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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 third year, and the Most Outstanding Regional Electrical Distributor of the Year Award at the 2020 Ameren Missouri BizSavers Program Trade Ally Network Awards. This is the fourth year in a row that Metro Electric Supply has been recognized by Ameren Missouri.

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

Metro’s energy use reduction (6,779,679 kWh) was the deciding factor in receiving the Ameren BizSaver Trade Ally Network Awards’ highest honor in 2020. 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 in 2019. 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 2019 program year.

“I am continuously amazed by our dedicated team,” says Nick Frisella, energy efficiency sales and sustainability director of Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply. “These awards are a great reminder of how hard they work, and the good Metro is doing for people of Missouri, our country and the planet. Reducing our customer’s electrical usage through the BizSavers’ program by approximately 6.8 million kWh annually removes 4,794 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the environment each year.”

The Ameren Missouri BizSavers Trade Ally Network Awards are held each spring to celebrate the performance of Trade Allies in the previous year. The 2020 award ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 18.

Metro Lighting and Metro Electric Supply is a locally-owned family business. Originally, Metro was strictly an electrical supply house but has grown to include Metro Lighting, Missouri’s largest lighting distributor. Together, Metro Electric Supply and Metro Lighting has 14 locations that serve St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County and Cape Girardeau. For more information on energy savings, Metro’s services and locations or to shop online visit: or 

Spring an Ideal Time to Clean Building Facades and Survey for Damage

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From the tallest of skyscrapers, to the corner office and the downtown warehouse district, the stressors of sunlight, changing weather, water, building movement and settlement can break down and deteriorate building facades creating comfort, safety and maintenance issues that can quickly add to the cost of property ownership.

“Now that winter is almost over, spring marks an ideal time for building owners and facility managers to survey their buildings and structures for any damage that may have resulted from the cold, winter weather, make repairs and perform preventative maintenance to protect the exterior going forward,” said Western Specialty Contractors facade expert Jason Holtman.

A masonry and facade restoration specialist, such as Western Specialty Contractors, is recommended to identify problem issues such as cracking, efflorescence, spalling, control joint failure, and sealer or caulk failure and to recommend a repair and prevention plan that protects the property and tenant spaces from leaks and water damage. Proper facade maintenance will aid in reducing the likelihood of unexpected costs and repairs, plus help to maintain the property’s value, said Holtman.

Structure facades can be made from any number of materials including brick, terra cotta, granite, marble, sandstone, limestone, brownstone, concrete masonry units, glass curtain wall systems, Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems (EIFS) and precast concrete.  Likewise, they can all deteriorate for any number of reasons, including:

  • Lack of maintenance/funding
  • Movement
  • Freeze/thaw
  • Air pollution
  • Improper workmanship/design
  • Moisture

Ongoing maintenance is always recommended to minimize exterior damage, no matter what the building material. Holtman recommends regular, proper cleaning of the building’s facade in the spring.

“A clean facade projects professionalism, can increase sales for businesses located within the building, increase the life of the property, improve the building’s value and make surveying winter damage easier to see,” said Holtman.

Facade cleaning can be performed using a variety of methods including:

  • High-pressure water
  • Low-pressure water
  • Sandblasting
  • Wet aggregate blast
  • Hot water steam
  • Chemicals
  • Soda blast
  • Poultice
  • Glass bead
  • Sponge blast

For assistance with facade maintenance, contact the Western Specialty Contractors branch location nearest you –


Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit                    

People On The Move In The Local Construction Industry

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The latest People in the News highlighting new hires, promotions, honors & recognition of the men and women in the St. Louis building community.

Aviation Technology Innovator Chris Runde Joins Ross & Baruzzini as Principal Consultant

Chris Runde

International technology, consulting and engineering firm Ross & Baruzzini has added aviation industry veteran Chris Runde as principal consultant.

“Over the past 15 years, Chris has developed trusted relationships across the aviation industry and a track record of delivering exceptional technical and strategic solutions,” said Michael Zoiadirector of aviation. “His focus on innovation and keen awareness of the safety and security issues facing airports will enable us to build upon our leading position in the field.”

