Hicor Group

Hicor Group On Track For 50 Percent Growth In 2018 Revenues


St. Louis-based The Hicor Group is projecting record revenue in excess of $6 million in 2018, an anticipated 50 percent increase over 2017 revenues.  To support this growth in project work, the carpentry services provider has added 40 new full-time carpenters to its staff since the beginning of 2018. The Hicor Group, a minority certified (MBE) contractor, also has become a stand-alone company after operating for its first four years as a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Unitech Consulting.

“Becoming a stand-alone company is a big step for us and the result of our hard work and steady growth since 2014,” said Andrew Stafford, President of The Hicor Group and a fifteen-year veteran construction industry. “It’s a testament to our talented and dedicated employees.”

Most of Hicor’s growth in 2017 and 2018 has come from a wide array of carpentry projects in commercial, multi-family/senior living and restaurant/retail markets including the Nathaniel Rivers Apartments in St. Louis, Covenant Place II in Creve Coeur and Level on Locust in downtown St. Louis. Hicor has installed case-work, counters, architectural millwork, interior fixtures and provided framing and drywall service for a variety of restaurant projects including Shake Shack, Texas Roadhouse and McAllister’s Deli.

“The majority of the projects in our first several years focused on historic rehabilitations, including our award-winning headquarters inside the historically significant Bronson House in Mid-Town that we moved into last year,” Stafford said.  “While we’re passionate about those types of projects, we’ve been able to support our tremendous growth by expanding our services and reaching new markets. Our outlook has gone from revitalizing yesterday and preserving today to building tomorrow. With more than 70 employees, we now have the capacity for building a bright future.”

Founded in 2014, the Hicor Group provides a full scope of carpentry contracting services and is a certified MBE. The company will remain under the ownership of Jeff Kelly and Drew Acree, who also own Chameleon Integrated Services, an information technology consulting firm. For more information on The Hicor Group, visit www.thehicorgroup.com.      

Hicor Group Receives 2017 Business of the Year Award from St. Louis Development Corporation


The Hicor Group, a Carpentry services provider, has received a 2017 Business of the Year Award from the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC).  The award honors the minority certified (MBE) Contractor for its unique achievements and contribution to the City’s growth and development in the past year.  St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson presented the award to Andrew Stafford, President of The Hicor Group, at the annual Mayor’s Business Celebration Luncheon on October 13.

“We are extremely proud that the Mayor and SLDC have recognized us for our commitment to the economic development of the City of St Louis through our participation in projects at the Scott Joplin House, Soldiers Memorial, Nathaniel Rivers Apartments, Locust St. Lofts and in the Cortex Innovation District,” said Stafford.  “We continue to focus on providing superior carpentry and construction services to both public and private construction projects in St Louis and build on the recent success we’ve experienced.”

After completing a $1.1 million renovation earlier this year, The Hicor Group moved its headquarters into the former Bronson Residence. The 132-year-old Late Victorian home listed on the National Historic Register at 3201 Washington Avenue, was recognized by The Landmarks Association of St Louis as one of its Most Enhanced Buildings for 2017.

The Hicor Group is experiencing a 30 percent growth in business in 2017 over 2016, and is projecting an additional 50 percent growth in 2018.  The company currently has over 30 employees and anticipates reaching 75-100 employees by the end of next year.

Founded in 2014, the company is a MBE and an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  Stafford is a 15-year veteran of the regional construction industry. For more information on The Hicor Group, visit www.thehicorgroup.com.

Photo Above: Lyda Krewson, Andrew Stafford and Otis Williams

Hicor Group Moves Into New Grand Center Headquarters After Completing $1.1 Million Renovation Of Historic Washington Avenue Residence


The Hicor Group, a minority certified (MBE) Contractor based in St. Louis, has moved its headquarters into the former Bronson Residence, a 132-year-old Late Victorian home listed on the National Historic Register at 3201 Washington Avenue, after completing an extensive $1.1 million historic renovation.  The renovation began in April 2016 after the building had been left in a state of disrepair for many years and included significant interior and exterior upgrades.

