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Electrical Connection Hosts U.S. Probation Officers Holiday Giving Program at IBEW Union Hall


Families Served by the Justice System Enjoy Dinner & Holiday Gifts

           The IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership hosted a special holiday celebration for families served by the justice system – one that also opens potential career opportunities.  More than 100 families served by the United States District Court Eastern District of Missouri, Probation Division received holiday gifts as the Electrical Connection again supported the division’s holiday gift giving program. And like last year, the event was hosted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 at its union hallat 5850 Elizabeth Ave.  IBEW Local 1 and St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) partner to form the Electrical Connection.

            The December 15, 2022 event was for families with a parent or parents awaiting sentencing or on probation in justice system.  It featured a sit-down dinner for families, including about 300 children.  The event included turkey giveaways, toys and warm coats for children, and a visit from Santa.  But it also offered the potential of exploring a new career upon exiting the probation at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center next door. 

            “We were happy to host again this year, but we also wanted to plant a seed that with dedication and hard work we can offer a career pathway as a skilled IBEW electrician or communication technician,” noted IBEW Business Manager Frank Jacobs.  For more than 75 years the training center has produced more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other program in the state.

“Our annual holiday giving event is a celebration of the future as families served by our justice system are reunited,” noted Lisa White, supervising U.S. probation officer.  “We are grateful that the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection not only hosts our families, but energizes with the prospects of a bright future in the electrical industry.”  The Electrical Connection also donated $2,500 to support the holiday gift giving program.

            “This is the fifth year that our IBEW/NECA partnership has supported the U.S. Probation Officers holiday giving program,” noted Kyle McKenna, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter NECA. “In an era that is witnessing the electrification of everything, we are changing the world through our training program and there are many opportunities for those inspired to be part of that change.”

            The holiday giving event is part of the U.S Probation Office’s Family Program an innovative approach to rehabilitation. It is a holistic and family inclusion led by Lisa White and Clark E. Porter, MSW, an ex-felon himself, who is now a program support specialist for United States District Court Eastern District of Missouri.   The U.S Probation Office offers substance abuse treatment, community service, employment assistance, and support for ex-offenders to reduce recidivism and reorient their lives to give greater purpose beneficial to society.  Learn more about Porter and Project Re-Direct in this video.

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

American Concrete Pavement Association Announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards


The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) is pleased to announce the winners of several prestigious industry awards, presented alongside the Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards at their Annual Meeting held Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.

Following are details for the four awards:

The Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award is the most coveted award presented by the ACPA. First presented in 1968, this award was originally named in honor of Harold W. Hartmann, the Association’s secretary-treasurer from 1964 until 1974. In 1987, Robert E. Hirschman’s name was added in recognition of his term as the Association’s chairman (then president) in 1967, as well as his tenure as secretary-treasurer from 1975 to 1987. In 2007, the name of Edward A. Egan was added for his service as ACPA’s chairman in 1986, as well as secretary-treasurer from 1988 to 2007. The award recognizes individuals or organizations for unparalleled commitment, dedication, participation, and leadership in the concrete pavement community.

The 2022 Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award winner is Stephen Jackson of Cedar Valley Corporation (CVC). For nearly 50 years, the concrete paving industry has benefited from Jackson’s exceptional career with Jackson Construction Company and CVC. Under his leadership, CVC has been routinely recognized for outstanding quality, innovation, and the consistent construction of smooth concrete pavements. In a range of leadership positions – including service as ACPA’s 2016 Chairman of the Board – his contributions went above and beyond the call of duty. Jackson’s passionate leadership of ACPA, Iowa Concrete Paving Association committees, and other industry and professional organizations stands as a testament to his dedication to the concrete pavement industry.

The Harold Halm Presidential Award is named in honor of ACPA’s first President, and this prestigious recognition is awarded at the discretion of ACPA’s President to an individual who has made significant contributions to the concrete pavement industry.

Jim Mack, Director of Market Development at CEMEX, received the Presidential Award this year for his tireless advocacy for the concrete pavement industry and his unparalleled work in the sustainability space. Mack is a past-Chairman of ACPA and currently serves on multiple working groups across the industry, including technical co-chair overseeing pavement research at MIT. An active member of the American Concrete Institute, Portland Cement Association, and the National Ready Mix Concrete Association, he is well-known in agency circles, particularly with Federal Highway Administration and Federal Aviation Administration. Mack’s long history of success and ongoing efforts are a testament to his dedication, grit, and determination to advance sustainability in the concrete pavement industry.

