Williamsport has a new business that specializes in restoring properties damaged by fire, water, smoke, wind or other causes.
Mellon Certified Restoration (MCR) opened earlier this year at 1217 W. Fourth St. with hopes of better serving the local area.
"Our new Williamsport branch will enable us to be on-site faster for our commercial and residential customers in northcentral Pennsylvania," said Doug Morrow, business development manager. "This will allow us to mitigate the cause of the damage more quickly and prevent additional damage from occurring before repairs can begin."
Morrow noted that MCR had been serving Lycoming County and the surrounding area from its Harrisburg office for a number of years.
That's a big reason company officials eyed Williamsport.
"Business has warranted us to have an office here," he said. "It allows us to make a quick response."
1217 W. Fourth St.
Morrow said the company is committed to Williamsport.
He said he's no stranger to the city.
"I have always found Williamsport to be a very welcoming place to come and do business," Morrow said. "I enjoy the people, the government officials."
Four employees work out of the city branch, with plans to eventually have in place 16 to 20 people there.
MCR serves 29 counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, with offices also in Yeadon, Huntingdon Valley, Exton, Allentown and Scranton.
Each branch has in place technicians certified by the Clean Trust, the Environmental Protection Agency in lead-safe renovation, and the Restoration Industry Association in mold remediation.
Teams are trained to respond to locations and clean, restore and repair property and furnishings.
Technicians, on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, have access to the latest in technology and equipment.
In 2011 MCR received the Phoenix Award from the Restoration Industry Association for its work restoring the Milton Hershey School's Founder's Hall following a fire.