Hammer Restoration Expands Service Portfolio

(Saginaw., Mich. Jan. 12, 2017) – Hammer main level chairRestoration Inc., a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is expanding their services to modify properties for barrier-free access, customized to help its customers navigate better throughout their homes.

Hammer Restoration has over 50 years of experience serving its community to minimize or prevent disasters and emergency situations.

Recently, Hammer Restoration’s project manager, Tom Placher completed his certification for home modifications through the University of Southern California. With this new knowledge and experience, Hammer Restoration can design the specific modifications required to make a home fully accessible for its owners to continue their daily activities with ease and self-confidence, and prevent relocation.

“We recognize the unique requirements of the physically challenged, and are excited for this new opportunity to help our clients age safely in their own homes,” said Roger Thornton, Hammer Restoration’s director of marketing.

Hammer Restoration’s team has extensive experience modifying, designing and building these barrier-free buildings. Their home modifications include ADA, wheelchair accessible, universal design, and barrier free-home remodeling to support all areas of the home, including bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and more general areas.


About Hammer Restoration, Inc.

Hammer Building & Restoration, Inc. is a family owned and operated 24-hour emergency restoration services company, with locations in Mt. Pleasant and Saginaw, Michigan. For over 50 years, the Hammer Restoration Team has been serving people’s needs, offering a full range of commercial and residential restoration services, throughout the Great Lakes bay region and surrounding areas. For more information about Hammer Restoration, visit www.hammerrestoration.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

DKI’s New Website to Provide Support in Your Time of Need

(ELK GROVE VILLAGE., Ill. Jan. 9, 2017) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is pleased to announce its redesigned website: www.dkiservices.com. The site has a fresh, new look, designed to enhance usability for residents and businesses searching for local property restoration services in their time of need.

DKI’s upgraded website is both desktop and mobile-enabled, showcasing large, recognizable icons to navigate through its services. It has been optimized to link all DKI platforms under one site, providing a “user-friendly” experience across all channels. Whether the visitor is a home or business owner or a property restoration contractor looking to join a national organization, the completely redesigned site offers streamlined navigation and allows the visitor to easily browse information based on their needs.

Visitors can easily locate a local contractor by searching for their address, city and state or zip code. The search function pulls up a list of contractors in their area, providing an emergency phone number, location and website. Each DKI member website has also been revamped to display a similar look and feel of the DKI organization’s enhanced site.

This unified look follows DKI Commercial Solutions’ motto, “National Solution. Local Response.”

“We are very pleased with the newly released DKI Services site, which reinforces our DKI members as a unified group of qualified contractors. Whether our clients are looking for a national response solution, or a local presence, dkiservices.com is their one-stop resource for all their emergency service, disaster restoration or general contracting needs,” said DKI Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Matt Wright. “We will continue to update the site with new content and information to ensure a user-friendly experience, as well as the latest blogs, news stories and case studies that help our clients make the best choice in their time of need.”


About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.

Tom Placher of Hammer Restoration Earns New Certification in Home Modification

(Saginaw., Mich. Jan. 6, 2017) – Hammer Restoration Inc., a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is excited to announce its project manager, Tom Placher, has completed the Executive Certified Home Modification Provider Program from the University of Southern California.

Placher has over 20 years of construction project management experience, scoping, estimating and bidding commercial projects. He has served as a member of the Army National Guard for the past 18 years, where he has earned numerous awards and recognition from the U.S. Military.

With this new achievement, Placher and Hammer Restoration have more opportunities to help home and businesses owners design and build barrier-free buildings, as well as upgrade and complete home and building modifications to provide barrier-free spaces.

The Hammer Restoration Team has extensive experience modifying existing homes, assisting owners and families to age in place, and give them barrier-free access to their homes, allowing them to continue living in their own home and avoid relocation.


About Hammer Restoration, Inc.

Hammer Building & Restoration, Inc. is a family owned and operated 24-hour emergency restoration services company, with locations in Mt. Pleasant and Saginaw, Michigan. For over 50 years, the Hammer Restoration Team has been serving people’s needs, offering a full range of commercial and residential restoration services, throughout the Great Lakes bay region and surrounding areas. For more information about Hammer Restoration, visit www.hammerrestoration.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

Local Companies Work Together Once Again to Keep CT Warm

CoatDrive_2016January 3, 2017 – Disaster Restoration Services (DRS), a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced that its team worked with Sal’s Clothing Restoration for the second consecutive year to sponsor the annual Button up Connecticut coat drive for those throughout Connecticut in need of winter clothing. Together, they gathered and dry cleaned 505 coats for Button Up Connecticut.

