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Member Benefits

The Midwest Building Suppliers Association represents pro dealers and suppliers of building materials, such as lumber and roofing, to home builders and others the Midwest United States. Below is a partial list of what MBSA can do for its members.  And we’re evolving the features, benefits, and services all the time, because members can request special programs whenever they want…and we’ll do whatever we can to deliver.


DOT Alcohol & Drug Testing Program

MBSA brings to you a DOT compliance program that addresses your compliance needs, regardless of the size and scope of your operation. And, with pricing at member-only discounted rates, your participation in this program will take a mandated requirement and make it an efficient, seamless experience for you.


MBSA’s Retirement Plan – 401(K) Solution

The Midwest Building Suppliers Association Retirement Plan is a special type of 401(k) plan called a Multiple Employer Plan (MEP). Rather than sponsoring your own plan, you can become an adopting employer of ours! And as part of our super-sized plan, you’ll get all of the benefits typically enjoyed by only the largest companies, with a lot less work.

Explore the plans here.


Networking and Professional Development

Annual professional development calendar on topics critical to the success of your employees—and your business…all at special pricing just for members.  From workplace safety, customer service, and blueprint reading and estimating, if members ask for it, we can usually do it. We put on our educational programs through a variety of different events, including meetings, webinars, and a recently created podcast series to deliver to our members updates and news from the building supply industry through conversations with industry leaders.

Peer-to-peer business networking is a critical benefit of collaboration as association members, and we do it well.  Among the events that factor into our networking are our annual meeting and golf outings – the Sycamore Scramble in Indiana and the White Pine Classic in Michigan, along with the MBSA Ryder Cup between both states. This means that our instructional gatherings are also fun times of networking with fellow members.


MBSA Learning Management System

The MBSA is proud to bring you a brand new Learning Management System for you and your employees. With over 170+ topics ranging from building materials, construction, estimating, selling skills, customer service, inventory management, supervisory skills, computer skills and more.

Your employees can learn anytime anywhere, and you as the employer have access to make assignments, track progress/test scores and download reports.

Learn more and sign up here.


Scholarship Awards

Available only to members, MBSA offers the exclusive Blair Collings Scholarships each year, helping dealers and associates with rising costs of higher education.


Online Membership Directory

Association-wide membership directory with a network of members keeps you on top of who’s who, and where to go for products, services, and information.  Always accurate, because it’s online and ready for you whenever you need it.


Real Time Industry News

Through weekly email communications, members have instant access to critical developments as they happen. These emails update you on industry news and items you need to know to find success, as well as association developments, programs, and opportunities.


Government Relations

Get access to a full-time advocate and government relations expert who continues to monitor legislation that directly impacts your business, protecting you and your business each and every day.


MBSA’S Exclusive Insurance Recommendation

For more than 110 years, Federated has helped business owners in a variety of industries get the right insurance coverage to help protect their business and employees. The governing boards of hundreds of local, state, and national affinity partners recognize Federated as a quality company, which is why they exclusively recommend Federated’s products and services to their members.

The Midwest Building Materials Association (MBSA), representing building materials professionals in Michigan and Indiana, is one of those recommending associations.

Please see “Insurance Program” under “Benefits and Resources”.


Online Estimating


We’re excited to officially launch online Basic Estimating on Foundation LMS! Need employee training on how to read a blueprint or do a basic take-off? You now have access to an 8-module series that includes video featuring actual prints and scale usage, assignments to reinforce concepts as well as a comprehensive quiz and certificate of completion. This training is led by Casey Voorhees of the Western Building Material Association. Casey has taught this nationwide and has helped thousands of students learn the basics of how to read a blueprint and complete a basic residential construction take-off. Because this class is in such high demand, we’re excited to make this workshop available for you online to take at your convenience!And remember–as a member of MBSA, you receive discounted rates on this course…another way your membership pays off!For more information on this easy and convenient training opportunity, CLICK HERE!