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Arizona Jobsite Adopts Enhanced COVID-19 Safety Measures to Keep Workers Safe On-Site

MESA, Ariz. -- GCON, Inc. the construction management company leading Mesa Hangar, a major addition to Falcon Field Airport, announces enhanced safety measures as part of a proactive approach to on-site Health and Safety. These measures are key to keeping construction professionals healthy and working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the official mandate in early March, weekly group calls have been established to review site practices, discuss issues, and overcome concerns to implement new systems and practices that will likely remain new industry standards:

* Weekly analysis of jobsite to create custom social distancing plans that include staff monitoring systems to limit the flow of workers in potentially crowded areas.

* Third party services hired to set up wash stations and regularly disinfect the site.

* New COVID-19-specific site safety manuals with modeled practices from CDC recommendations are used to train subcontractors and trade partners.

* Routine monitoring processes for spotting symptoms of the virus are in place along with measures of caution to stay home for those with COVID-19 exposure.

* Personal Protective Equipment, such as gloves, safety glasses and masks, worn full-time by all jobsite personnel.

* The washing of tools prior to beginning on-site work and at shift-end as part of daily start-up and closing protocols.

"Our efficiencies have changed dramatically and it's something we all work together on. Our subcontractors and trade partners can't just show up anymore. They have to self-monitor and check for symptoms, follow dedicated entry and exit routes, and utilize washing stations regularly," says Mick Marden, Vice President of Operations for GCON, Inc. "A marker of distinction for each construction site is the guidelines that display even before entering."

With an average of 75 professionals on site each day, many of these measures were taken even before the mandate and enhanced later in an effort to maintain a proactive approach to the needs of a new construction environment.

"Our approach is bigger than the job site. We're considering families, the comfortability of the spouse, and the overall community," says Marden.

The game changer is that the job site is squeaky clean. Though in stark contrast to how the public may picture an active construction site, those at the forefront understand the imperative to create an environment that workers can confidently continue in as the industry continues to evolve.

About GCON, Inc.

GCON is a dynamic, full-service construction management company serving a diverse portfolio of clients across the US, including high-tech/mission critical to healthcare, education, office, industrial, retail, multi-family, and more. As a regional contractor with local roots, our vision is to maintain our community-first focus and continue to be the #1 relationship contractor in the Southwest. You can learn more by visiting https://www.gconinc.com/.

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Current Builders Promotes Eric Seminara

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Current Builders (www.currentbuilders.com) is pleased to announce that Eric Seminara has been promoted to Vice President of Construction and will also become the director of the firm's operations on the west coast of Florida. Seminara joined the award-winning general contractor in 2011 and made partner in 2019.

"Eric has consistently proven himself to be an outstanding member of the Current Builder's team," said Michael C. Taylor, CEO & President. "As a Senior Project Manager, he displayed a tremendous work ethic and did an exceptional job overseeing the $76 million 6600 Main development in Miami Lakes."

Seminara's vast skill set in management is perfectly paired with his extensive knowledge of the various types of construction projects Current Builders employs, including tunnel form construction, tilt wall, steel erection and wood frame.

"I am very honored to have be chosen for this major career advancement," said Seminara. "This is a tremendous opportunity, and I look forward to expanding Current Builders' presence on the west coast."

About Current Builders:

Current Builders is an award-winning general contractor, established in 1972 with average annual revenues of $250 Million. Current Builders specializes in multi-family residential projects, healthcare facilities, office/warehouse buildings, commercial distribution facilities, parking garages, interior build-outs, interior and exterior renovations, all included as turnkey projects inclusive of the construction of the buildings and related site work.

Learn more at: https://www.currentbuilders.com/

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Perfection Garage Door Repair Introduces a Complete Garage Door Repair in Arlington

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Perfection Garage Door Repair the best garage repair and installation in Arlington, TX. The company offers a wide range of garage door services for residents in Arlington.

There are times when someone wants to fix a variety of goods in and around their home for various reasons, including it might be tempting to repair a garage door. Everyone is free to push his boundaries, but all of us have a limit.

When it comes to repairing garage doors, confidence is not enough. There may be unforeseen issues that may stop people from completing the repairs, and if people do not have the precise tools and skills, they may even get into an accident. People tend to save money by hiring a freelancer instead of a professional garage door repair company. While the opportunity to save money may seem clear, they may pay for the outcomes in other ways why people should pass over garage door repair Arlington TX the next time they offer to fix their garage door.

