Saturday, May 3, 2014

Front Page News!

We're proud and happy to share with you that Select Modular Homes made front page news in the April 27th, 2014 edition of The Press of Atlantic City! Originally we wanted a small ad in a pull-out section of the paper on restoring the Jersey Shore, but the editors enjoyed our photos so much that they asked if they could use a set photo on the front cover, and a few of our other photos for the feature graphics! They even called and interviewed our President, Julia Kmiec about rebuilding after the storm. A quote from Julia that was featured reads "the storm was terrible, but if you had to see anything positive, it has put a lot of people to work". Below you can see the cover and the story!

Paper reads: "If there's a silver lining in the dark cloud that was Hurricane Sandy, it's that a variety of businesses in South Jersey are booming. Lumber and hardware suppliers, construction contractors, companies that specialize in demolition, and businesses that focus on custom modular homes have all been busy since late 2012. Some are reporting unprecedented growth. "The storm was a terrible thing, but if you had to see anything positive, it has put a lot of people to work," says Julia Kmiec, president and co-founder of Select Modular Homes, which recently opened an office in West Creek, southern Ocean County. "We've hired a lot of people, particularly carpenters. That's always a tough field, but now there are a lot of carpenters back to work." Originally based in Williamstown, Select Modular has seen healthy business for several decades, creating custom modular homes from simple ranchers to 8,000 square-foot manors. Kmiec says a surge of orders for new homes in places like Mystic Islands, Tuckerton Beach, Beach Haven West, and Long Beach Island prompted the company to open the West Creek office. "we usually do business with customers from Philadelphia, Washington Township, Marlton, Cherry Hill, etc., but these customers also had homes at the shore that were destroyed, so they were coming to us for help with their shore properties," Kmiec says. Although it's been a year-and-a-half since Sandy hit, many people are still rebuilding. "It's a slow process," Kmiec says. "People might think (rebuilding) can happen fast, but it'll take a few years before things get back to the new normal. Right now, to build a home with us would take a year to 16 months, there's so much involved - demolition, permits, so much paperwork. Even if customers were to do their own construction, it would still take six to eight months."--" 
- Susan Van Dongen - The Press of Atlantic City