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The BX Online Newsletter

Updated: 3/17/2017

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Apply for a 2016/17 BX Safety Award


The Builders Exchange recognizes the safety efforts of central Ohio construction firms through the BX Safety awards program. Two awards are available, the BX Safety Achievement Award and the BX Innovation Award. Companies may receive one or both of the awards.

New this year, you may nominate another company for the Safety Achievement or Innovation Award by completing a nomination form. Nominations must be received by Thursday, April 13 to allow for processing and gathering of required information.
| 2016/17 Safety Award Nomination Form |

Which award could your company be recognized with?

  • The BX Safety Achievement Award
    To win a BX Safety Achievement Award a company must prove its outstanding safety efforts and accomplishments through statistical data, jobsite performance and OSHA history. Applicants are first judged on their injury and illness statistics, including OSHA and workers’ compensation rates for their specific NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code. Selected companies then receive an unannounced site visit where a team of volunteer safety professionals evaluate safety practices in action. 
    | 2016/17 Safety Achievement Application |

  • The BX Safety Innovation Award
    To win an Innovation Award, a company must submit documentation of unique safety practices or tools that the company has implemented. Examples of former Innovation Award winners include a manhole casting lift, extension cord/welding lead cord saver and motorized transfer cart.
    | 2016/17 Safety Innovation Application |

The application deadline is Friday, April 21. For more information, contact Shane Van Bibber.

Meet Greg Montgomery

Foreman, Jess Howard Electric Co.
Years in the industry: 17

“I enrolled in BXFlex after my employer presented me with this opportunity to further my education. I’ve learned how to better apply my skills and how to understand co-workers and other leaders. BXFlex was a great eye opening experience.”

The BX Field Leadership Excellence Series (BXFlex) is a five-month, eight-session program designed to transform top field force managers into high-impact leaders. The Class of 2017 is the third year for the program, with 32 field leaders from BX member firms.

2018 Early-Bird applications are now online. For more information about the BX Field Leadership Excellence Series, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet Rich Collins

Sales & Marketing Manager, V&S Columbus Galvanizing
Years in the industry: 10

“I am always striving to challenge myself and learn new things. BXLX is giving me an opportunity to do both, while networking in the industry. The first session on 'Leading Yourself While Leading Others' enabled me to identify my own strengths and weaknesses in terms of my ability to lead others in my organization. I recommend BXLX because it allows you to take a step back to examine the big picture goals that you and your organization have, with the help and input of other leaders in the industry.”

The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program in which a group of industry professionals are educated and coached by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. The Class of 2017 is the sixth year for the program, with 24 executives from BX member firms.

For more information about the BX Executive Leadership Experience, contact Deb Murphy.

OSHA Expert Prepares You for an Inspection


How to Survive an OSHA Inspection
April 18 (8 a.m. – Noon)


$180 for BX member firms
$230 for non-member firms 
To receive a refund, a cancellation request must be received one week prior to the beginning date of the program.

With a 78% increase in OSHA’s maximum penalties, it is imperative that employers educate their staff to reduce the risk of facing fines. Prepare your employees for an OSHA inspection and avoid citations by educating them on what to expect when OSHA shows up on your jobsite.

Taught by former OSHA compliance officer Rick Burns (FTS Safety), attendees will learn:

  • What triggers an OSHA inspection
  • Employer and employee rights
  • What documentation will be requested by OSHA
  • What NOT to do during an OSHA inspection

For more information about this program, contact Paige Endicott.

Your Member Benefits Include a Free Lunch


BX Membership Lunch & Learn
April 28 (Noon – 1:30 p.m.)


There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Join BX staff, business services partners and other members at noon on Friday, April 28 at the BX to learn more about what your association has to offer. At this informal luncheon, you will learn about upcoming safety, education and business development courses, marketing and networking opportunities. You will also learn how participating in one, several or all of the exclusive, cost-saving programs the BX offers can potentially save you thousands of dollars each year.

