November Newsletter 

NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald

Dear NAHB Member,

I want to update you on recent developments regarding tax reform. NAHB's focus on tax reform has been to ensure that housing remains a central component to the next generation tax code. We have been concerned that the plan under development would marginalize the existing homeownership tax incentives by sharply reducing the number of taxpayers who itemize. Because only taxpayers who itemize can claim the mortgage interest and property tax deductions, the Republican tax plan would have negated the benefits of the homeownership tax incentives for millions of middle-class American homeowners.

That is not an acceptable outcome. In response, the NAHB Executive Board granted NAHB flexibility to explore other means to deliver the homeownership tax incentives, and we proposed to the House and Senate a broad homeownership tax credit that would include both mortgage interest and property taxes. The benefit of this approach is up to 37 million additional homeowners, who do not currently itemize, could benefit from a homeownership tax incentive, and current itemizing homeowners would continue to see a meaningful tax benefit.

We negotiated with the House of Representatives in good faith, and we were given assurances that a robust, broadly claimed homeownership tax credit would be part of their tax reform package that is scheduled to be released on November 1. Unfortunately, the Speaker of the House personally contacted NAHB CEO Jerry Howard this weekend to inform him that our tax credit proposal would not be part of the bill.

Instead, we expect the House to release a bill where only a small number of largely higher-income homeowners continue to itemize and claim a deduction for their home, while millions of middle-class homeowners completely lose their housing tax incentives. As a result, NAHB will strongly and aggressively oppose the House tax reform bill.

We will not rest until Congress guarantees us that homeownership will remain as a centerpiece of our tax policy.

NAHB Chairman 
Granger MacDonald

November 21
General Membership Meeting
6:30 pm
Kearney Concrete Co.
Program by:
Kevin Jensen

December 9
KABA Christmas Party
6:00 pm
Holiday Inn

January 9-11
International Builders Show
Orlando, FL
Registration now OPEN

January 12-14

Kearney Home Show


Dinner $15

DuPont Tyvek Certified Residential Specialists

Members, join us for an evening of catching up with friends and business acquaintances. Together we will learn from our Tyvek Specialists, new and proper techniques to use for taping and flashing windows, doors and other penetrations in the exterior building envelope. During their presentation, they will put on a demonstration showing us first hand techniques used around a window. 

Please RSVP to Diane at or 236-5151 by Monday.  


Thank you Senator John Lowe for talking with KABA members at our October General Membership Meeting. We appreciate having you representing our district!


Welcome Back

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Rusty Conrad - Construction Rental, Inc.
Doug Deterding - Deterdings
Matt Dobish - Dobish Construction
Bruce Blankenship - Farmers and Merchants Bank
Mick Anderson - Great Plains Safety & Health Organization
Rodger Knaggs - Knaggs Construction Inc.
Jerry Sheldon - Malzacher & Sheldon Construction
Tim Mangers - Pella Window Store
Tim Sorensen - Sorensen Construction Co Inc.

Visit our complete membership directory on our website.

Member Events

Membership Drive (May 1 - October 31) - 
  • November 21, KABA will draw to see who won the free membership! For every new member recruited, sponsors win a $15 gift certificate for a free meal at our General Membership Meetings AND their name will be entered into a drawing for a free membership ($402 value). Come on out and see who wins!
    • Gene & Julie Knaggs - 2 new members
    • Stan Poff - 1 new member
    • Paul Fredrickson - 1 new member
    • Tami Moore - 1 new member

Fall Parade of Homes - October 21-22

 I would like to thank all the sponsors for the generous donations, and to thank the members who showed up for the parade to show their support to the builders who were in it. A special thank you to the builders who had a home on the parade, hope we can do it again next year!  
-Julie Knaggs
Knaggs Construction Inc.
Parade of Homes Chair

Russell's Appliances 
Kearney Crete and Block 
James Hardie 
CMH Interiors 
Artistic Cabinetry 
Jeff's Electric 
Barney Abstract and Title 
Ganz Title and Escrow 
Mid Nebraska Garage Doors 
Reinke's HVAC 
Ellerbrock - Norris Ins.
Cottonmill Enterprises, Inc. 
Sherwin Williams 
Century 21 Midlands 
Broadfoot Sand & Gravel 
Mid Nebraska Seamless Gutters 
Speltz Schultz 
Sears Hometown Store
Jacobi's Carpet One
Showcase Cabinets
S.A. Foster Lumber
Yellow Van Cleaning

Christmas Banquet - KABA's  Winter Wonderland 
Holiday Inn
December 9 (Saturday)
6:30 pm
$25 per person

You are entering KABA's Winter Wonderland. If the decor gives you chills, no problem just help yourself to the coffee and hot chocolate bar. Dinner not soon enough? Head over to the candy and dessert bar while you wait. 

Outstanding Member Awards will be presented after dinner.

When you receive your invite and RSVP be sure to include ONE FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF.  The fact will be an essential part of the evening! Put it on your calendar now. You won't want to miss it!

Kearney Home and Builders Show: January 12-14, 2018
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The Show is now open to new exhibitors who weren't in the Show in January. Members, if you know of anyone interested please have them call or email Diane at 308-236-5151

As members of KABA, the Home Show Committee would like to invite you to the Home and Builders Show. No need for a ticket, just let the ticket takers know that you are a member of KABA and you, along with your guests, will be admitted FREE of charge. Enjoy the Show!

