Save the Date: March 23, 2024 Luncheon

Instructor: Paula Fry on Safety in Lifting


Paula Fry will be doing a presentation on Safety in Lifting. The purpose of the American Red Cross Workplace Training: Back Injury Prevention module is to give individuals in the workplace an introduction to the knowledge necessary to identify and reduce the risk of back injury.


Preventing a back injury is much easier than repairing one. Because your back is critically important to your ability to walk, sit, stand, and run, it's important to take care of it. Most back pain arises from using your back improperly, so learning a few basic rules about lifting, posture and proper exercise can help keep your back in good shape. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Further, one-fourth of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries, costing industry billions of dollars on top of the pain and suffering borne by employees.


Join us as Paula shows us the importance of safety in lifting. We promise that you will learn something that you do not already know.


The luncheon will take place at the Ramada Plaza North on Wagner Ford Road.  Registration and Networking begin at 11:00 a.m.

Register today at or call 1-800-498-NARI and RSVP today!


Wednesday March 24, 2024

"Happy Hour" 

Sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises


Please join us for Miami Valley NARI's first "Happy Hour" social event. Ferguson Enterprises is hosting the get together at Tale Gators Italian Pub located in Centerville, OH. Dry snacks and drinks will be compliments of Ferguson. Come on in and unwind! Visit with some old friends you haven't seen in awhile and some new friends you haven't met yet. What better way to welcome in the spring than to hang out with your favorite NARI pals! (Don't forget to get with Billy and the gang to discuss your next project. They'd love to help you!) 

Register by contacting the Miami Valley NARI Office at (937) 222-NARI (6274) by fax 222.5794 or online at


Save the Date: April 15, 2010

Breakfast on the Level

Presented by John Hock of the Dayton Business Journal 


Are you upset because the phone's not ringing from the right people?  Do you feel under pressure because your marketing programs aren't moving?  Are you frustrated because you are looking for help and just not finding it?
In today's tough economy, many companies are turning to advertising. Quite often, this is the right decision - one longer overdue.  But it is not always so.
Join us as John Hock speaks about Marketing in a Down Market and helps you find out if advertising makes sense.
Learn about establishing objectives, developing plans, setting expectations, and the 4 different types of advertising campaigns. It is a no-risk chance to see if advertising is for you. 

John Hock is the advertising director of the Dayton Business Journal and has a solid background in sales, training and management.

The breakfast will take place at the Ramada Plaza North on Wagner Ford Road.  Registration and Networking begin at 7:00a.m.
Register today at or call 1-800-498-NARI and RSVP today!


RRP Classes Offered by Chapter

April 16, 2010

Sold Out


This class has sold out.  If you are interested, let us know and we'll put you on a wait list in case of cancellation.


The University of Cincinnati will conduct instruction at Miami Valley NARI's two Repair, Renovate and Painting (RRP) classes. EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Final Rule (40 CFR 745) requires that renovations conducted for compensation, must be performed by Certified Firms using Certified Renovators.


Renovation firms that wish to work in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities must apply to EPA and pay a fee in order to become certified.  Renovators seeking to become Certified Renovators must successfully complete an EPA-accredited renovator course or a course accredited by an EPA authorized State or Tribe.  This course is the EPA model course for Certified Renovators and as such meets all requirements in 40 CFR 745.90.

These classes will be conducted at the Miami Valley NARI offices at 136 South Keowee Street in Dayton. The cost for this program is $179.00 for members and $229.00 for non-members. Note class size is limited to 24 students and will be done on a first come, first serve basis.  Additional classes will be scheduled as needed to accommodate all members. Register today at or call 1-800-498-NARI and RSVP Today!


Save the Date: April 27, 2010


Presented by Gail Jordan of Jordan Consulting

Our speaker for this luncheon will be Gail Jordan of Jordan Consulting. Gail is an award winning Sales Professional with a proven track record in building successful advertising programs for medium to small businsses for over 26 years. Her major strengths include handling multiple projects simultaneously, performing in a fast paced environment and meeting strict deadlines.  The title of her presentation will be "Managing Customer Personalities".  Come out and hear about different ways to cope with the many personalities  your customers may have! 

