2018 May Issue

Company expansion a boost to downtown Granite

  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    GRANITE CITY — Construction has begun on a 14,400-square-foot building for icon Mechanical, a growing company that continues to bring new life into the city’s aging downtown core.    It will be the latest building in the company’s campus, which is spread over several blocks. This building is going up in the…

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Plant manager confident in mill’s future

  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Resurrection of some processing units and the return of workers at U.S. Steel’s Granite City Works have the plant’s manager optimistic about the future.    Businessmen got a rare bit of insight into the company’s plans when Michael Patton spoke to a crowd assembled for the Business and Industrial Appreciation Evening held…

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Area counties rank high in ‘biggest bang for buck’ report

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Which counties are getting the biggest bang for their tax buck? In Illinois, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair all rank in the top 10, according to a recent report by Smart Asset, a personal finance technology company headquartered in New York, N.Y.    “We’re a personal finance technology company,” said A. J.…

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Chamber bestows Leaders of Tomorrow awards in Granite City area

 Photos courtesy Manis Studio  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    One is CEO of his own company. Another started as a delivery driver and worked his way up. Still another is a rising star in the legal community and a civic leader at that.    They are among a group of 20 young men and women apparently destined for…

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POINT: Free trade — benefit or detriment?

Clearly a benefit: Protectionist countries risk harming themselves By DR. AYSE EVRENSEL    Since the ideology of Mercantilism appeared in the 16th century Europe, sentiments against free trade have been part of our lives. More than 400 years ago, mercantilists thought that international trade was a zero-sum game. The winner was the exporting country; the loser…

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COUNTERPOINT: Free trade — benefit or detriment?

Free trade is a fiction that makes America weak and poor By MICHAEL STUMO    Most of what we read about trade is wrong.    I used to think free trade was simply the wrong choice for America. The North American Free Trade Agreement always seemed like a bad idea. My relatives lost their agricultural jobs when…

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Associated Bank

    It is an oft overused phrase when a business says that “our customer service is second to none.” At Associated Bank we take the customer service commitment very seriously, and don’t just take our word for it–listen to our customers.  Associated Bank, for the third consecutive year, received the J.D. Power award for providing…

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Geotechnology, Inc.


    Since we began our company in 1984, we have worked with Southwestern Illinois businesses in partnerships and projects that have improved the region’s economies and quality of life. We are proud to be a trusted adviser to our clients and a leader in the communities where we work and live.    Over the years, our…

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Holland Construction Services

    “Holland Construction Services has earned a reputation throughout the region as a trusted and quality builder based on over 30 years of construction experience, subcontractor relationships, project leadership, and open book approach. Holland is known for successfully completing projects, many for repeat clients, and almost all resulting from negotiated work after being selected as…

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