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Topping Out Ceremony Celebrates Benson Hill

Benson Hill Celebrates Expansion in the 39N District

Benson Hill recently hosted a Topping Out Ceremony to celebrate the company’s expansion. Seneca Commercial Real Estate is in the process of completing the [email protected] (BioResearch & Development Growth (BRDG) Park) building. The event took place at the [email protected] jobsite, located on the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s campus in the 39N district.

“This project is really important to us because it supports the growth of the St. Louis region,” said Larry Chapman, founder and CEO of Seneca Commercial Real Estate.”

Members of the community were able to see the last beam placed on the new building during construction. Following the ceremony attendees had the opportunity to learn more about its expansive lab space and the latest building amenities creating a collaborative, healthy and fun atmosphere.

“The innovation hub at 39N is invigorating. This project is going to create economic growth and give us a really exciting place to come work every day. We are excited to be a part of this community,” said Natalie DiNicola, Chief Communications Officer for Benson Hill.

Natalie DiNicola, Chief Communications Officer for Benson Hill speaks at the Benson Hill’s Topping Out event on Dec.10th

Benson Hill is expected to create up to 300 jobs when the building is up and running. The project shows that our region is capable of producing and supporting growth and new investment by an entrepreneurial company who started their business at the Helix Center Business Incubator.

“The decision by BHB to locate their headquarters in 39N after incubating at first The Danforth Center, then Helix and BRDG, sets the example for other startups.  Our goal is to replicate this type of success with others companies and ultimately, have them headquartered in St. Louis.  We are committed to building a high quality work innovation to attract and their workforce, “said Janet Wilding, Vice President of Major Projects at the STL Partnership.

County Executive Sam Page speaks at the Benson Hill’s Topping Out event on Dec.10th.

County Executive Sam Page was also a guest speaker at the event “We are excited about the growth of Benson Hill and our region will continue to remain a leader in international agricultural technology,” said Page.

City of Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz expressed his enthusiasm for Benson Hill. “I am excited to see what comes next for Benson Hill and welcome them to our community.” said Glantz.

Key players in this project include the STL Partnership, St. Louis County, the City of Creve Coeur, Seneca, the Bank of Washington, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Larson Capital and Clayco, Inc.

Visit Benson Hill’s website here for more information and to keep up to date with latest projects.

Jason Archer, STL Partnership Vice President Business Development, STL Partnership CEO and President Rodney Crim, Larry Chapman, CEO of Seneca Commercial Real Estate and Michelle Stuckey, STL Partnership Vice President Business Development at the Topping Out Event for Benson Hill on Dec. 10th.

Rodney Crim, STL Partnership CEO and President signing the beam at the Topping Out Event for Benson Hill on Dec. 10th.