Lynn Stetson of Builders Exchange sees best project offering ever in 2015

Robin Roenker with The Lane Report wrote an insightful article on the state of the construction industry in Kentucky.

Our own Executive Vice President, Lynn Stetson, was interviewed for the story. Here is an excerpt:

Louisville-based Builders Exchange of Kentucky, a 1,000-member construction trade association that tracks commercial construction project trends across the state, has reported on a total of 2,255 construction projects listed for bid through the end of August 2015, an increase of 9 percent from the same point in 2014.

Lynn Stetson

Lynn Stetson

“We are on pace to report on 3,110 projects by the end of this year, which would be the most in our 88-year history,” says Lynn Stetson, Builders Exchange of Kentucky’s executive vice president. Builders Exchange totals include commercial construction projects across the entire state of Kentucky, as well as Southern Indiana and small regions of West Virginia and northern Tennessee, Stetson said.

Click here for the full article at The Lane Report.

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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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IPIN Tip of the Month: Distance from You (New Feature)

Approximately 3,000 actively bidding projects are reported in the Builders Exchange online planroom annually covering an area of approximately 60,000 square miles in Kentucky and Southern Indiana and hundreds of cities, towns and counties. It’s easy to understand why many of our members might not be able to tell how far a project is located from them at first glance, which is why we’ve added a new feature to the IPIN system: Distance from You.

Distance From You

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The new feature is located beneath the Project Location on the Project Details page of each project. Distance from You lets members know the approximate distance (in miles) of the project location from their location at a quick glance, letting them know if the project is within a reasonable range they would like to travel to do work. The distance is determined by the number of miles between the mid-point of the zip code of the member’s office location and the mid-point of the zip code of the project location. It is not an exact distance, but an approximation. A more exact distance can be found by clicking on the address of the project, which will open the project location in Google Maps, which can be used for directions and exact distances from any location. ———————————————————————————————————————————-

For more tips like this one, join us in Louisville on the third Friday of every month from 10-11:30 a.m. for free IPIN training at the Builders Exchange Center for Education & Training Excellence, 2300 Meadow Drive, Louisville, KY 40218 or at the same time on the fourth Friday of every month at our Lexington location, 1035 Strader Drive, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40505. Online webinar training is also available on the third Thursday of every month from 10-11:30 a.m.

Call me, Aaron Thomas, at (502) 459-9800 or e-mail to RSVP.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for IPIN Tip of the Month, comment below or e-mail me at the address listed above.

Looking for more tips? Click here to look at every IPIN Tip of the Month.

Thanks for reading!

Aaron Thomas
Director of Operations
Builders Exchange of Kentucky

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