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Missouri Contractors associations Merge to Build a Better Future by LeOnarD TOenJeS t h e J e f f e rson ci t y-b Ase d Associ At e d ge n e r A L contrActors (AGC) of Missouri and St. Louis-based AGC of St. Louis are joining forces to form Missouri's largest construction industry association, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The newly expanded AGC of Missouri will maintain full-time staff and operate offices in both Jefferson City and in St. Louis. The new AGC of Missouri will represent approximately 550 member firms located in 110 Missouri counties. Contractor member firms and affiliate member companies that work in support industries are spread across 133 Missouri House districts and 29 Missouri Senate districts. Making the announcement, current AGC of St. Louis president Leonard Toenjes, who will serve as president of the new association, said, "This greatly expanded association allows us to become an even stronger voice for Missouri construction. Also, our members will benefit from enhanced training, networking and business services. Together, we will be stronger than ever." Al Landes, current president of the AGC of America and president of Herzog Contracting Corp. in St. Joseph, Missouri, added, "Both associations have always been among the country's top AGC local affiliates. In fact, AGC of St. Louis was named AGC of America's chapter of the year in both 2000 and 2006. We have some of the nation's top builders in Missouri and we are thrilled to now have an even larger local affiliate with a presence in both Jefferson City and St. Louis." @Constr uctor Ma g Leonard Toenjes, who will serve as president of the newly expanded AGC of Missouri, announces the merger on the steps of the state Capitol. The original AGC of Missouri was established in 1925, while the AGC of St. Louis was founded in 1949. Both associations offer members professional development, safety, labor relations and advocacy services, among others. According to Paul Hartwig, board chairman of the current AGC of St. Louis, the newly enhanced organization will offer stronger advocacy, better member value, and enhanced community involvement. "All our members will now have an opportunity to participate in unified legislative activities, an annual convention, membership meetings, regular networking opportunities and the annual construction awards program. We are looking forward to working with an even broader network of companies and colleagues from around the state." "The construction industry directly employs nearly 115,000 full-time workers in the state of Missouri," added Toenjes. "And these are well-paying jobs. Construction workers' pay in Missouri averaged $26.25/hr., when seasonally adjusted. Bottom line, our industry is a major economic force in Missouri, driving employment and additional economic activity." Kyle Phillips, chairman of the former AGC of Missouri and vice president of Herzog Contracting Corp., explained, "We made this announcement in front of the state Capitol because we want to send a clear message to state officials - we are ready to build. The new AGC of Missouri gives us the advantage of speaking with one voice to our legislators. Our state's bridges and roads are sorely in need of repair and in some cases, replacement. We stand ready to join forces with our state's leaders to address the ◆ infrastructure needs of Missouri." J a n u a r y / F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 5 | 55

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - January/February 2015

Construction Industry to Get Wet With New Definition of ‘Waters of the U.S.’
Working for a Living
Moving in the Right Direction
Legalization of Marijuana: Feeling the Effects in a Zero-Tolerance Industry
Where You Need to Be
Sunken Ships: Environmental Cleanup Project Saves Port From Drowning
The Digitized Highway
Missouri Contractors Associations Merge to Build a Better Future
A New Year and a Great Time to Decide: Top-Line Growth Versus Intelligent Growth

Constructor - January/February 2015