Storms no match for determined builders

T he small town of Parkersburg, Iowa, has not only weathered the devastation brought by tornadoes and floods that slammed into the Midwest in Spring ‘08, but has embraced the opportunity to build a better community.

With hundreds of homes leveled and people struggling to cope with the emotional and physical toll of the disaster, one group of homebuilders united to form The Parkersburg Building Group, featuring area John Wick Homes builders. The group joined forces to help local victims manage their rebuilding efforts and assure quality, affordable housing was made available.

Now, just a few months later, nearly a quarter of the area homes destroyed are well on their way to completion.

The town’s rebirth was celebrated with a great show of support hosted by The Parkersburg Building Group on August 28. A community barbeque featured a visit by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa), who presented a flag previously flown at the U.S. Capitol.

“Last spring, Mother Nature stripped Parkersburg, right down to its community flag and pole,” says Dick Corwin, owner of Cornbelt Builders and a John Wick Homes builder since 1987.  “Our family of John Wick Homes builders is proud to be part of this rebuilding effort. This is our community and we want to show our neighbors that out of tragedy springs hope.”

Estimates show more than 300 homes were destroyed by the storms and require rebuilding. The State of Iowa reported early estimates of $2 billion in damage and losses due to the storms.

The Emergency Home Building Team is made up of a partnership of four area John Wick Homes builders, Dick Corwin, Cornbelt Builders (New Hartford); Roger Harringa and Cory Miller, North Iowa Builders (Clear Lake); Jake and Nancy Rockman, Northeast Iowa Builders (Mason City); Russ and Laura Randall, Randall Construction (Marshalltown).

John Wick Homes is the one of the largest builders of panelized homes in the Midwest. The company constructs major portions of a home indoors to ensure quality and efficiency, then transports components to a home site for completion.

John Wick Homes is a division of Wick Building Systems, Inc., headquartered in Mazomanie, Wis.

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