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ASA Midwest Council Meet the General Contractors Expo on January 30, 2019

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The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) – Midwest Council will host its annual Meet the General Contractors Expo on January 30, 2019 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. The yearly event gives area subcontractors and construction professionals the opportunity for valuable face-to-face time with some of St. Louis’ top general contractors.

The expo provides an ideal opportunity for construction industry professionals to network with general contractors, all in one place and in a relaxed setting. The expo is specifically designed for networking and building relationships with multiple representatives from the area general contractors.  There are 34 GC exhibitors participating in 2019.

  • 2019 General Contractor Exhibitors:
  •  CRB
  • S. M. WILSON & CO.

Last year’s event drew more than 1200 attendees. ASA will also have a booth at the expo with information about the St. Louis chapter, and details of upcoming industry events for 2019.  The event is open to ASA Members only from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., and then open to all registered attendees from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Advance Expo Registration is $65 for ASA Members and $95 for Non-Members. Registration includes hosted bar and appetizers. Register online at by January 23rd. After the 23rd there is a $30 surcharge on late registration, so register early.  Advance Registration is required, and space is filling up very quickly!

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty subcontractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois. For more information about the ASA Midwest Council, visit or contact Executive Director, Susan Winkelmann at 314-845-0855. ASA Midwest Council – Building. Community. 

AGCMO Winter/Spring 2019 Classes, AGC of Missouri Curriculum

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Location: Construction Training School, 6301 Knox Industrial Dr., St. Louis, MO 63139

Jobsite Communications for Foremen and Entry Level Superintendents is the first in AGC of Missouri’s Construction Industry Business Basics, a feedback-driven professional development series tailored to the training needs expressed by the AGCMO community of member companies. This introductory, facilitator-led, 4-hour seminar features individual sessions on electronic communication, nonverbal communication, compliance/legal issues, and crisis management communication. In a highly interactive learning environment, including group discussions and role play, participants engage in situational case studies designed to enhance communication effectiveness and efficiency.

Facilitator: Rita Kiry began her collegiate teaching career in 1996, teaching Business and General Education classes.  Prior to teaching, Ms. Kiry had a successful career in Marketing. Along with her husband, Ms. Kiry owns home remodeling and rental businesses. She earned her M.B.A. (International Business) and B.S. (Marketing) at Saint Louis University.

AGCMO Winter/Spring 2019 Classes, AGC of America Curriculum 
Location: Construction Training School, 6301 Knox Industrial Dr., St. Louis, MO 63139

STP Unit 4  Contract Documents. Instructor, Marvin Woods, CCP FAACE, Principal, Project Controls Group, Inc. *

STP Unit 6   Risk Management & Problem Solving. Instructor:  David Lowell, Sr. Project Manager, Kozeny-Wagner Inc. *

PMDP Module 5   Leadership. Instructors:  Angie Lovatto, Director of Human Resources, Tarlton Corporation & Brian Gibson, General Manager-Concrete, Tarlton Corporation *

BIM Unit 1   An Introduction to Building Information Modeling. Instructors: Adam Lega, CM-BIM, BIM Coordinator, Apogee Consulting Group & Chris Link, BIM Coordinator, CRB

BIM Unit 2  BIM Technology. Instructors: Corey Bell, CM-BIM, General Manager, BuildingPoint Mid-America & Scott Green, PE, CM-BIM, CM-LEAN, LEED AP, Director of Construction Technology, Tarlton Corporation

BIM Unit 3  BIM Project Execution Planning. Instructors: Scott Green, PE, CM-BIM, CM-LEAN, LEED AP, Director of Construction Technology, Tarlton Corporation & Chris Link, BIM Coordinator, CRB

BIM Unit 4  BIM Adoption, Implementation and ROI. Instructors: Corey Bell, CM-BIM, General Manager, BuildingPoint Mid-America & Adam Lega, CM-BIM, BIM Coordinator, Apogee Consulting Group

USACE CQMC (Construction Quality Management for Contractor) classes.
These classes are scheduled by the United States Corps of Engineers St. Louis District Office. To be placed on the email notification list when these classes are offered, send an email to Sarah Wright.

