January 23, 2019

Slow Down to Speed Up

In today’s marketplace it would be futile to attempt to find a portion of the business world that has not been changed drastically with the growth of cyberspace; shopping, banking, communication, entertainment.

Not to be left off the list is the way in which you can acquire your construction project information. There will always be two sides to the coin but if you were to draft a list of pros and cons the advantage of acquiring your project information digitally is overwhelming.

Safety Awards Deadline – December 14th!

The deadline to submit for the Master Builders of Iowa safety awards is quickly approaching and we don’t want you to miss out on an excellent opportunity to showcase the safety efforts of your team and the outstanding results they produce.

Recognizing an individual or a team for their commitment to safety is an excellent tool to begin or continue building a strong safety culture within your company. From one employee to another and project to project, the safety culture of your company affects productivity, recruiting, profits, etc.

Home Base Iowa – A Resource for Resumes

For the last several years MBI, through our workforce initiative Build Iowa, has had a great partnership with Home Base Iowa. Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program that focuses on connecting veterans and transitioning service members with companies who are interested in employing them.

Your company has the opportunity to become a Home Base Iowa partner which provides many benefits including the opportunity to receive resumes from veterans who have already expressed interest in working in the construction industry.

Upcoming Webinars with a “SAFETY” Twist!

While the titles of the three webinars below may not scream “SAFETY”, there is a component of safety in each presentation. 

1. Radon kills about 21,000 people a year from lung cancer and this webinar will address this odorless gas and systems designed to detect and mitigate it.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 11:00am – 12:00pm | Radon Testing and Mitigation in New and Existing Structures | REGISTER

Construction Update Subscription

It is no secret that Iowa’s commercial construction industry is fast paced and constantly evolving. When your company is looking for a way to stay ahead of the bidding market there is one option that stands out from the rest: a Construction Update Subscription.

Here at Construction Update, project information is our business and we work hard to make sure our information is accurate and complete. Our Construction Update Subscription provides your company with the three daily reports and one weekly report below.

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. 

There’s still time to contribute to the MBI-PAC for 2018

The MBI-PAC is a tool that helps in every facet of our public affairs efforts. The MBI-PAC exists solely to provide support to candidates who reflect the ideas and values of the Master Builders of Iowa. The MBI-PAC helps to foster relationships in working with candidates who will support our efforts. When the MBI-PAC contributes to a candidate, a mutual respect is developed which allows for a good working relationship in the policy-making process. The same holds true for all levels of government – federal, state, county and local.

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.

Time is Ticking ... How is Your Award Submittal Looking?

The deadline to submit for the Master Builders of Iowa awards is quickly approaching and we don’t want you to miss out on an excellent opportunity to showcase your team and the awesome work that they do.

You have an award submittal to write, pictures to organize, and testimonials to request…get on it, but remember these 3 tips to a successful submission… Make Sure Your Submission Looks Professional, Be Thorough, and Be On-Time

Setting the Stage for the 2018 Midterms

People often forget that 2018 is an election year. It’s not just an election year, but a vitally important election that will undoubtedly impact the make-up of our federal and state governments. At MBI, we are focused on putting our PAC resources to state and local candidates that embody the mission of our organization—to be the essential resource for improving member performance and promoting a business environment that is favorable to the construction industry. There is a lot of information that we could cover in 4 congressional and 125 house races, but this article is meant simply to highlight some of the individual races that could impact whether Republicans retain control, or give up control, to the Democrats. 

On November 6, 2018, voters will go to the polls. While MBI does not do political endorsements and never has in the past, we wish to do our part in GOTV, or “get out the vote” efforts. We are encouraging all of our members to do your civic duty and vote for the candidates that you think will be pro-construction and pro-business. In addition, if you need information on how to register to vote, changing your registration or any other information regarding the mid-term elections, please visit the Secretary of State’s website at

Thank You Regional Meeting Sponsors!

Every year MBI hosts Regional Meetings around the state in an effort to better connect with our membership, and these meetings would not be possible without our generous sponsors.

These are companies that have made the decision to support MBI while gaining access to an audience that can help further their business.

We want to give a large and sincere THANK YOU to the companies below!


Bangert Computer Systems – Waterloo Regional Meeting

Bradley & Riley PC – Iowa City Regional Meeting

Exceptional Field Staff Gallery

Construction Week is an opportunity for all of us in the industry to raise awareness of the vast opportunities available right now, and to promote the industry as a safe, exciting and rewarding career option. However, it’s also an opportunity to stop and say “Job well done!” to the employees in our companies that do an exceptional job day in and day out. Showing appreciation for your co-workers and employees can sometimes be difficult—not because you don’t want to, but you don’t think about doing it during the regular hustle and bustle of a 40 hour + work week. 

WORKSAFE Certified Classes

Once again, CSSI professionals will be conducting WORKSAFE Certified training classes.  This program is a specifically developed safety training that will enhance the knowledge base of jobsite supervisory personnel.  To become WORKSAFE Certified, individuals would need to satisfactorily complete a 2-day training curriculum that is primarily focused on hazard awareness and mitigation.