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2015 Ohio Valley NARI Golf Outing

The 2015 Ohio Valley NARI Golf Outing is again right around the corner. Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 6th to be at Glenview Golf Course for what promises to be another great event for our members and guests. Registrations are open now to claim your spot in this annual event. As always the success of this event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Slots are being filled now for everything from Hole Sponsorships to a Gold Level sponsorship. KBR Manufacturing has graciously agreed to again support our outing, as our Platinum sponsor for this event. Many thanks to KBR for their support.   Now is the time to get your reservations and sponsorship in for this annual fun day on the links.


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Membership Meetings - Highlights


"Reputation and Referral" was the topic for the May Membership Meeting at Custom Distributors in Fairfield. Another great meal from Chef Kathy awaited over 30 members and guests for this session.   Neal Hendy, MCR, GCP, UDCP, of Neal's Design Remodel led the interactive discussion on how to effectively manage this vital area of your business. It is necessary to manage this intentionally, and not simply wait for referrals to just happen.   Jerry Beerman also participated in the discussion and the conversation was so good that the meeting ran well after the normal stop time. Another great evening of sharing for the members of Ohio Valley NARI.





Members headed east for the June Membership Meeting, to the V-Collective in Milford. Dan Hueber's team treated more than 20 attendees to a cookout style picnic, topped off with the usual sweet treats to make it a perfect meal. Jim Huffmyer and Paul Bauscher, GCP, UDCP, led the discussion about human resource issues and how best to address recruiting, screening, hiring, on-boarding and retailing the good quality team members that all businesses need to survive and prosper. Another great evening of networking and learning was shared by members of the chapter. The evening concluded with a tour of the V-Collective facilities.


New Member Welcome


Ohio Valley NARI welcomes Lansing Building Products not only to the chapter but to the Greater Cincinnati area. Lansing started as Ted Lansing Supply Company way back in 1955, down in Richmond, Virginia. From there growth was slow in the beginning, primarily in Virginia but now with locations in over half the states in the country. One of their newest locations is in West Chester, their second location in Ohio. Tom Hollmaier is the branch manager for this modern location on Service Center Drive. Tom, a Cincinnati native, returns home from the Chicago area where he worked in outside sales. Assisting Tom is Nick Marshall, Branch Operations Manager moving just up the way from the Louisville operation. This team of Tom and Nick, along with outside sales rep Dan Davis will form the foundation allowing Lansing Building Products to establish themselves in the Cincinnati market. Tom and his team hope to welcome you at their grand opening in early August. For those of you who participate in the Ohio Valley NARI Golf Outing that day, you may want to stop by for a few minutes to end a great day.  This is an event you won't want to miss.



Are you getting ready for


Make sure you are capturing and documenting all the great projects your company is doing to prepare for the CotY awards for 2016. A new electronic submission system will replace the traditional method of assembling your books, allowing for you to easily submit all the great work from your company and compete for these annual awards. The new system will mirror NARI's system at the national level, so consistency and ease of entry at the local, regional and national levels will be a breeze for your entries.   Make sure you stay tuned as the new online system will be introduced soon, giving you ample time to compete in the program this year.


 Workplace Safety

Guidelines to prevent workplace slips, trips and falls


It's probably happened to most of us. That momentary lapse of inattention thinking about a personal problem or distracted by an activity that ends in a slip, trip or fall. It can lead to a variety of regrettable events ranging from a simple bruised shin to an extremely serious injury. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents, which account for:


  • 15 percent of all accidental deaths per year, the second-leading cause behind motor vehicles
  • About 25 percent of all reported injury claims per fiscal year
  • More than 95 million lost work days per year - about 65 percent of all work days lost


In general, slips and trips occur due to a loss of traction between the shoe and the walking surface or an inadvertent contact with a fixed or moveable object which may lead to a fall. There are a variety of situations that may cause slips, trips and falls. Here are six guidelines to help you create a safer working environment for you and your employees.


1) Create Good Housekeeping Practices
Good housekeeping is critical. Safety and housekeeping go hand-in-hand. If your facility's housekeeping habits are poor, the result may be a higher incidence of employee injuries, ever-increasing insurance costs and regulatory citations. If an organization's facilities are noticeably clean and well organized, it is a good indication that its overall safety program is effective as well.


2) Reduce Wet or Slippery Surfaces
Walking surfaces account for a significant portion of injuries reported by state agencies. Traction on outdoor surfaces can change considerably when weather conditions change. Those conditions can then affect indoor surfaces as moisture is tracked in by pedestrian traffic. Traction control procedures should be constantly monitored for their effectiveness.


3) Avoid Creating Obstacles in Aisles and Walkways
Injuries can also result from trips caused by obstacles, clutter, materials and equipment in aisles, entranceways and stairwells. Proper housekeeping in work and traffic areas is still the most effective control measure in avoiding the proliferation of these types of hazards. This means having policies or procedures in place and allowing time for cleaning areas.


4) Create and Maintain Proper Lighting
Poor lighting in the workplace is associated with an increase in accidents.


5) Wear Proper Shoes
The shoes we wear can play a big part in preventing falls. The slickness of the soles and the type of heels worn need to be evaluated to avoid slips, trips and falls. Shoelaces need to be tied correctly.


6) Control Individual Behavior
This condition is the toughest to control. It is human nature to let our guard down for two seconds and be distracted by random thoughts or doing multiple activities. Being in a hurry will result in walking too fast or running which increases the chances of a slip, trip or fall. It's ultimately up to each individual to plan, stay alert and pay attention.


Don't Forget - Ohio BWC Prospective Billing To Begin This Summer


Employers in Ohio should have received by now a Notice of Estimated Premium from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). This notice is part of BWC's move toward a new, prospective billing system for workers' compensation premium. Beginning in August, Ohio employers will begin to pay workers' compensation premium for a coverage period in the future rather than in arrears. The BWC Notice of Estimated Premium mailed last month advises employers what their annual premium will be for the 2015 policy year period (July 2015 through June 2016) and the payroll used to calculate that premium.


As BWC transitions to this new payment model, employers will follow a bi-monthly payment schedule. Under this payment plan, the first prospective premium payment will be due by August 31, 2015 and will apply to coverage in September and October. Subsequent premium payment deadlines are:


·        November 2, 2015 (November/December coverage)

·        December 31, 2015 (January/February coverage)

·        March 2, 2016 (March/April coverage)

·        May 2, 2016 (May/June coverage)


In addition, if there have been significant changes to employers' operations that have impacted payroll, employers may want to communicate those changes to BWC to determine a more accurate premium.


One final important reminder is that BWC will also mail a payroll report for the January 2015 through June 2015 coverage period by early July. Employers will need to report payroll for this period, but do NOT need to pay premium. BWC will provide a credit for this premium to prevent a double payment as they transition to the new model. In addition, BWC will provide a credit for the first two months of premium in the 2015 policy year (July and August).


Please feel free to call Julia Hall, Program Manager at CareWorksComp, with any question on prospective premium. Julia can be reached at (937)226-8280 or via email at julia.hall@careworkscomp.com.




July 2015




Golf Outing

August 6, 2015



Construction Workers



Ohio Valley NARI

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Dayton, OH 45402

800.498.NARI (6274)

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