Global Supply Chain Disruptions Felt Across the Midwest


Delays and higher shipping costs impact consumers coast-to-coast and underscore

 the need for new shipping alternatives which the St. Louis region could deliver

Striking images of dozens of container ships berthed outside of already congested West Coast ports, plus photos and video showing a 1,300-foot-long container ship stuck in the Suez Canal, have landed supply chain industry news in the forefront for consumers in recent months. While the visuals may be what has caught the attention of people who normally do not give much thought to the movement of freight, the ripple effect of these global incidents on the heels of supply chain disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt nationwide and in the St. Louis region. It also is reinforcing the importance of having a resilient supply chain and calling attention to the role the St. Louis region could play in providing options for shippers in this evolving environment.

Panos Kouvelis has looked extensively into this subject over the past year, interviewing multiple local and global companies with complex supply chains. He found resiliency in the supply chain comes down to two things.

“When we think about resilience, we say redundancy and flexibility. Those are the two things you’ve got to build,” said Kouvelis, Director of The Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation (BCSCI) in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Redundancy and flexibility might have helped avoid some of the early pain when the COVID-19 pandemic started and consumers grappled with shortages of toilet paper, sanitizer and paper towels, but those proved to be just a minor annoyance. The global supply chain disruptions experienced in recent weeks are having a much more significant impact. Due to the shortage of semiconductor chips, General Motors announced in late March it was idling the General Motors (GM) Wentzville plant for two weeks, starting March 29. The move affected not just the more than 3,500 employees at the St. Charles County facility, but also the associated suppliers, not to mention the nearby restaurants for whom GM employees are core customers. Other consumers throughout the region are finding their orders for furniture, TVs, laptops and countless other household goods not only delayed, but ultimately costing more as higher shipping costs are getting passed along to end consumers.

As Kouvelis and his colleagues reviewed the pandemic year to see its impact on the manufactured durable goods global supply chains, they feared supply shocks and expected some temporary pandemic pain, but, surprisingly, it was strong consumer demand coming back that caused the most disruption. As summer came, and most Americans became adjusted to a life with limited or no access to dining services, sports venues and other entertainment, gyms and restricted air travel, they turned to projects for their houses, kitchens, cars, in-home entertainment devices, exercise equipment, power tools and boats.

“The demand for those products came back at a speed of recovery and level nobody expected,” Kouvelis said. “And the shortages were compounded by severe shortages of products such as semiconductors, the essentials of ocean and trucking transportation – shipping containers, and raw materials, such as aluminum, titanium and even stainless steel.”

Adding to the high demand were the delays due to continued congestion at the West Coast ports and the even more recent disruption caused by the blockage in the Suez Canal that backed up more than 400 other ships carrying millions of tons of cargo for days. Kouvelis said he expects the shortages will be longer lasting, resulting in consumers having to wait longer and pay higher prices to get their durable goods.

Such challenges actually bode well for the St. Louis region, where the strength of the existing freight infrastructure and innovative collaborations are providing even more reasons for shippers to consider routing freight through the bi-state area. In fact, it appears a hallmark of the St. Louis region’s freight network is its inherent flexibility and redundancy.

“You have so many assets. You have the network of the roads; you have the rail and then you have the Mississippi River. And then of course, the airports as well,” said Kouvelis. “But, again, I think the use of the intermodal and the heavier use of the river is the flexibility that you can offer that sometimes is not fully exploited.”

That is changing with the 2020 launch of Container-on-Barge (COB) services from America’s Central Port and  advancing plans to bring innovative Container-on-Vessel (COV) services to the St. Louis region and the Midwest. Kouvelis is enthusiastic about the proposed services, noting that, as a logistics person, everything is about the 20-foot containers and how you move them and how having them sitting around is a not a good thing.

“If we manage to basically use the transit capacity in a way that we get to free up, for longer trips, the intermodal and the river and the other assets that should be used instead of the truck, that will basically relieve bottlenecks at the ports and start moving things towards the middle of the country,” said Kouvelis. “And that’s where we get a big, big advantage with this type of initiative.”

Through his research over the past year and ongoing relationships with global companies headquartered in or having a significant presence in the bi-state St. Louis region, Kouvelis also noted there are tremendous examples of supply chain resiliency among them.