Most recently Runde launched and directed the Airport Innovation Accelerator for the American Association of Airport Executives, a hub for airports, innovators, government leaders and industry partners to advance innovation in aviation. Before that, he headed the government and transportation vertical for a venture-based security software company and, as a core member of a risk-based security team, led numerous critical initiatives for the Transportation Security Administration including the Screening Gateway, ACIS (Airport Biometric Credentialing), insider threat mitigation and first deployment of PreCheck. Runde holds a bachelor of science degree in system engineering from the University of Virginia.

HDA Architects Hires Two

Brice Zickuhr

HDA Architects have hired Brice Zickuhr as Director of Operations. Brice will oversee day-to-day office activities, managing resources and schedules as well as quality control. He will provide oversight and leadership to all of HDA’s project teams, reviewing the drawings throughout their development. Brice brings 30 years of experience and is part of HDA’s Management Team.

Tim Piskorski

HDA Architects have hired Tim Piskorski as a Senior Project Manager.  Tim will oversee all aspects of the design and construction process of a building project, from developing and reviewing building plans to making sure a project meets environmental and zoning standards. Tim has 27 years of experience and a love for the craft of designing and constructing a building, while respecting client’s budgets, schedules and project parameters

The UP Companies Hires David E. Murrell as Kansas City Regional Director

David E. Murrell

The UP Companies (UPCO) proudly announces the hiring of David E. Murrell of Leawood, Kansas to its new Regional Director position.

Murrell takes on the leadership role during a time of considerable growth for UPCO, one of the region’s largest full-service contractors, and will be responsible for heading operations, developing new business relationships, strengthening existing client partnerships and directing business strategy in the greater Kansas City area.

“UPCO has forged a path in the Kansas City marketplace over the last couple of years as steadfast electrical and carpentry contractors,” said Brian Arnold, UPCO Vice President. “Kansas City is a dynamic and bustling market with lots of opportunity and the outlook continues to be bright. With all these exciting developments, we made the decision to hire a local Regional Director for The UP Companies. David is a homegrown Kansas Citian and a 30-year veteran in the design and construction industry, which we feel is important to gain quicker traction in this marketplace. We believe David relates perfectly to our target customers while representing our core values.”

Murrell has more than 30 years of architecture and construction industry experience, having previously worked as Director of Business Development for Multivista in Overland Park, Kansas; Preconstruction & Project Management for United Excel Construction in Merriam, Kansas; Business Development & Preconstruction for AEC Connections in Overland Park, Kansas; and Project Architect/Construction Manager for Gould Evans Architects and BNIM Architects, both of Kansas City, Missouri.

Murrell has a BFA from the University of Kansas in Architectural Design and is a member of the Kansas City Chapter of Health Care Engineers (KCAHE).

The UP Companies (UPCO) is one of the region’s largest full-service 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.

Michael Moehn Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Michael Moehn

Michael Moehn, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ameren Corporation and chairman and president of Ameren Services, has been elected to the legal board of directors of Midwest BankCentre.

Moehn was named to his current role with Ameren Corporation in December 2019. Previously, he was president of Ameren Missouri, working with more than 4,000 team members to provide electrical power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and about 127,000 natural gas customers. After a nine-year career at Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP as a CPA leading client engagements across multiple industries, Moehn has served Ameren in a succession of leadership roles that have deepened his insights and experiences in strategic planning, finance and operations.

Moehn is deeply engaged in the bi-state community. He serves as board chair for the United Way of Greater St. Louis, while also serving as a member of the board of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis since 2016. In addition, Moehn serves on the finance planning committee of Christian Hospital, and the budget and finance committee of Concordance Academy of Leadership.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Louis University and a master’s in business administration degree from Washington University. Moehn was selected for the Eisenhower Fellowship, participating in its International Leadership Exchange Program, with a focus on South American energy. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Midwest BankCentre, a mainstay of St. Louis community banking since 1906, employs a staff of about 280 working at 17 bank locations in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. 

