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History of NARI KC


Formed on October 19, 1961 as The Greater Kansas City Home Improvement Contractors Association.  On March 11, 1985, the association chartered with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry to become the Kansas City chapter, NARI KC.

Actively recruiting membership in 2 states (Kansas and Missouri) and 9 counties (Cass, Clay, Douglas, Jackson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Platte and Wyandotte), NARI KC membership includes National NARI membership. 

NARI KC is a non-profit 501c6 membership trade association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the remodeling industry.  NARI KC represents all facets of the remodeling industry with an emphasis on residential remodeling.  Through its various programs, NARI KC promotes training and a highly professional, responsible image of the remodeling profession.  NARI KC members must abide to a code of ethics, and they work collaboratively to protect the homeowners from a bad remodeling experience.

NARI KC’s primary members are residential remodeling general and specialty contractor companies.  The membership includes a diverse group of businesses that offer products and services to the remodeling industry that support the remodeling general and specialty contractors, which includes accountants, lenders, suppliers, manufacturers, marketing, insurance agents, etc.  Members attend NARI KC events looking for information on best practices and ways to deliver more value to their careers, their business, their employees, and their customers.


NARI’s roots go back to 1935 when President Roosevelt’s National Recovery Act established the beginnings of The Northeast Roofing, Siding and Insulation Contractors Association (NERSICA).

In 1956, President Eisenhower established Operation Home Improvement, a nationwide effort emphasizing the rehabilitation of existing housing rather than new construction.  The National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) emerged from this effort.

By the mid-1960s, NERSICA no longer reflected the membership of the growing industry, and its name was changed to the National Remodelers Association (NRA).

In 1982, the National Remodelers Association and the National Home Improvement Council joined to establish the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).  Today, NARI has many chapters nationwide and has members in 49 states.  In 2000, NARI moved its national headquarters from Alexandria, Virginia, to Des Plaines, Illinois, and in the Winter of 2020 to Wheeling, IL.