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Biweekly e letter November 25, 2018

Greetings,

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

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

Pennsylvania Builders Association: http://www.pabuilders.org/

National Association of Home Builders: http://www.nahb.org/

Headlines and Announcements:

LAST CALL - BBBA Annual Christmas Party
When: December 7, 2018 - Time: Registration begins @ 6:00p -Location: At the U S Hotel Tavern
Cost: Only $30.00 p/p and here's what's included:
Hors d'oeuvres; Pasta Station w/Various Sauces; Meatballs;
Grilled Chicken Strips; Roast Beef Carving Station; Dessert Station;
Draught Beer and Wine. Mixed drinks available at the cash bar.
D J Music by: Electrified Sound
Reservation Deadline is November 29th

Builder confidence drops as housing affordability issues rise
Growing affordability concerns resulted in builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes falling eight points to a level of 60 in November on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Despite the sharp drop, builder sentiment still remains in positive territory. Builders report that they continue to see signs of consumer demand for new homes but that customers are taking a pause due to concerns over rising interest rates and home prices. READ MORE

Home Depot signals US housing demand slowing
Home Depot Inc, the biggest U.S. home improvement chain, suggested on Tuesday, Nov. 13, that the pace of U.S. home sales was slowing, and said impending trade tariffs could force it to raise prices on some products. The warning from the country's top seller of power tools, flooring and lawnmowers overshadowed its stronger-than-expected third-quarter results and a higher annual sales forecast. READ MORE

News from Around the Nation:

Construction workers lead in US suicide rates, CDC finds
Male construction workers have the highest rate of suicide in the U.S., while teachers and librarians have the lowest, according to new federal data. Suicides are rising among the whole population, and a breakdown by occupation shows construction workers and miners headed the list, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said recently. READ MORE

Member Benefits:

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.

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: https://associations.mynpp.com/myNPP/memberSavings.xhtml?guid=9707AVIR 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: www.pbarebates.com (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.

NAHB Member Advantage adds 2 new savings opportunities
Two exciting member saving discount programs have joined the NAHB Member Advantage lineup. An Amazon Business account gains you access to the NAHB Amazon store which offers recommended products and unlocks additional business savings. The new Capital One Spark Business Card -With the Spark® Cash credit card earns members unlimited 2 percent cash back on every purchase. In addition, there's no annual fee to use your card. Click here.

Membership:

Thanks to the following Companies who have renewed their membership in the BBBA:
Greenwood Pools & Spas

The BBBA has received a membership application from Blue Knob Auto, Inc. The Board will be acting on said application at their November 27th meeting.

INSURANCE:

 

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
Pennsylvania.
For more info, please contact our Program Administrator - McConkey Insurance & Benefits - Erica Grimm at
(717) 505-3144, egrimm@ekmcconkey.com or look at their website at http://www.ekmcconkey.com/pba.htm.

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: http://www.PBIPonline.com

 


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

~~~ November - December Calendar of Events~~~

November 27th: Board Meeting: 5:30p @ Marzoni's on Patchway Road
December 7th: BBBA Annual Christmas Party at the US Hotel - see details above.


**Reservations are a must - four convenient ways to register:
1. Phone (814) 693-9710
2. Fax (814) 693-9712
3. Email: info@blairbedfordbuilders.com
4. Online at http://www.blairbedfordbuilders.com/event_signup/index.php?catalogid=1

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: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."
Warren Buffet

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