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


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

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 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.


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


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.


2022 Winners of the CREW Awards Event

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 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.

Employment Rose Through March in Three-Fourths of Metro Areas, Starts Reports Mixed; ABI Jumps


Submitted by the AGC.

Construction employment, not seasonally adjusted, rose year-over-year (y/y) from March 2021 to last month in 268 (75%) of the 358 metro areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which BLS posts construction employment data, fell in 48 (13%) and was unchanged in 42, according to an analysis AGC released on Thursday. (BLS reports combined totals for mining, logging, and construction in most metro areas, to avoid disclosing data about industries with few employers.) Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land again added the most jobs (9,300 construction jobs, 4%), followed by St. Louis, Mo.-Ill. (6,300 combined jobs, 10%); the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale division (6,000 construction jobs, 4%); and the Dallas-Plano-Irving division (5,300 combined jobs, 4%). Cheyenne, Wyo. again had the highest percentage gain (42%, 1,300 combined jobs), followed by Bay City, Mich. (27%, 300 combined jobs); and Lake Charles, La. (24%, 3,700 construction jobs). There was a new high for February in 72 areas and a new low in two areas, (Wichita Falls, Texas and Charleston, W. Va.), in series dating in most cases to 1990.

Data firms ConstructConnect and Dodge Construction Network posted reports on Tuesday covering separately gathered data on the value of construction starts in current dollars (i.e., not inflation-adjusted). Starts increased 4.1% year-to-date for the first three months of 2022 compared to January-March 2021, not seasonally adjusted, ConstructConnect reported. Nonresidential building starts fell 13% year-to-date, with commercial starts down 12%, and institutional and industrial (manufacturing) starts each down 14%. Engineering (civil) starts leaped 22% year-to-date, with road/highway up 46%, water/sewage up 13%, power and other miscellaneous down 18%, bridges up 15%, dams/marine up 51%, and airports up 87%. Residential starts rose 7.7% year-to-date, with single-family up 10% and apartments up 0.6%. Dodge reported that total construction starts rose 9% year-to-date, with nonresidential building up 26%, nonbuilding down 1%, and residential up 3%. For the 12 months ending March 2022, total construction starts were up 15% from the previous 12 months, with nonresidential up 25%, residential up 15%, and nonbuilding down 1%.

Housing starts (units) in March rose 0.3% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate from the upwardly revised February rate and 3.9% y/y to the highest rate since 2006, the Census Bureau reported on Wednesday. Single-family starts slipped 1.7% for the month and 4.4% y/y. Multifamily (five or more units) starts rose 7.5% and 28%, respectively Residential permits increased 0.4% from February but rose 6.7% y/y. Single-family permits slid 4.8% and 3.9%, respectively. Multifamily permits jumped 11% and 34%. The number of authorized multifamily units that have not started—an indicator of potential near-term starts—soared 31% y/y.

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), which the American Institute of Architects calls “a leading economic indicator that leads nonresidential construction activity by approximately 9-12 months,” rose to a 10-month high of 58.0 in March–the 14th consecutive reading above 50–after holding near 51 for three months, the institute reported on Wednesday. The ABI is derived from the share of responding architecture firms that report a gain in billings over the previous month less the share reporting a decline in billings, presented on a 0-to-100 scale. Any score above 50 means that firms with increased billings outnumbered firms with decreased billings. Scores by practice specialty (based on three-month moving averages) all topped 50: 50.5 for firms with a predominantly institutional practice (up from 49.3 in February); 55.3 for commercial/industrial (down from 56.2), 57.2 for residential (up from 55.0), and 58.2 for mixed-practice firms (up from 57.3). “Indicators of future work strengthened this month as well, most notably with the value of new design contracts, which also saw strong growth. In addition, firms reported that at the end of [March, their] backlogs stood at an average of 7.2 months…an increase of more a month from one year ago and a new all-time high since we began collecting data on backlogs in 2010. This month’s special practice questions asked firm leaders about recent work at their firm on reconstruction projects, defined here as renovations, retrofits, rehabilitations, alterations, additions, and historic preservation. On average, responding firms estimated that [52%] of their total design billings over the past year…were from reconstruction projects. At firms that have derived at least some billings from reconstruction projects over the past year, the most commonly cited building elements/systems that were replaced and/or upgraded in any of these projects were interior replacements or upgrades (flooring/walls/ceilings) at 91% of firms, HVAC/mechanical (86%), lighting (84%), and exterior replacements or upgrades (roofing/windows/glazing/facades/cladding) at 80%. When asked to select the single most important goal of recent reconstruction projects, 26% selected adaptive reuse or building conversion, and 25% selected basic updating and modernization of the building interior.” Responding firms reported that an average of just 10% of their reconstruction projects in the past year were directly motivated by the pandemic.

