Very quietly, Electrical Connection members have been supporting nearly $1 billion in investments made in St. Louis area commercial real estate development projects.
The investments comes from a portion of union pension funds reinvested into St. Louis area projects through the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT), AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) and Union Labor Life Insurance Co. (ULLICO). Collectively, these funds have invested $946 million in local real estate projects.
Each of the real estate investment trusts are supported by many union pension funds, including those of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1, which partners with the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to form the Electrical Connection.
“The investments we supported were particularly valuable in the wake of the Great Recession,” noted Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1. “Projects were in danger of stalling when funding dried up and we were enduring depression-level unemployment in the trades. The entire region needed an infusion of investment. Fortunately, we had quality developments built with the skill of union labor that attracted investments supported by our union pension funds.”
JOB-GENERATING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Doug Martin, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter NECA, concurred and added, “These are job-generating construction projects that not only provide a good return on investment, but also add to the quality of life in St. Louis.”
AFL-CIO HIT INVESTMENTS
AFL-CIO HIT has invested $575 million invested to support 32 projects with total development value of $946 million since its inception in 1989.
These projects have included building or preserving more than 5,065 housing units and created an estimated 13.5 million hours of union construction work.
In the last 10 years, AFL-CIO HIT has invested $260 million in 13 projects with a total development investment of $484 million in St. Louis, creating an estimated 6.5 million hours of union construction work.
The investments include:
• Villas at Crystal Lake, Swansea, Ill
• Council Tower Senior Apt., St. Louis
• Park Pacific Apt., St. Louis
• The Laurel, St. Louis
• Parkway Lakeside Apt., O’Fallon, Ill.
• Holy Infant & St. Joseph Apt., Shrewsbury, Mo.
• St. John Neuman Apt., Jennings, Mo.
• The Heights at Manhassett, Richmond Heights, Mo.
• The Gatesworth, St. Louis
• Hampden Hall, St. Louis
• The Fountains of Ellisville, Ellisville, Mo.
• Covenant Place II, St. Louis
More information on AFL-CIO HIT can be found at aflcio-hit.com.
AFL-CIO BIT INVESTMENTS
AFL-CIO BIT has invested $180 million in nine St. Louis area projects, producing 1.5 million manhours of construction work. Most recently, including the $51 million Encore at Forest Park, as well as the $42 million Cortona Apartments at Forest Park.
Other projects include the Veterans Administration, IRS Building, and FBI Building in St. Louis, various projects at Fountain Lakes Commerce Center in St. Charles among others.
More information on AFL-CIO BIT can be found at aflcio-bit.com.
ULLICO has invested over $191 million in Missouri through its “J for Jobs” program. Most recently it invested $55.7 million to create the Two Twelve Clayton Apartments located at 212 S. Meramec Ave. in Clayton, Mo.
More information on ULLICO can be found at ullico.com.
REINVESTING UNION PENSION FUNDS INTO THE COMMUNITY
“We work with our business, civic and economic development partners throughout the St. Louis region to find meaningful projects that would merit reinvesting union pension funds back into our community,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.
Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. For more information visit electricalconnection.org.