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BX Weekly Newsletter

Updated: 9/21/2018


What Owners Want from Construction Leaders


What Owners Want from Construction Leaders
Oct. 10 (7:30 – 10:30 a.m.)


$289 BX member firms (Or send 3 for $729)
$389 Non-member firms


Developing Long-Term, Repeat Customers

What do owners want from construction leaders? What will make them long-term, repeat customers? For 12 years, ENR has been surveying construction buyers to find out what they want from contractors and the results are in!

Dr. Jim Krug (Advanced Performance Group), a member of the research team, will present BX members with the consistent, practical and easy to implement findings.

Participants will learn:

  • How to apply the research data everyday throughout your firm
  • Best practices in client leadership and how to utilize them
  • Tools that can be used to help all employees “lead clients”
  • An understanding of the “communication ladder” in dealing with clients

Krug will also introduce the latest BX professional development program – BXLX 2.0. A three-part series planned for 2019. Additional details and registration materials will be available this fall.

The Oct. 10 program is open to all BX members with BXLX graduates, industry leaders and executive teams encouraged to attend. Future sessions of BXLX 2.0 are designed for BXLX graduates only to continue their leadership development journey.

For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.

Go Beyond Blueprint Reading


Advanced Construction Drawings
Oct. 16, 18, 23 & 25 (4 - 6 p.m.)


$360 BX member firms
$460 Non-member firms


Can you confidently anticipate potential issues when reading blueprints? The Advanced Construction Drawings course will provide attendees with case studies, practice opportunities and class interaction to become expert blueprint interpreters.

Solid knowledge of construction drawings is essential to success in this industry. To receive the greatest benefit from this course, it is recommended – but not required – that attendees have previously completed the Introduction to Construction Drawings course or have basic blueprint reading skills.

For more information about this course, contact Shauna Byrne.

Rigging and Signaling Competent Person Training

Rigging and Signaling Certification
Oct. 19 (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)


$300 BX member firms
$400 Non-member firms


Under the standard, OSHA requires a competent rigging and signaling person. Train your employees to safely rig and signal a load in the OSHA Rigging and Signaling Certification course. This eight-hour class instructed by Chris DeVolld (Veritas Safety Solutions, LLC) emphasizes the knowledge needed to rig safely on the jobsite, and includes hands-on crane and mock-lift training.

This course will prepare your employees to meet the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1400. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be issued a “Qualified Rigging and Signaling” card, valid for five years as per OSHA requirements.

For more information about this program, contact Rosie Leuby.

Do You Have a Qualified In-House Lift Trainer?


Forklift & Aerial Lift Train the Trainer
Oct. 23 – 25 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day)


$1,000 BX Workers' Comp Group firms
$1,100 BX member firms
$1,200 Non-member firms


This action-packed course provides trainees with practical experience and instills confidence in their ability to instruct your operators in safe operating procedures. Training your own instructor is an excellent option if you want to keep your education budget low and need extra training flexibility, have unique or complex equipment or experience employee turnover.

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:

  • Receive credentials that do not expire, so your trainers can continue to train indefinitely with no further investment
  • Learn how to identify and correct equipment safety problems
  • Receive support for as long as they are with your company
  • Receive full documentation of their scores and participation
  • Participate in an actual operator training session
  • Learn instruction on rough terrain, telescopic handlers and aerial work platforms

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

2018 BX Safety Achievement Award Winners


The Builders Exchange proudly announced the winners of the 23rd annual BX Safety Awards. Twenty-three companies were honored with a Safety Achievement Award for outstanding safety statistics and jobsite performance and will be recognized at the 126th 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!

BX Safety Achievement Award Winner - The Superior Group logoThe Superior Group

  • Type of work: The Superior Group is an electrical and technology services contractor.
  • Senior leadership: Bryan Stewart, president; Greg Stewart, CEO
  • Safety staff: Bob Shonkwiler, vice president of field operations; Stefen Shelley, safety director
  • Average number of employees: 417
  • Year company was founded: 2004
  • Company facts: The Superior Group is based in Columbus, OH and is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  
  • BX safety accolades: This is the 17th BX safety achievement award that The Superior Group has received.


BX Safety Achievement Award Winner - Turner Construction Co. logoTurner Construction Co.   

  • Type of work: Turner Construction Co. is a general construction company.
  • Senior leadership: Charlie Egbert, vice president and operations manager, Brian Mooney, vice president and general manager
  • Safety staff: Abram Reece, safety manager
  • Average number of employees: 794
  • Year company was founded: 1902
  • Company facts: Turner Construction Co. has received OSHA VPP Star Status.
  • BX safety accolades: This is the 17th BX safety achievement award that Turner Construction Co. has received.


