October 17, 2016
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October Members 
Night Out

October 20th
 Advocate and Watchdog

Article II, Sec. XI (2016)
By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications
The election (and building season) is over, and the year is rapidly coming to a close. To celebrate another memorable year, we're having our annual industry celebration on December 8th, 2016 at the Mall of America Radisson Blu in Bloomington, MN. We are excited to have you join us to celebrate with your fellow members, and special guests.  Congressmen Tom Emmer and Erik Paulsen are both invited, and Herb Tousley of the University of Saint Thomas will give the keynote address. 

Fed Report Shows Strong Consumer Credit Growth

Consumer credit outstanding expanded by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 8.5% over the month of August 2016, 2.6 percentage points faster than its growth rate in July, 5.9%. According to the report, released by the Federal Reserve Board, there is now $3.69 trillion in outstanding consumer credit. Growth in revolving credit, which is largely composed of credit card debt, contributed to... 
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Bathrooms in 2015 New Homes
In its Survey of Construction (SOC), the US Census Bureau publishes data on the number of bathrooms in new homes started. In the last several years, the share of new single-family homes with 3 or more full bathrooms has increased, which may reflect the move by builders to focus on higher-end, larger homes in the post-recession period. However, recent data indicate that this trend...  Read More



Welcome New Members! 
We would like to introduce you to our newest members!

Owners: Les Grumdahl and Ryan Grumdahl
Location: 1626 London Road, Duluth, MN 55812

Please describe your business.
Les Grumdahl Windows and Siding is a family owned business since 1947.  We do more then windows and siding. We pride ourselves on quality exterior remodeling/new construction, windows, doors, seamless steel siding, vinyl siding, all types of roofing and decks. We are a proud dealer of Plygem Windows, Infinity by Marvin and United States seamless steel siding.  

Our customers reach 100 miles of the Twin Ports and we are here to serve you!  

Owner:  O. Joseph Balthzaor, President/CEO/Founder
Business Development Manager:  Jeffrey Bengtson Cook
Marketing Manager:  Shannon Gauhier

Corporate Headquarters
2120 Pewaukee Road, suite 100

Waukesha, WI 53188
Minneapolis office/warehouse
2030 Elm Street SE 
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Please describe your business.
Hallmark Building Supplies was founded in 1974 and performs sales, marketing, and physical distribution functions for branded building materials serving the wholesale residential and commercial markets in 20 states.

Products included in our Surfaces Division include: DuPont Corian, DuPont Zodiaq, and Kohler sinks, lavs, and selected faucets.

Our primary channels demographics include the Certified Fabricator/Installer, the authorized Manufacturer, Specialty Kitchen and Bath Retailers, Millwork Houses and Mass Retailers, Lumber Dealers, Specialty dealers and Commercial Supply Houses.

Construction Product: included in our Surfaces Division include: DuPont Tyvek, Weatherization System, DuPont Tyvek Protec and TruStile Doors. 

What made you decide to start this business?  To provide BEST IN CLASS Service to our Customers and Specifiers that need Building Products to resell, fabricate and/or install; use as a component of their products; solve problems; and/or enhance their surroundings.  We provide the best match for material needs by:
  • Offering quality products and services
  • Managing inventory
  • Shipping materials from the customer's local Hallmark warehouse.
  • Sourcing from other Hallmark warehouse and other distributors
  • Coordinating shipments directly from the supplier's factory.

We would like to welcome Les Grumdahl Window and Siding and Hallmark Building Supplies to our ABA family!
Welcome New Members
We welcome you to the ABA family!

Northland Custom Closet & Garage
Sam Heiken
524 W, Winona St.| Duluth, MN 55803

 Member Renewals
You've have made a solid business decision!   
Thank you for being a committed member of the ABA 
and renewing your membership for another year!
Belknap Plumbing and Heating
Morin's Siding & Window
Duluth HRA
Duluth Stove & Fireplace
London Road Rental
Northwood Construction
US Bank Home Mortgage
Hovland, Inc.
J&R Sundberg
National Bank of Commerce
Seppi Brothers Construction
The Carpentry Works

Upcoming Renewals
Membership is an investment not an Expense.
The following businesses are up for renewal.  If you know any of these members, please connect with them and encourage them to renew their membership:

Anderson & Hammack
Arrowhead Concrete
Bester Painting
Diamond Drilling
Economy Garage
E&H Custom Builders
Edwin Thoreson Inc
Empire Roofing
Fairfield Inn - Duluth
Goodin Company
H&H Lumber
Homestead Construction
Kalenowski Construction
KTM Paving
La Porte's General Contracting
Lakeside Advanced Builders
Minnesota Power
Quality Drywall
Real Closets
RWC Construction
Rymel Construction
St. Germain's Cabinets
Waletzko Construction
Walker Construction
WR Whiteside Equipment

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