Builders nationally are feeling rejuvenated after a rough half-decade, but locally some contractors are still waiting for the recovery to kick in.
IBJ Apr14 Page 01 Image 0002Garvey    Tim Garvey, chief executive officer, bemoans the members he’s lost in recent years at Southern Illinois Builders Association. Two of them were among the longest-tenured. J.J. Wuellner and Sons in Godfrey closed its doors this year after 111 years in business. And Keeley Brothers, a highway contractor from East St. Louis, shuttered its doors a few years ago after being in business since 1895.

IBJ Apr14 Page 01 Image 0003An artist drawing of the $16 million Emerald Ridge project in East Alton, to be constructed on the site of the former defense housing area near Olin Corp.    EAST ALTON — “Temporary” housing built nearly 75 years ago for World War II-era munitions workers will soon be replaced by 46 new single-family homes in a village-initiated redevelopment project in East Alton.
    The $16 million Emerald Ridge project will begin redevelopment of the neighborhood known as the Defense Area. It’s a major step toward fulfillment of a promise made by Mayor Fred Bright when he first campaigned for the office in 1997.

    EDWARDSVILLE — Technology is making even the most remote points on the planet more accessible, and Illinois entrepreneurs are among those clamoring to ride the global trading wave.
    The water can be difficult wading, though, especially during a slowdown in the global economy and particularly when you’re not sure where to start.


Simmons Firm takes on Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, secures $3 million verdict for child’s birth injuries

Court finds Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ Drug Topamax caused child’s cleft palate

    ALTON — A jury has awarded a $3 million verdict to the family of a 5-year-old child born with bilateral cleft palate and lip as a result of the mother taking Topamax during pregnancy.