Master Builders of Iowa strives to be the essential resource for Iowa’s construction industry and a valuable component of that effort are the companies who support MBI’s programs and events. Through the exclusive Essential Partners recognition program, MBI strives to recognize our industry supporters, while adding value to those companies’ sponsorship dollars who take leadership roles in sponsoring MBI events and educational opportunities. Companies that are considered MBI’s Essential Partners have contributed over $3,000 in sponsorships to the Master Builders of Iowa in the past year. These companies are an important part of MBI’s success and we couldn’t do it without them!

MBI’s Essential Partners are profiled on the MBI website, with direct access to their listings from the homepage. They also receive a full-page company profile in an edition of InsideMBI, the association’s quarterly news magazine. These profiles are very exclusive offerings since MBI does not offer advertising on the website, nor in the magazine.

  • A-1 Mobile Storage Service, Inc.
  • Architectural Wall Systems / Seedorff Masonry Inc.
  • Autodesk Construction Cloud
  • Baker Group
  • BrownWinick Law Firm
  • Community State Bank
  • ConstructConnect
  • Forrest & Associate Inc.
  • Heartland Companies
  • Holmes Murphy & Associates, LLC
  • Merchants Bonding Company
  • North Risk Partners
  • SHYFT Collective
  • Skold Construction Services, Inc.
  • Star Equipment, Ltd.
  • TrueNorth Companies
  • UFG Insurance
  • White Cap/Stetson Building Products, LLC
  • Whitfield & Eddy Law

A-1 Mobile Storage Service, Inc.

Manchester, IA

A-1 Mobile Storage Service offers on site storage containers/trailers and mobile offices for all types of projects throughout the Midwest. We also offer complete fabrication of your container to fit your business needs. Call 800-924-4254 to schedule your delivery today!

Proud Sponsor of the 2020 Regional Membership Meetings and the 2021 Annual Winter Conference!

Architectural Wall Systems / Seedorff Masonry Inc.

Clive / Strawberry Point, IA

Seedorff Masonry (SMI) and Architectural Wall Systems (AWS) have combined over 90 years of experience to create an intentional approach to the delivery of the building envelope. Success or failure of the exterior envelope is often determined very early in the design and construction process, and now Owners, Designers and Contractors have access to a single source solution.

With early involvement as a member of the design and construction team, every detail from engineering through construction receives the attention it deserves to maximize quality, economy, and performance. Systems analysis, including thermal modeling, ensures that the air barrier, insulation and cladding systems are designed, coordinated and executed to create high-performing vertical exterior envelopes. The AWS/SMI team utilizes their financial stability, operational efficiency, state of the art technology, global supply chain, and project-centric philosophy to provide unique value to all members of the project team.

SMI and AWS have longstanding traditions of excellence based on a commitment to Safety, Quality, and Performance. Join them in their mission to “Push the Envelope” and pursuit of a vision to “Build Better.”

Proud Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference!

Autodesk Construction Cloud

San Francisco, CA

Autodesk Construction Cloud combines advanced technology, a unique builders network and predictive insights to connect people and data across the entire building lifecycle, from design through operations.

At the center are best-of-breed construction solutions Assemble, BuildingConnected, BIM 360 and PlanGrid. Autodesk Construction Cloud with Autodesk’s established design authoring tools, connects headquarters, office and field teams to increase collaboration and productivity.

Autodesk Construction Cloud ensures the whole team is collaborating on an integrated record set and encompasses the industry’s largest ecosystem of owners, designers, builders and trades, and powerful artificial intelligence that helps construction teams identify and mitigate risks.

Proud Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference and 2021 VisionX Conference!

Baker Group

Ankeny, IA

Baker Group is the Midwest’s leading full-service commercial and industrial specialty contractor. We design and install mechanical, electrical sheet metal, automation, security and fire alarm systems for corporate offices, data centers, research laboratories, educational, industrial, medical, and governmental facilities. Clients choose Baker Group for cost-effective new construction, additions, and renovations using delivery methods from fast-track design-build, to traditional plan and spec methods.  Baker Group supports clients for the life of their building, offering professional maintenance and operational services 24/7/365.

Proud sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference, the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, and the 2020 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic!

BrownWinick Law Firm

Des Moines, IA

Leaders in Construction Law

The BrownWinick team has been recognized as a leader in Construction Law by U.S. News “Best Law Firms.”