He cited Emerson, which has headquarters in St. Louis and facilities in the bi-state area and credited it as one of the most resilient companies in the region. He said one thing that has made Emerson more resilient over time is a change in their supply chain strategy. He said Emerson had been very heavy on sourcing from Asia but, over time, it developed a regionalized supply chain strategy. It strives to have a supply chain in North America for North America and in Asia for Asia and operate in Europe for Europe. These more regional supply chains have been an effort to bring things closer to the market. As a result, Emerson either has its own facilities or it has suppliers that are in the region to positively impact lead times.  Kouvelis believes this is good for the St. Louis region, as it might bring more manufacturing closer to the region, especially since it is an environment that will make investments in infrastructure.

Kouvelis called attention to Bunge, which has gradually increased its presence in the bi-state region to leverage its logistics advantages, especially the river. Its new headquarters is located in Chesterfield, Missouri, a research and development center is located in St. Charles County, and its barge loading/grain facility is located in Fairmont City, Illinois, part of the Ag Coast of America.  He also cited AB-InBev, and how the pandemic reinforced that the beer business is a logistics business.

“From a logistics business perspective, they are really the best,” said Kouvelis. “They don’t want to change St. Louis from being the logistics hub. They have moved marketing functions and finance functions to New York. But the logistics have stayed in St. Louis.”

He pointed to AB Mauri® North America, the yeast manufacturer based in St. Louis, which saw demand increase by an estimated 400% during the pandemic, and highlighted Bayer, Millipore Sigma and Belden, which all have a strong presence in the region and share the common thread of resiliency in their supply chains — resiliency that has been years in the making. All of the companies Kouvelis has been engaging with have been willing to talk about their best practices for dealing with supply chain disruptions, sharing important knowledge for the benefit of all, without revealing private information.

Kouvelis believes other companies can learn from these corporations and he shared several key takeaways. Companies need some redundancy in their assets, either in facilities or in the inventories. They should consider a more diversified footprint, potentially having facilities in different areas as much as possible. He suggests supply networks also have to be very diversified, either at the global level or even within the different regions where a business operates. When something happens, companies should have the operational flexibility to switch assets or to find alternatives, which can require that businesses have a little buffer.  

“One part of that is distribution, so there are advantages in having multiple alternatives,” said Kouvelis. “I think that the transportation alternatives that the St. Louis Regional Freightway is creating are a major advantage for companies.”

Mary Lamie, Vice President of Multi Modal Enterprises for Bi-State Development and head of its St. Louis Regional Freightway enterprise, is excited about the work that Kouvelis is doing with these organizations.

“Kouvelis’ supply chain resiliency collaboration with private industries prior to COVID-19 has demonstrated the value of knowledge sharing within a specific industry, the value of redundancy and flexibility, and a region’s ability to work together to leverage human capital and logistics assets,” said Lamie. “The St. Louis region has a great positive business climate and thanks to forward thinking global and national corporations anchored in the St. Louis region, we’ll continue to lead the nation through the COVID-19 and future supply chain disruptions.”  

About St. Louis Regional Freightway

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 southwestern Illinois and eastern Missouri which comprise the St. Louis metropolitan area. Public sector and private industry businesses are partnering with the St. Louis Regional Freightway to establish the bi-state region as one of the premier multimodal freight hubs and distribution centers in the United States through marketing, public advocacy, and freight and infrastructure development. To learn more, visit

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Rebuilding Together – St. Louis


On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2021 HBA President Bill Wannstedt of Consort Homes (left) and HBA Executive Vice President Celeste Rueter (right) presented a $15,000 donation to Rebuilding Together – St. Louis board president Rodney Stanley.  

The donation will be used toward Rebuilding Together – St. Louis’ Rebuilding Day. Rebuilding Together revitalizes neighborhoods in partnership with the community by rehabilitating the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and the disabled, so that they may continue to live independently in comfort and safety. Rebuilding Day is the organization’s annual one-day blitz where volunteers make home repairs for low-income, elderly and disabled home owners in the St. Louis Metro area.

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.