The Marlin J Knutson Award for Technical Achievement is named in honor of the second chief executive of ACPA and recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing the development and implementation of technical innovations – as well as best practices – for the design and construction of concrete pavements.

This year’s recipient is Tara Cavalline, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Cavalline has brought about substantial developments in quality control of concrete paving and improved the use of recycled and waste materials. She has also been a key researcher and contributor to the Performance Engineered Mixtures advancement effort to ensure concrete durability and performance life. Cavalline was a leading contributor to the practitioner’s guide for recycling concrete pavements, which the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center published. In addition to her research efforts, she is an award-winning educator and has taught courses on materials, quality assurance in construction, sustainability, and environmental engineering. Her research and the practical application thereof have been of tremendous value to the concrete pavement industry, helping bring about quality, durability, and sustainability improvements.

The Outstanding Promoter Award is given annually to a person who has made significant contributions through promotion efforts or programs to advance the awareness, specification, and/or placement of concrete pavements. This recognition is reserved for those who have been on the front lines making a difference for our industry.

Angela Folkestad, P.E., is the Executive Director of the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter of ACPA and was selected as the 2022 Outstanding Promoter Award winner. Folkestad is a dedicated advocate for concrete pavement in Colorado and Wyoming and a nationally recognized leader on sustainability issues. Colorado is typically an early adopter of new pavement techniques and technologies, and her work, first as a pavement engineer with the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter and now as the Executive Director of the Chapter, has been crucial in shaping the trajectory of paving in the state. Duringthe last five years, she has been at the forefront of utilizing concrete overlays, portland limestone cement, in-place recycling, and performance-engineered mixtures. As one of the nominators stated, “Angela has become a leader in the field of sustainability and low-carbon concrete. She represents the industry at a very high level and is recognized as an expert in this topic. She willingly attends meetings and travels all over the country in an effort to help the industry establish where we sit nationally on this topic.” In addition to advancing national conversations, her Colorado/Wyoming Chapter has flourished. Folkestad is an active member of the Chapter/State Executive Committee, including a recent Chairmanship, and is always willing to lend her expertise and efforts to fellow Chapter/State Executives. She is an invaluable asset to the concrete pavement industry in her local states and on the national stage.

About the American Concrete Pavement Association

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) is the national trade association for the concrete pavement industry. ACPA’s mission is to develop and protect concrete pavement markets through education, advocacy, marketing, and industry technical leadership. ACPA’s vision is for concrete to be the pavement material of choice, benefitting communities and society within U.S. state and local economies. Founded in 1963, ACPA is the world’s largest trade association that exclusively represents the interests of those involved with the design, construction, and preservation of concrete pavements.

Electrical Connection Brings Warmth with IBEW Minority Caucus Annual Coat Drive


60 Coats for Children Delivered to the Hazelwood School District

Now in its 18th year, the IBEW Electrical Workers Minority Caucus(EWMC) coat drive continues to work with organizations to bring warmth to families in need.  On Dec 6, 2022, members of the minority caucus delivered 60 coats for children to the Hazelwood School District.  The minority caucus is part of the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“While our primary goal is to bring a little more winter comfort to children in need, we also hope to ‘plant the seed’ of career opportunities in the electrical trade,” noted Sylvester Taylor, director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Electrical Connection. “We hope to make an enduring difference in the communities we serve and inspire students to be difference makers themselves.”

The annual coat drive was launched in 2004 by Taylor. Since then, the IBEW Minority Caucus has given away 15,000 coats to families in need, 12,000 of them new coats.

“The district is grateful for the unwavering support and generosity of the IBEW Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, and the Electrical Connection,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent, Hazelwood School District. “This donation will have a lasting impact for the students that we serve.”

The Electrical Connection partnership will continue to distribute coats for children in need to various agencies throughout the winter.  

