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Information Technology Firm Marks 15 Years Serving St. Louis Area Businesses

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TDK TechDedication to Quality, Understanding Client Needs Highlight TDK Growth and Innovation

TDK Technologies, the St. Louis Information Technology consulting firm that has received national and regional recognition for growth and innovation, marks 15 years serving the technology and management services needs of St. Louis area customers. TDK opened for business April 4, 2001 and was recently named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the largest IT consulting firms in region for the fifth consecutive year. The company name is taken from the first initials of founders Terry Tucker, David Kocs and Kristin Tucker.

“We deliver high quality software on time and on budget. Our customers get exactly what they want, when they want it. And our process supports that,” said TDK Principal David Kocs. “Customers really enjoy working with our people and our process because the combination delivers success over and over again.”

“Our focus areas have not shifted a lot in the last 15 years. We stick to the areas where we can provide value,” said TDK Managing Principal Kristin Tucker. “It’s Java, .Net, project management, analysis, QA, UI/UX, and mobile development. The most recent skill set we’ve added is in the Big Data space.”

As one of the few IT consulting companies owned and managed by IT professionals, TDK’s business-first approach to solving problems has repeatedly earned recognition, including being named to Entrepreneur magazine’s ‘Hot 500’ list of Fastest Growing Businesses along with two appearances on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. TDK client projects received Gateway to Innovation Business Innovation awards in 2009 and 2013.

“The track record is pretty crazy after 15 years. There have been ups and downs certainly; everybody has them. But we are unbelievably proud of what our team has been able to accomplish over those 15 years,” Tucker said.

Hear more about the TDK approach to IT staffing and project solutions in this short video:

TDK Technologies, LLC is a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), established in 2001, with more than 100 team members located in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

OSHA Updates Eye And Face Protection Standards In Final Rule

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction.

The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection.

The rule updates references in OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standards to recognize the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, while deleting the outdated 1986 edition of that same national consensus standard. OSHA is also retaining the 2003 and 1989 (R-1998) versions of the ANSI standard already referenced in its standard.

In addition, the final rule updates the construction standard by deleting the 1968 version of the ANSI standard that was referenced and now includes the same three ANSI standards referenced above to ensure consistency among the agency’s standards.

OSHA’s final rule becomes effective on April 25, 2016.

A St. Louis Jury Awards $4.1 Million in Asbestos Death of Wisconsin Electrician

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Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett wins award for mesothelioma victim’s widow

A St. Louis jury has awarded $4.1 million in damages to the widow of an electrician fromWestfield, Wisconsin, who died of complications from mesothelioma, a deadly lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Longtime electrician Keith Urbach died in 2012, about six months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Jurors in the 22ndJudicial Circuit Court returned their verdict Jan. 25 following a one-week trial and nine hours of deliberations. They found that The Okonite Company of Ramsey, New Jersey, was 5 percent liable for Mr. Urbach’s death. Trial testimony showed that he worked with a fixture wire manufactured by Okonite that contained asbestos.

The case is Jean Urbach v. The Okonite Company, No. 1122-CC-10636.

Mr. Urbach worked as an electrician from 1963-2002 for several employers in Wisconsin and Illinois. His death so soon after diagnosis limited his attorneys’ ability to produce evidence of Mr. Urbach’s exposure to asbestos, although they were able to find co-workers who could testify that he had several possible sources of exposure, including through Okonite’s fixture wire, said Jay Stuemke, attorney for the family and a shareholder in Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett P.C.

Jurors determined that other companies were liable for the other 95 percent of his exposure. Notably, jurors assigned no responsibility to Mr. Urbach.

Building Contractors Report Lowered Expectations For Missouri’s 2016 Building Climate

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Highway/Infrastructure Contractors Report More Confidence in Six- and 12-month Outlook 

Missouri’s building contractors report lowered expectations for the construction industry’s 2016 economic outlook in a recent AGC of Missouri Contractor Confidence (CCI) Index, looking six, 12 and 18-24 months ahead.  The AGC of Missouri’s CCI Index was conducted online in mid-December with member contractors and compares data collected six months ago.

Contractors in the Building Division report lowered expectations for 2016 – dropping their predictions to 63.39 points (down by 5.66) for six months, 61.61 points (down by 6.25) for 12 months, and 58.93 points (down by 4.76) for 18-24 months. Results of the CCI Index survey, based on 100 points, in the same category and conducted from July 15-July 30, were:  69.06 pts. (six months); 67.86 pts. (12 months); and 63.69 pts. (18-24 months). Any rating above 50 indicates a positive overall outlook for business growth.

Contractors in the AGC of Missouri’s Heavy Highway/Infrastructure Division report a drop in their short-term confidence (42.5 points; down 9.58 from 52.08 points six months ago.)  However, the same contractors show improved optimism when looking six months and 18-24 months ahead. The six-month outlook rose to 52.5 points (up 15 from 37.5 points) while the 18-24 month outlook moved up to 45 points (up 13.58 from 31.42 points) reported six months ago.

“Our most recent survey confirms what we have been hearing from our members across the state,” said Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president of the AGC of Missouri. “While other parts of the country have seen a full recovery in the building industry, Missouri has been lagging in its recovery, but it is a recovery none the less. Our state is still behind others in jobs and growth. Many of our members are still working on out-of-state projects to fill their pipelines, but are somewhat positive about our local construction market.

“Although the Highway/Infrastructure Division’s longer-term confidence levels are up from six months ago, they still hover around (and below) a score of 50 and reflect tepid economic conditions,” added Toenjes. “Many of our member contractors do not see a bright light at the end of the tunnel quite yet.  Passage of the FAST Act in Washington, D.C. to fund transportation and some preliminary state funding bill filings are most likely responsible for the uptick in the 12-month and 18-24 month confidence levels. There is no question that Missouri’s continuing lack of adequate funding for MoDOT continues to weigh on our state’s economic conditions.”

The survey was developed by the AGC of Missouri and was distributed online as well as in-person at recent meetings to member contractors. The CCI index is released quarterly* and is designed to be an additional tool to help business, government and institutional leaders plan for the future.

*Due to scheduling difficulties, no 3rd Q 2015 survey was conducted.

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri is the largest organization representing the united voice of the construction industry throughout the state of Missouri. 

Jay Schultehenrich Retires After 39 Years With SITE Improvement Association

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Jay Schultehenrich, Executive Director of the SITE Improvement Association for the past 28 years, retired at the end of 2015 after 39 total years of service to the independent construction contractor organization.  Schultehenrich began managing the day-to-day operations of SITE in 1977 while working for an association management firm, and then became Executive Director ten years later.  Today the organization has grown to five full time employees serving 165 member contractors with an expanded scope of services including political and legislative advocacy, labor relations and safety training.

During his tenure he has successfully negotiated more than 100 labor contracts with St. Louis area unions on behalf of SITE members. He also played a key role in the successful efforts to establish the One Call system, a statewide service locating underground utility lines prior to digging and in the passage of the workers’ compensation premium adjustment credit program equalizing the cost of workers’ compensation insurance between higher and lower wage paying employers.

“We want to deeply thank Jay for his tireless efforts to grow our organization and serve the best interests of our members so effectively,” said Jim Fitzgerald, President of SITE’s Board of Directors.  “SITE has never been affiliated with any regional or national organization, which meant Jay often had to guide us through uncharted waters on our own.  He did so very successfully”.

Schultehenrich began a two-year advisory role to SITE January 3, 2016, and will also continue to serve as its appointed trustee on various Taft-Hartley Trust Funds.  Terry Briggs assumed the role of Executive Directory on January 1, 2016.

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