* Remote learning locations are available for this course. Please contact Sarah Wright about becoming a remote learning location.

Government Shutdown, and Subsequent Lack of Federal Funding, Causing Public Transit Providers to Reduce Services

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The ripple effect of the government shutdown has made its way to Missouri’s roadways. Rural transit providers throughout the state are currently operating without FTA Section 5311 and 5310 funding, leaving agencies to rely on other funding sources or reserves to continue to provide critical transit services to residents.

OATS Transit, for example, which provides service in 87 Missouri counties and is the largest rural transit provider in the country, announced that it may be forced to temporarily suspend or reduce some of its services due to the shutdown. If the shutdown – which began on Dec. 21 – continues, service reductions of 10 to 15 percent could begin as early as next week for OATS, increasing to 25 percent by the first week in February.

Several other rural transit providers, including Southeast Missouri Transportation Service (SMTS) and SERVE Transportation, which operates out of Callaway County/Fulton, Mo., have also reported similar concerns.

“Missouri state transit funding of $0.17 per capita is one of the lowest in the U.S.’” said Kim Cella, Executive Director of the Missouri Public Transit Association, which represents transit providers – both rural and urban – across Missouri. “Without federal funds, Missouri transit providers have little to no alternatives for funding. The current shutdown is a clear indication that more state funding is needed to better diversify funding sources for these critical services.”

For more information or to stay up to date on how the government shutdown might impact transit service in communities across Missouri, visit

Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) was established in 1980 as a Missouri non-profit corporation. It was formed to provide a unified voice for public and specialized transportation providers in Missouri and to work toward elevating the status of public transit as a national priority.

St. Louis Regional Freightway Helps Raise Awareness on Response to a Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack

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The St. Louis Regional Freightway welcomed representatives from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS) and the United States Coast Guard in December to raise awareness about preparations for a regional response plan and capstone exercise in the event of a complex coordinated terrorist attack (CCTA) in the bi-state area. This was the focus of The Freightway’s December Industry Forum, and featured discussions on how the region’s multimodal freight network could be impacted in the event of an attack, and the important role it plays in making sure the region is prepared.

On the panel were Dale Chambers, CCTA Grants Manager, St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS); Althea de Guzman, Regional Program Manager, Hagerty Consulting; Nick Gragnani, Executive Director, St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS); Matt Taylor, CCTA Training Coordinator, St. Louis Area Fusion Center, and Captain Scott Stoermer, Commander, Sector Upper Mississippi River, U.S. Coast Guard. Mary Lamie, Executive Director, St. Louis Regional Freightway, led the panel discussion.

Nick Gragnani, Executive Director of the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS), spoke about the organization’s role in coordination, planning and response for large-scale critical incidents in the bi-state metropolitan region.

“There is now a responsible party out there – whether it’s through a specialty response team, the urban area search and rescue team, the law enforcement tactical operation team or a team embedded within the hospitals right now – there are response units that can take on mass casualty incidents,” said Gragnani.

Althea de Guzman, Regional Program Manager with Hagerty Consulting, serves as the program coordinator for the St. Louis Regional Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack. She spoke about the program and how the region’s multimodal freight infrastructure can play a key role in preparing for an attack.

“The whole purpose of the CCTA program is to design and manage planning, training and exercises for the region,” Guzman said. “We are currently creating operational guides for law enforcement, fire, EMS, command and control and special operation units that include SWAT, bomb and arson. We’ll then get to train and exercise them in actual response drills.”

Guzman noted that her team is being proactive in identifying gaps in the region where more collaboration is needed. One gap she noted is the needs and challenges along the Mississippi River.

This sentiment was echoed by Dale Chambers, the St. Louis region’s program manager for the Preparing Communities for CCTA and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grants, who also serves as the coordinator for the regional training and exercise program. “The river creates a whole lot of challenges, and we are relying on everyone to get engaged,” he said. “That could be by providing meeting space, training opportunities or by opening up barges or boats for training exercises.”

