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Recent business developments throughout Southern Illinois

Area’s first Macy’s outlet to debut in Metro East
    A Macy’s Backstage outlet store will debut inside the Macy’s St. Clair Square store in Fairview Heights on Saturday, June 17.
    The store will be carved out of approximately 17,800 square feet.of space on the first level.
    The grand opening will be celebrated with $20 gift card giveaways for the first 100 customers and special events throughout the day.
    A cross between a department store and an outlet, the Backstage is designed with a smaller format will include fashion, home, cosmetics, gifts, active wear and jewelry. Amenities such as mobile check-out stations, free Wi-Fi, “Juice Bars,” designated charging stations, accessible parking, and three-way mirror installations are all included.
HSHS Medical Group adds endocrinologist
    O’FALLON — Mireille El Hayek, MD, has joined HSHS Medical Group .
    Specializing in endocrinology, El Hayek will see patients at Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at HSHS Medical Group in O’Fallon.
    El Hayek earned her medical degree at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, and completed internal medicine residencies at Hotel Dieu De France Medical Center in Lebanon and St. Louis University School of Medicine. She completed an endocrinology and metabolism fellowship at St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Event production firms merge
    Event production firm Ignite!Events, which is headquartered in Edwardsville, has acquired event design company Parties & Props, Ltd., effective in June.
    The newly renamed Parties & Props Event Production Group will focus on providing unique, high-end event design, décor and production services.
    Allison Hershberger is the president/founder of Ignite!Events and will lead the new company. She resides in Edwardsville.
    Parties & Props was operated by mother and daughter Mary and Amy Allison. The organization created thousands of special events, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, fund-raisers and galas, private parties, corporate events and unique experiences, in and around the St. Louis area.
West Star Aviation marks fourth No. 1
    EAST ALTON – West Star Aviation has been voted No. 1 Preferred MRO in 2017 “Professional Pilot” magazine’s Preference Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment survey for the fourth consecutive year.
    West Star Aviation’s East Alton facility is at St. Louis Regional Airport, which is marking its 70th year in 2017.
    West Star specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.
Ameren says facilityamong most advanced
    CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Corp. has completed what it calls one of the most technologically advanced utility-scale microgrids in North America.
    The $5 million facility, located at Ameren’s Technology Applications Center adjacent to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, is one of the only utility-scale microgrids in the nation capable of serving live loads on an actual utility distribution feeder.
    As larger companies and high energy users seek to become more energy independent, Ameren built the microgrid facility to test monitoring and control methods for aggregating clean, renewable energy sources – wind, solar, and natural gas – with advanced automation and battery storage. The Ameren microgrid is one of the few in the world that operate at utility-scale voltages, between 4-kilovolts and 34.5-kilovolts, with multiple levels of control. It is the only known microgrid in the nation capable of seamlessly transitioning the power source for an entire distribution circuit from exclusively distributed generation sources to the traditional grid. This concept, known as “islanding,” enables Ameren to deliver more than 1-megawatts to customers without experiencing an outage.
    “Integrating microgrids onto our system can provide cleaner energy and a stronger, smarter grid capable of delivering the products and services to fit the needs of our future customers and the communities we serve,” said Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Corp.
    The Ameren microgrid can produce up to 1,475 kilowatts, enough to power more than 190 homes.
OSF HealthCare location being built in Godfrey
    OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center has marked the start of construction of a new primary care and PromptCare site in Godfrey.
    The OSF HealthCare medical group primary care office will be located at 6702 Godfrey Road. It is the first in a series of investments planned for the River Bend community, designed to transform health care for residents, officials said. The Godfrey facility will include primary care and PromptCare services, 24 exam rooms and eight OSF HealthCare providers.
    The project is a partnership with a developer, Cornerstone Companies. The $5 million, 13,000-square-foot developer-owned site is scheduled to be completed in December.
    Ajay Pathak, president and CEO of OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center, said OSF HealthCare will continue to add convenient sites throughout the River Bend region, creating care teams that provide a coordinated, holistic approach to the healthcare experience.
    The moves are in conjunction with the hospital’s previously announced plan to eventually move or close operations at its OSF St. Clare’s Hospital campus in Alton.

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