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Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University. Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.
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Tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., in $300 million reconstruction boom

April 11, 2012

Devastated by a tornado about a year ago, the community of Joplin, Mo. is being rebuilt at a torrid pace. About 640 permits for new homes and 2,982 permits for residential repairs and rebuilding projects have been issued since the tornado, representing more than $300 million worth of reconstruction.

More than 73 permits have been issued for apartment complex buildings, although no figures were available for the number of rental units. About 250 permits have been filed for rebuilding, repairing, or constructing businesses. The reconstruction boom has given the local construction industry a big boost.


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