Biweekly e letter 6/18/2017

(2017-06-19)



Biweekly e letter June 18, 2017

Greetings,

Here's the biweekly report of local, state and national items of interest that affect your business, the building industry and our association.

Dave DeBiase
Executive Officer
Blair/ Bedford Builders Association

If you are having trouble viewing this email, please visit our website: http://www.blairbedfordbuilders.com

Other websites to visit that contain valuable information as well as discounts and rebate programs with various vendors & suppliers:

Pennsylvania Builders Association: http://www.pabuilders.org/

National Association of Home Builders: http://www.nahb.org/

Headlines & Announcements:

~~~Meet 'N Greet~~~

The Muccitelli Family is inviting all members of the BBBA to a Meet 'n Greet on Tuesday, June 27th at their beautiful new Park Home Store located at: 2134 Plank Road, Duncansville (across from the Calvin House.) They are offering the following to our members: Extra 20% off on all furniture and mattresses; 4th of July pricing on appliances and mattresses. Also, everyone can register for a $200 gift card for a store purchase. Sales Associates and Vendors will be present to answer any questions you might have.

They're even going to feed us - Filet, Shrimp, Pasta, Turkey Breast, Salad, Dessert, Rolls and More. Beverages include Beer, Wine and Soda. This all begins at 5:00p

Registrations are a must and are due by Friday - June 23rd. Cost is only $10.00 p/p. Our registration table will be setup by the front entrance. Please respond to this email with your reservations.

~~~~22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament is in the books~~~~

Thanks to our Sponsors, Committee Members and Volunteers:

Tournament Sponsors: Bolger Brothers; Home Depot; Lowe's; Reliance Bank and Tradesmen International.
Beverage Cart Sponsors: Young, Oakes, Brown & Company (YOBCO) and the Blair-Bedford Builders Association
Dinner Sponsors: Controlled Comfort HVAC and Zane Helsel Excavating, Inc.
Lunch Sponsor: A&A Insurance
Tee Sign Sponsors: Ace Fix it Hardware; Anne Hunyady; Barton's Plumbing & Heating; Beauchamp Plumbing & Heating; Blair Mill Outlet; Culligan Water of Altoona; Dawson & Wolfe Construction; John Degenhardt; E.B. Endres, Inc.; L.S. Fiore; George Beckett & Sons; Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper & Oswalt; The Hite Company; Irwin Financial; Keller Engineers, Inc.; The Lakemont Partnership; Lezzer Lumber; Jeff S. Long Construction; Mike's Carpet One; Dennis L. Olewine; Park Home; Park Security Systems; Penn Crest BANK;
P K Management; Prime Sirloin; Linda Schreiber; Teeter Insurance Agency; U S Hotel & Tavern; Warren A. Gingrich Agency; Yeager & Eberhardt, Attorneys; Your Building Centers
Door Prizes: The Hite Company; Iron Masters Country Club; Park Hills Golf Club; Lowe's; Your Building Centers
Other Refreshments: Linda Schreiber - Snacks; Mary Pucciarella - Cookies & Peanuts; Scott Gottshall - Slim Jims; Paula DeBiase - Soda and Gatorade; Prime Sirloin - Macaroni Salad
Committee & Volunteers: Scott Gottshall - Chair; Jack Briggs; Paula DeBiase; John Degenhardt; Don Delozier; Eugene Horomanski; Mary Pucciarella; Linda Schreiber; Liz Waite Volunteers: Emily Gottshall; Kathy Hileman; Linda Horomanski; Judy Juda; Joe Keith; Denny & Deb Olewine

Finally, a big thank you to all of the golfers, Rick Grubb and his staff at Iron Masters and the Kitchen Staff for a wonderful dinner.

The Golf Committee will be evaluating this year's proceeds and making a recommendation to the Board of Directors about charity donations - we will keep you posted.

Softwood Lumber and OSB Prices Keep Climbing
May's increase pushed the softwood lumber price index to its highest level in nearly 13 years.

