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WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hausfeld, a global claimants’ law firm, announced that it has filed a lawsuit in St. Louis County, Missouri seeking to recover damages on behalf of local residents for radioactive contamination of their property.  This contamination is a legacy waste product from the processing of uranium ores from the Manhattan Project in St. Louis in the 1940s.  It is alleged that the wastes have been mishandled over the decades and now contaminate homes and businesses surrounding the West Lake Landfill. The defendants in the case are Bridgeton Landfill, LLC, Republic Services, Inc., Allied Services, L.L.C., Rock Road Industries, Inc., MI Holdings, Inc., Mallinckrodt, Inc., Cotter Corporation, Commonwealth Edison Company, and Exelon Corporation. Hausfeld is working with several experts in radiological contamination and clean-up who have carried out extensive testing in the affected community and have confirmed that the areas around the West Lake and Bridgeton Landfills are contaminated with the same uranium ore radioactive materials that Defendants processed and dumped in several St. Louis area neighborhoods. The measurements of these radioactive materials on plaintiffs’ property and in their home are far above safety standards. These radioactive wastes contain known human carcinogens. The radioactive contamination in St. Louis County threatens many local businesses and residents, including plaintiffs Mr. Michael Dailey and Mrs. Robbin Dailey. Hausfeld partner Richard Lewis noted: “There has been some suggestion in the media the contamination from the Landfill site has not reached the properties near the site, but the data is quite clear that off-site contamination is a serious problem in several neighborhoods around the landfill.” Plaintiff Robbin Dailey commented: “I am shocked and disappointed that the radioactive contamination is now being detected inside peoples’ homes.” The complaint seeks an injunction requiring the defendants to pay monitoring and clean-up costs for plaintiffs’ homes, as well as damages for the lost value of plaintiffs’ property. For further information, a copy of the complaint, or to arrange interviews please contact: Hausfeld is a leading global law firm with offices in Berlin, Boston, Brussels, London, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.  The firm has a broad range of complex litigation expertise, particularly in antitrust/competition, financial services, sports and entertainment, environmental, mass torts, consumer protection, and human rights matters, often with an international dimension. Hausfeld aims to achieve the best possible results for clients through its practical and commercial approach, avoiding litigation where feasible, yet litigating robustly when necessary. Hausfeld’s extensive experience with alternative and innovative fee models offers clients a diverse menu of engagement options and maximum flexibility in terms of managing their cost exposure. Hausfeld is the only claimant firm to be ranked by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a top tier firm in private enforcement of antitrust/competition law in both the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information about the firm, including recent trial victories and landmark settlements, please visit: www.hausfeld.com.


ST. LOUIS, MO, November 30, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In the wake of the riots and police actions and responses connected to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, In the Line of Duty - the world leader in law enforcement video and internet training - has launched their newest online video training based on "best practices" learning from law enforcement leadership entitled "Ferguson/The Lessons Learned". Deemed "the Seminal Incident in 21st Century Law Enforcement", this exclusive video features a one-on-one interview with Chief of Police for the St. Louis County Police Department, Col. Jon M. Belmar. The 1hour 30-minute training video includes the very first and exclusive in-depth overview and analysis of the incident which has literally impacted law enforcement training and education nationally. In Col. Belmar's own words: "If you only saw it on TV, you have absolutely no idea of the enormity of the incident and law enforcement's (necessary) responses." Esteemed Film Reviewer for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Journal - David Blake, M.Sc., F.S.A., C.C.I. - calls In the Line of Duty's new training video Ferguson/The Lessons Learned "an invaluable narrative" and "highly recommended": "In the Line of Duty's; Ferguson, The Lessons Learned - Part 1 is an exceptional debrief of law enforcement's actions following the officer involved shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The most captivating aspect is (that) the entire film circumscribes an in-depth interview with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who was at the center of the storm. Chief Belmar presents as an exemplary law enforcement executive who speaks candidly on every aspect of the events after the shooting. His revealing explanations concerning his decision-making processes while describing what went well and what didn't are educational." "The contents of Chief Belmar's description of events are highly relevant to law enforcement, but also