Garage doors serve as an essential part of the house. The garage door does not only serve as the entrance to the house. It serves as an important part of the home as much of the family's possessions, and vehicles are stored behind it. Suppose people leave their garage door repairs to a person who has questionable skills. In that case, they may damage their car or another thing present in the Garage if the garage door falls unexpectedly during the repair process.

When the garage door looks good, the rest of the home will even look better. If the owner wants to make their home look good and get their garage door working correctly, don't forget to contact Perfection Garage Door Repair, a leading garage door repair Arlington Tx Company. A few casual touches made by an experienced technician at Perfection Garage Door Repair can spin an unattractive house into an ultra-modern residence.

About Perfection Garage Door Repair

Perfection Garage Door Repair is one of the reputed garage door repair Arlington TX companies that offers garage door repair OKC and garage door parts Mustang and more. They deal with all the major brands of garage doors. Some Perfection Garage Door Repair service includes Low, competitive pricing, Best warranties in the business, All name-brand products, Free estimates on New Doors & Openers, Certified Technicians, and fully insured our customers' protection and Fast same-day service.

Be sure to give Perfection Garage Door Repair a call at (817) 900-0648 for professional garage door services or visit https://www.arlington-garage-repairs.com/

Full Address: 1302 E Bardin Rd. Arlington, TX 76018

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Seattle Garage Door Repair Central Has Just Launched Same Day Repair Service

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The number one garage door spring repair in Seattle, Seattle Garage Door Repair Central, has the best team of experts who know how to deal with every type of garage door and its parts. From broken rollers, defective garage door openers, curved door tracks and damaged garage door springs, they know how to fix it rapidly and efficiently.

Their team members are well-trained to repair and install every model and type. Whether it is the classic operated garage door or a garage door with high-tech security codes, from a simple garage door spring repair to the most complicated garage door opener repair, the team can provide effective and viable solutions for their customers. From a comprehensive garage door repair and installation to general maintenance & checkups, the company is just a phone call away for all kinds of garage repair jobs. The team is fully licensed to manage all types of door repair work and is fully proficient in providing their clients with their preferred results.

Some of the advantages of choosing this company are their 24-hour emergency services, straightforward, courteous, and friendly staff. Moreover, they will do their task super-fast turnaround time, bonded, insured, and licensed to operate in the state. The technician will attend the site with fully equipped service vehicles, and the most significant is the same day repair and installation services. The company offers residential and commercial repair services, including garage door sensor repair, roll-up garage door repair, broken spring repair, dented panel repair, and gate repair.

Seattle Garage Door Repair Central team knows the significance of the repairs. Thus, they come fully equipped and ensure that their repairs or replacements are conceded on the same day. The technicians keep themselves updated with the changing models, and that is why they can offer first-class services with advanced technology. The team here is famous for its faultless repair services for damaged garage doors. To browse for more information about their service, please visit https://seattle-wagdrepaircentral.com/.

About Seattle Garage Door Repair Central

Seattle Garage Door Repair Central is a company based in Seattle, Wash. They offer professional repair and installation of all types of garage doors at reasonable rates. The company provides an all-inclusive garage door repair and installation. They conduct their repair and installation with highly trained, talented, and certified technicians. Their services also include gate repair & replacement, garage door spring replacement, garage door opener repair & installation, residential & commercial garage door repair, and more.

Garage door repair Seattle is available to assist customers in Seattle with all door repair services. Call (206) 866-9122 if you want new garage doors or repair services today.

Full Address: 9221 Holman Rd NW, Seattle, WA. 98117

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Seattle Design Week Returns for its 47th Year Offering a Week of Virtual Programming Bringing Together the Pacific Northwest Design Community

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Seattle Design Center, the Pacific Northwest's only designer showroom, will host "Design Week" - a virtual celebration of design, bringing together designers across the PNW, running from October 26 - 29, 2020. For the first time in SDC's history, the fall market moves from a one-day in-person experience to a full-week. Twenty-eight virtual sessions and events have been carefully curated to ignite creativity and unveil the latest product lines and design trends.

