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Metro Electric Supply Awarded Two Honors from Annual Ameren Awards Program

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Metro receives the Regional Electrical Distributor Award and Trade Ally of the Year 

Metro Electric Supply, a locally-owned and family operated wholesale residential, commercial and industrial electrical distributor, received the Trade Ally of the Year Award for the second year, and the Most Outstanding Regional Electrical Distributor of the Year Award at the 2019 Ameren Missouri BizSavers Program Trade Ally Network Awards. This is the third year in a row that Metro Electric Supply has been recognized by Ameren Missouri.

“It is an honor to be recognized with these awards,” says Bill Frisella, president of Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply. “Our continued standard of service from our employees shows in this recognition and that dedication is evident by our loyal customers.”

Metro’s energy use reduction saw them take the Trade Ally Network Awards’ highest honor in 2019. As the Trade Ally of the Year, Metro was recognized as a top performer in the energy efficiency industry. The distinguished honor goes to the trade ally that has reached the pinnacle of performance by achieving the greatest energy savings of any trade ally company in 2018. Metro’s progressive thinking, creative solutions and integration of incentives into their business has generated impressive energy savings throughout the year.

In addition to being award the Trade Ally of the Year, Metro Electric Supply was also honored with the Regional Electrical Distributor Award. This award is presented to a trade ally that sells a variety of electrical products located in the Midwest. This trade ally completed projects with the greatest energy savings in their category during the 2018 program year.

The Ameren Missouri BizSavers Trade Ally Network Awards are held every spring to celebrate the performance of Trade Allies in the previous year. The 2019 awards, which were held on Thursday, April 18, were based on program performance between March 2018 and February 2019. 

Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply is a locally-owned family business. In 1967, St. Louis Electric Supply consisted of one delivery truck and a basement and a garage overflowing with circuit breakers, wire, and conduit. For more information on energy savings, Metro’s services and locations or to shop online visit: or 

Key Employees Take Ownership Positions in Remiger Design

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Firm looks toward the future with buy in from Principal Architect and CFO

Vern Remiger, president of Remiger Design, announced that Denny Crain and Mike Favazza Jr. have taken an ownership position in the architectural, planning and interior design firm.

“Denny and Mike have been key leaders at our firm,” Remiger noted. “This enables us to move forward with our growth plans while ensuring that we have capable leadership to guide our firm in the coming years.”

Crain has been with Remiger Design since April 2014, starting as a project leader. He became a licensed architect in January 2016. He was promoted to principal in January 2018. With 15 years of experience, his primary responsibilities range across all design and construction phases of projects for the firm’s clients. Additionally, he develops the firm’s business while focusing on several commercial property sectors.

Favazza was named CFO of Remiger Design last January, after having served as the company’s outside CPA for three years. Mike oversees the firm’s initiatives to improve profitability and efficiencies in its business processes. His experience includes more than 16 years of both public and private accounting, with an emphasis on helping small businesses manage their finances and growth.

“While I will remain active as the majority shareholder, this positions our firm for the future,” Remiger said. “I am confident in their abilities to eventually take over the firm.”

Remiger Design is a St. Louis-based planning, architecture and interior design firm specializing in the planning and design of multiple project types and scale. The firm was founded in 2010 by Vern Remiger, an industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience in architecture, interior design, planning and facilities management.

Trio of Construction Firms Acquire St. Louis-Based Leonard Masonry, Inc.

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Firm Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary by Adding Restoration and Preservation Services

Alberici Corporation, Byrne & Jones Construction and Central Building & Preservation, L.P. have jointly acquired the assets of the venerable St. Louis construction firm Leonard Masonry, Inc.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Founded in 1959 by Donald Leonard, the two-generation, family-owned company grew to become one of the largest masonry contractors in St. Louis, focusing on new construction.  Its capabilities will be expanded to restoration and preservation projects.

“With an infusion of capital from the new ownership group, we are excited to broaden Leonard Masonry’s exquisite craftsmanship in new construction and introduce its skills to masonry restoration and preservation in the built environment,” said John Heitert who serves as general manager of Leonard Masonry.  Heitert was formerly a project manager and corporate equipment manager at Alberici.

