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$12.7 Million in Grants Awarded to Assist Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking water and wastewater systems and private well owners. Water systems staff will receive training and technical assistance to improve operations and management practices, promote system sustainability, and better protect public health and the environment.

“Ensuring safe drinking water for all Americans, whether they live in a small town or a big city, is a priority for EPA and these grants will help smaller systems in communities across the country,” said Joel Beauvais, deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water.

The selected grantees are:

  • $4.0 million each to the National Rural Water Association and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to help small public water systems across the country achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act
  • $1.8 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to improve the financial and managerial capabilities of small public water systems across the country
  • $1.2 million to the National Rural Water Association to improve operational performance at small publicly-owned wastewater systems and decentralized wastewater systems, thereby improving public health and water quality
  • $1.7 million to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to inform private drinking water well owners about protecting their drinking water supply and improving water quality

More than 97 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80 percent of these systems serve fewer than 500 people. Many small systems face unique challenges in providing reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations. These challenges can include a lack of financial resources, aging infrastructure, and high staff turnover.

Since 2009, EPA has provided $95 million in technical assistance grants to assist small drinking water and wastewater systems and private well owners.

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Masonry Institute of St. Louis to Host New Products Show

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The Masonry Institute of St. Louis will host a new products show on Wednesday, February 8th at their Richmond Heights headquarters. The 19 th Annual MISL 2017 new products show will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

There is no admission charge and a complimentary buffet will be offered. Reservations are not required and everyone is welcome.

St. Louis Masonry Center – 1429 South Big Bend Blvd. – St. Louis, MO 6311

2017 Exhibitors, so far, include:

  • Earthworks
  • Enloe Enterprise
  • Goedecke
  • Hilti
  • Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
  • Prosoco
  • Raineri
  • Richards Brick
  • Spec Mix

Electrical Connection Named Arcus Award Finalist by the St. Louis Regional Chamber

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The St. Louis region’s economic development organization is honoring the Electrical Connection for its corporate citizenship.  The St. Louis Regional Chamber has named the electrical industry labor-management partnership an Arcus Awards finalist for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  Winners of the Arcus Awards will be announced at a Feb. 23, 2017 gala event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

            The Electrical Connection is being saluted for a number of initiatives to improve the communities that its contractors and electricians serve.  Most recently, this has included helping energize a Ferguson, Mo. “Shop with a Cop” program on Dec. 17, 2016 while also increasing its support for the rural St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program on the same day.  The expansion of both programs came about when the Electrical Connection partnered with Saint Louis FC for a fundraiser during a July 31, 2016 soccer game, allowing the IBEW/NECA partnership to donate $5,000 to each program.  As a result, more than 500 disadvantaged children were served by the holiday giving and community trust building programs.  The Electrical Connection’s involvement in “Shop with a Cop” dates to 1993 when it first began supporting the St. Francois County program.  It has donated more than $54,000 to the program since.

Other Electrical Connection civic endeavors include:

  • Sponsoring the lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium
  • A 13-year commitment donating more than $800,000 in labor/materials to Rebuilding Together St. Louis to improve more than 450 homes for low-income St. Louisans.
  • Since 2004, donating $1.5 million in services to Habitat for Humanity to safely wire more than 233 new homes.
  • Helping National Night Out make neighborhoods safe by donating more than $450,000 in materials/services to install security lighting in more than 850 St. Louis homes.
  • Donating new scoreboards, including installation, for several schools.
  • In 2015, sponsoring Saint Louis FC and the return of outdoor professional soccer to St. Louis.
  • Engaging more than 9,000 students in how STEM subjects translate into electrical careers through partnerships with the Saint Louis Science Center, Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and numerous school districts.
  • Active leadership to strengthen Missouri’s economy and communities including regional and statewide partnerships with the Hawthorn Foundation, Missouri Partnership, the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County, Missouri Energy Initiative, S. Green Building Council- Missouri Gateway Chapter, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter and more.

