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May 17th
, 2017
In This Issue
Two-Unit Townhomes, Without Sprinklers!
Builders Association of Minnesota (May 2017)
Remi Stone, Executive Vice President

Affordability underscored the success of a new law providing that effective May 2, 2017 two-unit townhomes are no longer required to have automatic fire sprinkler systems installed.  Passing unanimously from both the House and Senate Chambers, Chapter 20 was signed by Governor Dayton on May 1, 2017.  Making this change to Minnesota's law was BAM's top legislative priority for this session.  


Radio Show
Every Saturday at 8:00am on 710AM WDSM

Each week, Chelle Eliason and Erick Filby from Marvin Windows will be hosting a fellow member(ABA, BAM and/or NAHB).
Members!  We want you to become our next guest on our show.  Tell us about your business and more!
Call Today:  Chelle at to get on our radio show schedule.  218.722.5707.

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Help your clients obtain a tax write-off for their usable building materials.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 1621 Broadway in Superior accepts building materials (especially cabinets, double-pane windows, electrical fixtures, and solid core doors), serviceable appliances, and gently used furniture. Donations can be dropped off between 10 am and 4 pmWednesdays through Fridays and between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturdays.

"The ReStore will also be starting a pick-up service for larger donations, also Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call  218-722-3875  to inquire about this service.  

When you or your client can donate items to the ReStore, this helps the ReStore generate revenue to support shelter-based programs in our region. The ReStore is a great place to find value-priced items for projects and to improve your home.  Folks are also welcome to volunteer at the ReStore."


David A. Clanaugh
Executive Director; Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity
Habitat builds family strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.
Visit our ReStore at 1621 Broadway in Superior, WI!

"I'm a Habitat billboard -- proud to wear that volunteer shirt. It's going to take a profoundly frightful event to get me out of here. I love and believe in Habitat and its ReStore."
-- Steve, a long-time Habitat ReStore volunteer and supporter

NAHB Rebate program
Watch the video below to find out how easy this is to recover your  members dues and start making money for the things you buy on your  building projects.

NAHB Membership Rebates How To
Watch this short video!

Builders Testimonials
"As a small to mid-size builder in a rura l market, we were   n't sure this would provide value for us. Our first quarterly rebate covered both our annual dues to our local home builders association and the staff time to complete the simple rebate request form. Three quarters of bonus rebates! Definitely a benefit worthy of membership! Gregg Moneyhun, Shelter Alternatives, Inc. (VA)

"The HBAV Rebate Program offers a great incentive for home builders in Virginia. We were very excited to receive over $2,300 dollars in rebates. There are a variety of companies and quality products involved with the program, with more being added.
every quarter. The submittal process is easy and painless, with minimal forms required. We look forward to receiving more rebates in the future." Caskey Hunt, Southern Development Homes (VA) "

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Members Night Out

Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Location: 4755 Miller Trunk Hwy. Duluth

Come see their showroom while enjoying great food, beverages and an awesome door prize!

Please RSVP:
call 218-722-5707
Home builders switch gears, look to starter homes

Home builders are moving away from building luxury homes and looking towards catering to the growing market of Millennial homebuyers. While previously the housing recovery has been divided, focusing on higher end real estate, that is now starting to change.

We welcome you to the 
ABA family!

*A1 Gutters
*Common Ground Construction
Meet our new Members!

 Budget Blinds
Owner: Rick and Jean Schwengler
Phone: 218-525-2223
Address:  by appointment at your location

Budget Blinds are locally  owned by  Rick and Jean Schwengler. Budget Blinds is  backed by the buying power of our 1000+ franchise system.  

Tell us a little about you and your company.
Our "No Questions Asked Warranty" sets us apart for their competitors.  They give our residential and commercial clients personal on-site consultations, offering quality products and competitive prices, all with excellent customer service.  
Rick says "we like to think our reputations speaks for itself."  We're not the only option for consumers, so we're thankful there's enough business for everyone.  At Budget Blinds they have "Service and Style for every budget". 

What your demographics or area that supports the majority of your business?
Our main clients extends from the Twin Ports, North Shore, Carlton County, upper portions of Wisconsin and up through the Iron Range. 

What made you decide to get into this business?  
We'd been self-employed for years before moving to Duluth to raise our family.  Jean is a Duluth native.  Jean says, they enjoy the freedom of setting our own schedule and being able to work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labor.  When searching for a business again, we found Budget Blinds to have an exploding franchise business, fabulous corporate support and a unique royalty system almost unheard of in the franchise system as a whole.  We absolutely love our business and are so thankful God has allowed us the success we've obtained."

Company:  Superior Fuel
Owner: Ryan Gunderson
Phone: 218-722-2050
Address:  5102 S. Cant Rd.
                 Duluth, MN 55804

Superior Fuel is a propane and fuel delivery service.

Tell us a little about you and your company.
Superior Fuel Company makes a bold promise to our customers - we're there when you need us, any time, any temp. As a locally-owned and operated propane company, we are committed to ensuring local homes and businesses get the propane and heating oil you need at a great price. Superior Fuel Company customers benefit from automatic delivery, tank installations, switch outs, price protection plans, payment options that fit your needs, hassle-free bill pay, remote tank monitoring, and safe and reliable service!

Ryan explains why Superior Fuel Company is the right choice:
  • We're locally owned and operated.
  • We have a highly experienced and trained staff.
    • All of our technicians and drivers are CETP certified, and our entire staff receives ongoing safety training.
  • We offer the convenience of online ordering and bill pay through our user-friendly customer portal.
  • We offer a wide variety of convenient payment and delivery options for our customers.
  • Minnesota and Wisconsin service areas

Connect with these great companies today!