Biweekly e letter 9/24/2017


Biweekly e letter September 24, 2017


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

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

Pennsylvania Builders Association:

National Association of Home Builders:

Headlines & Announcements:

~~~~~October 3rd Meeting Notice~~~~~

Please note that this will be the only notice for the October 3rd General Membership Meeting at the US Hotel. A separate email will not follow. Therefore, please respond to this e letter with your reservations - which are due by Sunday, October 1st by 4:00p Cost is $25.00 p/p Fare: Baked Ziti w/Meatballs; Honey Glazed Ham; Scalloped Potatoes; Corn; Tossed Salad w/Rolls & Butter; Strawberry Cake; Coffee; Iced Tea and, of course, a Cash Bar.
Our featured speaker will be Andy Haines from S&A Homes.

~~~~2nd Posting of the BBBA Slate of Officers & Directors for 2018~~~~

The following members are being recommended by the Nominating Committee to serve as follows:
President: Scott Gottshall; Builder Vice President: Anne Hunyady; Associate Vice President: Deb Olewine
Treasurer: Mary Pucciarella; Secretary: Eugene Horomanski
Builder Directors: Reynolds Baldwin; Don Delozier; Nick Martynuska
Associate Directors: Jack Briggs; Allen McManus; Linda Schreiber

Per our by-laws, nominations can be made from the floor at our General Membership Meetings - a second will be required for each nominee. The NC will then confirm if said nominees are eligible to hold that respective office.
There were no nominations from the floor at the September Meeting.

Will Lumber Prices Surge in Hurricanes' Wake?
Asphalt shingle costs could soar through the roof.

Renewed Demand for Gypsum
Rebuilding efforts expected to push up drywall costs.

News from Rep. Judy Ward - Shredding Event Sept. 28 in Hollidaysburg

Due to the past success of my shredding events, I am once again teaming up with Burgmeier Shredding to offer residents a convenient and secure way to destroy documents containing any personal or sensitive information.

The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4-7 p.m. at the American Legion Social Hall, North Juniata Street, Hollidaysburg (across from the state police barracks). There is a 40-pound limit of paper per person.

I will also be accepting donations of non-perishable food items during the event to benefit the American Rescue Mission in Hollidaysburg.

For more information, please call my Hollidaysburg office at (814) 695-2398.

Habitat for Humanity Update:
The project is located at: 1814 - 1820 3rd Avenue, Altoona. Allen McManus of YBC is the overall project manager. Allen can be reached at: 814.329.1619. As always, Allen is looking for volunteers. You can volunteer as an individual or as a company for any time that you can donate. Please contact him if you can help. No need to be a skilled crafts-person - we always need cleanup work, insulators, painters, general laborers and other types of work.
We are also looking for monetary donations towards the build project or towards T-shirts to be worn by all workers on-site.
Project Status: Main roof is sheathed; water line is installed and now excavation around front deck
will be completed so that said deck can be built and roof trusses installed.

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.

Legislation, Codes and Regulations:

Nothing to add this week.

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: 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: (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.


Thanks to the following Companies who have renewed their membership in the BBBA:
Advanced Concrete Systems; Jeff S. Long Construction; Daniel L. Fletcher Building Contractor; New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, Inc.; Prough's Masonry, LLC; PK Management



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
For more info, please contact our Program Administrator - McConkey Insurance & Benefits - Erica Grimm at
(717) 505-3144, or look at their website at

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:

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

September - October - November Events:

September 26th; Board Meeting; Marzoni's Patchway Road; 5:30p
October 3rd: General Membership Meeting; US Hotel; Registration at 6:00p; featured speaker will be Andy Haines
from S&A Homes. At this meeting we will read for the second time our slate of Offices & Directors
for 2018
October 14th: Rivers Casino Bus Trip; $50.00 p/p includes: $15 slot play, snacks & beverages on bus
Call/email office for availability - only 45 reservations total.
October 31st: Board Meeting; Marzoni's Patchway Road; 5:30p
November 7th: General Membership Meeting; US Hotel; Registration at 6:00p; featured speaker will be
Andy Haines from S&A Homes. At this meeting will be voting for the Officers & Directors for 2018.
November 28th: 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:
4. Online at

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

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B.B. King

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