2018 BX Craftsmanship Award Recipient Rick Collins from Midstate Contractors, Inc.

The Craftsman: Rick Collins of Midstate Contractors, Inc.
The Winning Work: Architectural sheet metal work at the Licking County Courthouse


The artistry of craftsman Rick Collins is evident in the newly renovated exterior façade of the Licking County Courthouse

Work included removal and replacement of all exterior metal including the main cornice, corbels, mansard metal, roof dormers and clock tower. The steel skeleton remained in place, while structural elements were added to provide support for the installation of new metal. Collins used his extensive knowledge of CAD to take precise field measurements and create life-size samples, which were submitted to the architect and owner for approval. A combination of extreme radiuses and curves combined with clock faces and surrounds provided a unique challenge for fabrication. All joints were 100% soldered and replicated within a 1/8-inch tolerance. With the exception of the copper gutters, all fabrication was completed in the shop and modified for fit in the field.

Collins has been in the industry for 16 years, and has been employed by Midstate Contractors the past 14 years. This is his first BX Craftsmanship Award. He will receive his award at the 126th BX Annual Meeting in November.

Oct. 3 SCGC Meeting

Learn Workers’ Comp Cost Control Strategies


The Employers Guide to Cost Control Strategies: Improving Your Bottom Line
Oct. 2 (8 - 10:30 a.m.)  


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


Join a panel of experts from BX-endorsed third-party administrator, CareWorksComp, and managed care organization, CareWorks, as they help employers of all trades and sizes get a handle on their workers’ comp costs.

During this interactive workshop, employers will learn how to improve or fine-tune their workers’ compensation program through implementing strategies before, during and after an incident in order to get an injured worker retuned to work, reduce premiums and manage overall savings.

For more information about this free workshop, contact Lisa Graham.

Introduction to Scheduling: CPM, ADM, PDM or PERT?


Introduction to Scheduling
Oct. 3 & 4 (4 – 6 p.m.)


$360 BX member firms
$460 Non-member firms


Scheduling is one of the biggest challenges facing managers today. Provide your employees with the training necessary to build and maintain efficient schedules in the Introduction to Scheduling course.

Experienced industry professionals Karl Hasenstab and Bill Rhoads (Continental Building Co.) and Nigel Carter (Turner Construction Co.) will explain proven scheduling techniques, such as CPM, ADM, PDM and PERT. Participants will leave this class with a clear idea of how to build and maintain an efficient schedule

Course topics and scheduling methods discussed include:

  • Evolution of planning and scheduling
  • Bar chart principles and practices
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Arrow Diagram Method (ADM)
  • Precedence Diagram Method(PDM)
  • Program Evaluation & Review Technique (PERT)
  • Using the schedule as a tool

For more information about this course, contact Shauna Byrne.

Looking for a Project Manager?


Are you looking for a project manager, an estimator, someone to work in the warehouse or maybe an apprentice carpenter? 

Post your open positions on the BX job board!



With more than 2,400 visits in August, the BX job board is the place to have your job seen.

What are you waiting for? Your next employee may be just a click away! Contact Sanda Elkins with any questions.

Make Sure Your Employees Are a Positive Presence


Customer Relations for the Field Force
Nov. 6 & 8 (4 - 6 p.m.)


$180 BX member firms
$280 Non-member firms


First encounters make lasting impressions. Make sure your employees come across positively at jobsites, meetings and industry events by sending them to Customer Relations for the Field Force. This two-session course will train attendees on the importance of representing their company well at all times.

Course topics include:

  • establishing a professional image
  • creating a good plan and schedule
  • understanding the client’s expectations
  • providing clear communication
  • performing beyond industry standards
  • closing-out with a positive impression

Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with an owner panel who will provide insight into what they value in professional relationships with field force members.

For more information about this course, contact Shauna Byrne.

OSHA 10-HOUR certification


OSHA 10-Hour Training Course
Oct. 30 & Nov. 1 (8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)


$169 BX Workers' Comp Group firms
$209 BX member firms
$369 Non-member firms


Establish a baseline of safety expectations with new employees and refresh the knowledge of seasoned employees to the most common safety risks they will face on the job in this OSHA 10-Hour Training Course. OSHA recommends current construction workers update this certification every 3-5 years. Are your employees current?

Attendees will learn OSHA requirement basics including compliance issues for 10 of the most common and deadly hazards in construction, including:

  • fall protection
  • electrical safety
  • scaffolding
  • trenching

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