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December 5, 2011


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A quick review of the local business news in the past couple of weeks reveals that various Leadership Council members continue to capture ink as they make progress on construction projects or earn accolades for their services. Other recent coverage spotlights the potential for new jobs in the Metro East, always welcome news.


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Grafton on fast track for fish processing plant (The Alton Telegraph, 11/24/11)

According to the Alton Telegraph, plans are well underway for the development of a new fish processing plant at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers in Grafton. American Heartland Fish Products, LLC, which is based in Grafton, is negotiating a deal with China State Farms in which Grafton will supply 35 million pounds of Asian carp to China over a three-year period. The processing plant would create several jobs for the community. Final decisions on the overall venture will be determined in the coming weeks.


Madison County's Gateway Commerce Center keeping 700 jobs, adding 100 more (Illinois Business Journal, November 2011)

The Illinois Business Journal reports thatrecently published layoffs in Madison County are untrue, according to Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan. Much of the confusion stems from the fact that a key tenant at the business park changed service providers, which means that the existing firms overseeing the warehousing and distribution services there will be making layoffs, but the new firms coming on board are expected to rehire the majority of the employees. Another 200 were issued by Buske Lines, which was recently acquired by Gordon Trucking, but the IBJ reports will all 200 of the Buske employees. Walgreens also is reported to be hiring additional workers for its operation at Gateway.



Memorial Hospital named #1 in state for critical care by HealthGrades (Illinois Business Journal, November 2011)




Leadership Council member, Memorial Hospital in Belleville, was named #1 out of the top 100 hospitals in the state of Illinois for critical care by HealthGrades, which is an online physician's search site and healthcare quality rating company. The Illinois Business Journal reports that Memorial Hospital is a 5-star rated hospital, a rating that is reserved for hospitals that outperform the national average. Patients treated at 5-star hospitals typically experience a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and a 63 lower risk of complications according to HealthGrades.



Alton Memorial to open Medical Oncology dept. and bring one-stop cancer care, expanded services (Illinois

AltonMemorial Hospital Logo

 Business Journal, November 2011)

Another Leadership Council member, Alton Memorial Hospital, will open its second medical office building in mid-December. According to the Illinois Business Journal, th

e $6 million, 33,000 square-foot facility will house the new Medical Oncology department where chemotherapy will take place. With this new building, the hospital will be able to expand cancer treatments, accommodate more patients at a time and bring care much closer to patients' homes to improve quality of life.



IMPACT projects in the news (Illinois Business Journal, November 2011)

Leadership Council member IMPACT Strategies is currently in Phase I of a $4 million renovation project for Chestnut Health Systems in Granite City. The Illinois Business Journal reports the new facility will double Chestnut Health System's size to 70,000 square feet. IMPACT also began construction on a $2.5 million retail center in O'Fallon. The new facility, called Greenmount Corporate Center II, is located on Regency Park Drive, and is expected to be fully occupied by its completion in spring 2012.



Improved runway means opportunities at airport (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/25/11)

New runway St. Louis downtown airport can now support larger aircraft due to its recently widened and resurfaced primary runway and updated runway lighting, which will also improve safety. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the improvements should result in increased traffic for the airport and business for the private aviation services that operate there, according to Airport Director Bob McDaniel. The $7 million renovations that were completed on Nov. 1, now allow the airport to support aircraft up to 200,000 pounds.


Photo courtesy of St. Louis Public Radio



2011 Construction roundup projects (St. Louis Commerce Magazine, November-December 2011)

Several projects being spearheaded by Leadership Council members were highlighted in the November-December 2011 issue of St. Louis Commerce Magazine, which featured the annual construction round up special section. The magazine included a brief description of each project as well as a photograph. Among those recognized were:


Holland Construction Services completes Parkway La

keside Apartments in O'Fallon, Ill (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/2/11).

Holland Construction Parkview Apartments

Leadership Council member, Holland Construction Services Inc., recently completed construction of the Parkway Lakeside Apartments in O'Fallon, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. 

The $22 million, 232-unit complex is located on Frank Scott Parkway and is about halfw

ay occupied. The project developer is fellow Leadership Council member Balke Brown Associates.

Photo by AZ ABULL with St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Contact Information

Patrick McKeehan

Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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