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Member News

New Members Who Joined in November

posted on 12.06.2021

Join us in extending a warm welcome to the newest members of MBEX and our construction community!

These companies joined our construction community in the month of November:

Armor Mechanical (Roseville, Minn.) - Armor Mechanical is a full service union plumbing, millwrights, and mechanical company that began in 2007. Their services cover everything from service work to preventative maintenance agreements to full-scale projects. Thier technicians are union trained and licensed to the strictest standards in the industry.

Gilbert Mechanical Contractors LLC (Edina, Minn) - Gilbert is a member of the Therma Holdings family of companies. Therma Holdings is the parent to a family of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and controls companies across the nation, offering superior service and in-house design and installation capabilities to solve the complex challenges of their clients' evolving needs. Gilbert Mechanical Contractors LLC started out as a mechanical services provider in 1978.

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Interested in the Minnesota Builders Exchange and what our Online Plan Room can offer? We have two levels of membership: Basic and Premium

Basic Access includes: access to bidders lists and bid results, tracking ability of projects via email, ability to follow prebid projects, receiving of nightly email updates, filtering of projects using CSI/Division, and the ability to order blueprints for pickup or delivery.

Premium Access includes all the features of Basic Access, plus the ability to view, print, and save project plans, specs, and addenda.

Choose the level of access that fits your companies needs best. While we do not offer a free trial before becoming a member, you can watch a preview of our Online Plan Room on our YouTube channel to get an idea of its capabilites and functions. Please call us if you have further questions: (612) 381-2620.

Odds and Ends

10 Gift Ideas for Construction Workers

posted on 12.03.2021

We are officially 23 days away from Christmas, which means the holiday shopping season is in full swing.

Whether you are shopping for employees, business partners, valued customers, family members, or close friends, the holiday shopping list is long and you might find yourself needing help with gift ideas. That's where we come in! 

We have a few construction-themed gift ideas that would be perfect for the construction worker in your life, and make sure to check back each Friday in December as we'll be sharing 10 more each week. 

Here are this week's 10 ideas for all ages and for a wide range of prices:

1.) Construction Hard Hat Keychain & Bottle Opener (Amazon, $12 for set of 12) 
2.) Construction Plate & Utensils (Uncommon Goods, $20-$34)
3.) DEWALT Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker (Amazon, $92)
4.) Otter Box Defender-Series phone case (Otter Box, $64-$130 depending on device)
5.) Personlized Red Tool Box Christmas Ornament (Ornament Shop, $20)
6.) OXX COFFEEBOXX Job Site Single Serve Coffee Maker (Home Depot, $200)
7.) Huepar Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser Level (Amazon, $110)
8.) The Grand Cookie & Chocolate Toolbox (Apple Cookie & Chocolate Company, $42)
9.) Personalized Laser Engraved Wood Handle Hammer (Amazon, $30)
10.) Carhartt Deluxe Dual Compartment Insulated Lunch Cooler Bag (Amazon, $25)

Check back next week for our next list of gift ideas!

 

*Prices may have changed since the publishing of this post.
Projects | Online Plan Room

Tip of the Week + Project Update (12/1)

posted on 12.01.2021

- Total Projects Recieved at MBEX from 11/22 - 11/26:  54

- Total Projects Reported on at MBEX from 11/22 - 11/26:  0

- Total Active Projects Received and/or Reported on as of 11/30:  261

 

*Note that the MBEX offices were closed on 11/25 and 11/26 for the Thanksgiving holiday

 

TIP OF THE WEEK: Searching for Projects
With over 4,000 projects posted annually inside our Online Plan Room, we've done our best to make it as easy as possible to find the projects that apply to your company with TWO search capabailities:

For both search capabilities, you first need to start by visiting the Filters tab located at the top of your Deskpad. Click the "+" button, and you'll be brought to the "Create a Filter" screen:

1.) To search for projects by CSI division, check the box found under the search term fields labelled "Search Only in the Spec Index" and enter a CSI division (for example, enter "09" for Division 9) into the CSI division field. Premium Users may also establish a keyword search of specifications based on Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which will scan through all of our project specs, giving direct links to your keywords within each project's spec book.

