Hello all,

Happy Veteran’s Day! 


As we celebrate Veteran’s Day, let us remember those who served our country so valiantly and honor them with our gratitude.  Thanks to all of you that have served!

We are still extremely grateful to be having as “normal” of a year, at least financially, as we have been experiencing.  There are a few things I wanted to bring up.  This Covid-19 Pandemic…this fall has hit us much harder than it did during the spring.  I believe we currently have 9 out in the field, 6 out at TNT, 3 in Anvil, and 4 in ACME’s St. Louis office, either suffering from a positive Covid-19 diagnosis or quarantining due to close contact with someone who has tested positive.  We are really in a labor crunch right now -  so having people out is really hurting on quite a few projects.  We are hopeful this doesn’t affect future work for us. 

Please keep the following in mind in addition to the CDC guidelines:

·        Try to stay 6’ away from those outside your family where possible

·        Break and lunch only with those you are working closely with throughout the day

·        Try to keep 6’ distance when working together when possible

·        Please ride separately when you can

On the topic of "separation", I cannot wait for the day when we can all gather together again. Cancelling our Christmas Party this year was a very difficult decision. When we cancelled our summer Company Picnic, we never imagined that the Christmas Party would perish too.

Some of you may know that there was a construction fatality this week.  We obviously don’t know all of the details but the individual was working on the Blanchette bridge.  Please keep that in mind as you go to work everyday.  Construction is a dangerous field of work…be safe out there!

Speaking of safety, I mentioned that our Safety Director, Mike Ray, was planning a transitional retirement at the end of 2021. We have hired a new Safety Manager to work with Mike for the next 14 months - William Daniell Hill - he goes by his family name - "Danielll". Next year, Mike will back off to three days a week and give Daniell more of an opportunity to lead and eventually take over the Safety Mission. When you see Daniell out in the field, make sure to introduce yourself. Daniell brings a great wealth of operational experience and a little bit of an Alabama twang with him wherever he goes. We are excited to have him on board.

​Some of you may have already met our newest Project Manager - Rob Bruenig. Rob spent decades in the field before transitioning to the role of Foreman and then Project Manager for Rhodey Construction. Rob has already hit the ground running with projects underway at Meridian Medical and more coming down at Doe Run in Boss, MO. Please welcome Rob to the team!

​​We're constantly sending out proposals—usually around 35-45 per week of varying sizes. Below are some of the "highlighted" proposals. 

Stay safe out there - DJ Simmons



Some of the bigger opportunities that we have been pursuing since our last company message:

  • Spectrum Brands: Plant Four Optimization—$1.47M

  • Ameren Sioux: Coal Treatment Tower—$104K

  • Bunge North America: Bin Six Truss Repairs Shawneetown, IL—$563K

  • Anheuser-Busch STL: Brewing Filtration Building—$889K

  • Anheuser-Busch STL: Brewing Filtration Bldg. Misc. Steel—$179K

  • US Steel: GGG Cooling Tower Option #1 (New Steel)—$290K

  • US Steel: GGG Cooling Tower Option #2 (Reuse Structure)—$246K

  • Spectrum Brands: Earth City New Process—$3.2K 

  • Frontenac Engineering: Buzzi North Terminal PEMB Install—$942K 

  • Ameren: Labadie 1A and 2A Intake Well Ladders & Platform Replacement—$130K

  • Sensient: Sulfination Breakroom and Bathroom Renovation—$250K

  • Spectrum Brands: Contingency Three Plan Earth City—$2.4M 

  • Elementis: Project Olympus—$6.5M

  • Haberberger: Messer Air-Oxy-Fuel System Installation—$132K 

  • WUSM: Duncan Research Building Pipe Racks—$163K 

  • Toyota: Bodine Aluminum Phase Three and 16 Decks—$168K  

  • Sensient NJ: Transfer Renovations—$140K 

  • Doe Run: Lead Baghouse Hopper—$104K

  • Spectrum Brands: Earth City New Process—$2.1M 

  • Sensient: Sulfination Breakroom and Bathroom Renovation R1—$219K 

  • FW Logistics: 7140 North Broadway Second Floor Reinforcing—$189K 

  • Bayer (Monsanto): Office Approach Concrete Demo and Install Mason City, IL—$241K 

