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I In 1915 John G. Ruhlin and his brothersall bricklayers won their first construction bid to build Creston School in Wayne County for 29000. While that World War I-era price appears impressive today whats more impressive is the fact Ruhlins company survived and prospered to become The Ruhlin Company a 200-million construction company celebrating its centennial in 2015. In the 1920s-1940s the companys aspirationsoutside of surviving The Great Depressionremained modest for its first few decades with the contractor building a variety of school projects in the Akron area. However the company expanded its horizons in the 1950s when it formed a heavy civil division. By 1958 Ruhlin had its first highway job subcontracting to build a bridge on State Route 5 near Easton Ohio. In subsequent years Ruhlin added milestonesin both the nature of projects served and geography covered with regularity. In the last half century the company has Worked on hydroelectric projects such as the W.T. Love Hydroelectric Station in Kentucky and the Willow Island Hydroelectric Powerhouse in West Virginia. Built major structures for municipalities universi- ties and hospitalsincluding the Vern Riffe Center in Columbus the John S. Knight Convention Center in Akron and Akron Generals Green Health and Wellness Center. Constructed industrial facilities for clients such as Anheuser-Busch. Worked on major highway projects including the Inner Belt in Akron I-76 I-71 and I-90. In 1977 Ruhlin was one of the first companies in the U.S. to become an Employee Stock Ownership Plan ESOP company. The ESOP was intended to reward employees for their dedication to the companys success. Today employees own about 80 percent of the company Operating in Clevelands industrial flats in the Cuyahoga River valleywith the first phase of the George V. Voinovich Bridge project as a backdrop and downtowns Terminal Tower on left of left image Key Tower and 200 Public Square on right of left image looking ona Ruhlin Link-Belt 348 with Bill Szekely at the controls lifts a 32000-lb. rebar cage into the cap of Pier 7 of the projects eastbound span. CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT The Ruhlin Company CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF SERVING EMPLOYEES AND COMMUNITY In 1977 Ruhlin was one of the first companies in the U.S. to become an Employee Stock Ownership Plan ESOP company. 5