Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association
Chapter Startup Kickoff Meeting:
The Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) is an established organization that supports the professional advancement of metal building contractors, erectors and industry. We would like your support and involvement in kick starting a Midwest Chapter of this great organization.
There are over three hundred member companies around the United States and many are members of a local MBCEA chapter. Our list of chapters includes New England, Mid-Atlantic, the Carolinas and a Southeast chapter. As we type this, Texas and the Northwest are two more fledgling chapters.
There are a few folks involved with the new chapter and they are: 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.
There are many benefits to the MBCEA as a national organization and even more with a chapter in our area. Benefits include: erector training, OSHA training, first aid training, keeping up with codes and requirements, member discounts. If we assemble as a group, we can offer all of these benefits to our members at a discount.
The biggest benefit of an organization like MBCEA is networking. Meeting with folks from around our region will bring insight to your business and could even bring in some business. Burk Erectors from Springfield, MO has secured $1 million in revenue through relationships he established in the organization. In kind, Mr. Burk has been able to help other members get work in their regions.
As we endeavor to start a Midwest chapter, we need to gauge interest and get some advocates involved. We are holding an informational meeting on October 4, 2013 at the Best Western Premier KC, 10401 France Family Drive, Kansas City, KS 66111, which is adjacent to the Kansas Speedway, in Kansas City. Open house from 1-6 pm, formal meeting from 1-2:30 pm. Even if you can’t make the meeting, do stop by. This is a race weekend in Kansas City, so potentially you will be in Kansas City at the same time. It would be the perfect opportunity to visit with other members of your industry and see if we can get some excitement and momentum behind a Midwest chapter.
Regarding enthusiasm, the MBCEA has a strong and energetic leader in Gary Smith of Thomas Phoenix International (Mt. Holly, NJ). The national association is ready and willing to assist our Midwest chapter in any way.
If you’re interested in our kickoff meeting on October 4, 2013, please contact us at Midwest@mbcea.org or you can call any of us anytime:
Andy Huber – 913-341-4880
Kelly Burk – 417-882-9040
Sandy Fowler – 636-583-4184
Steve Butler 816-358-9898