Button Up Connecticut is an organization that collects coats from various donors and distributes them to those who are in need throughout Connecticut. It was started in 1992 by Siracusa Moving and Storage Owner Dan Siracusa when he heard that on colder days of the school year, fewer children in CT came to school since they did not have the proper winter gear.

According to GOBankingRates, CT came in at number 9 on the top 10 list of the most expensive states to raise a family. With the high taxes, cost of living, and the ever changing New England climate, raising a family in Connecticut can surely be a struggle.

DRS and Sal’s reached out to local companies about Button Up Connecticut, and set up donation boxes at their properties. The businesses that brought in the most coats were awarded by having donations made in their names. The first place winner was Bouvier Insurance from West Hartford, CT, with 47 coats donated, awarding them a $300 donation in their name to the Connecticut Food Bank. The Michael Keating Insurance Agency from West Hartford, CT came in second place with a donation of 40 coats, awarding them a $200 donation in their name to the Salvation Army. State Farm Agency-Anne Coppola from Ansonia, CT earned third place, donating 34 coats, awarding them a $100 donation in their name to the Connecticut Humane Society.

To learn more about the organization, visit www.buttonupconnecticut.com


About Disaster Restoration Services

Disaster Restoration Services is available 24/7 and services all of Connecticut and Massachusetts. DRS provides services for: Water Damage, Fire Damage, Storm Damage, Mold Remediation, and Repairs. For more information, visit www.drscleanup.com or call (877)-280-7961 to find out how they are “Doing Restoration Strong.”

About Button Up Connecticut

Button Up Connecticut’s mission is to collect clean, new and gently used coats and distribute them to residents in need all across Connecticut. The coats are received from individuals and various companies, schools, churches and other organizations throughout the state, who run their own coat drives and donate the coats they receive to Button Up Connecticut for distribution. The coats they collect are provided to local non-profit agencies (schools, churches, children’s homes, shelters, food pantries, and other social service agencies) by appointment only for distribution to their clients. Agencies can set up appointments to get coats for their clients by emailing Kara Lucht at [email protected] or calling the Button Up Connecticut Hotline at 860-259-0239.

About DKI

DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

About Sal’s Clothing & Restoration

Sal’s Clothing Restoration specializes in restoration dry cleaning. Whether damaged from fire, soot or water, Sal’s is here in your time of crisis to take care of your family like one of their own. Sal’s handles losses quickly, efficiently and with the utmost compassion. They are family owned and operated and cover all of New England and the metro New York area. Call toll free (877) SAL–SOOT and see why they are “A Trusted Name in Dry Cleaning.”

About Siracusa Moving and Storage

Siracusa Moving & Storage has been helping New Britain families and businesses move across town and across the country for more than 25 years. Family-owned and operated with several affiliates nationwide, helps them provide their customers with high-quality moving services at affordable prices. For more information, visit www.siracusamoving.com or call (860)-225-9144.

 

 

ProTech Water Damage Joins DKI

(Elk Grove Village, Il, December 20, 2016) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that Protech Water Damage of Elk Grove Village, IL has joined the DKI network.

By virtue of its DKI Franchise Member, Protech Water Damage can employ DKI’s 24-hour call center, claims tracking technology, and other tools to enhance its ability to serve its insurance and corporate customers. Protech Water Damage also gains access to DKI’s training seminars and workshops, which ensure that it remains abreast of all changes in this rapidly evolving industry.

“We are delighted to welcome Protech Water Damage into the rapidly growing DKI network,” stated Charles Ebersole, DKI’s chairman. “Protech Water Damage’s commitment to quick response, superior workmanship and outstanding customer service reaffirms DKI’s position in the marketplace as The Source for Quality Restoration. We look forward to a long and rewarding association.”

Protech Water Damage owner, Sherry Featherstone, is pleased that the company has been recognized by DKI as a Quality Restoration firm, meeting the high standard of DKI.  Being a part of the DKI network, provides  the opportunity to work in partnership with other quality firms. The DKI network allows Protech Water Damage to expand their scope of service, introduce them to new markets and ensure the company’s success long into the future.

In addition to the benefits of DKI’s technology and training capabilities, Protech Water Damage will also be able to utilize the DKI branding in its marketing efforts, participate in its various co-op programs, and leverage DKI’s corporate marketing efforts.