Important Forms and Information

H u g e Member Benefit-
  Member Discount - NAHB Member Advantage gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $12M through Member Advantage. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit

With the FCA US vehicle allowance, members, their employees and household family members, are eligible for a $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram or FIAT vehicles. This extra benefit is stackable with most national and local offers, increasing your ability to save! Visit the FCA page to learn more about this program and to access your Proof of Membership Form. Please note, only named NAHB members of record are able to access and print eligibility forms for their employees and family.

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KABA Store
Available to Members

The following books and guides are available to purchase from KABA. When interested just contact the office at 236-5151.

Jobsite Safety Handbook (3rd Edition) - $10
Residential Construction Performance Guidelines
-for Contractors - $34.95
-for Homeowners - $10
Developing Your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan - FREE
NEW 2015 International Building Code - $139
NEW 2015 International Residential Code - $143
NEW 2012 International Plumbing Code - $89
Roberts Rules of Order - available to borrow from our library

The following miscellaneous are available to purchase from KABA

KABA Window Decals - 6" wide. $10 each.  


3-in-1 membership
Join KABA Today! -  Feel free to forward KABA's Newsletters to friends and business contacts who are interested in joining our association.  They can click on the above "Join KABA Today" link which should take them to the membership application they can print off and return with the application fee. 

NSHBA Newsletter  -Please read for important safety seminars.  

-NSHBA Rebate Program - Free Member Benefit to Builder & Remodeler members of the Nebraska State HBA. There are currently over 50 of the country's leading Manufacturer Brands participating in the Member Rebate Program offering the same rebates as the "Top-5 Builders" receive regardless of your volume.

Building professionals are busy people.  NAHB knows how difficult it is to make time for even the most compelling courses, seminars and workshops.  It's easy to miss the learning opportunities that help you to stay abreast of the latest technologies, newly passed regulations and cost-effective ways of doing business.
NAHB offers virtual learning opportunities that are priced right and fit easily into your busy schedule. From online courses to Webinar Wednesdays, NAHB learning opportunities will help you.

Registration Deadlines: 
Regular 11/11-1/6 - $425
Onsite 1/7-1/11 - $525

IBS will return to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 9-11 where it will again co-locate with the National Kitchen & Bath Association's (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
®  (KBIS) for the 5th  annual Design & Construction Week®  (DCW). The two shows are expected to host more than 2,000 exhibiting brands spanning over a million net square feet of exhibit space, for the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

The New American Home & The New American Remodel 2018 
Complimentary Tours
Tuesday, January 9 | 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Event Type: Tour
Location: West Concourse - Level 2, Hall C Lobby, #W38 and #W39

See the latest in  design trends, product innovations, smart home technology and  green building techniques when you tour the  official show homes of IBS 2018: The New American Home and the New American Remodel.

The New American Home® (TNAH) 2018 is located in the Bella Collina Golf Community on the outskirts of Orlando. Designed in a modern "Tuscan" style, the home features a floor plan with two levels, each designed to have a unique identity. The design-build team from Legacy Custom Built homes used a variety of earthy textures to create a sophisticated comfort for elevated everyday living.

The New American Remodel™ (TNAR) 2018, located nearby downtown Orlando, demonstrates the countless possibilities for a 1930s home that has been transformed using today's products and building techniques. The two-story, traditional style home maintains much of its original design, while the remodeling team from Farina & Sons, Inc. integrated a comprehensive renovation to enhance the home's beauty, comfort and efficiency. 

How to Participate:
Registered 2018 IBS and KBIS attendees can tour The New American Home and The New American Remodel daily during show hours via complimentary shuttle buses departing every 30 minutes from the Orange County Convention Center.

Tickets are required to board the shuttle buses and are handed out for specific shuttle bus departure times on a first-come first-served basis on the day you want to tour the homes. They will run out quickly so we strongly encourage you to visit the ticket kiosk booth as early as you can for the best chance of getting tickets.

Ticket Booth Location and Hours
Tuesday, January 9 |  Wednesday, January 10 Thursday, January 11, 2018
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
TNAH - West Concourse, Level 2, Hall C Lobby, Booth #W39
TNAR - West Concourse, Level 2, Hall C Lobby, Booth #W38
Buses depart every 30 minutes from the porte cochere outside the  Westwood Lobby located in the back of the West Concourse beginning at 8:00 AM, with the last bus departing at 3:00 PM each show day.

The NAHB International Builders' Show is not open to the general public. Building industry professionals and their affiliates are invited to register by visiting the show's website at .

In the spring of 2017, graduating high school seniors, Dakota Franks of Kearney and Pedro Nunez of Gibbon were selected to receive an educational grant from KABA. 

In return for their employment by a KABA member for the duration of their education and for one full year after completing an Associates Degree in construction from a Nebraska State Community College (both of which are attending Central Community College), all tuition unpaid by other grants and scholarships will be paid through the National Home Builders of America's grant secured by KABA.

Diane Jorgenson, Executive Officer
PO Box 247, Kearney, NE  | 308-236-5151