February 6, 2023


Inflation Reduction Act Seminar

The Inflation Reduction Act for Builders and Contractors (Free Zoom Seminar)

Labor attorney Andy Martone (an OCA associate member) will be hosting a free webinar for OCA members on the subject of the Inflation Reduction Act and the obligations that it imposes on contractors and subcontractors working on renewable energy projects. This seminar will take place on February 22 @ 10AM via Zoom.

The newly passed Inflation Reduction Act includes substantial tax breaks for the owners of renewable energy projects - if they are constructed (and operated) as required by the IRA.

From the contractor and subcontractors' points of view, this means complying with a set of prevailing wage requirements similar - but not identical to - Davis Bacon requirements. It also means either complying with or being able to prove good faith efforts to comply with substantial apprenticeship requirements.

This members-only free webinar includes an ongoing Q & A.

If you would like to register and be provided with the Zoom link, please email Andy at [email protected].

OCA Welcomes New Members

OCA is pleased to accept applications for membership from the following firms (by category, in order of date of application):

Active (contractor) Members:

Company: RMI Cement (dbe)
Member Type: Active
Member Description: concrete
Primary Contact: Kathey Marzilli, 330-452-1643, [email protected]
Chapter: Akron/Canton

Associate Members:

Company: ETI Global & Cylinder Repair
Member Type: Associate
Member Description: heavy equipment
Primary Contact: Ryan Ruby, 513-808-0158, [email protected]
Chapter: Southwest

Company: Hilti North America
Member Type: Associate
Member Description: tools, repair
Primary Contact: Kristen Cappelli, 800-879-8000, [email protected]
Chapter: Cleveland

Company: Bane-Welker
Member Type: Associate
Member Description: equipment
Primary Contact: Dallas Foster, 740-474-2181, [email protected]
Chapter: Columbus

Company: HNTB Corporation
Member Type: Associate
Member Description: financing/financial & investment services; construction management
Primary Contact: David Gaydos, 317-417-8268, [email protected]
Chapter: Columbus

Company: Fleet Spartan
Member Type: Associate
Member Description: technology solutions for fleet fuel management
Primary Contact: Ray Benefield, 818-805-0815, [email protected]
Chapter: Columbus

     2023 Conaway Conference Sponsorships

For the last few years, we have offered sponsorship opportunities to help support the Conaway Conference and to keep registration fees down. We haven’t done much outside of advertising in the newsletter and putting it on the Conaway Conference registration page. So this year, we’d like to get a few more sponsors as we are taking on some more costs of putting on the conference.

Sponsors will have their company names and logos in our program (if received by February 22), on the introductory screen before the opening session, and in between sessions. It’s a great way to be noticed by ODOT and OCA members.

If your company is interested in being a sponsor, please use this link to sign up: 2023 Conaway Conference Sponsorship

Thanks to those that have already sponsored this year’s event:

Shelly and Sands, Inc.
Gerken Paving, Inc.
A & A Safety Inc.
BOCA Construction, Inc.
Strawser Construction Inc.
Miller Bros. Const., Inc.
Vibra-Tech, Inc.
The Ruhlin Co.
American Structurepoint, Inc.
Shelly & Sands, Inc.

Also, thanks to last year’s sponsors:

Strawser Construction Inc.
Info Tech, Inc.
BOCA Construction, Inc
Miller Bros. Const., Inc.
Paul Peterson Company
Bobcat Enterprises

Several OCA Chapter Scholarships Currently Available 

OCA’s nine Chapters award scholarships at various times of the year throughout the state, totally nearly $35,000. Scholarships typically range from $1,000 to $2,500 per award. Currently, four OCA Chapters are accepting scholarship applications. Students pursuing construction-related careers in Ohio’s heavy highway industry are encouraged to apply.

Current chapter scholarship applications available are:

Akron-Canton Chapter click here for the application

Dayton Chapter click here for the application

Southwest Chapterclick here for the application

Toledo Chapterclick here for the application

Please help us get this information out to our future workforce! If you know of students working or going to school in any of the above chapter areas that would benefit, please pass this information along. For more information about OCA Chapter Scholarships, please contact Director of Chapter Development Melanie Kitchen at [email protected].

Conaway Conference - Feb. 28 & Mar. 1


Keynote Speaker - Maurice Clarret

The Annual Conaway Conference will be held February 28 &  March 1, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus located at 350 N High St., Columbus, OH.

This yearly event is a collaborative effort between OCA and ODOT. Attendees learn about the critical topics in the industry and find rich opportunities to network with more than 500 fellow industry professionals.

Day 1 Topics Include:

Opening Comments from OCA and ODOT
Don Conaway Partnering Awards
District Breakout Sessions
Spec Updates and much more
Keynote Speaker: Maurice Clarett - "My Life, My Story, My Redemption"

Day 2 Topics Include:

ODOT Outlook
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill
Supply Chain Issues & Material Costs
Large Projects in Ohio
Meeting the Workforce Challenges

Hyatt Regency Hotel Reservation Link

Click below for conference registration.

Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention

Webinar - February 16, 2023 at 10:00am

Did you know that Ohio EPA has free and confidential services to help you not only stay out of trouble, but also save you money? The Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) provides free and confidential assistance to help Ohio businesses and organizations comply with Ohio’s environmental requirements, such as completing permit applications and recordkeeping forms. Learn how to achieve environmental compliance and reduce your liability and potential for violations by working with our team!

 OSHA Safety Day - February 16, 2023

The annual OSHA Safety Day will be taking place on February 16, 2023, at the Ohio State University Fawcett Center. There will be a full day of Learning & Development courses, networking opportunities with safety professionals as well as the opportunity to meet with the Ohio Area OSHA Directors. This event is open to anyone interested in attending. For registration please follow the link https://ehs.osu.edu/osd. Look forward to seeing you there!

 Ohio Laborers' Solar Summit  

The Ohio Laborers' Solar Summit will be an informational introduction for industry leaders, politicians, contractors, and union representatives to learn about key developments and workforce solutions for the rapidly expanding Solar Industry. The event will feature union and solar representatives covering topics such as Industry Promotion, Workforce Development, Solar Training and Curriculum, and more through breakout panel discussions and a brief facility tour.




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