A William Charles Company

History: Commitment, Service, And Quality For Over 90 Years.

Mr. Ragnar Benson was born in 1899 on a farm in southern Sweden and immigrated to America before he reached the age of 12. So determined was the Swedish entrepreneur to make good in his new land that he picked the hardest working trade he could find – bricklaying. After working his way up from a $5-a-week apprenticeship, he launched out on his own as a masonry contractor in 1920, and two years later, incorporated the Chicago, Illinois company as Ragnar Benson Inc.

For decades, Ragnar Benson has been recognized as one of Chicago's leading builders, erecting many Fortune 500 landmark buildings. We've earned an outstanding reputation for the quality of our workforce and the integrity of our management. Our achievements have resulted in one of the area's best track records for general contracting, construction management, and design/build construction.

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Ragnar Benson offices then and now

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1974 Present Day