As 2013 draws to a close and 2014 dawns, I am pleased to report that this has been a great year of re-awakening for the MBCEA. We have kick-started a few new Chapters, added many new members and have laid the ground work for some exciting new programs. Watch this space for some important updates regarding the Safety Handbook, Certification Program, Conference and more!
Conference 2014 will be in Boston on May 1-3. Our keynote speaker is hockey legend Derek Sanderson! This is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and competitors, to learn about new products/techniques and get updated on new regulations/requirements. It is a fun event that also highlights the prestigious Building of the Year Award.
We are also in the final days of our half price new member sale. Membership does have its privileges – reduced rates at Conference, special “members only” sections of the website, Chapter benefits, etc. So what are you waiting for? You can join direct from this site.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Southeast Chapter Training Extravaganza in Orlando on January 24-25, 2014. Hats off to Wade Hobbs of Uni-Built and Universal Erectors for putting this great program together!
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, Sasha and Jackie, please accept my best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Gary T. Smith
President, Thomas Phoenix International, Inc.
Now in our 44th year, the MBCEA is dedicated to the support of the professional advancement of metal building contractors, erectors, and our industry.
There are three levels of membership available depending on the scope of your business.
New Midwest Chapter
The MBCEA is all about Chapters – but why are they so important? MBCEA Chapters are social forums where you can network with other contractors and erectors in your geographic area. They are philanthropic – several chapters raise money for scholarships or support local charities. And perhaps most importantly, they are the most cost-effective means to keep up with ever-changing regulations, building materials/methods and to access low cost training. A typical chapter has two social events per year – perhaps a Golf outing in the summer and a Holiday event in the winter. They also then arrange for industry speakers – maybe someone from OSHA or an attorney specializing in construction law, a building or insulated panel manufacturer. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, they coordinate (and subsidize) required training e.g. OSHA 10, Rigging 1, etc. and certification for your men.
So on Friday, October 4, 2013, the Midwest chapter held their kick-off. More than 20 companies attended an open house meeting and another 20 or so expressed interest but were unable to attend. MBCEA President, Gary Smith, flew to Kansas City for the event and spoke at length about the successes in the Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic and New England chapters.
Andy Huber, A.L. Huber, Inc. in Kansas City, Steve Butler with Dynamic Fastener in Kansas City, Kelly Burk of Burk Erectors in Springfield, MO, Kelly Burk, Jr. also with Burk Erectors in Springfield, MO, Bill Johnson with Evans Building in Wichita, KS and Sandy Fowler of GF General Contractors in St. Louis were all instrumental in getting this first meeting off the ground. Jeff Fox from L&L Insulation and Thad Carley of Carley Construction Co. are also lending a hand. They are all committed to making this a very successful Chapter with lots of benefits for their members.
Quite a few people have asked how they can help. New Chapter President Andy Huber said it best, “help spread the word.” As you conduct your everyday business, mention the MBCEA, mention the work on this chapter and contact us and let us know you are interested.
The first training session and next meeting will not be until the spring but for now we need to build a strong list of interested companies. If you are not a member of the MBCEA, join - we are offering a 50% discount for new members and a portion of all dues goes to the Chapter. Contact Sasha Graver at National or Shannon Fowler in the Midwest and let them know you want to be included.