Fax your PA ONE CALL Invoices to the BBBA office at: 814.693.9712 for payment. DO NOT pay direct. We will verify your membership status and forward to the PBA Office for payment. If you pay your invoice direct to the PA ONE CALL address - we will not be able to get reimbursement for you.
To date in 2017 - we have processed 29 invoices saving our members $3,625.

Legislation, Codes and Regulations:

Fed Raises Rates, Announces Balance Sheet Reduction Plan
The announced policy is intended to be "gradual and predictable."

Member Benefits:

~~~New information and websites for the different rebate programs available to builder members~~~

 

1) National Purchasing Partners (NPP) Program - Look what's been added - Read the List Below
The NPP serves over 130,000 member organizations and is one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the nation. Receive discounts from: Verizon wireless, Fastenal; Staples; Office Depot; YRC Freight; Best Buy; Sherwin-Williams; Airgas; Impac; Expedia; Legal Zoom; 1-800-flowers; LifeLock
Registration is free and easy, simply visit: https://associations.mynpp.com/myNPP/memberSavings.xhtml?guid=9707AVIR and navigate their website to see what the program is all about.

2) You can also participate in another rebate program when you make purchases through companies such as: ThermaTru Doors, ClosetMaid, Fypon, Jacuzzi, Heatilator, TimberTech, Honeywell, Velux, Bilco, Clopay and many other manufacturers. This is a member benefit that doesn't get much easier. To learn more about the program, visit the website: www.pbarebates.com (Please note this is a new website, much easier to navigate and more information.)

3) A large part of your membership is the vast amount of benefits and discounts available at each level within the federation. Be sure to take a look at all of the different opportunities offered through the NAHB Member Advantage Program - you won't find deals this good anywhere else.

Membership:

Thanks to the following Companies who have renewed their membership in the BBBA:
Black's Home Sales; J.R. Brown Construction; Durbin Companies; Gene Ehredt Construction; Kohl Building Products; Mock & McConnell Builders; Penn Crest BANK; Nicholas Builders; J.C. Orr & Son, Inc.; Reighard Construction, LLC; McGraw Builders; Warren A. Gingrich Agency; Cove Construction, LLC; Suter Fencing, Inc.;
Keller Engineers, Inc.


INSURANCE:

 

For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania Builders Association has offered workers compensation insurance to its
members through a competitive group program.
This program is underwritten by Eastern Alliance Insurance Group and offers our members the following great benefits:

* Competitive Rates
* Stable Pricing
* Superior Claims Handling
* Possible Dividends
* Parallel Pay - Pay as you go billing.
* No charge for subcontractors who carry at least $300,000 in General Liability Coverage in
Pennsylvania.
For more info, please contact our Program Administrator - McConkey Insurance & Benefits - Erica Grimm at
(717) 505-3144, egrimm@ekmcconkey.com or look at their website at http://www.ekmcconkey.com/pba.htm.

Also, as a member of the Blair/Bedford Builders Association you have access to the Pennsylvania Builders Association Health Care Insurance Program

For more information on the Health Care Program visit: http://www.PBIPonline.com

 


EVENTS & DATES: (Reservations are required for all events.)

June - July- August Events:

June 27th: Board Meeting and Meet 'n Greet at Park Home ( Please see above for details.)
July 11th: SteakFest at the Swiss Club - more details to follow
July 25th: Board Meeting; Marzoni's Patchway Road; 5:30p
August 29th: Board Meeting; Marzoni's Patchway Road; 5:30p

**Reservations are a must - four convenient ways to register:
1. Phone (814) 693-9710
2. Fax (814) 693-9712
3. Email: info@blairbedfordbuilders.com
4. Online at http://www.blairbedfordbuilders.com/event_signup/index.php?catalogid=1

Remember, if you make a reservation for an event and do not cancel it 48-hours prior to the event, you will be billed.

Quote for the week: "People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Abraham Lincoln

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