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Two New Car Dealerships Locating in Wentzville


Construction on the first of two full-service new car dealerships has begun in Wentzville.

Clement Auto Group broke ground this month on its 30,000-square-foot Hyundai dealership with plans to open in Spring 2023. Once completed, the company will also build a 70,000-square-foot Ford dealership with an anticipated opening in Fall 2023.

The dealerships will comprise a state-of-the-art auto mall near the intersection of Interstates 64 and 70 in Wentzville.

Musick Construction is building both projects.

Clement Auto Group President and Owner Penuel “Raj” Clement is the only first-generation new car dealer in the St. Louis market today.

“In an extremely savvy business environment, I am honored to bear this distinction,” said Penuel. “Every single new car dealership in our region is either second generation, third generation or part of a large, out-of-town group. I am humbled to have earned partnerships with both Hyundai Motor America and Ford Motors.”

The projected economic impact of the combined dealerships exceeds $40 million.

“In addition to the hundreds of jobs being created, we’re making a long-term commitment to serve and support this fast-growing region on many levels,” Penuel said.

O’Fallon, MO Manufacturer Prepares for Expansion


VSM Abrasives is breaking ground this week on its second expansion within three years.

The O’Fallon, MO-based manufacturer of coated abrasives for the industrial processing of metal and wood-based materials is expanding its local plant by another 50,000 square feet, according to President Brent Barton. The company is located at 1012 East Wabash Street.

Musick Construction Co. will build the expansion, working in tandem with M+H Architects.

“Despite the difficulties of COVID-19, VSM has experienced significant growth over the past few years,” Barton said. “This expansion will allow us to accommodate our growth and better serve our future needs. This will positively impact our customers, employees and the surrounding St. Charles County community.”

The construction project is anticipated to wrap up in late 2022.

Headquartered in Hannover, Germany, VSM Abrasives has grown to 800 employees worldwide with 13 international subsidiaries. The O’Fallon, MO location is the only subsidiary within the U.S., employing more than 130 individuals and 150 globally.

During 2019, VSM expanded its office space in O’Fallon.

Music Construction, V Three Studios Team to Complete Phase II Sverdrup Complex Work


Project partners Musick Construction and V Three Studios have completed an interior renovation at Webster University’s Sverdrup Complex.

The 2,700-square-foot space is in the School of Communications. The project, according to Musick Construction Vice President Neal Murphy, was part of an ongoing, phased effort to renovate the Sverdrup Complex. Interior renovation work began in May 2021 and completed in July 2021.

“Isolating the renovation area while keeping the rest of the Sverdrup Complex operational was a challenge,” said Murphy. “Completing all work in preparation for the students’ return in August also proved to be challenging, but we all made it happen.”

V Three Studios Principal/Owner Kurt Kerns said the space is directly adjacent to a previously renovated area in the Sverdrup Complex that was completed in 2018.

“It’s a versatile annex to the East Wing of the school’s primary communications building,” Kerns said. “The space serves as an audio/video equipment storage and check-out center for students.”

The just-completed space includes a cast concrete desk as a warehouse for placing audio/video equipment and slat wall coverings in the storage area to provide flexible options for storing equipment. A bold, color-blocked wall reminiscent of vintage TV test patterns greets visitors.

Musick Construction acted as the construction manager and has an ongoing working relationship with Webster University, as does V Three Studios.

Musick, L Keeley Building New Facility for Commerce Bank at Lindbergh and Clayton



Come November, Commerce Bank customers will have a new full-service banking and wealth management location in Ladue that allows for a balance of the digital solutions customers expect with the human connection they deserve.

Regional Construction Design Manager Josh Hellmann said the approximately 3,100-square-foot full-service banking center sits on the site formerly occupied by Schneithorst’s Restaurant, which closed in December 2019. Commerce Bank’s new location at the southeast corner of Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road will feature full-service banking and Commerce Trust Company’s wealth management arm known as The Private Bank.

Musick Construction began renovation of the existing shell space in February. L Keeley Construction is completing interior finishes now. The location will officially open to customers on Nov. 8.

“This location will give us tremendous visibility and great access,” Hellmann said.

The building is equipped with two points of entry – one for banking and another for wealth management clients – in addition to a walk-up night drop along the north entry, an ATM vestibule, café-style seating, private banking spaces and a conference room. Entries to the new building are touchless.

Wood and stone complement a neutral palette of the banking center’s interior to add warmth and texture.

“This is our first project for Commerce Bank,” said Clayton Rehkemper, project manager for L Keeley Construction. “We’re delighted to work for them.”

L Keeley’s work included installing demountable glass partitions as flexible, movable glass office fronts.

V Three Studios is the architect, with Color Art providing furniture and other interiors.