Allied Steel Buildings' Central Florida Division volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

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The Allied Steel Buildings' Orlando team members used their construction skills to help build with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Orlando area.

Allied Steel Buildings' Orlando team members participate in a team build with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Orlando Area.

"This is the reason we started the Allied Cares program, to be more involved in our communities.”

For Allied Steel Buildings, an industry leader of pre-engineered steel structures, their mission has always been to build better communities. In 2011, the mission took a new form with Allied Cares, a program dedicated to helping the communities Allied Steel team members live and build in. So when the opportunity arose to lend a few hands to help build with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Orlando Area, the Central Florida division of Allied Steel Buildings jumped at the chance.

Habitat for Humanity is a global initiative to build homes for families in need. New home construction in the Orlando area is up significantly from this time last year. This and other encouraging economic signs bode well for keeping the recession a thing of the past. Habitat is doing their part to provide affordable housing, positively affecting the high homeless and poverty housing rates for children and families.

“There is no doubt that we can all lend a hand to help, especially for the children. It is awe-inspiring to build homes for families that need them. This is the reason we started the Allied Cares program, to be more involved in our communities,” said Benjamin Meister, Vice President of Allied Steel Buildings.

In addition to providing stable housing for families, Habitat also educates potential homeowners on how to manage their budgets, and be fiscally responsible. The Allied Steel Orlando volunteers worked alongside soon-to-be Habitat homeowners, who are asked to invest “sweat-equity” hours, building their own homes as well as new homes for others.

The Allied volunteers converged at the Staghorn Villas, a Habitat community that boasts 58 townhomes, each energy-efficient and recipients of ENERGY STAR and WATER STAR certifications. The volunteers were tasked to construct the internal framework of three new villas that included the downstairs kitchen, bathroom and living room. Wearing hardhats and wielding hammers, the Allied volunteers completed the downstairs framework of two townhomes, and had a good start on the third before breaking for the day.

The Central Florida division of Allied Steel Buildings has been operating out of Orlando for over five years. The branch has recently expanded to a new facility to create more jobs in 2013. Meister said, “We’re experiencing an economic boom in our area. We want people to know that this is our community, that we were here when the ‘going got tough’ and we’re still here ready to assist.” This is the fundamental philosophy behind Allied Cares, which is always striving to build better communities.

Visit http://www.habitat-orlando.org for more information on Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Orlando Area.

About Allied Steel: Allied Steel Buildings is a leading supplier of pre-engineered steel buildings and prefabricated metal buildings systems. Allied Steel Buildings offers exceptional prefab metal structures with outstanding customer service, committed to assisting you through each step of the process. Our projects have been completed around the world, with a concentration in the USA, Canada and Island Nations. For assistance from our Project Managers, including design services and expert tips call 877-997-8335. To contact the Orlando branch directly dial 407-563-0703. http://www.AlliedBuildings.com

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