Shelter from the storm
For Kristin Beall, home safety begins with home construction.
The third generation home builder who has spent most of her life in Florida had never experienced a hurricane until 2004. After spending a few days in a walk-out basement shelter, Beall started putting together a plan to make the homes she builds as safe and as storm-resistant as possible.
Thus her new venture: Storm Safe Homes. Beall is working with companies like Owens Corning (roofing, insulation), Better Bilt (windows), Window Armour (storm shutters), Color Wheel (paint), Master Security Doors and 84 Lumber to make homes that can withstand winds up to 150 mph. She completed the model in February and has several homes in various stages of construction in and around Eustis, Fla., which is in the center of the state.
Beall has also partnered with the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) to build the first “Fortified for Safer Living” community, where everything from the houses to the privacy fencing to the mail boxes are engineered to withstand high winds. (Prices for lot and home start are in the $220,000 range.)
“Most of the time when people move into a home, they’re going to change the lighting fixtures or the faucets, but you can’t go back and re-engineer the roof or the walls,” said Beall. “The strengthening has to be done during the construction process.”
Storm Safe Homes range in size from 1,300 to 2,000 square feet and contain the following features: 130 mph impact resistant shingles, 150 mph impact resistant ridge vents, 130 mph impact resistant roof trusses and 98 mph impact resistant paint. All houses also contain a “safe room” designed to withstand winds up to 250 mph.
“Nothing could ever be totally hurricane or tornado resistant, but we’re trying to do the best we can to provide safe homes at the best price,” said Beall, a former Miss Florida, whose grandfather founded the family business 50 years ago. “People are still living in the homes my grandfather built 50 years ago, and I hope people will be living in my houses 50 years from now.”
True Value owner inducted into Washington D.C. ‘Hall of Fame’
Howard Politzer, owner of Brookland True Value in Washington D.C., has received the Business Legacy Award from the Washington D.C. Hall of Fame Society, a group that recognizes members of the city’s business community.
The legacy award recognizes individuals and establishments that have contributed immensely to the growth and development of Washington, D.C. and changed the course of the District’s history. Hall of Fame Society executive board members voted unanimously to make Brookland True Value its first choice in the nbusinessi category, and Politzer was inducted into its Hall of Fame.
Politzer opened his first True Value in 1975 on Capitol Hill, and in 1981 he relocated the store six miles north to the city of Brookland.
Politzer has served as a member of the Brookland Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Community Development, the MayorIs Golden Washington Club, the Brookland Business and Professional Association and the Pennsylvania and Atlantic Seaboard Hardware Association.
Acquisition of Rinker nears completion
Rinker Materials, a top distributor of non-lumber building materials in the United States, with $4.5 billion in sales last year, will soon become part of Cemex, North America’s largest cement producer.
Cemex has purchased more than 90 percent of the shares of Rinker Group Ltd., Rinker’s Australian parent company, clearing the way for the cement supplier to acquire the rest of the company without consent.
Cemex, based in Monterrey, Mexico, placed an unsolicited $14 billion bid for all of Rinker’s shares earlier this year. In June it won majority control over Rinker’s board of directors and replaced them with its own appointees. The Rinker acquisition will further increase Cemex’s share of the U.S. concrete market.
Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., Rinker Materials sells cement, asphalt, pipe, tools, drywall, steel framing and other construction materials. It generates approximately 80 percent of its parent company’s revenues.