February 28, 2020

Myron Ury Joins G&S Architectural Products 

Myron Ury

St. Louis-based Golterman & Sabo has hired Myron Ury as Sales Representative at G&S Architectural Products, a division of Golterman & Sabo. Ury’s primary focus will be promoting Hufcor Operable Walls to the Architectural Design and Construction Community.  He will also lead the Operable Wall service work.

“Operable walls are a fast-growing segment of our business,” says Dennis Voss, director of sales for G & S Architectural Products.  “We look forward to Myron helping our customers integrate these innovative products into their projects.”

Most recently, Ury was the Hufcor Factory Sales Representative for the St Louis metro area.   Ury enjoys spending time with his two children and their spouses, and four grandchildren.  His hobbies are traveling, and camping, and volunteer work.

Golterman & Sabo, a premier provider and installer of specialty building products, began operations in 1946 under the name of Herbert Golterman Company. Today, in its third generation of family ownership, the company manufactures and distributes acoustical products, operable walls, cubicle curtains and track and a variety of other specialized products.

February 21, 2020

Poettker Construction Finance Executive Receives St. Louis Business Journal Honor 

Kim Luitjohan

Poettker Construction Company’s vice president finance, Kimberly (Kim) Luitjohan, has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2020. Luitjohan, along with other young business leaders in the St. Louis area, was honored for her contributions to the company and community at a special awards gala on Thursday, Feb. 13. The St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards salute young professionals making a difference in their organizations and communities. More than 600 nominations were submitted and reviewed by a panel of previous 40 Under 40 winners.

Luitjohan began her career at Poettker in 2001, where she worked in a variety of roles learning the processes of all company operations. She is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s business program, the latter of which she earned while working full-time at Poettker. In 2010, at the age of 26, Kim was promoted to Vice President Finance, where she has been instrumental in managing the firms’ growth, by overseeing accounts payable, project accounting, payroll, human resources, IT, and asset management.

Luitjohan serves on the HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese Foundation Leadership Council (FLC), which has raised more than $250,000 in the past the years, as well as organizes the First United Methodist Church’s “Cookie Walk and Craft Bazaar” fundraiser, raising more than $16,000 since she founded the event in 2015.

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

Cody Baumgartner Joins Wiegmann Associates as Project Manager 

Cody Baumgartner

Cody Baumgartner of the Central West End in St. Louis, MO has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project manager. Baumgartner is responsible for managing new and renovation HVAC construction projects in a range of industries. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects. Since 1995, Wiegmann Associates has engineered and installed innovative, energy saving and cost-efficient HVAC solutions, refrigeration systems and automation controls for clients in a wide range of industries. For more information, visit or call (636) 940-1056. 

Kwame Building Group Hires Martel Hulsey as Business Developer and Diversity Monitor

Martel Hulsey

Martel Hulsey, of Olivette, MO, has joined Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as Business Developer and Diversity Monitor. Hulsey’s responsibilities include creating business and marketing opportunities and maintaining existing client communications. As Diversity Monitor, he oversees construction sites to ensure and verify minority involvement on projects.

Hulsey holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Business Management from Maryville University. He has four years of experience in the marketing industry. He earned a Delux Power 100 Rising Stars Award by Delux Magazine, which celebrates St. Louis’ most inspiring and influential African American professionals.  

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management servicesFor more information, visit or call (314) 862-5344.

Western Specialty Contractors Minneapolis Assistant Branch Manager David Grandbois Receives ICRI 40 Under 40 Award

David Granbois

The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), the only association in the concrete industry devoted solely to repair and restoration, recently announced the winners of its first 40 Under 40 Award. Western Specialty Contractors is proud to announce that Minneapolis Assistant Branch Manager David Grandbois, 31, was among the announced winners.

