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AGC of Missouri Awards $64,000 in Scholarships

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The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) has awarded $64,000 in scholarships to 30 students from across the Midwest. These awards mark the largest amount in the association’s history, topping the record-breaking $62,000 awarded in 2021. Since 2018, AGCMO has supported a total of $282,000 in scholarships.

“Labor shortages are a huge challenge in our industry,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of the AGC of Missouri. “Scholarships are offered to students pursuing advanced studies in construction, engineering, architecture, science, technology and apprenticeships in the construction trades. In the past five years we’ve doubled the number of university student chapters we support and also have opened new training sites on university campuses throughout the state.

Students receiving $3,500 scholarships, supported by AGCMO’s Young Executives Club (YEC) and Construction Leadership Council (CLC) include:

Will Ghan, Marionville, MO (65705), Aaron Loehr Memorial YEC Scholarship, Missouri State University, construction management

Kyle Wesolowski, Alton, IL (62002), Oliver J. Coulson Memorial CLC Scholarship, Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville, construction management

Individuals awarded $2,500 scholarships, also supported by YEC and CLC, include:

Cody Wieberg, Tuscumbia, MO (65082), AGCMO Education Foundation YEC Award Scholarship, State Technical College of Missouri

Ty Clemens, Liberty, MO (64068), AGCMO Education Foundation CLCC Award Scholarship, Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA, civil engineering or construction management

Students awarded $2,000 scholarships, supported by the AGCMO Education Foundation, include:

Lindsay Allen, Lake Ozark, MO (65049), State Technical College of Missouri, design drafting

Richard Boyer, Swansea, IL (62226), Missouri State University, construction management

Phillip Brucks.  Macon, MO (63552), University of Missouri-Columbia,
Dawson Compas
, Cape Girardeau, MO (63701),Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, civil engineering

Philip Crawford, Jefferson City, MO (65101),State Technical College of Missouri, electrical technology

William Denny, Columbia, IL (62236),Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, civil engineering

Tanner Hermanson, Kansas City, MO (64153); Missouri State University, construction management

Ryan Highfill, Ozark, MO (65721),Missouri University of Science & Technology, civil engineering and engineering management

Brenden Kempker, Eugene, MO (65032), State Technical; College of Missouri, heavy equipment

Jillian Kirchner, Troy, MO (63379), Drury University, architecture

Craig LaBrue, Cambridge, KS (67023),Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, construction management

Gage Levell, Oak Grove, MO (64075), University of Missouri-Columbia, civil engineering

Bethany Lotterer, Pittsburg, KS (66762), Pittsburg State University, construction management

Isaac Medlin, Keytesville, MO (65261), Grand River Technical School, Chillicothe, MO

Brady Murr, Macon, MO (63552), Moberly Area Community College, civil engineering

Blake Murr, Macon, MO (63552), University of Missouri-Columbia, civil engineering

Hunter Myers, Springfield, MO (65803), Missouri State University, construction management

Hayden Pugh, Independence, MO (64055) Culver-Stockton, Canton, MO, business/construction management

Heriberto Real, Dodge City, KS (67801), Pittsburg State University, construction management

Austin Redhage, Beaufort, MO (63013), State Technical College of Missouri, associate’s degree, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning

Jack Sullentrup, Washington, MO (63090), Missouri State University, construction management

Trey Townsend, Waynesville, MO (65583), State Technical College of Missouri, welding and manufacturing

Max Wilson, O’Fallon, MO (63368), University of Arkansas, civil engineering

Brent Wischmann, Jackson, MO (63755), American Welding Academy, welding

Students awarded $2,000 Scott Wilson Scholarships are

Abdu Ibrahim, Rolla, MO (65401), Missouri University of Science & Technology, engineering management

Kayla Ursery, St. Louis, MO (63136), Missouri Western State University, construction engineering technology

“Our newest workforce initiative is BuildMyFuture®, a series of interactive, full-day expo’s around the state for high school students,” added Toenjes. “In April we participated in BuildMyFuture events in Springfield and St. Charles. This fall AGCMO is sponsoring BuildMyFuture ’hands-on’ events in Macon (Sept. 21), Sikeston (Oct. 5) and Jefferson City (Oct. 18). Thousands of high school students across the state are being introduced to our industry and experiencing what it’s like to actually be on a job site. The dedication of time and resources put forth by our members represents a major investment by our contractors, and it also serves to help fill the void left when former vocational programs were eliminated from the curriculum. The student response has been absolutely outstanding.” (See student reactions/testimonials here: 2022 Build My Future – YouTube.