“Economic activity expanded at a moderate pace since mid-February,” the Federal Reserve reported on Wednesday in the latest “Beige Book” summary of informal soundings of businesses in the 12 Fed districts. This edition covers information collected through April 11. The district based in Chicago reported, “Multifamily construction strengthened as demand remained robust….In the nonresidential construction sector, project costs escalated, and builders reported delays in receiving steel. Nonetheless, construction increased due to strong demand in the industrial, single-tenant retail, and medical office areas.” The New York district reported, “Construction activity remained sluggish overall, with activity reportedly hampered by unseasonably harsh winter weather, escalating construction costs, and shortages of both materials and workers. Nonresidential construction starts remained particularly sluggish, with little new activity outside the industrial and warehouse segment. Multifamily residential starts have been steady at a modest level.”


Final Design Concept Approved for “Transit Stop Transformation” Project at Belleville Transit Center


Construction to Commence in May and be Completed in June 2022

After getting input from transit riders, area residents, elected officials and stakeholders through a series of in-person and virtual opportunities, the St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD), has approved a finalized design concept for the “Transit Stop Transformation” project at the Belleville Transit Center, located at 800 Scheel Street. The project – being completed in conjunction with Citizens for Modern Transit, AARP in St. Louis and Metro Transit and through a partnership with the City of Belleville – will transform the concrete area between the bus bays and MetroLink entrance into an interactive, playful and engaging space.

The finalized design – developed by St. Louis-based transportation engineering and planning firm CBB –

boasts a vibrant-colored “Art Grows in Belleville” theme. It features musical, custom bike racks, shade structures, a Belleville city logo sign, benches, planters and elevated window artwork created by award-winning painter and mixed media artist Genevieve Esson, whose work is also featured as part of the “Transit Stop Transformation” project at the Maplewood MetroBus Stop in Maplewood, Mo. Construction will commence in the coming weeks and be completed in June 2022.

“The planning process for this project was fueled by the input of the local community and the final design fits the feel of Belleville, as it will serve as an extension of the fabric of the community,” commented Ken Sharkey, Managing Director of the St. Clair County Transit District. “We are excited to see this concept come to life and transform this space into an engaging corridor that residents of all ages can enjoy.”

The “Transit Stop Transformation” project at the Belleville Transit Center is the third transformation of its kind in the St. Louis region. Transformations were also completed at the Emerson Park Transit Center in East St. Louis in August 2021 and at a MetroBus stop in Maplewood in June 2020. Each project showcases a deep understanding of and commitment to equitable development around transit, the possibility of play, the ability for creative interventions to produce long-term impact for residents of all ages and the need for collaboration to succeed. The partners work with stakeholders to build consensus and policies to move permanent development forward – and ultimately establish lasting developments

at transit stops that are helping to improve safety and security, build ridership and increase activity around transit. Each project also reinforces the element of fun that comes with activating space and will be maintained via partner commitments to ensure sustainability for years to come.

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About Citizens for Modern Transit

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is the region’s transit advocacy organization. It was established in 1985 to help bring light rail to St. Louis and works to develop, support and enhance programming and initiatives to ensure safe, convenient and affordable access to the region’s integrated public transportation system. CMT champions, challenges, encourages and advocates for public transit in an effort to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life in the St. Louis region.

About AARP in St. Louis

AARP in St. Louis is the local connection for AARP – the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age. Locally this is done through virtual & in-person engagement opportunities, legislative efforts on the local, state and federal level, educational resources, and volunteer opportunities.  Advocating for and supporting efforts that contribute to creating a lifelong community is at the core of what we do in the St. Louis region.

About Metro Transit

Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes 18 battery electric buses and nearly 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 59 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro Transit is a Bi-State Development enterprise. 