BrownWinick’s Construction team provides legal representation and advice to clients of all sizes and across a wide range of industries. We have extensive experience in both public and private construction projects representing owners, developers, contractors/subcontractors, design professionals, suppliers, lenders, insurance and bonding companies.

We provide comprehensive legal services, including those listed below and much more.

  • Construction Law
  • Business / Corporate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Government Relations / Lobbying
  • Liens / 573 Claims / Bonds
  • Litigation / Arbitration
  • Real Estate
  • Safety / OSHA
  • Succession Planning
  • Workers' Compensation

No matter what you are building or developing, we understand your business and can help you position your projects for success.

Proud Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference!

Community State Bank

Ankeny, IA

Community State Bank has been a local community bank for over 115 years. Established in 1902, the bank opened its first branch in Ankeny, IA. CSB says they separate themselves from other financial institutions through their customer service and allowing employees to be empowered to do what’s right for their customers. They set exceptional standards for how they do business and treat their customers. In a quickly changing, highly-regulated industry, Community State Bank’s top priority is to engage in meaningful interaction with customers, clearly communicate with them, and offer services that make managing their finances simple.

CSB sees investing in the community through local decision-making as a solid business model for success. Their employees live, work and play, side by side with their customers and business partners in the communities they serve.

Community State Bank has local branches in Johnston, Ankeny, Altoona, Des Moines, Pleasant Hill and Waukee. They provide Personal and Commercial Banking, Financial Planning, Insurance, Mortgage Financing and Treasury Management. Contact Mark Rathbun, Senior Vice President, at (515) 249-4236.

Proud sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference, the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, and the 2020 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders Classic!


Cincinnati, OH

ConstructConnect started with a simple vision: to transform the way the construction industry does business. 

Today, we're a leading provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America, providing our customers the tools, information, and connections needed to drive their success. 

Learn how you can grow your business and profits with ConstructConnect.

Proud Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference!

Forrest & Associate Inc.

Des Moines, IA

It is the mission of Forrest & Associate to provide the highest standard of total quality masonry construction and service to it’s customers, and to meet its customer’s expectations 100 percent of the time by employing the highest degree of quality, skilled, and professional people. Forrest & Associate will accept no less than a total quality commitment to it’s customers, enabling Forrest & Associate to remain the premier mason contracting firm in Iowa.

Proud sponsor of the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

Heartland Companies

Des Moines, IA

When it comes to subcontracting commercial construction projects in interior and exterior finishes, our clients choose The Heartland Companies because we care about quality, reliability, safety, and service. We also believe in supporting our community. Pride in our work drives us to be successful for our customers.

Quality: At The Heartland Companies, we believe that quality is essential to a successful project.
Materials, workmanship, and documentation must meet a high standard that guarantees the
integrity of the finished project.

Reliability: We know that reliability and honestly in communications, accounting, scheduling, and
relationships is the standard. Our ethics don’t bend because of situational changes.

Service: Excellent service is core to The Heartland Companies’ beliefs. We adhere to professional
standards in all of our dealings with clients, suppliers, subcontractors, and employees. We believe in working smart, maintaining personal commitment, and delivering what we promise.

We create peace of mind by providing construction excellence for quality minded customers who
share our values.

Proud sponsor of the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, 

2020 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders' Classic, MB EYE on the Future, Cornerstone Academy, The Leadership Experience, and the 2021 Leadership Summit! 

Holmes Murphy & Associates, LLC

Des Moines, IA

Who is Holmes Murphy? If we could sum this up in one sentence, it’d be this: We’re crazy about what we do, obsessed with creating the customer experience, and focused on our clients’ needs by solving their problems and accelerating our collective success. We’re always Thinking Ahead to bring a fresh perspective on your unique Property Casualty and Surety challenges to achieve superior results that increase your peace of mind and bottom line.

Property Casualty: Since 1932, we’ve been building confidence in construction workers with our specialized risk management programs to help control costs with injury prevention, claims management, and experience mod improvement strategies. With Holmes Murphy as your mediators, the claims process, no matter how complex, moves quickly so you can get back to work sooner.

Surety Bonds: When your reputation needs accreditation, Holmes Murphy will be in your corner as your biggest advocate. We lead the nation by always staying on top of the latest issues facing the surety and construction industries. With our long-standing relationships and earned respect among national and regional surety companies along with major construction associations, you can trust our word as bond.

Proud Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference and the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

Merchants Bonding Company

West Des Moines, IA

With an 86-year reputation for consistency, common sense underwriting and first class service, Merchants Bonding Company has grown to be among the top 15 surety writers in the United States and the largest provider in Iowa (SFAA, 2018).