If you would like to support the coat drive, EWMC is looking for new coats or used coats in good condition that are appropriate for children up to the age of 18.  You can drop off coats at the IBEW Local 1 union hall at 5850 Elizabeth Ave. in St. Louis or you can send a donation to:​

IBEW Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, C/O Sylvester Taylor, 5850 Elizabeth Ave., St. Louis, Mo.63110

​Make the check out to “EWMC Coat Drive.”

The Electrical Connection partnership provides safe and reliable commercial, industrial and residential electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. It is an important resource for business and civic leadership for new technology, including disruptive technologies, advancing electrical and communication infrastructure.  Learn more at

AGC Updates Inflation Alert; Construction Employment Climbs in November


Submitted by the AGC.

AGC is conducting the 2023 Hiring and Business Outlook Survey. Construction firm readers are invited to complete the survey by Friday, December 9. Results will be released in early January.

On Monday, AGC posted the December update of the Construction Inflation Alert, a 9-page document intended to inform owners, officials, and others about the materials cost, supply chain, and labor availability challenges that construction firms are experiencing.

Construction employment, seasonally adjusted, totaled a record-high 7,750,000 in November, an increase of 20,000 from the upwardly revised October total and 248,000 (3.3%) year-over-year (y/y), according to AGC’s of analysis of data the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) posted on Friday. Residential construction employment, rose by 3,900 in November (with specialty trade contractors up 5,500 and building contractors down 2,600) and 105,000 (3.4%) y/y. Nonresidential construction employment climbed by 300 for the month (building contractors, up 8,200; specialty trade contractors, up 2,800; and heavy and civil engineering construction firms, up 5,300) and 143,000 (3.2%) y/y. The number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience fell by 76,000 (-16%) y/y to 393,000, and the industry’s unemployment rate declined up from 4.7% to 3.9% tying the 2018 rate for the lowest ever for November. Seasonally adjusted average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees in construction (craft and office) rose 6.1% y/y to $32.94 per hour. That exceeded the 5.8% increase for all such private-sector employees. The “premium” for hourly construction workers rose to 17.2% over the private sector average of $28.10 but remained considerably below the average premium in 2000-2019 of 21.5%.

“Economic activity in the services sector grew in November for the 30th month in a row,” the Institute for Supply Management reported on Monday. All 18 sectors reported an increase in prices paid. Construction (including homebuilding) is among those that reported growth (13 sectors); increases in business activity (13), new orders (12), employment (9), and order backlogs (8); and slower supplier deliveries (9 sectors). Items significant for construction reported up in price included construction services, diesel fuel (2 months in a row), and electrical components (22 months). Steel products were listed as down in price. Items listed in short supply included concrete (2 months) and transformers (3 months).

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 3.8% in November from October and 26% y/y, Dodge Construction Network reported today. 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.” The institutional component of the Momentum Index rose 2.7% for the month and 21% y/y. The commercial component increased 4.3% and 28%, respectively. “Commercial planning experienced a healthy increase in hotel and data center projects and modest growth in stores and office projects. While education and healthcare projects slowed in November, the institutional component remained net-positive alongside a robust increase in planning projects for government administrative buildings and religious facilities.”

“States have been seeing 20% to 40% hikes in [highway] project costs, depending on the region and materials, said Susan Howard, director of policy and government relations at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials,” the Pew Stateline newsletter reported on Wednesday. “Ohio transportation officials are getting nearly $2 billion over five years from the $1.2 trillion federal bipartisan infrastructure law. But so far, the money they’ve received ‘has largely been gobbled up by inflation,’ said Matt Bruning, spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation. ‘It didn’t take all of it, but we’re pretty close to a net sum zero because of it.’”

“U.S. voters said yes to tens of billions of dollars for road-paving, school-building and other local projects” in last month’s elections, the Wall Street Journal reported on November 13. “The voters approved $57 billion out of the $63 billion in ballot measures for which results are available, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. If that 90% approval rate holds steady, the total amount of new municipal debt authorized Tuesday will come to about $90 billion, the most from any election day in the data, which goes back to 2012….Much of the money will be spent in the nation’s fast-growing South and West, with $35 billion in Texas alone, by far the most of any state.”