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) represents the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. AGC of Missouri represents nearly 550 commercial, industrial, highway, transportation, and utility infrastructure contractors, industry partners and related firms in 110 counties across the state of Missouri. AGCMO operates offices in St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield. Visit: www.agcmo.org

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Home Builders Association Donates $20,000 to Promise Community Homes

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2022 HBA President Jeremy Roth (Elite Development Services/McBride Homes) (left) and HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (right) presented a $20,000 donation to Promise Community Homes’ executive director Erin Eberhard and director of operations Lisa Dickerson.

The donation will be used to replace roofs at three of the organization’s houses that are homes to adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Promise Community Homes (formerly Rainbow Village) supports the foundational needs of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities by providing safe, affordable and well-maintained neighborhood homes. Every home is carefully designed for the comfort, safety and unique needs of each individual resident.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

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CREW-St. Louis Annual Networking Awards Will Honor Industry Leaders

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CREW-St. Louis will honor the achievements of industry leaders at its 17th Annual Networking Awards Event on May 11 at Olive + Oak in Webster Groves.

Each year, CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) recognizes a group of women who have advanced the commercial real estate industry through their leadership, accomplishments, and service to the St. Louis region. The 2022 awardees will be announced on April 21.

CREW launched the networking awards in 2006 with the goals of influencing the success of the industry, showcasing the power of networking, and demonstrating the organization’s support to the community.

In 2015, they added the Woman of Influence Award to recognize a local professional who, through her leadership and vision, has made a positive impact on the industry. Previous recipients include Carolyn Kindle Betz of St. Louis City SC in 2021 and Maxine Clark, founder and former CEO of Build-a-Bear and current CEO of the Clark-Fox Foundation, in 2020.

“We look forward to shining a light on the women in St. Louis who are shaping the built environment,” said Stacey Kamps, CREW Board of Directors president and CEO/President of Koch Development Co. “These women honor our industry every day with their hard work, their vision, and their commitment to their communities. It’s only fitting that we honor them.”

 In addition to the Woman of Influence Award, the organization will present the New Member of the Year Award, CREW Impact Award, Career Advancement for Women Award, Economic Impact Award, and Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the industry.

This year’s event will be held May 11 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Olive + Oak, 216 Lockwood, 63119. The registration deadline is April 27. Visit crewstl.org for full details.

CREW-St. Louis advances, educates, and supports women to influence the commercial real estate industry. CREW-St. Louis furthers its mission through leadership, excellence, influence, community, and advancement. With more than 200 members from nearly every discipline in commercial real estate, CREW-St. Louis stands as one of the largest of CREW Network’s more than 75 chapters across the globe.

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Electrical Connection Supports the 2022 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

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The 13th St. Jude Dream Home® in St. Louis is taking shape at the Streets of Caledonia in O’Fallon, Mo. and once again the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection is donating resources to build it.  The home’s construction and sale will benefit children served by the renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.  It is donating all electrical services to build the 2,457-square-foot, two-story home which carries an estimated value of $565,000. The home is being built by Fischer Homes.  NECA contractor Grasser Electric and IBEWare performing the electrical work.

In June of this year, tickets will be available to purchase for a chance to win the home.  A total of 16,000 tickets will be offered to win the home for $100 each.  Last year, tickets to win the home sold out in 10 days.  For more information visit www.stjude.org/give/dream-home/st-louis.html.

