May 11, 2020

Exciting News!

While we’ve certainly seen our share of changes in the last few months, some things have remained the same.  It is also true here at The Righter Company.  Michael D. Killilea, II, who had most recently been one of Righter’s Vice Presidents, is now President.  Mike joined The Righter Company in 2002 and is a Project Manager and Estimator for the Civil Division.  Mike is an Alumni of The Ohio State University and received his Master’s in Business Administration from Capital University in 2001.  Mike is a Certified Professional Engineer and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).  Mike and his family reside in the Pataskala area.  Congratulations, Mike!




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May 4, 2020

Celebrating Jacobi Schmalenberger!

Last summer, Jacobi Schmalenberger came on board as an intern to assist with estimating and project managing.  Being no stranger to the construction industry, Jacobi used his prior experience as a Laborer and Operator to dive right in.

Jacobi’s hard work and dedication to achieving his Bachelor of Science in Construction Systems Management at The Ohio State University is the reason we join Jacobi in celebrating!







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April 29, 2020

It Runs In The Family

The Founders of The Righter Company were father and son, Donald and David Righter.  Over the years there have been numerous father and son teams whom have worked together at The Big R.  Currently, we have five — John and Dusty Fuller, Ben and Butch Sullivan, James Talbert and James Talbert, Jr., Jerry and Dwayne McVey, and Tom and Shawn Ison.  We have also had brothers, sisters and cousins work together.  Current employees Rob and Jim Richmond are brothers along with Mark and Pete Litter.  Jordan and Butch Sullivan are cousins.  In recent years, two daughters of our President, Brad Nadolson, have also called Righter “home.” As  you  can  see,  it  truly  does  Run  In  The  Family!







Pictured are John Fuller and son, Dusty.


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April 22, 2020

It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week!

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is celebrating 20 years! This annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season encourages safe driving through highway work zones. It is a way to raise public awareness for work zones and those who work in them. Motorists are encouraged to slow to posted speed limits, eliminate distractions while driving, and be watchful for roadway workers and their equipment. This year’s theme is Safe Work Zones for All. Protect workers. Protect road users.We Can Do It!

#nwzaw  #OrangeForSafety  #SafeWorkZonesForAll






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April 15, 2020

Honoring the Life of a Leader & Friend

On this, the 15-year anniversary of the passing of David M. Righter, we would like to share a little about the history of The Righter Company, Inc., as we honor the life of a leader and friend.  You may learn something new!

The Righter Company was founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1976 by Don and David Righter, a father and son team. As a general contractor, the company slowly but steadily grew. Their construction services included:  bridges, culverts, locks and dam repairs, waste and water treatment plants and various miscellaneous public work improvement projects, in addition to general building construction and renovation projects.

In 1984, Donald W. Righter was succeeded by David Righter who took over as President for the expanding and profitable construction company. The open shop general contractor found its core work in the civil area, working primarily for public owners such as Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Ohio Department of Administrative Services, and various Ohio counties and cities, while maintaining some involvement in the private sector with selected industrial clients and the telecommunications markets.In 1994 with the launching of the Piling and Shoring Division, the company recognized a construction specialty need that matched the work experiences and the strong engineering expertise that the company had developed.

The Righter Company mourned the loss of David M. Righter, on April 15th, 2005, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer.  We strive to continue his legacy. This company Dave and his father founded helped provide jobs and income for many families.   With Dave being a huge Buckeyes fan, the Buckeye tree planted in his honor at the entrance into our office parking lot serves as a reminder of Dave’s life and his contributions.

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April 3, 2020

Working at a Distance

Righter workers on Tom Ison’s crew at the City of Columbus’ Hayden Run Aerial Sewer project are safely working together at a distance while attending their weekly safety talk.  The project includes the removal and replacement of 42″ sanitary pipe and manholes.  A great big “thank you” to our crews taking the social distancing guidelines to heart and doing their part to potentially help stop or slow the spread of COVID-19.








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February 24, 2020

Dressed For Protection

Mark Litter’s crew working on the City of Columbus’ Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant Water Meter Vault project were recently reminded of the importance of Personal Protective Equipment.  Hard hats, safety boots, eye and ear coverage and respirators are a few of the ways to greatly lessen the chances of a worker being injured on the job.  Pictured is Brandon Lowery, Kasey McCloskey and Justin Adams.  Nick Miller is the Project Manager.


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February 20, 2020

Righter Staff Attend ABCD Luncheon on 2/12/2020

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Bradley R. Nadolson (President), Michael D. Killilea, II (Vice President), and Bill Wyner (Project Engineer/Estimator) attended the Association for Bridge Construction and Design’s monthly luncheon.  While there, they listened to Speaker Tim Keller, P.E., from the Ohio Department of Transportation.  Tim provided an update on the state of bridge practices in Ohio and touched on various items from within the Office of Structural Engineering at ODOT. 








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