“CBRE’s Industrial [warehouse] Occupier Survey found that 64% overall and 81% of third-party logistics companies [3PLs] responding plan to expand their real estate footprint over the course of the next three years, in spite of economic uncertainty,” commercial real-estate firm reported on November 9. “Of these companies, 47% say that they are planning to expand by more than 10%, while 29% say they plan no change, but only 7% expect to downsize. When it comes to building more space 3PLs are in the lead with 81% planning to expand their footprint over the next three years, while 75% of both Food & Beverage, and Building Materials & Construction companies will do the same also intend to expand their real estate footprints despite supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and high occupancy costs. On the other hand,…only 25% [of manufacturers say they are] expecting to expand.”

IFMA St. Louis Shares Warmth of the Season


Facility managers support Heat Up St. Louis with donation

The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) made another donation to Heat Up St. Louis at its holiday gathering on Nov. 30. Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, IFMA St. Louis presented a check for $1,000 to the nonprofit organization.

Heat Up St. Louis builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children, avoid illnesses and deaths during the area’s bitter winter season.

“We believe in giving back and supporting our region,” said Michael Wright, president of IFMA St. Louis. “Our members know how winters impact the less fortunate. We found a great cause through Heat Up St. Louis since it helps so many needy families stay warm during our region’s cold wintry days. We’ve supported this great organization for nine years now. It’s our way of sharing the warmth of this holiday season.”

IFMA St. Louis also funds the organization’s Cool Down St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents cool during the sweltering summer months.

Heat Up/Cool Down St. Louis works with more than 34 agencies that help the region’s most vulnerable citizens pay their utility bills and provides access to the energy-efficient equipment they need to stay safe. Its services have impacted more than 660,000 area residents since its inception in 2000.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has nearly 200 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. Considered a leader among local chapters, IFMA St. Louis holds monthly programs to enhance members’ knowledge and provide networking opportunities.

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Michael Wright (left), president of IFMA St. Louis, presented a check for $1,000 to Heat Up St. Louis to Dennis Jenkerson, chief of the St. Louis Fire Department and board member of Heat Up/Cool Down St. Louis. The organization provides utility assistance to those in need.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport Certifies Landco Construction as Women Business Enterprise


Landco Construction, one of St. Louis’s leading interior construction companies, received certification as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) from the St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The certification recognizes a company that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women.

Landco is WBE-certified nationally and by the State of Missouri, and President Linda Bernhard believes this new certification will be impactful for the business as well. “As companies are continuing to recalibrate, redefine, and pivot in new ways,” says Bernhard, “this certification helps elevate our visibility, and we believe it’s a critical component for our current and future clients.” Bernhard also feels strongly that the certification will give Landco greater traction in new markets to better serve its clients.

WBE certification is among the most widely respected in the nation and is recognized by hundreds of prominent corporations, along with many federal, state, and local government agencies. WBE certification is considered a key tool for elevating a company’s business development efforts and is often seen as an essential factor among decision makers in corporate supply chain and procurement divisions.

To learn more about Landco’s WBE certification from St. Louis Lambert International Airport, visit, or contact Linda Bernhard at To learn more about the Women Business Enterprise certification, please visit this site.

Since 2001, Landco Construction has built innovative interior projects with a strong reputation for collaboration, consistency and service. A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Landco is led by President Linda Bernhard and a talented, experienced team of project managers and craftspeople. Landco’s vision is to build a collaborative team-approach environment. It’s why Landco has received multiple ASA Contractor of the Year awards, and why it’s consistently among the top construction companies in St. Louis. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn.

Carpenters Union, Developer Get Historic Jefferson Arms Renovation Back on Track


The long-delayed redevelopment of the historic Jefferson Arms building in downtown St. Louis is finally set to begin construction. Last week, Gary Perinar, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Mid-American Carpenters Regional Council, toured the property with executives from Alterra Worldwide.

The Dallas-based developer plans to restore Jefferson Arms to its former glory with a 225-room hotel, apartments and retail space.

“I am very impressed with what I’m seeing on this project so far,” Perinar said. “I am confident all of the delays are behind us now and the parties involved are moving full steam ahead to reopen this magnificent building to the public. We’re excited about the hundreds of jobs this project will generate with family-sustaining wages and benefits for our members.”

Built in 1904 to accommodate travelers to the World’s Fair, Jefferson Arms has sat vacant since it was closed in 2006. Stalled plans and litigation kept the project tied up for years, until the building was ultimately sold to Alterra in 2017. The company is investing $100 million into this landmark, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“We’re grateful to have the Mid-America Carpenters Union partner with us on this historic project,” said Alterra Chief Construction Officer Emre Terazi. “It has been a long time coming but when all is said and done this will be one of the premiere developments in all of St. Louis.”

