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These HEARTS were made for WALKING!

For the 2nd year in a row, Bruner has teamed up with Elford to join over 30,000 people at Columbus Commons on the morning of Saturday, August 23rd to participate in the 2014 Heart Walk.

AHA Logo

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Columbus Commons, 55 E. Rich St.

8:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
9:00 a.m. Official Start of Heart Walk

Last year, Team Bruner walked in memory of Bobbi Newman, who suddenly passed away months before the walk. This year we’re extending that support to Elford, as they’ve recently lost Greg Keener, a member of the Elford family, to a sudden heart attack. Being so closely affected by heart disease, our team will take a stand against heart disease and help make this event a great success. This year Team Bruner walks in special memory of Bobbi Newman & Greg Keener and dedicates our 2014 walk to each and every Bruner or Elford employee who has been affected by heart disease.

The Heart Walk, the American Heart Association’s signature community event, is a fun, family event and a great team building opportunity where participants of all ages join in a noncompetitive 1- or 3-mile walk to generate passion for the cause and raise funds for lifesaving heart and stroke research. With over 20 of us representing Team Bruner at last year’s walk, we had a BLAST and surpassed our fundraising goal by raising over $4,000 to help the American Heart Association build a healthier community and put an end to our country’s No. 1 killer.

Team Bruner’s 2014 goal is to raise $5,000 and have 25 walkers join Elford on August 23rd! We hope you will get involved however you can by:

  • joining the team
  • making a donation
  • inviting friends and family to walk with us
  • sending a few emails to ask for a donation

Every little bit helps! All of Bruner’s fundraising efforts will feed into Elford’s team goal of raising $15,000.

Sign up today!


2013 Bruner Team

Check out Bruner’s company page to join the race or make a donation today! We encourage you to invite family and friends to join as well! There is no registration fee for this heart healthy event, but if you can’t make it to the race, please consider supporting the Bruner Team by making a small donation. All you need to do is select “join team” next to our company name. Once you have registered, I encourage you to personalize your heart walk page, make a personal donation or reach out to friends and family for support.

Someone dies from a heart attack every 38 seconds and heart disease kills more people than the next 5 leading causes of death combined; together, we can all make a difference and fight these deadly diseases.

That’s A Wrap 2013!

100_2152Another New Year has begun! We’ve given our toasts, drank some bubbly, and made resolutions. And now, it’s time for reflection.

Community giving was a shining theme of 2013. Whether it’s weeding gardens, refreshing a park, or walking for a cause, we lent a hand.

Over the years, Bruner has partnered with the United Way of Central Ohio to bring compassion and aid to residents in need. Most recently, in our Warmest Wishes campaign, Bruner donated to the St. Vincent Family Center and Habitat for Humanity MidOhio, but we’ve also donated our time and efforts throughout the year—not just around the holidays.

To spark our United Way Ice CreamCampaign each year, Bruner hosts a Kickoff Week to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and get everyone excited about the year’s events.

This year, the “Pathway out of Poverty” Kickoff Week was filled with fun surprises. The CD102.5 ice cream truck even dropped by to provide frosty afternoon treats for employees.

Our first event, Community Care Day,100_2148was held at a Volunteers of America transitional housing complex for our military heroes. These homeless Veteran’s, feeling forgotten by society, are given a place to call home at Volunteers of America’s Veteran’s Resource Center—a place for which they can be proud. Bruner had twelve volunteers help landscape and beautify the Veteran’s Resource Center. By giving this housing complex a little facelift, volunteers were able to provide valuable community service to those in need.

Another notable event, the Bruner Golf Outing, was a huge success. By prompting employees, vendors, and suppliers we were able to raise a substantial amount of money for the United Way of Central Ohio—and also have a bit of fun!

From spring until winter, Bruner identified and participated in various other charitable events to engage our employees and give back to our community.

NCH Wagon Donation

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Wagon donation in honor of Ian Richey
and family (pictured left)

Mount Carmel Golf Invitational
In support of scholarship funding for
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Columbus Marathon
In support of Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Great job John Herold, on your time of 3:23:26!

Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Over 80,000 lbs donated to Operation Feed in the last 4 years13B 167

The Ohio State Four-Miler
Benefitting the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer
and the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund

Creative Living – A Bouquet of Flavours
Funding for Creative Living’s Resident
Assistance Program

Columbus Tutoring Initiative
Beacon Elementary School

9 Bruner employees donate their lunch hour
to tutoring 1st graders in readingIMG_1028

American Heart Walk –
In Loving Memory of Bobbi Newman
Surpassed our goal of $2,500
and had 21 walkers!
(pictured left)

American Red Cross Blood Drives

SMPS and Turner Golf Outings
In support of A Kid Again

Abercrombie Challenge
Goal: to reach $100 Million in donations
for the Wexner Medical Center

Donations to Kokomo, IN
Tornado Devastation


Bruner is proud of our great employees, who have dedicated their time and effort to make these great contributions to the Central Ohio community. We’re also blessed to have such great suppliers and vendors working with us. Partnership is at our core and we value all of our relationships, whether long-standing or newly created.

The importance of philanthropy is fully integrated into Bruner’s culture. We truly value the opportunity to work on projects that impact the lives of others.


Now that’s a wrap for 2013–can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring!


Strategic Project Management in a Construction World

The Columbus chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) hosted Senior Project Manager, Evan Williams, at its August monthly meeting in German Village.

The meeting, held at Lindey’s, had great attendance and participation from NAWIC Columbus associates and other members of the A/E/C community. There were also quite a few Bruner guests in the crowd, in support of their friend and coworker, as Williams discussed strategic project management.

Throughout the presentation, he emphasized the importance of using strategy in the project management process and shared many insights on how to be successful from a project’s start to its finish. Williams explained that by focusing on strategy before the project, in what he calls the “Critical Strategic Zone,” it helps ensure success. Activities necessary during this zone include: conceptual analysis, engineering and design, site logistics planning, schedule development, pre-construction planning, early procurement, resource allocation and job cost setup.

Williams explained how having all of these steps completed and organized at the beginning of the project helps keep total project cost down—which always makes for a happy customer.  After all, knowing what will make the customer happy and providing it to them will really make you stand out from the crowd.

Williams emphasized the crucial power of communication between all members of the project team—even once the project and close-out activities are completed. He reminded the audience that the Project Manager’s final client impression occurs during the close-out activities. Past performance on jobs is one of the best sellers of potential new jobs. There were multiple questions and comments when the presentation was concluded, leaving the NAWIC members truly appreciative of all he had to share. For more information on the presentation, please leave a comment below or reach out to us via our website or social media channels.

NAWIC has been empowering women in the construction industry for over 50 years. Monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at various restaurants in the Columbus area. Along with its monthly events, NAWIC Columbus believes in serving its community. NAWIC sponsors an annual scholarship supporting a student studying in a construction related field and do various other volunteer activities nationwide. Bruner Corporation is proud to be a partner of NAWIC and support this great organization. If you’re interested in becoming a member or contributor of NAWIC Columbus, please visit

Visitors to Columbus’ Santa Maria can safely explore thanks to Jim Clark and Bruner Corporation

The Santa Maria Ship Museum in downtown Columbus welcomes all visitors to its 21st year in exhibition. In preparation of the 2012 tour season, improvements were made to the riverfront destination. One of these improvements included new safety rail installations attached to the

Visitors Center dock. With donated steel from Bruner Corporation, Jim Clark, Senior Design Engineer, spent his weekends designing & constructing the necessary safety rails. The challenge was positioning the rail posts deep enough below the dock to securely stabilize them. The finished design resulted in new, safe & secure dockside chain railings. Several Bruner employees also contributed to the effort including Rocky Carr, Purchasing Manager, and Kenny Brown, Fabrication Shop Foreman.

On behalf of Santa Maria, Inc., and the ship’s governing board of officers; Jim invites you to visit the ship this season. More information on tour hours and rates can be found at Learn about the experience & adventures of our city’s namesake, and while you’re there, take notice of Jim’s hard work!

