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BX Weekly Newsletter

Updated: 9/13/2019


Share the Message of Construction Career Opportunities

The BX Student Outreach Program needs your help!


Volunteer Training Session
Oct. 14 (4 - 5 p.m.)



Since the early 90’s, the BX has been motivating central Ohio youth to consider careers in construction – having reached more than 98,000 students to date.

Now it’s your turn to help! You can continue this mission by spreading the word to future generations about the many opportunities construction has to offer. The program is presented by professionals in careers ranging from carpenters, to architects, to construction managers.

Presentations occur during the school year and you volunteer when it fits your schedule. After a brief training session, speakers visit middle and high school classrooms in teams of two and present the structured 40-minute program.

To get involved with the Student Outreach Program, contact Pam Austin.

2019 BX Safety Achievement Award Winners


Twenty-two companies are being honored with a Safety Achievement Award for outstanding safety statistics and jobsite performance. All Safety Award recipients will be recognized at the 127th BX Annual Meeting in November.

For more information about the BX Safety Awards, visit the BX website at or contact Shane Van Bibber.


Congratulations to this week's featured BX Safety Achievement Award Winners!


Speer Mechanical

  • TypSpeer Mechanical (logo)e of work: Speer Mechanical is a HVAC design and build contractor.
  • Senior leadership: John Harper, president and Phil McEvoy, vice president & COO
  • Safety staff: Fred A. Bothwell, safety coordinator
  • Average number of employees: 181
  • Year company was founded: 1927
  • BX safety accolades: This is the 13th BX safety achievement award that Speer Mechanical has received.
  • Company comment: Serving the Central Ohio area for more than 90 years, Speer Mechanical is the building owner's and manager's single source, full service mechanical contractor for reliable and efficient operation of commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.


Turn-Key Tunneling, Inc.   

  • Type oTurn-Key Tunneling, Inc. Logof work: Turn-Key Tunneling provides tunneling, auger boring, pipe jacking, slip-lining and vertical shaft services.
  • Senior leadership: Brian Froehlich, vice president
  • Safety staff: James Froehlich, safety manager
  • Average number of employees: 50
  • Year company was founded: 2005
  • BX safety accolades: This is the first BX safety achievement award that Turn-Key Tunneling, Inc. has received.
  • Company comment: Turn-Key Tunneling’s field operations personnel are one of the most experienced workforces in their industry with over 250 years of combined experience.


2019 BX Craftsmanship Award Winner from M-M Masonry, LLC photo

The Craftsman: Willie Raptis of M-M Masonry, LLC
The Winning Work: Exterior masonry at 711 N. High St.


Craftsman Willie Raptis used his extensive knowledge and meticulous planning to execute the spectacular masonry work seen at the 711 N. High project.   

Nestled between two existing structures, the new nine story mixed-use development features retail, office and residential space. Due to tight conditions, work was carefully scheduled to accommodate deliveries, pedestrian safety and nearby construction. Brick veneer totaling more than 24,000 square feet was installed and cleaned using swing stages, with all material delivered through window openings. The exterior stone panels were set into place using a hoist and rigging system. A keen ability to troubleshoot in the field allowed Raptis to keep the crew and project on schedule.

Raptis has been in the industry for 35 years and has been employed by M-M Masonry, LLC for five years. This is his first BX Craftsmanship Award, which he will receive at the 127th BX Annual Meeting in November.

BX Job Board – Your Online Employment Resource


Are you looking for an estimator, project manager or maybe an office manager? 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 your 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 with any questions.

Attractive Retirement Plans Attract Employees


The 401(k) Owner's Manual: A Blueprint for Elite Retirement Plans
Sept. 24 (8 - 10 a.m.)


$39 per employee of BX member firms
$50 per person for non-member firms


Offering an elite 401(k) plan gives employers a competitive edge when it comes to recruiting and retaining quality employees.

If you already have a plan, now is the time to make sure it meets the highest criteria; and if you’re thinking of adding a plan, be sure it’s one that appeals to new hires and your current workforce.

Retirement plan expert and co-author of The 401(k) Owner’s Manual, Brian Hanna (Everhart Advisors) will guide you through a checklist for building and maintaining a 401(k) plan employees can’t resist.

Employees who have questions about 401(k) plans or how to maximize their participation are encouraged to attend as well.

For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.


