November 2021
Volume 21, Issue 11

Good morning HBA.  Reminder that the deadline for Q3' rebate claims is Friday November 26th. This is a great program that several of our members participate in.  The average return per participating member in the WBA is $2,755.63.   Learn more here

I also am frustrated to say that we are going to cancel our Christmas Party.  There simply is not the interest and participation needed to justify.  Instead we are going to focus our efforts on having a terrific Contractor Day on January 27th at the Woodruff Town Hall and we will continue to evaluate membership engagement and look for future events and fundraising options.  Any member that would like to set up a small booth at the Contractor Forum please contact me for details.

Also, to better accommodate work schedules we are moving to have our first zoom board meeting.  I would encourage anyone that is interested in helping with the board or simply curious on what goes on during the meeting to reach out to Tammy and she will get you login information.  Tentatively it is scheduled from 10:00-11:30 on Dec 14th. 

Do not forget to visit our new website and provide feedback.  I will again mention the job listing page that we have at no charge for you to post.  I will need the details for the listing and can add it for you. 

Happy Thanksgiving and best of luck to all the hunters out there!

"Love what you have before life teaches to love what you had"
Happy Thanksgiving – Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre

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Thursday, November 18

Join us November 18 and hear from Kim Klein of the Member Rebate Program! Members who participate can submit quarterly claims for products they use from over 50 different suppliers and manufacturers. The average rebate per builder/remodeler who participated in 2020 was $1,495!
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1) Return to Work Program
When a worker becomes injured or ill, expenses can add up quickly due to lost time, medical costs and hiring replacement workers. By proactively developing and implementing a return to work program, you can help your company control these costs. Plus, getting employees back to work can help improve your experience modification factor, which can save you money on workers’ compensation premiums.

2) OnCall Nurse Program

OnCall Nurse is a 24/7 work-injury nurse hotline that allows injured workers and their supervisors to immediately speak with a registered nurse and receive guidance on the appropriate level of medical care. This proven process resolves many cases simply with first aid, so your business can avoid unnecessary costs, claims and time away from work.

3) AIPM Wellness Resources
American Institute for Preventive Medicine (AIPM), an award-winning provider of resources that educate and motivate employees.

4) Mobileye Driver Assistance Technology

Mobileye (a subsidiary of Intel Corporation) offers effective and innovative loss control solutions to commercial auto customers. Mobileye 8 Connect technology uses real-time artificial intelligence (AI) and forward-facing video to detect collision risks and alert drivers with audio and/or visual warnings, so they can take action to prevent or mitigate the predicted collision. With the majority of accidents caused by just a few seconds or less of inattention, these warnings can help avoid accidents and save lives.

5) MākuSafe Wearable Technology
What if you were able to predict where the next accident or injury is most likely to occur in your workplace? MākuSafe’s wearable sensors are designed to gather real-time environmental, motion and near-miss data when worn by employees. The information is then sent to a cloud-based platform where it is analyzed and made available to the employer.
Are you a Nicolet College Apprentice Partner and employ someone in the apprentice program?  Do you know a high school student who has recently transitioned directly into the construction workforce or intends to?

The Headwaters Builders Association is proud to offer a limited number of $250 grants for qualifying applicants.  For more information, contact Robin Coffen.   


"Ask the Experts"
Great Lakes Carpentry
Randy Nilsson


Thursday - November 18th
at 9:35 A.

Sponsored by:

Carpet City

Coffen Construction
R-Value Insulators

Nov 16th - HBA Board Meeting, The Watering Hole
Dec 14th - HBA Board Meeting - Zoom 
Jan 27th 2022 - Contractor Forum Day, Woodruff Town Hall

Focus on Energy
Jed's All Surface Painting
Lakeland Overhead Door

W. Dietrich Painting Inc
Webster Well Drilling

Submissions will be opening for Badger Craftsman Award applications soon. Keep an eye for the announcement email, but while you wait, start looking at the 21 categories that will be open and start collecting the photos and needed materials in preparation to apply. We were excited to present awards in 9 categories this year and look forward to announcing many more next summer! Building projects must have been completed between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Categories for associate members also available!
  • 2021 winning projects cannot reapply
  • Application process will be open through Q1 2022. 
Your Board of Directors

President: Joe Cordova 715-921-9344
Vice President: Mike Winter 715-282-7537
Treasurer: Tim Sanderson 715-358-7070
Past President: Robin Coffen 715-356-3302
Executive Officer: Tammy Schmidt 715-614-7784
HBA Directors:
Sam Hartman
Robert Klein
Brian McGinnis
Jim VanStrydonk
Monica Naja
Karen Italia
State Directors:
Ashly Hartman
Robert Klein
Advisor to Board:
KC Ahles
Dave Walschinski

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Dear Friend,

The border immigration crisis continues to worsen, prices continue to rise, and crime continues to skyrocket. But I wanted to start out this week by sharing some developments related to the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and its aftermath.

Media outlets have reported that at least 700 Afghans have simply
walked out of military bases like Fort McCoy without completing the “resettlement” process – something that I warned was happening back in August. As Telegram readers know, thousands of Afghans entered the United States without valid visas through a loophole in immigration law known as “parole.” As a result, federal officials say they lack the authority to detain Afghans on base. This makes no sense – which is why I recently joined several of my colleagues in introducing legislation to crack down on this process, which the White House has habitually abused.

Regarding the continued immigration chaos, we learned this week that more than 1.7 million illegal aliens have crossed our southern border through the end of September –
the highest number since 1986. While this is shocking, it is not surprising. The Biden administration’s promises of amnesty, and their return to the failed Obama-era policy of “catch-and-release” are sending a clear message to traffickers, smugglers and migrants around the world: America’s border is wide open. 

But it isn’t just the White House fueling this immigration crisis. It may also be Silicon Valley’s tech giants.

Facebook’s Vice President for State Public Policy, William Castleberry,
recently admitted that the company “allow[s] people to share information about how to enter a country illegally or request information about how to be smuggled.” That’s alarming, especially when you consider that encouraging, inducing, aiding or abetting illegal aliens to enter the United States is against the law. But that’s not Facebook’s only run-in with immigration law. The company also agreed this week to pay a $4.75 million penalty for illegally reserving lucrative jobs for foreign workers instead of hiring qualified American citizens.

All of this is an unfortunate commentary on the two-tiered society that seems to define daily life in America – and the double-standards that treat well-connected elites and powerful interests one way, and hardworking taxpayers another.

It also highlights the wide divide between Main Street America and Washington, DC.

For example, inflation just hit a 
13-year high – with prices surging for everything from bacon and eggs to steak and chicken, squeezing family budgets and small businesses. Yet senior Biden officials continue to dismiss the impact of these price shocks. The White House Chief of Staff endorsed the view that inflation and empty store shelves are a “high class problem,” and Press Secretary Jen Psaki cracked a joke about people having to wait longer for their treadmills. Sadly, they seem to think this is a laughing matter.



Tom Tiffany
Member of Congress

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