AMERICAN STEEL COMPANIES TO SPEARHEAD HURRICANE ANDREW REBUILDING EFFORT
200 Homes to be Built for Low-Income Families MIAMI, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- One year after Hurricane Andrew, a
private coalition, led by America's largest steel companies, has come together through the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) to construct 200 homes for many needy victims of the nation's most destructive hurricane in recent memory, it was announced today.
The rebuilding initiative, dubbed the Andrew Estates South Project, will take place in Florida City, Fla., one of the primary areas devastated by the hurricane and listed as one of America's six poorest urban areas. The effort, which consists of many major in-kind donations of goods and services, along with the support of a host of volunteer laborers, will help restore a major portion of the town's tax base that was lost when the hurricane destroyed nearly a third of Florida City last year. The 1,000-square-foot Andrew Estates homes will be constructed with steel-frames and steel roofing systems that are up to 25 times stronger than wood and are more durable in areas vulnerable to high winds. The steel companies are donating more than 1,000 tons of steel for framing and roofing systems to the project's general contractor, Masterserve Associates, Inc., a nonprofit Christian construction organization. "The real losers of Hurricane Andrew were those who lost their homes and can't afford to live in much of the new housing that is presently being built throughout South Florida," said Gene Sitter, president of Masterserve. "Andrew Estates is our largest effort and the only one of its kind designed to ensure that those who were most deeply hurt by the hurricane can have homes again." These AISI companies are involved in the Andrew Estates South Project: Bethlehem Steel, Bethlehem, Pa.; Inland Steel, Chicago; LTV Steel, Cleveland; National Steel, Mishiwaka, Ind.; the U.S. Steel Group of USX Corp., Pittsburgh; and Weirton Steel, Weirton, W.Va. In addition to steel company donations, 26 steel roll formers and coil coaters have joined forces to help form the material into framing and roofing systems. Also, the American Trucking Association will provide in-kind delivery services through Gifts In Kind America, the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the donation of goods and services to charity. Also providing delivery services will be the Christian Broadcasting Network's Operation Blessing organization of Virginia Beach, Va. It is estimated that the contribution of steel and steel-related products and services to the Andrew Estates Project will total $1-1.5 million. The 200 houses that will constitute Andrew Estates will be built on a 44-acre site in Florida City. At present, Masterserve Associates is working to finalize financing and permitting arrangements. Andrew Estates South homes will have a market value of $50,000. They will be made available only to families that earn $15,000 or less in annual income and lost their homes due to Hurricane Andrew. Qualified families will receive low-income mortgages, ranging between $25,000 and $30,000. In return for benefiting from the donations of in-kind goods and the volunteer labor provided by Masterserve, the families will be required to fulfill 700 hours of community service over a period of seven years. "It is almost symbolic that we are able to make a major contribution to Florida City's rebuilding effort," said John Ewing of U.S. Steel Group and chairman, AISI Residential Advisory Group. "The increasing popularity of steel in home construction represents the dramatic rebuilding effort we have made in our own industry over the past 10 years. It's fitting that our material be used to help rebuild South Florida." According to Ewing, the hot-dipped, galvanized steel that is used for residential construction costs less than wood and has several other advantages over wood framing, including: durability in areas vulnerable to high winds and earthquakes; no warping, knots or wasted cuts; termite, pest and fire resistance; faster on-site assembly; lighter weight and is 100 percent recyclable. And with heightened environmental awareness, steel has gained popularity among those wishing to reduce the residential construction industry's dependence on wood. "On average, Andrew Estates homes will require four to five tons of steel per house, as opposed to 20 tons of wood," commented Ewing. "And all of the steel that is used is made from recycled steel products." Ewing said steel's popularity in residential construction has been highest in areas hardest hit by natural disasters in recent years, such as Florida, California and Hawaii. He said that Andrew Estates will be a showcase for steel in home construction. All labor on the Andrew Estates project will be provided by volunteers. Persons interested in applying to become a volunteer can call 800-79-STEEL, or 800-537-7060. ANDREW ESTATES SOUTH HURRICANE REBUILDING PROJECT In-Kind Donor List Steel Producer Manufacturing Location Tons Bethlehem Steel Corporation Sparrows Point, Md. 140 Inland Steel Flat Product Co. Highland, Ind. 70 LTV Steel Flat Rolled/Bar Co. East Chicago, Ind. 140 National Steel Corporation Portage, Ind. 70 Weirton Steel Corporation Weirton, W.Va. 70 U.S. Steel Group, USX Corp. Pittsburgh 175 Roofing Manufacturer Namasco Norcross, Ga. AEP-Span Dallas Metal Sales Inc. Louisville, Ky. Atas Aluminum Corp. Allentown, Pa. Fabral Lancaster, Pa. Framing Manufacturer Dietrich Industries Aschville, Ala. Unimast, Inc. Morrow, Ga. Ware Industries, Inc. Newark, N.J. Consolidated Systems, Inc. Columbia, S.C. Maverick Steel Houston Dale Industries/Incor, Inc. Baltimore Trusses Hemming Technologies Gilbert, Ariz. Siding Alcan Building Products Woodbridge, N.J. Coil Coaters Robertson Ambridge, Pa. Pre-Finish Metals Morrisville, Pa. Precoat Metals St. Louis Paint Suppliers PPG Industries Pittsburgh AKZO Coatings Columbus, Ohio Valspar Corporation Kankakee, Ill. Fasteners/Tools Grabber Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Franklin International Columbus, Ohio Transportation American Trucking Association Alexandria, Va. Gifts In Kind America Alexandria, Va. Christian Broadcasting Network Virginia Beach, Va. Engineering Patren Homes, Inc. Orlando, Fla. All American Engineering Smithtown, N.Y. /delval/ -0- 8/19/93 /CONTACT: Tim O'Brien of Ketchum Public Relations, 412-456-3857, for American Iron and Steel Institute; Jim Hughes of America Iron and Steel Institute, 202-452-7122; or Tom Ferrall of U.S. Steel Group of USX Corp., 412-433-6899/
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