This unique, and first-of-its-kind, virtual fall market invites industry professionals and the design curious to attend and enjoy interactive presentations. Sessions will include the traditional new fall designer lines, products trends, and announcements, as well as expanded sessions from local and national experts focused on business, health and wellness, the art of flower arranging, photography, and designs.

In addition, during Design Week, Seattle Design Center is thrilled to announce their new philanthropic partnership with Humble Design Seattle, whose main goal is to stop the cycle of homelessness in the Puget Sound region. Humble Design supports people emerging from homelessness by transforming empty houses into welcoming and personalized homes using donated furniture and household goods.

"We are so thrilled to partner with the Seattle Design Center. As we help families move gracefully from homelessness to an individually designed, stable home, we could not dream of a more perfect partnership. It is a natural alignment and we are excited to explore all the ways Humble Design can collaborate with the design community to make an impact together in Seattle," said Humble Design Seattle Executive Director, Kelley Moore.

Design Week will provide highly anticipated presentations highlighting new luxury collections and lines that can only be sourced at the Seattle Design Center's showrooms as well as interactive discussions, giveaways and vendor appearances including:

* Keynote presentation by Stacey Brown Randall, entrepreneur, and nationally renowned author of "Referrals Without Asking."

* LIVE broadcast of Dixie Stark and Annie Lundquist's Design Salvation podcast offering an interactive experience and real-time Q&A with these two famed interior designers.

* Webinars from Keri Petersen, owner of KP Spaces, Nisha Kelen, owner of FLEURISH - Floral Design Workshop and a health and wellness workshop by Joshua Hunter, owner of Treat Yo Morning Routine and Molly Kieland, owner of FuelHouse Gym).

* To further increase the appreciation of design, and welcome new talent to a wide array of design aspects, a dynamic panel of local trade experts and designers will share their secret design weapons.

"This is an exciting time for the design community, and we are grateful we have the resources to virtually bring everyone together to celebrate all that is happening in the industry. This year's Design Week, even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, offers something for everyone. We are thrilled to provide a welcoming environment for designers and the design curious with a wide-range of diverse and accessible programming options," says Gina Colucci, Marketing Director for the Seattle Design Center.

Additional details on programming and events, to curate your own Design Week experience and register, visit https://seattledesigncenter.com/.

About the Seattle Design Center:

Since 1973, the Seattle Design Center has been the nucleus of the Pacific Northwest design community, the place for inspiration and thought leadership for Pacific Northwest designers and the clients they serve. The Seattle Design Center is nationally recognized as the premier marketplace for fine home furnishings and design services. It is open to the public, encompasses over 156,000 square feet boasting 20+ luxury showrooms that feature more than 2,000 vendors from around the world. Seattle Design Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, please visit: https://seattledesigncenter.com.

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Berico Fuels Appoints Fourth Generation Company President

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Founded by W.N. Berry in 1924, Berico Fuels recently named its sixth Berry to be the company's president. Will Berry is fourth generation and does not take the position for granted.

Will did not originally set out to work in the family business. After getting his master's degree at Michigan State, he worked in the real estate development business for five years. Ready for a change, Will and his father, Tom Berry, Berico's current CEO, said that he and his son traveled the country studying franchises as they sought out new business opportunities together. They looked at the books and analyzed many different opportunities.

"After studying various franchises, my father and our other partner, John Fuquay, approached me on my interest in joining Berico," Will says. "After considerable thought I agreed to join Berico in 2011."

Since then, he's helped grow the multiple company divisions and has cultivated valuable employee relationships. He bought into the partnership in 2017.

"I could not have done any of this without the direction and mentorship of my father and John, the company's current Chairman of the Board. John gave 50 years of service to this business and he's one of the most dedicated people I know," Will says. "I've got some big shoes to fill."

With no signs of slowing down, Will is looking to a future of smart growth - one that focuses on company culture, values relationships and positions them as a regional energy leader. He's committed to Berico's mantra - "Always dependable" - and adds, "I will always work to keep our employees and our customers happy."

"I realized early on that I needed to give 120 percent effort to show the other employees I wasn't looking for the silver-spoon per-say," he says.

