Congratulations to Grant McHugh, the 2017 recipient of the Donald W. and David M. Righter Scholarship for Civil Engineering and Construction Management. The scholarship honors the late founders of The Righter Company, Donald W. Righter and his son, David M. Righter.
Altogether, the Builders Exchange Scholarship Trustees awarded $80,000 in scholarships to 37 area high school seniors and current college students pursuing degrees in construction-related fields of study for the 2017/2018 school year.
Pictured is Bradley R. Nadolson, President of The Righter Company, and Grant McHugh, 2017 scholarship recipient.
Righter recently contributed time, equipment, labor and financial resources to assist Columbus Preparatory Academy (CPA), a Westside charter school, in its quest to build a neighborhood playground. Last November, the school was awarded a challenge grant in the amount of $15,000. The grant had two conditions – the school would need to raise $9,000 in matching funds and the actual playground would need to be built by the community. On Saturday, May 20, otherwise known as ‘Build Day,’ ground was leveled and the new playground equipment was assembled and installed.
Righter is proud to partner with UPS, The Hollywood Casino, Big Lots and many others in helping CPA make the playground a reality. Students of CPA asked that the playground be dedicated to missing children — “All Missing Children Come Home and Play.” As a contributor, a stone recognizing Righter has been placed on the playground.
Last month, Righter President Brad Nadolson, his wife Karen, and two of his four daughters, traveled to Haiti to partner with the group, I’m ME, whose approach is:
INDIGENOUS EMPOWERMENT – Those most affected by social problems are in the best position to determine and execute solutions for it. Every program we run is operated by locals on the ground.
ROOT OF THE PROBLEM – In order to see true change, we must understand and address the underlying, systemic contributors to social problems.
INVEST IN THE BEAUTY – We choose to focus on the potential and opportunity of those we serve. We aim to inspire others to partner with us to take actions that will change our world.
Brad and his family toured Papillon, whose mission is Orphan Prevention through job creation. “Papillon is providing hope to Haitian Artisans with the dignity of a job, training, and the ability to create something new out of something discarded and seemingly unusable. We use metal, cardboard, aluminum, dirt, and paper to make jewelry and other beautiful things.” While parents are working on jewelry or silk screening, their children are cared for through Apparent Project, whose mission is to Prevent Child Relinquishment in Haitian Families. Brad and his family learned of this heart-wrenching epidemic in Haiti, which is families sometimes have no other option than to give up their children because they cannot provide for them. The children are not unwanted! Thanks to organizations like I’m ME, Papillon, and Apparent Project, to name a few, families are staying together and even thriving! Workers at Papillon are paid a living wage, which is typically 3x what they would receive in wages elsewhere.
On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at the Annual Safety Luncheon hosted by the Safety Council of Greater Columbus, The Righter Company was honored to receive a “100% Achievement” certificate for its effort in preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace. Congrats to all our hard-working & safety-conscious crews!
Nick Miller and Tracy Ferguson, of The Righter Company, participated in Step Up For Stefanie’s Champions, on Saturday, April 22, 2017. It is an annual walk/run event that honors the Champions in the lives of cancer survivors. Money raised goes to patient care and cancer research. Also pictured is Tracy’s husband, Walter, and her sister, Kim.
“I WORK SO I CAN FARM!”
Current Position: Carpenter
Years of Service: “About 12” (combined, first joined Righter in 1986)
Favorite Project to Date: Wapakoneta Rest Areas (Circa 1988) “We worked up North in the Wapakoneta/Lima/Sandusky area for about a year and a half.”
Hometown: Chillicothe, Ohio
Hobbies: Grandkids, farming and fishing
THE RIGHTER COMPANY APPRECIATES JOHN’S HARD WORK, DEDICATION TO THE COMPANY AND HIS PLEASANT, HELPFUL DEMEANOR!
The Righter Company wishes to acknowledge all the AMAZING women who make the world a better place!!!!!
Controller, The Righter Company, Inc.
Years in the industry: 17
“BXLX provided an opportunity for me to meet others in the industry and learn how they are facing some of the same challenges in their businesses. The class includes different types of contractors from both large and small companies, giving all of us a chance to experience outlooks and ideas that we might not have been exposed to otherwise .”
The BX Executive Leadership Experience (BXLX) is a nine-month program in which a group of industry professionals are educated and coached by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. The Class of 2017 is the sixth year for the program, with 24 executives from BX member firms.
For more information about the BX Executive Leadership Experience, contact Deb Murphy.
Two of The Righter Company’s current projects appeared on ‘The List’ in the February 10, 2017, edition of Columbus Business First. ‘The List’ is a compilation of the top 25 public construction projects ranked by estimated project construction cost. The Bethel Road Booster Station Improvements project came in at #24 with an estimated project cost of $3.8 million. The current completion date is set for September of this year. The Big Walnut Augmentation/Rickenbacker Interceptor (BWARI) Biofilter Rehabilitation project came in at #25 with an estimated project cost of $3.61 million. The current completion date is set for February of 2018. Righter is proud to make ‘The List’ and be the General Contractor on these two City of Columbus projects!
On December 9, 2016, the ribbon was cut to open the newest section of the Heart of Ohio Trail from Clayton Street in Centerburg to Huffman Road. The Righter Company is proud to have been the general contractor on this trail project.
Knox County Chamber Director Carol Grubaugh said that the bike trails are one of the county’s jewels. “They are an important part of the efforts to attract business and industry because businesses and professionals look for things like trails in evaluating a community.”