to politicians, city managers, and all those with law enforcement oversight. Chief Belmar incentivizes the need to watch the film through this compelling quote; "It can happen to you..." In the Line of Duty is the only online reality-based video producer of law enforcement training and education. Its Learning Management System is used by thousands of law enforcement professionals for roll call, academy, and in-service training in addition to classroom and distance learning Their modules utilize feature-rich law enforcement education and training using real video, with input from those involved. The Line of Duty online library includes over 300 courses in streaming video and downloadable formats covering virtually every aspect of policing. The company offers instant access to hundreds of programs/courses for immediate purchase/download, allowing law enforcement agencies and cities and municipality management to customize and get the training they need instantly. "We are the gold standard in law enforcement video training, and I am proud that we have not only provided invaluable information and education for over 20 years but also, and most importantly, have saved lies in the process", says LOD President Ron Barber. Additional details regarding In the Line of Duty and Ferguson/The Lessons Learned are available by calling (314) 890-8733 or by emailing info@lineofduty.com. For more information about the company - including access to their entire catalog of video-based training modules and the complete line of products - visit http://www.lineofduty.com. About In The Line of Duty Starting as a producer/provider of VHS training for law enforcement in 1995, In the Line of Duty was founded by veteran broadcast journalists Ron Barber and Don Marsh. The company rapidly evolved from the VHS format to CD-Rom and, currently, DVD, online and digital. Its hundreds of training programs, the largest such video library in the world, currently numbers over 300 and is used by thousands of law enforcement professionals, educators, trainers and students in all 50 states and Canada. David Blake, M.Sc., F.S.A., C.C.I., is a police practices / UoF expert witness and is a contract instructor with the California Training Institute facilitating their CA-POST certified courses entitled; Force Encounters Analysis & Human Factors, Threat and Error Management. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, and a current Police Academy and Force Options Simulator Instructor. He is a published author in several periodicals and journals to include a quarterly column with PoliceOne online magazine entitled; "The Science of Training". He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management and a Master's of Science in Psychology. He is a Certified Criminal Investigator with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and a Force Science Certified Analyst with the Force Science Institute


News Article | December 9, 2016
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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has affirmed its 'BBB+' rating on the outstanding $21 million series 2015 Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority educational facilities revenue bonds, issued on behalf of Maryville University of Saint Louis (Maryville). The bonds are secured by a mortgage and security interest in Maryville's campus property and its unrestricted receivables (UR). UR includes all unrestricted revenue, tuition and unrestricted gifts and is equivalent to a general obligation of the university. The bonds have a fully funded debt service reserve. STRONG FINANCIAL OPERATIONS: The university continued positive operating margins in fiscal 2016, supported by enrollment growth and expense management. The fiscal 2016 operating margin was solid at 6.7%, and management projects positive results for fiscal 2017. ENROLLMENT AND NET TUITION REVENUE GROWTH: FTE enrollment increased about 9% to 4,151 in fall 2016 (fiscal 2017), continuing a growth trend from new on-line and graduate programs. Undergraduate enrollment - most of which is full-time - also grew. Net tuition revenue has increased in each of the last six fiscal years. ADEQUATE BALANCE SHEET: Maryville's fiscal 2016 balance sheet ratios remain consistent with those of peer private universities rated by Fitch. Available funds were 68% of expenses and 79% of debt. MODERATELY HIGH DEBT BURDEN: The university's maximum annual debt service (MADS) burden is moderately high but manageable, and is moderating over time. Strong operating results and pro forma MADS coverage, as well as limited additional debt plans, are partially mitigating factors. ENROLLMENT SUPPORTS OPERATIONS: The rating assumes stable to modest enrollment increases at Maryville University of St. Louis, MO that support growth in net tuition revenue and positive operating margins. Revenues remain highly dependent on net student revenue, making the university vulnerable to enrollment shifts. BALANCE SHEET STABLE: Significant reduction of Maryville's balance sheet ratios relative to either debt or expenses could lead to a negative rating action. Maryville is a non-profit private university affiliated with the Religious of the Sacred Heart. The institution was established in St. Louis in 1872, moved to suburban St. Louis County in 1961, and converted to university status in 1991. The main campus is located about 22 miles from