Heitert is joining long standing Leonard Masonry leadership – Kenneth Westhoff and Ken Booth.  Westhoff is the former Leonard Masonry, Inc. president and has been with the company for more than 22 years. He serves as chief estimator.  Booth joined the firm in 1999 and will remain field operations manager, a position he’s held since 2004.

Under the new ownership, Leonard Masonry will retain its name and its headquarters at 5925 Fee Fee Road.  The firm employs 40 people, but will add additional employees as it grows its new construction and restoration practice with a goal of employing up to 80 people. The new ownership group hopes to double annual revenues to about $10 million over the next 12 months.

“We are excited that the 60th anniversary of Leonard Masonry’s founding is a benchmark year, fortified by new ownership that is energizing our next generation of craftsmanship and service to  facility managers, developers and general contractors,” noted Westhoff.

Leonard Masonry’s craftsmanship is found throughout the St. Louis area in ornate granite, stone and brick installations. It has won numerous awards from the Masonry Institute of St. Louis, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) St. Louis Chapter, the Construction Products Council of St. Louis and other organizations.  Among those award-winning projects are:

  • Uncas A. Whitaker and Earth and Planetary Science buildings on the Washington University campus, among several award-winning Washington University projects for Leonard Masonry;
  • Emerson Grand Basin in Forest Park;
  • John Apostle and Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown St. Louis;
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Washington, Mo.; and
  • Arnold Recreation Center in Arnold, Mo.

Among its many landmark projects are the St. Louis Missouri Temple of The Church of

Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the BMO Harris Bank Building in Des Peres, the Boeing Leadership Center Chateau in Florissant, Mo. and The Dome at America’s Center, which included $7.8 million in masonry alone.  More on Leonard Masonry can be found at

With annual revenues exceeding $2 billion, St. Louis-based Alberici is a diversified global construction company regularly ranked among the top 40 contractors in the United States by Engineering News-Record.  Alberici serves a broad spectrum of industrial and commercial markets providing general contracting, construction management and design-build solutions, as well as the ability to self-perform key components of its projects. Learn more at

Chicago-based Central Building & Preservation L.P. is Chicago’s leading masonry restoration contractor.  Founded in 1924, the firm has a loyal clientele and performs many of the high profile projects in Chicago.  Central specializes in masonry reconstruction, tuckpointing, concrete restoration, and sealant application.  Central serves a broad array of commercial, multi-unit residential, and institutional clients.  Learn more at

Ameren Missouri Plans Third In-State Wind Generation Facility

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Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, after construction, a third wind generation facility in Missouri. The facility, developed by Tradewind Energy, an Enel Green Power company, will be located in Atchison County.

In the past eight months, Ameren Missouri has entered into commitments to acquire up to 857 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable wind energy representing an investment of approximately $1.4 billion. Today’s agreement is an important step in implementing Ameren Missouri’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year outlook that supports cleaner energy in the state.

“Adding home-grown renewable energy in Missouri benefits our state by integrating more renewable resources onto the grid and boosting local economies. We anticipate that over 300 high-quality jobs will be created while the project is being built,” said Michael Moehn, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri.

When operational in 2020, the 300 MW wind facility will power 90,000 homes. It will be located near the town of Tarkio and is scheduled to join two other planned Ameren Missouri-owned wind generation facilities; one will be in Atchison County near the town of Rock Port, and the other, the state’s largest, will stretch across Adair and Schuyler Counties.

“This third facility is planned to be the most advanced in the state by harnessing more wind with fewer turbines. In taking advantage of this new technology, we’re taking another step in transitioning our generation fleet to cleaner resources and achieving our goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050,” said Ajay Arora, vice president of power operations and energy management.

Before construction of the third facility, Ameren Missouri must obtain the Missouri Public Service Commission’s review and approval. All three planned facilities remain subject to a number of conditions including obtaining timely and acceptable transmission interconnection agreements from the applicable regional transmission organizations.

“We’re bringing benefits to our customers for years to come by expanding renewable energy and modernizing the grid, all as part of the Smart Energy Plan,” Moehn said.

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or

Business Growth Prompts Castle Stone Products Relocation to Accommodate Larger Showroom and Production Capability

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Castle Stone Products, a local manufacturer of a wide variety of stone veneer, announces it has moved its headquarters to a new, larger stand-alone facility in Hazelwood, MO to accommodate its continued growth.

