The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 21, 2012

Sandy may spark work for Valley’s home builders

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — When builders installed a new modular home — constructed by Professional Building Systems, in Middleburg — on Cosey Beach in East Haven, Conn., late last month, it was a race against time.

Hurricane Sandy was about to hit Connecticut and the house needed to be installed quickly, said Nicholas Lust, director of project management for Professional Building Systems.

“Our builder had just delivered that house three days prior to (the storm),” he said. “They barely had time to get it assembled.”

When the builder returned after the megastorm to see how the house fared, he was in awe, Lust said.

“There was no structural damage,” Lust said. “Just a couple shingles missing ... There was no water damage. It was still in same shape that it was upon delivery.”

Other homes in the area, including one next door to the Middleburg modular, were demolished by the storm, said Tom Wilcox, president of Shoreline Modular Homes in Madison, Conn., the builder of the Cosey Beach home.

News of the structure’s survival has piqued interest in Professional Building Systems’ homes, Lust said.