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Who is Ragnar Benson?

Ragnar Benson was a Swedish immigrant who grew up on a dairy farm near Amhult, Sweden, as the fourth of 10 children. He came to the United States in 1911,

Ragnar Benson was a Swedish immigrant who grew up on a diary farm near Amhult, Sweden, as the fourth of 10 children. He came to the United States in 1911, when he was 12 years old, finished school, then promptly began work as a bricklayer apprentice. Eventually, he launched his own masonry and concrete company, which was later incorporated as Ragnar Benson Inc. in 1922. Ragnar Benson is best known for his solid work ethic, generosity, and appreciation of his employees.

What type of construction does Ragnar Benson do?

Ragnar Benson is a very diverse company that can build virtually any kind of project. As a full service commercial construction company, we offer general contracting, construction management, and design/build

Ragnar Benson is a very diverse company that can build virtually any kind of project. As a full service commercial construction company, we offer general contracting, construction management, and design/build services and we work within many markets: corporate, education, energy, entertainment, healthcare, interiors, laboratories, manufacturing/distribution, parking structures, railroads/intermodal, religious, retail/mixed use, senior living, and telecom/data centers. We also have the unique ability to self-perform the concrete, carpentry, and labor trades.

How big is the Ragnar Benson Construction company?

We currently complete $150 - $200 million in construction volume per year. As a result of our size, we have the capability to build virtually any size project while maintaining close customer contact

We currently complete $150 - $200 million in construction volume per year. As a result of our size, we have the capability to build virtually any size project while maintaining close customer contact and meticulous attention to detail. We currently have over 100 construction specialists, planners, engineers, estimators, and architects in our Park Ridge, Illinois and downtown Chicago offices.

Is Ragnar Benson a public or private company?

Ragnar Benson is a privately held company. In 2005 Ragnar Benson became a vital part of the William Charles, Ltd. family of companies, based in Rockford, Illinois.

Ragnar Benson is a privately held company. In 2005 Ragnar Benson became a vital part of the William Charles, Ltd. family of companies, based in Rockford, Illinois. William Charles, Ltd. is a privately held family-owned organization, established in 1892. The company serves many industries, both locally and nationally, and has evolved to become one of the region's largest and most successful companies.

Here is a list of William Charles, Ltd. major markets and subsidiary companies:

Major Markets Served Subsidiary Company
Highway & Heavy Construction William Charles Construction – Heavy/Highway Division
General Contracting/CM Ragnar Benson Construction
Aggregate Sales William Charles Construction – Materials Division
Electrical William Charles Electric
Real Estate Development         William Charles Real Estate
 
Does Ragnar Benson build projects nationally?

Ragnar Benson has built major projects in most of the contiguous states and Hawaii and has the ability to work anywhere in the nation.

Ragnar Benson has built major projects in most of the contiguous states and Hawaii and has the ability to work anywhere in the nation.