2.) To set up a SAM search, enter specific keywords into the keyword fields and check the box found under the search term fields labelled "Seach the Contents of the Spec Book."

Whether you're using the CSI or SAM search option, remember to save your searches by giving them a name that is most convenient for you.

Projects | Online Plan Room

Tip of the Week + Project Update (11/24)

posted on 11.24.2021

Total Projects Received at MBEX from 11/15 - 11/19:  71

Total Projects Reported on at MBEX from 11/15 - 11/19: 2

Total Active Projects Received and/or Reported on as of 11/23:  248

 

TIP OF THE WEEK: Spread the word about MBEX to architects, engineers and owners
The more informed the design community and plan issuers are about sending projects and their plans to the Minnesota Builders Exchange, more benefits come to our members and others involved.

Not only does having more plans posted withiin the Online Plan Room generate more competitive bids for owners, but it also creates more potential business for all bidders. More posted projects = More potential jobs! And more potential jobs means more money for your business.

Architects, engineers and plan owners do not have to be MBEX members to share projects for posting within our Online Plan Room. (Of course, we are more than happy to have you join the MBEX community; the more, the merrier!)

Member News

Welcome New Members (October)

posted on 11.15.2021

Welcome to the Minnesota Builders Exchange! 

These companies are our newest members, joining the MBEX community in October.

Efficient Services LLC (Maple Grove, Minn.)
Zieglar Rental (Bloomington, Minn.)
Let Us Paint (Beldenville, Wisc.)

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Whether you've recently joined our community or considering becoming an MBEX member, our Membership page is a great resource for learning about the many benefits our members can take advantage of as well as what is fully included. We offer two levels of access: Basic and Premium. Learn about the perks of each here.

To get answers to your questions or to discuss membership options, please contact Ashlee at ah@mbex.org or Tom at tg@mbex.org.

Industry

The Most Valuable College Majors are Construction-Related

posted on 11.05.2021

A recent analysis from Bankrate, a publisher and provider of financial product comparison tools, shows three of the five top-earning and most secure four-year college majors are related to the construction industry.

An engineering degree of any kind offers a clear path to steady employment and a solid income. But once engineering specialty stands out. Architectural Engineering --- a discipline focused on the science of buildings --- ranks #1 of Bankrate's latest look at 159 college degrees. Compared to civil engineers who learn to build roads and bridges in addition to buildings, architectural engineering emerged as a distinct major for students who want to focus primiarily on buildings.

Construction services came in as the #2 most valuable major, followed by computer engineering. Electical engineering came in as the highest-paying degree.

For this study, Bankrate looked at the median incomes and unemployment rates of American workers based on the subject of their bachelor's degrees. The higher the income level and the lower the unemployment rate, the better.

Not surprisingly, STEM majors (science, technology, engineering & math) make up everyone of the top 25 degrees in the study, with engineering degrees claiming eight of the top 10 spots and 14 of the top 20 spots.

Here are the Top 20 College Majors, ranked by Bankrate:

1) Architecutural Engineering
2) Construction Services
3) Computer Engineering
4) Areospace Engineering
5) Transportation Services & Technologies
6) Electrical Engineering
7) Materials Engineering & Materials Science
8) Civil Engineering
9) Mechanical Engineering
10) Chemical Engineering
11) Engineering Mechanics, Physics & Science
12) Pharmary, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Administration
13) Industiral Production Technologies
14) Health & Medical Prepatory Programs
15) Electircal Engineering Technology
16) Metallurigcal Engineering
17) Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
18) Materials Science
19) Miscellaneous Engineering
20) Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

 

Source: Bankrate's 2021 ranking of the most and least valuable college majors

 

Of course, students shouldn't pick their college major based on future income, unemployment rate and the amount of schooling required. STEM degrees aren't for everyone; studnets wlll be their most successful pursuing a field that's interesting to them. 

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To read more about Bankrate's study and a full look at the 159 ranked college degrees, click here.

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