Finally, for more than 70 years, the IBEW/NECA industry-funded apprenticeship program has consistently delivered the best value in workforce development, free of charge and at no taxpayer expense, to meet the Missouri’s next generation electrical needs, including electric vehicles, cybersecurity and robotics.  Diversity is fully integrated into its programs.  Up to 37 percent of its apprentices in the last 10 classes have been minorities.  It also invests in the Regional Union Construction Center’s mission to create a more sustainable minority contracting community.

The Electrical Connection is among six organizations named finalists for the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award.  Others include Accenture, Anders, Emmis St. Louis, Gateway to Innovation and Mastercard.  The Arcus Awards honors companies, organizations, or institutions who make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work, and invest for all people. The St. Louis Regional Chamber will salute 56 companies across 10 categories that align with the Chamber’s purpose to inspire a greater St. Louis. Learn more at

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit

SITE Improvement Association Names 2017 Board of Directors & Officers

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The SITE Improvement Association Board of Directors has re-elected Mike Kappel, General Manager of Byrne & Jones Construction, as President and Jennifer Bouquet, President of J&J Boring, as secretary/treasurer for 2017, and has elected Mike Harman, Jr., President of Plattin Creek Excavating, LLC., as Vice President.

In addition, two new members have been elected to SITE’s board of directors.  They include Charles “Chuck” Vitale, Vice President/Secretary of Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Company, Inc. and Lee Newton, Vice President of Cummings, McGowan & West, Inc.  Re-elected to another term on the board of directors are Adam Guthrie of Baxter Farms & Nurseries, Mike Jerome of Bi-State Utilities, Patrick Geraty of AgriCycle, Inc. and Todd Wall of J.M. Marschuetz Construction.

Last year SITE celebrated 50 years of continuous operation as an independent construction contractor organization.  It represents the interests of its 190 members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training.  SITE’s members are primarily contractors in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  For more information, visit

ASA Midwest Council Meet the General Contractors Expo on January 25

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The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) – Midwest Council will host its annual Meet the General Contractors Expo on Jan. 25, 2017 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 32 GC exhibitors already registered to be in attendance.

2017 General Contractor Exhibitors:

  • Alberici Constructors
  • ARCO Construction
  • BEX Construction Services
  • Brinkmann Constructors
  • BSI Constructors
  • Clayco
  • Contegra Construction Co.
  • Conway Contracting, Inc.
  • Eagan Design & Build
  • Echelon Constructors
  • HBD Construction
  • Holland Construction Services
  • Impact Strategies, Inc.
  • Interface Construction Corporation
  • Kadean Construction
  • KAI Design and Build
  • KCI Construction Company
  • Keeley Construction Co.
  • The Korte Company
  • Kozeny-Wagner, Inc.
  • LANDCO Construction
  • McCarthy Building Companies
  • McGrath & Associates, Inc.
  • Paric Corporation
  • Pinnacle Contracting
  • R.G. Ross Construction Co.
  • Rhodey Construction
  • S. M. Wilson & Co.
  • Tarlton Corporation
  • United Construction Ent. Co. STL
  • Volk Construction 

Last year’s event drew more than 1000 attendees. ASA will also have a booth at the expo with information about the St. Louis chapter, and details of upcoming industry events for 2017.

2017 is an extra special year for ASA, as the chapter will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The 15th annual GC Expo will kick off a yearlong anniversary celebration.

Expo Registration is $65 for ASA Members and $95 for Non-Members. Registration includes hosted bar and appetizers. Register online at by January 18th. Advance Registration is required.

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. The ASA Midwest Council’s purpose is to improve the construction process through active participation in education, advocacy and cooperation. For more information about the ASA Midwest Council, visit or contact Executive Director, Susan Winkelmann at 314-845-0855. ASA Midwest Council – Building. Community.  

GCs’ Top 12 Legislative Concerns

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The Associated General Contractors of Missouri has released its members’ top twelve state legislative concerns for 2017.


1) and 2) The association leads off with support for more funding for transportation (including roads, bridges, and public transit) and utility infrastructure.


3) The association reasserts support for diversity and inclusive while calling on state agencies and political subdivisions to “utilize goals that are in alignment with the business and workforce capacity available in the affected area.”


4) The group wants better coordination of efforts to improve the academic skills, attitudes, and knowledge of construction workers and potential construction workers.


