ABOUT OVCEC

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Mission

Our mission here at the OVCEC is rooted in the commitment:

  • To establish and maintain high professional standards among contractors in the construction industry;
  • To promote and advance the construction industry in the Ohio Valley;
  • To promote improved relations between private owners, public bodies, their architects or engineers and contractors;
  • To provide members and the general public with information on current trends and industry concerns;
  • To maintain a skilled workforce, by supporting industry-sponsored apprenticeship training programs;
  • To advocate, foster and promote legislation impacting the construction industry;
  • To make membership in this Association a hallmark of the skill, integrity and responsibility of its members;

The OVCEC is a not-for-profit organization consisting of over 500 members, including general contractors, subcontractors, equipment and materials suppliers, architects, engineers and service firms (attorneys, financial management, and others).

History

A community’s built environment — its buildings, roads, bridges, water and sewer lines, recreational facilities are constructed over time. For most people this infrastructure is invisible, even as it evolves. We take things for granted and do not think about what our community was like before it was built. We tend to assume it has always been there and always will be. The truth is, of course, the Ohio Valley’s infrastructure was built over time by the hard labor of (mostly) men working on crews organized, directed and paid for by contractors. The larger and more significant the project, the greater the likelihood that it was built by a member of the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council.

In the 1940’s, a group of contractors organized the Ohio Valley Builders Exchange, Inc. to fulfill a need for unified contractor representation in organized labor dealings. These men also recognized the value of promoting the common interests of those in the construction industry and the need to establish guidelines for quality and professionalism. Mr. Thomas Cerra served the OVCEC as its Executive Director for nearly fifty years prior to his retirement in March of 2017.  Cerra and the OVCEC members are credited with revolutionizing the relationships between contractor and union labor. The OVCEC has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of our region. For more than seventy years we have been the voice of leadership for the advancement of quality construction in the Ohio Valley.

In the 1970’s, the council changed the name of the company to more accurately define what they did, and so it became the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, Inc. and collaborated to address the many problems facing the construction industry. The contractors united on an area, state and regional basis to combat unreasonable wage settlements and work stoppages. The purposes of the council focused on its ability to stabilize construction labor costs by coordinating bargaining policies of the participating members, to strive for the elimination of labor controversy through better understanding of common problems, to conduct research and make studies of special problems confronting the construction industry, disseminate information concerning construction industry wage rates, working conditions and to work toward the attainment of objectives in the collective bargaining which mutually benefits all members. The ultimate objective – to conduct labor relations with various building trades unions that bring about sound and reasonable terms and conditions for employment in the construction industry that is fair and equitable to both labor and management in the industry, its clients and to the public.  Through collaboration Ohio Valley area as experienced a peaceful time for over forty-years without a labor strike.

The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council and the Upper Ohio Valley Building & Construction Trades Council joined their resources and collective membership to create Project BEST, a realistic synergistic relationship for labor-management decisions in the late seventies. Their aggregate efforts are aimed at economic growth and increased job opportunities for the construction industry in the Upper Ohio Valley.

The principal activities of the OVCEC are supported by contributions made to the Construction Advancement Program (CAP). The Construction Advancement Program of the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, Inc. is created out of a recognition by employers of construction labor of the responsibility of collectively sharing in defraying the cost of conducting, administering, and servicing every phase of Labor/Management relations. The primary CAP function is to provide services which benefit all persons, management and labor alike, who earn their living in union construction working for any of the contributing firms. These services include activities in the fields of Accident Prevention, Education, Apprenticeship, Industry Relations, Legislation, Human Relations and Public Relations. Any building construction employer of bricklayers, carpenters, cement masons, glaziers, ironworkers, laborers, millwrights, operating engineers, painters, pile drivers, plasterers, plumbers and pipefitters, roofers, sheetmetal workers and teamsters, contributes to the CAP Fund according to the number of man-hours worked by these tradespeople. These fund contributions provide the capital with which the staff administers the programs as directed by the CAP Trustees.

One of the primary functions of the Association is to negotiate, service, and administer a total of fifteen separate collective bargaining agreements having jurisdiction in West Virginia, southeastern Ohio, and portions of western Pennsylvania, and to administrate and service these collective bargaining agreements which include the handling and processing of all grievances and jurisdictional disputes with competent labor relations assistance. The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council Labor Relations Committee (LRC) maintains a constant liaison with the Upper Ohio Valley Building & Construction Trades Council.

Through its committees, the Association maintains a constant flow of communication not only to its members, but also to local, state and national officials regarding every phase and activity of the industry.

The future of our nation depends on the construction industry and the youth it trains today to meet the needs of tomorrow; therefore, the Council, through the efforts of its Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (labor and management), sanctioned by the U. S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, promotes the training and employment of apprentices and retraining of journeymen. High schools and vocational teachers are acquainted with construction occupations available to high school graduates through formal presentations by the Council’s staff. OVCEC members also serve as Employer Trustees on various individual craft funds.

The construction industry is a worldwide industry, so the range of construction activities is vast. These activities include design and planning, construction and maintenance of a building throughout its lifecycle. These construction activities contribute to our society economically and socially. Our contractors and association members built the environment around you. Our members built the schools your children are educated in, the churches you worship in, your hospitals and homes. Buildings can improve the quality of our lives and enhance our communities. Construction projects provide jobs, inject both funds and new life into a community, and create the infrastructure critical to keeping the country moving forward.

