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2019 March Issue

Rail project would speed trains through Metro East

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    A plan to speed up trains through one of the busiest junctions in Metro East has gotten a significant financial boost from the Federal Railroad Administration.    The Lenox Interlocking Reconfiguration Project in the Mitchell area outside Granite City received $5,083,719 last month, a healthy portion of the money said to be needed…

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Madison County readies to help Jersey with staffing development

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    A Madison County government organization is poised to play a vital role in helping staff a giant Jersey County development when the state officially reorganizes its regional workforce boundaries later this year.    Come July 1, Calhoun and Jersey counties will be added to Workforce Area 22 represented by Madison County Employment and…

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On the eve of 90, businessman looks back on a storied career

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Merrill Ottwein is seemingly a man of a million stories and one of his favorites is the day a monkey chased a fellow veterinarian around an exam room at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in Glen Carbon.    The monkey, it turned out, didn’t take kindly to being jabbed with a hypodermic needle. The animal…

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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.  At Associated Bank, we use multiple methods to gather feedback from our customers,…

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BARBERMURPHY

    BARBERMURPHY had a record year in 2018, despite a significant disruption in one of our industry’s major marketing platforms. Having a new website in the pipeline, we seized the opportunity to launch our redesigned website and cement our position as the most complete source of commercial real estate data and commercial property listings on…

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Ameren Illinois

    As the chairman and president of Ameren Illinois, I see first-hand the impact of people working together to drive economic development and its vital importance to the Metro East. It takes dedication, compromise, good policies and lots of hard work to help Southwestern Illinois thrive.    I personally believe in the Metro East.  Nearly seven…

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Memorial Regional Health Services

    Memorial Hospital Belleville has been recognized as one of the best hospitals in the region for 2018-2019 by U.S. News & World Report. Memorial ranked fifth among the best hospitals in the St. Louis area and 19th in the State of Illinois. In addition, Memorial Belleville is listed among ‘high performing’ hospitals for treatment…

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Contegra Construction Company

    Contegra Construction was forged in 2003 from the idea that the clients’ interests always come first, and that integrity matters.    Our integrity is an essential part of our culture. It drives our dedication to excellent service, which results in project success. We work closely with out clients and fellow professionals. By committing to a…

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Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

    At Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, our top priority is to listen to our clients to ensure a complete understanding of their legal and business goals. For nearly 125 years, Greensfelder has been metro St. Louis’ business law firm, and for more than 20 years, we’ve been serving businesses from our Southern Illinois office. Our…

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