September 9, 2019
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 2020 Convention in Maui - Invitations are in the Mail!

Aloha! The invitations for our convention at the Four Seasons in Maui have been mailed. If you didn't receive a copy in the mail or misplaced yours, all of the information and excursion details can be downloaded from the website by clicking here. Contact Rachel Sirca if you have any questions or did not receive your invitation.  614-309-3713.


2019 Winter Conference - Hilton Hotel at Easton December 9 &10

Registration is now open for the 2019 Winter Conference. Don' miss out on a strong line up of breakout sessions, keynotes, a full exhibit hall and networking opportunities. Governor Mike DeWine has accepted an invitation to speak during the Tuesday morning session.

Link for meeting registration - members need to login to register and non-members can create an account online for registration access.
Link for hotel reservations - Use conference code: COA

Ethics for Professional Engineers Training - October 11

A recently added mandate for an individual to maintain a Professional Engineering (P.E.) license is to have taken two (2) hours of professional ethics training as part of the thirty hours of required training credits over a two-year period. Many OCA members and their employees have earned the P.E. license and must attend an ethics-related training course. OCA is making this training available to anyone currently employed by an OCA-member company. The course will be offered on October 11th, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the OCA Office Building. Cost to participate in this two-hour course is $50 per person. 

Ron Erb, P.E. with S&ME, Inc., and Patrick Devine, Senior Counsel at Ice Miller LLP will present the course in professional ethics and rules relevant to the practices of engineering and surveying. The presentation will provide relevant and current information based on the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4733 and the Ohio Engineers and Surveyors Board’s Code of Ethics. During the live presentation, there will be discussion of the fundamental principles and canons of ethics, an interactive analysis of ethical responsibilities under specific fact scenarios, and a review of disciplinary actions by the Board for violations of the ethics law and code. 

Ron Erb, P.E., is a Principal Engineer with S&ME, Inc., and is stationed in the Columbus, Ohio office. With over 35 years of professional experience, and licensed in six states, Ron first obtained his Professional Engineering registration while working for Schnabel Engineering in Bethesda, Maryland. Since that time Ron has obtained licensure and practiced engineering in Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky. Ron has been with BBC&M/S&ME in Central Ohio since 1990. 

Patrick Devine is Senior Counsel at Ice Miller LLP where he represents clients in construction and litigation matters. He focuses his practice in the heavy/highway arena with an emphasis on contract law, competitive bidding, prevailing wage compliance, and DBE/MBE certification issues. 

To register for the course, go to the OCA web site home page, click on “Registration”, select “Ethics for Professional Engineers Training,” and follow the instructions. For questions, please contact Dave Rule at or call him at (614) 488-0724.

Toledo Chapter, City of Toledo and the local community – Making a Difference! 

The first phase of OCA’s Toledo Chapter annual volunteer effort made a big splash in Toledo last week with outstanding and positive news coverage. Their partnership working with the city and the local community on the Toledo’s South Neighborhood Revitalization Project is making a difference. They are providing new sidewalks and road resurfacing covering five city blocks with the project being completed this fall.

Hats off to all of the volunteers and companies that worked to make this happen.

Sedgwick completes acquisition of York Risk Services Group, parent company of CareWorks Comp and CareWorks of Ohio 

As announced earlier today, Sedgwick has completed its purchase of York Risk Services Group, a leading risk solutions provider and parent company of CareWorks Comp and CareWorks of Ohio, complementary businesses to Sedgwick’s CompManagement and CompManagement Health Systems organizations. CareWorks Comp and CareWorks of Ohio provide comprehensive claims administration and managed care services to Ohio employers. 

This strategic acquisition solidifies our commitment to the Ohio market by bringing together the most extensive array of capabilities and expertise for the benefit of our local clients. Now that the transaction has closed, we can work together within the regulatory framework to deliver best-in-class claims management, proven cost containment strategies, multiple discount program options, safety best practices and other services through the dedication of our talented colleagues. 

