New building helps Belfor’s response
Company’s Exton-area hub recently underwent an upgrade
WEST WHITELAND » The impact of Hurricane Matthew reached all the way up the East Coast to the Exton area Thursday as workers at the Belfor operation on Clover Mill Road prepared to join in the company’s national response.
It was all part of business as usual at Belfor, which cleans up after natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes as well as man-made destruction and the results of fires and water damage.
“All Belfor national emergency response teams are mobilized throughout the areas expected to be hit by Hurricane Matthew,” the company said in a statement. “This is including the Exton team ... As soon as the hurricane hits, the teams will be ready to respond.”
Belfor responds locally, nationally and globally, explained Daryl R. Tunno, a general manager for the company.
Based in Birmingham, Michigan, the company has more than 100 offices nationwide.
From the Exton location, Belfor responds to the communities on the Main Line and in Chester, Montgomery and Berks counties; it also is a tri-state hub for the property restoration business.
In November, the company moved into its new 78,000-square-foot building where it employs 120 people.
In addition to acting as the headquarters for local responses, the building is a distribution center for Belfor Holdings Inc., so when a big event takes place other Belfor
“All Belfor national emergency response teams are mobilized throughout the areas expected to be hit by Hurricane Matthew. This is including the Exton team ... As soon as the hurricane hits, the teams will be ready to respond.” – Belfor company statement
offices reach out to Exton for supplies.
“This week is a good example,” said Tunno during a tour of the new building on Wednesday as a television in the lobby tuned to the Weather Channel tracked the progress of Matthew. “We’re one of five hubs for the national fleet from across the country.”
The Exton location is also a training center for employees, the national billing center and holds the Belfor Store, an online store where employees nationwide can buy equipment and clothing online.
Parked outside are two huge mobile centers that are sent to the scenes of natural disasters. When on a scene, 28 people can work out of the trailers that are equipped with satellite technology.
Inside the warehouse are pods where customers can keep their belongings while their workplaces are being reconstructed, an in-plant wet cleaning process and 300 vaults where valuables can be stored. The company also has two chambers in Exton where it can save valuable papers that have gotten wet using a freezedried method.
Hanging on one of the walls at Belfor are two panoramic photos of a school campus in Henryville, Indiana. One shows schools that were reduced to rubble after a tornado hit on March 2, 2012. The other shows the schools after Belfor restored them.
“If you had to take a picture of what Belfor is all about, that’s the best view of what we do,” Tunno said.
Belfor has a new home in the Exton area.
Alejandra Rosario of Belfor Property Restoration in Exton uses a chemsponge to remove odors from property of a home damaged by fire.
Daryl R. Tunno of Belfor Property Restoration in Exton.
Daryl R. Tunno of Belfor Property Restoration in Exton points to property restoration needed at a school following a tornado in the Midwest.
One of two National Disaster Team mobile center trucks kept at Belfor Property Restoration in Exton.