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Business Briefs: Nov. 18


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HBA President Bill Wannstedt presents a $15,000 donation to Frances Kern, of the St. Peters Senior Citizen Corporation. (Source: HBA)

On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation, 2020 Home Builders Association President Bill Wannstedt presented a $15,000 donation to Frances Kern, board member and senior resident at St. Peters Senior Citizen Corporation. Association member Joe Keipp of River City Drywall sponsored the donation request. The donation will be used to help renovate six senior-living apartment buildings at St. Peters Senior Village. River City Drywall will assist in painting the inside of the apartments. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the Home Builders Association’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

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Westlake Ace Hardware recently announced a lease to open a new store in St. Peters at 915 Jungermann Road. Redevelopment of the 14,355-square-foot space will take place this winter, with a soft opening tentatively planned for late March 2021. In addition to traditional hardware products, the new St. Peters store will feature a backyard BBQ department, a paint studio and a power equipment department. 


O’Fallon resident Bryon Muir has been promoted to director of business development at Knoebel Construction. Muir’s responsibilities include growing clientele nationwide and pursuing opportunities to expand into new industries. Muir has 23 years of experience in the construction industry. 

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Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County recently promoted Lauren Muehling to grant and development services manager. In the new role, Muehling will spearhead the organization’s development efforts, including identifying, prioritizing and cultivating potential sources of funding opportunities among new and existing funding partners.

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Betty Jo Rocchio has been named Mercy senior vice president, chief nursing officer. In her expanded role, Rocchio will continue to lead more than 15,000 nurses across Mercy’s four states and work with other clinical leaders and teams to identify and standardize optimal care paths for patients. Rocchio has been with Mercy since 2013 and was promoted to chief nursing optimization officer in 2018. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science in nursing, Rocchio is also a certified registered nurse anesthetist, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice.

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O’Fallon resident Josh Eckert has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project engineer. He is responsible for designing and engineering commercial HVAC systems for various Wiegmann Associates projects. Eckert has three years of experience in mechanical engineering and project management of HVAC construction projects for commercial offices, warehouses, surgery centers, refrigerated warehouses and industrial facilities. 


The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries holds its membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at Whitmoor Country Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive in St. Charles. Registration is $20 in advance; $25 after the Friday before the event and includes lunch. Preregistration is required at ofallonchamber.org or by calling Cathy Bounds at (636) 240-1818. Social distancing will apply. 

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The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual awards and recognition luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 16 at Whitmoor Country Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive in St. Charles. The event will recognize volunteers and incoming/outgoing board members. Cost is $30 for members; $35 for guests. Register early to receive $5 early registration discount. For more information, email Lori Tainter at lori@gstccc.com. 

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