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2017 April Issue

Poettker Construction, Continental Tire Plant Expansion, Mount Vernon

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Continental Tire Plant in Mount Vernon is investing more than $20 million in a new expansion project that is scheduled for completion in July. Construction began in November 2016.    The expansion is part of the company’s goal to increase its production capacity.     Poettker Construction in Breese is the general contractor for…

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Korte & Luitjohan, Inc. St. Clair County Event Center, Belleville

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. in Highland broke ground for the St. Clair County Event Center located on Route 15 in Belleville in August last year. Project manager Chris Wernle said work will be completed by the end of April.    Adam Jokisch, president and CEO of Adam’s Auction and Real Estate Services,…

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Plocher Construction Co., Donco Electric Headquarters, Edwardsville

By RITA DUCKWORTH    Some of the biggest beneficiaries of the unseasonably mild winter in the region have been construction companies. Plocher Construction Co. of Highland broke ground in October on Donco Electric Co.’s new headquarters. Thanks in part to the weather, the $5.4 million project is currently a week or two ahead of schedule.    …

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Holland Construction Services, Memorial Hospital East and Medical Office Building, Shiloh

By RITA DUCKWORTH    The completion of Memorial Hospital East and the ongoing construction of an associated Medical Office Building in Shiloh continue to transform the health-care marketplace in the region.     Chosen for its reputation as a local community and construction leader and its past relationships with the hospital, Swansea-based Holland Construction Services is playing…

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IMPACT Strategies, Public Safety Facility, Edwardsville

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies says work underway on the new Edwardsville Public Safety Facility should be completed in late fall.     The two-story building, located adjacent to the Leon Corlew Park and Splash Pad south of downtown, will feature brick with cast stone accents. The city of Edwardsville is funding the $12…

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Q&A with Chief Executive Officer Donna Richter and board member Cyril “Pete” Korte, Southern Illinois Builders Association

    IBJ: What’s the state of the construction business in Southern Illinois?     Korte: As far as we’re concerned, we’re in pretty good shape. One of our big concerns is the state’s unfunded pension liability. We hear a lot about a shortage of manpower but we don’t have that here. Another concern is what’s going…

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COUNTERPOINT: Does America need a border wall with Mexico?

No, and as one community learned, fences don’t always make good neighbors By ADRIANA MARTINEZ    Shortly following the Texas revolution in 1835, two sister cities sprang up on the banks of the Rio Grande. The two communities support each other in times of good and bad and have long held friendship festivals to celebrate the…

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POINT: Does America need a border wall with Mexico?

Yes, security is essential in regaining control of our destiny By DAN STEIN    Ten years ago, Congress passed a bipartisan bill that required the construction of roughly 700 miles of double-layer fencing along America’s porous southern border. This crucial border security effort received widespread political backing, as then-Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, current Senate Minority…

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Leadership Council releases latest investment update

By MARK TURNER and MIKE RILEY    This year’s edition of the Leadership Council’s Market Review provides an overview of the critical business investments and projects that continue to grow and strengthen the economy of Southwestern Illinois.     As the years go by, our goal has remained the same in “Uniting the Region for Growth” and…

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Businesses, others asked to support Godfrey legacy effort

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    GODFREY — Compared to the long list of famous people who have emerged from the region, Capt. Benjamin Godfrey never quite got his due.    Arguably, though, he was as financially successful and contributed as much if not more to the well-being of the community than anyone honored with a statue.     Now,…

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