The signing of the steel beams is the latest event associated with the construction of Citizens Bank’s new headquarters building on St. Louis Street in Batesville. The signed beams will become the final pieces of steel that will be placed on top of the new building by Clark Construction, the project’s contractor.
The beams will become part of what is called the “topping out” of this project. Since ancient times, the “topping out” has been celebrated for the good fortune of the construction workers as well as the company for whom the structure is being built. Typically, an American flag and a tree are placed on the topmost beam to commemorate the success of the project.
In April, Citizens Bank will observe its 65th anniversary of service to the people of Batesville, Independence County, and surrounding areas.
Board members Paula Terrell (from left), Kay Southerland and Jay Shell, whose family founded Citizens Bank in 1953, sign the final steel beam that will be placed on top of the bank’s new headquarters building in Batesville.
Employees Sharon Barnett (from left), Helen Shaw, Tracy McClurg, Lisa Davis and Diane Hawkins add their names during the bank’s “Steel Beam Signing Party” on Wednesday.
Gene Crawford of Citizens Bank’s trust division signs his name and a short message on the steel beam.
All images via Citizens Bank.