Merchants is unique because our focus is almost exclusively on surety bonds. Unlike other insurance companies with multiple lines of business, Merchants has honed its expertise in contract and commercial surety bonding. We are recognized among the industry’s finest, achieving an A.M. Best Rating of “A” Excellent or better for 62 consecutive years (A.M. Best, 2019).

Merchants is licensed in all 50 states, maintaining offices in 16 states including our home office in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Proud sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference and the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

North Risk Partners

West Des Moines, IA

North Risk Partners – Bearence Division specializes in strategic insurance solutions for businesses and individuals. Our advisors are committed to helping clients face risk head-on with right-fit insurance coverage and attention to opportunities for preventing avoidable losses. For businesses, we offer programming and compliance support in the areas of HR, safety, worksite wellness and more.

Proud Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference, Cornerstone Academy, and The Leadership Experience!


Des Moines, IA

RSM US LLP’s audit, tax and business consulting professionals are committed to serving and advising construction companies as they pursue their business objectives and improve their performance through the most challenging business cycles in whatever capacity we are asked to serve. We have significant experience working with construction companies of all sizes and in various stages of their life cycle, whether as a full-service provider or on a project basis.

By serving as audit, tax and consulting service providers to more than 3,850 construction companies nationally, RSM has a strong understanding of the industry. Our clients are general building contractors, specialty contractors, industrial contractors, sub-contractors, architectural and engineering firms, highway and street construction, suppliers and residential contractors. Our clients include privately held and private equity-backed companies. In addition to traditional full-service relationships, we are experienced in performing consulting projects for companies and working with their other providers so that services are delivered timely and in coordinated fashion, as necessary.

Our national practice of professionals focus specifically on construction by spending the majority of their time serving construction clients and by attending regular training on industry issues. Our professionals are members of and regularly address the industry's leading trade associations, including Associated General Contractors, Construction Financial Management Association and Associated Builders and Contractors.

Our experienced professionals implement standard industry practices and provide strategic support. We offer knowledge that helps our contractor clients improve their bonding capacity, state qualification capacity and income, as well as minimize federal and state income taxes.

For the latest industry trends and updates, visit RSM’s Construction Industry page and sign up for our Construction Quarterly Update newsletter.

Proud Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference!

SHYFT Collective

Des Moines, IA

At SHYFT Collective, our mission is to provide integrated real estate, design, and construction services that help people and organizations navigate real estate change with confidence. We deliver successfully on that mission by first focusing on the reasons behind your change. We want to get to know you and your organization and truly understand why you need to make a move, expand, or build a new space. Only then can we serve as your trusted advocate. We understand how important it is for your organization to leverage real estate as a calculated business advantage. You can be assured that through our balanced, transparent approach, your organization will get the space it needs, and you will be informed and empowered during the process. SHYFT improves the way organizations navigate real estate change by making the process more transparent, the data more helpful, and the experience more enjoyable. We provide a better way to a better space.

Proud Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference!

Skold Construction Services, Inc.

Des Moines, IA

Since 1992, Skold Companies has been providing commercial construction products and services to owners and general contractors across the Midwest. We have offices in Iowa, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Minnesota. Skold Companies is comprised of the following entities:

Skold Construction Services – established in 1992
Skold Construction Services has garnered the reputation as the floor underlayment expert. We have poured millions of square feet of gypcrete and other self-leveling floor products. Floor underlayments and concrete polishing are our specialties.

Skold Door Company – established in 1994
Skold Door Company specializes in coiling doors & grilles, fire door products, operable walls and dock equipment. In addition, we offer trash and linen chutes. Skold Door Company also offers a full service department available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Skold Commercial Contracting – established in 1997
Skold Commercial Contracting is your one stop shop for commercial floor coatings - From resinous floor coatings to hardeners and sealers. In addition, we offer structural grouting, caulking and joint sealants. We pride ourselves on having extensive knowledge and expertise on fluid applied floor coatings.

Proud sponsor of the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, and the 2020 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic!

Star Equipment, Ltd.

Multiple Locations, IA

Star Equipment, Ltd. is Iowa’s number one source for high-quality construction equipment.  Family-owned by the Bowman’s since 1968, Star Equipment offers expert service and unsurpassed product knowledge for contractors across Iowa and parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, and Missouri.  Star specializes in light to general construction equipment, as well as specialty products to fill the needs of our customers.

