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This Week's Featured Craftsmanship Award Recipient

2023 BX Craftsmanship Award Winning crew from Mid-City Electric / Technologies (KDC Groveport)

The Craftsmen:

Shawn Downs, Phillip Price, Andrew Pullin, Jason Rowley and Jeremy Whiteley of Mid-City Electric / Technologies

The Winning Work:

Electrical installation at KDC Groveport


Detailed planning and coordination were key factors for the crew from Mid-City Electric / Technologies in the installation of the controls and processing power at KDC Groveport. 

The crew completed the work at the 569,000-square-foot industrial manufacturing facility in nine months. Despite limited access to electrical drawings, the team provided crucial input to the layout, design and execution of the very large and complex install. The schedule and size of equipment required a significant amount of coordination with other trades. Along with the installation of transformers, cable tray, and numerous panels with varying size amps, more than 32,000-square-foot of cable was used to feed hundreds of motors. Prefabrication was used to assist with the cable pulls, while control cabinets were designed and built in the field.

All five crew members belong to IBEW Local Union 683. This is the sixth crew award for Mid-City Electric / Technologies. The craftsmen will receive their award at the 131st BX Annual Meeting in November.

For information about the BX Craftsmanship Awards, contact Pam Austin.

October is Careers in Construction Month

Do you have a passion for the work you do? You can help promote positive perceptions of construction and spread the word about the wide range of lucrative construction career paths by volunteering for the BX Student Outreach Program.

The program’s goal is to interest today’s students in becoming tomorrow’s industry colleagues. Individuals in careers ranging from skilled trades to project managers to engineers are encouraged to share their knowledge of construction with middle and high school students in and around the central Ohio area.

Share what you know – be a BX outreach speaker! For more information, contact Pam Austin.


Skilled Trades = Solid Careers

The term “skilled trades” is an umbrella statement that covers the range of specialties that come together for all types of projects. The best training for a skilled trade is through hands-on learning. Real-world experience, learning alongside more seasoned professionals and practicing make for the best skilled workers. Check out three of the most in-demand skilled trades in construction:


Skilled Trade: Carpenter
Average Annual Salary: $49,520*

Carpenters construct and repair structures made from wood and other materials, as well as install building frameworks, build forms for concrete and erect partitions, studs, joints, drywalls and rafters.
Skilled Trade: Electrician
Average Annual Salary: $62,010*

Electricians lay out, install and test electrical service and electrical wire systems used to provide heat, light, power, air conditioning and refrigeration in homes, office buildings, factories, hospitals and schools.
Skilled Trade: Laborer
Average Annual Salary:

A laborer is a diversely skilled worker who can pick up wherever a team needs. These individuals can do anything from prepare the construction site to operate equipment, and everything between.











*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, State Occupational Employment and Wages Estimates Ohio,

BX Job Board: More than 3K Views in September!

construction site workers


Fall Special - Post a position and automatically get 2 additional weeks FREE!

Let the BX help you find the employees you need – from entry-level positions to skilled trades to office positions. The BX job board is not just for professional positions, if you have an open position you need to fill, this is the place to post it.

Positions on the BX job board during September were viewed more than 3,300 times – was your job there?

It’s easy to post your job opening, simply go to BXJOBS.COM and add your position details and submit. That’s it – your position will then be seen by thousands of construction job searchers!

Contact Sanda Elkins with any questions.

Gain a deeper understanding of blueprint reading


Construction Drawings 201
Oct. 10, 12, 17 & 19 | 4 - 6 PM
Builders Exchange


$399 BX members
$499 Non-members
When registering online, be sure to log into the member portal to receive the member rate.


Construction Drawings 201 builds upon existing plan reading and problem-solving skills to further develop knowledge of how projects come together.

Train your employees to go beyond just reading blueprints – prepare them to interpret plans and anticipate potential problems. Local industry professionals will guide attendees through interactive skills with site, structural, HVAC/plumbing and electrical drawings.

It is highly recommended that students complete the BX Construction Drawings 101 course prior to enrolling in this advanced option.