About St. Clair County Transit District
Founded in 1981, St. Clair County Transit District oversees 11 MetroLink stations and 18 bus routes in St. Clair County, Ill. If commuters have questions about service, they can call (618) 628-8090 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit


ASA Midwest Council Celebrates Neon Awards Gala Nominees & Winners on April 9, 2022


The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council announced the winners of its Neon Awards Gala, April 9th, 2022. The ASA Midwest Council hosted 430 people, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown St. Louis, for the 29th annual event. The award categories included General Contractor of the Year, Outstanding MEP Subcontractors, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractors, and Service Provider/Supplier of the Year. The ASA Legacy Award, and GC Field & Office Employees of the Year, were also recognized at the gala. The ASA Midwest Council awarded special safety awards to qualifying ASA members who have achieved work safety excellence in 2021, as well as an overall safety cup award given to one ASA member company.

2022 General Contractor of the Year

Category A – BSI Constructors

Category B – Musick Construction

Category C – BEX Construction Services

2022 MEP Subcontractor of the Year

Category A – Guarantee Electrical

Category B – R.F. Meeh Co. 2022

Specialty Subcontractor of the Year

Category A – Flooring Systems, Inc.

Category B – Imperial Metal Company

2022 Service Provider/Supplier of the Year

JD Kutter

ASA Legacy Award:

Walter Bazan, Jr., BAZAN Painting Co.

GC Field Employee of the Year

Frank Malone, IMPACT Strategies, Inc. GC

Office Employee of the Year

Ray Elking, McCarthy Building Companies

2021 ASA Safety Cup

Golterman & Sabo

2021 Safety Award Winners

Division I – Murphy Company

Division II – Vee-Jay Cement Co

Division III – Haberberger, Inc.

Division IV – Hayden Wrecking

Division V – Negwer Door Systems Division VI – Grant Masonry Contracting

“Wow! What a great time, the ASA Awards Gala once again proved to be one of the premier events in the St. Louis construction industry. Congratulations to this year’s nominees and award winners, you truly are the best of the best in St. Louis!” said ASA-Midwest Council President, Chris Sauer with TJ Wies Contracting; “Last but not least, I would like to thank the Awards Gala committee for their hard work putting on such an amazing event again this year.”

General contractors were nominated based on bid ethics practice, equitable contract/purchase order provisions, safety policy and practices, payment practices, jobsite supervision, scheduling coordination, subcontractor/vendor relations and administrative procedures/paperwork. Sub-contractors were judged on bid ethics and practice, safety policy and practices, jobsite supervision, communication, scheduling coordination, project relations, administrative procedures/paperwork, and quality workmanship. The vendor/suppliers were nominated based on pricing consistency, equitable contract/purchase order provisions, accessibility, timeliness of service/delivery, customer relations and administrative procedures.

The general contractor and subcontractor categories were divided into sub-categories based on sales volume. ASA members nominated and cast votes for the general contractor and service provider/ supplier awards. Past nominees and previous general contractor award winners submitted nominations for the subcontractor categories, which were voted on by previous general contractor winners.

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council is a construction trade association made up of quality specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and southern Illinois, for the past 55 years.

The 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. for 55 years. Est. 1967


IMPACT Strategies Frank Malone Awarded GC Field Employee of the Year by ASA Midwest Council


IMPACT Strategies General Superintendent Frank Malone Awarded GC Field Employee of the Year by ASA Midwest Council Fairview Heights, IL – April 18, 2022 IMPACT Strategies is proud to announce that General Superintendent Frank Malone received the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council’s GC Field Employee of the Year award at the Council’s Neon Awards Gala, held April 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis.

ASA members nominated and cast votes for the award. The GC Field Employee of the Year award goes to the field employee that consistently goes above and beyond, fostering strong relationships and creating successful partnerships between subcontractor and general contractor.

Frank demonstrates excellence through his ability to genuinely connect with both subcontractors, tradesmen, and clients. He has an effective and contagious work ethic that unites his team and demonstrates strong character.

Frank Malone has more than 22 years of experience in the construction industry. He joined IMPACT Strategies in 2016 as a superintendent and has been a valued team member on several of the firm’s local projects including Hofbräuhaus St. Louis–Belleville, Ameren IL operation centers, Covenant House Missouri, Altair at the Heights in Richmond Heights, and 2200 LaSalle at the Edge in Lafayette Square. Malone was promoted to General Superintendent in 2021.

