The Indiana Subcontractors Association, Inc. (ISA) was established in 1968. ISA was a chapter of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) focused on leading trade contractors to improve the business environment for the construction industry. The organization did this locally through government advocacy, battling for improved business conditions regarding such things as insurance, retainage, contract language, etc., and providing educational opportunities for members. In 2002, the ISA made a decision to disaffiliate with the ASA due to a dwindling ISA membership roster and funding issues. With 15 members and $5,000 in the bank, the ISA leadership began to rebuild and rebrand the ISA.
Focus turned to building relationships amongst all sectors of the construction industry to help promote the interests of Indiana trade subcontractors. The goal was to eliminate friction and tension caused by legislative activity or going into “battle” with general contractors and instead approach the industry in a positive way through developing solid relationships helping to foster productive conversation. Through the new ideology, ISA has grown every year since 2002 in membership numbers. In just a decade, the ISA has become a leading organization within the Indiana construction industry with a strong membership.
Mission & Core Values
The Indiana Subcontractors Association promotes the interest of the Indiana subcontracting community and our construction partners as well as the continual improvement of the construction industry.
The ISA provides a unique opportunity for general contractors, subs, owners, and affiliates to connect with one another in a meaningful way on a frequent basis.
The ISA represents a trusted and respected voice of the subcontractor industry. This position provides us with the opportunity to have meaningful dialogue with the general contractors and owners throughout the year.
In a rapidly changing industry and competitive marketplace, the ISA is committed to identifying the trends that will help provide our members with a competitive advantage.
What We Do
Promoting Indiana Subcontractors: The ISA is attentive to detail in planning and executing any association activity in order to showcase ISA’s commitment to being a world class organization. The association provides forums to bring industry partners to the Indiana subcontracting community so that they may promote themselves in a positive manner.
Establishing and maintaining relationships and dialogue: The ISA provides several forums a year for ISA members and others in Indiana’s construction industry to network including the Annual Construction Networking Event of the Year, General Contractor Receptions, Project Rollouts, and an Annual Membership Reception.
Nonpartisanship and Inclusion: The ISA focuses on promoting and including all Indiana subcontractors and construction partner regardless of political or labor affiliation. The association does not become involved in any issue that may be divisive to its membership.
Education: The ISA provides educational sessions throughout the year that assist members with learning about new opportunities, how to do business with industry partners, business best practices, and more. Education is a pillar of the ISA.
Feedback to Industry Partners: The ISA provides anonymous feedback annually to general contractors allowing for positive, constructive feedback as one voice from the Indiana subcontracting community on how general contractor partners are performing and areas they may wish to improve. A General Contractor Advisory Council has been established to discuss ways to improve business relationships.
Promoting the Importance of Safety and Quality to Members: The ISA endorses safe work practices in all aspects of construction and the execution all construction activities, it is expected that all members will work towards creating a world class safety program. All ISA members are encouraged to exceed OSHA standards in their safety programs. The quality of installation and integrity exhibited sets ISA member organizations on a higher plane in the work place. ISA members are encouraged to meet and/or exceed all building codes and standards.
Promoting the Construction Industry to the Next Generation: The ISA has established its Youth in Construction Program that provides scholarships to high school seniors or ISA member employees that are continuing their education in a construction related field. The program also provides hands on experience to high school seniors through project tours as well as reaches out to educators to promote the Indiana construction industry.