About Berico Fuels

Berico Fuels started out in the coal business delivering and servicing clients via its horse-drawn buggies. Today, it has more than 100 employees and has been through numerous acquisitions; six in the last six years. The company, and its subsidiaries, Alamance Oil and Carolina Fuels, deliver residential heating fuels and propane, commercial fuels and lubricants, and HVAC service within the Greensboro Triad Area.

Since its inception, Berico has tried to be the "always dependable" company for home comfort through its various avenues of business. Each generation of the business has been deeply rooted in giving back to the local community. Berico is particularly proud of its "Gift of Warmth" campaign, raising and matching over $50,000 in donations to the Salvation Army; helping the less fortunate to heat their homes each winter.

For more information: https://www.berico.com/

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Garage Door Repair Services Minneapolis Marks Down Prices for All Types of Garage Door Services in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Garage Door Repair Services Minneapolis, a renowned garage door repair Minneapolis company, has recently announced its decision to reduce the prices of various garage door services to help customers cope better with the economic crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The company, known for its wide range of garage door services, has taken the bold decision to announce price cuts and generous discounts to help home and business owners during this tough time. With a considerable customer base in Minneapolis that includes residents and businesses, the company's decision is a treat for garage owners and those looking to install new garages.

While the company gained massive popularity as a reliable commercial garage door repair Minneapolis company, it has since expanded its service to include residential clients, opener servicing, remote programming, gates servicing, and emergency services, among others. With its decision to offer hefty discounts even as businesses worldwide struggle to cope with the global economic crisis, Garage Door Repair Services Minneapolis has once again proved that it is a customer-friendly company that puts the customer above all else.

Garage Door Repair Services Minneapolis provides a wide range of garage door services, including, instant repairs, new installations, regular maintenance, model conversions, and emergency services, to name a few. In addition to servicing garage doors, the company also services gates for both residential and commercial clients. The company's technicians are professionally trained to service all models of garage doors, including, but not limited to, overhead, sectional, roll-up, side-hinged, canopy, and automatic.

Melanie Welch, a senior customer relations manager of the emergency garage door repair Minneapolis company, said, "Our technicians have years of experience in dealing with a variety of garage door brands such as Craftsman, LiftMaster, Genie, Sears, and Chamberlain, to name a few. We offer the most comprehensive garage door repair Minneapolis MN service at affordable rates. We have not only reduced the prices of our services but also announced handsome discounts. To further help customers save money, the company will be offering parts replacement services at low costs for a limited period."

About the Company

Garage Door Repair Services Minneapolis is a reputed garage door company that offers affordable garage door services in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

To know more, visit https://garage-repairs-minneapolismn.com/

Contact:
Welch Melanie
Phone: (612) 800-7227
Full Address: 4209 Webber Pkwy. Minneapolis, MN. 55412
Email Address: welchmelanie39@gmail.com

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ACE Home Services Hosting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Food Drive to Help Fight Hunger

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- It's that time of year again! ACE Home Services is hosting a food drive for St. Mary's Food Bank in order to help alleviate hunger within the community.

ACE Home Services is a top HVAC and Plumbing company servicing the Phoenix Metro area. For years since it was founded, they have provided homes with quality AC and Heating facility maintenance, equipment installation, and repair, ensuring smooth operation in homes.

As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility and intervention, the company announced they will be hosting the food drive starting Monday, October 12, 2020 and ending Saturday November 21, 2020. ACE Home Services will offer significant discounts to clients in return for food donations. ACE Home Services will also have internal staff competitions during the food drive to help achieve our overall goal of receiving over 200 lbs of food items.

Currently, 1 in 4 children, 1 in 5 Arizonians, and 1 in 7 seniors within Arizona live in poverty. It is our goal to assist St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance as they distribute 48,000 Emergency Food Boxes per month to support those in need throughout Arizona.

This is the 10th Annual St. Mary's Food Bank Drive hosted by ACE Home Services and they are proud to be in a position to contribute to those less fortunate once again. In last year's event, the company was able to gather about 100 lbs of food items.

For the food drive this year, they promise to do even better. ACE Home Services is providing this support because they're not just about serving customers but also about showing humanity and kindness and accessing the energy in sacrifice and giving.