The prestigious award recognizes 40 individuals who exemplify dedication to the concrete repair industry. A peer nominated award, the ICRI 40 Under 40 recognizes individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to continued professional growth, high potential for continued success in leadership roles, and a strong passion for – and commitment to – the mission of ICRI.

Grandbois started his career in construction as a Civil Construction Management Engineer for Kiewit in Omaha, NE before accepting a Project Manager position with Hans Hagen Homes in Fridley, MN. He joined Western Specialty Contractors’ Minnesota Branch as a Project Manager in 2015 where he held the position for nearly five years before being promoted to Assistant Branch Manager in February 2020.

Grandbois has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. He is also a certified Concrete Surface Repair Technician – Tiers 1 and 2 through ICRI and an Associate Constructor through the American Institute of Constructors. He has also achieved OSHA 30 certified training.

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit

February 14, 2020

KWK Architects Hires Architectural Associate Heather Grove

Heather Grove

KWK Architects is proud to announce that it has expanded its staff with the recent hiring of Architectural Associate Heather Grove, LEED AP BD+C (Building Design + Construction), of St. Louis.

As Architectural Associate, Grove is responsible for design coordination, technical documentation and construction administration of KWK Architect’s higher education projects. She has more than 16 years of experience, having previously worked as a Project Manager for Dickinson Hussman Architects of Webster Groves, MO; as an Independent Contractor with Bozoian Group Architects of Brentwood, MO and as an Architectural Technician for Fletcher Architects of St. Louis.

Grove has an Associate of Applied Science, Architectural Technology from St. Louis Community College and a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Saint Louis University. She is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter.

Her community involvement includes Secretary and Joint Business Manager for non-profit organization St. Louis Osuwa Taiko, Membership and Marketing Committee volunteer for U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter, and volunteer for the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Community Project.

In her spare time, Grove enjoys staying active and spending time outdoors, exploring area hiking trails. She also performs a style of Japanese drumming called taiko, is learning to play the shinobue, a type of bamboo flute, and enjoys photography.

Johnny S. Wang Joins Midwest BankCentre’s Legal Board of Directors

Johnny Wang

Johnny S. Wang, a partner at Stinson LLP, has been elected to the Midwest BankCentre legal board of directors.

An attorney since 2005, Wang’s legal practice focuses on employment and traditional labor issues. His experience as a litigator deepens his perspective of the opportunities and risks employers navigate to align human resources and business strategy as well as managing a unionized workforce. Wang’s clients range from startups to multinational corporations across diverse industries.

In 2013, Wang co-founded the St. Louis Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), which now exceeds 250 members. He also founded and chaired the Missouri Minority Counsel Program from 2012-2016. He was Stinson’s 2016-2017 Fellow in the Leadership Council of Legal Diversity and a member of the FOCUS Leadership St. Louis Class 41.

Wang currently serves on the board for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and as its alternate regional governor for the central U.S. He also serves as an officer for the board of FOCUS St. Louis and is vice president of the St. Louis County Library board of trustees.

Wang has been recognized with the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2020, NAPABA’s 2019 Best under 40, the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association’s 2018 Torch Bearer Award, the Royal Vagabond Foundation’s 2018 Leadership Award, the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair’s 2014 Spirit of Diversity Award, Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2013 Up and Coming Lawyers designation and the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2012 Diverse Business Leaders Award.

Wang earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He graduated from Washington University’s School of Law in 2005.

Contegra Construction Co. Completes New Off-Campus Student Housing Serving Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

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With a 100 percent occupancy, the newly opened student housing complex called “The Reserve” is hugely popular with students at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE).  General contractor Contegra Construction Co. completed the 486-bed housing complex developed by Cleveland-based Richland Residential.  The development is comprised of nine buildings hosting two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four-bedroom units.

Located on a 15-acre site, The Reserve provides additional housing options to meet growing demands for off-campus living in close proximity to SIUE.  It is located at the New Poag Road entry to the campus.

The wood frame construction is clad with brick and siding.  Apartment units feature full kitchens, washers and dryers and ample living spaces.

