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U.S. Department of Labor Reminds Specific Employers to Submit Required 2020 Injury and Illness Data by March 2, 2021
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Our annual meeting is a time for The Builders Association to present yearly reports and welcome incoming officers and Executive Committee members.

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The Builders Association October 2020 Membership Meeting

The Builders Association of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania will convene for its next membership meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The meeting will be held at the Avalon Grand Resort in Warren, Ohio and is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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Ohio EPA’s Compliance Assistance Conference has gone virtual and is currently taking place Sept. 21 through Oct. 8, 2020.

There’s no need to travel – sit back, relax, and enjoy a front-row seat while we bring the experts to you. Although our methods may have changed, Ohio EPA remains committed to assisting businesses, communities, and environmental professionals with their environmental compliance needs.

Our FREE 2020 Virtual Compliance Assistance Conference provides daily interactive sessions focused on compliance with air, waste, and water regulations, strategically and conveniently spaced over three consecutive weeks.

This virtual conference provides:

  • Live-streamed interactive keynote sessions U.S. EPA Region V Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division’s Michael Harris
  • Interactive regulatory presentations and panel discussions with Ohio EPA’s inspectors, permit writers, and management;
  • Opportunities to earn Continuing Education Credits;
  • Opportunities to meet virtually with compliance staff for Q&A;
  • Chance to converse with your peers, industry leaders, and stakeholders; and
  • Much more…

Get ready to embark on a new learning adventure. There is no cost to participate in Ohio EPA’s 2020 Virtual Compliance Assistance Conference. Below is a link to additional information with a new interactive agenda. If you missed the first week of our conference, these session presentations and recordings will soon be posted on the conference website.

Registration, agenda, and additional information

In the ever-changing landscape that is the battle against the novel coronavirus, the CDC and OSHA have published workplace guidelines, and also recommend individual companies develop their own “infectious disease preparedness and response plan” to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread on construction sites Read more

The Builders held the Annual Golf Outing at the fabulous Trumbull Country Club this year. Golf teams were greeted with a beautiful day on the links complemented by sunshine and clear skies.

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How To Choose The Right General Contractor

If you’ve ever been involved with a commercial construction project, you can probably appreciate the important role of a commercial general contractor. Whether you’re renovating an office building or planning a new construction facility, the right contractor can make all the difference.

→ Download Our Directory & Buyers Guide to Find Find Architects, Engineers, Associations, Agencies and Builders Members

As a business owner or project manager, you don’t want to spend countless hours studying building codes and zoning regulations, or chasing down permits throughout the various stages of construction. That’s where the general contractor comes in. Their job is to oversee and coordinate the wide range of tasks and responsibilities required for the successful completion of the project.
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The Ohio Department of Health issued mandatory requirements for face coverings in certain high-risk counties.  Trumbull County is one of the counties included in the initial order.

Please use the following link to view the actual order:   

As a result of the Order, The Builders will be adhering to the requirements and anyone entering our Office building will be required to wear a face covering.


The Benefits Of Using Union Contractors: Finding The Best

When you think of hiring contractors for a project, labor costs and time to completion are likely your top concerns. However, there’s so much more to it!

While navigating the process of finding qualified contractors, it’s important to look beyond cost and time to some more qualitative aspects. Do non-union craftsmen have the background needed to do the job correctly (and safely)? If you’re not careful, you could be in for a world of headache. 

By comparison, union labor provides a guaranteed way to get quality work for your project.

There are real benefits to hiring union contractors; you get the best trained, most safety-minded workers in the industry who complete regular continuing education and continuously update their skills. But wait…there’s more!

Specialized Training

The Mahoning Valley area benefits from having a vast majority of specialized union construction trades. Employees of the construction trades belong to a locally organized and often internationally recognized trade union. The unions have state and nationally recognized apprenticeship programs that regulate the required education and hands-on training of its craftspeople, and apprenticeship programs are oftentimes the same length as a bachelors degree in regard to time to complete. 

Having a union ensures that only experts are on the job site, and while you might not have realized it, many specialty areas exist within union construction trades. The crafts within this diverse trade include the following:

  • Carpenters
  • Operating Engineers
  • Bricklayers
  • Plumber Pipe Fitters
  • Electricians
  • Cement Masons/Plasterers 
  • Roofers
  • Sheet Metal 
  • Laborers
  • Asbestos Workers
  • Insulators
  • Tile, Marble and Terrazzo Setters
  • Painters
  • Drywall Finishers
  • Teamsters
  • Ironworkers
  • Glaziers


Using professionals for your construction project provides you with the highest quality of work from your building’s foundation to its finishing touches. Foremen and supervisors also typically receive special training upon completing their initial training and work hands-on for a significant amount of time before elevating through the ranks.

Experience in Professional Situations

Around the world, union construction professionals help craft breathtaking structures, like schools, bridges and so much more. Using an experienced union contractor for your construction project provides a multitude of benefits:

  • Work getting done right the first time.
  • Utilization of high-quality tools.
  • Use of all the appropriate materials necessary for your project.
  • Unparalleled knowledge and skills to translate your project blueprints into reality.
  • Time savings, thanks to training, capabilities and experience (which translate to efficiency on the job; union contractors stick to your schedule).
  • Expertise and experience that provides peace of mind knowing your project is being built with the highest quality work, tools and materials. 

Union Contractors Bring A Higher Level of Artistry 

The basis of any commercial building begins with the foundation and works up to the girders, the framing and the drywall. But the intricate skills used to create a professional building also includes things like the cabinetry, marble and custom finish work. The detailed work on these areas and many others in a commercial building are the work of master crafters who are often union contractors. 

