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Edwardsville man named president of PayneCrest Electric Inc.

Ryan Freeman, an Edwardsville resident, has been named president of PayneCrest Electric Inc., one of the St. Louis area’s largest electrical contractors serving a variety of industries locally and nationally.

freeman ryanDavid Payne, who has served as PayneCrest’s president for 34 years, will remain chief executive officer of the firm.

Freeman has 18 years of experience in construction management and executive leadership, most recently as a senior vice president at McCarthy.

He has earned a number of honors, including “40 under 40” high achiever by the national publication Building Design + Construction and the St. Louis Business Journal.

He was also named an outstanding alumnus by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Engineering from which he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree.

Freeman is a past board member of FamilyForward and currently serves on several committees for the St. Louis-based charity that fights child abuse and neglect.

PayneCrest is annually ranked among the nation’s “Top Specialty Contractors” by the construction trade publication Engineering News Record. It reported revenues of $160 million in 2018.

The firm provides industrial, commercial and telecommunications electrical contracting and engineering services. It has been honored more than 25 times for construction excellence in the annual AGC Keystone Awards, including its work on the St. Louis area’s two largest electrical contracts – the Holcim Cement Plant and the Lumiere Place Casino and Hotel.

Most recent PayneCrest projects include the Pfizer research campus in Chesterfield, Mo., Centene’s expansion in Clayton, Mo., the expansion of the GM auto plant in Arlington, Texas, and the Facebook Data Center in Omaha, Neb.

Founded in 1954, PayneCrest specializes in solution-oriented industrial, commercial and telecom electrical contracting and engineering services for a local, regional and national clientele. Clients span health-care, technology, biotech, energy, industrial, institutional and commercial industries. Visit

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