The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, Inc. is dedicated to the advancement of the construction industry and the protection of its members and the general public.
By all measures, a construction boom is shaping up for 2018
  • The construction industry added 30,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department. 
  • That brings the sector's 2017 gains to 210,000 positions, a 35 percent increase over the previous year.
  • Construction spending is also soaring, up to a record $1.257 trillion in November, according to the Commerce Department.
  • Optimism among construction contractors is also at a record high. Read More....
FERC rejects subsidies for coal, nuclear plants
The  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  rejected a federal Department of Energy recommendation to subsidize coal and nuclear companies for their participation in the electrical grid, a blow to the industries that are fighting to keep market share amid closing plants and the rise of natural gas.
DOE Secretary   Rick Perry  had asked for the proposed rule to help protect coal and nuclear from an eroding position in the nation’s electrical grid.  FERC announced Monday  that instead of DOE’s proposed rule it would instead launch its own fact-finding into resilience at the regional transmission organization and independent system operators level. Read More...
How local recruiters can help construction find talent amid a shortage
Optimism about the economic future of the construction industry is high, and employers expect to increase their payrolls in the coming year and beyond, according to the Associated General Contractors of America — but no one is really sure where the labor to support all that activity is going to come from.
And while the attention has largely focused on how hard it is to find skilled craft workers like carpenters, construction companies are also struggling to fill open slots for positions such as superintendents and project managers. It is for those jobs where some in the industry turn to professional recruiters. Read More...
4 ways states will fund infrastructure projects in 2018
While the construction industry awaits the big reveal of President Donald Trump's long-anticipated infrastructure plan – promised to be introduced this month – state and local governments are likely wondering how the details will affect the way they finance repairs and construction of highways, bridges and other public projects. One thing that Trump made clear in his budget proposal – and most recently in his contention that that the federal government is  not obligated  to pay for half of the near-$13 billion NY-NJ Hudson River tunnel project – is that states and municipalities will have to dig deeper to finance projects that serve mainly local residents.   Read More...
Are you a manager or a leader? Managers give orders and gain - at best - robotic compliance. Leaders influence people to their way of thinking and gain enthusiastic cooperation. If you want to be the kind of leader companies want today you need to attend      How to Win Cooperation and Influence People. 

At this dynamic half-day seminar you will learn to use Dale Carnegie’s human relations principles made famous in How to win Friends and Influence People - to make people glad to do what you want to do. This is not a seminar in how to manipulate people. Rather it shows you how to build trust in the workplace, create a collaborative work environment and get buy-in because employees support directions they help create. 

These are exactly the skills you need to make it in today’s business environment where teamwork has replaced the old command and control structure. Often, in these team situations, you have no direct authority over the members yet you are expected win their support and get everyone pulling in the same direction. How to win Cooperation and Influence People will help you learn how to use your credibility and positive image to influence people to your point of view and create alignment so you can get the results you want. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to acquire the skills you need to step up to the leadership role you know you deserve. Register for How to Win Cooperation and Influence People today. 

Registration Fee: $100 
Offered by: OVCEC & Dale Carnegie Training® 
Seminar Location: OVCEC • 21 Armory Drive 
Schedule: Half-Day Seminar 
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 
Time: 8 am to 12 pm 
For more information email us at 
We launched our new bi-monthly magazine, “  Under Construction,  ” last month and the reviews are in...our readers and members claim it is a HUGE success! 

This new format creates a fantastic opportunity for you to promote your company within the construction industry. Getting in on the ground level will allow your ad to run in all six editions of the entire 2018 year! We are still accepting ads. 

Want to advertise but need an ad? Wheelhouse Creative is offering OVCEC members a special rate to help your company promote itself!!!   See our attached flyer.   They'll design an ad for you at a great low price!

Make sure you reach all OVCEC members and affiliated contractors and industry professionals by contacting us today! 
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Safety Training

Ogle and Associates Safety Consultants to hold a one hour OSHA Crystalline Silica Training Course

To provide construction employers the ability to comply with all requirements of the new silica standard we are providing:

1-Hour Silica Training Course
January 16th at
9:00 am
11:00 am
1:00 pm

OVCEC Safety Training Room.

Please confirm attendance by email:
Trump administration slow to fill open OSHA inspector positions

  • The Trump administration, according to NBC News, has been slow to fill open safety inspector positions at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), leaving the agency potentially short-staffed and U.S. workplaces with less oversight.
  • Between the president's inauguration last January and Oct. 2, 40 inspectors of a staff of 1,000 retired, but they were not replaced. OSHA officials told NBC that since the beginning of October, the agency has hired new inspectors and is also recruiting for more than 24 additional inspector positions. But officials did not detail exactly how many individuals have been or would be hired.    
  • The White House's desire to reduce federal bureaucracy is thought to be behind OSHA's hiring lag, and many other federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are also having to make do with fewer employees. However, according to the Department of Labor (DOL), OSHA inspections increased through September 2017 by a few hundred in comparison with 2016. Read More...
Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council

Ginny Favede, Executive Director

Telephone 304-242-0520 Fax 304-242-7261 Website
21 Armory Drive Wheeling West Virginia 26003