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Bissingers St. Louis RA Contracting

what to put on a dating profile is out and guess who is featured inside?! Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier started making confections in the 1600s and royally surged into popularity when King Louis XIV of France proclaimed the Bissinger family to be the “Confiseur Imperial” (“Confectioner of the Empire”).

The Bissinger family migrated to Cincinnati in 1845 where they continued crafting their confectionary art. Their most recent relocation in 1927 brought them to our great city of St. Louis. To this day the Bissinger’s approach to tradition stays strong in their commitment to world-class chocolatiering.

What did change is their need for a better home for their operations. They purchased a new-to-them building near the base of the Musial Memorial Veterans Bridge in 2013. It was built in 1910 and a hallmark piece of the National Register of Historic Places in the North Broadway Wholesale and Warehouse District. Its former glory includes being the depot for the great “Katy” Railroad and the Switzer Licorice Factory.

With history and confectionary in its DNA, Bissinger’s new home was perfect for their operations. What it needed now was our R&A touch. The new Bissinger factory needed a controlled interior space for a baseline temperature and humidity that would be ideal for producing and storing their sweets. The spray foam to be installed would also need to be covered with fire-retardant material that met FDA requirements for food production.

We’ll skip the part of the story involving how a massive spring storm brought a few surprises (you can read the full article here). Let’s just say that a 300,000 square foot roof that leaks during a massive storm is a major challenge that our crew tackled with an elite level of professionalism.

R&A Contracting would like to thank Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatiers for the opportunity to serve you. We would also like to thank Spray Foam Magazine for the honor of being featured during this issue.

If your commercial roof is in need of some TLC, why not start a conversation with our R&A Contracting team today? Click here to contact us and let us know how we can best serve you.

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO