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BX Weekly Newsletter

Updated: 8/15/2019


Don’t Miss the BX Open House and Silent Auction


BX Open House & Silent Auction
Sept. 5 (4 – 7:30 p.m.)



This event is free for all BX members, but you must RSVP.


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It’s not too late! RSVP today to attend the BX Open House and Silent Auction, where you can catch up with old friends and make new industry contacts. A traditional BBQ dinner will be served by the BX and BXF Board of Directors.                                                                          

You’ll want to make sure you grab a pen and start your bidding for that sports game, restaurant package or one of many other exciting packages! Silent auction proceeds support the BX Foundation. To donate a tax-deductible auction item, download the donation form or contact Pam Austin.




Open House Sponsor:

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2019 BX Safety Achievement Award Winners


The Builders Exchange proudly announced the winners of the 24th annual BX Safety Awards with 22 companies being honored with a BX Safety Achievement Award for outstanding safety statistics and jobsite performance. All Safety Award winners will be recognized for their safety efforts 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!


Corna Kokosing Construction Co.

  • TypCorna Kokosing Construction Co. (logo)e of work: Corna Kokosing Construction Co. is a construction manager and a general contracting company.
  • Senior leadership: Lori Gillett, CEO
  • Safety staff: Layne Wortman, director of safety; Ben Chelius, safety specialist
  • Average number of employees: 250
  • Year company was founded: 1956
  • BX safety accolades: This is the 15th BX safety achievement award that Corna Kokosing Construction Co. has received.
  • Company comment: Corna Kokosing Construction Co. is a self-performing general contractor that places concrete, erects steel, builds out interiors and has a cabinet manufacturing facility.


Custom Air Conditioning and Heating Co.   

  • Type oCustom Air Conditioning and Heating Co. Logof work: Custom Air Conditioning and Heating Co. is a commercial and residential HVAC contractor.
  • Senior leadership: Pat Halaiko, president; Jeff Reed, VP retail division; Steve Wisler, VP commercial production; John Meredith, VP commercial sales
  • Safety staff: Brad Walker, chairman safety committee; Mary Jo Stevens, safety admin
  • Average number of employees: 135
  • Year company was founded: 1976
  • BX safety accolades: This is the 12th BX safety achievement award that Custom Air Conditioning and Heating Co. has received.
  • Company comment: For Custom Air, this is the highest honor we can receive in our industry and is great recognition of our workforce for their commitment to safety.


George J. Igel & Co., Inc.   

  • Type George J. Igel & Co., Inc. Logoof work: George J. Igel & Co., Inc. is a heavy civil contractor.
  • Senior leadership: John Igel, president
  • Safety staff: Mary Logan So, director of safety and employee development; Liz Pyles, human resources manager; Ryan Applegarth, site-safety coordinator; Dan Feeney, site-safety coordinator; Susie Geer, safety coordinator and Ed Hammond, safety coordinator
  • Average number of employees: 400
  • Year company was founded: 1911
  • BX safety accolades: This is the 7th BX safety achievement award that George J. Igel & Co., Inc. has received.
  • Company comment: George J. Igel & Co., Inc. is a fourth-generation, family-owned business.

Outreach Volunteers Needed to Impact Students


Guidance counselors are working with the BX Student Outreach Program to show their students that there are more options than just college.

Share your industry career choices and knowledge to help students understand what their path can be. The goal is to interest today’s students in becoming tomorrow’s industry colleagues. Since the start of the program, volunteers have shared this message with nearly 98,000 central Ohio students.

After a brief training session, speakers visit middle and high school classrooms in teams of two and present the structured 35-minute program. Presentations take place during the school year and you volunteer when it fits your schedule. You could have a tremendous impact on a student’s career – Volunteer Today!

For more information, contact Pam Austin.

Practical Solutions for Jobsite Mangers


Field Supervision & Jobsite Management I
Sept. 10, 12, 17 & 19 (4 - 6 p.m.)


$360 per employee of BX member firms
$460 per person for non-member firms

Are you new to a leadership role? Field Supervision and Jobsite Management I provides construction managers, field superintendents, foremen, leadmen and employees with the knowledge needed to handle the management of a jobsite.

Compile your own supervisor’s manual through lecture, discussion and handouts. Experienced industry professionals instruct attendees on what supervisors need to know and will guide them im preparing for their future!

For more information about this course, contact Caroline Whitaker.