Sylvester Taylor Named Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection Partnership


Sylvester Taylor, an officer with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and 31-year IBEW electrician, has been tabbed to lead diversity initiatives for the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership.  Taylor was named director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the labor-management partnership which represents more than 5,000 IBEW members and more than 150 electrical contractors signatory to the union.  IBEW partners with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to form the Electrical Connection.

“As leader of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, Sylvester has been instrumental in helping us broaden diversity within our membership,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “He has been an effective voice for minorities within IBEW, from apprentices to veteran journey workers, helping us better reflect the communities we serve.”

Taylor serves as president of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus which he helped found in 2004.  He is currently the recording secretary for IBEW. Outside of the electrical industry, Taylor serves as treasurer on the Hazelwood School Board, chairman of the St. Louis County Fire Safety and Standards Commission and has served on the board of the Black Jack Fire Protection District. From 2012 to 2019, Taylor also served as the representative for 80th District in the Missouri House of Representative.

“Sylvester has been a tremendous asset in our outreach to minority communities,” said Doug Martin, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter NECA.  “His work in a mentoring program with the Missouri Division of Youth Services has opened pathways for young people to careers in the electrical industry.”

About a third of the apprentices now being trained at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center at 2300 Hampton Ave. are minorities.

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

May is National Electrical Safety Month


Innovation Advances Limitless Safety

By Doug Martin and Frank Jacobs, Electrical Connection

Face coverings, sanitation and social distancing became the safety standard on IBEW/NECA projects.

May is National Electrical Safety Month and if the past year taught us anything about safety, it is the relentless need to adapt to any safety challenge. No one could have foreseen a pandemic waylaying life in the manner that Covid-19 has, but it did shed light on the construction industry’s capacity to collaborate on solutions to keep projects moving.  It proved our mettle as an essential industry, but also reinforced the concept we must all embrace — limitless safety.

Collaborating with our AGC partners, Electrical Connection contractors, the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and its IBEW Local 1 workforce stretched the horizon of limitless safety in 2020.  Thoughtful safety protocols were put in place to support greater sanitation, social distancing, face coverings and more.  One of the earliest risk management agreements in the pandemic was the March 17, 2020 IBEW/NECA National Agreement covering Covid-19 safety measures. 

Meanwhile, as Electrical Connection contractors engineered and installed electrical/communications infrastructure for Covid-19 testing tents and triage units at hospitals throughout the area last spring, safety innovation emerged. Guarantee Electrical collaborated with Cocoon Revolution by Thermasi, LLC, to provide a portable high temperature sterilization system for tools. It also innovated with mobile COVID-19 Defense Unit lockable carts with personal protective equipment and other safety items for work in contagious areas. Pre-fabrication became an essential strategy to deliver precision installations more safely.

Specialized carts for personal protective equipment and other safety items were part of Guarantee Electrical’s pandemic risk management.

In NECA’s latest report on safety, diligence and innovation to mitigate hazards remains the foundation of advancing limitless safety. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics latest occupational injury and illness report, 2019 saw 1,061 fatal injuries on construction projects. That was a five percent increase over the previous year.  There were 166 deaths related to “exposure to electricity,” but not all of that was related to construction.

According to the report, innovations to mitigate hazards over the last five years has included artificial intelligence, wearable technology and other smart devices.  “Wearable technology allows the creation of geofencing on job-site activities, such as mobile equipment that uses smart technology to verify operator credentials prior to startup, advise workers when in the proximity of electrical circuits and track lone workers in high-risk activities, such as confined spaces.”

Pre fabrication was an essential strategy to keep projects moving safely during the pandemic.

Artificial intelligence is now playing a more active role in training.  “An electrician can be trained in establishing safe working conditions without ever being exposed to energized circuits.”  In addition, “safety performance auditing is now conducted using mobile devices, which allows for live trending of unsafe conditions, tracking safety solutions and generating reports instantaneously.”

Another aspect of safety that became even more evident during the pandemic is our multigenerational workforce.  The pandemic led to some layoffs, some Covid-fatigue early retirements and some delayed retirements.  We continue to recruit a diverse workforce, but teaching safety to the novice electrician – which can be of any age – and retraining or offering continuing education to veterans requires different tactics.  Younger workers tend to like information presented in little chunks with hands on training in modules. Older workers prefer traditional lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training.  Each expectation requires its own solution for optimal safety instruction.