The luncheon will take place at the Ramada Plaza North on Wagner Ford Road. Registration and Networking begin at 10:30 a.m.  Lunch and the program are from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Register today at or call (937) 222-6274 and RSVP today!


2010 PRO Expo: Presented by Pella 

On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., the all-star event of the season, the PRO Expo, will take place at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds.  At the PRO Expo, there are many opportunities to learn from dynamic, content rich education sessions with opportunities to earn CEU's. You may improve your business with new products and business tools. Best of all, there are plenty of chances to network with other professionals. Enjoy food, refreshments, and $10,000 worth of fabulous prizes.
Doors open at 3:00 p.m. for check-in. The Expo Floor includes Pella product displays, local vendor displays, food, beverages, entertainment and a keynote address.

At 3:15 p.m., educational breakout sessions begin, and they continue until 8:00 p.m. Some of these sessions include:
     �Why Pella? - presented by Pella
     �Residential & Commercial Construction Trends - presented by Hanley Wood
     �Universal Design - presented by Kohler (AIA Accredited Course)
     �The Future of Remodeling - presented by Mark Richardson of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
     �Window Replacement Solutions for Commercial Buildings - presented by Pella (AIA Accredited Course)
    �Top Remodelers Speak Out: Best Practices to Strengthen Your Business - presented by Remodelers Advantage Inc.
    �Greening the Bottom Line - presented by Reed Business Information (AIA Accredited Course)
    �Integrating Siding Into Your Business - presented by James Hardie
    �Transform Your Market - presented by Cygnus Business Media
    �Challenges & Solutions for Today's Ceramic Tile & Stone Installations - presented by Schluter (AIA Accredited Course)

To register, go to We hope that you can attend, and turn the knowledge that you and your company gain at the event into a home run!


Breakfast on the Level

May 13, 2010


Bob Malchow, founder and president of Malchow Building & Remodeling Inc, will be presenting on Universal Design. Universal design refers to a broad-spectrum solution that produces buildings, products and environments that are usable and effective for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or situation. Bob is a NARI Certified Remodeler (CR) and Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR). Join us as Bob shares his expertice and knowledge. 

The breakfast will take place at the Ramada Plaza North on Wagner Ford Road. Registration and Networking begin at 7:00 a.m.  Breakfast and the program are from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Register today at or call (937) 222-6274 and RSVP today! 


Call to Action

As many of you know, NARI National has been reviewing the provision to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act proposed by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) which singles out the construction industry against every other industry to comply with the bill's employer mandates, unless the company has five (5) or fewer full-time employees.
Prior to the Senate's passage of the Health Care Reform Bill, NARI National sent a letter of concern to every member of the United States Senate about the provision.

In addition, NARI has been carefully crafting a response on behalf of its members and related-industry partners. In a recent survey of NARI members, an overwhelming 96% opposed the new provision and therefore confirms NARI's position.
We are calling on NARI members and related-industry partners to help us have our voices be heard by faxing or e-mailing the letter below explaining the negative impact this provision will have on our businesses and our industry. We are asking that you address the letter to Senate Majority Leader Henry Reid (D-Nev.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in addition to your state representatives and senate leaders.
The narrowly focused mandate is an unprecedented assault on the construction industry, and especially to the men and women who own and operate small construction firms.

We ask that everyone participate in this important event as soon as possible before the final decision is made. United as one, NARI members can make a difference.
Download the letter as a Word Doc from the NARI Web site
Fax Numbers:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) (202) 225-8259
Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) (202) 225-0704
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) (202) 225-4300
Senate Majority Leader Henry Reid (D-Nev.) (202) 224-7327
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) (202) 224-2499
To reach your Senator, click here
To reach your Representative, click here.


