Distributor Member Benefits

Clay brick distributor companies joining as a member of BIA’s National Sector enjoy the following member benefits:

Expert Technical Staff Support

Member companies enjoy unlimited support of BIA’s expert technical staff at no additional cost.  BIA staff are available to provide guidance on any clay brick technical or construction related problem or question regarding brick construction and answer regulatory compliance, building code and health and safety questions.  As a brick distributor, having an expert available at no additional cost to answer compliance questions related to OSHA’s new silica rule is an extremely valuable member benefit. BIA staff can also assist in arranging meetings on Capitol Hill with your elected Senators and Congressmen/women on any industry or company specific issue or legislative matter.  

BIA staff support is an important benefit to all members but even more so for smaller companies that many times cannot afford to have engineers, architects, lobbyists and other specialists on their payroll.  

Unlimited Online Training

Another benefit of National Sector distributor membership is the unlimited access of BIA’s highly regarded online education classes.  Member companies can train all their employees on essential aspects of the clay brick industry from manufacturing to dealing with job site problems to comparing brick with other competing wall cladding materials.  In addition, member employees can participate in quarterly live webinars about important topics related to the clay brick industry. All these valuable training materials are included with BIA’s Distributor membership at no additional cost.  

Networking Means Sales Opportunities 

As a distributor member, your employees can attend National Sector spring and fall meetings and learn about the important work BIA is doing and can also network with other BIA members including the CEOs of our member companies.  This level of access to the clay brick industry decision makers is only available to BIA National Sector members.

Program Committees

BIA values and actively solicits member involvement and participation in determining the focus and direction of the programs and services it provides.  One of the best ways for BIA staff to get this direction and feedback is for a distributor member employee to be a voting member of one of BIA’s six program committees.  Click Here for more information on BIA’s Program Committees.

Recognition in the Brick in Architecture Awards Competition

BIA produces an annual multipage color insert in Architect Magazine of all Brick in Architecture Award winners.  The insert in Architect Magazine will be seen by over 78,000 architects in print and another 29,000 architects digitally.  As a BIA distributor member, if your company sold the brick used in a winning project, the project and your company will get valuable exposure to more than 107,000 architects across the United States.  BIA does not promote the names of non-member companies associated with award winning projects.

Member Company Listing on BIA’s Website 

All National Sector distributor member companies are included on the membership list of this website so that users of the site looking to purchase brick will be directed to member companies.  Please Click Here for a list of distributor member companies.

Industry Specific Production, Shipments & Other Data & Statistics

National Sector distributor members have full, unlimited access to restricted data and reports that BIA provides to members only.  This information is not sold or released to non-members. The only way to get this valuable information is to join BIA as a distributor, manufacturer or premium contributing associate member of the National Sector.  Click Here for more on this restricted information.

Advocacy & Lobbying to Safeguard the Industry

One of the most important aspects of BIA’s mission is the safeguarding of the clay brick industry. BIA has a strong advocacy and lobbying program at the federal level and provides more limited support at the state and local levels, including building codes and standards.  Click here for more information on BIA Advocacy & Lobbying efforts.

Brick News Online

All BIA National Sector distributor member employees receive our monthly electronic membership newsletter of industry news, statistics, upcoming meetings, issues important to the industry and work BIA is doing to promote and safeguard the industry as well as activities of other members.  Only member company employees are eligible to receive the monthly newsletter. Click here for more info.

Member of BIA Logos 

BIA National Sector members can proudly display BIA Member Logos their website and on any informational or promotional materials to demonstrate their commitment to help BIA to promote and safeguard the clay brick industry