DKI Member Companies Recognized with Chrysalis Awards

July 24, 2003

Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., a network of quality, independent property damage restoration contractors, announced that member companies Bowles Construction and A & I, Inc. have been recognized with the Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence.

The Chrysalis Awards are presented each year in over 30 categories to remodelers that reflect the professional excellence of the residential and commercial remodeling industry. Judged by the staff of Southern Living magazine, Sunset magazine and, Bowles and A & I were selected from over 600 entries.

Bowles Construction, located in Augusta, Ga., was also awarded with a special Decade of Excellence Award after receiving its 10th consecutive Chrysalis Award since the inception of the program in 1994. For 2003, Bowles was recognized in the Residential Insurance Restoration category for its work on a home that was completely gutted by an electrical short. Bowles Construction was not only able to repair the home with the funds available from the insurance company but also was able to upgrade the home by providing an extra bathroom and additional closet space that will allow the insured to stay in the restored house for years to come.

“This is the tenth consecutive year in which they have won an award, which demonstrates their ongoing commitment to excellence,” said Ken Kaline, director of the Chrysalis Awards. “Of the over 500 companies who have won Chrysalis Awards in the past 10 years, Bowles Construction is the only company is the nation that has won an award every year. This long-term record of excellence and consistency is unmatched in the industry.”

A & I, Inc., with two locations in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Wilmington, N.C., was recognized this year as the South Carolina Remodeler of the Year and presented the Chrysalis Award in the Best Commercial Insurance Restoration category.

The recognition is a result of A & I’s work on the Bar Harbor Motor Inn in Myrtle Beach, which was destroyed by a tornado. The Inn’s oceanfront location intensified the storm’s damage. A & I handled complete reconstruction of the inn’s exterior as well as each of the inn’s 115 units, 99 of which required mold remediation. In addition, work on the 30 year-old property required that many code violations be brought to current standards. The project was completed ahead of schedule and below budget.

“I am extremely proud to see Bowles and A & I recognized with such prestigious awards for the excellence they each demonstrate job after job, year after year,” said Dale Sailer, president of DKI. “In addition, Bowles’ unprecedented Decade of Excellence Award is a testament to their 10 years of superior workmanship, strong work ethic and an unyielding commitment to quality. On behalf of the entire DKI network, I congratulate the Bowles family and the entire team at Bowles Construction on this achievement.”

Other DKI members who have been recognized with Chrysalis Awards in the past include First Restoration Services of Charlotte, N.C. and First Atlantic Restoration of Virginia Beach, Va.

Bowles Construction has provided insurance restoration services in the greater Augusta marketplace since 1981 and has been a part of the DKI network since 1996. A & I, Inc. has provided insurance restoration services in the Myrtle Beach area since 1974 and has been a DKI member since 1998.

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