The annual LABA Golf Outing is on for
July 10, 2020 at Cedar Creek!
Thank you to all of our golfers, volunteers, committee members, and sponsors that help make this annual event happen each year.
Watch for pictures in next month's newsletter.
We are excited to move forward with the Parade of Homes with a little change this year.
You have lots of new opportunities this year to showcase your business in the Parade of Homes. There are sponsor-ships, online advertising and garage rentals. Find out more on Page 9.
2020 Parade of Homes
LABA Golf Outing!
September 2019 Edition
Member to Member Deals....5
Save The Dates.......................14
The LABA office remains closed to the public. The staff is available though. Please call or email us and we would be happy to help. We do come into the office as well, so we can set up an appointment to meet with you if needed.
In This Issue:
The La Crosse Area Builders Association is a professional organization that unites and represents people in the building industry. We promote safe, attainable, quality housing through education and interaction.
President: Jody Swenson (Knight Barry Title United LLC)
Vice-President: Duane Schulze (Marlin Homes, LLC)
Treasurer: Andrew Lamprecht (La Crosse Truck Center Ford)
Past President: Kraig Lassig (Lautz Lassig Custom Builders)
Jason Etrheim (MasterCraft Homes, Inc.)
Dallas Werner (First American Roofing & Siding)
Jon Olson (Jon Olson Construction, Inc.)
Jeremy Riley (JBrooke Garage Door)
Paul Westlie (Hartland Construction)
NAHB (NATIONAL) Directors:
Tom Thompson (life) (T.N. Thompson Enterprises)
Jon Olson (Jon Olson Construction, Inc.)
WBA (STATE) Directors:
Mark Etrheim (life) (Mastercraft Homes)
John Lautz (Honorary) (Lautz Custom Builders)
Lonnie Organ (life) (Heating and Cooling Specialists)
Tom Thompson (life) (T.N. Thompson Enterprises)
Steve Treu (life) (E&B Insulation)
Jon Olson (life) (Jon Olson Construction, Inc.)
Jody Swenson (Knight Barry Title United LLC)
Jeremy Riley (JBrooke Garage Door)
Kraig Lassig (Lautz Lassig Custom Builders)
Executive Officer - Tena Bailey
Executive Assistant - Tommi Bernklau
Government Affairs - Mike Weibel
Building Manager (part time) - Jonathan Heinz
Student Intern - Klarissa Miller
The Floorplan is the official monthly newsletter of the La Crosse Area Builders Association. The acceptance of advertising in this publication does not indicate approval or endorsement of the advertiser or their products. Ad deadline is the 1st of the month.
816 2nd Avenue So., Onalaska, WI 54650
p 608.781.5242 ~ f 608.781.5221
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ www.labaonline.com
- Jody Swenson, LABA President
Membership/Marketing/Education (MME) - Virtual
Tuesday, July 13 @ 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 20 @ 3:30 p.m.
Home Show - Virtual
Building Careers - Virtual
Thursday, August 13 @ 9:00 a.m.
Parade of Homes
Thursday, August 13 @ 3:30 p.m.
Finance - Virtual
Board of Directors - Virtual
Tuesday, July 21 @ 3:00 p.m.
Friday, July 10 @ Cedar Creek -
LABA Annual Golf Outing
Well, hello July!
It sure seems like each month of 2020 is throwing us a new challenge doesn’t it? July certainly is bringing the heat! Remember to stay hydrated and keep your crews hydrated! COVID 19 continues to keep us on our toes and changing our plans and normal way of life. The WBA golf outing has officially been moved from Stevens Point to Wisconsin Dells as a result. Our LABA golf outing is just around the corner! Hope to see you there, staying as cool as you can on the course as a golfer or volunteer!
Check out this edition of the Floorplan to see an adorable pic of the newest LABA member…congratulations to Tommi and Alex on the birth of their sweet little boy, Odin Thomas Bernklau! That little cutie came in with a bang on July 4th!
Our first high school project was posted on Facebook to auction. Thank you to everyone who shared and bid and shared some more. Did you listen to that great testimonial video on Facebook about our Tools for Schools program? It’s so cool to hear directly from the teachers how the program impacts their teaching opportunities and helps their programs grow. If you missed out on the bids for the Adirondack chairs, there’s more incredible items to come! Keep an eye out for them!
The Parade of Homes committee has been working hard figuring out how to best move forward with the Parade among these crazy, unchartered times. This year we will more than likely need a few extra hands at the houses so please consider volunteering to help make the Parade tours smooth for not only our members, but the homeowners and folks touring as well. We can provide a great POH experience again this year, it just is going to take a few more hands helping us provide that experience!
Please remember to reach out if there is anything you need from the LABA staff or fellow members! We may not be seeing each other face to face as often as we’re used to, but we’re still all in this together and willing to help out whenever/however possible! Sending you all the best for patience, strength and super flexibility as the world around continues to change daily!