“I am so honored and humbled by this award. I am blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing and supportive people in my personal life and at work. I couldn’t ask for a better work family than the IMPACT Strategies Team and the incredible subcontractors we work with day in and day out; they make my job easy.” said Frank Malone upon receiving his award.

IMPACT was also nominated for 2022 GC of the Year in recognition of their bid ethics practices, equitable contract/purchase order provisions, safety policy and practices, payment practices, jobsite supervision, scheduling coordination, subcontractor/vendor relations, and administrative procedures. Media Contact: Stephanie Sullivan, IMPACT Strategies 618-394-8400

“It is most gratifying to be recognized by the ASA as a company committed to strong partnerships. said Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies. It is also a great honor to see one of our highly committed individual team members being recognized for their leadership and commitment to our values of honesty and fairness.”

The ASA Midwest Council is a construction trade association of specialty contractors and suppliers serving the construction industry and the community. Their purpose is to improve the construction process through education, advocacy, and collaboration. The annual awards gala highlights the best of the best in the St. Louis construction industry and honors outstanding performance.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets from its offices in Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio. To learn more visit


HBA Awards Program Winners Announced


The Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA) announced the winners of its annual HBA Awards Program on Thursday, April 14 at a ceremony at Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles, Mo. The HBA Awards Program honors excellence in the home building industry and is divided into three categories: Homes of the Year, Marketing & Advertising and Personal Achievement. Please see the next page for a list of winners.

The HBA Awards Program was judged by HBA members of Georgia and Greater Austin, as well as members of the Building Industry Association of San Diego. Click here for more information about award categories and judging criteria.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry.

HBA Awards Program Winners

The following HBA members and member companies were awarded for their achievements in 2021:

Homes of the Year Awardees

Display Home of the Year, Single Family Detached, Small Builder, 2,700-3,299 sq. ft. – Bridgewater Communities for The Villas at Keaton Woods – Custom Expanded Warson

Display Home of the Year, Single Family Detached, Small Builder, 3,300-3,999 sq. ft. – Consort Homes for Windsor Park – The Braxton

Display Home of the Year, Single Family Detached, Large Builder, 2,700-3,299 sq. ft. – Lombardo Homes for Amberleigh – The Forest

Display Home of the Year, Single Family Detached, Large Builder, 3,300-3,999 sq. ft. – Fischer & Frichtel Homes for Windsor Park – Parkview II

Multifamily Project of the Year – Consort Homes for The Townes at Geyer Grove

Custom Home of the Year, $1-1.25 million – Country-TeK Homes

Custom Home of the Year, $1.5-1.75 million – Hibbs Homes

Most Advanced Home of the Year – Stockell Custom Homes

Outdoor Living Space of the Year, Custom, Associate Member – Heartlands Building Company

Remodeling Project of the Year, Kitchen, $25-50,000 Budget – Aleto Construction Group

Remodeling Project of the Year, Kitchen, $75-100,000 Budget – Aleto Construction Group

Remodeling Project of the Year, Kitchen, $125-150,000 Budget – Liston Design Build

Remodeling Project of the Year, Kitchen, $525-550,000 Budget – Mosby Building Arts

Remodeling Project of the Year, Bathroom, $50-75,000 Budget – Aleto Construction Group

Remodeling Project of the Year, Bathroom, $75-100,000 Budget – Liston Design Build

Remodeling Project of the Year, Miscellaneous Project, $25-50,000 Budget – Aleto Construction Group for a pottery studio

Remodeling Project of the Year, Miscellaneous Project, $100-125,000 Budget – Liston Design Build for a lower level

Remodeling Project of the Year, Overall Redesign, $100-125,000 Budget – Aleto Construction Group

Staging Project of the Year, Single Family Detached Display Home, Sales Price Under $499,999 – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays

Staging Project of the Year, Single Family Detached Display Home, Sales Price $500,000+ – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays

Staging Project of the Year, Market Home, $2,500-5,000 Staging Budget – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays

Staging Project of the Year, Market Home, $5,000-7,500 Staging Budget – FLAIR Home Stagings & Displays