About the Presenter:

Brian Hanna (Everhart Advisors) headshotBrian Hanna is a partner, executive vice president and senior retirement plan consultant for Everhart Advisors. He leads a team of plan consultants and relationship managers in serving the unique needs of retirement plan sponsors. Hanna is co-author of the book The 401(k) Owner’s Manual—A Blueprint for Building and Maintaining an Elite 401(k) Plan for Your Employees. Hanna has formal training in fiduciary responsibility and due diligence, along with extensive experience in plan design, ERISA compliance, investment selection, vendor benchmarking and fee negotiation. He has been a guest lecturer for the U.S. Department of Labor, Center for Due Diligence, Ohio Society of CPAs, Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association and Supplier Associate Relations Group (SARG) of Honda North America.

New Data for Reducing Turnover and Increasing Retention


What Construction Employees Want From Industry Employers
Oct. 10 (8 a.m. – Noon)


$289 per employee of BX member firms
$389 per person for non-member firms
OR send 3 individuals for $729


With multiple generations in the workforce, employers must understand the unique differences between Gen X, Y and Z. The firms who recognize what’s important to employees and position themselves appropriately will be the most successful.

This year, Dr. Jim Krug (Advanced Performance Group) has been asking construction employees what is most valuable to them as they consider employment options and what they expect from industry employers.

BX members will be among the first to hear the results as Krug shares:

  • How to apply the research data on recruitment, retention and rewards
  • Generational differences and how can you address them in your organization
  • The best position for your firm to take in the pursuit of talent
  • How to reduce turnover and unwanted hires

For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.


About the instructor:

Jim Krug (Advanced Performance Group) headshotDr. Jim Krug is the founder and president of Advanced Performance Group, Inc. His expertise in organizational development, strategy, leadership and talent development is based on more than 40 years of extensive practical experience and research in the design and construction industry. He was a lead researcher on the best-selling management book Good to Great with Jim Collins. He has also held senior management positions at a Fortune 100 international engineering company. Krug received a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. Krug has been facilitator of the BX Executive Leadership Experience since the start of the program.

Be Prepared to Give Aid in an Emergency


Standard First Aid/CPR/AED
Oct. 11 (8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)


$45 per employee of BX Workers’ Comp Group firms
$65 per employee of BX member firms
$95 per person for non-member firms


One of the most critical skills you can provide your employees is how to administer first aid and CPR. This interactive, comprehensive course will prepare your employees to respond confidently to jobsite emergencies. 

Regardless of experience or expertise, this training must be refreshed every two years. Don’t let your employees be caught off guard – sign them up for Standard First Aid/CPR/AED training today.

For more information about this class or to schedule a company-specific session, contact Rosie Leuby.

Do You Have a Qualified Lift Trainer?


Forklift & Aerial Lift Train-theTrainer Course
Oct. 29 - 31 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)


$1,000 per employee of BX Workers' Comp Group firms
$1,100 per employee of BX member firms
$1,200 per person for non-member firms


Develop a fully-qualified, in-house forklift and aerial lift trainer in this three-day class. This course is an excellent option if you want to keep your training budget low, need extra training flexibility, have unique or complex equipment or experience turnover of trained employees.

Each day will have classroom training at the BX, with operations and final hands-on evaluations conducted at Straight Up Equipment Co. This class will allow trainers to:

  • Learn to identify and correct equipment safety problems
  • Participate in an actual operator training session
  • Receive full documentation of their scores and participation
  • Receive support for as long as they are with your company
  • Receive instruction on rough terrain, telescopic handlers and aerial work platforms

For more information about this course, contact Shane Van Bibber.

Put A Plan In Place For Your Confined Space Entry


Permit Required Confined Space Training
Oct. 31 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)


$300 per employee of BX member firms
$400 per person for non-member firms


Confined spaces may contain hazards including insufficient oxygen, toxic (poisonous) air or an explosive atmosphere. These spaces may also have physical hazards that may result in workers falling, being crushed or buried, or drowning. Learn how to protect your yourself and your employees.

This training session is an excellent resource for confined space entrants, attendants, entry supervisors and non-entry rescue personnel. The course is designed under the recommendations of ANSI Z490.1-2009 “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training.” Upon completion, attendees will be able to:

  • Properly demonstrate the methods to conduct air monitoring with a gas monitor prior to and during entry into a permit required confined space
  • Determine ventilation requirements for a given confined space
  • Properly set up an emergency retrieval device
  • Properly complete an entry permit
  • Demonstrate proper care and wear of required PPE
  • Identify energy sources and explain means of de-energizing each source

For more information about this class, contact Shane Van Bibber.

Local Project Leads

Courtesy of BX Business Services Partner Dodge Data & Analytics


Subscribers to the Dodge Global Network have full access to reporting details and plans (if available) for the projects listed. To learn more about accessing this detailed project information, contact Stacy Sleeper.