And we’re proud to say that we got an invite to the launch party. The event marked a kickoff of the revitalization of a landmark that bridges Missouri and Illinois. As we detailed in this article, we’ll be working in tandem with the St. Louis Bridge Construction Co. to complete the overhaul of this historic bridge.

For those unfamiliar with the St. Louis icon, the Eads Bridge serves as a gateway for pedestrians, automobiles and the MetroLink transit system. Revitalizing this structure that dates back to the 1870s will employ more than 300 individuals in the St. Louis Area as we all work together to restore the Eads Bridge back to its original luster.

“This is a great opportunity for our team to work on a bridge that is part of the fabric of St. Louis living,” said Dane McGraw, the project’s General Manager. “We’re very excited to get our bridge painters started.”

The Eads Bridge Rehabilitation Project will bridge the gap between historical prominence and modern safety and reliability. Thomas Industrial Coatings will supply a rust-inhibiting coating that will play a vital role in extending the life of the Eads Bridge for at least another 50 years.

The event took place on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. In attendance were Mayor Francis Slay of the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, Mayor Alvin Parks of the City of East St. Louis, David Dietzel of Bi-State Development Agency/Metro, Theresa McMillan of the Federal transit Administration, Jim McHugh from the Office of U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan, U.S. Representative William ‘Lacy’ Clay and John Nations, the President and CEO of Bi-State Development Agency/Metro.

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