The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership invests $3 million annually in training at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center and that includes relentless pursuit of innovation when it comes to safety.  Over the last year that took shape in the form of blended learning – including virtual classes – to accommodate the pandemic challenge. It builds on a foundation of innovation that allows us to coexist with pandemics and any other unforeseen challenge in the quest for limitless safety.  For more information, visit  

Carpenters Union’s Career Connections Program Ramps Up to Meet Local Demand


The St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council (CRC) is working to fill a skills gap in St. Louis, and a unique program is helping.

The Regional Council’s Career Connections program brings cutting-edge technical education to schools across St. Louis, helping local employers fill a skills gap in the vocational trades and offering a pathway to a middle-class career for young people in the region.

“Students and their families sometimes become so focused on earning a four-year degree that they overlook or are unaware of vocational options,” said Dr. Art McCoy, Jennings School District Superintendent of Schools. “Career Connections provides students an opportunity to learn about skilled trades in a way that prepares them for a successful career. It has been a wonderful addition to our schools.”

The Career Connections Program works in partnership with educators to provide students with a practical CTE education taught by skilled instructors. With more than 1,700 students in 35 programs across our region, our graduates have gone on to earn six-figure salaries as union carpenters.

“Career Connections helps ensure St. Louis has the next generation of skilled workers it needs to continue growing,” said Al Bond, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the CRC. “The program provides a leg up to students, who start their career with knowledge and skills that other apprentices don’t have, and it helps ensure a pipeline of talented workers to the local employers who hire them.”

Along with vocational training, the program also includes preparation in the skills that research shows employers value most, including: goal setting, positive attitude, punctuality, teamwork, and taking initiative.

The various skills Career Connections graduates learn help make them employable, while local companies remain competitive and ensure St. Louis can build high-quality, safer, lower-cost construction projects.

“It is very difficult to find enough skilled workers to perform all the work we have available,” said Bill Lowery, Project Executive with PARIC. “There are projects I would love for us to bid on, but we don’t have the workers available to do new projects in addition to projects we are already committed to. We are glad to see a program like Career Connection stepping in to fill that need for skilled workers.”

To learn more about the Career Connections Program, visit carpdc,org or call (314) 269-5663.

The St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council (CRC) represents more than 22,000 members in 33 local unions across Missouri, Kansas and Southern Illinois. Founded in 1915, we have evolved to meet the needs of our members and the contractors who hire them. We work for our members by negotiating fair wages and comprehensive benefit packages. We have invested millions of dollars in development and redevelopment projects to create jobs. We believe in providing contractors with the safest, most productive, and skilled workforce available while offering the kind of advanced training and technology that gives our members the competitive edge.. For more information about the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, please visit

North Medical Group Project Highlight & Panel Discussion


CREW-St. Louis invites has announced an exciting virtual tour and discussion with Leonard Volner, Neil Volner, Christi Johaningmeyer and Geoffry Crowley as they walk you through their newly constructed dispensary in Pevely. They will share with us the journey to select, design and open this medical marijuana location. They will go behind the scenes of this stunning facility and discuss the challenges that face this type of operation, such as legal and tax implications, marketing, design, construction. They know you’re curious, so please register and get the exclusive that went into this striking location!  
include: Zach Mangelsdorf, President – North Medical Group LLC, Leonard Volner, Vice President – North Medical Group, LLC, Neil Volner, Director of Marketing & Procurement – North Medical Group, LLC, Christi Johaningmeyer, President – Architextures SP Interior Design
Geoffrey Crowley, Principal – Verve Design Studio
Teri Samples, Director of Real Estate and Construction Services for Mueller Prost will moderate.
*50 swag bags will be available (first come, first serve) courtesy of Working Spaces and North Medical

Date: May 11th | 4 – 5 p.m.
Registration: Complimentary, Members | $25, Nonmembers

Illinois Tech Wins Department of Energy Net Zero Building Design Challenge


Illinois Tech architecture and engineering students joined forces to win a Department of Energy competition designing a retail building that produces as much energy as it consumes

An interdisciplinary team of architecture and engineering students from Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) have won the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon in the Retail Building Division. The collegiate competition challenges the next generation of building professionals to design high-performance, low-carbon buildings powered by renewable energy.