Hoping July is successful for you all!
Jody Swenson, Knight Barry Title United LLC
Do You Have Big News?
Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, big accomplishment, or something else exciting? Email Tommi at email@example.com
to get recognized in the Floorplan!
Member to Member Discounts
Do you offer discounts to other members in LABA?
Do you want to update your current discounts? If so, please send your information to Tena or Tommi!
Looking to be More Involved?
Join one of LABA's multiple committees, Home Show, Parade of Homes, Golf, MME & Building Careers! Contact Tena or Tommi to receive committee information.
36 Years In LABA !
A big congratulations & thank you to Earley Drywall & Construction, Inc & Badger Corrugating Co.! Earley Drywall & Construction has been a member for 36 years and Badger Corrugating Co for 33 years!
Thank you & congratulations on your success.
Tommi and Alex Bernklau welcomed Odin Thomas on July 4th! He was born at 7lbs 13oz and 19.75 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great at home.
As a way to say hello to all members that I have yet to meet. I'd like to run a special promotion for all stone work booked in the month of May by any LABA member. The price will be at a base rate of $20 a square ft. That is the price for labor and materials installed of any Dutch Quality stone!!! Hope to meet everyone soon. - Austen Heidlage, Heidlage Masonry P: 417-310-2019
Meeting your financial goals requires making a plan - and sticking to it. Please contact Sheri Plantz with Edward Jones Investments at 788-6460 or
4 Rooms FREE with Advanced Multimedia Solutions ~ Whole house audio pre-wire for LABA member contractors. Contact for scheduling 608-783-0949 or sales@AMSAudioVideo.com
Unlimited travel discounts from Snazzy Traveler! You must be an active member of record or an affiliate member with WBA and you will receive a free Snazzy Traveler membership (valued at $99). No black out dates or restrictions. Sign up today at www.wisbuild.org
Free Reclaimed Wood Headboard w/ Purchase of Wood Flooring or Wall Treatments- Contact Larry at Used Anew LLC e:firstname.lastname@example.org p: (608) 487-0547 http://www.usedanew.com
To be eligible for the General Motors $500 discount, you must be the active member of record or an affiliate member with NAHB. If you would like to verify your status or add additional memberships for your business, please contact
Tena at email@example.com or 608-781-5242.
Do you have a discount program exclusively for LABA Members? Get your
message out to the members FREE in the Floorplan and/or at www.labaonline.com!
Contact Tena or Tommi at 608-781-5242 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
LABA has a closed Facebook
group for Members Only. We
tried to invite as many members
as Facebook would allow us to tag, but we know we were not able to get everyone. If you are on Facebook and did not receive an invitation please let us know, so we can get you in this exclusive group. If you have been invited please accept your invitation.
New Home Sales Jump in May as Housing Continues Rebound
In another sign that the housing market is rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 16.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 676,000 units in May, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.
However, the April data was downwardly revised to a 580,000 pace, likely marking the low point of sales for the current recession. The April pace was 25% lower than the peak, pre-recession rate set in January.
Sales were likely supported by price incentive use in April, with NAHB data indicating that two out of 10 builders used such business strategies. However, the use of price incentives eased in May, as median new home prices increased to $317,900, a gain of almost 2%, year-over-year.
A new home sale occurs when a sales contract is signed or a deposit is accepted.
The home can be in any stage of the
construction process: not yet started, under construction or completed.
Regionally, new home sales were up in all four regions: 6.8% in the Northeast, 9.5% in the Midwest, 0.3% in the South, and 1.4% in the West.
The gains for new home sales are consistent with the NAHB forecast that housing will lead any economic recovery.
Office Reopening Guidance
OSHA has issued guidance to assist employers reopening business offices and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic.
The guidance provides general principles for easing restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus through the use of phased reopening. During each phase of the process, employers should continue to focus on strategies for basic hygiene, social distancing, identification and isolation of sick employees, work-
place controls and flexibilities, and employee training.
NAHB members are reminded to check with their state and local officials on occupancy and other restrictions. OSHA notes that all local and state orders should be followed before reopening begins.
FHFA and FHA Extend Moratoriums
The FHFA has announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend the moratorium on single-family foreclosures and evictions until at least Aug. 31, 2020. The moratorium applies to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-backed single-family mortgages only.
HUD announced that the FHA is also extending its foreclos- ure and eviction moratorium by two months through Aug. 31, 2020, for homeowners with FHA-insured single- family mortgages.
660 John Nolen Drive, Suite 320, Madison, Wisconsin 53713-1469
Brad Boycks, Executive Director
DONATING TO BUILDING A BETTER WISCONSIN PAC
Building a Better Wisconsin (BBW) is WBA's political action committee, most commonly referred to as a PAC. It consists of WBA members from across the state combining their resources to support pro-housing, pro-business candidates running for office in Wisconsin.
