Riggs Construction Wins BBB TORCH Award

St. Louis BBB TORCH awards recognize companies and charities that are committed to exceptional standards for ethical business practices and service to their customers, employees, suppliers, and communities.
August 27, 2014

Amie Riggs Swarts and Bill RiggsSt. Louis, Mo., August 27, 2014Riggs Construction & Design of Kirkwood, Mo., is among 10 businesses and two charities who will receive TORCH Awards from  Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois at noon Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.

Riggs Construction & Design, founded in 1959, had a long and successful history as a carpentry subcontractor before it adopted a design-build strategy in the late 1990s.

“Design-build creates a partnership between the client and the builder,” said Amie Riggs Swarts, co-owner with her brother, Bill Riggs. Since changing to that model, design-build work accounts for 75 percent of its business and carpentry subcontracting about 25 percent. The company provides services to residential and commercial contractors as well as consumers.

“The company prides itself on its repeat business and on taking attentive care of their property and their needs,” Swarts said.

Businesses and charities who apply for the TORCH Awards are evaluated for their commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices. A committee of previous winners chooses the award winners.

This year’s TORCH Awards features Mark Whitacre, once a rising star at Archer Daniels Midland who became an internationally known whistleblower on the company’s price-fixing practices. Whitacre, whose story was the basis for the movie, The Informant, has found his way back into business and is in high demand as a motivational speaker.        

KMOV News Anchor Steve Savard will emcee the event.

The TORCH Awards luncheon is at noon Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Khorassan Room at the Chase Park Plaza. Tickets for the luncheon are available at $60 a person, or $600 for a table of 10. Patron sponsorships, which include luncheon tickets, are available for $1,500.

To reserve a table or a seat at the event or for information on sponsorships, go to http://www.bbb.org/stlouis/events. For more information or for additional information on sponsorships, please call 314-645-0606 or send email to executive.assistant@stlouisbbb.org.

Contacts (News Media Only) : Michelle L. Corey, President and CEO, (314) 645-0606, mcorey@stlouisbbb.org; Chris Thetford, Vice President-Communications, (314) 584-6743 or (314) 681-4719 (cell), communications@stlouisbbb.org

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