The Board of Directors
The Minnesota Lath and Plaster Bureau holds a Directors meeting on a monthly basis. The Board of
Directors is comprised of lathing and plastering contractor employers, signatory to union collective
bargaining agreements entered into by the Minnesota Drywall and Plaster Association (MDPA). Directors
are appointed by MDPA and hold voting rights for a term of one year until successors are elected. The
entire direction and management of the affairs of the Bureau is vested in the Board of Directors. Union
officials representing Lather's Union Locals, Plastering Union Locals and Plaster Tender Locals, also
serve in an advisory capacity.
||2017 Minnesota Lath and Plaster Bureau
||Board of Directors
President: Dave Hamilton, A.E. Conrad Company.
Vice President: Bret Palmer, Quality Drywall, Inc., Stucco 1
2nd Vice President: Jeff Manick, Olympic Companies
Director: Brian Felber, The Berg Group
Director Alternate: Chris Aydt, Olympic Companies
Director Alternate: Michael Conroy, Olympic Companies
|John Nesse, Management Guidance Inc.
Tim House, Plasterers Union Local 265
Rick Maurer Laborers Local 563
Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons Union Local 265
The Union Plasterers are highly regarded for their proud tradition, superior training, skilled craftsmanship
and job safety. Founded in 1864, the Plasterers and Cement Masons International founded the first
Building Trades Union, pioneering the way for workers' rights.
Plasterers Union Local 265 jurisdiction covers the Minnesota counties of; Wright, Hennepin, Carver, Sibley,
McLeod, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Anoka, Sherburne, Isanti, Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, Chisago and
part of Pine County.
Lather's Union Local 190
Lath as a base for plaster has existed since primitive man first made his home from sticks and mud. In
1839, Peter Naylor introduced metal lath as "an improved mode of protecting walls and ceilings against
the effects of fire." Since then, metal lath and plaster have gained unparalleled acceptance because of the
versatility, durability, economy, simplicity of construction, architectural beauty and unequaled fireproofing
qualities. As a result, the craft of lathing has become one of the most skilled of the building construction
The Wood, Wire and metal Lathers International Union was founded in 1899. In recent years Lather's 190
has been absorbed by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners.
Laborers' International Union of North America
From setting scaffolding to mixing plaster in the proper proportions and then getting it to the plasterer, the
laborer is a key component to a quality plaster installation.
The Twin Cities is served by Laborers' Local 132 in St. Paul and Laborers' Local 563 in Minneapolis. Construction
& General Laborers' Local #132 received its Charter from the Laborers' International Union of
North America (LIUNA) in 1915. Local #563 received its charter in 1926.
The Minnesota/ North Dakota Laborers Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) is one of 31
regional funds created to facilitate and promote the positive relationships between the construction craft
laborers and their construction contractor employers. This innovative program has a simple but powerful
mission: to generate business opportunities for union contractors and job opportunities for members of the
Laborers' International Union of North America. It looks down the road, sees where the construction industry
is going, then musters the resources of one of LIUNA's three cooperative labor-management funds to
position laborers and their signatory contractors to make the most of the future.
In 1989, the non-profit Construction Laborer's Training Fund began offering continuing education programs
through the Laborers Training Center (LTC ). Since 1999, the LTC 's apprenticeship program has
been part of the mandatory, state-regulated requirements for Construction Craft Laborers. The Laborers
Training Center provides construction industry vocational training through a full range of classes and apprenticeship
programs at its Lino Lakes, Minnesota, facility. The LTC offers continuing education programs
for its 9500 participating union members who need to maintain their certifications, develop their skills, and
stay abreast of new trends and technologies.
• Minnesota International Residential Code Advisory Committee
• American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) C-11 Committee
• National Institute of Building Sciences - Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council
• American National Standards Institute - Canvas Ballot
• Association of Minnesota Building Officials
• Construction Specifiers Institute
• 10,000 Lakes Chapter of Minnesota Building Officials
• Association of the Walls and Ceilings Industry
• The EIFS Industry Members Association
• Editorial Review Board - Walls and Ceilings Magazine
• The International Institute of Lathing and Plastering
• Building Enclosure Council of Minnesota
The Minnesota Lathing and Plastering Bureau was born out of the construction boom after World War II. At that time the
plastering industry was on all cylinders in the 1950's when the need was realized to keep the industry rolling in a positive
direction. Minnesota State Building Trades representative Dave Roe and Plastering Contractor Lloyd Peterson were the
visionaries who established the Bureau in November 1953 as a means of promoting the industry.
By 1957 the Bureau hired its first Executive Director. Clint Fladland established the original office on Raymond Avenue in St.
Paul and markedly raised the exposure of the industry through newspaper advertising, placards on busses and benches and
even a Saturday morning television chat on the merits of plaster. In its hay day it should be remembered that plastering was
essential in home construction so promotion tended to the public side of that perception. As time went by, the investment in
promotion moved to the commercial side with time being spent influencing architects and specifiers on the virtues of plaster.
Clint Fladland's affable approach made him a favorite among construction industry professionals who speak highly of his efforts
Not only did the Bureau reach out to the public to promote the industry, it also became widely respected as a clearinghouse for
technical information. Former USG Representative Bill Plourde was hired and had a considerable hand in developing technical
specifications and documents that are the basis for much of the technical information still archived by the Bureau. Along the
way Bob Heide an experienced estimator with Conroy Brothers was hired as a technical assistant to Clint Fladland.
In 1990, the Board of Directors hired Bruce Pottle, a former lumber salesman as Clint's assistant and eventual successor. While Clint
remained on in a consultant role, Bruce eventually took charge of the operation and put his own mark on the Bureau. Bruce
moved the office from Raymond Avenue to its location at Transfer Road in St. Paul. Bruce was well known for his participation
in Construction Specifiers Institute, his influence in Producers Council Midwest where he served as President and also for his
leadership in ASTM Committee C-11, where he chaired the committee on Portland Cement Plaster. Bruce's widespread contribution
to the industry was no more apparent than when his picture graced the March 1999 cover of Walls and Ceilings magazine
after he had succumbed to cancer.
The current Executive Director, Steven Pedracine comes from a varied background as a former teacher and as a technical
representative for a major Exterior Insulation Finish System manufacturer. Just days into the job, Steve went from the frying
pan into the fire, when a plastering mainstay, stucco was singled out as the reason for a spate of moisture intrusion issues on
single family homes. Realizing the severity of the situation, Steve wrote and illustrated a handbook that highlights the principles
of good construction practice as it relates to stucco. That handbook, Stucco in Residential Construction is now in its third
printing. When Steve is not busy honing and improving the Bureau technical library, he is also an active member of the ASTM
C-11 committee on plaster, publishes a local newsletter (ONtheWALL) and often is welcomed to speak on the virtues of plastering
to a variety of audiences throughout the year.