to add value to your company all while challenging you to move your company toward higher performance and increased profitability.

Toys for Tots Drop Off Location - We are Now Accepting New, Unwrapped Toys

MBI is excited to once again partner with the Toys for Tots Campaign in Des Moines as a toy drop off location!  We are asking everyone to bring in new, unwrapped toys to our office to show how much the construction industry cares about those less fortunate this holiday season.  We will be accepting toy donations until December 14th, at which time we will be delivering all donations to the Toys for Tots warehouse in Des Moines. 

MBI to Offer Association Health Plan

In an effort to help its members with ever-increasing health insurance costs, MBI is working with industry partners to come forth with the creation of its own Association Healthcare Plan (AHP) called “MBI Plus”. At a recent meeting, the MBI Board of Directors moved forth with this concept as a way to provide MBI members another health plan option to consider this coming fall and winter as individuals firms determine insurance renewals for 2019.

What is the Last Planner System?

The Last Planner System (LPS) is a collaborative planning process that involves trade foremen or design team leaders (the last planners) in pl­anning in greater and greater detail as the time for the work to be done gets closer. This is sometimes known as Pull Planning.

LPS was created to enable more reliable and predictable production in projects. It also:

  • Supports the flow of work through the project
  • Builds trust and collaboration with a project team
  • Delivers safer projects faster.

LPS brings together those who will execute the work (the team) to plan when and how work will be done through a series of conversational processes. It requires the team to collaboratively remove constraints as a team and to promise delivery of each task. These systematic processes increase the chances that work flows reliably, and recognizes that personal relationships and peer pressure are critical to that process.

Environmental Workshop Coming Soon – Register Today!

Master Builders of Iowa has partnered with Iowa Lead & Asbestos Safety / Iowa Air Quality to develop a 1 day workshop that will address the health hazards, code compliance, exposure levels and more on some of the most dangerous and deadly products on a construction project.

The key topics that will be addressed in this workshop include Lead, Asbestos, and Silica as well as the role that proper respirator use plays in keeping workers safe and healthy. For each of these topics, we will explore the health risks involved, air quality monitoring, recordkeeping, permissible exposure levels, medical surveillance, and much more.

In addition to great information to keep employees healthy, this workshop will provided individuals enrolled in the Master Builder Designation program with seven (7) Ecological credits toward the Master Builder Achievement Award.

Shine the Spotlight on Your Field Staff

During Construction Week 2018 (Oct. 1-5), we will “shine the spotlight” on exceptional field workers of our member firms on social media and in our communication pieces.

We are asking our members to submit exceptional field staff to shine the spotlight on them during Construction Week! We will post all submissions throughout the week on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.  We will also create a photo gallery of all submissions on our website and they will be featured in the Winter Edition of the InsideMBI magazine.  

Simply return the submission form and a high-resolution photo of your exceptional field worker to Aly Schmidt at by Thursday, September 27! Please limit your submissions to 5 individuals per company (MBI member firms only). 

Legislature in overtime as tax reform and budget remain key priorities for lawmakers

The House of Representatives worked on a comprehensive energy bill through the evening on Thursday into Friday morning adjourning just before 6AM.  However, no further debate is expected today or this weekend.   
While there wasn’t much movement in either chamber as negotiations continue on tax reform and the budget, both chambers did take action on several budget bills which means they are one step closer to adjournment. 

Legislative floor action grinds to a halt...

As negotiations on a tax reform package and the budget for the next fiscal year continue with leaders behind closed doors, there is not much new to report this week.  The rank and file members of the Senate were sent home Tuesday and the rank and file members of the House were sent home Wednesday. 
However, the House did vote out five budget bills out of the Appropriations Committee, even though they are likely to be adjusted when they are debated on the House floor.  Read the entire Legislative Focus here.


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