Union Work Is Perfect For Repair And Restoration

These highly trained, talented craftspeople also specialize in restoration. Skilled construction trades can help with building restoration and remodeling. Whether you want to return an 80-year old building to its original glory or you want to update an old building to something more modern, union contractors can do it.

Rather than having inexperienced trades work on a repair or restoration project, many organizations opt to save time (and money) by hiring a union contractor. Doing so helps avoid additional damage to the project because these men and women know how to fix things correctly on the first go.

Restoration, especially historical restoration, requires specialized tools and knowledge. Union contractors have access to these specialized tools and equipment for proper restoration, and also have the professional training necessary to handle this kind of work. 

Along with that, many union contractors have built working relationships with other professionals (such as architects, etc). These close-knit partnerships allow a higher level of work that goes beyond construction and achieves artistry and true craftsmanship. 

Unique Business Benefits 

Beyond their expertise and experience, hiring union labor provides many other benefits, too. This is particularly true for businesses. In the B2B landscape, you improve your project’s safety, labor relations and your company’s public relations by using union contractors.

Using union contractors enhances the safety levels on your project because the unions regularly focus on health and safety training. Union contractors adhere to the highest safety standards, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards and regulatory compliance. 

Broker agreements with the workers on building construction or remodeling projects are not needed on union projects because the union handles labor relations. Unions maintain a buffer between your business and the craft’s tradesperson, so if an issue does arise, the union takes care of it (which leaves you more time to concentrate on business as usual). 

Hiring union contractors is a great public relation move because the utilization of the most highly trained, safest workers in your community says good things about you and your business. (Due to their high quality of work and ability to keep projects moving on schedule, many government agencies require hiring union labor on contracts they award.) 

Most importantly, when you hire local union trades, you are “keeping it local.” These people often live in your community, shop in your stores and play with their children in your parks. Their families are the future of our area and support many local projects and activities in our region

Find A Union Contractor In Eastern OH And Western PA Today

With so many reasons to hire union contractors, why wait? Whether you need to build an office complex, school or hospital, your local union contractors can help. Check out our directory today to find the team you need for your next project, whether you’re in eastern Ohio or western Pennsylvania. We look forward to working with you!

At its 49th annual business meeting on December 6, members of the Builders Association elected the organization’s 2019 officers and executive committee members. This group of local construction industry veterans will all serve a one-year term:

President: Sam Boak, President, Boak & Sons, Inc. of Austintown, Ohio

Sam Boak launched his own insulation contracting company in 1974, when he was just 18 years old. With the high-energy costs of the late 70’s, Sam recognized the need for a roofing business that offered an economical way to install a new roof by using cutting-edge technology and equipment, so that the customer could recoup their costs in energy savings. Still more products and services were added in the 80’s.

Today, Boak & Sons, Inc., based in Austintown, Ohio, has 180 employees who service both commercial and residential customers for roofing, insulation, sheet metal, windows, siding, and gutters. The company has grown to its present size and stature with the help of loyal employees, honesty and the reputation for doing a job right for a fair price.

A resident of Canfield, Ohio, Sam Boak is an exceptional son, husband, grandfather, friend and mentor. He and his wife, Donna, make it their priority to give back to the community.

Sam has served on the Canfield City Council, the board of the Canfield Historical Society, as president of the Canfield Rotary, the Austintown Rotary and the Home Builders Association. He also serves on the Board of the YMCA and is involved with the local Food Pantry, Mission of Love, clothing drives, Palm Sunday Pancake breakfast and the Fly The Flag program. He has made substantial donations to the local War Vet Museum, and for more than a decade, Sam has provided a 4th of July fireworks show for the city of Canfield.

His warmth and generosity also keeps children warm during the winter when he donates coats to kids in the area that are in need. Sam also feels it is important to “pay it forward” and spread the work of God. Boak is a member of the Canfield Presbyterian Church where he donates Lilly plants for all congregational members to take home after Easter Sunday. The purpose of this is for the church member to give the plant to another person on Easter.

Sam has two daughters and two grandchildren that he & Donna love to spoil!

Additional Members Elected as Officers

1st Vice President: Bob Donatelli, President, Donatelli Electric of Sharpsville, PA. Home: Sharpsville, PA

2nd Vice President: Tony Hufford, Vice President, Pro-Tec Roofing, Inc. of Lordstown, OH. Home: Newton Falls, OH

3rd Vice President: Scott Froelich, Vice President, TEMA Roofing Services of Girard, OH. Home: Poland, OH

Treasurer: Mark Zeidenstein, Corporate Secretary, L. Calvin Jones & Company of Canfield, OH. Home: Boardman, OH

Past President:  Jeff Donatelli, Assistant Director of Operations, Donatelli Electric of Sharpsville, PA. Home: Sharpsville, PA

Executive Vice President: Kevin Reilly, Executive Vice President of The Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western PA, based in Vienna, OH. Home: Mineral Ridge, OH

2019 Executive Committee Members

Rob Cambell               Ken DiPanfilo                         John Handerhan                      Bill Petro

Dave Collins               Brian Downie                          Jerry Harper                           Jason Santini

Bob Daloise                Randy Giangiuli                      George Johnson                      Jim Santini

Joe DeSalvo                Harry Grafton                         Jeff Mason                              Ed Stevens

Jerry Zreliak

Also – please view this interview of Builders Association Executive VP, Kevin Reilly by the Youngstown Business Journal:

For a photo album of the event, visit our Facebook page @TheBuildersOnline