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2014-2016 Industry All Star & 2014 Lumberman Of The Year!

2014-2016 MSLBMDA's Industry All Star - Bill Allen, Raton Builders Supply, Raton, NM

2014 Lumberman Of The Year - Kevin Pask, Alpine Lumber, Erie, CO

December 4th was a night of celebration for the members of the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. Our 2014 Year End Celebration at Mile High Stadium Club at Sports Authority Field was the place to be to toast the end of 2014 while looking forward together to the opportunities awaiting us in the coming year.

The highlight of the event is always the recognition of the CO Council's Lumberman of the Year. This year, that prestigious award went to Kevin Pask, Alpine Lumber, Erie, CO. Bill Allen of Raton Builders Supply was also named the MSLBMDA's 2014-2016 Industry All-Star. Rounding out the night was the recognition of four Honorary Life Members: Ken Grenemyer, Continental Divide Fence; John Gunzner, Sr., Front Range Lumber; Kip Oram, Alpine Lumber; and Don Herbel, Austin Hardwoods. Click on our Newsletter Link for Details.

MSLBMDA Raises over $25,000 for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing at 3nd Annual Brew-Fest Fundraiser

Mile High Station in Denver was the place to be as retailers, suppliers, contractors, and industry friends united at the MSLBMDA's 2nd annual Brew-Fest Fundraiser benefitting Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization that helps with the rehabilitation of Vets through the experience of fly-fishing.

Over 250 kind and generous souls came out to sample beers from our local brewery sponsors and hang out with numerous fly shops and guides who were sharing fishing knowledge (secrets) and the latest and greatest fly fishing equipment and apparel. In addition there were tons of silent auction items from guided fishing trips to Yeti coolers. Also, there were some awesome live auction items from a Bahamas Bonefish trip to customized fishing trips that are hosted by some of our own members of the MSLBMDA. Thanks to the generosity of everyone involved, the MSLBMDA was able to present Project Healing Waters with a check for $25,171.19! Mark your calendars early for Wednesday, October 29th and we'll keep you posted on this phenomenal event! It's a great time for a great cause and you'll want to be there!

Colorado Lien Rights Remain Intact

The MSLBMDA fought hard against a developer-backed bill was brought forward in Colorado that if passed would have made Colorado a pre-lien state requiring a 20-day look back – one of the shortest for states requiring preliminary notices. The bill as it was initially drafted did not contain a requirement for the Owner or Principal Contractor to record a notice with their "notice" information in the public records or to post such a "notice" at the job site so that the subcontractors and suppliers know to whom the preliminary notice was to be sent. It did however require notice to one of the following in order to comply: "owner, or reputed owner, or to the superintendent of construction, agent, architect, or to the financing institution or other person disbursing construction funds." Most subcontractors and suppliers do not have this information.

Armed with comments from several of our MSLBMDA members, MSLBMDA Executive VP Geri Adams had the opportunity along with lien attorney Jean Arnold to testify in front of the House Committee on Economic and Business Development. Thankfully that bill was killed in committee in 2011.

The MSLBMDA represented our members and fought hard to maintain lien rights on your behalf. MSLBMDA Executive Vice President Geri Adams and lien attorney Jean Arnold, along with representatives from other industry groups – Home Builders Association, Associated General Contractors, Aggregate groups, Title Company interests, etc. - met to take another hard look at preliminary notice changes being proposed by the developer/contractor groups and try and come up with some compromise language that would not jeopardize your current lien rights. Initially the bill would have required a 10-day pre-lien notice being filed for you to maintain your rights down the road which would essentially have put our members in the position of filing a pre-lien notice on every job! It also contained language that would have required pre-lien compliance on projects where the lien claimant supplied materials with a $5,000 minimum threshold. Needless to say, either scenario would have resulted in monumental paperwork for our dealers in order to maintain the right to lien.

We fought hard for a look back of 60-90 days rather than 10 and an increase in the minimum threshold amounts to $20,000 on residential projects and a much higher amount on commercial projects.

This issue may come again, but for now your lien law remains intact!

Estimating Workshop & LBM Sales Classes Hit A Home Run

November 13-14th in Denver

The MSLBMDA's Blueprint Reading & Material Take-Off Workshop was held November 13-14, 2014 and The LBM Sales Class on November 12th at the Ramada Plaza Denver Central, 4849 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80216, 303-292-9500—$69 room rates.

Workshop hours were 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Your instructor was Casey Voorhees, WBMA’s Executive Director. This is the program that your employees had been waiting for and was well received! The workshop consists of 2 full days of instruction and discussion of residential construction methods, blueprint reading and material take-off. Attendees receive hands-on experience figuring an actual set of working drawings. This program is not two one-day classes, but a two-day program designed to take your employees from the basics through a complete take-off. Check back often to see when this popular program will be back again.

Industry Education & Training

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Check the Calendar Page often since we will be adding more classes continually! Give us a call if there is something specific we can help you with that you don't see scheduled.

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