North County Incorporated (NCI) recognized area leaders for their contributions to the North County region at the 42nd Annual Leadership Breakfast held at the Marriott St. Louis Airport on Friday, May 10. The event was attended by more than 550 business owners, corporate partners and community leaders. (The City of Hazelwood was one of the event’s premium sponsors. Also, Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson serves on NCI’s Executive Board.)
One of the Business Development Leadership Awards went to NorthPoint Development for the successful partnership it has formed with the City of Hazelwood over the past few years. NorthPoint began working with Hazelwood when the company acquired Hazelwood Logistics Center (HLC) back in 2015. A total of seven warehouse buildings were added within a 3-year period. Currently, HLC is at 100% capacity with the addition of 2 million square feet of industrial space, creation of more than 1,800 jobs, and capital investments totaling $109 million. In 2018, the St. Louis Business Journal editorial staff selected HLC as a Building St. Louis recipient.
NorthPoint liked working with Hazelwood so much that it decided to build another massive industrial business park in the community known as Hazelwood TradePort. Last week, City of Hazelwood joined NorthPoint in celebrating a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony, marking the completion of the first two warehouse buildings at the park. The company plans to construct up to eight warehouse buildings with the potential of supporting up to 4 million square feet in new commercial space. When finished, NorthPoint estimates that the park may create over 3,000 jobs with at least $250 million in capital investments. NorthPoint Director of Industrial Development, R. J. Agee, accepted the award at the May 10 event.
A Leadership Public Service Award went to HPD Officer Timothy Benning for his efforts with the department’s “Help Families in Need” holiday program. For the past 25 years, Officer Benning has helped to maintain and coordinate this program with
the HPD Benevolent Association. To date, he has assisted over 300 families, oftentimes impacting multiple generations.
The families adopted by this program all resident in Hazelwood and their children attend local schools. In 2018, Officer Benning and the Police Benevolent Association sponsored 14 families, which is the largest number of families they have helped in one year. In addition, he helped one of the families move out of a hotel room where they were living and into a new home by December 22.