One way those challenges are being addressed is through collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Scott Stoermer talked about their tactical resource role with advanced counter-terrorism. Stoermer is responsible for Coast Guard operations that include all or parts of 11 states and more than 2,200 miles of commercially navigable waterways on the upper Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers and their tributaries.

“The marine transportation system is a lifeblood for the national economy and, by extension, our national security,” he said. “This discussion of the governance of the marine transportation system is critical because we’re going to double the need for the use of the maritime transportation system in only a few years. The current $4.7 trillion volume of the economy that is pushed through the maritime transportation system is only getting bigger.”

Matt Taylor has been with the St. Louis County Police Department for more than 17 years and is currently assigned to the department’s Intelligence Unit and detached to the St. Louis Fusion Center. One of three in Missouri and 79 across the nation, the St. Louis Fusion Center was born out of the 9/11 Commission to improve communications and prevent terrorism. It analyzes and responds to reports of suspicious activity and other local/national/global intelligence that is collected or reported.

“Our priority is preservation of life and everything we do is based on that principal,” Taylor said. “The biggest way we are able to do this is through our suspicious activity reports. If more people know what a fusion center is and the impact of suspicious activity reports, it’s a win for everyone.”

Lamie reinforced the region’s vital role as a national multimodal freight transportation hub and highlighted how the St. Louis Regional Freightway would help with engagement of both those within the region’s freight industry and local users of the freight network.

“We have companies like Nestle Purina and AB In-Bev, trucking companies, six Class I railroads, our ports, airports and pipelines. There’s no other location along the Mississippi River that has the cluster of barge transfer facilities we have here in the St. Louis region,” Lamie said. “We will make sure that all of these partners know this group wants to work with them and that they need to be a part of this important initiative.”

The December Industry Forum was sponsored by The Southern Illinois Builders Association and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program.

The St. Louis Regional Freightway is a Bi-State Development enterprise formed to create a regional freight district and comprehensive authority for freight operations and opportunities within eight counties in Illinois and Missouri which comprise the St. Louis metropolitan area. To learn more, visit

St. Louis Construction Industry Job Loss Bucks National Trend, AGC Says

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While non-seasonal construction employment increased between November 2017 and November 2018 in 74 percent of the nation’s MSAs, St. Louis experienced the largest job loss – 4,500 jobs or 7 percent – of all 358 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas.

Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, said Thursday that the year-over-year numbers for St. Louis construction employment represent the largest construction job loss in the U.S. for the time period referenced above.

“I’ve been watching these figures for a long time,” Simonson said. “St. Louis has definitely had a rough time over the last year. The year-over-year change has been negative (for St. Louis) for 12 consecutive months, beginning with December of 2017 – which was 2.1 percent less (construction) employment than in December 2016. The November 2018 number was the worst of any of the previous 12 months.”

Simonson said factors likely contributing to St. Louis’ net decrease in non-seasonal construction employment include a tapering in highway spending in Missouri and general uncertainty with regard to infrastructure spending in Illinois. Aging of the construction workforce in St. Louis is an additional contributing factor, he added.

Tarlton Corporation Senior Vice President John Doerr said Missouri voters’ rejection of Proposition D in November – a measure that would have increased the long-stagnant motor-fuel tax to inject dollars into eroding public infrastructure statewide, may be another relevant factor affecting the latest construction employment statistics.

“The City of St. Louis does have some challenges as far as drawing the level of construction activity compared to other MSAs,” Doerr said. “That being said, however, we’re (Tarlton) doing more work in the City of St. Louis than we have in 20 years.”

Other MSAs with a decrease in construction employment, year over year, from November 2017 to November 2018, include the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson (MD) MSA with a decrease of 3,000 construction jobs (-4 percent) and the Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean (NJ) MSA with a decrease in construction employment of 2,400 jobs (-6 percent).