5) The AGC calls for political entities to use design-bid and construction management –at-risk under procedures “to ensure a level playing field for the contractors and design professionals in the construction industry.”


6) The contractors’ association also wants the adoption and enforcement of statewide building codes.


7) The association opposed broad changes in Missouri’s Mechanic’s Lien laws.


8) The AGC supports letting political entities utilize Public-Private Partnerships to get projects done, but only of they utilize prevailing wage.


9) The contractors’ association supports the concept of prevailing wage and opposed any major changes to current prevailing wage statutes.


10) The association stands in support of sustainability “without unusable or overly cumbersome regulations,” and calls for flexibility in the choice of certifying organization when a public entity wants a project certified.


11) The group calls for “more consistent application of environmental regulations” throughout the state and wants the MoDNR to approach enforcement by offering assistance to achieve compliance instead of fines and penalties, “which could financially cripple a contractor.”


12) The AGC “supports the continued availability of various economic development tools,” such as tax credits and tax increment financing, believing that they create jobs and revitalize communities.

ASA Midwest Council 2017 Glitter & Gold Awards Gala

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The ASA Midwest Council will hold their 24th Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at The Four Season Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Titled, the Glitter & Gold Awards Gala, ASA will be celebrating 50 years of setting the gold standard in construction.

A Black Tie Optional Celebration-Mingle and mix with the premier General Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Service Providers during the cocktail hour, dinner and awards ceremony at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis. This is ASA MWC’s 24th year honoring the best of the best in the STL construction industry!

Companies are invited to elevate their company’s exposure at this premier St. Louis construction industry event by acting as event sponsors.

Tickets are $160 per person, tables of 10 are available to reserve. Black Tie Optional-valet parking included. Registration closes March 22, 2017.

More information & registration here.

2017 Nominees ASA Midwest Council’s Glitter & Gold Awards Gala

General Contractor of the Year 2017

Category A

  • Alberici Constructors
  • BSI Constructors
  • Keeley Construction
  • McCarthy Building Companies
  • Tarlton Corporation

Category B

  • Interface Construction Corp.
  • Kadean Construction
  • Kozeny-Wagner
  • McGrath & Associates
  • Musick Construction Company
  • Rhodey Construction, Inc.

Category C

  • BEX Construction Services
  • G.S.& S. General Contractors
  • LANDCO Construction

Service Provider/Supplier 2017

  • Enterprise Bank and Trust
  • Fabick Rents
  • J.D. Kutter Insurance Associates
  • K & K Supply
  • Negwer Door Systems
  • RG Rents
  • Seal the Deal Too
  • United Rentals

MEP Subcontractor 2017

Category A

  • Guarantee Electrical, Inc.
  • Haberberger, Inc
  • Integrated Facility Services
  • C.E. Jarrell Contracting Company
  • Murphy Company
  • PayneCrest Electric
  • RockHill Mechanical Corp
  • Sachs Electric Company

Category B

  • Aschinger Electric Company
  • Bell Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Duct Systems
  • Kaemmerlen Electric
  • KayBee Electric
  • O.J. Laughlin Plumbing Co
  • R.F. Meeh Co.

Specialty Subcontractor 2017

Category A

  • Affton Fabricating & Welding
  • Collins & Hermann, Inc.
  • Fenix Construction Co.
  • Flooring Systems, Inc.
  • Heitkamp Masonry
  • John J. Smith Masonry Co.
  • J. Wies Contracting, Inc
  • Vee Jay Cement Contracting

Category B

  • AME Constructors
  • American Steel Fabrication
  • BAZAN Painting Co.
  • Golterman & Sabo
  • Meyer Painting Co.
  • Swanson Masonry, Inc.
  • Taylor Excavating


Edward J. Twehous named AGC of Missouri Board Chairman

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Ed Twehous

Missouri Highway Contractor to Lead Statewide Association in 2017

Ed Twehous, vice president of Twehous Excavating Company, Inc. has been elected the chairman of the board of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGC) for 2017.    Twehous is a life-long resident of Jefferson City and has been active in the construction industry for over 40 years.  Twehous has the rare drive to deeply engage in issues and organizations in which he believes.  He has an extensive list of civic and charitable responsibilities – many related to St. Francis Xavier Parish in Taos, MO and Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City.  Twehous has served on construction industry-related boards and commissions for several municipalities in Missouri and, since 2008, has been a member of the Missouri Blasting Safety Board (appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt).