Marketing & Advertising Awardees

Best Brochure, Associate Member – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team

Best Brochure, Builder Member – Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County

Best Specialty Marketing, Associate Member – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team

Best Print Ad, Builder Member – McKelvey Homes

Best YouTube Commercial, Associate Member – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team

Best Website, Associate Member – Groundwork Mortgage for

Best Website, Builder Member – Fischer & Frichtel Homes for

Best Social Media Campaign, Associate Member – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team

Best Digital Marketing Campaign, Builder Member – Lombardo Homes

Personal Achievement Awardees

New Home Community Salesperson of the Year – Lisa Harris, McBride Homes

New Home Community Sales Team of the Year – Chris Aholt, Mike Boehmer, Tim Frohbieter, Michelle Martin and Kristy Roderick with Fischer & Frichtel Homes

Highest Closer, Number of Sold Units – Lisa Harris, McBride Homes

Highest Closer, Dollar Volume – Sandy Wagner, McKelvey Homes

Construction Manager of the Year – Tony Bradbury, Habitat of Humanity of
St. Charles County

Marketing Director of the Year – Dawn Thurman, Consort Homes

Real Estate Sales Manager/Agent of the Year – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Select Properties – The Boehmer Team

Mortgage Professional of the Year – Trisha McConkey, Associated Bank

Mortgage Company of the Year – Groundwork Mortgage


Costs Outrun Bid Prices Again in March, BLS Finds; Some Delays Improve as Others Worsen


Construction input costs outpaced bid prices again in March, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data posted on Wednesday. The producer price index (PPI) for material and service inputs to new nonresidential construction jumped 2.7% for the month and 21.5% year-over-year (y/y). The PPI for new nonresidential building construction—a measure of the price that contractors say they would bid to build a fixed set of buildings—increased 0.6% for the month and 17% y/y. March was the 18th-straight month in which the cost index rose more than the bid-price index on a year-over-year basis. Prices rose faster than the 17% increase in bid prices for a wide range of inputs in the cost index: diesel fuel, up 20% for the month and 64% y/y; aluminum mill shapes, 6.2% and 44%, respectively; steel mill products, down 4.9% in March but up 43% y/y; plastic construction products, up 1.5% and 35%, respectively; truck transportation of freight, 6.6% and 24.5%; asphalt and tar roofing and siding products, 1.6% and 23%; lumber and plywood, 5.1% and 21%; gypsum products, 1.5% and 21%; architectural coatings, 0.7% and 21%; and insulation materials, -0.1% and 17.4%. Bid prices, as measured by PPIs for new buildings, rose 0.5% for the month and 29% y/y for new warehouse construction; 0.3% and 18.5%, respectively, for industrial buildings; 0.8% and 17% for offices; 0.7% and 15% for health care buildings; and 0.3% and 13% for school buildings. PPI increases for new, repair, and maintenance work by subcontractors amounted to 0.8% for the month and 19% y/y for concrete contractors; 2.1% and 15%, respectively, for roofing; 1.0% and 12% for electrical; and 0.5% and 11.5% for plumbing contractors. AGC posted tables and graphs of construction PPIs. Numerous producers have implemented additional increases in the five weeks since BLS collected these prices on March 11.

Delays appear to improving in some sectors but worsening in others. There were reportedly 45 containerships waiting to unload at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach earlier this week, down from more than 100 around New Year’s. However, the decline is due in part to fewer ships leaving Shanghai, where factory production and freight movements have been curbed by a spike in coronavirus cases and a citywide lockdown. “Bank of America’s measure of trucking capacity available to shippers jumped last week to its highest level since June 2020, while its measure of shippers’ outlook for freight rates dropped sharply to the lowest level since July 2020,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. But a reader forwarded a notice from an Ohio-based aluminum extruding mill that its lead time was now 66-68 weeks, whereas the “lead time up until about a year ago was more like six weeks.” Readers are invited to send price and supply chain information to .