Alterra also thanked the following partners for their work on the project: SLDC Director Neal Richardson and staff; Rodney Crim, CEO of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Tim Novak, Executive Director of World Trade Center St. Louis; St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and Comptroller Darlene Green; Missouri Department of Economic Development; Anthony Thompson, CEO of Kwame Building Group; and St. Louis Alderman James Page.

Construction Spending Slips in October; Job Openings Top Hires


Submitted by the AGC.

AGC is conducting the 2023 Hiring and Business Outlook Survey. Construction firm readers are invited to complete the survey by Friday, December 9. Results will be released in early January.

Construction spending (not adjusted for inflation) totaled $1.79 trillion in October at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, down 0.3% from the downwardly revised September rate but up 9.2% year-over-year (y/y), the Census Bureau reported today. However, without a deflator, it is impossible to say how much of the y/y gain is in units vs. price. Private residential construction decreased for the fifth-straight month, by 0.3%, with single-family homebuilding down 2.6%, multifamily construction spending up 0.6%, and owner-occupied improvements up 2.0%. Private nonresidential construction spending slid 0.8%. The largest private nonresidential segment (based on seasonally adjusted spending in October 2022)—commercial construction—fell 0.4% (consisting of warehouse, unchanged; retail, down 1.3%; and farm, up 0.4%). Manufacturing construction slumped 3.2% (including computer/electronic/electrical, up 1.3%, and chemical and pharmaceutical, down 18%). Power declined 0.8% (with electric power down 0.4% and oil and gas field structures and pipelines down 1.3%). Private office and data center construction rose 0.2%. Public construction spending fell 0.9%. The largest public segment, highway and street construction, fell 0.8%. Public education rose 0.5%. Public transportation construction rose 0.2%.

There were 377,000 job openings in construction, not seasonally adjusted, at the end of October, a drop of 25,000 (-6%) y/y, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Wednesday in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) release. Hires fell by 42,000 (12%) y/y to 341,000. Despite the declines, October openings exceeded hires for the second year in a row, implying firms wanted to hire more than twice as many workers as they were able to find. BLS does not break out residential from nonresidential construction in the JOLTS report; thus, it is not possible to tell if the downturns in hiring and openings affected both segments. Layoffs and discharges totaled 153,000 (1.9% of employees), the lowest October total and rate in the 22-year history of the series.

“Economic activity was about flat or up slightly since the [October 30] report, down from the modest average pace of growth in the” September to mid-October period, the Federal Reserve reported on Wednesday in its latest “Beige Book.” The Beige Book is a compilation of informal soundings of business and nonbusiness sources in the 12 Fed districts, which are identified by their headquarters cities. “Residential construction slid further at a modest pace, while nonresidential construction was mixed but down slightly on average….Prices fell for some commodities, including lumber and steel.” District comments included the following. New York: “Contacts in the construction sector continued to report deteriorating business conditions but were somewhat less pessimistic about the near-term outlook than in the last report. New office construction starts remained exceptionally low throughout the district, though there was some pickup in New York City and Long Island. New industrial construction has largely dried up. In New York City, multifamily construction starts, though still quite low, have risen modestly in the latest reporting period, and there is a moderate volume of ongoing construction.” Philadelphia: “Market participants in commercial real estate reported steady current construction activity and a slight decline in leasing activity. Most noted examples of delayed deals and a significant reduction in credit availability – concluding that the current pipeline would carry construction through much of 2023, but activity might slow thereafter.” Cleveland: “Nonresidential construction and real estate activity also softened further. Contacts indicated that rapidly rising interest rates and growing economic uncertainty have led many businesses to hold off on new projects.” Chicago: “Delays and cancellations increased for both single- and multifamily projects….Nonresidential construction was little changed. Construction of industrial space and remodeling of office space held steady. That said, some projects were moving very slowly because of increases in building costs and interest rates.” St. Louis: “Construction contacts reported the pipeline of ongoing projects continued to be strong but demand for new projects has decreased since the previous report.” Minneapolis: “Construction firms reported that recent and future activity was slowing, yet one-third reported that they have been looking to hire more full-time, year-round employees, and a negligible share had cut workers….Commercial construction fell slightly since the last report and showed signs of future slowing. Industry data suggested that construction spending and overall activity held up relatively well, but firms reported that backlogs had shrunk compared with the same period last year. Firms also reported a notable decline in new projects out for bid. Industrial and multifamily segments reported steadier activity and outlooks, and government contract work was also reportedly more active. Labor demand remained healthy overall.”