As a business-to-business manufacturer, the new location will offer a wider assortment of stone style & color options along with mantle, hearth stone and accessory items. Architects, home builders, general contractors, interior designers, remodelers & their clients will have the opportunity to view & select their stone from the expanded showroom offering.

The expanded production area will also lead to faster turn-around times to have the goods at the job site when needed. A Fall-2019 building addition is planned for even further production capability.

“We’re truly happy and excited to relocate to our new showroom space,” said Rick Robertshaw, President of Castle Stone Products. “We’re especially pleased to be able to move into a building with significantly more space while remaining in a convenient location for all of our St. Louisarea and mid-west customers.”

The new office & showroom address for Castle Stone Products, as of May 1st is: 4801 Park 370 Blvd. Hazelwood, MO 63042 Phone: 314.997.1600

Poettker Construction Sponsors Boy Scouts Safety Clinic

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Second annual safety center to help Scouts achieve merit badge in safety 

Poettker Construction, a second-generation family-owned construction company, recently sponsored a safety merit badge center at its new headquarters and warehouse in Breese, Ill. for the Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Area Council on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Twenty-two Scouts from the St. Louis region participated in the clinic to learn how to apply safety techniques used on construction sites to home and community settings. Poettker’s Corporate Safety Manager and Eagle Scout Charles Wilson alongside Poettker Headquarters Project Manager, Eric Lohman, led the clinic.

“For the second year, we are proud to sponsor this clinic to help the Scouts learn about how to incorporate safety techniques into everyday life,” said Wilson. “We want to thank all of the Scouts and the families who participated in this new tradition.”

The interactive discussion about utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) in everyday activities including mowing and weed eating the lawn; establishing proper planning techniques and making informed choices to help prevent accidents; sketching individual home egress plans to inform their families of emergency exit strategies; and discussing safety careers and training opportunities.

Clinic participation counted toward merit badge credit.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. For more information, visit

McCarthy Building Companies to Break Ground on New Omaha Office Building

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New office and warehouse will accommodate national construction company’s continued local expansion, underscoring its long-term commitment to Omaha.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and development partner Tetrad Property Group, LLC, will break ground May 8 on a new office building and warehouse that will serve as the national construction company’s new local office location. Since establishing a full-service Omaha office in 2007, McCarthy has continued to build its local presence and reputation for delivering complex, challenging projects across a wide variety of market sectors and project types. The company is currently overseeing more than $200 million in construction work throughout Nebraska.

Situated at the intersection of 132nd Street and I Street in West Omaha, the 15,000 sq.-ft. industrial-flex office development will include a single-story office building, warehouse and adjacent construction yard. The new office will enable McCarthy to expand its services to clients within the company’s core markets of Healthcare, Education, Advanced Technology & Manufacturing, Commercial, Arts & Entertainment and Industrial projects.

“We’re thrilled to expand our Omaha presence and reinforce our commitment to our employees, clients and industry partners throughout the region,” said McCarthy Vice President and Omaha Office Leader Ryan Sawall.

The office will include high-tech conference facilities and flexible gathering spaces, encouraging collaborative work among employees, clients and industry partners. The adjacent, climate-controlled warehouse will accommodate the delivery and short-term onsite storage of construction materials, as well as space for pre-assembly of building components. This flexible, multi-purpose warehouse environment will also be available to host a range of employee training sessions, client and partner appreciation events and other community gatherings. An adjacent patio will extend the gathering space outdoors.

Other project partners will include DLR Group (architecture and engineering) and Thiele Geotech (geotechnical services and materials testing).

Construction is expected to be completed by December 2019.

McCarthy’s current local project work includes an $86-million, 57,000-sq-ft. Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center (scheduled to open in 2020) and a $70 million new high school under development for Omaha Public Schools. The firm is also completing a $10 million Emergency Department renovation for Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE and a $38 million cancer center and surgery addition at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, NE.

The company’s current office space is located at 14217 Dayton Circle, Suite 8.


McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

Square UP Builders and Power UP Electrical Contractors Recognized at AGCMO Annual Convention

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Industry leaders are taking notice of The UP Companies’ commitment to safety, as evident by the numerous safety awards its carpentry and electrical contractor divisions received at the Associated General Contractors of Missouri’s (AGCMO) recent annual convention in Branson, MO.

Square UP Builders and Power UP Electrical Contractors both received an AGCMO Zero Lost Workdays in 2018 safety award. These awards are presented to firms that had no recordable accidents in the AGCMO charter area for the past year.

