the WCBA's Electronic Newsletter
September 2012
Please take a few moments to review our monthly newsletter which includes information about association events, board meetings and other local industry information.

Next WCBA Board of Director's Meeting
October 11, 2012 at 5:30PM; Held at the WBCA Office
1530 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 2; West Bend, WI 


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In This Issue
New Dinner Meetings - Register Online!
2013 Expo Update
Sporting Clay Shoot Review
Membership Memo
Builder's Market Upodate
A Message from the WCBA President
September Board Meeting Minutes
Message from WCBA President
New Dinner Meeting Format by Jason Miller                                  
We are trying a new format to our monthly meetings to encourage participation by more WCBA members.  On November 15, 2012 we will offer our first dinner meeting.  You can learn more and register to attend by clicking here.  These meetings will be casual; no need to dress up.
Check in begins at 5:00 PM.  After checking in, enjoy socializing and free drinks until dinner is served at about 6:00 PM.  Following dinner, members will enjoy hearing from a educational guest speaker.  Dinner meetings are expected to conclude at 8:30 PM.
Our fist dinner meeting will be at the recently opened Little Swiss Chalet & Dining.  If you haven't had a chance to dine here yet, this would be an excellent opportunity.
Our guest speaker will be Kevin Hogan, Outreach Manager from Focus on Energy New Homes Program.  He will introduce and discuss the New Homes Program and show us how builders in our area can offer certified, energy-efficient homes at an affordable price while earning financial incentives.
We hope all of our members will join us for our first dinner meeting for fun, networking and education!  WCBA director Matt McCabe is coordinating our dinner meetings.  If you have questions, suggestions or would like to help coordinate future events, please contact him via email at [email protected] or by phone at 262-246-0611.
2013 WCBA Expo Update by Jeff Feyrer

Planning for the 2013 WCBA Expo is well underway.  The contract has been signed with the Washington County Fair Park for the dates of Feb. 15-17, 2013 with set up on Feb 14 and take down on Feb 18.  Show hours are planned remain the same as last year; Friday Feb.15, 4pm - 8pm, Saturday Feb.16, 10am - 6pm, and Sunday Feb.17, 10 am- 5pm. The cost for each booth will also remain the same as last year with an early bird discounted registration period from November 1, 2012 thru December 31, 2012, after which booths will return to full price.


Show registration Applications will be included with the newsletter as well as published on the WCBA website. The Expo Committee has some great ideas to improve this year's Expo even more. If any members have input, suggestions or questions for the 2013 WCBA Expo, please don't hesitate to contact any of the WCBA board members or the expo director Jeff Feyrer at 262-305-1673 or by e-mail [email protected].

2012 Sporting Clay Shoot by Dirk Wildt

PULL!!!  The 2nd annual 2012 WCBA Clay Shoot at Wild Wing's Sportsman's Club was a definitely a great success with many teams lined up to show off their skills in the sporting clay event.  Scoring for the team event was based on the "Lewis Class" which allowed those who only occasionally participate in sporting clays to compete equally with those that are of the more seasoned variety and resulted in 5 winning teams.


Also, we are pleased to announce that our goal of raising money for the WCBA scholarship fund was a success with over $2,000 raised, more on how one can apply for a scholarship in the near future.  In retrospective a good time was had by all with many saying they will be back next year.  Hope to see you there in 2013!

Membership Memo, by David Spooner

Thank you for your support as past and current members while the association grows and changes. There are many exciting events and improvements occurring such as the upcoming Home Builders Expo in February 2013 as well as educational seminars which are currently being scheduled.  Many of our members enjoyed the annual Sport Clay Shoot held this past August and are looking forward to our annual holiday party.  WCBA events provide our members with valuable opportunities to gain recognition in the market, increase their education and network with other building professionals.


A number of member benefits have been recently added, such as member to member discounts from Uptown Automotive Group in Slinger, U.S Cellular - Camera Case discounts for cell phones, 10% off central vacuum from West Bend Vacuum Center and member to member discounts on web hosting and insurance, just to name a few.  The Washington County Builders Association is also actively involved in the community through the WCBA Scholarship Fund.

 Just a reminder cost to join or renew is a very affordable $180.00 for annual membership.  I've recently been appointed to head the membership committee for the WCBA and I will be in touch with all members as your renewal date arrives. Again thank you for your support.  Without you, the WCBA would not exist.

Builder's Market Update by Matt McCabe         

As children return to school and familiar autumn colors decorate the trees once again we can all look back in relief that we have survived the heat wave of 2012 - and the greatest recession of the past half century. It's true that our economy still faces uphill challenges and that markets nationwide continue to move slowly in tentative anticipation of the fall elections. Still, confidence levels continue to climb along with the rising consumer indexes. Prospective and existing home-owners are more and more willing to spend money on construction loans for new home starts or major remodeling projects. While the summer heat slowed down roofing activity somewhat, this market segment in particular is rebounding nicely as roofers are able to return to the job site. The evidence is conclusive: American consumers are spending money on their homes again. The great news for ALL WCBA members is that economists generally agree that this trend will remain throughout the 2012 and beyond.   