Good examples of food items to donate are:
* Canned vegetables, especially those without added salt.
* Fruits canned in juice, unsweetened applesauce, 100-percent fruit juice and dried fruit such as raisins or craisins.
* Canned meats and fish, such as chicken, ham, beef, tuna and salmon. Do not donate meat canned at home.
* Peanuts and peanut butter.
* Whole grain, low-sugar cereals such as plain instant oatmeal, whole grain Os and bran flakes.
* Whole grain or enriched pasta and instant rice-either brown or enriched. Boxed noodle and rice dishes can be an easy starting point for a one-dish meal.
* Whole grain crackers (especially reduced-sodium) and popcorn.
* Spaghetti sauce, salsa and canned beans, including baked beans.
* Reduced-sodium broth and soups.
* Salad dressings or spreads, and condiments such as ketchup or mustard lower in fat and added sugars.
* Baby food is a very welcome donation. Just be sure to donate well before the expiration date marked on the containers.

About ACE Home Services:

ACE Home Services is an HVAC and plumbing services providing support for businesses and homes in more than 28 cities. They offer air-conditioning installation, maintenance and repair, heating equipment placement, bathroom remodeling, water softeners and heaters, water leak protection, heating replacement, and so on. They are fast, efficient, reliable, experienced, highly reliable, and they always put the customers first in all they do.

For more information, please visit the website: https://acehomeaz.com/about-us/.

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Paul Davis Restoration of the Space Coast Honors Local Firefighters

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- In observance of the first day of Fire Prevention Month, and in support of the National Fallen Firefighters week, Paul Davis Restoration delivered meals to Brevard county fire stations.

"September 27 through October 4 is National Fallen Firefighters week, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, live events which allow our firefighters to pay tribute to their fallen comrades are not happening," explains CT Taylor, Emergency Response Coordinator for Paul Davis Restoration of the Space Coast and former Brevard County firefighter. "We wanted a way to show our local heroes that we care, and one of the best ways to show appreciation is through food."

Lunch for twenty people was served to on-duty firefighters and administrative staff at Brevard County Fire Station #11 in Titusville. Later, Italian food from local restaurant Amici's was delivered by a Paul Davis Restoration team to Brevard County Fire Station #80.

Paul Davis Restoration Inc., the parent company which has over 300 franchises throughout the United States and Canada, has adopted National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) as one of their key non-profit organizations to support. It is a national organization that develops programs to honor fallen fire heroes and to assist their families and co-workers.

More information about the organization can be found here: https://firehero.org.

About Paul Davis Restoration of the Space Coast

Paul Davis Restoration of the Space Coast has been serving Brevard County for over 30 years and restores residential and commercial properties damaged by fire, water, mold, storms and disasters.

For more information, visit the company website at https://the-space-coast.pauldavis.com/

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Iowa Manufactured Homes Stand Up to ‘Inland Hurricane’

DES MOINES, Iowa -- One thing Iowans are familiar with is wild weather, says the Iowa Manufactured Homes Association (IMHA). Positioned in the heart of the Midwest, Iowa's weather ranges from extreme cold and snow to temperatures in the triple digits. And let's not forget tornadoes. Iowans see virtually everything mother nature can throw, but on August 10, 2020, the state was in for a record-setting weather incident.

What has been compared to an "Inland Hurricane," a ferocious storm called a derecho swept across the state with winds equal to a Category 2 hurricane, taking down 100-year-old oak trees, stripping homes of roofs, destroying business complexes and more. But through it all, Iowa's manufactured homes, generally perceived an easy target for wind and storm damage, stood up to the derecho.

"We're blessed to say the least," said Troy Hames, General Manager and VP of Sales for Hames Homes. "But, honestly, we're not surprised."

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Hames manages three manufactured home developments totaling over 900 units, seemed to suffer the worst from Iowa's derecho. Striking an area with a population of just over 130,000, the damage was overwhelming. Businesses saw structural damage to buildings and signage. Parks and rural areas lost up to 80% of their trees, and thousands of acres of crops will need to be plowed under. Residential areas seemed to fare the worst. Over a month later, many residents are still cleaning up fallen trees and thrown debris. But Hames' communities, along with other manufactured home communities throughout the state, saw comparatively little damage.