A highlight of the student housing complex is a clubhouse with a number of amenities, including a workout room, study area, lounge/gaming room and leasing offices. Adjacent to the club house is a pool and separate bath house

Based in Edwardsville, Ill., Contegra is one of the St. Louis area’s largest general contractors and serves a national customer base that includes industrial, institutional, municipal, multi-family, office and retail projects.  Its capabilities include building developer- and owner-driven projects and site development.  Learn more at

Walsh Construction Working Steadily on Merchants Bridge Rehabilitation

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Work is on track toward a March 2023 completion of the Merchants Bridge rehabilitation, a $180 million project owned by the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis and managed by Chicago-based Walsh Construction, a subsidiary of Walsh Group.

Walsh Construction Senior Project Manager Dan Sieve said rehab work began in July 2018 on the 130-year-old rail bridge. The bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Venice, IL, three miles north of the Eads Bridge, is 4,340 feet long and is traversed today by only 32 trains annually.

“The bridge has functioned as a single-span structure because it is functionally obsolete,” said Asim Raza, chief legal officer and director of corporate affairs for the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis. “The centers are not wide enough to accommodate two trains and it is load restricted.”

The rehabilitation effort includes replacing the main spans and piers, which have never been replaced, Asim said, although repairs were made where significant corrosion and defects were discovered through the years. “The purpose of most of the rehabilitation work performed, back from 1903 to present, was to increase Merchants Bridge’s capacity,” he said. “It’s an integral connection for the St. Louis rail terminal. Coupled with the MacArthur Bridge, it is part of the system that moves freight and passenger rail traffic over the Mississippi.”

Replacing the main spans and rehabilitating the piers and east approach comprise most of the work being done currently. “This work will ensure the continued efficient operation of the St. Louis terminal railroad and provide benefits across the nation’s rail network for the next 100 years and beyond,” he said.

General repairs to the Merchants Bridge’s main spans occurred in 1954, with major repair and rehabilitation taking place in the 1980s, according to Raza.

Other project partners on the current rehabilitation project include engineering firms TranSystems and Burns & McDonnell.

Farnsworth Group, Inc. Acquires FWAI Architects

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Farnsworth Group, Inc., a national full-service engineering, architecture and survey firm, announced it has acquired FWAI Architects, a 13-person architecture firm based in Springfield, Illinois.

The addition of FWAI continues Farnsworth Group’s strategic growth in geographic locations and markets, and adds to the strength of the Company’s more than 500 employees located in St. Louis, Fairview Heights, and nationwide.

FWAI’s history dates back to the 1970s and today provides architecture, interior design and planning to a wide variety of clients. The firm specializes in the education, corporate, healthcare, office, commercial and recreation markets.

“The addition of FWAI coincides with our strategic planning goals to add talented staff, clients and capabilities to our existing operations,” said Farnsworth Group President and CEO Karen Jensen.  “Farnsworth Group and FWAI have the same business philosophy and approach which is to do the very best for our clients. The synergies between our two firms will allow for a seamless transition and allow us to deliver services and solutions to a broader set of clients.” As Farnsworth Group, FWAI will now be able to offer its clients the value of a full-service engineering and architecture design team.

“Joining Farnsworth Group allows us to become a fully-integrated single-source provider of design solutions for our existing clients,” said FWAI President Paul Wheeler, AIA, who along with Forrest Hoffman have been leading the FWAI team. “Together, our architecture teams will be a direct complement to each other, and the addition of engineering and survey will be a value-added component to the clients we serve on a daily basis. Our clients are excited about this expanded combination of talent and services, and the reassurance of having a 500-plus person, high performance team behind us.”

This is Farnsworth Group’s seventh acquisition in the last eight years, having completed the acquisition of Design Alliance Architects in Waukee, Iowa in 2019.

