St. Louis a Welcoming Community for Minority-Owned Contractors

By on October 17, 2017

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  When John Wilson relocated his startup construction business to St. Louis in 2014, he discovered a welcoming community of allies and potential project partners.

Six years after launching Penn Services in Chicago, Wilson decided to expand to St. Louis based on a colleague’s advice that the city would provide an ideal environment for his growing construction firm.

“He told me there was a tremendous opportunity for qualified minority-owned contractors in St. Louis,” Wilson said. “For six months, I commuted back and forth to the city and met with representatives from McCarthy Building Companies and other influential contractors before determining it was well worth moving the office here.”

It hasn’t taken long for Wilson to be embraced by the local construction community.

“The city received me warmly,” Wilson said. “We’ve been able to develop very strong and deep relationships, which to me is the most important part of building a successful business.”

McCarthy Vice President of Operations Ryan Freeman helped Wilson find his first St. Louis office location and other local connections guided him to focus his firm’s expertise on steel erection and fabrication services.

Penn Services has already contributed to several high-profile local projects and is gearing up to take on its largest project to date: helping to transform the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. Working as a prime subcontractor to McCarthy, the firm will be providing steel erection and fabrication services on the project, the largest in university history.

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