Chilton Progress briefs 2014
MSHBA observes New Homes Month

For the second year in a row, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed April as “New Homes Month” to highlight the economic impact of construction-related jobs on the economy.

To celebrate New Homes Month, Mid-Shores Home Builders Association (MSHBA) is working in conjunction with the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) to promote the benefits of building a new home. Find the “Top Ten Reasons to Build a New Home” at www.MidShoresHomeBuilders.comor at the WBA’s new web domain,

“Owning a house is invaluable to the family who calls it home,” Governor Walker said. “These homes provide stability and a safe haven, but are also a huge boost to the economy. The construction of a new home supports three full-time, family supporting jobs, and the economic impact of that home’s construction is felt throughout the community and the state.”

For every 1,000 new homes built, an average of $117 million in household income and $15.2 million in tax revenue for Wisconsin schools, roads, and communities is generated. Construction jobs in Wisconsin have been growing at a fast pace. The state ranked 11th highest in the number of construction jobs gained from September 2012 to September 2013.

Throughout April, MSHBA, WBA and 22 other associations statewide have been conducting a consumer education campaign on Facebook highlighting five main themes—Healthy Living, Peace of Mind, Social Entertaining, Wise Investment, and Personal Achievement. To follow the weekly consumer education updates, simply “like” MSHBA’s Facebook page at

Mid-Shores Home Builders Association is a trade organization made up of dedicated professionals who provide excellence in housing through education and innovation for the betterment of members and local communities. Successfully serving the industry since 1998, Mid-Shores Home Builders Association is committed to preserving and promoting the American dream of home ownership by working for quality, safe and affordable housing in the Calumet County area.

In addition to the New Homes Month education campaign, MSHBA hosts annual events showcasing members’ talents, services and products, while promoting the industry and value of home ownership to the public. The annual spring Home & Garden Expo was held March 8-9 at Vande Hey Brantmeier in Chilton. MSHBA will sponsor its annual fall Parade of Homes Oct. 3-5. The parade features new home construction as well as remodeling and additions within the Calumet County area.

In addition to the spring Expo and fall Parade of Homes, members actively participate in many community service activities, a wide variety of educational programs, governmental affairs, and host many social/networking events such as monthly networking and business meetings, a Cookout and Casino Night and a Trap Shoot on Aug. 16, which is open to the public.

Glenn Christel of Christel & Heiberger Builders, Inc. in New Holstein is MSHBA’s 2014 president. Officers include Jason Ruebl, JMR Builders, LLC, past president; and Dan Schneider, Schneider & Schneider Construction, LLC, president elect. Julie Binversie, Premier Financial Credit Union, serves as treasurer and Pam Van Dera, Bank Mutual, serves as MSHBA’s secretary. MSHBA’s executive officer is Tena Hartwig of New Holstein.

Founded in 1998, more information about Mid-Shores Home Builders Association can be obtained by calling 898-5030 or checking out the Web site listed in this article.