Farnsworth Group, Inc., an employee-owned company, is a full-service engineering, architecture and survey firm, offering clients more than 500 professionals located throughout a nationwide network of offices. For more information contact: Jeff McCombs, Farnsworth Group, at 1.309.689.9888 or via email at

Spire and Ranken Launch New Hands-on Educational Program

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Brandon Bowen shows off his signed offer letter from Spire

Spire and Ranken Technical College announced a partnership to create clearer pathways to careers in the natural gas industry — the Spire Cooperative Education Program at Ranken. The co-op is a two-year program that provides Ranken students with on-the-job experience and mentoring from Spire field operations professionals while they complete an HVAC associate’s degree.

With increasing attrition in the skilled labor workforce, both organizations hope the program will draw more  people to the natural gas industry.

“The No. 1 impediment of economic growth in this state, this region, this nation, is the inability to fill the skilled labor, technical workforce,” Stan Shoun, Ranken CEO, said during the program’s kick-off event at Spire’s downtown St. Louis office.  “Every company we [Ranken] engage would like to bring in more work if they could just find the workforce.”

Brandon Bowen, Eli Burris, Devin Chaudoin, Robert Rehmeier and Christopher Rieckenberg accept admission to the Spire Co-op Program at Ranken

Five students signed offer letters to join the Spire Co-op Education Program at Ranken: Brandon Bowen (Imperial, MO); Eli Burrus (Fenton, MO); Devin Chaudoin (Wrights, IL); Robert Rehmeier (Ballwin, MO): and Christopher Rieckenberg (Coulterville, IL).

During today’s event, Missouri Sen. Andrew Koenig, Missouri Rep. Dan Shaul, and Missouri Rep. Shamed Dogan presented Spire and Ranken with resolutions in recognition of their commitment to workforce development. Education Liaison Barbara Fraser presented official letters from the St. Louis County Executive’s office.

Ranken’s Stan Shoun, Ranken Student Brandon Bowen, and Spire’s Tim Goodson

“By emulating the success of similar programs developed by Enterprise and Emerson, we’ve created a dual-track program that builds on both classroom learning and on-the-job training,” said Tim Goodson, Spire’s vice president for Missouri field operations. “We’re excited about this partnership with Ranken because we’re confident that, together, we’ve designed an experience that readies people for employment, and, from Day One after completing the program, provides them with the skills they need to succeed as high-quality technicians in the natural gas industry.” “

Bowen said, “Once I heard about the program, I thought it would provide me with good work experience to expand my education. There is a high demand for this trade, and I find the work enjoyable.”

Photo Above: (L to R) MO Rep. Dan Shaul, MO Sen. Andrew Koenig, MO Rep. Shamed Dogan join the first group admitted to the Spire Co-op Program at Ranken, Ranken CEO Stan Shoun (center), Spire MO Field Operations VP Tim Goodson, St. Louis County Executive Office Education Liaison Barbara Fraser, and Spire COO Steve Lindsey on stage at the program’s kick-off event.

At Spire Inc. (NYSE: SR) we believe energy exists to help make people’s lives better. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of our company. Every day we serve 1.7 million homes and businesses making us the fifth largest publicly traded natural gas company in the country. We help families and business owners fuel their daily lives through our gas utilities serving Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri. Our natural gas-related businesses include Spire Marketing, Spire STL Pipeline and Spire Storage. We are committed to transforming our business through growing organically, investing in infrastructure, and advancing through innovation. Learn more at

IMPACT Strategies Helps Crossroads Centre Roll Into 2020

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IMPACT Strategies recently gave a popular Fairview Heights shopping center an all new exterior façade. Crossroads Centre is home to Dollar Tree, Big Lots, T.J. Maxx, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Plato’s Closet, Ruler Foods, and several other retailers who received a fresh look just in time for the new year. IMPACT worked with Northeast Capital Group who purchased the property in 2018.

The renovations included repairs to the parking lot, and sidewalks, enhanced site lighting, an updated pylon sign, and new fabric canopies. The updates have refreshed the space and brought new life to this busy shopping center. IMPACT Strategies also installed a new water feature which was incorporated into the retention pond along Lincoln Trail.