Presently the OVCEC is the voice of construction in the Ohio Valley. The combination of OVCEC services, its administration of CAP programs and national affiliation with the Associated General Contractors of America, assures architects, construction users and developers that OVCEC contractors provide the best value for the construction dollar. The members of this organization are the fabric of this community, they’ve designed, built and maintain almost every building the eye can see. We’re proud of our history, our work and are eagerly looking forward to building the future of the Ohio Valley. The OVCEC is building upon a proud legacy creating opportunities for our members as our region strives forward.

Affiliations

The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council and the Upper Ohio Valley Building & Construction Trades Council joined their resources and collective membership to create Project BEST, a realistic synergistic relationship for labor-management decisions in the late seventies. Their aggregate efforts are aimed at economic growth and increased job opportunities for the construction industry in the Upper Ohio Valley.

The principal activities of the OVCEC are supported by contributions made to the Construction Advancement Program (CAP). The Construction Advancement Program of the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, Inc. is created out of a recognition by employers of construction labor of the responsibility of collectively sharing in defraying the cost of conducting, administering, and servicing every phase of Labor/Management relations. The primary CAP function is to provide services which benefit all persons, management and labor alike, who earn their living in union construction working for any of the contributing firms. These services include activities in the fields of Accident Prevention, Education, Apprenticeship, Industry Relations, Legislation, Human Relations and Public Relations. Any building construction employer of bricklayers, carpenters, cement masons, glaziers, ironworkers, laborers, millwrights, operating engineers, painters, pile drivers, plasterers, plumbers and pipefitters, roofers, sheetmetal workers and teamsters, contributes to the CAP Fund according to the number of man-hours worked by these tradespeople. These fund contributions provide the capital with which the staff administers the programs as directed by the CAP Trustees.

Operations

One of the primary functions of the Association is to negotiate, service, and administer a total of fifteen separate collective bargaining agreements having jurisdiction in West Virginia, southeastern Ohio, and portions of western Pennsylvania, and to administrate and service these collective bargaining agreements which include the handling and processing of all grievances and jurisdictional disputes with competent labor relations assistance. The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council Labor Relations Committee (LRC) maintains a constant liaison with the Upper Ohio Valley Building & Construction Trades Council.

The future of our nation depends on the construction industry and the youth it trains today to meet the needs of tomorrow; therefore, the Council, through the efforts of its Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (labor and management), sanctioned by the U. S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, promotes the training and employment of apprentices and retraining of journeymen. High schools and vocational teachers are acquainted with construction occupations available to high school graduates through formal presentations by the Council’s staff. OVCEC members also serve as Employer Trustees on various individual craft funds.

The construction industry is a worldwide industry, so the range of construction activities is vast. These activities include design and planning, construction and maintenance of a building throughout its lifecycle. These construction activities contribute to our society economically and socially. Our contractors and association members built the environment around you. Our members built the schools your children are educated in, the churches you worship in, your hospitals and homes. Buildings can improve the quality of our lives and enhance our communities. Construction projects provide jobs, inject both funds and new life into a community, and create the infrastructure critical to keeping the country moving forward.

Contact Our Office

Wheeling Office

21 Armory Drive
Wheeling, WV, 26003
304-242-0520

Email: info@ovcec.com

OVCEC Executive Board

Jack Ramage

Jack Ramage

Executive Director

Bob Gribben

Bob Gribben

President

Grae-Con Construction

Mike Carl

Mike Carl

H.E. Neumann Company

John Kalkreuth

John Kalkreuth

Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal

Terry Lavorini

Terry Lavorini

LM Construction

Michael J. Leo

Michael J. Leo

Jarvis, Downing & Emch, Inc.

OVCEC Advisory Board

Michael J. Baker

Michael J. Baker

Cast & Baker Corporation

Michael Boone

Michael Boone

Cattrell Companies

Mike Caruso

Mike Caruso

McCoy Consulting Services, LLC

Ernie Dellatorre

Ernie Dellatorre

McKinley & Associates

Michael Gianni

Michael Gianni

James White Construction Company

Brian Hendershot

Brian Hendershot

OH-WV Excavating Company

Rich Heslop

Rich Heslop

Colonial Life & Accident

Tom Knight

Tom Knight

ERB Electric Company

Rich Lucas

Rich Lucas

Main Street Bank Corporation

Ben McFarland

Ben McFarland

Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Art Musicaro

Art Musicaro

National Road Utility Supply, Inc.

Kurt Paulus

Kurt Paulus

Yahn Electric Company, Inc.

Jim Pennington

Jim Pennington

The Health Plan

Nick Sparachane

Nick Sparachane

USI Insurance Services, LLC

Bernie Twigg

Bernie Twigg

WesBanco Bank, Inc.

Glenn “Buck” Walters

Glenn “Buck” Walters

Walters Construction, Inc.

John Wright

John Wright

American Plate Glass Inc.

Shawn Zoladz

Shawn Zoladz

Karras Painting, LLC


Committees

Business Development
Schedule and provide events with other business organizations to create both formal and informal networking opportunities for the general membership.

Legislative Committee
Review, monitor and promote necessary legislative activities of the OVCEC.

Labor Relations
Work together to achieve solid labor relations through collective bargaining with building and construction trades.

Education
Promote interest and develop professional leadership programs for all OVCEC members in general as well as for construction education at all levels.

Insurance Committee
Regular update of any development in the insurance industry.

Program Committee
Sets the calendar of events, selects venues, and works closely with staff to plan, promote and attend meeting activities.

Membership Committee
Responsible for increasing membership and ensuring the retention of these members through events and networking opportunities.

Public Relations
Improve OVCEC and construction industry’s image as well as increase public education.

Interested in becoming a part of one of our committees but not a member? Contact us.