Seasonally adjusted construction employment in March topped the February 2020 level in 32 states, lagged in 16 states and the District of Columbia, and was flat in Nevada and Wyoming, according to AGC’s analysis of BLS data posted today. (February 2020 was the month in which employment peaked nationally before plunging during widespread shutdowns in March and April 2020.) Utah added the most construction jobs since February 2020 (15,000, 13.2%), followed by Tennessee (11,400, 8.6%) and Missouri (11,300, 8.8%). Utah also had the largest percentage gain, followed by South Dakota (12.1%, 2,900 jobs) and Idaho (12.0%, 6,600). New York shed the most construction jobs over 25 months (-29,600, -7.2%), followed by Texas (-15,300, -2.0%) and Pennsylvania (-14,200, -5.3%). The largest percentage losses were in New York, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota (-5.0%, -1,400 jobs). For the month, construction employment increased in 35 states, declined in 14 states and D.C., and was unchanged in Idaho. (BLS reports combined totals for mining, logging, and construction in D.C., Delaware, and Hawaii. Because there are few, if any, mining or logging jobs in these locations, AGC treats the levels and changes as solely construction employment).

On March 31, BLS posted an annual update for 2021 of data on employment and wages by occupation. The site includes “wages for over 400 occupations in construction,” according to an analysis the National Association of Home Builders posted on April 8. “Out of these, only 58 are construction trades. The other industry workers are in finance, sales, administration and other off-site activities….half of payroll workers in construction earn more than $49,070 [the median wage] and the top 25% make at least $75,820. In comparison, the U.S. median wage is $45,760, while the top quartile (top 25%) makes at least $68,590….The highest paid occupation in construction is Chief Executive Officers with [a median of] $162,390 per year….Among construction trades, elevator installers and repairers top the median wages list with [a median of] $98,600 a year, and the highest paid 25% making at least $120,950. Pile driver operators are next [, with a median of] $77,030 and top quartile earning at least $96,440. First-line supervisors of construction trades are third [, with median wages of $72,600 and top quartile] of $91,310. In general, construction trades that require more years of formal education, specialized training or licensing tend to offer higher annual wages. Median wages of construction and building inspectors are $61,360 and the wages in the top quartile of the pay scale exceed $78,940. Half of plumbers in construction earn over $59,810, with the top quartile making over $78,190. Electricians’ wages are similarly high.”

BLS on Monday posted a set of charts and commentary on “The Construction Industry: Characteristics of the Employed, 2003–20” that “examines the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of construction industry workers, putting these characteristics in context by comparing them to those of workers overall.”


15 IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection Contractors Ranked Among the Largest Electrical Contractors in Metro St. Louis


The St. Louis Business Journal’s annual ranking of the region’s largest electrical contractors lists 15 IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection contractors among the 18 firms ranked.  The 15 contractors are all members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) and signatories to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1.  IBEW/NECA partner to form the Electrical Connection.

In previous years, the St. Louis Business Journal ranked the electrical contractors on companywide billings, both locally and nationally.  This year, rankings are by local billings only in 2021.  They can be found at this link.   Among the 15 St. Louis NECA electrical contractors on the April 8, 2022 St. Louis Business Journal listing and their revenues are:

·         J.F. Electric Inc. —  $209 million

·         Guarantee Electrical Co. — $203 million

·         ArchKey Solutions (parent company of Sachs Electric) — $138 million

·         PayneCrest Electric Inc. — $130.00 million

·         Aschinger Electric Co. (now part of Guarantee Electrical Co.) — $50.01 million

·         Bell Electrical Contractors Inc. — $33 million

·         Kaemmerlen Electric — $30.5 million

·         Kaiser Electric — $26.35 million

·         TSI Global Cos., LLC — $26 million

·         Schaeffer Electric Co. Inc. — $25.5 million

·         RJP Electric LLC — $21.48 million

·         Pyramid Electrical Contractors — $21.1 million

·         Kay Bee Electric  — $20.9 million

·         Schneider Electric of St. Louis LLC — $16.55 million

·         J. Bathe Electric — $6.98 million

The St. Louis Business Journal reported total local billings of $980 million in 2021 for all 18 electrical contractors on the list.  IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection contractors accounted for more than 97 percent of that total and approximately 97 percent of the total 3,177 local electricians employed by firms on the list.  

The industries served by the NECA contactors on the list span residential and commercial, including healthcare, power, industrial, retail, multifamily, renewable energy, institutional, R&D, data centers, schools and more. 

St. Louis NECA contractors employ IBEW electricians and communication technicians.  The IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership provides safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  Learn more at

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