OSHA Insights with Doug Suter


OSHA Insights: Understanding Your Liability & Reducing Your Risk
Sept. 9 (8 - 11 a.m.)


$180 per employee of BX member firms
$280 per person for non-member firms


Gain important insights on OSHA liability for employers, general contractors and field leadership. A single OSHA investigation can lead to expensive fines, loss of productivity and a damaged reputation.

In this class, Doug Suter (Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP) will help you navigate the incident investigation process and develop a plan to reduce your exposure. Participants will:

  • Review specific case studies and developments in OSHA regulations over the last year
  • Gain understanding of which incidents need to be reported
  • See an overview of OSHA’s active national and local emphasis programs
  • Have the opportunity to ask company-specific questions

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


About the Instructor:

Doug Suter (Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP) headshotDouglas J. Suter is a partner with Hahn Loeser who has extensive experience representing employers nationwide in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cases. This includes hearings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and Mine Safety and Health Administration litigation. He also handles other key labor and employment matters including wrongful death defense, defense of employers in multi-employer worksite accidents and fatalities, workers compensation matters, violation of a specific safety requirement (VSSR) actions, intentional tort actions and construction litigation.

Establish Your Safety Baseline


OSHA 10-Hour Training Course
Sept. 10 & 12 (8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)


$169 per employee of BX Workers' Comp Group firms
$209 per employee of BX member firms
$369 per person for non-member firms


This course is designed to establish a baseline of safety for worksite issues that construction workers face every day on the job. Enroll your new employees and refresh your seasoned employees during this two-day course covering the most common safety risks, including the focus four deadliest hazards. It is recommended that this training be updated every 3–5 years.

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

Advanced Safety Training with OSHA 30-Hour


OSHA 30-Hour Training Course
Sept. 13, 20, 27 & Oct. 4 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)


$469 per employee of BX Workers’ Comp Group firms
$509 per employee of BX member firms
$809 per person for non-member firms


It’s time to kick your safety training into high gear. Register your employees for this advanced safety course and in just four days, they’ll receive information on the basics of OSHA as well as gain in-depth knowledge on OSHA’s focus four hazards. Additional topics such as confined space, tools, ladders and PPE will also be discussed.

Participants will receive a current OSHA code book and a course completion card. For more information about this course, or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Rosie Leuby.


Lunch Sponsors

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Leadership Development for All Leaders


Lead Now Series
Oct. 1, 15 & 29 (8 a.m. - Noon)


$849 per employee of BX member firms
$949 per person for non-member firms
(Send 3 individuals for $2,250 - a savings of $99 per person!)


Leadership can be challenging, but it isn’t complicated. In this program, Scott Daly (Focus 3) teaches participants "the physics of leadership" - a specific, systematic combination of interacting behaviors, not a list of traits and tactics. With Lead Now, leadership is a simple and proven structure for building your team’s trust and achieving results.

This three-part program is for construction leaders at every level – field leaders, project managers, project executives and leaders at the top of your organization. The stakes have never been higher to get leadership right, and the cost has never been greater for getting it wrong.

For more information about Lead Now, contact Deb Murphy.


About the Presenter:

Scott Daly (Focus 3)Scott Daly (Focus 3) is a veteran of the United States Navy SEAL Teams, a Chief Petty Officer and a Master Training Specialist. In addition to operating on active SEAL teams, Daly spent years training junior officers and enlisted SEALs how to perform at elite levels physically, emotionally and tactically in the world’s most demanding environments. He has coached and trained people in more than 15 countries on five continents. Through his military and professional experience, Daly shares a unique perspective on Focus 3’s system. He conveys the value of critical decision-making and a systematic approach to leadership, culture and behavior, for the ultimate purpose of producing exceptional results. Daly is a graduate of The Ohio State University; and before joining the Navy following 9/11, was a highly successful District Sales Manager with a Fortune 500 company.

“Hands On” Blueprint Reading Course


Introduction to Construction Drawings
Oct. 1 & 3 (4 - 6 p.m.)


$180 per employee of BX member firms
$280 per person for non-member firms


You get a solid base of knowledge about a project through its blueprints. Introduction to Construction Drawings provides attendees with “hands on” experience to better understand blueprints. Experienced industry professionals, architect Chris Bendinelli and construction manager Eric Buck will teach participants how to find symbols and terms within blueprints and specifications.

This course is ideal for office personnel, field employees, new employees and anyone who is looking to learn or refine their blueprint reading skills.

For more information about this course, contact Caroline Whitaker.

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.