Twehous’s dedication to the construction industry doesn’t end there.  He has been deeply engaged in the Associated General Contractors for over 30 years.  He has served on the AGC of America’s Board of Directors/Governors, has been chairman of most every committee he’s served on with the AGC of Missouri and was Chairman of the AGC of Missouri in 2005, long before the merger with the AGC of St. Louis. Whether it is the governmental affairs committee, joint committees with MoDOT or DNR, or the Young Executives Club, Ed dives in with gusto.  Twehous also was instrumental in the merger of the former AGC of Missouri with the AGC of St. Louis in late 2014.

Other officers of the AGC for 2017 are:  chair elect of the board – William Wagner, S. M. Wilson & Co.; vice chair of the board – Chip Jones, Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.; secretary-treasurer – Becky Spurgeon, Interface Construction Corporation; building division chair – Greg Hesser, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; heavy/highway/infrastructure division chair – Paul Ideker, Ideker, Inc.; building division vice-chair – John Doerr, Tarlton Corporation; and, heavy/highway/infrastructure division vice-chair – Bryan Wilkerson, Clarkson Construction Company.

Serving on the board representing contractor members are:  Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc.; Zachary Hamilton, Kwame Building Group, Inc.; Michael Kennedy, Jr., KAI Design & Build; Joe Ritz, Comanche Construction, Inc.; Don Rosenbarger, Delta Companies; and, Sean Thouvenot, Branco Enterprises, Inc.

Serving on the board representing the AGC’s specialty contractors are:  Jamie Loch, Collins & Hermann, Inc. and Jon Danuser, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Serving on the board representing the AGC’s supplier/service providers are Maureen Crawford, Seiler Instrument & Manufacturing Co., Inc. and Erik Thompson, Silver Eagle Construction Products, Inc.

The ex-officio board members representing the Construction Leadership Council and Young Executives Club for 2017 are Oliver Coulson of Tarlton Corporation and Randy Besand of Pace Construction, respectively.

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.

BOMA St. Louis Announces New Officers for 2017

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The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Metropolitan St. Louis is pleased to announce its new Officers for the 2017 term:

Melissa Wolf

Melissa Wolff, President, Director of Property Management Services, Newmark Grubb Zimmer



Michelle Biedermann

Michelle Biedermann, Vice President, Real Estate Manager, CBRE Asset Services



Patrick Shaw

Patrick Shaw, Treasurer, Associate Vice President, Director of Engineering & Maintenance, Cushman Wakefield


BOMA’s mission is to represent and promote the interests of the commercial real estate industry through effective leadership, advocacy, exchange of information, and professional development. BOMA St. Louis has more than 450 members whose companies own, manage, lease and service the metropolitan real estate community. The St. Louis office market contributes almost $2 billion to the local economy, accounts for over $500,000,000 in taxable personal earnings, supports almost 14,000 jobs and generates $112,000,000 in real estate taxes.

CREW-St. Louis Member Monica Conners Appointed To Crew Network Foundation’s Board Of Directors

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Monica Conners

Monica Conners is one of six members selected to serve on the 2017-18 Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Foundation Board of Directors. The foundation is an international initiative that supports women in commercial real estate. Funding provides educational programs, scholarships, mentoring opportunities and cutting-edge industry research to advance the success of women in the industry.

As a champion director, Conners will help the foundation further its reach by continuing to raise awareness and funds that build opportunities for women and girls in the commercial real estate industry.

Conners is senior director of client development at the Lawrence Group, a national development and design firm based in St. Louis. She manages existing and new relationships for the St. Louis, Austin, Charlotte and New York offices and is responsible for cultivating growth in Lawrence Group’s markets.

A member of CREW-St. Louis since 2010, Conners has chaired the programs committee, served on the board of directors and most recently served as chapter president during 2016.

The St. Louis chapter of CREW Network was started in 1982. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest of CREW Network’s 76 chapters in North America, with more than 180 members from all disciplines in commercial real estate.

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