Located at intersection of Dalriada Blvd & Long Haven Drive at the Streets of Caledonia, the groundbreaking for this year’s St. Jude Dream Home was held on Feb. 10, 2022.  The Grasser Electric/IBEW team began roughing in electrical on April 2, 2022. Each year, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership pays the wages of the workforce for the St. Jude Dream Home. “But at the end of the day, our workforce agreed to donate their time and skills on Saturday to advance this worthy cause,” noted Chris Clermont, business representative, IBEW Local 1. 

The home features a morning room adjacent to the kitchen, flexible space for a living room, dining room or study, a first floor owner’s suite, a two-story family room,  three bedrooms, two and a half baths and a two-car garage.

“The purpose of the home is truly special,” said Frank Jacobs, IBEW business manager.  “St. Jude’s critical research and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases inspires and compels our IBEW/NECA partnership to help with this worthy cause.”

The home is built with the generosity and support of sponsors, trade partners, and the local community. Every dollar raised goes straight to St. Jude for funding research and providing care. 

“The ultimate winner of the St. Jude Dream Home will appreciate the reliable electrical installations built to code that is the hallmark of all our residential projects,” noted Kyle McKenna, executive vice president, St. Louis NECA.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership more than 5,000 highly skilled and safe IBEW electricians and the more than 150 NECA electrical contractors who employ them.  For more than 75 years, the partnership has trained more electricians/communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. Its award-winning work provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.

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Employment Stalls but New Low for April Jobless Rate, Record Openings Imply Demand Remains Strong

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Employment Stalls but New Low for April Jobless Rate, Record Openings Imply Demand Remains Strong

Construction employment, seasonally adjusted, totaled 7,628,000 in April, a decrease of 2,000 from March but a gain of 235,000 (3.2%) year-over-year (y/y) from April 2021, according to AGC’s analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data posted on Friday. Residential construction employment, comprising residential building and specialty trade contractors, rose by 3,800 in April and 113,200 (3.7%) y/y. Nonresidential construction employment—at building, specialty trades, and heavy and civil engineering construction firms—dipped by 2,000 for the month but climbed by 122,200 (2.8%) y/y. The number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience dropped 40% y/y to 464,000, and the industry’s unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, declined from 7.7% in April 2021 to 4.6% last month, the lowest April rate in the 23-year history of the series.

There were 415,000 job openings in construction, not seasonally adjusted, at the end of March, a jump of 69,000 (20%) from March 2021, BLS reported on Tuesday in its latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) release. That was the largest total for any month in the 22-year history of the series. Hires decreased by 34,000 (8%) y/y to 388,000. Openings exceeded hires for the fourth month in a row, a formerly rare occurrence. Layoffs and discharges fell by 35,000 (-29%) y/y to 87,000, the fewest in series history. Quits soared by 64,000 (38%) y/y to 232,000, a new high for March. Together, the record-low layoffs and unemployment rate and the record high for job openings, rather than a slump in demand, may account for the flattening of hiring and total employment.

Construction spending (not adjusted for inflation) totaled $1.73 trillion in March at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 0.1% from the upwardly revised February total and up 12% y/y, the Census Bureau reported on May 2. However, without a deflator, it is impossible to say how much of the gain is in units vs. price. Many nonresidential construction categories declined for the month but topped year-ago levels, while residential segments mostly posted both monthly and y/y gains. Private nonresidential construction spending skidded 1.2% for the month but climbed 8.5% y/y. The largest private nonresidential segment—power—slipped 1.2% for the month and 0.3% y/y (including electric power, down 2.3% for the month and 1.8% y/y, and oil and gas field structures and pipelines, up 2.4% in March and 5.0% y/y); followed by commercial, down 1.9% for the month but up 14% y/y (including warehouse, -0.9% and 19%, respectively, and retail, -3.6% and 14%); manufacturing, down 1.6% in March but up 32% y/y (including chemical and pharmaceutical, -3.2% and -5.9%, respectively, and computer/electronic/electrical, -0.5% and 237%); and office, 0% and 4.9%. Public construction spending decreased 0.3% for the month but rose 1.7% y/y. The largest public segment, highway and street construction, lost 0.4% for the month but climbed 7.5% y/y. Public education construction declined 0.8% and 6.2%, respectively. Public transportation construction fell 0.5% and 1.2%. Private residential construction spending increased 1.0% for the month and 18% y/y. Single-family spending climbed 1.3% and 19%, respectively; owner-occupied improvements jumped 1.1% and 22%; and multifamily declined 0.5% in March but rose 3.9% y/y.