Paul Ellis, Director of Economic Development for Fairview Heights said “This project was extremely well done by IMPACT Strategies. They always meet or exceed the requirements set by the city of Fairview Heights. IMPACT managed to pull off a beautiful, head turning result on a minimal budget. We hope that the renovations IMPACT Strategies completed at Crossroads Centre have set an example for future shopping center renovations.”

The shopping center’s day-to-day business was uninterrupted during the construction process. Now that the renovations are complete, Crossroads Centre is one of the brightest and most attractive shopping centers in Fairview Heights. IMPACT Strategies worked with the design team at Phase Zero Design on this project.

IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

U.S. Capital Development Breaks Ground on Building 7 in Fenton Logistics Park

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U.S. Capital Development, a Clayton, Mo.-based real estate development company, recently broke ground on Building 7 in Fenton Logistics Park, marking a major milestone with the delivery of more than one million square feet of new industrial and office space since 2017. The Park’s redevelopment has already spurred the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs.

“This is precisely what we envisioned for this site when we introduced our master redevelopment plan in 2016,” said Scott Sachtleben, managing principal of U.S. Capital Development. “The park is currently 94 percent leased by occupiers that are bolstering economic activity and growth in the region.”

The building is the latest phase of the ongoing transformation of Fenton Logistics Park, which is located on Interstate 44 near the I-44/Interstate 270 interchange. Formerly the site of a Chrysler assembly plant, it is now home to a mix of industrial and office buildings.

The 190,350-square-foot, Class A building is designed for office, warehouse, and manufacturing uses, and is slated to be completed in the third quarter of 2020. The spec building will feature 28-foot clear heights, 46 trailer dock doors, and more than 330 auto parking spaces. Impact Strategies will be the General Contractor on the project.

Since 2017, U.S. Capital Development has developed five industrial and office buildings in the park. Current tenants include BASF, BJC Medical Group, 1st Phorm, Hubbell Killlark, CoreLink, Beckwood Press, Alkem Laboratories, Nexius, and Skin Specialty Solutions. Jon Hinds and Katie Haywood of CBRE have represented the project since its inception.

With the completion of Building 7 later this year, there will be only 90 acres left to develop in the park. U.S. Capital Development plans a mix of industrial, office, manufacturing and retail buildings for this remaining section.

US Capital Development, is a real estate development company based in St. Louis that has its origins dating back to 1994. In fall 2018, the firm announced its repositioning as USCD following a period of rapid growth and expansion into multiple U.S. markets. Since the middle of 2017, the company has sourced and initiated close to a billion dollars of self-directed and owned development within various US markets.

Western Specialty Contractors Featured on “World’s Greatest!…” Television Series

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Western Specialty Contractors has been selected by How2Media to be featured on its popular television series “World’s Greatest!…” – a 30-minute show dedicated to highlighting the world’s greatest companies, products, places and people.

“Started over 100 years ago, Western Specialty Contractors is still very much a family business; a family business with now over 30 offices nationwide and a network of skilled member companies and workers. Nationally recognized as a Top 20 masonry and concrete restoration firm, we think their story will be meaningful as well as educational to our viewers,” said Gordon Freeman, Executive Producer of the show.

How2Media, an award-winning 21st Century television production company, sent a film crew to Western’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO to seek out the story behind the company’s success, longevity and innovation. The end result is a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes tour of Western Specialty Contractors featuring exciting visuals and informative interviews with the specialty contractor’s executives and skilled workers. Western’s segment aired nationally on the ION Network on Feb. 17 and is scheduled to air again on March 2.

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“We are honored and excited to have been selected by How2Media for their show,” said Crystal Moyer, Western Specialty Contractors Director National Accounts/Marketing. “We and our clients have always known about the quality and skilled concrete and masonry restoration services that Western provides; now we have a chance to reach an even larger audience with our success story.”

“World’s Greatest!…” can be seen on national cable channels and local network affiliates across the country. For more information on How2Media and their show lineup, visit

Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit    

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