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Year In Review 2017 Southwestern Illinois

New trail will connect up Troy and O’Fallon areas

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    An eight-mile bike trail linking Troy and O’Fallon should be wrapped up by the end of 2018, giving recreationists another means of enjoying the Madison County Transit District trail network.    MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane said the last several years have been spent putting together the project, beginning in June 2007 when…

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McCarthy Building Companies complete Herrin, Mattoon projects

    McCarthy Building Companies put technology to work to tackle two, complex, expansion/renovation projects for Illinois health-care institutions in 2017: Herrin Hospital in Herrin and the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.    Herrin Hospital was originally constructed in 1914 and has undergone multiple expansions that left it landlocked, making a 21,369-square-foot vertical addition the…

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Shiloh sees health-care progress and other opportunities ahead

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    By anyone’s estimates, Shiloh had the kind of year like you read about — story after story on positive developments. The coming year looks like more of the same.    A new, $25 million Medical Office Building was opened on the Memorial East Hospital campus in October. Approval for a second building, this…

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St. Louis Regional Airport hosts safety and service events

    Community activities were a highlight for St. Louis Regional Airport in 2017 as the airport continued its focus on safety and emergency preparedness as well as supporting a variety of service groups in the region.     “Thousands turn out each year for the Wings and Wheels Fly-In and Car Show on the last Saturday…

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Hangar projects address demand at St. Louis Downtown Airport

By RITA DUCKWORTH    St. Louis Downtown Airport’s list of plans for 2017 included several new hangars. Construction is in progress at the general aviation airport located in Cahokia.     “We have one new hangar going up and we’re expanding on another,” says Airport Director Erick Dahl. “The expansion will include a new apron and ramps…

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InvelopNow likes the view of yet another strong year

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    InvelopNow, LLC, which works to provide a unique view of each of its customers, is itself looking good after a strong past year.    The Belleville-based company offers self-guided, 3D Virtual Tours in a variety of settings, from small homes to large entertainment venues.    Clients use the scanned video and photographic images to…

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Holland builds momentum heading into the new year

By RITA DUCKWORTH    For Holland Construction Services, 2017 was a year of building momentum. The firm doubled its revenue in just three years from 2014 to 2016, reaching nearly $180 million in construction revenue. In 2017, it sustained that impressive level in construction volume. According to President Mike Marchal, 2018 is stacking up to be…

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Carpenters log 25 million man-hours in 2017, first in 10 years

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The Carpenters Regional Council of St. Louis and Kansas City logged more than 25 million man-hours during 2017, the first time that figure has been exceeded in 10 years.    All construction sectors were strong, said Al Bond Jr., the union’s executive secretary-treasurer. Multifamily residential building continued its robust run as millennials…

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