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Don't Miss Out Deadline Rapidly Approaching
The Ohio Valley NARI CotY Awards are a perfect way to showcase your award winning projects to consumers throughout the tri-state and southwest Ohio areas.  Our local program for 2016 aligns with the national program offering 37 categories, and allows more of our members to display their talents and compete for one of these prestigious awards.
 
The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 9, and late entries will not be accepted.
 
 
For more information visit the Ohio Valley NARI Website.
An Evening of Excellence is upon us!
 
Mark your calendars for Ohio Valley NARI's Annual Evening of Excellence Awards Banquet. This year's event is taking place on Tuesday, December 8 from  5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Elements Conference & Event Centre in Sharonville.
  
This night is like no other for NARI members; make plans to join us as we find out together who will be walking away with the coveted Contractor of the Year awards. There will be food, spirits, networking and of course holiday cheer.

Go to our website and register today!
October Membership Meeting

On October 15, members and guests traveled to Tisdel Distributing in Mason for a unique membership meeting. After some networking and a fabulous meal prepared by the Chef on staff with Tisdel, attendees settled in to listen to Scott McCubbin, a homeowner and his experiences in trying to get a home remodeled. It was a great opportunity to hear from someone who had some frustrations with contractors he selected to work with, and perhaps find better ways of dealing with their own clients. Scott also related that while trying to get this project off the ground and remodel his home, he gained a much deeper appreciation for what contractors experience when they try to work with homeowners who feel they are experts from the DIY network or HGTV, where your home is transformed in a hour and everyone has fun doing it.  
 
All in all it was an entertaining session that all participants could take something away from for the future.
 

Important Information Regarding our 2016 Workers' Compensation Group Rating Program

 

In light of BWC transitioning to prospective billing, the 2016 CareWorksComp group rating enrollment deadline for the traditional discount group rating program is November 18, 2015 and the retro group rating enrollment deadline is January 22, 2016. It is important to apply early so that you have adequate time to evaluate your options.  If you have not already applied, we ask that you take a look at your potential premium savings through the Ohio Valley NARI Workers' Compensation Program that is administered by our partner, CareWorksComp. Our workers' compensation program was created to help our members maximize their workers' compensation premium savings and to provide them with quality claims management services.  Consider these points about our program:

  • CareWorksComp evaluates your company for your greatest premium savings options.

  • Maximum BWC projected premium and rate discounts of up to 53% in our traditional group rating programs and premium rebates of up to 63% through our retrospective group programs for eligible businesses.

  • Unemployment program consulting services are included in our program.

  • Best-in-class full-service program includes program management, with professional account executives, hearing representatives and claim staff as well as underwriting/rate analysts providing you peace of mind.  

To request a free, no-obligation analysis of your best savings options, please take a moment and contact CareWorksComp's Program Manager, Julia Hall toll-free at (800) 837-3200, ext. 51576 or via email.
New Member Benefits 
 
WHAT IS THE JLC DIGITAL FIELD GUIDE?
The JLC Field Guide is the new digital reference and construction skills training resource for the residential and light construction industry. It is the most comprehensive and trusted reference guide to best practices for the construction market accessible at any time, at any place, on any platform.

WHAT IS THE COST?
It's absolutely free to all NARI members (who are currently not JLC subscribers).

HOW LONG IS THE FREE SUBSCRIPTION PERIOD?
It is a one-year subscription from the time you sign up. Sign up must be completed by Dec. 31, 2015.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?
The first step is to visit www.jlcfieldguidenari.com and you will be asked to create a JLC Online account. Once this is completed, you will be redirected to the JLC Field Guide registration form. When at the registration form, you will be asked to enter a priority code. This code is: PELLANARI

I HAVE SEVERAL PEOPLE WITHIN MY COMPANY THAT WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS. AM I LIMITED TO JUST ONE SUBSCRIPTION?
No. Multiple people within your company can subscribe, but each person must sign up individually using the priority code.

CAN I SHARE THE CODE WITH NON-NARI MEMBERS?
Please don't. This is a benefit that is intended for NARI members only.

WHO SHOULD I THANK?
The free subscription to the JLC Digital Field Guide is being graciously sponsored by Pella Windows and Doors.
 
Check out the Flyer for the JLC Digital Media Guide HERE.

OSHA Update Affects Contractors in the Residential Construction Industry
 
The new standard for Confined Spaces in Construction went into effect on August 3, 2015. A temporary enforcement policy was in effect through October 2, 2015 and has now been extended through January 8, 2016 only for employers engaged in residential construction work. No citations will be issued during this extension if employers are making a good faith effort to comply with the standard, as long as the employer is in compliance with either the training requirements of the standard, or the former training requirements of the standard. This provided that, "all employees required to enter into confined or enclosed spaces shall be instructed as to the nature of the hazards involved, the necessary precautions to be taken, and in the use of the protective and emergency equipment required."   The complete memorandum can be viewed here.
Slower Growth Seen By Remodelers
By Fred Miller
 
Conducted in late September, the third-quarter 2015 NARI Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions found a softening of the growth rates in the industry.
 
On a 1-9 scale, the average rating was a 6.03 (above 5 indicates growth). This was a statistically decline versus the 6.48 recorded in June. While still positive, this rating points to slower growth.
 
Looking at the subcomponents of the current conditions showed broad weakness versus the prior quarter. The drop in 'Number of inquiries' was statistically significant. Only 'Conversion from bids to jobs' avoided declines (it was equal to the prior quarter). 
  • Number of inquiries was at 6.03, down 4.6%
  • Requests for bids came in at 6.02, down 4.0%
  • Conversion of bids to jobs was unchanged at 5.81
  • Value of jobs was 6.19, a 4.6% decline 
These results point to a slowdown in the rate of industry growth with a drop in inquiries leading the way.
Growth drivers continue to be led by 'postponed projects' which was mentioned by 61% of remodelers, a decline from the prior quarter. Improving home prices are now the #2 driver for growth.
 
"Remodelers are becoming more realistic and accepting of the slow growth other economic indicators are confirming." said David Merrick, MCR, UDCP, of Merrick Design & Build and chairman of the NARI Strategic Planning & Research Committee. "Our businesses are becoming stronger and that is good, but not as fast as it once was. We are adjusting to slow sustainable growth and are less optimistic, more realistic about what the future will bring. Our customers are being careful about budgeting and taking on bigger projects so leads may be down a little, but the leads we are getting are more focused and on target and budget oriented."
 
Looking at the expectations for business three months from now, the picture is similar.  The average rating was 5.79 a significant decline from last year's 6.07. Still the majority, 53%, of remodelers see growth versus only 15% seeing any level of decline.

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