Safety & Compliance Programs
Our forklift training helps your business stay in compliance with safety and labor laws. Online Forklift Operator Training is available through Foundation – the latest online Learning for the building materials industry. This course will meet OSHA's requirements for the classroom portion of training required. Click HERE for more information.
NLBMDA Entry-Level Driver Training Program (ELDT)
BLD Connection members save on ELDT Trainer Certification! NLBMDA has partnered with J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. to offer members an exclusive discount on training trainers in entry-level driver training. Get your new drivers on the road to success—and keep them at your company longer—by training your trainers to deliver powerful entry-level driver training (ELDT).
Only members in good standing are eligible for participation in this program. For more information and to sign up for this program click HERE.
OSHA Compliance & Workplace Safety
OECS provides OSHA compliance consulting. Includes former OSHA/MSHA investigators ready to help! The OECS team has over 200 years of combined experience in helping businesses like yours maintain their OSHA compliance, with former OSHA/MSHA investigators ready to help. Contact Melissa Olheiser, Business Development Lead and (701) 371-4868 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details or visit www.oecscomply.com.
Federal & State Labor Law Posters
We have an all-in-one poster available for Minnesota. Contact Diane at email@example.com to order. Regular Price: $20.00 Member Price: $10.00
Other labor law posters are available to download and print from your local state Department of Labor website. Click on the state name to find the posters required for each state.
Office Supplies & Business Reports
From checks to computer forms to register tickets, BLD Connection can provide you with a no-obligation quote and fulfill your orders quickly. Provide us with a sample of the forms you currently use for a free quote. Send your sample or request a quote from Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wage & Benefit Survey
Our Wage & Benefit Survey contains valuable information that will save your business time and money. This report was compiled over the summer with the help of over 100 BLD Connection participants. It contains valuable information regarding:
- Common business operation practices such as business hours, hiring, and staffing strategies, and workforce development tactics.
- Benefit offerings including time off, insurance and bonus opportunities.
- Wage averages for 25 common lumber yard job positions including comparisons to the 2021 Wage & Benefits Report.
To order a copy of the report, call (888) 544-6822 or email Diane at email@example.com.
Staples Business Advantage
We’ve partnered with Staples Business Advantage, which means you too can take advantage of discounted prices on office and business supplies for only $40 annually!
They can help with all your supply needs like: Office Products, Janitorial Supplies, Break room Supplies, Technology, Furniture, and Shipping & Packaging Supplies. Call (888) 544-6822 or email Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
Insurance & Employee Benefits Programs
Property & Casualty Insurance
BLD Connection has joined forces with Federated Insurance to provide industry leading insurance services in the areas of property and casualty, workers compensation and risk management. Federated Insurance offers specialized programs, including Property & Casualty, Workers’ Compensation, and Estate/Succession Planning.
To learn how Federated Insurance can benefit your business as a BLD Connection Member, click here!
Life Insurance, Short Term Disability, Long Term Care, & Dental
Working with Builders Insurance Group, we can help find the best fit for your company and provide the ease of one invoice for all coverage. Comprehensive programs with competitive premiums are available to all BLD Connection members. For more information, contact: Builders Ins. Group, Inc., Dan Gardner or Lars Froiland at (763) 862-7800 or email@example.com.
Multiple Employer 401(k) Savings Plan (MEP)
This MEP brings together member plans into one group 401(k) managed by BLD Connection. That means you can hand over many of those responsibilities—freeing you up to spend your time where it counts: focused on your business.
Already offer a 401(k)? Considering a plan for your employees? Find out if the BLD Connection 401(k) MEP is right for your company. View our 401K Informational Video. Contact Dan Gardner at (763) 862-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Member Programs
Hire Power is an online, on demand training for the LBM and Building Products industry that gives you or your team members everything they need to start getting more qualified candidates for your job openings and get your offers accepted! It was designed for busy owners and leaders who understand that they need to be able to attract and keep great people for their business to thrive.
Hire Power includes 8 modules, each module is packed with engaging videos, practical worksheets, ready-to-use scripts, customizable templates, and real-world examples.
Learn more HERE.
Are you getting the best possible rates in the credit card market? We use the purchasing power of our members to keep rates low!
BLD Connection can provide you with a FREE cost comparison. Just fax the current month-end statement to Mac Hardin in our bank card office at (952) 933-4595. If you have questions, please contact Mac at (800) 999-4399 or email@example.com.
Fuel Savings Programs
Two to Choose From! Earn 7¢ on every gallon of fuel plus additional discounts with our programs through Kwik Trip or Circle K.
Kwik Trip has over 700 gas stations, fuel centers and diesel centers throughout the BLD Connection region. Contact Tanner Benson at (608) 793-4826 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Circle K offer a competitive fuel rebate for its fleet card customers. Save 30¢ for 90 days and after the 90 days save 7¢ on every gallon purchased at Holiday or Circle K retail locations. Click HERE to sign up or contact Nick Carow at (715) 907-4123 or email@example.com for full details.
BLD Connection recognized the need to partner with a provider that can help ease the burden of retail members that may not have the in-house resources for drafting, or they may be overloaded with requests. The Design Connection can provide you with drafting services, including new construction plans, stock house plans, custom-colored renderings, and more!
Go to thedesignconnection.net for full details on their services. Be sure to let them know you are a BLD Connection member!
Droel, PLLC. offers members a 10-minute (per issue) consultation to assist with solving business-related legal issues and/or questions. Should additional work be required, documents need to be drafted, etc. – Droel will work directly with our members to provide a member-only discount for their services. Go to www.droellaw.com to learn more about Droel, PLLC. Have a legal matter and/or question for Droel, PLLC.? Contact Tim Droel at (952) 835-1614.
Computer IT and Cybersecurity
Secur-Serv is your single point of contact for managing remote, on-premises, or hybrid connectivity, device management, and security – creating productive, connected, and secure work experiences by optimizing technology across function and technical business requirements to maximize customer satisfaction. Call (800) 228-3628 or visit www.secur-serv.com.
Place a classified ad with BLD Connection and we’ll triple your exposure! Ads will be placed on our website and social media. It will also be published in the next issue of our e-newsletter. Advertise for two months or more, and your ad will be printed in the next issues of the BLD Connection magazine – all for one price. Contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (763) 595-4050 to place your ad.
Yard Equipment & Resources
Forklift and Material Handling Equipment
RION Equipment is our endorsed forklift and material handling equipment vendor. They are here to provide a full coverage solution for all your material handling needs.
Reach out to Jeff Reynolds at email@example.com or call (866) 330-RION for more information or to be put in touch with the appropriate sales representative in your area.
Productivity Products – Workstations, Tie-Downs & Strapping
WorkSave WorkSmart.com, LLC productivity products – finding innovative and effective tools to help your business thrive in an ever-changing economy.
The Lumber Buddy™ Portable Workstation. Unlike stationary systems, it goes where you are working, ending wasted trips across the yard.
BOSS Strapping has several products that have revolutionized the strapping industry and provide a safer, more efficient alternative than steel banding for lumber yards.
Visit worksafeworksmart.com or contact WorkSafeWorkSmart.com, LLC at (469) 708-9797 or info@WorkSafeWorkSmart.com for a quote on the Lumber Buddy™ Portable Workstation or BOSS Tiedows & Strapping. Be sure to let them know you are a member of BLD Connection.
2021 Revised Lumber and Building Material Reference Manual
The Lumber and Building Material Reference Manual is truly an invaluable resource for the LBM industry.
Originally written in 1988 and revised in 2021, the Lumber and Building Material Reference Manual is full of charts, formulas, and many more helpful topics for anyone in the LBM industry.