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Contractors Association of Will and Grundy Counties

Wed May 29, 2019 - Midwest Edition #11
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The Contractors Association of Will and Grundy Counties (CAWGC) held its Annual Meet & Greet Expo on May 2, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Stone City VFW in Joliet, Ill. There were 29 exhibitors with both indoor booths and, despite the rainy day, some had brought outside equipment to view.

More than 150 contractors attended this annual event. Admission tickets included food, beer and other beverages. John Rowley of Underground Pipe and his cooking crew prepared delicious shrimp, beef, chicken and pork kabobs on the grill. Meatballs, baked beans and an array of other foods were also prepared.

The CAWGC held a 50/50 drawing and a "Booze and Bucks" Wagon Raffle to benefit Joliet Area Community Hospice. The 50/50 winner was Ron Fox of Fox Electric, who donated his winnings back to Hospice. The winner of the raffle was Marsha Rolih of Pierro Quality Electrical Construction. Many of the exhibitors held drawings as well.

The CAWGC is a non-profit trade association with more than 200 members. The association holds numerous networking events yearly and raises money for various charities. Its next event is the 39th Annual Golf Outing, which will be held at Broken Arrow Golf Club in Lockport, Ill., on June 7.

For more information on the CAWGC, call 815/741-1455 or visit www.CAWGC.org.

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Ryan Central’s Ladd Worple (L), business development, and Klint Kessling, general superintendent, stop for a photo.
Ryan Central’s Ladd Worple (L), business development, and Klint Kessling, general superintendent, stop for a photo.

Ted Stipanovich (L) of Stip Brothers Excavating Inc. and Tim Kanive of Rental Max pause for a picture.
Ted Stipanovich (L) of Stip Brothers Excavating Inc. and Tim Kanive of Rental Max pause for a picture.

Matt Blacklock (L) and Dan Misischia of Welsch Ready Mix inspect this Cat 289D tracked skid steer from Altorfer Cat.
Matt Blacklock (L) and Dan Misischia of Welsch Ready Mix inspect this Cat 289D tracked skid steer from Altorfer Cat.

Matt Postema (L) of Ozinga Ready Mix catches up with Bob Baish, owner of Baisch Excavating Inc.
Matt Postema (L) of Ozinga Ready Mix catches up with Bob Baish, owner of Baisch Excavating Inc.

Bob Dehm (L), general manager of Baish Excavating Inc., and Norm Beasley of Ozinga Ready Mix.
Bob Dehm (L), general manager of Baish Excavating Inc., and Norm Beasley of Ozinga Ready Mix.

(L-R) are Aaron King, branch manager of Howell Tractor & Equipment LLC, Peru, Ill.; Liz Venegas, marketing employee of Howell Tractor & Equipment LLC,  Gary, Ind.; and  Todd DeMoss, product support sales representative, Peru, Ill.
(L-R) are Aaron King, branch manager of Howell Tractor & Equipment LLC, Peru, Ill.; Liz Venegas, marketing employee of Howell Tractor & Equipment LLC, Gary, Ind.; and Todd DeMoss, product support sales representative, Peru, Ill.

(L-R) are Paul Rolih, Tammy French and Marsha Rolih, all of Pierro Electrical Construction, Rockdale, Ill.
(L-R) are Paul Rolih, Tammy French and Marsha Rolih, all of Pierro Electrical Construction, Rockdale, Ill.

Sean Kerrins (L) and Joe Sleyko of Trench Plate Rental Co., Joliet, Ill., pose by their booth.
Sean Kerrins (L) and Joe Sleyko of Trench Plate Rental Co., Joliet, Ill., pose by their booth.

(L-R): Matt Rickmon, Mike Mata and Peggy Rose of the Rental Max Team pause for a picture.
(L-R): Matt Rickmon, Mike Mata and Peggy Rose of the Rental Max Team pause for a picture.

Karri Lane (L) and Mary Metz greet and register attendees for the annual expo in Joliet, Ill.
Karri Lane (L) and Mary Metz greet and register attendees for the annual expo in Joliet, Ill.

(L-R): Danie Kendall, Bob Czarnowski and Danny Motch represent Altorfer Cat at the event.
(L-R): Danie Kendall, Bob Czarnowski and Danny Motch represent Altorfer Cat at the event.

Scott Hoglander (L) and Scott Rozwalka from Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers pause for a picture in front of their booth.
Scott Hoglander (L) and Scott Rozwalka from Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers pause for a picture in front of their booth.

(L-R) are Mike DeJong of Welsch Ready-Mix, John Stipanovich of Stip Brothers Excavating Inc., and Nick Stipanovich of Illinois Truck & Equipment Co.
(L-R) are Mike DeJong of Welsch Ready-Mix, John Stipanovich of Stip Brothers Excavating Inc., and Nick Stipanovich of Illinois Truck & Equipment Co.

Illinois Truck & Equipment Co. brought a Hitachi ZW180 wheel loader to display.
Illinois Truck & Equipment Co. brought a Hitachi ZW180 wheel loader to display.

McCann Industries displayed a Takeuchi TL6 CR tracked skid steer, a Case 21F wheel loader and a Takeuchi TB230 mini-excavator.
McCann Industries displayed a Takeuchi TL6 CR tracked skid steer, a Case 21F wheel loader and a Takeuchi TB230 mini-excavator.

The team representing 5R Enterprises (L-R) are Julie Tarter, Owner Chad Cailteaux and Nick Klein.
The team representing 5R Enterprises (L-R) are Julie Tarter, Owner Chad Cailteaux and Nick Klein.

Advantage Paving Inc. representatives Jeff Swanson (L) and Steve Marr were ready to answer questions.
Advantage Paving Inc. representatives Jeff Swanson (L) and Steve Marr were ready to answer questions.

Ryan Carr (L) and JR Boerner welcome customers to the McCann Industries booth.
Ryan Carr (L) and JR Boerner welcome customers to the McCann Industries booth.