The Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council was chartered on July 12, 1961, as the Home Improvement Council of Greater Milwaukee, a chapter of the National Home Improvement Council. The NHIC, founded in 1956 as an outgrowth of the Eisenhower administration's "Operation Home Improvement," was an organization designed to promote home remodeling in order to stimulate the economy.
In Milwaukee, 15 firms in the home remodeling industry joined together to establish the local chapter. It was the fourth chapter in the nation to be chartered and has since proven to be the largest and most active. The chapters primary objective was to band together firms who met high ethical standards for reliable, professional remodelers. Having no financial backing (dues were only $50.00 per year), the chapter relied completely on voluntary help from the members. Only three committees were appointed in the first year and the chapter did not even have a phone or answering service.
In May 1982, the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) merged with the National Remodelers Association (NRA), an organization with its roots in the National Recovery Act of 1933, to form the organization known today as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
The Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council has been very active in the proceedings of the national organization. It is the largest local chapter in NARI and is respected nationally. Many programs that have been developed in Milwaukee have been adopted by other chapters across the country.
The council offers many services to its members and to the public. Members benefit from the consumer shows, group advertising, and educational seminars, plus the services offered by NARI. The public can get free brochures on remodeling and a list of Milwaukee/NARI's reliable contractors from the office. They also benefit from educational articles and radio and TV shows that the Council sponsors to help them get the most from their remodeling.
The Council's goals of encouraging ethical conduct, sound business practices, and professionalism in the remodeling industry have led to the growth of the remodeling industry nationwide and made NARI a recognized authority in that industry.