Clay Graham and OpCon Highlighted in Updated Who's Who Publication

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The Blue Book Building & Construction Network's Chicago & Northwest Indiana edition of The Who's Who in Building and Construction hits newsstands today with the spotlight on OpCon. Chicago-based general contracting firm Opcon specializes in government and military construction projects and focuses on employing veterans.

The Chicago & Northwest Indiana edition of The Who’s Who in Building & Construction hits the stands today, with a cover story featuring Opcon—a general contracting firm that works on government and military construction projects, ranging from interior/exterior renovations to green building (e.g., LED lighting and mechanical upgrades, solar arrays, etc.) for federal facilities, commercial businesses and hospitals. The company’s team is made up of about 35% veterans, a condition set by the founder, Clay Graham. Graham is a veteran himself and wanted to help the people who served their country and “returned home only to find themselves unemployed and adrift.” Telling stories about such admirable companies is part of the heart of The Who’s Who in Building & Construction magazine. The publication strives to tell local stories, function as a knowledge resource, and connect decision-makers to the trades they’re looking for in the buyers’ guide.

Though the company started small, Opcon quickly rose to prominence, earning about $280,000 in revenue in the first year of operations, and earned $10.2 million by 2015. The company has worked on quite a few notable projects, including the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial at the St. Louis Gateway Arch in Missouri. Opcon also worked on the roof restoration of the historic Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Finding local projects like these is one of the many reasons why the industry goes to networking events like The Who’s Who Showcase, where the industry and the magazine come to life.

The Illinois Who's Who In Building & Construction Showcase takes place on May 17th at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. For more information about the Showcases, please visit

For more information on the Who’s Who magazine, please contact Mike Tartaglia, Managing Editor, at 800.431.2584 ext. 3391 or mtartaglia(at)mail(dot)thebluebook(dot)com.

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