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HBC Expands Efforts for Workforce Development

Home Builders Care is starting the year off strong with a focus on workforce development. The Workforce Development Committee was reconvened in late 2015 and has a lot of work ahead of it. Some of the exciting possibilities include; determining actual training needs of HBA members, partnering with Fargo Public Schools and city of Fargo on their house project, partnering with Minnesota State Community and Technical College, North Dakota State College of Science and HBA of F-M members to provide jobs and training at the same time, refugee training opportunities and promotion to area youth including the Lego homebuilding competition, Career Expo and Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades. The committee is also in the process of developing a job description for students under age 17. This document will be created to help HBA members know what younger people can and cannot do on the job site. The Lego homebuilding competition is coming up at the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show. This will be the second annual event and will be expanded to include even more students. Groups will be ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Thanks to Dustin Murray Construction for sponsoring this event again. We are looking for some additional sponsors; the competition is a great way to promote your company to students as well as their parents. In January, two student National Association of Home Builders chapters will be participating in the Residential Construction Management Competition at the International Builders Show. North Dakota State University and Minnesota State Community & Technical College will present projects they have been preparing since September. Home Builders Care, in conjunction with the National Housing Endowment, help provide funds for the chapters to travel to the Show. The competition and the show itself is a great experience for the students. They are able to meet members from around the state and make great connection. If you are going to the show, please take some time to sit in on their presentations beginning on Jan. 18.

Home Builders Care Foundation of Fargo-Moorhead 1802 32nd Avenue South Fargo, ND 58103 Phone: (701) 232-5846

Home Builders Care Foundation was created in 1993 by the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead. It is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization.

It was established with funds donated by HBA members, fundraising events and the HBA itself. The purpose for its creation was to provide an outlet for the builder, remodeler, and companies related to the building industry to show the community that there is more to the building industry than demolition, construction and remodeling. The HBA handles the administratvie duties for the foundation at no charge. Any contribution designated to the foundation goes directly to the foundation and its charitable work. Address inquiries to Jenny Erickson 1802 32nd Ave. S. Fargo, ND 58103 Phone: (701) 232-5846


Bob Kochmann, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.


Casey Beckerleg, Stenerson Lumber


Monica Hart, Monica Hart Interior Design


Randy Cramer, NAI North Central


Grace Backman, Eastern Dakota Housing Alliance, Inc. Dan Beecher, Foam Doctor’s, LLC Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc. Kristie Eid, Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. Perry Eidem, Allied Building Products Corp. Ryan Johnson, Monarch Homes, LLC Sylvia Lunski, Design Direction, Inc. Brad Morris, Casselton Lumber Dustin Murray, Dustin Murray Construction


Dan Parrow, ISR Homes

Bob Kochmann Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. HBC President


2016 January Plains Builder  

The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its mission is to provide qualit...

2016 January Plains Builder  

The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of over 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its mission is to provide qualit...