About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI Franchise Member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Matthew Wright at (630) 350-3000.

Craig Kersemeier of K-tech Kleening Honored for Jefferson Award

Craig_-_Jefferson_AwardNovember 29, 2016 – K-tech Kleening Systems, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is excited to announce President Craig Kersemeier was one of the local Jefferson Award winners honored at the Jefferson Street Inn banquet on Thursday, November 17 in Wausau, WI.

The Jefferson Award is a prestigious national recognition to honor achievements and contributions through public and community service throughout America. Its recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward.

Kersemeier won the Jefferson Award on the local level in March 2016 for his efforts through K-tech Charities, which was established in 2006 to give back to the communities in which they serve. He was also chosen to represent North Central Wisconsin in the national awards competition in Washington, D.C.

Kersemeier commented on being an ordinary individual doing extraordinary things. “Don’t ever sell yourself short by saying, ‘I am just one person; I can’t make that big of a difference.’ You’re wrong.”

Since its inception, K-tech Charities has distributed over $800,000 in financial aid and countless hours of volunteer services from employees and business partners, including their fundraisers supporting breast cancer patients: Pink Ribbon Open and Cleaning for a Reason.

In addition, each year, the group collects and purchases food items for local underserved families during the holidays. In 2015, K-tech Charities and several volunteers distributed over 400 food baskets to prequalified local families in need. To date, this annual volunteer project has resulted in the collection and distribution of eight to ten tons of food annually to Central Wisconsin families.

“If you have a group of people together, you are pretty powerful,” Kersemeier added.

To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, please visit www.jeffersonawards.org.


About K-tech Kleening

Headquartered in Weston, WI, K-tech has been serving Central and Northern Wisconsin customers since 1975. It still thrives today as a 2nd-generation family-owned business with superior commercial and residential cleaning and restoration solution services. Through its K-tech Charities division, conceptualized in 2006, K-tech prides itself in giving back to the community in which it serves. For more information, visit its website at www.k-techkleening.com or www.k-techcharities.com. 

Hudson Valley DKI Expands to Provide Disaster Recovery Services to Orange County

November 8, 2016 – Hudson Valley DKI, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced on October 26, 2016 they received a Notice of Intent to award a contract for the County of Orange.

As the result of a Request for Proposal for Disaster Recovery Services, Hudson Valley was accepted to provide post-incident services to residential and commercial structures within Orange County. These services will include board up and clean up due to flooding, mold, asbestos, lead and other causes.

“We’re honored to be accepted to expand our services and are excited to assist with the needs of those in the Orange area. This is a great opportunity for us to grow and continue offering superior quality services to a new community of customers,” said Hudson Valley DKI Owner Angelo Ferrante.

Hudson Valley and the County of Orange will start the contract process shortly.


About Hudson Valley DKI

With over 35 years of experience in disaster restoration, Hudson Valley DKI is a leading restoration contractor in the Hudson Valley area of New York. They provide restoration services to commercial, insurance, and residential clients. These services include: emergency response, construction services, catastrophe response, contents restoration, environmental services, fire and smoke, and water damage repair. For additional information, visitwww.hudsonvalleydki.com or call 845-294-8919.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit www.dkiservices.com.

DKI Sponsors a Multi-Church Baptist Revival & Cookout for Lumberton

2A3A8660 (1)October 26, 2016 – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, successfully sponsored “Revival,” a Baptist service and cookout, on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Lumberton, NC at First Baptist Church (FBC).

FBC is one of the properties DKI has been repairing, following the damages from Hurricane Matthew. DKI, along with several of its member companies including: Skyline DKI, Alliance Disaster Kleenup, Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, Slays Restoration, and Showcase Restoration cleaned up and prepared the parking lot to hold the service and cookout on the church grounds for the public.

Approximately 400 people attended from 39 local Baptist churches for a long-awaited service, since the area had not been able to hold services for weeks due to damage from the hurricane.

Following the service, everyone was invited to gather together for a free barbeque lunch, served by DKI members.

The event also included a bounce house and inflatable fire truck slide for the community children.

DKI Commercial Solutions National Business Development Director Bryn Lopes remarked, “We’re just trying to help the community in all different ways, to be able to cook and revitalize what was lost. Without our members it wouldn’t be possible, so together we make a good team.”


