Charlotte companies gear up for post-flood jobs in S.C.

Charlotte companies are seeing a rise in jobs from flood-ravaged South Carolina, where demand for contractors might soar in the coming months as the state rebuilds.

Companies in Charlotte say calls from homeowners and businesses are already coming in, especially from hard-hit Columbia, less than a two-hour drive down Interstate 77. Some businesses, like Huntersville-based AdvantaClean, say they are putting customers on waiting lists because demand has been so high.

“We’ve taken roughly 500 calls since Saturday” across North and South Carolina, said AdvantaClean CEO Jeff Dudan, whose company removes moisture and mold from commercial and residential properties. “That’s a significant increase. That might be 10 times the normal volume for those markets.”

Agility Recovery Solutions, headquartered on Rexford Road in south Charlotte, has been receiving requests from its commercial customers in both Carolinas to put generators on standby, said Paul Sullivan, vice president and general manager.

Those customers had already been paying a monthly fee to Agility in case they ever needed its services, which includes supplying temporary office space to businesses recovering from a disaster. But Sullivan said the company also receives word-of-mouth advertising when it provides services to its clients.

For contractors in Charlotte and elsewhere, Columbia could produce work for months. Flooding destroyed hundreds, if not thousands, of homes in South Carolina, where roads and bridges also remain damaged.

Tom Bartholomy, president of the Charlotte Better Business Bureau, said his organization has been contacted by contractors from Charlotte who want to know how they can alert South Carolina customers to their favorable BBB rating.

“We’ve talked to quite a few that are going down primarily in the (areas of) water removal, mold remediation. That seems to be the initial need, major need, for that area,” he said. “We’ve heard from about 10 to 12 so far.”

Deon Roberts: 704-358-5248, @DeonERoberts

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