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Why a Canadian construction tech company chose St. Louis for its HQ




In a recent feature by the St. Louis Business Journal, Mark Turnbull, founder and CEO of Module Building Systems, discussed why he decided to relocate his Canadian construction technology company to St. Louis. Turnbull explained that Canada’s building code requirements posed significant hurdles for innovative construction technologies like MBS's, prompting the move.


MBS, established in 2019, specializes in creating "ready-to-assemble" building panels made off-site, which can speed up construction projects and reduce costs. The company considered several U.S. cities for its headquarters, but St. Louis was ultimately chosen for its strategic location, robust infrastructure, and supportive community.


Turnbull’s first visit to St. Louis in December 2022 solidified his decision. Since then, MBS has integrated into the local community, partnering with Ranken Technical College for workforce training and collaborating on the $1.2 billion Gateway South construction innovation district. MBS plans to establish a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the former Killark Electric headquarters, while temporarily operating from Ranken’s campus.


MBS’s innovative construction system promises faster, more affordable building processes. A 5,000-square-foot project could be manufactured in two weeks and assembled in three days. The system is also designed to be disassembled and reused, making it ideal for disaster relief and affordable housing projects.


The Canadian construction tech company has already received a $100,000 grant from St. Louis non-profit Arch Grants.


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