Projections increasing along with Building Permits
When the U.S. Department of Commerce released its latest report on new housing starts and permits, according to BuilderOnline.com, it showed that permits were up 6.8% in July. This figure represents the highest industry-wide number since August of 2008. The July figure also showed that single-family permits have increased 4.5% and multifamily permits have reached an encouraging 11.2% increase. Again, economists are confident that this uptick will continue throughout 2012 and even into 2013. Their conclusions are based on a combined analysis from five contributing industry experts: the Mortgage Bankers Association, the Forest Economic Advisors, the Engineered Wood Association, the National Association of Home Builders, and the National Association of Realtors.  In a recent article in Random Lengths Report, an analysts predicted forecasts for new-home construction for the balance of 2012 by 12.3% based on a faster-than-expected growth rate witnessed in the first half of the year. Economists stand by their forecasts despite factors such as the upcoming election, difficult economic conditions and the typical seasonal slowing in the 4th quarter.


Jobs: Puzzling Labor Shortage in Construction
Despite the sobering reality that unemployment continues to hover around 8% across the nation, the construction industry has been having trouble finding qualified help. Alarmingly significant labor shortages are being identified in many trades, including framing, trucking and mills. One possible reason for the shortage of skilled workers is the recession itself. It is surmised that many skilled tradesmen (and women) decided to change careers or return to school (in order to seek more stable professions). Other reasons include the increasingly tougher laws on illegal immigrants, as well as stricter enforcement of drug testing by employers. One analysis who offered his insights to Random Lengths Report warned, "When this market really accelerates - I think within the next year - look out. Not enough loggers, not enough log truck drivers, not enough mill workers, not enough long-haul truckers, and now not enough construction workers. I think we're in for a wild trip." 


Lumber & Sheet-goods Prices Reflect Industry Improvements
Pricing on lumber and other building commodities material prices have shown steady increase over the past few months. After a July decrease, lumber costs jumped 4.5% in August, where they averaged approximately 17.6% over the same period in the previous year. This also illustrates the overall upward trend that has been witnessed throughout all of the current year. Since May of 2012, lumber has consistently been 13-20% higher than the costs in the corresponding months of 2011. Economists agree that these cost increases are attributable to (along with diminished supply),  a slow but steady recovery within the building industry.

Presidential_Message A Message from the WCBA
President, Dirk Wildt


Sometimes for the better of all concerned a change must occur.  That time with our Association is now.  Your board and officers have come to the conclusion that it is in the best financial sense for the Association to vacate the present rented office facilities and hold our monthly meetings at various locations around Washington County.


This decision was arrived at after much deliberation by the board of directors and officers weighing out a variety of the pro's and con's.  A vote which was taken at the last board meeting was unanimous and based on the fact that the office space is vastly underutilized with the conclusion that a better use of the membership dues should be achieved instead of spending all dues on rent and utilities. 


Starting on November 15th your first monthly meeting outside of our present location will be held at The Little Swiss Chalet (at the ski hill) 105 Cedar Creek Road, Slinger.  Phone for the Chalet is 262-297-1463 or a web site of www.littleswiss.net.   This meeting format is designed to offer networking, education and information and will start promptly at 5pm to 6pm for the networking /social hour with dinner following from 6pm to 7pm and lastly a guest speaker from 7pm to the conclusion at 8pm.  We do request that you sign up for this event via the Constant Contact system now in place so a proper count for attendance can be projected.


This new style of monthly meeting will offer you the ability to meet and network with fellow members, have a great dinner and gain knowledge of things affecting our industry focusing in on construction and business related topics.


Transition teams are working out the details of the relocation of the Association as this is being written and will be shared with you as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at The Chalet and the start of a new chapter for our Association.

September 13, 2012
Board Meeting Minutes 


Members in attendance: Tom Bohn, Jason Miller, Jeff Feyrer, Matt McCabe, Dirk Wildt, Mary Toth, Lee Ann Neumann       Absent: Caroline Wilkes, Dave Spooner


Minutes read and approved from August Meeting.


Dave Spooner has been assigned as Membership Director.


Clay Shoot Report:  Dirk Wildt -Financial report needs to be done, roughly $2800 in expenses, $5900 in income.

  • Need better door prizes for next year
  • Get the word out earlier.
  • No pig roast next year.
  • Tickets for next year, $25 includes a lunch & raffle tickets.
  • 500 + in attendance this year
  • Need to pick a date for next year.

Treasurers Report: Lee Ann running late, report not available

Jason suggested a projection report for the budget


Tour of Homes Report: Matt McCabe -Survey sent through Constant Contact, low number of respondents.  Suggestions include:

  • Improving the event's organization, traffic and ROI.
  • Ratings were average on communication and overall opinion.
  • Advertising was rated better than average.

Recommendations were made to set up a Time Line for notifying exhibitors and to incorporate changes in advertising and cleaning up the signs.


Scholarship Fund:  A motion was made and passed to set aside $1,000.00 to be assigned to the fund.


Educational Seminars:  Matt McCabe - Proposal coming for 2013 to have Joe Nagan speak at a breakfast or dinner meeting.

Education day to be determined for November 2012, lead abatement or fall protection.

Have a raffle at each event.

Little Swiss suggested as possible dinner meeting site.


Expo Report:  Jeff Feyrer - Application should be posted to the website by November 1st.

Ask birdhouse builder back.

Offer discount for signing up before December 31st.

Possible raffle for free booth for all early bird applicants.

Need to resolve sound system and heat issues from last expo.

Landscapers should be included.

Need new ideas to replace seminars that were not well attended.

Board members should e-mail suggestions to Matt & Jeff by September 9th.

Deposit is due soon.


Office Space:  Lease has expired, now month to month, Dirk will notify landlord of vacating by October  31st.

Sell furnishings, form transitional committee to organize vacating, meeting set for Thursday September 20th, 5:30pm.


November Board Meeting:  Date changed from November 8th to November 15th, 5:30pm.


Newsletter deadline is Thursday September 20th.  All board members to submit articles to Jason.

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