FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2011
Contact: Erin Whitt
Modular Building Institute
434-296-3288 x152; E-Mail
 

 
Modular Building Institute Expands D.C. Advocacy Efforts


(Left to right) Gail Warrior of Warrior Group, Mike Michaud (D-ME), Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health, and Linc Moss of Ramtech Building Systems at the Congressional hearing on the Veterans Health Administration’s contracting
and procurement practices.

 
 
Charlottesville, VA – In an effort to expand its advocacy efforts in Washington D.C., the Modular Building Institute (MBI), the international trade association for commercial modular construction, has opened a satellite office in Fairfax, Virginia.  
 
“Despite the troubling economic times, it has never been more important to be involved in the political process as it is today. The
decision for the new office was made in response to our members needing greater government representation,” said Tom Hardiman, Executive Director of MBI. “The number of bills and legislation that influence our industry is growing.  With the D.C.-based location, MBI will have easier access to legislators and be better able to monitor and comment on the new bills.” 
 
MBI’s recent legislative accomplishments include working with the U.S. Corps of Engineers to get anti-modular language removed from RFP templates, allowing the modular construction industry to bid on health facility projects.   MBI was also able to have a representatives testify before the Joint Committee on Indian Affairs about the ability of the industry to meet the construction and space needs of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  In addition, an MBI representative testified before Congress on the Veterans Health Administration’s contracting and procurement practices. MBI is also working with other business groups and coalitions on repeal of the 1099 requirement, as well as working to defeat anti business measures such as “Cap and Trade” and “Card Check” legislation.  
 
Find more information about MBI’s advocacy efforts here.
 
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About MBI 
The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. Members include providers of relocatable buildings as well as permanent modular construction contractors and suppliers. It is MBI’s mission to expand the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach and education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high quality modular designs and facilities. 
 
MBI also administers an educational foundation established specifically to facilitate and deliver research and educational opportunities in the form of design competitions, scholarships and partnerships with leading research entities with an interest in advancing commercial modular construction. 
 
For more information about MBI, visit www.modular.org.