Solar projects are encountering multiple hurdles. “An estimated 23 gigawatts’ worth of big solar projects have been delayed so far this year—almost twice as much as was installed in all of 2021 and approaching a third of all such projects in development, according to the American Clean Power Association,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. “Several thousand shipping containers of solar panels have been detained by U.S. Customs near ports such as Los Angeles, according to some estimates, while even more have been held up in factories and ports from Vietnam to Malaysia or diverted to places such as Europe—a result of U.S. legislation aimed at cracking down on labor abuses in China. [In addition,] developers say they are grappling with long waits for project permitting and access to transmission grids as well as rising costs and lengthening lead times for equipment orders.”

SIBA Leadership Development Council Donates Proceeds to Caritas Family Solutions


The Southern Illinois Builders Association recently held their Fall Industry Reception and Annual Meeting.  In conjunction with this event, the Leadership Development Council held a toy drive with all donations and proceeds to benefit Caritas Family Solutions.  Donors received a ticket for each $1 donated and for each donation of a toy, donors received 20 tickets for a chance to win 1 of the 5 baskets that were available.  The basket themes included: a Sunset Hills Golf Basket; a Far Oaks & Stonewolf Golf Basket; St. Louis Cardinals Basket; a Booze Basket and a Lotto Scratch Off tree.  50 toys were collected along with $1,650 in donations which were presented to Caritas Family Solutions at the Southern Illinois Builders Association office.

The Southern Illinois Builders Association is a trade association of contractors representing approximately 500 commercial and industrial building, highway and utility construction contractors throughout Southern Illinois.

Poettker Construction Named Accredited Quality Contractor by ABC


Poettker Construction of Breese, Ill. today announced it has been named an Accredited Quality Contractor by Associated Builders and Contractors. This is the first year Poettker has earned the prestigious credential for its commitment to corporate responsibility. Only 450 of the nation’s elite merit shop construction contractors earned the credential in 2021.  

“We are honored to attach this quality credential to our name,” said Ryan Poettker, president of Poettker Construction. “For more than 40 years, Poettker has operated with a primary focus on safety and quality and this sort of accreditation is a tremendous win.” 

Launched nearly 30 years ago, ABC’s AQC program provides recognition to world-class construction firms that have documented their commitment in five areas: 

  • Quality 
  • Safety performance 
  • Talent management, and inclusion, diversity and equity 
  • Craft and management education 
  • Community relations 

“Accredited Quality Contractors set the standard in the contracting community in safety, culture, workforce development, innovation, diversity and quality,” said 2022 ABC National Chair of the Board of Directors Stephanie Schmidt, president of Poole Anderson Construction, State College, Pennsylvania. “Congratulations to this high-performing construction company. Daily, the leaders and employees of Poettker Construction commit to the highest level of corporate and community achievement, exemplifying the best about ABC membership.” 

In earning the AQC credential, each member company commits to world-class safety by achieving Gold, Platinum or Diamond level in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System. Founded more than three decades ago, STEP dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants, with top performers achieving incident rates more than eight times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average.  

AQC members also take the following pledge: 

As an Accredited Quality Contractor, our company is committed to providing our clients with the highest quality construction services, and we care deeply about our employees and the communities in which we build. We are proud to be part of the construction industry and are dedicated to the principles of free enterprise. We commit ourselves to serve our communities and provide our employees with the skills they need to work safely and productively in order to meet the needs of our clients. 

AQC is recognized by Construction Users Roundtable, an organization founded by leading construction project owners.  

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is an award-winning family-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. Poettker Construction provides safe, quality, sustainable, and technology solutions to clients in the Education, Distribution, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Municipal, Recreation, Retail, and Utility industries. The company prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with their clients, business partners and the communities in which they work. For more information, visit

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at