Construction Industry Mourns Jan. 3 Passing of Labor Leader Terry Nelson

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The construction industry in St. Louis and Kansas City, MO, Southern Illinois and beyond is mourning the passing of a long-time staunch advocate and true labor leader with a fierce work ethic, an outspoken nature and huge heart for supporting workers and their families.

Terry Nelson, former executive secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, died Thursday, Jan. 3. Nelson, who was known for being frank, passionate and innovative, led the Carpenters for 22 years as its chief executive until his retirement in September 2015.

Nelson’s successor, Al Bond, said Thursday that Nelson’s legacy is profound and wide-reaching.

“Terry spent his entire career advancing the carpentry trade, from his early days as an apprentice (in the 1960s) to his two decades leading our organization,” Bond said. “He ushered our union through the Great Recession, sought pay increases for our members and developed innovative programs to keep our members and contractors leaders in the marketplace.”

Known for his outspokenness, Nelson was arguably the most progressive labor leader in the Greater St. Louis construction industry. But he was also widely known for his tireless drive and compassion in caring for Carpenters members and their families.

“Terry cared deeply for the St. Louis community as a whole,” said Bond. “He was involved in numerous ventures, trying to help improve the lives of the disadvantaged. More than anything, Terry will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to supporting working families and improving the lives of our members with fair wages, superior benefits and the ability to retire with dignity. Our entire Carpenters family mourns his passing, and our prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”

Nolan “Chip” Jones named AGC of Missouri Board Chairman

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Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. DOT Branch Manager to Lead Statewide Association in 2018 

Nolan “Chip” Jones, DOT Branch Manager for Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., has been elected the chairman of the board of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGC) for 2019.

As a 1988 Civil Engineering graduate from University of Missouri-Columbia, Jones has more than 30 years of experience in the heavy/civil construction industry, joining Emery Sapp & Sons in 1999 as a project manager.  Prior to ESS, Jones spent 10-years as an inspector for MoDOT.  He’s responsible for ESS’s 200-plus employees’ successful completion of more than $800 million in highway and bridge projects.  Chip has been heavily involved in AGCMO, serving on the board of directors since 2014 and has served on the Executive Committee and Finance Committees and the Heavy/Highway/Infrastructure board of directors since 2015.

Other officers of the AGC for 2019 are: chair elect of the board – Becky Spurgeon, Interface Construction Corporation; vice chair of the board – Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.; and secretary-treasurer – John Doerr, Tarlton Corporation; heavy/highway/infrastructure division chair – Don Rosenbarger, Delta Companies, Inc.; building division chair – D. J. Simmons, ACME Constructors, Inc., heavy/highway/infrastructure division vice chair – Steve Bubanovich, H.R. Quadri Contractors LLC; and building division vice chair, Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Design & Build.

Serving on the board representing contractor members are:  Tim Hudwalker, BSI Constructors, Inc.; Troy Musson, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Kyle Phillips, Herzog Contracting Corp.; and, Sean Thouvenot, Branco Enterprises, Inc. Serving on the board representing the AGC’s specialty contractors are:  Steve Schrimpf, Schrimpf Landscaping, Inc. and Julia Strumpler, Sachs Electric Company  Serving on the board representing the AGC’s supplier/service providers are Jackson D. Glisson III, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.; and K. Douglas Mertens, Con-Agg of MO, LLC.

The ex-officio board members representing the Construction Leadership Council and Young Executives Club for 2019 are Christopher Kozeny of Kozeny-Wagner, Inc. and Jeremy Bexten of Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., respectively.

Existing board members who will continue serving in 2019 include:   Paul Ideker, Ideker, Inc.; Eddie Welsh, Capital Paving and Construction, LLC; and William Wagner, S. M. Wilson & Co., immediate past chair.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri is the leading voice of the construction industry in Missouri, representing over 500 commercial, industrial, heavy and highway contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties throughout Missouri.

