National Utility Contractors Association of Ohio Welcome!
NUCA of OHIO is a unified peer group focused on creating an environment of mutual respect and voice for all participants of the underground utility construction industry.
How do we accomplish this?
- Encourage contractors, engineers, associates and owners to participate in open forums, training programs and development -We share vision
- Open exchange of experience and ideas- We share ideas
- We volunteer our time and talents -We share success
NUCA of Ohio Representatives Head to Capitol Hill
NUCA of Ohio Board Members Jim Weist and Rob Krzys represented Ohio by participating in the annual NUCA Washington Summit. They met with members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation and NUCA Members from across the country to advocate for the following issues:
Ensure the Longevity of the Highway Trust Fund:
Fully fund multi-year Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization Co-sponsor H.R. 625, the Infrastructure 2.0 Act and introduce similar legislation in the Senate Co-sponsor H.R. 1846, 10-Years of Sustainable Funding of the Highway Trust Fund and introduce similar legislation in the Senate
Enact Innovative Infrastructure Financing Mechanisms Provide greater accessibility for Public Private Partnerships:
H.R. 413- the Partnership to Build America Act and reintroduce in the Senate Support Private Activity Bonds
Support Private Activity Bonds (PABs) for water and wastewater infrastructure:
H.R. 499 in House Reintroduce the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act
Support State Revolving Funds in the annual Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations of 2015 legislation:
Support the Rural Utility Service Program in the Department of Agriculture and Related Agencies Appropriations of 2015 legislation
Stop the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule:
H.R. 594- Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2015 Introduce legislation in the Senate prohibiting the implementation of the WOTUS rule.
Stop Harmful Regulations:
Regulations proposed and supported by the Administration should increase safety and productivity. The rulemaking process should be based on a scientifically proven need, not political motivation. That specific need should be addressed with rules and regulation that balance implementation of new standards that directly address the need with financial, administrative, and institutional feasibility. Over the last several years, the administration has proposed rules and regulation that would specifically harm the business community, especially small businesses and contractors. Complying with regulations is the single most burdensome bureaucratic inhibitor to business growth. We need smarter regulation not more regulation. What regulations do to harm businesses:
Silica- OSHA’s proposed rule concerning the regulation of crystalline silica will hurt every business in America. Current requirements for mitigating exposure to silica have worked. The new proposed rule would add billions of dollars in compliance costs to businesses, and therefore their customers, with insignificant impacts on the health of workers.
Injury and Illness- OSHA’s proposed Injury and Illness rule would require businesses to electronically file their injury and illness reports to OSHA. OSHA will then publish this information as a sort of public shaming. The business community objects to this because it creates an uneven playing field and could result in unwarranted business or public scrutiny.
Ambush Elections- The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has proposed regulatory action that would decrease communication between employers and employees via "ambush elections," forcing employers to provide private and personal employee information to union officials. (Senate Joint Resolution 8 (S.J. Res 8) and House Joint Resolution 29 would prohibit)
For more information on these issues, or for how to get personally involved with this important advocacy effort, contact
Will Brown at NUCA: firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.890.7813 or
Valerie Dahlberg at NUCA of Ohio at: email@example.com or 888-294-0084.
Ohio Chamber Presents Advanced Rehabilitation Technology with the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award
Company receives $25,000
Advanced Rehabilitation Technology of Bryan, Ohio was named the 2015 Ohio Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Entrepreneurship award winner, April 14 at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Columbus. The award was presented during the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Legislative Reception. The Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce nominated the company for this prestigious award.
The award is designed to identify, honor and financially assist a company in Ohio that is demonstrating the historical innovative spirit of our state. The award recipient best demonstrates this entrepreneurial spirit through a recently introduced or pending introduction of a unique product or service that will have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the company, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic prosperity within the state. The award comes with statewide recognition and a check for $25,000. The nominating chamber receives a check for $1,000.
Advanced Rehabilitation Technology introduced to Ohio a new technology that is utilized to reduce and prevent environmental pollution caused by sanitary overflows and industrial waste leaks in tanks and secondary containments. Their products allow for the repair of waste water pipelines without having to dig up the line and totally replace it, thus saving time and money.
The implementation of this technology has led to the company’s operational growth, which as a result, led to the creation of new employment opportunities to Ohio residents to earn income and benefits well above the state’s current average income level. Advanced Rehabilitation Technology is proud to be an Ohio company providing a positive impact on quality Ohio jobs, protection of the environment through their services and providing services to other states from their corporate offices and operating facilities located in Northwest Ohio. Established in 2007, this private company has 26 employees. The company plans to use the financial award to upgrade the company’s website and provide additional safety training for its current and future employees.