While common perceptions of manufactured homes would lead one to think hurricane force winds would be catastrophic, reality and the recent derecho proved otherwise. Out of Hames' 900+ units, only three (3) were damaged beyond repair. That's less than 0.5% destruction. Most units, like the surrounding residential areas on the Southwest side of the city, saw shingles and siding damage. Some external buildings like garages or sheds saw worse, but the homes themselves were safe and secure. Why?

More than old school "Mobile homes," today's manufactured homes are subject to strict Federal HUD (Housing and Urban Development) construction guidelines. Based on HUD Code 3280 and 3285(2), "All ... manufactured homes built in the U.S. after June 15, 1976 must contain a certification label (commonly referred to as a HUD Tag) on the home. The label is the manufacturer's certification that the home section is built in accordance with HUD's Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards."

As it relates to the Midwest Derecho and why the manufactured homes in Iowa fared so well: section 3280.306 (a) on windstorm protection, states, "Each manufactured home shall have provisions for support/anchoring or foundation systems that, when properly designed and installed, will resist overturning and lateral movement (sliding) of the manufactured home as imposed by the respective design loads."

"This is where we have an advantage over homes built on foundations or even over basements," said Hames. "HUD requires manufactured homes to have another level of structural integrity - being anchored with galvanized steel straps, at a minimum of four feet into the ground at multiple places on each home."

Where other construction throughout the area saw devastating damage ranging from missing roofs to complete upper levels destroyed by the derecho, the manufactured homes anchored through their walls and floor joists into the earth saw little impact from winds that reached up to 140 miles per hour and lasted over 20 minutes.

According to a Cedar Rapids Gazette article from August 18, 2020, Lon Pluckhahn, City Manager of Cedar Rapids suburb Marion, Iowa said, "Ninety to 95 percent of all properties in the city sustained some degree of damage."

As Hames drove through his Summit View development in the southwest corner of Cedar Rapids, he saw the manufactured home community come together to help clean up the damage that did happen. Weeks after the storm, debris from the storm had all but disappeared from the streets of the community, but some units were still waiting on insurance and contractors to finish up minor repair projects.

"These are good, hard-working people," said Hames. "From first time homebuyers to retirees, we get to see every aspect of the community."

Chad and Laura Curl, who have been residents in the Summit View development for over 14 years, stopped Troy to give updates on the recovery process for their unit. The Curls property sustained minor roofing damage and cracked siding on the exterior of the home, but nothing more from the derecho. Directly across the street from the development stood a twisted heap of metal girders and splintered wood from a manufacturing plant that didn't survive the storm.

"Mobile homes have gotten a negative stigma over the years," said Laura Curl about their development. "Well, I rode a CAT3 hurricane out in mine, and it's still here," she continued with a wave of her hand.

The Curls were quick to point out that throughout their manufactured home community, it wasn't the actual structures that received the brunt of the storm damage, but the ancillary construction - decks, garages, car ports not included in the original structure - that were impacted most.

"We can deal with a little cracked siding," said Chad Curl. "It's good to know we have a strong home in a strong community."

While storms throughout the Midwest come with a litany of risks, the perception that manufactured homes are high risk investments because of these storms just doesn't hold true. With some models starting as low as the $30,000 range, first-time homebuyers have the advantage of "lower-than-renting" entry points. Others, like empty-nesters or retirees, find many more modern designs with over 2400 square feet of living space, granite countertops, hardwood flooring, all appliances and more.

"These aren't your grandfather's mobile homes," said Hames. "A manufactured home is as safe and secure as most of the houses in the neighborhoods surrounding us, but ours come with community services like snow removal and storm shelters and much less upkeep."

If you'd like more information on manufactured homes or how you can learn more about the manufactured home industry, you can contact Joe Kelly at the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association, 1400 Dean Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50316, visit them on the Web at: https://iamha.org or call 515-265-1497.

The Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA), established in 1947, is a not-for-profit board made up of elected officials to serve the association members. IMHA represents all segments of the industry: manufacturers of manufactured and modular homes, retailers, community owners, suppliers, and service companies.

More information about IMHA can be found at https://iamha.org.

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[1] https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-0929s2p-IMHA-CRDestruction-300dpi.jpg
Caption: Twisted metal and debris still litter Cedar Rapids streets weeks after the August 10th Derecho.

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Caption: Laura and Chad Curl rode out the storm, equal to an inland hurricane, in their manufactured home.

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