Category Archives: Announcements

Workers’ Compensation Safety Training Update


It’s that time of year again when we are reminded to complete two hours of mandatory safety training to stay in compliance with Workers’ Compensation requirements. If your firm has already completed safety training, you are ahead of the game! If not, we have eleven options available to you including an online option. If your firm has completed safety training for 2015, please confirm your participation with Mary Ellen Higgins at Builders Exchange. Safety training does not have to be offered by Builders Exchange, but must be verifiable with a certificate or training roster. Remember, only one person from each organization is required to participate in annual safety training.

As in previous years, Builders Exchange will continue to collaborate with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and other safety experts to provide valuable training resources. The week of October 12th – 15th, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet will provide a total of eight free construction-related courses. These courses can range from “What to Expect from an OSHA Audit” to “Crane Safety.” The Labor Cabinet has not determined the specific courses as of this date, however, it would be a good idea to mark your calendar as a place holder until the course titles are determined. The courses will be held at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus in the Founders Union Building, Room 6. We will publish the entire calendar as soon as it is provided to us.

We are offering a First Aid/CPR/Bloodborne Pathogen/AED training course on October 21st from 8:00a.m.-1:30p.m. at Builders Exchange in Louisville. The fee is $85 per person and can be paid in cash or by check at the door, or you can complete the accompanying credit card authorization form and fax it to me or bring it the day of the class. As space is limited, please register as soon as possible by calling me at 502-459-9800, emailing me at, or faxing me your name, company name, and phone number. Once registration has been received, payment will be due on October 21st.

We are offering a “last call” course at our Louisville office on November 4th from 8:00-10:00a.m. or 2:00-4:00p.m. The course content includes various safety-related topics. This course is $40 per participant and payment details are the same as above.

If you are interested in completing your annual training online please go to and you can review the  provided by the Labor Cabinet. Just check the length of time of each course to make sure you participate in two total hours of training. Once you have watched the videos and completed the online “quiz/quizzes”, please email a copy of the certificates of completion to Mary Ellen Higgins at or fax certificates to 502-459-9803. Webinars do not offer an opportunity to print a certificate, so please refrain from selecting a webinar to complete your safety training. Your training will be reported to the AGC-SIF once Mary Ellen receives confirmation training has been completed.

Anyone interested in courses being offered at Builders Exchange should contact Mary Ellen Higgins via email or phone at 502-459-9800 to make reservations. If you have any questions about completing this year’s annual safety training, please feel free to contact Mary Ellen and she’ll be glad to help you!

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Builders Exchange Members Gala Silent Auction Items

The 2015 Builders Exchange Members Gala is coming up this Thursday, March 12th!

The items below are a sneak preview of just some of the items that will be available for bidding during the silent auction:


Kichler Pendant Light Fixture (Donated by Engineered Lighting Sales)

Catered Breakfast at your Business for 25 (Donated and Prepared by Builders Exchange of Kentucky)

1-Week Orlando Vacation Package (Donated by Republic Bank)

Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Florida

Cincinnati Reds Package (Donated by ARC Reprographics)

Great American Ballpark – Home of the Cincinnati Reds

40″ Samsung Smart TV (Donated by Builders Exchange of Kentucky)

Butterfly Bench (Donated by Padgett, Inc)

Churchill Downs Spring Meet Box for 6 (Donated by Abel Construction)

Churchill Downs

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there on Thursday!

– Builders Exchange of Kentucky

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John D. Kelly Memorial Charity Painting Party Brings Smiles to Boys & Girls Haven


The Kentucky Bluegrass Council of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) coordinated a painting party valued at upwards of $35,000 on September 13th during the John D. Kelly Memorial Charity Painting Event. The event took place at the campus of this year’s beneficiary, Boys & Girls Haven (2301 Goldsmith Lane) in Louisville. Boys & Girls Haven provides a home and a future for abused and neglected children in Kentucky. Kentucky Bluegrass Council PDCA members provided approximately 200 hours of professional painting labor. Paint and materials were donated by event sponsors, Porter Paints and Sherwin Williams. About 40 painters arrived at 7am and were treated to breakfast donated by White Castle. By noon, the professional painters had painted interior and exterior portions of Boys & Girls Haven’s residential cottages and its on-site JCPS school.

“Boys & Girls Haven depends on the generous hearts and skillful hands of volunteer groups like PDCA Kentucky Bluegrass Council. This fresh coat of paint will bring smiles to staff and kids alike. We can’t thank them enough,” said Josh Swetnam, Director of Programs & Operations at Boys & Girls Haven.

“We are proud to have a membership of contractors who are so willing to come out on a Saturday and give to Boys & Girls Haven. Giving back to our community is something we will always keep doing,” said Robert Plawinski, President of Kentucky Bluegrass Council PDCA.

The Kentucky Bluegrass Council of PDCA coordinates its annual charity painting event to benefit a local children’s charity of its choice. This year’s event was held in memory of John D. Kelly, who served as the Executive Director of the PDCA Kentucky Bluegrass Council for more than 30 years. Mr. Kelly passed away unexpectedly in March.

This is the second time that Boys & Girls Haven has been the beneficiary of the Kentucky Bluegrass Council PDCA’s annual charity project.

About Boys and Girls Haven
Boys & Girls Haven exists to shelter, heal and teach struggling young people to become productive and healthy members of our community. Since 1950, Boys & Girls Haven has transformed the lives of more than 5,000 abandoned, abused and neglected children. More than just a home, we provide stability, education, and new, productive skills that will lead to success in adulthood. In a time where more and more children find themselves growing up without the support of a loving family, Boys & Girls Haven is here to provide a home and a future filled with promise.

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Group Health Insurance Program Seminar – June 11, 2014

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Learn about the discounted Anthem group health insurance plans that are available to Builders Exchange of Kentucky member firms. This is a very unique program that offers large group pricing to small group employers.

Please register now for the 30 minute Builders Exchange Group Health Insurance Program webinar which will be held on June 11, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT.

Builders Exchange LogoIf you have questions or difficulty registering, please contact Leesa Hayes at (502) 339-7980 or After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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