Supporting our Soldiers

During the month of February, Bruner employees came together to gather donations for Josh Hughes, a service technician for Bruner, and his unit currently serving in Afghanistan.
“The response from Bruner employees has been impressive,” said Renna Schafler who organized the effort, “and the encouragement I have received from the places I went to help make this happen was humbling.”

The thirty-seven soldiers will receive multiple boxes containing the following items and then some:

  • Baby wipes
  • Book lights (donated by Staples)
  • Safety glasses
  • Candy and gum
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Body wash
  • Books (sold at a reduced rate by a local Half Price Books store owner)
  • Games
  • Fire-proof gloves (donated by Air Gas)
  • Coffee
  • Lotion
  • Pen and paper (donated by Staples)

This effort was so successful in part because of the generosity of Bruner employees, the great community support we received, and a few great coupon-clippers. Bruner employee’s Renna Schafler, Leslie Brungarth, LeeAnn Lynn, and Sarah Campbell combined efforts and used their coupon-savvy to turn an $85 donation into $300 worth of items to be sent overseas.

“The feeling of pride has washed over me countless times during this experience,” said Schafler. “To know we are supporting our troops and one of our own coworkers in the way we have is extraordinary.”

A huge thanks to all that contributed!

Happy Retirement, Mark!

During Bruner’s annual Holiday Party this past Saturday, we congratulated President Mark Wenger on his retirement. Mark was with the Bruner Corporation for over 25 years. During his time here, Mark added value to the company by building strong relationships with our clients.

Bruner employees sent Mark off with the video below, telling him just how much we truly appreciated him.

Giving Thanks… the Bruner Way

The time that stretches from Thanksgiving to New Years is by far my favorite time of the year. It reminds me of all of the wonderful people I have in my life and how lucky I am to be the person I am and live the life I live.

This year, I am thankful to have come as far as I have; to be working for a company that values my professional development, as well as my personal well-being; to be surrounded on a daily basis by intelligent, caring, passionate individuals; to have the opportunity to use the skills I have acquired in a professional setting.

Here’s what some other Bruner employees are thankful for this year:

  • Lowell McElroy is thankful for gravy. “Where would this world be without GRAVY!? Gravy makes every food taste like home.”
  • Renna Schafler is thankful to have been blessed to have a job that helps ensure all of her needs and some of her wants.
  • Leslie Brungarth is thankful for good health amongst her family.
  • Dan Spurgeon is thankful for the great people in Bruner’s marketing department! (We’re thankful for you, too, Dan!)
  • Andrea Scott is thankful for making it through a very difficult year – still standing.
  • Paula Gayness is thankful that her entire family and close friends (including cats and dogs) are still alive and holding their health.
  • Zane Liston is thankful for many things this year. “My family is healthy, my job is rewarding, and I have made many new friends who have helped me understand the value of life.”
  • Eric Bailey is thankful for his new job at Bruner and the great people he gets to work with!

From everyone here at Bruner, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and ask, what you are thankful for this year?

Bruner Gate: Behind the Scenes

Every home game, Bruner employees and customers cheer on the Ohio State Buckeyes with beverages, brats, and a whole lot of OSU spirit. It’s a tailgate tradition that employees and customers alike have enjoyed since the early 90s.

But what goes into making each of those Saturday games a successful festivity?

  • 1 generously donated van, courtesy of Tom Alan at Byers
  • More than 720 canned beverages from Canardo Wine & Cheese
  • 144 Johnsonville Brats and 32 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs
  • 176 packages of buns
  • 1 large veggie tray
  • 1 large fruit tray
  • 6 bags of assorted chips
  • 2 large coolers
  • 6 bags of ice
  • 10’ x 20’ red tent
  • 2 six-foot tables
  • Grill
  • Generator
  • 2 trash cans
  • Flag pole with Bruner and OSU flags
  • 3 Bag-O-Chairs
  • Corn hole set and bags
  • And so much more…

Thanks to several employees that go above and beyond the call of duty, Bruner manages to retain the same spot each home game by arriving at St. John’s Arena at 5:30 AM – no matter what time the game starts!

There’s only one more chance to see it all come together this season. Come out and join us for the last OSU home game versus Penn State on Saturday, November 19. Stop by to enjoy a beverage, a brat, and the Buckeyes!