Building community, building unity

Project First Rate (PFR) is a partnership between union contractors and union tradespeople to promote quality craftsmanship with pride, integrity and commitment to our community. Members of Project First Rate understand the importance of building the very best for the Rockford area, giving our community safe, sustainable places in which to live, work, and play.

The New Project First Rate logo signifies growth and expansion. The assurance that building projects will be completed on time and on budget. This is the commitment that Project First Rate members have made to the Northern Illinois community.

Our History

Project First Rate is proud to be celebrating 30 years strong. In that time, we have built some of the region’s most noteworthy buildings and supported projects and initiatives important to our members and community.

hispic1982 – Founded
1987 – Created Scholarship Program
1990 – Contributed to the 4th of July and Labor Day Parades, and the Festival of Lights
2003 – Contributed to the Starlight Theater Dome Project
2006 – Contributed to the Winnebago County Justice Center Project
2007 – Joined the RAEDC as a Rockforward Member
2007 – Contributed to the Creation of the Center for Area Youth.
2009 – Contributed to the Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse
2012 – Contributed to the Nicholas Conservatory
2012 – Advocated and Supported the RPS 205 School District Referendum
2013 – Contributed to the Swedish American Cancer Center
2016 – Supported the Rockford Park District Reclaiming First Initiative
2016 – Supported the “Lock Box” Referendum to Protect Statewide Infrastructure Spending
2016 – Supported the Rockford Housing Authority $15 Million Investments at Orton Keyes
2017 – Supported MercyHealth System in Obtaining Local Contractors and Labor
2017 – Contributed to RACVB Stroll on State
2018 – Contributed to Fred Van Vleet Fest
2018 – Contributed to Rockford Christian School’s Ruckman Music Scholarship Fund
2018 – Organized 10th Annual Building Trades Expo
2019 – Helped Bring Casino to Rockford
2019 – Supported Successful 21st Century Infrastructure Initiative
2019 – Contributed to Boylan and Rockford Lutheran Capital Campaigns
2020 – Supported United Way Strong Neighborhood House in Machesney Park
2020 – Supported Family Peace Center office remodeling

Our Members

Project First Rate is proud to be celebrating 30 years strong. In that time, we have built some of the region’s most noteworthy buildings and supported projects and initiatives important to our members and community.

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