BX 125th Anniversary


The BX celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2017!

To recognize this milestone, in the coming months we'll feature articles about the history of BX activities and traditions. Each has a "history" that members should know, because you are now linked to them through your involvement today.

125 Years of Remarkable Builders and Buildings

It's hard to believe that the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio has been around since Benjamin Harrison was president, or that the association arrived one year after the electric streetcar did in downtown Columbus.

Let's start with looking back at the first 25 years of the Builders' and Traders' Exchange, from 1892 through 1917. So, hop on that electric streetcar, go "back to the future" and enjoy!

Exploding Growth in the Young Capital City of Columbus Lead 17 Men to Launch Builders' and Traders' Exchange

Columbus, Ohio in 1892 was the ideal place to be a builder. With a population of 88,150, the capital had grown 71% from just a decade earlier.

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The Evolution of Today's Ohio Construction Conference

The lineage of today's Ohio Construction Conference goes, “Expo, Conference, Expo, Conference.” The lesson learned? One reason the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, is because its members invent and evolve programs to meet the industry’s ever-changing needs.

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Cornerstone Recipients Reflect Diverse Styles of Industry Leadership

Originally called the “Man of the Year” award, the recognition was created by the Exchange board of directors in 1954. Its purpose was to thank an individual for “distinguished service rendered to the community and/or building industry,” according to Marion Ross (Garwick & Ross, Inc.), the board member proposing the concept.

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