The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, Inc., is a multi-employer contractors' trade association consisting of member firms primarily engaged in the construction and related industries. Organized in the 1940's as the Ohio Valley Builders Exchange, Inc., the organization grew out of a conviction among a group of astute, farsighted contractors that industry objectives can best be attained by team work and cooperation - by Association.
Restructured in 1973 as an amalgamation of various local contractor associations in the Valley, the OVCEC represents all facets of the construction industry including:
- The Wheeling Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors
- The Wheeling/Steubenville Area Sheet Metal and Roofing Contractors Association
- The Wheeling/Steubenville Association of Painting Contractors
- The West Virginia Highway/Heavy Contractors Association
The Construction Employers Council espouses the concept, "Total Management Unity" and within that framework is affiliated with the International Builders Exchange Executives, an organization comprised of more than 30,000 construction firms in the U. S. alone; the West Virginia Construction Council, and the National Construction Employers Council (NCEC), headquartered in Washington, DC. Close liaison with tri-state sister associations serve to further develop the organization's regional coverage of West Virginia, Southeastern Ohio and portions of Western Pennsylvania.
The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, Inc. , is dedicated to the advancement of the construction industry and the protection of its members and the general public.