June 2016 
In This Issue

Duluth Huskies Member Night Out- H&H Lumber
6/23 (5 PM)
CALL 218-722-5707 for tickets
Watch upcoming Scaffolds or the event calendar for more information on how you can register for these upcoming events!

ABA Alumni BBQ & Cook Off
7/21 (5 PM)

Member Night Out-
Maureen's LLC
8/18 (5 PM)

2016 Sporting Clay Shoot 
8/25  (11:30 AM)
Registration form 

Member Night Out- Heritage Window & Door
9/15 (5 PM)

DuWayne Lenius Golf Outing
9/21 (11:30 AM)

Who are NAHB's Builder Members?

Every year the National Association of Home Builders conducts a member census in order to better understand the composition and characteristics of the people who belong to its organization.  In 2015, 32 percent of NAHB's members were builders-those directly involved in home building.  The remaining 68 percent were associate members-those involved in supportive industries and professions, such as trade contractors, manufacturers, retailers/ distributors, designers, and architects.

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Furnish your deck or patio with accessories and designs that add comfort and style to outdoor living. Here are 30 suggestions to get you started.
Here's who's running for the Minnesota Legislature
Ready or not, the race to determine who controls the Minnesota Legislature is on. Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file to run for the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives. In total, 434 candidates filed to run for the 201 seats in play in the 2016 election.

Use the tool below to explore the 2016 legislative election or find more information!

Send us your events, job postings, or news so we can post it in our next Scaffold!

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Hello Members of the Building Industry!

I just wanted to touch base with you and fill you in on what is happening in the near future as well as looking back at what we have done already this year here in the association.  Being president has been super exciting, and I'm glad it's ONLY half way over.  We still have a lot to do before 2017.

2016 Events Thus Far
Looking back, we had a fantastic 50th anniversary Home Show in Duluth, MN.  From personally talking with some of the local businesses, they expressed numerous leads and sales during and after the show.  I call this a success for everyone. 

Homes on Parade was also one of the strongest it has ever been.  We had 13 homes featured in Superior, Duluth, Hermantown, Esko, and Barnum.  New to this year was a private bus tour for the builders of the show giving them a sneak peek to the homes.  Other updates included a BRAND NEW magazine, online magazine, and a new website.  I can't wait to see what happens next year.

Upcoming events
Looking forward we have some really exciting events coming up.
  • June 23rd - H&H Lumber Huskies Game - Member Night Out, 5 p.m.
  • July 21- Alumni BBQ and Cook Off
  • August 9th _ Presidents Lunch
  • August 25th _ Shoot for the Future Clay Shoot - BRAND NEW TO 2016!!
  • Member Nights Out - Every Thursday- Watch the calendar for details
  • September 21st  - DuWayne Lenius Golf Outing
Everyone is welcome to these events.  I urge you to get involved and attend one of these events above to really understand and grab ahold of what the Arrowhead Builders Association has to offer for everyone involved in the building industry.  Keep up to date on our website abamn.org or call the office at 218.722.5707.  Below you will find information on these upcoming events and how to get involved!

Lastly, I still stand strong to my personal mission statement where I would like to thank each and every one of our members of the ABA.  It's been a fantastic first six months, and I can only imagine what the next couple months will bring.

Hope to see you soon.

David Hyopponen, St Germain's Cabinet & 2016 President of Arrowhead Builders Association 

NEW TO 2016! 
Shoot for the Future
Clay Shoot

August 25, 2016
11:30 AM
Old Vermillion Trail 

Proceeds from this event will contribute to the Arrowhead Builders Association's Educational Outreach Fund.  This fund focuses on supporting programs, media, and scholarships for students who are interested in the building trades and the future of the housing industry. Registrants are eligible to win a  Stevens 555 Over-Under Shotgun!

DuWayne Lenius Golf Outing

September 21, 2016
11:30 AM
Ridgeview Country Club 

Proceeds from this event will contribute to the Arrowhead Builders Association's Educational Outreach Fund & Scholarship Fund.  With your support, last year, ABA presented was able to present 3 students pursuing careers in the building industry with $1,000 scholarships!

Why is it a good idea?
In today's new economy, budgets have been cut in almost every area, including  marketing  dollars. In the world of advertising, we are being bombarded every day with messages of new and improved products and services. Traditional ads that shout buzz words about how different they are from their competition or why someone should buy something, have lost their impact and prove to be a waste of money. A more effective alternative is becoming an event sponsor. Here are the top 10 reasons why it's a powerful way to promote your company.

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Minnesota's minimum wage
increases Aug. 1, 2016

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates increase Aug. 1. To help employers understand the requirements, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has updated its minimum-wage fact sheets; both are available at  www.dli.mn.gov/MinWage.

As of Aug. 1, 2016
  • Large employers must pay at least $9.50 an hour (annual gross volume of sales made or business done of $500,000 or more).
  • Small employers must pay at least $7.75 an hour (annual gross volume of sales made or business done of less than $500,000).
  • The training wage rate is $7.75 an hour (90-day training rate paid to employees who are younger than 20 years of age).
  • The youth wage rate is $7.75 an hour (may be paid to employees younger than 18 years of age).
Other minimum-wage laws
  • Minimum-wage rates apply to all hours worked, whether part time or full time.
  • Employees must be paid at least the minimum-wage rate, no matter how they are paid.
  • No employer may take a tip credit against wages in Minnesota.
  • Examples of workers exempt from minimum-wage requirements include:  bona fide executive, administrative or professional workers; babysitters; and volunteers of nonprofit organizations.
For more information
Welcome New Members
Granite Interiors Rob's Custom Cabinetry & Millwork, Inc
MLB Construction, LLC TCG Accounting
Northstar Insulation Systems, Inc iFixFloors/Focal Point
The Glass Guru

Celebrating Member Renewals
ACME Tool Heartwood Construction
Billman Construction Marsh & McLennan Agency
Edina Realty Maureen's LLC
Hartel's/DBJ Disposal Companies MN Energy Resources
Hiner Home Designs Keppers Design
Proctor Builers Supply/Just Ask Rental Brock White
Shubitz Plumbing & Heating Viant Crane Services, LLC
Riverside Flooring Veit Disposal Systems
North Shore Mortgage

Upcoming Member Renewals
All Phase Construction
Campbell's Do It Best Center Better World Builders
Carlson Duluth Co The Carpentry Works Hermantown Federal CU
Duluth News Tribune Duluth Stove & Fireplace J&R Sundberg
Ferguson Enterprises Holiday Station Stores Knutson Custom Construction
Hill Wood Products Jay Litman Construction, Remodeling, & Handyman Republic Bank
Hovland Inc Kolquist, Seitz, & Goldman US Bank Home Mortgage
Lakeview Masonry London Rd Rental
Morin's Siding & Window National Bank of Commerce
Nordic Electric Northern Trends
Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity Northwoods Construction

Seppi Brothers

Vesel Construction