Citizens for Modern Transit to Host “Talking Transit” Event on Jan 9th

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Interactive Session to Highlight Metro Transit’s New Transit Plan as it Nears Completion, Gives Attendees Final Opportunity to Weigh-in

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is inviting area residents to take part in a special “Talking Transit” event, featuring Jessica Mefford-Miller, executive director of Metro Transit. The event follows a series of public meetings held by Metro Transit on its “Metro Reimagined” transit plan and will give CMT members, and the community at-large, a final opportunity to weigh-in on the proposed plan as it nears completion. Brief remarks will also be made by Taulby Roach, the new president and CEO of Bi-State Development. Metro Transit is one of five Bi-State Development enterprises. The event is being held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lower Level Auditorium of the BJC Learning Center, located at 8300 Eager Road, which is accessible by MetroLink and MetroBus.

Metro Reimagined kicked off in 2017 with a study designed to take a proactive look at the mobility needs of the region, evaluate the potential of new technology and innovative transit concepts, and provide a framework for phased improvements that can be implemented within Metro Transit’s current budget. Using the data collected, Metro Transit proposed a new transit plan that aims to deliver shorter waits, faster trips and better connections for customers. The plan has been shared widely during an extensive public and community engagement process and is nearing completion. Additional information about the Metro Reimagined can be found at

“Metro Transit is to be commended for all of the time and hard work it has invested to develop a workable transit plan that meets the needs of local transit riders,” said Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. “We are looking forward to this interactive session and the opportunity it will provide for input and discussion as the transit plan is finalized.”

Registration for the Talking Transit event can be completed online at or by arriving early to the event. The cost is free for CMT members and $10 for non-members. For non-members that would like to attend but have personal financial constraints, CMT offers a limited number of scholarships for each of the Talking Transit events. To learn more about the event, or for more information on Citizens for Modern Transit and its efforts to further transit development in the St. Louis region, call (314) 231-7272, find the organization on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @cmt_stl.

Citizens for Modern Transit is a nonprofit, member supported organization that leads efforts for an integrated, affordable, and convenient public transportation system with light rail expansion as the critical component that will drive economic growth to improve quality of life in the St. Louis region.

IMPACT Strategies Breaks Ground On New Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Training Facility

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IMPACT Strategies recently broke ground on the new Local 562 Plumbers & Pipefitters Training Facility that will serve generations to come as well as the current 4,500 members and 400 apprentices.

Located in Earth City, MO, on a five-acre lot adjacent to their headquarters, this two-story, 79,000 square-foot facility will have energy efficient electrical and lighting systems, a water efficient plumbing system, and technologically advanced HVAC and dust collection systems. In addition to the 50 welding booths and several technology-equipped classrooms for continued education, there will be an auditorium style lecture hall, office and conference areas, and fabrication and assembly areas with an overhead crane.

The exterior will be constructed of structural steel, 32-foot and 34-foot tilt-up concrete walls, and masonry. There will also be an exterior gas storage shelter and metal recycling storage.

“We look forward to partnering with IMPACT Strategies to build our new Training Facility. They bring plenty of experience and value to the project.” John O’Mara, Local 562 Business Manager stated during the ground breaking.

IMPACT Strategies is working with Ahal Pre-Construction Services, architects from M+H Architects, and civil engineers from Cole & Associates on this project. This facility is set to be completed in early 2020.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

IFMA St. Louis Gift Spreads Warmth During Holiday Season

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Donation to Heat Up St. Louis serves those in need throughout St. Louis region

The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) provided some warmth to the region’s needy this winter.

Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, IFMA St. Louis presented a check for $1,000 to Heat Up St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children, avoid illnesses and deaths during the area’s bitter winter season. IFMA St. Louis also funds the organization’s Cool Down St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents cool during the hot summer months.

Fire Captain Garon Mosby accepted the donation on behalf of Heat Up St. Louis. He underscored the importance of helping others by relating a recent story of a family’s home destroyed by a house fire. Unfortunately, the family needed space heaters to keep their home warm. Heat Up St. Louis works to help those in need avoid such tragedies, he noted.

IFMA St. Louis has supported the weather-related assistance programs for the past five years. The nonprofit organization helps defray the cost of energy to heat and cool residences, serving more than 300,000 area residents since the programs’ inception in 2000.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. For more information, visit

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