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Ben Hur Construction Company Announces Appointment of Koray Ozgenc as CEO

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, (April 13, 2023) Ben Hur Construction Company, a national, integrated steel erection, fabrication and construction management leader, headquartered in St. Louis, announced today that Koray Ozgenc will join the company as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 17, 2023. He succeeds Jim Schug, who resigned in March. John Vogt, a longtime leader at Ben Hur, will continue serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of the company.

Koray Ozgenc will join Ben Hur from Clayco, where he has led the national Science and Technology Business unit since 2019. Prior to Clayco, he was instrumental in the redesign of LaGuardia Airport Terminal B in New York City, leading operations for the $4.1 billion replacement project. Ozgenc has also held senior leadership, business development, and project operation and execution roles at AdvanceTEC and Skanska USA.

“Koray Ozgenc is an experienced leader with an impressive track record of driving growth and leading teams to win and execute multimillion-dollar construction projects,” said Jim Watson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “His commitment to quality, management and client satisfaction over his 20-plus-year career is a perfect match for Ben Hur.”

“Ben Hur is an integral part of our diversified nationwide portfolio of companies,” said John Stupp, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stupp Bros Inc., the majority shareholder of Ben Hur. “Koray has the right experience and skills to lead this high-performing, award-winning company to the next stage of growth.”

In 2022, Ben Hur Construction was awarded the Phase One bid to oversee the expansion of America’s Center in Downtown St. Louis. This project is the most recent example of the company’s long-term economic investment and positive impact in the St. Louis region. For nearly 100 years, Ben Hur has contributed to construction development services of key St. Louis infrastructure, including St. Louis Theatre in 1925, Southwestern Bell Administration and Equipment Building in 1928, Pet Milk Building in 1967 and more. Ben Hur has contributed to cross-market building and infrastructure projects around the country, including the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.; UPS Worldport in Louisville, Ky.; TQL Stadium, home of FC Cincinnati Major League Soccer team in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Nashville Yards Towers I and II in Nashville, Tenn.

About Ben Hur Construction Company

Ben Hur Construction Company is a national, award-winning provider of the highest-quality construction services and management at competitive, value-driven costs. It offers pre-construction, construction, steel fabrication and erection, and self-perform capabilities across various markets, including manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, industrial, commercial, and more. Founded in 1909 as a local steel erection contractor, Ben Hur has been responsible for efforts such as the Columbus Crew Major League Soccer Stadium, Indiana International Airport, Powell Symphony Hall and more. Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., and with offices in Indianapolis, Ind.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Nashville, Tenn.; Columbus, Ohio; and North Liberty, Iowa, Ben Hur performs work across the U.S. For more information on Ben Hur and its services, visit the company’s website at

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