N ews that matters to you!

June 14, 2018

In This Issue
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From Chelle Eliason, Executive Officer
 We are scheduling members as guests to be on our show into the late Summer and Fall.  
We would like to invite you to come in the studios and have a conversation about what your business does in the construction industry along with tips and tricks you can offer the consumer in regards to building, remodeling or repairing homes.
 Call me TODAY at 218-722-5707 to schedule a time. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
The Arrowhead Builders Association has hosted the weekly broadcast of speaking of Homes on WDSM Radio (710 AM/96.1 FM or podcasts online) The show is called Speaking of Homes.  Erick Filby of Marvin Windows and myself, Chelle Eliason, ABA Executive Officer host the show.
Each week, the topic revolves around happenings in the housing industry.  We have special guests come in to discuss their projects, new products or trends, shared ideas and experiences and really showcase their business.  And it's FREE to join us!  

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so you can stay up to date on the latest industry news.
You can also follow our news feed on our website at www.abamn.org

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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Greetings ABA Family!  
Summer is finally here, which means building season is in full swing and schedules are busier than ever.  It is also the perfect time of year to grab a cold one and catch up on the latest industry trends and legislative news and network with fellow members.  H&H is kicking off our summer calendar with a Tailgate Party at Wade Stadium on Thursday, June 21st.  The burgers and brats will be hot at 5:00 pm with the game following at 6:30. This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids, grab your glove and come on down!
In July we will have the opportunity to check out Economy Garages when they host the Member's Night Out on July 19th.  I'm looking forward to meeting the gang and learning more about how they set themselves apart from their competition. 
The Association has two events slated for August
 Maureen's on the 16th and the Clay Shoot on the 23rd

Nobody hosts a better party than Maureen!  Come visit their showroom for the latest in kitchen and bath trends, sample some wine and meet her amazing team as they host August Members Night Out 
The Clay Shoot will be held on August 23rd at the Old Vermilion Trail. This event will challenge even the best shooters and promises to be fun for all.  Funds raised will go to the Educational Outreach Fund.  The Educational Outreach Fund is used to support our scholarship program, community outreach and workforce development.
Carving out time to attend these events can be difficult, but you only get out of the association what you put into it.  So, make the time!  I promise you that by attending these events, you will become more educated on what is going on industry wide, what our legislators are doing and you will form lasting relationships.  
Happy Summer y'all.  Hope to see you at the next event!

Ann Anderson
Owner of the Tongue and Grove Store
& ABA Board Member
Phone: 218.729.7842

Members Night Out
Hosted by H &H Lumber

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June 6, 2018

Lumber Tariffs, Labor Issues Constrain the Industry
Lumber price concerns have surpassed labor issues as the top supply-side headwind constraining home construction growth. Nonetheless, along with the tight availability of loans and land, the growing cost and scarcity of labor continues to be a significant challenge for builders, developers and remodelers.
These labor-related issues mirror those of the overall jobs market. In May, the economy created 223,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 3.8% - the lowest level in 18 years. This pace of job creation, 
combined with a 2.7% year-over-year growth in earnings, are net positives for housing demand. In an 
effort to meet that demand, residential construction added 10,300 jobs in May - increasing the total of new
jobs over the last 12 months to 132,000.
Still, the level of residential construction job creation must increase to more effectively address growing demand. In April, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated 232,000 open positions in the overall construction industry, which is near the post-Great Recession high mark of 255,000 set last summer. 
The good news is that tax and regulatory reform are increasing worker productivity and boosting economic growth. Look for a strong second quarter estimate for GDP growth, even as producer prices continue to rise.
-NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz

NAHB Releases Remodeling by Zip Codes Estimates in 2018

With this post NAHB announces the release of its latest estimates of spending on improvements to owner-occupied homes at the zip code level.  The new estimates are for calendar year 2018 and include the number of owner-occupied homes, the number with improvement spending during the year, the average spending per improved home, total spending on improvements within the zip code, and the drivers of remodeling activity used to generate the spending estimates, in each of over 26,000 5-digit zip code areas across the country.

2019 Builders ' Show Scholarship FAQs
                 Accepting applications thru June 15!

What does the scholarship include?
  • One IBS 2019 full registration (includes expo floor and education session access)
  • Roundtrip economy airfare for one to Las Vegas (up to $600)
  • 4-night hotel stay at NAHB designated hotel (Monday-Thursday, February 18-21, 2019)
  • Scholarship Meet & Greet (Monday, February 18, 2019)
  • One ticket to the Official IBS House Party (Tuesday, February 19, 2019)
  • One ticket to the Young Pro Party (Wednesday, February 20, 2019)

Have Questions?
Contact Kevin Sullivan 
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June Members Night Out
H&H Huskies Game
Duluth Huskies Logo
June  21, 2018
5:00 Tailgate/6:30 Game
Discounted tickets - $6.50
Order today!
Wade Stadium
101 N 35th Ave W, Duluth, MN

July Members Night Out
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Jamie and Ruth Bird
5391 Miller Trunk Highway
Hermantown, MN

August Members Night Out
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Maureen's LLC
Maureen Plaunt and Team
4504 Grand Ave. Ste 4
Duluth MN
3rd Annual Clay Shoot

Thursday, August 23, 2018
10:00am - 5:00pm
Old Vermillion Hunting Trail
Duluth, MN  

17th Annual Golf Classic

Thursday, September 20, 2018
10:00am - 5:00pm
Nemadji Golf Course
5 N 58th St, Superior, Wisconsin