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01 Jul 2019 4:03 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

Congratulations to the Builders Association of MN (BAM)

It's been a busy, productive, and wonderful 45 years of representing the residential construction industry before Minnesota's legislature, agencies, and courts.

It's hard to believe, but on this day 45 years ago the Minnesota State Builders Association became a legally organized corporation. Fifteen years later the Association officially renamed itself Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM).

Visionaries from around the state chose to affiliate at the state level with a very specific purpose in mind.

"The purpose of this corporation shall be: (a) to improve conditions in the housing industry; (b) to further, encourage and initiate civic improvement; and (c) to aid in the preservation and improvement of community health and welfare."

On BAM's 45th birthday, we thank each of the Association's founding members an specifically the original nine members who created BAM's first Board of Directors.

  • Kenneth Reinhardt, Roseville MN
  • Gerald Jacques, Superior WI
  • Robert Wallner, Duluth MN
  • Cyril Reinert, Sauk Rapids MN
  • Clarence Buerman, Cold Spring MN
  • Donald Sperry, Rochester MN
  • Richard Hanson, Rochester MN
  • Robert Tilsen, St. Paul MN
  • John Luger, St. Paul MN

Since July 1, 1974, BAM has delivered to its members many solid policy outcomes.

Among the wins include stopping attorney's fees being paid by builders, statute of limitations reforms, establishing a 6-year code cycle (instead of a 3-year cycle), statutorily removing twin homes from the sprinkler mandate, requiring fees to be fair, reasonable, and proportionate to the cost of the services provided, statewide licensure (instead of a license for every city or county), and establishing case law including law prohibiting cities from enforcing construction codes that exceed the statewide code.

In fact, just this year BAM added more wins to the Association's achievements, including a statewide consumer awareness campaign regarding the importance of hiring licensed contractors, a requirement that middle and high school students have construction careers counseling as part of their post-secondary planning, and expanding opportunities for youth to have hands-on experiential learning on construction sites, while stopping a carpet tax and new disclosure mandates for gas fireplaces.

Today BAM stands on the shoulders of those volunteers who, many years ago, had a vision for the future. Yet, none of this could be possible without the on-going support and commitment of BAM's current members and leadership - individuals who continue to lead into the future.

We look forward to celebrating this year with each of you as we share BAM's history and plans for its future. In the meantime, please consider putting our official birthday party on your calendar - registration details will be forthcoming.

Here's to another 45 years (and more)!!!

Sent by remi@bamn.org

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