PAC contribution decisions are made by reviewing the candidates' positions and voting records on housing and WBA priority issues. Decisions are bi-partisan.
NEW! DONATE TO BBW PAC
The overall objective is to elect pro-housing candidates.
Our political action funds are necessary because today's campaigns require large amounts of money in order to achieve victory on Election Day. We must participate to be recognized as a political force before candidates are elected, which helps our credibility when we discuss issues important to us afterward.
An essential part of the WBA is showing our collective statewide support for housing issues at the capitol, and our political giving allows us to stand behind our legislative priorities.
Note that funds given must come from an individual and not corporate sources. For more information, consult Builders Direct Fund & Building a Better Wisconsin Terms & Conditions.The Importance of Building a Better WI PAC:
President Suspends H-2B Work Visas
Citing job losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump has issued a proclamation extending his existing ban on immigrant visas and further suspending work visas through the end of the year, including H-2B visas used by employers in the construction industry.
As a result of the president's executive order, if NAHB members were expecting an H-2B worker and that person does not have a travel document and has not yet arrived in the Unites States, they will not be able to come this year.
At the conclusion of NAHB's recent Spring Leadership Meetings, Chairman Dean Mon informed the Board of Directors he would be unable to complete the remainder of his term due to personal reasons and was resigning his chairmanship.
Mon will continue to be an active member of the Federation, providing guidance to both NAHB leadership and members going forward. His leadership this year during the COVID-19 pandemic helped position the housing industry as an essential business that allowed NAHB members to continue working.
Effective immediately, NAHB First Vice Chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla., will take on the duties of chairman. His chairmanship will continue through the 2022 International Builders’ Show, Feb. 8-10 in Orlando.
Immediate Past Chairman Greg Ugalde will continue his duties as past chair during this same time period. Jerry Konter, of Savannah, Ga., will remain Second Vice Chair and Alicia Huey, of Birmingham, Ala., Third Vice Chair until the next senior officer election takes place at the 2021 Builders’ Show in Orlando on Feb. 11, 2021.
NAHB Announces New Chairman of the Board
Josh Patrick Gasper
Dues Breakdown for Primary Associate and Builder members: NAHB dues = $198,
WBA dues = $160, and LABA dues = $167
Because a portion of your dues is used for lobbying by NAHB (19%) and WBA (16%
of $130 plus $30): for a total of $88.42, is not deductible for income tax purposes.
No portion of your local dues are attributable to lobbying.
Dues Breakdown for affiliate members: NAHB dues = $15, WBA dues = $10, and LABA
dues = $70. Because a portion of your dues is used for lobbying by NAHB (19%) and
WBA (16%): for a total of $4.45, is not deductible for income tax purpose. No portion of
your local dues are attributable to lobbying.
Renewals, New Members & Drops
Marlin Homes, LLC - Affiliate
Jon Olson Construction, Inc - Affiliate
Jon Olson Construction
The Insurance Center
Badger Corrugating Co.
Earley Drywall & Construction, Inc
Hallman Lindsay Quality Paints
Flocks Heating &A/C Inc.
Graf Electric, Inc.
J. Preeschl Construction
RiverCity Lawnscape, Inc
Wesco Home Furnishings
Maxwell-White Plumbing, Inc
Riverland Energy Cooperative
Kish & Sons Electric, Inc.
Marketsharp Software and Services
First American Title
La Crosse Fireplace Company
The WBA Legal Hotline is a service provided to you FREE as part of your membership and is only a phone call away! Find out more at wisbuild.org WBA legal resource center is available exclusively for members sponsored through Axley Brynelson, LLP
MEMBERS... we take consignment & donations! A portion of the auction and food sales benefit area high school building-related programs and WTC student scholarships.
July: Annual LABA Golf Outing
Cedar Creek, Friday, July 10
August: LABA Parade of Homes
September: Fall Fling/Installation of Officers
Building Materials Public Auction
LABA Event Calendar!
816 Second Avenue S.
Onalaska, WI 54650
Save the Date
Parade of Homes
August 22 - 23
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
August 29 - October 31
September 19, 2020
July 10: Golf Outing at Cedar Creek
August 22-23 (in-person): Parade of Homes
August 29 - October 31, 2020 (virtual): Parade of Homes
September 15: Fall Fling/Installation of Officers at Pettibone Resort
September 19: Building Materials Auction
October 20: Tools for Schools Banquet
Use the WBA Builders Direct Fund to support your candidate and support Building a Better Wisconsin PAC. Make a personal individual contribution to the Builders Direct Fund Conduit to support a candidate for governor, attorney general, state senate, or state assembly by using a personal, individual or single member LLC credit card. BuildersDirectFund.com