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5GGeneticistshaveyettodiscoverabridge-buildinggenebutitsobviousthatsortofDNArunsintheFrantzfamilywhichhasbeenbuildingroadsandbridgesinOhiofor112years.Ourgreat-grandfatherJohnFrantzstartedhishighwaybusinessin1902.Hesoldittohisboysin1939.OurgrandfatherRoydiedyoungandourfatherRichardandgrandmotherHelenranthebusinessFrantzBrothersInc.saidRockFrantzpresidentofEagleBridgeCo.JohnRichardandHelenFrantzareallintheOhioContractorsAssociationHallofFame.Overthedecadesthefamilyhasfocusedprimarilyonbridgeworkalthoughithasdoneitsshareofroadbuildingwhenthemarketdictatedit.BackwhenmygrandfatherhadthecompanyduringWorldWarIItheywerentbuildingbridgesbecausetherewasntanystructuralsteelavailablenotedTomFrantzvicepresident.Afterthewartheywentbacktobridgework.Theoriginalfamilybusinessclosedin1991but10yearslatertheFrantzbrothersstartedtheirowncompanyEagleBridgeCo.basedinSidneyOhio.TomstillremembersthefirstbridgeEagleBridgeworkedon.ODOTDistrict7Route29goingover1-75inShelbyCounty.Itwasanemergencyprojectforthedistrict.Thebridgewashitbyapieceofequipmentandwewereluckyenoughtogetthecontracttorepairit.AtthesametimewegotajobupinPauldingCounty.Wewerejustgettingstartedwhentheopportunitycameup.TodayEagleBridgehas75to100employeesanddoeseightornineprojectsatatimemostlyODOTandcountyworkinthewesternhalfofthestate.Westartedoutjustdoingbridgesbutthelastcoupleofyearswevebeendoingmoredirtandroadwaywork.WeveexpandedintothatmarkettocomplementourbridgeworkwhichisourcorebusinessRocksaid.Whilethecompanywilltakesmallerprojectsofhalfamilliondollarswelikemediumsizedjobs1millionanduphesaid.Thecompanysometimesworksasasubcontractordoingbridgeworkonalargerproject.Generallywelikedifficultysuchasjobsrequiringadifferenttypeofdemolitionorconstructionmethod.Wetendtodobetterontougherwork.Itcomesdowntopeople.Ifyouvegotgoodpeopleyoucanmakegoodthingshappen.TheFrantzfamilyhashadarelationshipwithColumbusEquipmentCompanysinceBillEarlyfoundedhisdealership.DadboughtLimacranesfromBillEarlybackintheolddays.OvertheyearsourfamilyhasdoneBUILDINGBRIDGESACROSSOHIOANDACROSSGENERATIONSOtherthanduringahiatusduetomaterialshortagesinWorldWarIIbridgebuildinghasbeenEagleBridgeCo.sprimaryfocus.Ourgreat-grandfatherJohnFrantzstartedhishighwaybusinessin1902.RockFrantzPresidentEagleBridgeCo.JohnRichardandHelenFrantzareallintheOhioContractorsAssociationHallofFame.