St. Louis, and the university also leases academic space for evening and non-traditional programs. FTE enrollment in fall 2016 was 4,151, up more than 8% from fall 2015 and up about 60% since fall 2011. Growth has primarily come from the graduate and non-traditional programs, including on-line and professional offerings. Undergraduate enrollment has been fairly stable, with modest growth over time at around 2,400 FTE students. Maryville is historically a commuter institution, with a mix of full-time and part-time students. Over the last nine years, undergraduate enrollment has become more residential. A new dormitory opened in fall 2016, and management reports that 69% of traditional freshmen live on campus. The college of health professions enrolls the largest proportion of students, about 64% of FTE enrollment. Undergraduate and graduate programs include nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, and healthcare practice management. Among its online programs, the college includes various business, accounting, cyber security and advanced practice nursing degrees. Maryville's operations rely heavily on student-generated revenues, typically over 90%, which is similar to other liberal arts colleges. The growing graduate/on-line enrollment component adds both revenue diversity and potential cyclicality. GAAP operating results have been strong in recent years. Operating margins were 6.7% in fiscal 2016, 6.2% in fiscal 2015, and 6.4% in 2014. Similar results are projected for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2017. Net tuition revenue increased in each of the last six years, with another increase projected for fiscal 2017. Revenue growth has been driven largely by graduate and on-line enrollment. Management chose not to increase undergraduate tuition in fiscal 2017 and also simplified its fee structure; recent tuition increases had been in the 2.5%-4.5% range. The university budgets conservatively; budgets include depreciation expense, conservative enrollment assumptions, and various expense contingencies. Maryville has posted sound annual MADS coverage for the last seven years, including 2.5x in fiscal 2016, and 2.0x in fiscal 2015. The university has no additional debt plans at this time, and anticipates funding capital projects from gifts and capital budget allocations. Available funds (AF), defined by Fitch as cash and investments less permanently restricted net assets, remain consistent with the rating category. The university has funded various capital improvements with gifts and internal revenues in recent years, including fiscal 2016, essentially constraining AF ratios. AF was $52 million in fiscal 2016, down from $59 million in 2015. This calculation includes quasi endowment (about $30.5 million), but not restricted endowment (about $16 million). Fiscal 2016 AF was 68% of expenses and 79% of outstanding debt (about $65 million). These ratios are consistent with peer Fitch-rated private colleges and universities. MADS is $5.6 million in 2031 due to a double-maturity; this amount will decrease slightly when the series 2006 refunding becomes effective in calendar 2017. Before the 2031 MADS date, however, annual debt service is closer to $4.4 million. MADS burden represented a moderately high 6.8% of fiscal 2016 operating revenues (moderating from 7.5% in fiscal 2015, and 8.3% in fiscal 2014 due to significant budget growth). Annual debt service of $4.4 million was more moderate at 4.4%. Fitch considers the university's debt burden to be mitigated in part by strong operating margins and debt service coverage. In 2015 the university refunded its fixed-rate series 2006 bonds in a fixed-rate private placement. The pricing is locked in but does not become effective until 2017, at the time of the series 2006 call date. The private placement is on parity with the series 2015 bonds and management confirms there are no additional bond covenants. The series 2015 bonds are on parity with outstanding debt, secured under a Master Trust Indenture. Outstanding debt, including some leases but excluding a forward refunding, is about $65 million. Bond covenants include a 1.lx annual debt service coverage covenant, an additional bonds test of two-year historical net income covering pro forma debt service by 1.2x, and a liquidity covenant of 65%. Additionally, the series 2015 bonds have a debt service reserve. When the forward-refunding of the series 2006 bonds becomes effective in calendar 2017, a liquidity escalation provision required by a bond insurance policy will be eliminated. The escalation would have started in fiscal 2018, building by 5% annually from 65% until 100% is achieved. University bonds are fixed-rate with the exception of a privately placed $13.2 million series 2010 variable-rate bond (about 21% of debt is variable rate). The series 2010 bonds are also issued under the Master Trust Indenture, and have a variable- to fixed rate swap contract through 2022 (no collateral posting is required). The bond's variable index rate is fixed through March 2017, at which time a mandatory index tender is possible. Fitch views Maryville as having sufficient liquidity (AF of $52 million in fiscal 2016) relative to a potential put of about $12.6 million at that time. Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com U.S. College and University Rating Criteria (pub. 12 May 2014) ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTPS://WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY'S PUBLIC WEB SITE AT WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA, AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. 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Today, Pearson announced an expanded partnership with Maryville University to launch online degree programs in accounting for the upcoming Spring 2017 term. These programs will provide flexible, industry-relevant accounting education designed to prepare students for current and future trends in the field. Maryville University and Pearson have previously partnered on the recruitment and implementation of other highly successful degree programs. “Our newest programs expand Maryville University’s online degree offerings, accessible from across the country, as well as locally and regionally, in an effort to provide students the flexibility needed to balance work, higher education requirements, and personal responsibilities,” said Mark Lombardi, Ph.D., president of Maryville University. The Maryville University online Bachelor of Science in Accounting program is designed to help students develop a strategic blend of business and accounting skills. With a faculty of accounting professionals and practical, industry-relevant courses, including three early access classes, students will prepare for careers in accounting and can earn credits toward their master’s degree. The Maryville University online Master of Science in Accounting curriculum delivers Becker CPA exam preparation courses, which enable students to prepare for the CPA exam with subject matter experts, while earning their master’s degree 100 percent online. “More than 140,000 new auditing and accounting jobs are expected to open between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. We are excited to collaborate with Maryville University to increase access to high-quality, flexible opportunities that will position individuals for long-term career success in this fast-growing industry,” said Todd Hitchcock, senior vice president of online learning services, Pearson. Upon completing these programs, students can pursue positions such as accountant, financial advisor, auditor, actuary, financial analyst and financial manager. CNNMoney lists the accounting director and financial accounting manager job titles as two of the Best Jobs in America for 2015, which lists “100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.” Pearson provides comprehensive online program management (OPM) services, and partners with more than 40 higher education institutions across the country to implement and sustain nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate programs, which have produced more than 30,000 graduates. In 2015, a total of 6,672 students graduated from programs powered by Pearson’s student support and retention services, a component of many OPM partner solutions. About Pearson Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more information, visit http://www.Pearsoned.com. About Maryville University Maryville University is a private university in St. Louis County, Missouri. Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a comprehensive and nationally ranked private institution with an enrollment of more than 6,400 students. Maryville offers more than 90 degrees at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 47 countries. For more information, visit http://online.maryville.edu/.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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"Roots on Craig" to Accommodate Growth and Increase of Services ​​Judevine Center for Autism has expanded offices at the Craig Road location in order to make room for a new clinic for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Speech/Language Therapy (ST) services. The clinic, “Roots on Craig,” includes designated areas for gross motor needs, sensory needs, reading, younger children structured play, and older client work and recreation stations. Additional rooms are available to provide for a more controlled environment, therapy observations, and assessments. Using this space and additional training rooms, Judevine Center for Autism also has immediate plans to re-establish the world renowned parent training program. In October 2016, Judevine employees at 1810 Craig Road moved to newly renovated offices on- site. The original offices were reorganized with Roots on Craig housed in an adjacent suite with a separate entrance. Clinic Coordinator Monica Doerr, MS, CCC-SLP, RBT, and Director of ABA Services Sian Price, BS, BCaBA, LaBA lead the design and program development, under the direction of VP of Programs Lisa Goolsby, MS, BCBA, LBA, and President/Director Rebecca Blackwell, MS, BCBA, LBA, with assistance from Operations Manager Michelle Martin, Executive Administrator Karen Draeger and Insurance Specialist Ashley Bateman. Founded in 1971 and reconfigured in 2009, Judevine currently provides a variety of services throughout Missouri. Services include ABA therapy, community integration, 17 individual supported living homes, consultation, social skills groups, speech therapy, employment training, parent training, and respite. Judevine Center for Autism is the premier provider of autism services around the state, with hubs in St. Louis County, Jefferson County, Springfield, Branson West, Joplin, Kirksville, and