Three new private surveys suggest demand for projects remains strong. The Dodge Momentum Index rose 6% in April from a downwardly revised March reading and 17% y/y, Dodge Construction Network reported on Friday. The index “is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. In April, the commercial component of the Momentum Index rose 9%” and 15% y/y, “while the institutional component moved 2% higher” for the month and 22% y/y.

“Economic activity in the services sector grew in April for the 23rd month in a row,” the Institute for Supply Management reported on Wednesday. Construction is listed first among 17 out of 18 services sectors that reported growth in April, first among 10 that reported increases in employment, and is among 18 that reported paying higher prices for materials and services, 16 that reported slower supplier deliveries, and 13 that reported an increase in orders. But construction respondents did not report a change in order backlogs, unlike 11 that reported an increase (and one that reported a decrease). Items reported up in price that are significant for construction included aluminum products (5 months in a row); copper (2 months); diesel fuel (17 months); freight (12 months); heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment; polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products (8 months); and steel products (16 months). Items listed in short supply included appliances (2 months), construction labor, and PVC products.

“Demand for apartments continues to exceed supply,” National Multifamily Housing Council Chief Economist Mark Obrinsky stated in a release NMHC issued on May 2, covering its latest quarterly survey. “Yet, even as rent growth and occupancy remain elevated, developers are struggling to build more housing due to the increasing cost of materials, a lack of available labor, continued obstructionism from NIMBYs, and, because of rising interest rates, an increasing cost of capital.”

There are mixed signs about future input prices. “Worries that new economic lockdowns will erode demand from [China, due to the pandemic’s resurgence] have dragged aluminum and tin down more than 17% from their recent records,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Copper “has lost 12% since its March record.” In contrast, the national retail average price of highway diesel fuel jumped to a record $5.51 per gallon on May 2, up 35 cents in a week and $2.37 (75%) y/y, the Energy Information Administration reported. Readers are invited to submit reports on materials costs and supply to ken.simonson@agc.org.

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St. Clair County Transit District Awards Construction Contract

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After a competitive bidding process, St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) today announced Belleville-based Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping, Inc. was awarded a $767,952 construction contract for Phase I of the Old Collinsville Road Trail. This approximately ¾ mile-long trail project will connect Richland Creek Bikeway in Swansea to Lebanon Avenue in Belleville, as well as to the Old Collinsville Road Bike Trail Phase II project currently under construction from Lake Lorraine Drive to Munie Road in Swansea. This latest phase will further extend the reach of the MetroBikeLink System, which features 14 continuous miles of trails in Southwestern Illinois and links users to six Metro Transit Centers.

Phase I of the Old Collinsville Road Trail will feature a separate 10-foot-wide, shared-use, asphalt path within the Old Collinsville Road right of way; a pedestrian bridge over Richland Creek; and traffic signal modifications for safe crossing at Lebanon Avenue. It also will link Belleville’s existing sidewalk system along Old Collinsville Road and West Boulevard, providing pedestrian accommodations from Belleville East High School and approximately 2,000 homes nearby.  The project is underway and is expected to be complete later this fall.

“This project is one of several in the works designed to further connect our county’s growing trail system,” said Ken Sharkey, managing director for St. Clair County Transit District.

The first section of the MetroBikeLink System opened in 2002 and was comprised of a four-mile trail, extending from Southwestern Illinois College to the Swansea MetroLink Station. Since then, the system has expanded to include the Memorial, Fairview Heights and Shiloh Scott sections for a total of 14 miles of trail adjacent to the MetroLink light rail tracks. Additional trails have been built by SCCTD to connect to this main artery, including SCCTD Orchard Loop Trail Phases I and II, the Engelmann Park Connector and the Old Collinsville Road Trail (currently under construction) totaling another eight miles of SCCTD connected trails. These accessible pathways, along with the connecting trails from other municipalities, will combine to provide over 35 miles of connected trails in St. Clair County.

