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Martinsburg rescue mission recognizes contractors

August 27, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Building contractors and other companies who have been helping the Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission keep the cost of the organization's new 78-bed mission building down are being publicly thanked as work continues on the project.

A sign unveiled Wednesday at the construction site in the 600 block of West King Street in Martinsburg thanks Essroc, Gantt's Excavating & Contracting, Jones Masonry, Manor Concrete Enterprises, Martinsburg Mountaineer Glass and Door Service, Hagerstown Block Company, Potomac Construction Industries, Virginia Contractors Supply, and Appalachian Heating and Air Conditioning.

"We've been blessed by the giving hearts of many building contractors and we want to recognize their friendship to the mission," Mission Board of Directors President Earl Stout said in a news release.

Titled 'Above and Beyond,' the sign indicates the builders "have exceeded expectations by donating or reducing cost for materials and labor to build the new mission."

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Union Rescue Mission board member Terry Lindsay said Friday that the project is on track to be completed next year within a 15- to 18-month time frame. Work began in May.

To date, fundraising has generated $2.2 million toward the project, which was projected to cost about $3.2 million, according to Lindsay.

The Union Rescue Mission board continues to work with area churches to raise money for the project and recently launched a "brick campaign," Lindsay said.

Bunker Hill (W.Va.) United Methodist Church in southern Berkeley County recently donated more than $5,000 toward the project, Lindsay said.

Lindsay also credited the work of Bob Tabler, the mission's construction manager.

"The Lord is at work through these construction businesses and suppliers," Tabler said in the news release.

"Essroc donated the mortar and six tankers of cement for the project, as well as 91 truckloads of gravel for the site work. Potomac Construction Industries is mixing the cement for us at a reduced cost and is hauling it for free. Gantt's Excavating did the entire site blasting work -- a month's worth -- for free.

"And the list keeps growing of contractors willing to donate labor, materials and reduce their prices. I can't express in words how much this means to the mission and the men who live here," Tabler said.

About the only surprise in the construction has been the amount of rock needed to be blasted for the building, which is beginning to take shape, Lindsay said.

Individuals who want more information about supporting the new building project can contact the Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission at 304-263-6901.

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