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Biweekly e letter November 19, 2017


Here's the biweekly report of local, state and national items of interest that affect your business, the building industry and our association.

Dave DeBiase
Executive Officer
Blair/ Bedford Builders Association

If you are having trouble viewing this email, please visit our website:

Other websites to visit that contain valuable information as well as discounts and rebate programs with various vendors & suppliers:

Pennsylvania Builders Association:

National Association of Home Builders:

Headlines & Announcements:

~~~~It's Party Time - The BBBA Annual Christmas Party~~~~

Here's the Drill:
• Date: December 8, 2017
• Location: Liberty Hall @ the U S Hotel
• Registration: 6:00p
• Cost: $30.00 p/p
Includes: Hors d' oeuvres; Pasta Station w/Sauces and Meatballs; Grilled Chicken Strips w/Parmesan and Red Pepper Flakes; Roast Beef Carving Station w/au jus & Horseradish Sauce; Scallop Potatoes; Vegetable Medley and Rolls; Salad Station and Dessert Station w/assorted cookies, pumpkin roll & strawberry cake
• Open Bar to include: Draft Beer (Miller & Yuengling) and a selection of House Wines (until they run out). A Cash Bar will be available for liquor drinks.
• Music by: The Spin Doctor, DJ
Do you believe all this for only $30 ????? It's true, the Social Committee has it all booked!!!!

Don't miss this party - come join your fellow BBBA members and celebrate the Christmas Season.
Reservations are a must and are due by: December 4th. Simply respond to this email with your reservation count!!!!!
Congratulations to our 2018 Officers & Directors:
Voting took place at our November 7th Meeting - and we welcome the following:
President: Scott Gottshall; Builder Vice President: Anne Hunyady; Associate Vice President: Deb Olewine;
Treasurer: Mary Pucciarella; Secretary: Eugene Horomanski
Builder Directors: Reynolds Baldwin; Don Delozier; Nick Martynuska
Associate Directors: Jack Briggs; Allen McManus; Linda Schreiber

Controlling Silica Exposure
Tool manufacturers suggest products to help builders comply.

Habitat for Humanity Update:
The project is located at: 1814 - 1820 3rd Avenue, Altoona. Allen McManus of YBC is the overall project manager. Allen can be reached at: 814.329.1619. As always, Allen is looking for volunteers. You can volunteer as an individual or as a company.

Project Status: Drywall is hung and currently being finished.

Fax your PA ONE CALL Invoices to the BBBA office at: 814.693.9712 for payment. DO NOT pay direct. We will verify your membership status and forward to the PBA Office for payment. If you pay your invoice direct to the PA ONE CALL address - we will not be able to get reimbursement for you.

Legislation, Codes and Regulations:

Silica Rule Now Being Enforced
OSHA issues interim guidance for inspectors.

Member Benefits:

~~~New information and websites for the different rebate programs available to builder members~~~


1) National Purchasing Partners (NPP) Program - Look what's been added - Read the List Below
The NPP serves over 130,000 member organizations and is one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the nation. Receive discounts from: Verizon wireless, Fastenal; Staples; Office Depot; YRC Freight; Best Buy; Sherwin-Williams; Airgas; Impac; Expedia; Legal Zoom; 1-800-flowers; LifeLock
Registration is free and easy, simply visit: and navigate their website to see what the program is all about.

2) You can also participate in another rebate program when you make purchases through companies such as: ThermaTru Doors, ClosetMaid, Fypon, Jacuzzi, Heatilator, TimberTech, Honeywell, Velux, Bilco, Clopay and many other manufacturers. This is a member benefit that doesn't get much easier. To learn more about the program, visit the website: (Please note this is a new website, much easier to navigate and more information.)

3) A large part of your membership is the vast amount of benefits and discounts available at each level within the federation. Be sure to take a look at all of the different opportunities offered through the NAHB Member Advantage Program - you won't find deals this good anywhere else.


Thanks to the following Companies who have renewed their membership in the BBBA:
Mortimer Electric, Inc.; Atlantic Broadband, Inc.; Harry's Construction



For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania Builders Association has offered workers compensation insurance to its
members through a competitive group program.
This program is underwritten by Eastern Alliance Insurance Group and offers our members the following great benefits:

* Competitive Rates
* Stable Pricing
* Superior Claims Handling
* Possible Dividends
* Parallel Pay - Pay as you go billing.
* No charge for subcontractors who carry at least $300,000 in General Liability Coverage in
For more info, please contact our Program Administrator - McConkey Insurance & Benefits - Erica Grimm at
(717) 505-3144, or look at their website at

Also, as a member of the Blair/Bedford Builders Association you have access to the Pennsylvania Builders Association Health Care Insurance Program

For more information on the Health Care Program visit:


EVENTS & DATES: (Reservations are required for all events.)

November - December Events:

November 28th: Board Meeting; Marzoni's Patchway Road; 5:30p
December 8th: Christmas Party at the US Hotel. See above invitation

**Reservations are a must - four convenient ways to register:
1. Phone (814) 693-9710
2. Fax (814) 693-9712
3. Email:
4. Online at

Remember, if you make a reservation for an event and do not cancel it 48-hours prior to the event, you will be billed.

Famous Quotes: "Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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