Keeping it Local

By Morgan Zenner


Patrick Kennedy is all about networking and getting involved in his community. Kennedy is the CEO of Superior Woodcraft Inc., a 43-year old manufacturing company specializing in custom, sustainable cabinetry. Located right outside of Philadelphia, in the small town of Doylestown, Pa., the company has a lot of influence on the community that surrounds it.
"A company can only be as good as the local economy is," Kennedy says. He believes in stimulating the local economy over depending on larger, uncontrollable forces to grow his business.
In order to help stimulate the local economy, Kennedy teamed with the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce to turn a traditional business card exchange into a Locavore-themed networking event in his 17,000-square-foot showroom.
Locavore is a term that describes someone who eats food that is either locally grown or locally produced. The reasoning behind eating local food is that it has better nutritious value and taste, and it is more sustainable to eat from one's backyard than import food from across the globe.
"I was tired of traditional business card exchanges that were non-personal, non-effective networking events," Kennedy says. "I wanted to plan something fun and interesting that would make people stay positive and raise awareness about the importance of supporting locally-owned businesses and products."
Nearly 350 guests attended the two-hour event, which resembled a mini-trade show. Booths displaying marketing materials and samples were set up. Those attending without a booth mingled shoulder to shoulder, taking in the food, wine and the like-minded conversation.
Everyone in the local trade community attended, including architects, designers, builders, carpenters and manufacturers. Through an urban farming group Kennedy is involved in, farmers and winemakers supplied locally produced foods and wines. Most of the conversation covered topics of business, green and keeping products and services localized.
"We were overwhelmed at the response-had it been good times [economically], it may not have been as successful," Kennedy says. "Having a great attendance showed me the need and desire to keep things local and the commitment by everyone to help and support each other," Kennedy says.
With help from his in-house marketing director, Kennedy reached out to the Bucks-Mont NARI chapter and other associations with invitations to the event. He e-mailed and mailed invitations to his client database, posted a blog announcement on his company's Web site and distributed a press release to local media.
"We reached out to a lot of people to attend this event, and naturally, the event grew from word-of-mouth around the community," Kennedy says.
The event created buzz around Superior Woodcraft, not only because guests were in the showroom but also because they were the organizers of a movement in the community.
"This was more than just networking for us-clients know about our community involvement and the sustainability of our company and the effort we place on the local environment; this was about improving quality of living for all of us," Kennedy says.
This sincere approach already produced many phone calls and thank-you messages, and a couple of leads. It's been two weeks since the Locavore event, and Kennedy has signed a client through a designer who attended the event that day.
The event gained interest from local media, and provided Superior Woodcraft a half-page story in the Bucks Count Herald with eight color photos from inside Kennedy's showroom.
"There was a blending of buying local, locavore (local foods), green living and leveraging technology around the event. I was surprised to find out the event was on Twitter before and, there's talk that people were Tweeting at the event as well," Kennedy says.
 "I learned of businesses that I never knew of before and others learned about my business. That's what this is about: Discovering things that are around us and being profitable together," Kennedy says


Construction Spending Weakness Continues

Construction spending in January edged down 0.6% from the estimated December figure, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $884.1 billion, the Commerce Department reported.  The January estimate is 9.3% below the figure for January 2009. Construction spending has declined in the last three months, according to Commerce Department estimates.
All residential construction in January managed a gain of 1.1% from December, but was 6.0% below the level of January 2009.   All nonresidential spending declined 1.4% from December, and was 10.6% off the pace of January 2009.
Construction spending in industry segments remained sluggish in January, with slight gains from December reported for the amusement and recreation, power, and highway and street categories. Most spending declines were slight, with the sharpest drop reported for the lodging segment, at 9.8%.
Compared to January 2009, spending increases were reported for transportation (10.8%), power (14.2%), highway and street (5.6%), and conservation and development (31.1%).  A decline of 45.5% was reported for the lodging segment, and spending was also considerably lower than January 2009 for office (25%), commercial (32%), and manufacturing (28.5%).
Spending on private construction dipped 0.6% in January from December, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $577.3 billion, and was 14.3% off the pace of January 2009. Private residential spending edged up 1.3% from December, but was 6.4% below the level of January 2009. Private nonresidential construction spending was 2.1% below December's estimated annual rate, and was 19.9% lower than the estimate for January 2009.
Public construction spending edged down 07% from December, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $306.0 billion, but was up 2.1% from January of 2009. Public residential construction was down 3.9% from December, but was up 9% from January 2009. Public nonresidential construction edged down 0.6% from December, but was 2.0% above the rate of January 2009.


March 17, 2010





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