When asked what Star sells, the answer is PRODUCTIVITY.  We bring you cutting edge technology and the know how to tailor it to your specific needs.  We provide you with the most uptime of any rental company in Iowa.  When knowledgeable people help you make informed decisions and provide you high quality equipment with unsurpassed service, you get PRODUCTIVITY.

Star Equipment has four locations providing sales, service, and rentals of construction equipment in Iowa. They feature brands such as: Takeuchi, Mustang, Gehl, Manitou, Multiquip, Allen Engineering, Sullivan Palatek, Husqvarna, Wacker Neuson, IMT, Schwing, Elliott, Topcon, and many others. – Contact us today!

Proud sponsor of the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, the 2020 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, the 2020 Regional Membership Meetings, and the 2021 Annual Winter Conference!

TrueNorth Companies

Cedar Rapids, IA

As a contractor, you recognize the importance of being a specialist – and so do we. If you’re going to spend your hard-earned dollars on insurance, why not get the specialist you deserve?

Now, more than ever, the challenges facing construction companies extend far beyond the job site. As TrueNorth’s Construction Specialty Group, our commitment to working exclusively with contractors combined with our industry experience, makes an engagement with us unlike any other firm.

Founded in 2005, our team is one of the few true construction risk specialists in the country. Our goal is to create value for our clients by providing measurable, impactful, real-world risk management solutions in the areas of insurance, bonds, contractual risk transfer, and loss control services. Our process is designed to take work off your desk while simultaneously reducing risk.

Proud Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference and MB EYE on the Future!

UFG Insurance

Cedar Rapids, IA

UFG Insurance is a publicly traded, multibillion-dollar company, with more than 70 years of knowledge and experience, providing commercial (including surety bonds) and personal insurance for individuals, families, homes and businesses. UFG’s local network of professionals provides national expertise. UFG sells through more than 1,100 independent agencies in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia. UFG has been named a Super Regional Property/Casualty Insurer™ every year since 2006 by Insurance Journal magazine and, in 2019, was named a Five-Star Carrier by Insurance Business America for the third consecutive year and placed on Business Insurance’s Annual Best Places to Work in Insurance list.

View information about UFG Insurance, available coverages and products, or find an independent agent at

Proud sponsor of the 2021 Safety Conference, the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, and the 2020 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic!

White Cap/Stetson Building Products, LLC

Des Moines, IA

White Cap and Stetson Building Products, A Construction Supply Group Company has combined to better serve you. Our goal with this integration is to ensure minimal disruption in your service while bringing to life the many benefits the combination of our two industry-leading businesses will create for you. The cultural alignment of White Cap and CSG is a foundational element of this integration. Both White Cap and CSG have team-driven cultures that are 100 percent focused on serving our customers with excellence. Our mutual commitment to being Better Together and Building Trust on Every Job™ by providing you with exceptional service.

Proud sponsor of the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker, the 2020 MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, the 2020 Regional Membership Meetings, and the 2021 Project Managers and Project Supervisors Leadership Series!

Whitfield & Eddy Law

Des Moines, IA

The Whitfield & Eddy Law construction industry group is a single source provider for your business delivering comprehensive legal solutions based on your needs and budget. We are a cross-functional team with a wide range of expertise to provide continuity in analysis, support, and decision-making across your organization. We carefully planned our approach to assist, nurture, and grow your business with a trusted advisor providing the support of a full-service law firm.

We represent most of Iowa’s top general contractors doing business in Iowa and other states and many out-of-state contractors with Iowa projects. We are active in construction industry trade associations and represent them in legislative matters. We regularly present about hot topics facing the construction industry for both public and private events.  Clients seek our counsel in construction law matters including, but not limited to, contract drafting and interpretation, fidelity and surety claims, mechanics liens, arbitration, mediation, and litigation. We provide additional legal services including real estate, business and corporate, labor & employment, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, and succession planning. The firm is a proud sponsor of the 26th Annual Iowa State University Construction Engineering (ConE) Reunion in October, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa.


  • Marso, Steve - Attorney
  • Templer, John - Attorney
  • Stone, Jeff - Attorney  
  • Tyler, Steve – Attorney
  • Sullivan, Justin – Attorney
  • Craven, Luke – Attorney
  • Fatino, John – Attorney
  • Gentsch, Drew – Attorney
  • Gral, Nick – Attorney

Proud Sponsor of the 2021 Annual Winter Conference, MB EYE on the Future, and the 2020 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!