Contractor Spotlight: Elford Construction

Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters stopped by a job site to speak with Denise Gilliam, Outreach & Diversity Manager with Elford Construction in Columbus, Ohio. In this interview, we dove into the topic of the importance of a diverse workforce and a more inclusive work environment within the field of construction.  With the shortages in manpower across the construction industry, Denise details the challenges in hiring and how Elford overcomes those challenges during this time.


The Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters advocates an environment where everyone can thrive to do their best. We are of various ethnic, gender, education, background, and social backgrounds. We can generate many new ideas when we are able to all work together. Without diversity in the workplace, we run the risk of becoming monoculture and only viewing things from a very limited perspective. The Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters promotes a culture within our organization of diversity among all our workers.

The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 35,000 professional tradespeople in 40 locals in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee. A proud affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which has a century-plus tradition of representing the best of the building trades, the council works in partnership with more than 30,000 contractors, helping them find the best possible talent for their projects.

The hallmark of our regional council is three-fold: training, professionalism and partnerships for economic development.


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