The interdisciplinary team of students from the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and the College of Architecture designed a functional retail building that produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year: Net Zero energy. The winning Illinois Tech team designed the Nook, an 82,000 square-foot mixed use retail space located for a real vacant lot at the crossroads of Goose Island and Old Town in Chicago. Students; analyzed the cost, environmental impact, energy performance, and durability of the building while ensuring the building meets the real needs of the surrounding neighborhood and is in keeping with retail trends, to achieve economic as well as environmental sustainability.

According to DOE analysis, buildings currently account for approximately 74% of electricity use, 39% of total energy use, and 35% of carbon emissions in the United States.

The team focused on achieving a zero energy target by integrating passive and active engineering and design strategies including: building daylighting, natural ventilation, night purging, a well-insulated and airtight building enclosure, high-efficiency equipment, appliances and fixtures, a ground source heat pump, radiant floor and ceiling panels, HVAC control automation, a green roof and a roof-mounted photovoltaic system. The resulting design forms an environment that fosters high retail volume, a positive energy consumption impact, and community engagement.

While engineers have studied building operations systems as a means to reduce a building’s energy loss, this interdisciplinary project between Armour College of Engineering and the College of Architecture is a unique approach, melding disciplines to find a comprehensive, useful and beautiful solution to a common problem.

“Learning to integrate the design of building energy and environmental systems, driven by engineers, but within the context of architectural form and function has the potential to make big impacts on people with minimal impacts on the space,” says Professor and Department Chair of Armour College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Brent Stephens. “Only with the combined efforts of architects and engineers can we really come up with both clever and realistic solutions to shared problems.”

“I was happy that the students chose to participate in the retail division because it was a new category this year,” said Edoarda Corradi Dell’Acqua, faculty advisor of the competition, and Lecturer of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering who teaches Net Zero Energy Home Design as part of the new Master of High Performance Buildings, a joint Armour College of Engineering and College of Architecture program. “Both the architectural design and the engineering design were very comprehensive. The students didn’t just propose a typical retail store, they really tried to think about the future of retail—will people still buy in person? Do they have to?”

The area surrounding the site has eight schools, and the need for a community center as well as modern retail convenience such as hybrid traditional retail and e-commerce fulfillment centers formed an inherent part of the design from the outset.

“The Nook is a non-traditional split-level retail building tailored towards fostering a sense of community with the surrounding schools and their students,” said team member Margarita Ramirez-Rodriguez, Architectural Engineering student in the Armour College of Engineering.

The building was designed to be operational year-round, with a rainwater collection system that feeds the green roof, sensors to adjust lighting and conserve energy, and a solar array that feeds excess energy into rechargeable batteries.

In addition to its role as a lasting community center, the facility can also be used as an emergency shelter with rechargeable batteries that can be used to power the building during power outages, peak electricity hours, and at night. If in case of an emergency, like a brown out, the building would cut down its power usage by 75%.

The unique sawtooth design of the roof is inspired by the historical factories surrounding it, but can also allow for daylighting, rainwater collection, and ventilation. When open, the roof’s shape and orientation channels the W-E prevailing winds, producing a passive negative pressure for enhanced exfiltration.

“The north side of The Nook has a large reflection pool, giving children and parents a fun place to relax as well as cool off from the hot Chicago summer sun, easily drained in winter or if, for example, a farmers market wanted to occupy the space during summer,” said Tian Li, PhD student in the College of Architecture at Illinois Tech.

Students collaborated with faculty members from both Armour College of Engineering and the College of Architecture, including faculty advisor Edoarda Corradi Dell’Acqua, Brent Stephens, Mohammad Heidarinejad, Laurence Rohter, Raymond Lemming, and Sachin Anand and received technical guidance from Brett Horin.

The student team worked with a range of industry partners including ASHRAE Illinois Chapter, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), dbHMS, Larson & Darby Group, SCB, Baumann Consulting, Cushing Terrell, Elevate Energy, Passive House Institute US, and zpd+a Architects.