About DKI

DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service commercial and residential property restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

About First Baptist Church Lumberton

FBC Lumberton has been faithful in teaching, feeding, housing, tutoring and other outreach programs since 1922. It is part of the glue that has held this tight knit community together despite many economic and social challenges. To help get the church and its members back to normal from the damages they endured, checks can be mailed to First Baptist Lumberton at P.O. Box 1762, Lumberton, NC 28359. Visit www.firstbaptistlumberton.orgfor more information.

J.C. Restoration, Inc. Raises Over $3000 for Local Burn Prevention Charity (IFSA)

JCR Hosts Continuing Education Course on Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

October 24, 2016 – jcrsmoke_water 7During the week of September 20 through 23, J.C. Restoration, Inc. (JCR) successfully hosted over 230 industry professionals from the insurance and property management sectors from across the Chicagoland area for seminars on fire and smoke damage. Throughout the week, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, JCR’s chosen charity, collected over $3,000. These donations came from onsite donations from attendees and 100 percent of the registration fees collected by JCR.

The executive director of IFSA, Phil Zaleski, was on hand throughout the week to speak of IFSA’s dedication to fire safety and burn prevention through public education, and to share that raised donations would support IFSA’s Camp “I Am Me.” Camp “I Am Me” is a week-long camp for children and teenagers who have experienced injuries from burns. To learn more about the Camp, please visit www.ifsa.org/camp-i-am-me.

JCR presented, for the second consecutive year, an Illinois Department of Insurance approved CE course entitled Smoke on the Water. The one-day course explained the processes involved in fire damage mitigation and restoration. It also illustrated how insurance companies, property management professionals and restoration professionals can work together to provide property owners with rapid, responsive, technically accurate procedures for loss mitigation on fire damage claims. By the end of the day, through class participation and hands-on demonstrations, the attendees learned that advanced techniques and technologies save downtime and money throughout the fire damage claims process. Classroom discussions also focused on the public health and safety issues associated with fire restoration situations.

“Supporting charitable programs and getting involved in the surrounding community is of tremendous importance to everyone at JCR. It is an honor to select the IFSA as our charity for this event. With our commitment to provide educational programs and resources,” General Manager Steve Rost stated, “J.C. Restoration is pleased to support the IFSA and Camp I Am Me.”


About J.C. Restoration, Inc.

J.C. Restoration is one of the fastest growing independent restoration companies in the Midwest. Since 1982, JCR has been successfully restoring damaged properties in the greater Chicagoland area for thousands of Home and Business Owners. JCR offers complete emergency mitigation and restoration services for properties affected by Water, Fire, Smoke, Storms, and Mold. Our Emergency Response Teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week– with vehicles fully stocked and ready for immediate dispatch. Restoration Services Include: Building / Structural Damage, Water Damage, Fire Damage, Emergency Clean-up, Certified Mold Remediation, Contents Restoration, Document Restoration, and Commercial/Large Loss Services. To learn more about J.C. Restoration, please call 800.956.8844 or visit www.jcr24.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com

DKI Restores More than Properties

On Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17 and 18, DKI Partnered with Several Local Lumberton, N.C. Groups to Support the Community Affected by Hurricane Matthew

October 19, 2016 – 

5DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced the success of their hosted charity cookout for thousands in Lumberton, N.C. affected by Hurricane Matthew.

On Monday, Oct. 17, Bryn Lopes, national project consultant for DKI, gathered DKI member companies and corporate staff at the grounds of Robeson Community Church on W. 5th Street to set up, grill and serve the Lumberton community hundreds of hamburgers and hot dogs.

What began as this one-day barbecue event to give back to those affected by the hurricane, quickly developed into a partnership with the National Guard, American Red Cross, North Carolina Agricultural Department and the City of Lumberton to also hand out clothing, supplies and more.

The event drew in thousands of residents in need of food, supplies, encouragement and hope.

“DKI has been busy restoring properties, buildings, and facilities along the East Coast, but today, we made small strides at restoring many lives,” said DKI Commercial Solutions VP of Operations Bill Robinson.

14567987_1159594687427947_6577526271617898370_nThe turnout was so successful that all groups decided to hold a second community event the following day, October 18, at Sandy Grove Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Drive.

“The unity of the DKI members and their generosity, compassion, and commitment to those in need has been unbelievable, and truly shows the power of this incredible group,” Robinson continued.

More events may continue throughout the week. Follow DisasterKleenup on Twitter and DKIServices on Facebook for updates.


About DKI

DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit our website at www.dkiservices.com