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AGC Posts New Construction Impact Model

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Wages Rise but Lag Other Sectors; Price Hikes Continue

Submitted by the AGC

AGC posted an updated version of its Construction Impact Model, created for AGC by Brian Lewandowski, University of Colorado, Boulder, a leading regional economist. The model projects the direct, indirect, and induced impact on U.S. or state-specific employment, labor income, and output (sales), as well as 10 sectors with the largest increase in sales. Users can specify project amount, starting date, duration, and more than a dozen types of investment in construction, maintenance and repair, and architectural and engineering services. Users may contact ken.simonson@agc.org or macrina.wilkins@agc.org for assistance.

Wages and salaries in the construction industry rose 0.7%, seasonally adjusted, in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022 and 3.6% year-over-year (y/y), up from 3.0% a year earlier, BLS reported today. Wages for the total private sector increased 1.3% in Q1 and 5.0% y/y, matching the Q4 2020-to-Q4 2021 increase as the most in the 21-year history of the series and up from 3.0% a year ago. Total compensation (wages, salaries, and benefits, including required employer payments) in construction rose 0.8% in Q1 and 3.4% y/y, up from 2.7% a year earlier. Total private industry compensation increased 1.4% in Q1 and 4.8% y/y, up from 2.8% the year before. The steeper increases in sectors other than construction may be one reason contractors are having trouble filling jobs.

“Engineering and construction costs reached a new [Engineering and Construction Cost] index high” in April, data firm IHS Markit and the Procurement Executive Group reported on Wednesday. The index measures the share of respondents reporting price increases minus the share reporting decreases. “Shipping costs rose for the 20th consecutive month…The sub-indexes for [structural steel and carbon steel pipe] prices surpassed the previous peaks set in March,” while the sub-index for alloy steel pipe remained at peak, with nearly all respondents reporting price increases. “According to survey responses, labor costs continued to rise in all regions.”

A $40 per ton rebar price increase “was pushed through on April 14 by one major mill in our region with all other mills following over the next two days,” New South Construction News reported on Wednesday. “The surprising aspect of this increase is that the…increase only impacts stock 20’ length rebar. With little to no competition from import rebar, domestic mills were able to push this increase through with little pushback. Demand for all lengths of rebar continues to soar, and mills are already selling out on future months’ rollings. Lead times are stretching out to four or five weeks depending on each mill’s rolling schedule. Poly sheeting saw a 4% increase in mid-April.” In contrast, “Wire mesh remained flat through April with no change in pricing since the mid-March increase.” A Wisconsin-based wall products supplier notified customers on April 8 of price increases effective on May 2 of “up to 30%” on gypsum wallboard products and mineral wool, up to 20% on all joint treatment and plaster, up to 10% on batt insulation and foam, and 6% on steel studs and trim. Readers are invited to send price and supply chain information to ken.simonson@agc.org.

Inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (real GDP) fell 1.4% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in Q1 2022, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported on Thursday, following a 6.9% gain in Q4 2021. The decline reflected an increase in imports, a decrease in exports and government spending, and a drawdown of inventories, not a pullback in consumer or business spending. Real residential investment in permanent-site structures jumped 12% (single-family structures, 14%; multifamily, 1.1%). There was a 0.9% dip in real gross private domestic investment in nonresidential structures (commercial and health care, -16%; manufacturing, 12%; power and communication, -1.6%; and other non-mining structures, 2.8%; but investment in wells and mining structures jumped 25%). Real government gross investment in structures declined 14%, including federal investment for defense structures, up 0.7%; nondefense structures, 11%; and state and local structures investment, -15%. The GDP price index increased 8.0%, with price indexes for nonresidential structures investment up 19%; residential investment, 18%; and government investment in structures, 14%.

