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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."
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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."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - January/February 2015
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Sunken Ships: Environmental Cleanup Project Saves Port From Drowning
The Digitized Highway
Missouri Contractors Associations Merge to Build a Better Future
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Constructor - January/February 2015