Additionally, Power UP collected the 2018 award for Accident Prevention in the work hour category of 100,001 to 200,000 hours and was one of four contractors at the convention that qualified for an E.C.L. Wagner Safety Award, the highest safety award honor given by AGCMO for overall safety performance. To qualify for this award, each of the work hour category winners were asked to submit a 250-word essay explaining the company’s safety systems, culture and management philosophy on safety.

“All of these awards are a testament to the hard work, commitment, dedication and integrity of all our folks associated with each of our business units who strive every hour of every day to achieve safety excellence and accomplish our corporate goal of completing each task, every day injury and incident free,” said UPCO Corporate Safety Director Steve Richardson.

Matt Cowell, AGCMO Vice President of Safety, said the awards Power UP and Square UP received are reflective of UPCO’s commitment to keeping their workers safe on the job at all costs.

“Business will always have a tug of war between safety and production,” said Cowell. “Safety is more than complying with the OSHA standards, but it is about how you care about making sure your employees go home safe each day. Winning this type of safety award is a huge accomplishment because it is not easy to do, because it shows more than just compliance, it shows the company cares.”

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service MBE-certified contracting companies offering all-inclusive and convenient solutions for general contractors, owners and facilities management professionals. For more information, go to or call 314.865.3888.

Hampton Inn Farmington Wins 2018 Lighthouse Award

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Midas Hospitality-managed hotel recognized for stellar service and accommodations 

Hampton Inn by Hilton Farmington was recently named a 2018 Lighthouse award winner by Hampton Hotels.  This recognition is given to the top 5% of Hampton Hotels based on high rankings in accommodations, service and quality.

Midas Hospitality – a leading hotel development, management and investment firm – manages the hotel located at 850 Valley Creek Dr. in Farmington, Mo.  Cheyenne Wolf is the hotel’s General Manager.

In addition to the Lighthouse award, Midas Hospitality-managed Hampton Inn by Hilton Poplar Bluff was honored with the 2018 Circle of Excellence award.  This is presented to the top 10% of Hampton Hotels based on performance ratings in regard to accommodations, service and quality.  April Jones is the General Manager of the hotel, which is located at 2420 Crestwood Dr. in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

“Winning the Lighthouse award shines a light on the tremendous people and sense of teamwork that exists at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Farmington property,” said David Robert, Midas Hospitality’s CEO and Co-Founder.  “Awards exist for a moment in time, but the people at both of these hotels do an amazing job every single day to create great experiences for our guests and each other.  And for that we are most grateful.”

Pictured holding the 2018 Lighthouse award is General Manager Cheyenne Wolf along with her Hampton Inn Farmington team.

For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality specializes in the development, management and investment of award-winning hotel properties across the U.S.  The firm focuses on select-service and extended-stay experiences for global brands including Hilton, Marriott, and IHG.  Midas’ headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo. 


Poettker Construction Takes On Seven Gables Project in St. Louis

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Poettker’s hospitality expertise to be showcased in renovation project 

Poettker Construction, a second-generation family-owned professional construction company, has been awarded the historic Seven Gables Inn renovation project. As the Seven Gables Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the $3.5 million project requires Poettker’s historic renovation expertise. The expected completion date is summer 2019.

“The entire Poettker team is excited to be part of this great project for a client dedicated to enhancing communities in St. Louis,” said Keith Poettker, president of Poettker Construction. “We pride ourselves on our historic renovation capabilities along with our detailed project management skills. This project allows us to showcase our team’s great work in these areas.”

Poettker Construction’s hospitality experts were engaged by Restoration St. Louis for overall interior restoration updates and accessibility layout adjustments. The restoration updates will include historic window replacement and interior finish upgrades. The accessibility portion of the project will consist of constructing a bridge between the 2nd and 3rd floor guest wings, adding an elevator, removing extra unused staircases and adding more hallways for better guestroom access.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Poettker Construction for this renovation,” said Amrit Gill, president of Restoration St. Louis. “Poettker’s reputation, particularly in hospitality and historic renovation is second to none, and we’re anxious to see how it will turn out.”

Checkmate Design, LLC is serving as the architect for the renovation of Seven Gables Inn.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned and veteran-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations.  For more information, visit

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