6 Progressive Field is enveloped with Komatsu and Link-Belt equipment as a Ruhlin Komatsu PC228USLC excavator works off of Ontario St. to remove the former Broadway Ave. I-90 ramp embankment. A Link-Belt LS-138H II right drives final piles into a support structure that will ulti- mately carry I-90and its daily 140000-vehicle loadover Ontario. which is headquartered in Sharon Township. Ruhlin has about 100 full-time employees and 275 trade workers. The current CEO Jim Ruhlin is a grandson of the founder. As the full-service construction firm heads into a second century it gets the majority of its business from heavy civil work including highways dams bridges and hydroelectric plants and from commercial and institutional buildings. However the company expanded its areas of specialty in the 21st century adding a division that erects and repairs structural steel as well as another that focuses on industrial work. Ruhlin has been so successful in completing projects that 90 percent of business comes from repeat customers. Clients praise Ruhlin personnel for their professionalism integrity and dedication. Today Ruhlin is involved in major road projects including the trench express lane on U.S. 23 in Columbus and the I-90 bridge project over the Cuyahoga River Valley near Cleveland. On these projects Ruhlin is using Link-Belt cranes and Komatsu excavators from Columbus Equipment Company. In Columbus Ruhlin is part of an ODOT joint venture with another 100-year-old construction company George J. Igel Co. Inc.to construct a 25-foot deep 4000-foot-long 40-foot wide trench that will carry two northbound express lanes under two intersections alleviat- ing congestion near the intersection of U.S. 23 and I-270. The Cleveland project to replace a viaduct over the Cuyahoga River includes construction of two bridges each around 4000 feet long and tying them in with I-90. The ODOT project involves a joint venture with Ruhlin Great Lakes Construction Company and Trumbull Corporation noted Mike Ciammaichella P.E. VP and Civil Division Manager for Ruhlin. It is a true joint venture where we are mixing resources and personnel. Each company has different talents and one of ours is setting structural steel. However we have resources involved with excavation the smaller bridge construction as well as the main viaduct bridge. Its like a company was created by the three joint venture partners being managed by a team of individuals from all three companies not one company taking the overall lead. Ruhlins strong suit of setting structural steel is enhanced by the Link-Belt 348 HSL lattice boom crawler crane used on the project Ciammaichella said. A feature of that crane that our operators love is that they can put it in the fine-inching mode which allows them to make slow movements with the load. The crane is capable of slowly moving very small distances allowing the operator to set a piece of steel to tight specifications with exact precision. The cranes capability in maneuvering and placing material is superior. Even our operators say it makes them look great because the cranes capabilities enhance their capabilities. We genuinely believe the Link-Belt 348 is superior to other cranes for setting large pieces to a high tolerance. The company purchased the 300-ton Link-Belt three years ago initially for use on a hydroelectric project. Ruhlin owns a total of seven Link-Belt crawler and rough terrain cranes. Three sizes of Link-Belt lattice crawlers are cur- rently being used on the I-90 project according to Jeff At a cost of 566 million the George V. Voinovich Bridge complex is the largest in ODOT history. The initial westbound phase earned national attention as one of the nations top 10 bridges.