At the end of Q1, “the total U.S. [hotel] construction pipeline stands at 5,090 projects/606,302 rooms…, up 2% by projects, but down 3% by rooms” y/y, lodging data provider Lodging Econometrics reported on Monday. “There are 961 projects/128,784 rooms currently under construction, down 27% by projects and 28% by rooms y/y. Projects scheduled to start in the next 12 months, at 1,911 projects/223,030 rooms, are up 2% by projects and 3% by rooms y/y. Projects and rooms in early planning reached a record high in the first quarter, standing at 2,218 projects/254,488 rooms, up 24% by projects and 12% by rooms y/y. Notably, the upscale and upper-midscale chain scales dominate the pipeline in Q1 with 63% of projects in the total pipeline concentrated in these two chain scales. This has been the case for several years. Also of note is that there are a total of 1,420 projects/184,692 rooms in the renovation or conversion pipeline in the U.S. during [Q1, with project] and room conversions reaching an all-time high and increasing 59% by projects and 48% by rooms y/y. New projects and development planning that was previously on hold are now getting the green light from investors and developers with buoyed confidence thanks to rather robust domestic leisure travel during the first part of the year.” On Tuesday, the firm reported, “Dallas leads all U.S. markets in the number of pipeline projects,” followed by Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, and Phoenix. New York has the greatest number of projects already under construction.

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Electrical Connection Contractors & Workforce Donate Services to Make Electrical Repairs in 15 St. Louis Low Income Homes

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At age 63, former Army reservist Reginald Moore has helped his share of people using his degree in social work.  But then he was hit by a car, his health declined and he became the one in need of help.  Moore was one of 15 low income homeowners who found that help in an annual home improvement program supported by the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership.  The partnership is comprised of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

On April 23, 2022, IBEW/NECA volunteers made much needed electrical improvements to homes, including Moore’s.  It was the 19th year that the labor-management partnership mobilized an army of electrical contractors and electricians to help Rebuilding Together St. Louis improve lives in low income homes St. Louis city and county.  The effort drew news coverage from Fox 2, KMOX radio and KMOV-TV.

When Moore was hit by a car several years ago, his arms and hip were broken. He now has a degenerative hip, is diabetic with heart issues and chronic pain. “There was a time that I could help people and do things myself to keep my home up,” noted Moore.  “But physically, I just can’t do it anymore. It is such a blessing to have organizations like the Electrical Connection work with Rebuilding Together to improve lives like mine.”

Moore lives in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood in a home that had only two working outlets and exposed wires from a “quick fix” job by someone not qualified to do electrical work.

“We see this all the time,” noted Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1. “People hear a good pitch from a so-called ‘handyman’ who has no business trying to make electrical repairs. They leave behind hazardous conditions that we are frequently called upon to repair and bring up to code.”

After the Electrical Connection made repairs and brought the faulty wiring up to code, Moore now has working outlets throughout his home and most importantly, peace of mind.

The day of volunteering began with Frank Jacobs and Rebuilding Together Executive Director Elaine Powers addressing 150 IBEW electricians and 29 NECA and IBEW signatory electrical contractors gathered at the IBEW Union Hall at 5850 Elizabeth Ave.  They then fanned out into communities in the city and St. Louis County to make repairs and install improvements such as ceiling fans and better lighting.

“Studies have shown the frequency of electrical fires is higher in homes more than 40 years old,” noted Kyle McKenna, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter NECA.  “But add to that the frequent state of disrepair of many low income homes and the possibility of electrical hazards increases quite a bit.  We’re proud that our NECA contactors and their IBEW workforce took their Saturday off to ensure these homes are made safe.”

Since 2003, the Electrical Connection has donated more than $2.3 million in labor and materials to improve 570 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans. 

Rebuilding Together St. Louis has provided free home repairs in St. Louis for nearly 30 years, focusing on projects that improve homeowners’ safety, health, and independence. Executive Director Elaine Powers says “Our long-standing partnership with the IBEW and NECA has helped Rebuilding Together increase the scope of services we are able to provide as we help homeowners age in place in their own homes.”

The Electrical Connection represents the largest number of licensed commercial and residential electrical contractors and skilled electricians in the region with a searchable data base at www.electricalconnection.org.