“In honor of our state’s history of innovators and entrepreneurs, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce created this award to recognize those who continue to take considerable initiative and risk in creating new products and services,” explained President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Andrew E. Doehrel. “Advanced Rehabilitation Technology truly embodies the reason we developed this award seven years ago.”
Local chambers of commerce submitted nominations early this year. From those nominees, three were selected to compete for the award. An awards committee, made up of members from the Ohio Chamber’s Board of Directors, reviewed the detailed applications and selected the top three finalists: Advanced Rehabilitation Technology of Bryan, Champion Injection Molding, Inc. of Warren and Nehemiah Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati. The two runner-up companies each received checks for $5,000.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce is a champion for Ohio businesses so that our state enjoys economic growth and prosperity. With over 8,000 members, we have been Ohio’s premiere business advocate since 1893.
NUCA Alert: Underground Damage Enforcement Law Passes!
REGISTER TO ATTEND WEBINAR/LIVE TRAINING ON THIS NEW LAW - February 2, 2015
NUCA of Ohio is pleased to report that Senate Bill 378 to provide for enforcement of Ohio’s damage prevention law, has been passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed into law by Governor, John Kasich. NUCA of Ohio has been working diligently on behalf of all underground utility contractors in Ohio to ensure that this legislation was fair to contractors and that contractors would have a voice in the enforcement process.
This legislation, which will become effective on January 1, 2016 will put enforcement of the law under the Public Utilities Commission and create an Underground Technical Committee to oversee the process. This Underground Technical Committee (UTC) will have four commercial excavators among their membership. At least one contractor must vote in favor of a penalty for it to be imposed.
NUCA of Ohio will continue to be active on this issue as rulemaking and appointments to enable this critical legislation will begin in 2015. This rulemaking will lay out the specifics of the law which may be even more important than the legislation itself! We’ll be there making sure your voice is heard! You can find the full text of the bill here: http://archives.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_SB_378
2014 Damage Prevention Law Information
A new law passed on December 2012, which updated many areas of the old law and made it clearer for most parties. There is a lot of improvement but certain areas such as exemptions and enforcement still need to be addressed.
Click here for the Dig Law Presenation
The 2013 webinar explains these changes in detail so that you will have a good knowledge what has been passed and what is in the works for the next Dig Law in 2014.
Jennifer Reams, Vice-President of NUCA of OHIO has worked on these changes for eight years. Over the past year she has been active in her efforts to get positive representation for the contractor as a member of the Ohio Underground Damage Prevention Coalition.
Click on the 2013 Damage Prevention webinar and you will be directed to the webinar. The webinar was recorded on March 27, 2013 and has several polls requesting your responses. Because it is a recording, just pause and the answers from March 27th will be shown. There is also a question and answer period at the end of the video that is worth listening to.
The following link will allow you to sign in and then proceed to the webinar. Enjoy the 2013 Damage Prevention Webinar!
OSHA Safety Information Available
Several critical OSHA issues are being monitored by our association. Below are resources on each to keep you up to date. For more information please call the NUCA-Ohio Office at: 888-294-0084!
1. Hazard Communication Labeling Standards
Click here for the new hazard communication training standards
Click here for the new hazard communication label and pictogram standards
Click here for Quick Card pictogram
Click here for Quick Card label
Click here for Quick Card safety data sheet
2. Proposed Silica Standards
NUCA is very concerned that if the proposed silica standard passes with current compliance requirements, contractors can expect serious and expensive violations because they will not be able to comply with the standard's requirements, and OSHA will be giving out citations like candy on Halloween. The feasibility of compliance for NUCA members will be nearly impossible. OSHA says most contractors will use Table 1 in the regulation, but using it would not guarantee your company is in compliance. NUCA, several other construction associations, and a strong legal and technical team are working very hard writing comments to persuade OSHA to change or remove the most costly and over burdensome requirements of the proposed regulation. You can view NUCA's comments here.
3. Rules about posting of the OSHA 300 logs and the deadline
REMINDER: Public Construction Procurement Drastically Changed
There have been significant changes to public construction – methods and procedures.
- Permits the use of two new alternative delivery methods (except Ohio Turnpike Commission): Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) and Design Build (D/B).
- Eliminates the mandate to bid a project by both single and multiple prime methods.
- Increases project cost threshold triggering competitive bidding from $50K to $200K.
- Prevailing wage changes include threshold coverage increased and refines the definition of a public project.
Have questions? Call the NUCA Ohio Office at 888-294-0084 for more information or use your Legal Services Plan and call Dunlevy, Mahan & Furry for your free monthly consultation at: 937-223-6003. \