While this is great news for CompManagement and CareWorks, our collective focus remains clearly on our local Ohio partnerships and your members. Our top priority will always be ensuring that clients’ programs continue to produce outstanding results. We are fully committed to seamlessly providing those we serve with the exceptional support they have come to expect. 

More details about today's news can be found in Sedgwick's press release, available here. As always, please contact your preferred CompManagement representative if you have any questions. 

Hall of Fame Nominations and Distinguished Service Award Nominations 

In recognition of outstanding service within the heavy/highway industry and our association, nominations are being accepted for the following professionals: 

• Hall of Fame (contractor members) 
• Distinguished Service Award (associate members) 

Requests for nominations are solicited through chapter meetings and newsletters. Nominated candidates must meet the following requirements before being listed for election: 

a) Must have 20 years of service to the construction industry. 
b) Active with OCA at least 15 years, serving at least 15 years on: OCA’s statewide committees (contractor members) or any OCA committee (associate members) 
c) Candidates should have contributed significantly toward the stated goals and purposes of the Ohio Contractors Association. 

Candidates must be nominated by an OCA member. No more than two may be elected to the Hall of Fame and one elected for the Distinguished Service Award each year. A secret ballot will be used to select nominees. Awards will be presented at the OCA Winter Conference. Deadline for nomination is October 23, 2019. 

Please submit your nomination to David Rule at

Past Presidents Service Award Nominations 

The Past Presidents of OCA have established an annual award, “The Past Presidents’ Service Award,” that stands for recognition of outstanding service for or on behalf of OCA. Its purpose is to encourage OCA members to contribute more service for the association throughout the year and reward them for doing so. This award will be presented at the OCA Winter Conference. 

The award includes $500 to be shared equally by those elected, as well as a plaque, supplied by the Past Presidents. Any candidate must be affiliated with an OCA member in good standing. He or she must have contributed some extraordinary service for the association during the year. Any, and every, OCA member is eligible. OCA staff members are not eligible. Any OCA member may submit a name to be considered. 

All persons to be considered will be rated by all Past Chairpersons on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest rating. The person receiving the most points will receive the award. OCA will be responsible for distributing the names and resumes to the Past Chairpersons and collecting and tabulating the ratings of the nominees. Deadline for nominations is October 23, 2019. 

Please submit your nomination to David Rule at

ODOT announces Traffic Incident Management Training Classes 

ODOT has announced 12 sessions of the new Ohio Traffic Incident Management (OTIM) Training. These free, 2-hour class sessions will be of interest to anyone who responds to incidents impacting the roadway transportation system, such as Fire Departments, EMS, Law Enforcement (Police, Sheriff, Highway Patrol), DOT, Public Works, EPA, EMA, Towing and Recovery, and Highway Construction Companies. 

Depending on the location, the OTIM classes have been scheduled for either morning (8:30am to 11:00am) or afternoon (12:30pm to 3:00pm). Registration is now open as follows: 

• October 1 (a.m.) – Bowling Green Click here to register. 
• October 2 (a.m.) – New Philadelphia Click here to register. 
• October 3 (a.m.) – Akron Click here to register. 
• October 8 (a.m.) – Garfield Heights Click here to register. 
• October 9 (a.m.) – Lebanon Click here to register. 
• October 10 (a.m.) – Chillicothe Click here to register.
• October 16 (a.m.) – Marietta Click here to register. 
• October 17 (p.m.) – Ashland Click here to register. 
• October 22 (a.m.) – Delaware Click here to register. 
• October 23 (p.m.) – Lima Click here to register. 
• October 29 (p.m.) – Lebanon Click here to register. 
• October 30 (p.m.) – Delaware Click here to register. 

Ohio LTAP is managing the registration process for all participants. Pre-registration is required. Registrations will be processed in the order they are submitted online, while seats are still available.

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