Electrical Connection, NECA and IBEW signatory contractors who donated service trucks and tools in the Rebuilding Together effort this year included:

Bell ElectricalSachs Electric Co.
Guarantee Electrical ContractorsBRK Electrical Contractors
D&R Building Group, LLCBranson Electric
Grasser ElectricEckelkamp Electric
J Bathe ElectricFusion Electric
JF ElectricKaiser Electric
Kay Bee ElectricLiberty Electric
Lynn’s ElectricM. R. Bathe Electric
PayneCrest ElectricRJP Electric
Vision ElectricKaemmerlen Electric
Meier ElectricNational Electric
Schaeffer ElectricSchneider Electric
Summit ElectricTD4, LLC
Nooter ConstructionTSI-Global Companies
Arnold dba Metropolitan 

For more than 25 years Rebuilding Together St. Louis has provided free home repair to low income homeowners and veterans in need so they may remain safely and comfortably in their own homes. Since its founding, the organization has rehabbed more than 3600 homes; 68 community spaces and touched more than 57,000 lives. For more information visit www.RebuildingTogether-STL.org or call 314-918-9918.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  Find a contractor near you in the Electrical Connection contractor database.

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Home Builders Association Donates $25,000 to Every Child’s Hope

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2022 HBA President Jeremy Roth (Elite Development Services/McBride Homes) (left) and HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (right) presented a $25,000 donation to Every Child’s Hope board member Bill Gamewell and chief development officer Sherry Gerke.

The donation will go toward a new facility at Every Child’s Hope St. Charles Rock Road campus. The organization’s new Youth Development Center will provide intensive residential treatment to 100-120 at-risk youth ages six to 18 in need of mental health services. Every Child’s Hope was founded in 1858 as an orphanage for immigrant children who lost their parents in cholera outbreaks. As the needs of St. Louis children and families evolved, its services and programs adapted. Now, more than 200 staff members across Missouri are dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating emotional trauma and mental health issues, and providing aftercare and follow-up services. Each year, Every Child’s Hope helps more than 1,400 youth and children find healing and hope for their futures.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

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2022 Winners of the CREW Awards Event

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Career Advancement for Women:
Erin Valentine, Vice President of Business Development, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

CREW Impact Award:
Nancy Petersen, Senior Vice President – Director of Commercial Real Estate St. Louis Regions, Enterprise Bank & Trust

Economic Impact:
Delmar DivINe
Jen Nevil, Principal, Lamar Johnson Collaborative
Jenna Knatt, Business Development Manager, CI Select
Maxine K. Clark, CEO, Clark-Fox Family Foundation, INspirator, The Delmar DivINe
Addie Bunting, Weis Drywall
Monica Conners, Ameren UE- Solar Consultant
Becky Vehmeyer, MillerKnoll  

Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with the Industry:
Cindy Bambini, Vice President, Business Development Leader, CannonDesign  

New Member of the Year:
Fallon Chambers, Office Broker/Associate Vice President, Gershman Commercial Real Estate

Woman of Influence:
Anna Leavey, Owner Anna Leavey LLV/Program Manager, Brickline Greenway Great Rivers Greenway   Spirit of CREW Award: Nanci Napoli, (retired) St. Louis Title LLC
Event Reminders:

This year’s event is being celebrated at Olive + Oak. This is a seated dinner with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Business/Business Casual Attire. 

Keynote Speaker: Marian Nunn.

When: Wednesday, May 11th | 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Location: Olive + Oak, 216 Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119
Valet Parking Available

Registration: Members, $75 | Nonmembers, $90 | Tables of 8, $600
(Capacity limited to 150)

Register by Wednesday, April 27th at 5 p.m.

Sponsors: Please email crewstl@crewnetwork.org or use sponsor option in registration to utilize your complimentary tickets/table.

Tables: If you purchased a table, please be sure to register your guests’ names and food preferences.

*Name tags are taken from CREW bios. If you have a new employer, please change/verify your employer is up to date in your bio information.
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