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Beloman, Helitech among winners at BBB TORCH Awards event


belomanbbbMembers of the Beloman business family show their recent TORCH Award.

Two Illinois companies have received major honors from the BBB.

Beloman, based in Belleville and Helitech Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, Caseyville, were among 10 businesses and two charities that received TORCH Awards from Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois in ceremonies at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.

Beloman is a second-generation heating and cooling contractor serving the Metro East area for 57 years.

Jim Lugge, president and son of the founder, said the company’s mission is simple: Do the job right the first time, every time.

“Every employee represents the company, and they have to do it well the first time,” Lugge said. “If we do have a problem, we address it immediately.”

Dennis Lower, president and CEO of Cortex Innovation Community, was the keynote speaker at the TORCH Awards luncheon. Cortex has been instrumental in attracting technology and bioscience companies to midtown St. Louis.

KMOV-TV reporter Chris Nagus emceed the event.

Businesses are evaluated for their commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices. The awards committee, made up of previous winners, looks at how the company benefits customers, employees and the larger community. They also must meet BBB ethical, advertising and selling standards.

Companies and charities may nominate themselves, or they may be nominated by customers or other businesses.

BBB presents winners with a crystal trophy that they can display. They may promote their status in advertising, marketing and on their websites.

• A-Mrazek Moving Systems, Kirkwood, Mo.
• Beloman, Belleville
• Branham Electric, St. Peters, Mo.
• Emmaus Homes, St. Charles, Mo.
• Experience on Demand, Chesterfield, Mo.
• Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Glen Carbon
• Helitech Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, Caseyville
• Kirberg Company, St. Louis
• Mungenast Automotive Family, St. Louis
• Shock City Studios, St. Louis
• United Services Disaster Restoration, Earth City, Mo.
• Wall 2 Wall Cleaning Services, O’Fallon, Mo.

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