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  • Tue, June 21, 2016 2:43 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     

    JUNE MEETING

       It was hot.  Yes , it was!  But it's always a good time when Norbord and Square One show up on the same night.  Craig Doehner brought a washer game and let's just say that it wasn't  a washer game kind of night.  Craig also brought an excellent door prize that ended up in the hands of Michael Greene, Piedmont Concrete.  You can share that if you like, Michael!  In addition, Ty Cheek set us up to his signature smoked chicken, baked beans, and cole slaw.  I'm sorry if you missed it, but you will have another chance later this year.  We are going to see Ty in Garden and Gun sooner or later.

       We were honored to have some special guests .  Mustan Kapasi brought Sheriff Chuck Wright with him to the meeting and presented him with a campaign donation from HBA Spartanburg/SC Build Pac.  Members appreciated hearing from Sheriff Wright. 

       Parker Champion also had a special guest. Shawn Parker, H.O.P.E. Ministries of the Upstate was with us to tell a little bit about his ministry to set men free from obstacles, hurts, habits, and hang-ups.  HBA Spartanburg is planning a volunteer work day on June 12 for this fine ministry.  This will also serve as our monthly meeting.  If you are not able to help on the job site....please, please, please join us for lunch anyway.  More details will be available soon.  In the mean time check out H O P E Ministries of the Upstate   here.

       Some of our favorite people work in the Spartanburg County Permits office.  Jerry Glover and Gary Splawn facilitated a discussion earlier in the afternoon regarding the 2015 Build Codes.  Members were able to gather in an informal setting and here some of Jerry's and Gary's observations .  Jerry and Gary do everything they can to make this process as easy as possible for us. 

      

     

                    

     CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VISIT NORBORD

     

     

                            

     

             What's Going to Happen

     

    NO JULY MEETING

    2016 August Membership Meeting & Volunteer Day

            LUNCH SPONSOR NEEDED 

                    Visit HOPE Ministries by Clicking Below       

           

    HBA Members are volunteering for this project with HOPE Ministries of the Upstate

               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkwhfbhtW0M       

    This group  is building a new house in the Northside area of Spartanburg

    We plan to show them what we are made of on Friday, August 12

               Please join us for great fellowship and service to the community       

    If your talent is not framing, join us anyway

    Come for lunch or take a shift  doing errands, light clean up, telling jokes, carry water, lend a hand

    Volunteers will be taken care of during the day with lunch, drinks, snacks, etc...

    Please bring work gloves, safety glasses, tools....

            Friday , August 12  8:00 A.M. 

            Rain Date:  Saturday, August 13       

    Please contact the HBA Office if you plan to volunteer

     Lunch will be catered so reservations are a must    

     

                      

     HBA SPARTANBURG ANNUAL TABLE TOP NIGNT

    HOSTED AND SPONSORED BY

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2016 AT SPARTANBURG DOWNTOWN MARRIOTT

    DETAILS COMING SOON 

     

     

    Join us October 21-23 in Charleston, SC! 


    The Home Builders Association of South Carolina is pleased to announce the return of the HBASC State Convention to Charleston, SC! The convention will deliver a valuable benefit to our members and to provide a distinct advantage to anyone in the home building industry and also allow you and your family time to socialize, compete and have some fun.


     T
    he convention will provide you the perfect platform to acquire new business strategies, while increasing your knowledge of current building industry practices. It will offer an ideal and fun environment for establishing relationships and a means for increasing business profitability. Education sessions presented by the industry's most prominent experts, coupled with relaxing social events and the possibility for personal downtime, makes the convention a unique opportunity your entire family will enjoy.

    HBASC Convention Reservation and Information

       

     The HBA office will be operating on Summer schedule from Thursday, June 30 - Sunday July 31

    Please contact the office, if you need anything. 

    Call before you come by as office hours are irregular during this time. 

     

    What People are Talking About 

     
           

                   

    DEMOCRATIC
    NATIONAL CONVENTION

     

    SOUTH CAROLINA CANDIDATE CAMPAIGN 

    CONTRIBUTION DISCLOSURE REPORTS 

          

     

     
  • Tue, June 14, 2016 11:56 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

       The HBA had a great meeting last night in spite of the extremely high temperatures.  The turn out for parking lot party was amazing.  We also had some amazing guests with us.  The Codes Officials were here earlier in the afternoon to discuss the implementation of the 2015 Code.  Jerry Glover and Gary Splawn are always available to help us and answer our questions. We so appreciate these two fine men.

       Ty Cheek....Ty Cheek...and Homer...and Mark....these guys never disappoint with their "best smoked chicken you've ever had" and side dishes.  I've got a feeling this is the reason so many people were willing to brave the weather. 

       We also were honored by the presence of Sheriff Chuck Wright.  Mustan Kapasi introduced the Sheriff and presented him with a PAC check from the HBASC PAC.  Thanks to Mustan for making this happen.

       Next up was  Shawn Parker of H.O.P.E Ministries.  Parker Champion brought this Ministry to our attention as we were exploring possibilities for an August HBA volunteer day.  Please watch the

    You Tube Video  of Shawn and a couple of his residents.  You are sure to be inspired to step in and help frame a house for them on Friday, August 12. 

       Finally....and very important....our sponsor, Norbord and Craig Doehner.  Craig , at my insistence, went to great lengths to find the washer games; went out of his way to pick them up; brought a fabulour door prize; sponsored the evening; and was an all around great sport and gracious host.  Even if none of you played the washer game!  

