Two of the largest Western New York trade groups within the construction industry have joined forces to share resources, staff and services for their members while maintaining separate identities.
The Construction Exchange of Buffalo and WNY Inc. and the Buffalo Niagara Builders' Association signed an administrative services agreement under which they will operate under the same roof and using the same staff to save money.
Both groups will operate from the Exchange offices at 2660 William St. in Cheektowaga, and Exchange employees will support the BNBA's day-to-day operations and administration. The groups will retain their independence.
The Exchange represents 830 companies active in the construction industry locally, particularly in commercial construction. BNBA, which is affiliated with state and national builders associations, represents 150 companies active in local homebuilding. Between them, the groups represent nearly 1,000 businesses, employing tens of thousands of workers.
“This is a case of the sum of the whole being greater than the parts,” said Joe Benedict, executive director of the Construction Exchange and now also executive officer of the BNBA.