The full student team consists of: Heather Pecho, BS Chemical Engineering, ME Environmental Engineering (team lead); Mina Geng, PhD Architecture; Chris W Hurlbut, M.Eng. Architectural Engineering; Donghyun Lee, PhD Architecture; Tian Li, PhD Architecture; Kohl Linder, BS. Architectural Engineering; William Polenc-Busby, BS Architectural Engineering M.Eng Structural; Margarita Ramirez-Rodriguez, Architectural Engineering, ME Building Systems; Alouki Shah, Architectural Engineering ME Building Systems; and Jacob D. Sorenson, Architectural Engineering ME Building Systems.

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About Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-focused research university. Illinois Tech is the only university of its kind in Chicago, and its Chicago location offers students access to the world-class resources of a great global metropolis. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. One of 22 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities, Illinois Tech provides an exceptional education centered on active learning, and its graduates lead the state and much of the nation in economic prosperity. Illinois Tech uniquely prepares students to succeed in professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Visit

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Living Well Foundation


The Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA), donated $15,000 to the Living Well Foundation to benefit Camp Jump Start. The donation will be used to install a central HVAC system at one of Camp Jump Start’s main buildings housing campers and staff. 

Living Well Foundation’s mission is to create healthier individuals/family units through experiential learning across the life cycle. Camp Jump Start is a whole health camp that jumpstarts success. Staff address and transform the whole health of every participant – physical, emotional and social. Participants accomplish results they never thought possible; receive a second chance to live a healthy, happy and hopeful life; and leave camp with the confidence and skills to continue their success at home.

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.

Southern Illinois Builders Association Receives Heritage Award


The Southern Illinois Builders Association recently received the 2020 Heritage Recognition Award from the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce for 75 years of continued service in the area. SIBA, a trade association for commercial contractors, started in southern Illinois in 1945 in East St. Louis and has grown to approximately 500 members covering the southern 39 counties in Illinois.  Donna Richter, CEO of SIBA (left) accepts the award on behalf of SIBA and Cindy Helmkamp (right), President of the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce presented the award.

American Subcontractors Association – Midwest Council Meet the General Contractors Expo on May 19th, 2021


The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) – Midwest Council will host its annual Meet the General Contractors Expo on May 19, 2021 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO.
The yearly event gives area subcontractors and construction professionals the opportunity for valuable networking time with some of St. Louis’ top general contractors.  This year will be especially important, for our industry to reconnect after the challenges of 2020 and early 2021, and the limits on gathering and networking we have all faced since March 2020.  ASA will follow all safety precautions during the expo, to ensure the safest possible environment for our exhibitors and attendees.

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.  As of today, there are 30 GC exhibitors participating in this must attend event.

2021 General Contractor Exhibitors

  • Alberici Constructors
  • BEX Construction Services
  • Brinkmann Constructors
  • BSI Constructors
  • Contegra Construction Company
  • Conway Contracting, Inc.
  • Eagan Building Group
  • Echelon Constructors
  • Green Street Building Group
  • Holland Construction Services
  • Impact Strategies
  • Interface Construction Corporation
  • Kadean Construction
  • KCI Construction Company
  • The Korte Company
  • L. Keeley Construction
  • McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • McGrath & Associates
  • Paric
  • Pinnacle Contracting, Inc.
  • Poettker Construction Company
  • Rhodey Construction
  • River City Construction
  • Russell HBD, LLC
  • Tarlton Corporation
  • United Construction Ent.Co. of St. Louis
  • Wright Construction Services

Advance Expo Registration is $65 for ASA Members and $95 for Non-Members. Registration includes hosted bar and appetizers. Register online at by May 5th
After the 5th  there is a $15 surcharge on late registration, so register today for early bird discount.

Advance Registration is required, and space is filling up very quickly!

This year the  Expo has moved to an expanded location in the lower level, to allow for social distancing, and extra area to spread out and allow our exhibitors to be set up safely. We will follow all safety guidelines to ensure the best possible event for our exhibitors and attendees, while respecting local guidelines for gathering.

ASA will have a booth at the expo with information about the St. Louis chapter, and details of upcoming industry events for 2021.  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.

About American Subcontractors Association – Midwest Council

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. Est. 1967

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