Local Business Headlines
- St. Louis Freightway, Port of New Orleans sign pact aimed at fostering economic growth
- J.C. Penney says it will close up to 140 stores
- Alton resident presented Living Legends Award
- Economic development course series starts March 1
- World’s Largest Garage Sale makes return April 23
- CNB Bank & Trust announces new financial advisor
- SIUE implements reverse transfer credit program with LCCC
- Divine Immanence LLC, Maryville beauty supply business, opens
Builders here anxiously await next boom
Builders nationally are feeling rejuvenated after a rough half-decade, but locally some contractors are still waiting for the recovery to kick in.
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.
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Emerald in the rough: Housing springing up on old defense site
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.
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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.