Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary

Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary

We are moving forward with our celebration of Benton & Associates, Inc.’s 50th anniversary. During these trying times, we have coordinated a plan to safely socialize and celebrate while social distancing. Please check in upon arriving. We’ll share with you our plan so that you may take a quick walk-through of our clean office and proceed to the tents outside.

Everyone will then be able to enjoy great food (served by food professionals) as well as some live music. Be sure to pick up a 50th Anniversary memento.

Please join us if you can, Your B&A Friends

50 Years of Commitment, Partnership, and Results

Imagine the story of a company who’s still serving the clients they began with over five decades ago; the story of a company who partners with city governments for multi-million dollar projects, and who collaborates with community members’ on other projects for a couple hundred dollars. Imagine the story of a company who completes massive endeavors, like the Jacksonville Water Treatment Plant, and more subtle strategies, like tying water mains under intersections. It’s a company that meets every size of project with the same level of partnership, commitment, and results — for five decades and counting. Such is the story of Benton & Associates, Inc. (B&A).

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Taylorville WTP Opflow Article

Opflow – Taylorville WTP

The Taylorville, Ill., water system serves city customers, neighboring communities, and rural water systems. Changing regulations related to Cryptosporidium, increasing well water nitrate levels, and the age of the existing treatment plant required a fresh look at the future of the city’s water system. After reviewing the options and costs, a new treatment plant was constructed across the street from the existing facility and put into operation in August 2019.

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Bluffs Water Tower

Benton and Associates, Inc. has updated the Bluffs village board on the town’s water tower project that focusing on three parts of the project — the planning phase, funding and design plans.

On the funding, the Bluffs village board was asked to approve a debt-authorizing ordinance with an aggregate principal amount up to $1.6 million to pay for the water tower. The board approved an ordinance proposing the issuance of water works revenue bonds not to exceed $1.6 million.

New Shareholders

Benton & Associates, Inc. has selected four new shareholders.

  • Jeffery L. Long serves as a senior engineering technician based in Jacksonville. He works on projects including water and wastewater treatment plants, state highway bridges, and provides computer-aided design services and construction observation. He started in B&A in 2006.
  • Adam L. Fox is a licensed water operator and designer of water treatment plant and water system improvements, working with permitting agencies to clear environmental requirements. Fox has been with B&A since 2009.
  • Joshua A. Stewart is a licensed professional engineer based in the Kirksville, MO office. He provides planning, design and construction phase engineering services on infrastructure projects such as water treatment plant improvements, rural water systems, new land development and elevated water storage tanks. He has been with B&A since 2010.
  • Stefanie Ballinger is a licensed professional engineer based in Jacksonville. She provides civil engineering planning, design and construction phase services in a range of infrastructure improvements including safe routes to school projects, community drainage, bus transportation facilities, sewer collection systems and wastewater treatment plant facilities. Ballinger has been in B&A since 2014.

Business of the Year

Benton & Associates, Inc. was awarded Business of the Year (25 or more employees) at the 2019 Chamber Annual Meeting.

When the Jacksonville water treatment plant flooded in 2011, Benton and Associates helped the City and community get the water supply running again. They have since assisted the City in securing funding, including low interest loans and grants, designing a new, modern water treatment plant and provided construction administration and observation throughout construction. The new water plan is a source of not only clean water for our community but an economic development enticement for those reviewing Jacksonville as a possible locale.

Benton & Associates are an excellent supporter of their community with involvement in and contributions to the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Prairieland United Way, Passavant Area Hospital, JREDC, Jacksonville Main Street, Ambucs, Kiwanis, Rotary, Elks, Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation and many other civic and social service organizations.

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Opflow – Jacksonville WTP

When the city of Jacksonville, Ill., outgrew its 1921 water treatment plant, city officials were determined to improve the municipality’s water supply when they planned for a replacement facility. Part of the concern they wished to address was to avoid flooding, particularly after the June 2011 flooding of Lake Mauvaise Terre, which inundated the water treatment plant and resulted in a boil water advisory for all customers.

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Jacksonville Water Treatment Plant

JACKSONVILLE — City officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday to officially mark the opening of Jacksonville’s new $35 million water treatment plant, a 9 million-gallon-per-day facility located uphill from the 100-year-old, flood-prone water plant on the city’s southeast side.

Residents may not realize it, but they’ve been supplied by the new plant for three months now.

“We turned on the new facility in February and haven’t looked back a single day,” said Jamie Headen, the vice-president of Benton & Associates, the project design firm. “It’s really a nice blend of tried-and-true technology combined with new features, controls and redundancies that all goes toward consistency and producing a good quality of water.”

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