Hannibal. President/Director Rebecca Blackwell, MS, BCBA, LBA, daughter of late Lois Judevine Blackwell, founder of Judevine Center for Autism, states that the opening of Roots on Craig is an exciting opportunity for Judevine Center for Autism to further meet the needs of individuals and families. “This clinic is another layer of support provided to families within the community. We are continuously evolving and looking for more ways to have a positive impact, and Roots on Craig embodies the dedication, and passion, our team has for our mission as we continue to grow.” Judevine has already used this increased space to continue to build and expand clinical services, including a winter seasonal therapy program, “Polar Pals” for school aged children. Roots on Craig will also be utilized for additional season programs, therapy services, and a renewal of training opportunities. The grand opening was Thursday, December 15th, with an open house, ribbon cutting ceremony, and tours of the updated facility. Please contact Monica Doerr at mdoerr@judevine.org, 314-588-8986, with additional questions. Learn more, request services, or apply to join our team at www.judevine.org


News Article | April 28, 2016
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owner of a burning suburban St. Louis landfill near buried radioactive waste has agreed to new measures meant to slow and help monitor the underground blaze, a U.S. Environmental Agency administrator said Thursday. While stressing there's no evidence the nagging fire has greatly spread, regional EPA chief Mark Hague told reporters on a conference call that Republic Services will install temperature monitors, as well as cooling loops or heat extractors designed to help control the fire's temperature. The company also will broaden a plastic cover over the landfill, partly to suppress odors and to block out oxygen that could feed the blaze, Hague said. As part of the agreement, the EPA said, Republic must submit plans for the cooling system within 30 days and finish the work four months after construction begins. The smoldering Bridgeton Landfill west of St. Louis is adjacent to the West Lake Landfill, where Cold War-era nuclear waste was buried four decades ago. Hague said the moves made public Thursday were precautionary. "Ultimately, the goal is to get a proposed final remedy in place this year," he said. In December, the EPA ordered the installation of an isolation barrier to make sure the underground fire — the cause of which is unknown — does not reach the nuclear waste at West Lake, which was declared a Superfund site in 1990. Republic said in a statement Thursday that "we have been ready to put these protective measures in place for some time, and we remain committed to working with the EPA on the implementation of an isolation barrier" between the fire and the radioactive waste. Hague said the actions announced Thursday were months in the making and "completely independent" of a federal judge's decision two days earlier to send the state of Missouri's environmental lawsuit against Republic back to a St. Louis County court. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued Republic in 2013, alleging negligent management and violation of state environmental laws. The landfill often creates an odor so strong that many residents say they are often forced to stay indoors. Last October, the company pushed to move the lawsuit to federal court, arguing that Koster's office was seeking to assert state control over radioactive material under federal jurisdiction. Koster called the move a few months before a trial date a stalling tactic. The judge ruled Republic had injected a federal question into an otherwise state-law claim.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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NWL STL has signed 26-year-old Kevin Kwiatkowski to a multiyear contract, making the 328-pounder from south St. Louis County the first talent acquisition of the new company, which is competing with League rival NWL KC for the industry’s top free agents. Kwiatkowski, who previously worked Midwest rings as Kevin Lee Davidson (KLD), will compete in NWL STL under the name Todd Letterman, a tribute to his days as a standout high-school athlete. “Back in school, you didn’t see many blue-chippers my size running 4.9 40s and squatting 450,” Letterman says. “Today, I’m the most agile big man you’ll ever see in a wrestling ring. In fact, I’m one of the most impressive all-around athletes to ever come out of St. Louis, and pretty soon everyone in NWL STL and NWL KC will know it.” League president Major Baisden commended NWL STL for signing a homegrown 5-star athlete to its roster. “Todd Letterman enters the League with a lofty reputation for athletic excellence in the St. Louis area, so it’s only fitting he’s the first NWL STL signee,” Baisden says. “I believe Letterman has the ability to immediately make a huge impact when NWL STL hosts its initial shows in January 2017.” The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) is reviving the historical roots of the business. Fueled by intercity rivalries, the NWL prides itself on family-friendly, storyline-driven programming that delivers thrilling athletic action and entertaining characters. For more information, contact Travis S. Bowden, VP of marketing, at (323) 449-9354, or at tbowden(at)nwleague(dot)com.