Here are just some of the cost-saving programs you can take advantage of as a BX member:

  • CareWorksComp - provides a free savings analysis to review all the BWC cost-saving programs.
  • Seniority Benefit Group - offers premium discounts on health insurance.
  • Staples Business Advantage - provides a corporate pricing program (average 20% discount) for office, facility and promotional products.
  • IGS Energy – provides a free quote for possible savings on your utilities.
  • Speedway - helps control your fleet fueling costs with 5 cents off per gallon and no fees.
  • CareWorks - helps injured workers recover from workplace injuries and return to work as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Best Courier - performs your work-related errands for you - making your business more productive.
  • Dodge Data & Analytics – helps you find jobs to bid in the online PlanRoom.
  • Momentum Groups - offers discount purchasing and services for all your fleet needs.
  • Pathways Financial Credit Union - Offer your employees a full array of financial services through Pathways.

For more information about this program, contact Lisa Graham.

Learn Best Practices for Tough-to-Handle Projects


Managing the Problem Project
April 20 (3 – 6 p.m.)


$135 for BX member firms
$235 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, written cancellation must be made one week prior to the course.


Recognize the warning signs of a job in trouble and understand the steps needed to manage and control the risk. In the upcoming BX course Managing the Problem Project, instructor Mike Madigan (Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter) will offer insights and practical methods for decision-makers and managers trying to handle the fallout that can occur when a project turns ugly. This course is ideal for anyone involved in the day-to-day action on a job site.

Help your employees gain a basic understanding of problems that may arise and how to avoid litigation and attorney fees they may run into if a project becomes a problem.
Course topics include:

  • Recognizing the S.O.S. Signals
  • Mediation and arbitration    
  • Communicating under crisis
  • Case studies and resolves                    
  • Legal aspects and decisions    
  • Managing risks and liabilities

For more information about this course, contact Kayleigh Gustafson.

Save Time and Money with BX/Staples Business Advantage Program


Members participating in the BX/Staples Business Advantage program are saving ENORMOUS amounts of money. During 2016, BX members collectively saved over a million dollars on their office supply invoices.

As a BX member, you can get everything you need, all in one place and at exclusive savings. The BX has an agreement with Staples which gives members an average discount of 20% off Staples’ already low-priced products—an unbeatable service when you need it most.

BX/Staples Business Advantage ProgramStay on-budget with Staples’ assortment of:

  • Office Supplies        
  • Janitorial Supplies
  • Safety Supplies
  • Breakroom Supplies
  • Office Furniture
  • Promotional Products
  • Print Solutions
If you're not a BX/Staples Business Advantage customer, registering is quick and easy, just click here. You may also contact your BX Staples representative, Christopher Kreitzer at 614.472.2019.

BX Job Board – Your Online Employment Resource

Are you looking for an estimator, someone to work in the warehouse or maybe an office manager? Post your job opening on the BX job board!

With 1,289 visits in February, the BX job board is the place to have your job openings seen by individuals looking specifically for construction jobs.

It’s easy to post a job opening:

  • Go to
  • Complete the fill-in-the-blank form
  • Click “Submit to BX"

That’s it – your next employee may be just a click away!

Contact Sanda Elkins for more information about the BX Job Board.

OSHA 10-Hour Certification


OSHA 10-Hour Training Course
March 28 & 30 (8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day)


$169 for BX Workers' Comp Group firms
$209 for BX member firms
$369 for non-member firms
To receive a refund, a cancellation request must be received one week prior to the beginning date of the program.

The OSHA 10-Hour Course is an entry level training course, designed to instruct employees with hands-on basics of construction. Students will learn about OSHA compliance issues for 10 of the most common and deadly hazards in construction, including:

  • Fall protection
  • Electrical safety
  • Scaffolding
  • Trenching

OSHA recommends current construction workers update this certification every three to five years. Avoid citations by sending both new and seasoned employees to the next certification class at the BX.

For more information or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Paige Endicott.

Your Company's Image on the BX Online Directory

What does your company look like on the BX online directory? Is your company logo there? Do you have a live link to your website? Check it out by clicking here.

Now’s the time to make sure your company’s information is the one people look at by adding an online ad. For a limited time, online ads are prorated to $290 for ads that run through Aug. 31.
Reach the nearly 10,000 construction professionals who come to the BX online directory each month - searching for companies who provide the products and services they need.

Contact Sanda Elkins to maximize your company’s message online today!