September 2018 Newsletter
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This month we are back at Kearney Concrete (315 S Railroad) and we have a very special evening planned. KABA members will have the chance to welcome Andrew Bartling to the City of Kearney. Andrew recently replaced Max Richardson as Building Official.

Also, Bruce Hauschild from the Nebraska Energy Office will be presenting on energy codes compliance and will touch a bit on their loan program, energy efficient housing program (1.5% off Freddie Mac for long term financing), energy statistics, and the weatherization assistance program for low incomes.

Please invite a friend in the building industry who would like to know more about the subject being discussed by the Nebraska Energy Office.

September is Associate Member Appreciation Month. Be sure to thank the Associate Members of KABA when you see them. They represent KABA well and do the majority of the volunteering needed to keep our association running smoothly. As a THANK YOU, Associate Members will eat free at the September meeting.

You don't want to miss this meeting! We do expect a large turnout so space is limited. You must RSVP by Monday, September 17 BY NOON.
General Membership Meeting
Kearney Concrete Co. (315 S Railroad St.)

09/18/18 6:30pm - 09/18/18 8:30pm

$15 per person. If you are RSVP'ing for more than yourself, please email the exact count to Diane at
I'll be there!
I can't make it
Please RSVP by Monday, September 17 BY NOON.


Thank you Kearney Concrete Co. for sponsoring the beverages during Havana Night. Games were played. Great food was served. New friends were made.
2018/2019 KABA Board of Directors
Austin Gardine
Midwest Elite Contracting 

Greg Ruiz

Peggy Mak
University of NE Federal Credit Union

Kyle Flaherty
Exchange Bank

Tami Moore
T James Enterprises

Jake Greder, Midway Chevrolet
Gene Knaggs, Knaggs Construction
Andy Spracklen, Spracklen Built
Crystal Winkler, Fredrickson Construction

Lori Guthard, Kearney Hub
Terri Holtzen, Kearney Crete & Block
Christy Fitzgerald, Kearney Crete & Block

Mark Your Calendar
Calendar of Events
September 14
NSHBA Golf Outing
Lake Maloney Golf Club
North Platte

September 18
General Membership Meeting
Kearney Concrete Co.
Bruce Hauschild
Nebraska Energy Office

October 16
General Membership Meeting
Kearney Concrete Co.

November 20
General Membership Meeting
Kearney Concrete Co.
Michael Shonka - Solar Heat and Electric, Inc.

December 15
Annual Christmas Banquet
Cunningham's on the Lake

January 11-13, 2019
Kearney Home Show

February 19-21, 2019
Las Vegas
Register is now open.

March 26, 2019
NSHBA Legislative Banquet

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City of Kearney
CMH Distributing
Kearney Crete & Block
Platte Valley Roofing & Siding
Reinkes Htg, A/C & Electric
River Valley Hardscapes LLC
Task Lighting Corp
The Window and Door Store
Vintage Title

Visit our complete membership directory on our website.
If a vendor, supplier or subcontractor wishes to do business with you, have you ever considered that they should become a member and support your local, state and national associations? After all, our industry provides them not only a means of prosperity, it also represents them and their respective companies at each of the respective membership levels, as well as protects their industry interest and well-being every day.

Please be sure to inquire if they are KABA members, give a little plug if they are not, and extend an invitation to our next General Membership Meeting or event.
Business Savings
As a member of your local Home Builder’s Association, you can gain access to Amazon Business’ vast selection, competitive pricing and shipping options to meet your needs.
General Motors Fleet is pleased to offer NAHB Members a Private Offer of up to $1,000 (1) towards the purchase or lease of select new Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicles. You can add on compatible incentives from the National Fleet Purchase Program (2) and Business Choice (3) to get the best value on vehicles that run your business.
Example offer for NAHB members who are business owners and purchasing a 2018 Chevrolet Express 2500 Cargo Van: $1,000 Private Offer(1) + $3,750 National Fleet Purchase Program(2) + $1,200 Upfit Cash Allowance(3) = $5,950 Potential Value.
For a limited time, NAHB members who purchase a new Chevrolet Express or GMC Savana customized with an Adrian Steel upfit valued at $2,500 or more, can receive an all new Tech Desk (4) during Adrian Steel's Upfit Days. This offer is available exclusively through your local Chevrolet or GMC dealer on Express or Savana vans purchased between 3/1 and 4/30.
Local HBA
NSHBA Golf Tournament
Lake Maloney Golf Club
September 14
12:00 Check-In (followed by lunch)
1:00 pm Tee Time

Dinner following at
Switchyard Grill & Pub
520 North Jeffers St.   