The focus of the project centered around the interior finishes of the building. Special attention was paid to repairing the original plaster moldings on the ceilings and walls along with meticulously preserving and restoring the vast amount of original millwork and casework throughout the building. Utilizing their recently acquired millwork reproduction capabilities, the Hicor Group was able to recreate a considerable amount of historically accurate wood windows for the project.

“The biggest challenge was creating an updated commercial office space while maintaining the historical accuracy of the building,” said Andrew Stafford, President of the Hicor Group.  New mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were also an important aspect of the project to convert the former residential building into a functional commercial space.

“We do have a vast amount of experience throughout our organization when it comes to historic restoration work. This project created the opportunity for us to showcase our capabilities while at the same time meeting our need for growth and giving us a distinct facility to house our corporate offices,” said Stafford. “The uniqueness of this space has created an energetic and creative environment for us to work in and enjoy.”

Three levels of the interior have been converted into commercial offices. The back yard of the house, once a historically significant Japanese garden, has been converted into an outdoor meeting and event space with lighting, décor and amenities suitable for small to medium size gatherings.

The Washington Avenue property was redeveloped by Acree-Kelley LLC, which bought the house in 2014.  The property is located next to the former Central States Life Insurance Building, now known as the Barnett on Washington, at 3207 Washington.  Drew Acree and Jeff Kelley of Acree-Kelley LLC are also co-founders of Chameleon Integrated Services and managing partners of The Hicor Group.  Chameleon provides Information Technology support services to agencies and organizations worldwide.

The Hicor Group provides carpentry, concrete, and general contracting services to multiple facets of the construction market here in St Louis and throughout Missouri. Founded in 2014, the company is a MBE and an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  Stafford, a ten-year veteran construction industry, is President. For more information on The Hicor Group, visit www.thehicorgroup.com.

Founded in 2003, Chameleon is a minority and SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).  

Hicor Group to Handle First Phase of Renovations at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site in St. Louis


Scott Joplin RagtimeThe Hicor Group will begin a series of updates to the Scott Joplin House and Rosebud Cafe in St. Louis next month. The project is the first phase of a long range historic renovation program being planned by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Upgrades to the buildings will include tuck-pointing, a new period correct cedar shake roof and metal coping along with a flat roof replacement.

CMT Roofing, Crossroads Roofing and McDonnell Building Sealants will work in conjunction with The Hicor Group as part of the project. Hicor will self-perform the demolition, carpentry and other miscellaneous repair work on the project. Work is scheduled for completion in November.

The Scott Joplin House is a Missouri State Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark that is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 2658 Delmar, it is estimated to have been built during the Civil War and is typical of the tenant row houses built in the City during that period.  Scott Joplin lived there from 1901-1903.

“We are honored to be a part of the long range preservation of this historic gem in our community,” said Andrew Stafford, President of The Hicor Group.  “Our previous work, including the current renovation of a large historic house at 3201 Washington into our future company headquarters, will be invaluable to maintaining the historic accuracy and integrity of the Scott Joplin House.”

Stafford also said The Hicor Group looks to continue to build on the recent success they’ve enjoyed on state construction projects, including playing a significant role in the construction of Echo Bluff State Park. The $52 million project was completed in July and opened this summer as one of Missouri’s premier state parks.

The Hicor Group is a minority certified (MBE) General Contractor that specializes in commercial construction and historic preservation work.  The company also provides construction management, general contracting and carpentry services.  Founded in 2014, The Hicor Group is an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Chameleon Integrated Services (Chameleon).

The Hicor Group’s office is currently located inside Chameleon’s headquarters at the Barnett on Washington building at 3207 Washington.  For more information on The Hicor Group, visit www.thehicorgroup.com.