News Article | November 9, 2016
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Tristar Companies and Balke Brown Transwestern, with construction management services provided by Propper Construction marked the grand opening of Alinea Town & Country on Thursday, November 3rd.Alinea Town & Country is the premier Luxury Apartment community built at the heart of St. Louis County (positioned on the northwestern corner of Manchester Rd & I-270). The 254 unit, three building, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom modern apartment building, officially opened September 1st and is already 24% leased with the remaining two buildings to finish construction in the next two months. Located on Daylight Drive directly off Des Peres Rd at Manchester Rd and I-270, this community delivers an impressive two-story clubhouse with a fully-equipped fitness center run by Wild Horse Fitness, a Starbucks coffee bar, business center, and relaxing lounge with lavish decor. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the grand clubhouse look out to the center courtyard which features a three-tiered infinity pool, over-sized infinity hot tub open year around, outdoor kitchen, two seating areas with large screen TV’s and fire pits. Ample garage, carport and surface parking is available. Developed byTriStar Companies, one of St. Louis’ leading developers, Alinea Town & Country is the first of its kind in the West County Market, designed to cater to working professionals that desire a mix of true lifestyle & professional balance. Michael Towerman, president of Tristar Companies, shared his excitement for the addition of The Alinea Town & Country and Alinea vision for the St. Louis market. “We are excited about the future of the St. Louis area, and its professional workforce, and know that The Alinea is a perfect addition for their needs and desires. We are also looking forward to delivering not only the best single living community, but expanding the “Alinea” brand throughout the metro area.” Alinea Town & Country is leased and managed by Balke Brown Transwestern, a full-service commercial and residential real estate brokerage, management and development company. Named 2016 Property Management Company of the Year by the St. Louis Apartment Association, the firm’s multi-family division focuses on creating and managing high-end, unique and inspirational places that St. Louisans are proud to call home. Transwestern is a privately held real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service – the Transwestern Experience. Specializing in Agency Leasing, Management, Tenant Advisory, Capital Markets, Research and Sustainability services, our fully integrated global enterprise adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types. We leverage market insights and operational expertise from members of the Transwestern family of companies specializing in development, real estate investment management and research. Transwestern has 34 U.S. offices and assists clients throughout more than 180 offices in 37 countries as part of a strategic alliance with BNP Paribas Real Estate. Experience Extraordinary at transwestern.com and @Transwestern. For more information, please visit http://www.theAlinea.com and http://www.balkebrown.com.


News Article | December 21, 2016
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Contribution in Memory of Blake Snyder and Other Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty -- Roeslein & Associates, Inc. recently presented The BackStoppers organization with a check for $50,000 in memory of Officer Blake Snyder and other police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Ron Battelle, Executive Director of The BackStoppers and former St. Louis County Police Chief, received the contribution during a presentation at Roeslein & Associates headquarters December 14, 2016.The BackStoppers is an organization that provides needed financial assistance and support to the spouses and dependent children of all police officers, firefighters, volunteer firefighters, and publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs in our coverage area who have lost their lives or suffered a catastrophic injury performing their duty."It is an honor and privilege to help these families. It is also an honor and privilege to accept this contribution from Rudi and the company. We will be eternally grateful for what you have done here," Battelle said. "We deeply, deeply appreciate this donation."Owner of Roeslein & Associates, Rudi Roeslein, addressed the company during this donation ceremony stating, "For those whom do not know, Jeremy Quate of our Red Bud facility attended training at the Police Academy with Office Blake Snyder. Shortly after Officer Snyder's passing, Jeremy reached out to me asking if I was aware of The BackStoppers program. I already knew I wanted to help in whatever way possible and this confirmed that Roeslein & Associates would be taking action." Mr. Roeslein continued on by saying, "As a company in the Lindbergh school district and a significant contributor to this community I think it is our duty to show support for our police. I thank them for their continued service and hope that this contribution will help to make a difference."The BackStoppers Organization will use this donation to assist Elizabeth Snyder, wife of fallen Officer Blake Snyder, on putting a down payment on a new home for her and her family.  The BackStoppers organization continues to support the surviving spouse and all dependent children until they reach age 21 or complete their post-secondary education. The BackStoppers currently supports 81 families with 66 dependent children and has supported 160 families since 1959 in its inception.Roeslein & Associates was founded in 1990, specializing in engineering, modular fabrication and construction services. The company has product offerings in both the container manufacturing industry and the process and energy sectors with annual revenues over $200 million. Its 400+ employees are spread throughout offices in St. Louis, MO (HQ), Red Bud, IL, Denver, CO, Birmingham, UK and Shanghai, China. To find out more, please visit www.roeslein.com


News Article | November 8, 2016
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'BBB-' rating on the following St. Louis County Industrial Development Authority revenue bonds issued on behalf of Friendship Village of West County (d/b/a Friendship Village of Chesterfield, FVC): --$23.5 million series 2012; --$18.0 million series 2007A. The Rating Outlook is Stable. SECURITY The bonds are secured by a pledge of revenues, a mortgage lien, and a debt service reserve fund. KEY RATING DRIVERS STRONG OCCUPANCY: The affirma

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