November 5, 2020

Preparing to Excavate at Greenlawn Dam

Last week, the Righter crew at the Greenlawn Dam Safety Barrier project was making preparations to excavate for construction of the north anchor.  Work on this project includes the installation of a new cable barrier across the Scioto River with improved anchorages and the installation of high visibility buoys.

Our $183,390 contract is with the City of Columbus – Recreation and Parks Department.  Chris Thompson is the Project Manager and Marvin Kemmerer is the Field Supervisor.  Vince Gaus, Pete Fink, John Fuller and James Talbert, Jr., make up the crew on this project.



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October 29, 2020


The Ohio Department of Transportation – District 6 Fayette County project is complete!  The project consisted of the demolition of the old bridge over Rattlesnake Creek, setting new steel, forming and pouring the deck, and getting the road ready for the public. The road opened to traffic on September 25th with final work completed a few weeks later.  Our Project Manager for the job was Mike Killilea and the Assistant Project Manager was Jacobi Schmalenberger. Special thanks to our Field Supervisor, Jerry McVey, and field crew of Butch Sullivan, Ben Sullivan, James Talbert, Jr., Dannie Wilson, Kasey McCloskey, Pete Fink, John Fuller, Vince Gaus, and the rest of The Righter Company who helped throughout the duration of the project.



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October 15, 2020

Always Accepting Applications

Have you visited the Employment page on our website?  If so, you may have seen that we are always accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Experienced Heavy Equipment Operator with experience in the operation of all types of heavy construction equipment such as excavators, skid-loaders, etc., and pile-driving.
  • Experienced Laborer with experience in performing tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects.
  • Experienced Heavy Formwork Carpenter with experience in building rough wooden structures, such as concrete forms, scaffolds, tunnel, bridge, or sewer supports, temporary frame shelters, according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions.
  • Experienced Foreman with bridge/civil construction experience, a working knowledge of DOT–type projects, concrete forming, piling, excavation and heavy equipment.

If you have the skills and experience, or would like to learn, please complete an online application found on the Employment page or stop by our office at 2424 Harrison Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204, to complete a paper application from 7 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Thursday.

The Righter Company, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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October 7, 2020

Check Before You Move

Years ago, heavy equipment was big, bulky, and slow moving. The operator could see well in all directions. Today, this equipment is heavy, large, and fast moving. Often the operator’s field of vision is restricted.

During a recent Weekly Safety Talk, Tom Ison’s crew working at ODOT 190624 (IR 70-Pump Sta ST-8 Rehab) reviewed the best practices before moving any piece of equipment.  They are:

A. Before you climb aboard a piece of heavy equipment, walk completely around it.  Check to see if any persons or obstacles are in the vicinity.
B. Warn anyone who is in the way that you are getting ready to move the equipment.
C. If mechanics have been working on a rig, be sure they have finished their work and all have left.

A. If your vehicle requires an inspection prior to use, review the previous log entry and proceed with inspection.
B. Make sure to report any and all defects that you may find and either fix the defect or take the equipment out of service.
C. While walking around, check all the lights, covers, hoses, tanks, any and all exposed connections for leaks or cracks.

A. Make sure to check under the equipment for leaks of oils, fluids or fuel.
B. Make sure there is a spill kit available capable of containing spill or leaks produced from the equipment.
C. Check all gauges during warm up.

1. Remove anything that can be damaged by moving equipment.
2. Review inspection log.
3. Check for mechanical issues.

Pictured is: Robert Ward, Shawn Ison and Josh Priest.  Nick Miller, not pictured, is the Project Manager.


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October 2, 2020

Righter Employees Gather for Yearly Mandatory Meeting

The stage was set for all Righter employees to meet in the shop on the afternoon of Thursday, October 1, 2020, to review company policies and to hear about insurance benefits, 401k, life insurance, EAP and…the change in ownership!  For anyone who didn’t know, as of 5/1/2020, Tracy Ferguson and Mike Killilea have been co-owners of our company.  Their vision is to carry on the same values that have always governed The Righter Company.  They are:

Integrity – We will conduct our business honestly and with the highest ethical standards.

Fairness – We will treat our customers as well as our vendors and subcontractors fairly.  We will treat them in the same manner we would want to be treated.

Quality – We understand that construction services are a large investment for our clients.  We will endeavor to provide good service and a quality product in accordance with the client’s investment.

Teamwork – We all do better when we do it together.  We will work together as a team, helping each other as needed.  We will recognize individual accomplishment, but always realize that no one can do it alone.

Fun – Life is too short not to enjoy whatever you do.  We understand that sometimes work can be routine and unpleasant, but we will work to have fun when we can, celebrate our successes, and learn from our mistakes, not dwell on them.

Profitability – We value profitability, but not at the price of any of the above.  We will work to provide a reasonable return for the stockholders and employees of the company.


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September 22, 2020

Righter Pleased to Sponsor a Hole at the 2020 Full Throttle Open Golf Outing

For many years, The Righter Company has joined the Central Ohio Construction Community to support A Kid Again families raising children with life-threatening illnesses.  A Kid Again provides adventures that enable kids to get out of the hospital, forget about being sick and just be A Kid Again.

Righter employees who enjoyed a day on the green:  Nick Miller, Project Manager; Bill Wyner, Estimator; Chris Thompson, Project Manager; and Mike Killilea, President.

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September 17, 2020

Project Spotlight: ODOT 190624 – Pump Station

Featured is our ODOT District 6 project in Columbus, Ohio, located off I-70 at Broad in Franklinton.  The work consists of the removal and rebuild of 5 existing stormwater pumps and motors at Pump Station ST8.  Nick Miller is the Project Manager and Tom Ison is the Field Supervisor.  Field Crew is Shawn Ison, Josh Preist and Robert Ward.  The project has a current completion date of January 2022.

Work pictured is pouring pipe supports for the by-pass pumping.


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September 10, 2020

Preventing Suicide, Together

The prevalence of suicide deaths in the U.S. is astonishing, but together we can create positive change. During National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month in September, join us in spreading the facts about suicide and educate others on how we can help those who may be struggling. You just might save a life.

Courtesy of: New Directions Behavioral Heath, the Employee Assistance Program for employees of The Righter Company and their family.

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September 2, 2020

Project Spotlight: ODOT 194026 – Fayette County

On Monday, August 31, 2020, rain showers made an appearance at the beginning of the bridge deck pour, but then stayed to the south of the project site.  The following Righter personnel were on deck for the pour: Trevor Welch, Josh Priest, Jim Richmond, Rob Richmond, Butch Sullivan, Ben Sullivan, Jimmy Talbert, Dannie Wilson, Kasey McCloskey, Brandon Lowery, Shawn Ison, Vince Gaus, John Fuller, Pete Fink, Derrick Bendickson, Jacobi Schmalenberger, and Supervisor, Jerry McVey.

The deck looks great!  Keep up the good work!


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