  • Mon, June 13, 2016 12:17 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     Filed in Codes and Regulations, Labor, Safety and Health by NAHB Now on June 7, 2016 • 6 Comments

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    Despite strong opposition by NAHB and other leaders in the nation’s small business community, the Department of Labor (DOL) last month issued its final overtime rule, which will more than double the current overtime salary limit of $23,660 to $47,476.

    Set to take effect on Dec. 1, the rule will have significant ramifications for many employers, including home building firms and non-profit organizations such as local and state HBAs.

    NAHB has prepared an FAQ to help our members better understand and to comply with the rule. In addition, a webinar replay is now available to help you:

    • Learn what employers need to know before Dec. 1.
    • Find out which staff will be due overtime.
    • Assist NAHB’s advocacy efforts on this issue.

    Rule Meant to Help Workers Could Harm Them

    Most small businesses, including the vast majority of home building companies, operate under tight margins. The huge spike in the overtime threshold could force many employers to convert salaried employees to hourly workers in order to remain solvent. Many employers will be forced to scale back on pay and benefits, as well as cut workers’ hours, in order to avoid overtime requirements and remain in business.

    Though the rule is intended to help workers, many could wind up earning less money than they were making previously, and lose the workplace flexibility that comes with being a salaried employee. The rule will also reduce job-advancement opportunities and the hours of full-time construction supervisors, leading to construction delays, increased costs and less affordable housing options for consumers.

    Under the new standard, the salary threshold will be indexed to inflation and adjusted every three years, forcing employers to go through this process on an ongoing basis.

    NAHB continues to lead the effort to urge Congress to quickly pass the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (House bill H.R. 4773 and Senate bill S. 2707). The legislation would force the Department of Labor to withdraw this rule until it has considered the effects it would have on small businesses, consumers, workers and the economy.

    A Bad Rule that Could have been Worse

    The Department of Labor originally proposed to raise the annual salary level to $50,440 to determine if an employee can be exempt from overtime eligibility. NAHB lobbied intensely to get this level reduced and delayed, and in the end achieved a number of improvements in the final rule, including a relatively modest lower threshold of $47,476.

    Crunching the numbers, NAHB economists estimate that raising the overtime salary threshold to $50,440 would allow more than 116,000 construction supervisors to become overtime-eligible under this rule. The final threshold of $47,476 impacts 97,213 supervisors.

    The difference is significant. In a survey conducted by NAHB last summer, 27% of affected builders said they would respond to the change in the overtime threshold by raising the supervisor’s salary to the new threshold. Thus, an estimated 27% of the 97,213 supervisors would have their salaries raised to $47,476 instead of $50,440. This is a savings of $2,964 per worker, or $77.8 million in labor costs in 2017 because the rule does not take effect until Dec. 1.

    For more information, contact NAHB’s Suzanne Beall at 800-368-5242 x8407.

  • Wed, May 25, 2016 5:14 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    H. 3682 is a bill that the HBA of SC is watching for us.  It has to do with a nefarious activity called Patent Trolling.  Please do not fall prey to this.  Read the attached and contact your Representative to support this bill.

     

     

    Quick Facts on Patent Trolls and H3682.pdf
  • Wed, May 25, 2016 5:03 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Members, Start doing your homework.  Check this candidate list compiled for us by our friends at the Home Builders Association of S.C.

     

    2016 HBASC Candidate List.pdf
  • Tue, May 17, 2016 4:36 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     

     

    What a great night we had at Bob Burnett's Appliance and mattress center.  Words can't do  it justice.  Go to HBA of Greater Spartanburg Facebook page and see for yourself.  Bob, Mrs. Burnett, Blake, Paul and Everett KNOW how to entertain builders!   Not only did they have wonderful food - think Fuddruckers truck and Big Green Egg cook - but also great drinks and great products.  Product reps were on hand to answer questions about all the latest kitchen appliances and bedding. 

     

    Showcase awards were presented to the following companies:

     

    Adrian B. Homes, Slavik Cholak

    Autorino Construction, Mark Autorino

    Enchanted Construction, Ryan Kaiser

     

    In addition to Showcase winners, a Rookie of the Year award was given to the most cooperative and responsive builders who had entered a home. The process of compiling on the information and meeting the deadlines with a smile is arduous.  Slavik Cholak won the award for 2015 and Randy Camp won for 2016.   

     

  • Mon, May 09, 2016 3:49 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    The 2016 HBA SHOWCASE WINNERS ARE:

     

    109 Southern Oaks Drive, Enchanted Construction

    626 Level Branch Drive, Autorino Construction

    256 Woodcrest Court, Adrian B. Homes

     

    Congratulations to these fine home builders! 

  • Tue, May 03, 2016 3:13 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Hot Off The Press !

     

    Support your local Builders and building industry professionals.  Visit these beautiful new homes in all price categories.  This weekend and next!

     

     

     https://issuu.com/trebspartanburg/docs/showcase_of_homes_volume_3_issue_1

     

    www.spartanburgshowcase.com

     

  • Tue, April 12, 2016 12:25 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Duke Power has new guidelines for temporary poles !   An HBA builder member was recently turned down by the Duke Power inspector for the way he had set his temporary power pole.  He was given the attached instructions. 

     

    The attached are the new guidelines. 

    Duke Power Temporary Pole changes 4-1-2016.pdf


 

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