For more information about this course, contact Kelly Stover.

Course Instructors:

  • Session 1 - Joel Cochran & Chase Susor (Trucco Construction Co., Inc.)
  • Session 2 - Anna Milligan (SMBH, Inc.) 
  • Session 3 - Paul Poklinkowski (Mid City Electric / Technologies) 
  • Session 4 - Ryan Brickner (Sauer Group, LLC) & Pat Halaiko (Custom Air Conditioning/Air Force One)

What is proper project documentation?


Successful Project Documentation
Oct. 24 & 26 | 4 - 6 PM
Builders Exchange


$199 BX members
$299 Non-members
When registering online, be sure to log into the member portal to receive the member rate.


Every industry requires paperwork - so why is it so crucial in construction? The right documentation can protect you and your company from problems you can’t even see. What could be viewed as a trivial extra step, can be make or break when it comes to liability, that’s why it’s vital that your team be properly trained.

Upon completion of this two-session course instructed by Jason Harley (Elford, Inc.), attendees will have a thorough understanding of not only why proper documentation is necessary, but also how to properly safeguard your projects with the right records.

For more information about this course, contact Kelly Stover.

Meet the Course Instructor:

Jason Hartley (Elford, Inc.) headshotJason Harley, vice president and general counsel with Elford, Inc., is an experienced construction lawyer with more than 20 years in the industry. He has significant first chair trial and arbitration experience, as well as transactional experience drafting and negotiating construction contract documents. He also has extensive knowledge in complex litigation matters in the areas of construction, general business and oil and gas. Prior to entering the legal profession, Jason gained experience in the construction industry as a project engineer for a mechanical contractor and a project lead for an MEP design engineering firm.

Are You Protected Against Employment-Related Lawsuits?


Employment Practices Liability Insurance
What is it & Do You Need It?
Oct. 26 | 8 - 10 AM
Builders Exchange


$55 BX members
$65 Non-members
When registering online, be sure to log into the member portal to receive the member rate.


The number of lawsuits filed by employees against their employers is on the rise, and while most suits are filed against large corporations, no company is immune. These lawsuits can include: wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, negligence and more.

Unlike a workers’ compensation policy or a commercial general liability policy, Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) is a type of coverage that protects businesses against claims by workers that their legal rights as employees have been violated.

Brian Boyd, Steve Gloeckner and Brian Haughn (Haughn & Associates, Inc,) will provide attendees with insight on the types of EPLI coverage available and what businesses should know before, and after, they purchase a policy. Brendan Feheley (Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter) will explore the legal impact companies could face if they aren’t covered and find themselves facing a claim.

Learn how EPLI can protect you and your business even when you are fault-free!

For more information about this program, contact Deb Murphy.

Meet the Presenters:

Brian Boyd (Haughn & Associates, Inc.) headshotBrian Boyd
(Haughn & Associates, Inc.)
Brendan Feheley (KeglerBrown Hill + Ritter) headshotBrendan Feheley
(Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter)
Steve Gloeckner (Haughn & Associates, Inc.) headshotSteve Gloeckner
(Haughn & Associates, Inc.)
Brian Haughn (Haughn & Associates) headshotBrian Haughn
(Haughn & Associates, Inc.)

Education on the Hazards of Substance Use


DFSP Employee Education
Nov. 2 | 8 - 9 AM
Builders Exchange


$50 BX members
$70 Non-members

DFSP Supervisor Training
Nov. 2 | 9 - 10 AM
Builders Exchange


$70 BX members
$90 Non-members

When registering online, be sure to log into the member portal to receive the member rate.


Support your drug-free workplace program by educating staff and supervisors about the effects of substance use on health, job performance and work safety.

Both the employee and supervisor classes meet the BWC one-hour training component.

If you are an Ohio employer who is covered by the State Workers Compensation Fund and are current on your premium payments, you may be eligible to be reimbursed by the BWC for this training. Click to see if your company qualifies BWC Reimbursement Document.

For more information about BX DFSP training or to schedule a company-specific class, contact Sean Cooper.