  • QPSI:Plant Relocation Edwardsville, IL REV Three—$246K 

  • State Fair College Workforce Innovation Center—$514K 

  • Heubel Shaw: Demo and Install Conveyor System in Atchinson, KS—$396K 

  • Paric: Uncle Ray's Rack Demo—$130K 

  • Henkel/Dial: Tank Farm Platforms—$204K  

  • RD Lawrence: IL State Fairground Coliseum Phase Two—$166K 

  • Haskell: A-B WPK 600 Arnold L6 Sleek—$4.9M 

  • Elementis: Project Olympus—$545K 

  • Valley Park FD Fire Station No. 2—$111K 

  • ICL: New Process Building Drywall, Ceilings, and Doors—$318K ​

  • Enerfab: KCMO WTP Lime Slakers—$177K 

  • Mercy: Rehabilitation Hospital South—$394K 

  • CertainTeed: Jonesburg Fire Escape Platform & Stairs—$139K 

  • Bourbon HS: Ag Stem PEMB & Steel Erection—$241K   


Below are some sizable deals that we have won since our last message:

  • Unilever: Exterior Window Sealing—$157K

  • ABB Jefferson City: Demo & Remove Sunbeam Furnaces—$245K

  • Anheuser-Busch: Warehouse Six Roof Replacement—$1.5M

  • ICL: New Food Process Building—$130K

  • Amsted: 3D Printer Room Structural Steel—$88K

  • US Steel: GGG Colling Tower—$246K

Hunting Safety with Mike Ray

According to the National Safety Council, hunting is a safe activity. Hunting results in fewer injuries per 100,000 participants than do many sports, including cycling, bowling, golf and tennis.

Safety Tips

  • Wear hunter orange when in the woods. Use hunter orange to identify your hunting location.

  • Dress defensively. Never wear red, white, blue or black while hunting turkey.

  • Know the effective range of your gun.

  • Always identify your target before putting your finger on the trigger.

  • Never shoot at sound or movement. Assume it is another hunter until you can clearly see the animal.

  • Stay aware of other hunters.

  • Be sure of your target and what lies beyond it.

  • Make sure your equipment is in good working condition and your firearm is properly sighted in.

  • If you hunt on private land, know where the boundaries, houses, roads, fences and livestock are located on the property.

  • Report observed violations of the law to a conservation agent or local sheriff.

  • Know and obey all wildlife laws and gun safety.

  • When using a camouflage blind, other hunters cannot see you even if you are wearing hunter orange. Tie hunter orange on each side of the blind so it can be seen from all sides.

  • If you are an inexperienced hunter, seek out experienced hunters that you can learn from.

  • If you are involved in a firearms-related hunting incident, identify yourself and render assistance. Failure to do so is a Class A misdemeanor. 

Safety Tips for Tree Stands

Tree stands offer a better vantage point, a larger field of view and an earlier view of game than hunting on the ground. However, tree stands also are a contributing factor to many accidents during deer hunting season.

  • Practice with your stand at ground level, gradually going higher. Several Conservation Department shooting ranges and outdoor education centers have practice poles for free public use.

  • Use proper procedures for securing the stand to a tree.

  • Read the warnings and instructions from the stand manufacturer before each season.

  • Use only stands meeting the standards of the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA) rated for your weight and all your equipment you wear or have with you on the stand.

  • Always use a safety harness that meets TMA standards and is rated for your weight and any gear you wear.

  • Attach your safety harness to the tree from when you leave the ground, throughout the hunt and when you descend to the ground.

  • Always position yourself so that you step down onto your tree stand to test its stability.

  • Never climb into a tree with a loaded gun or arrow ready to shoot.

  • Always use a haul line to raise or lower your gear, including unloaded firearms, bows and arrows.