More than 330 members, guests and friends of the SITE Improvement Association joined in celebrating the group’s 50th anniversary recently at Busch Stadium. Participants enjoyed cocktails and appetizers on the track surrounding the ballfield; a place many don’t often get to visit. And then were treated to dinner in the Redbird Club’s air conditioned spaces.
“Welcome to an event 50 years in the making,” said SITE President Mike Kappel (Byrne & Jones Construction) in addressing the gathering. “SITE remains the largest independent construction association operating in this area, if not the state of Missouri. That is something that should make us all proud.”
As part of the celebration, SITE honored 14 companies that are still in business 50 years after helping to establish the construction association. Eleven of the 14 charter members of SITE were recognized with an award by the association. They included, Bumb Construction, Hoette Concrete Construction Company, J.S. Aubuchon Concrete Company, Oreo and Botta Concrete Company, R.V. Wagner, Inc., Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Company, Budrovich Excavating, Nor-Vel Construction Company, N.B. West Contracting Company, Bussen Quarries and Fabick Cat. Three other charter companies could not attend the event.
In addition to the charter members of SITE, 39 other companies were recognized for being members of the association for 25 years or more. Representatives of these companies were also given awards recognizing their contributions to the association.
SITE itself was recognized by the public officials in each of the four metro counties surrounding St. Louis (St. Charles, St. Louis, Franklin and Jefferson) and by the city of St. Louis with proclamations congratulating the association on its 50th Anniversary and the many accomplishments the association has achieved in that time.