Parade of Homes
October 13-14, 2018
Saturday 10:00-5:00
Sunday Noon-5:00

If interested in putting a home, remodel or outdoor living area on the Parade, please let Julie Knaggs know ASAP. Click on the links provided for more information.
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Annual Christmas Banquet
When: December 15
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Cunningham's on the Lake

More information coming soon!
Home and Builders Show
January 11-13

If you are currently not exhibiting in the Home and Builders Show but are interested, please fill out the contract attached below. With most of our exhibitors returning, space is limited so please get the contract with payment back to KABA as soon as possible.

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.

In the spring of 2018, two additional students were awarded scholarships. Austin Bamsberger and Lucas Falk both from Kearney High received 1 year Full Tuition Scholarship.
Kearney High School
KABA’s Educational Committee is working to create a High School Junior “Internship” experience for Kearney students and our KABA members. The committee will be working with both CCC and KHS to get this experience available to the students.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA serves middle school, high school and college students in programs preparing them for technical, skilled and service careers. In addition to technical skills training, SkillsUSA provides educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. 
Hannah Jorgenson
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Mother is the EO for Central Nebraska Home Builders
Congratulations to the 2018 NHE/EOC Student Scholarship Recipients
The NHE/EOC Student Scholarship (formerly the Bill Carr Scholarship) is awarded to children of EOs in pursuit of a college degree. Funding is obtained by EO contributions and interest accrued in the Endowment. The scholarship program is managed by the NHE/EOC Past Presidents committee.

Dakota Franks
Kearney High
Full Tuition Scholarship- CCC
KABA Mentor - Jeff Heiden
Pedro Nunez Jr.
Gibbon High
Full Tuition Scholarship - CCC
KABA Mentor - Andy Spracklen
Austin Bamsberger
Kearney High
1 year Full Tuition Scholarship - CCC
KABA Mentor - Paul Jackson
Lucas Falk
Kearney High
1 year Full Tuition Scholarship - CCC
KABA Mentor - Curtis Baetz

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday released a set of 53 frequently asked questions – and their answers – to provide guidance to employers and employees on its respirable crystalline silica standard for construction.

Through the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, NAHB was an important contributor to the formulation of this FAQ. The development stemmed from litigation filed against OSHA by numerous construction industry trade associations challenging the legality of the new silica rule.

NAHB will continue to look for ways to work with OSHA to improve the workability of this significant rule.

The FAQ is extensive and organized by topic. A short introductory paragraph is included for each group of questions; the answers appear in an expanded box when each question is clicked.

Importantly, the FAQ clarifies that many common construction tasks are likely to be outside the scope of the standard. This includes mixing small amounts of mortar; mixing small amounts of concrete; mixing bagged, silica-free drywall compound; mixing bagged exterior insulation finishing system base and finish coat; and removing concrete formwork.

In addition, tasks in which employees are working with silica products that are handled while wet are likely to generate exposures outside of the scope of the standard, including finishing and hand wiping block walls to remove excess wet mortar, pouring concrete, and grouting floor and wall tiles. The FAQ also states that many silica-generating tasks performed for 15 minutes or less a day will fall outside the scope of the standard.

Other clarifications in the FAQ highlighted by NAHB staff include:

Table 1. The requirement that employers “[o]perate and maintain” tools “in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions to minimize dust emissions,” applies only to manufacturer instructions that are related to dust control. Other information in these instructions, including recommended respiratory protection, do not have to be followed for purposes of the standard.

OSHA also has agreed to issue a Request for Information on Table 1 to revise the table to improve its utility.

Written Exposure Control Plan. The standard does not require employers to develop a new written plan for each job or worksite. It requires only that employers have a written exposure control plan applicable to each worksite. Employers may develop a single, comprehensive, written exposure-control plan that covers all required aspects of the plan for all work activities at all worksites.

Also, the standard does not preclude employees from entering work areas where silica-generating tasks are occurring when it is necessary for them to do so. Rather, the rule calls only for minimizing the number of employees in the relevant work areas.

All home builders should carefully review the new FAQ at

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Kearney, NE 68848