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New Holland, Kobelco Join ABC’s ’Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

Fri April 30, 2010 - West Edition
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New Holland and Kobelco recently joined the crew of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” for a project in Texas, providing a New Holland D95B crawler dozer and a Kobelco SK210 excavator to level a home and help build a new one.

For this project, the Carr family of Mineola, Texas — a small town about 80 mi. southeast of Dallas — was selected for a home transformation. The Carr’s four adopted children have had to overcome severe physical and mental disabilities while living in a cramped and dangerous home. Compounding the family’s struggles, the father has undergone pancreas and kidney transplants in recent years.

The family’s small, three-bedroom home was at high risk for fire due to a faulty electrical system. The one working bathroom was inaccessible for the children, and the narrow hallways were difficult for them to maneuver. Plumbing leaks throughout the house also created mold issues.

Construction Equipment to the Rescue

When word reached the local construction community that the show had selected the Carr home, businesses, corporations and individuals from all over East Texas offered to contribute. One of the early volunteers was Eugene Toole, a local demolition contractor. Toole is a customer of Bane Machinery, a New Holland and Kobelco dealer with four locations in Texas, including the nearby town of Tyler. The staff at Bane Machinery quickly coordinated with the production crew to deliver the much-needed construction equipment to the site.

On a rainy Friday, the show’s production crew and an army of more than 3,000 volunteers and donors descended on the Carr home. Once the power lines and water lines were moved, demolition on the home began. With Toole at the controls, his Kobelco SK210 excavator tore through the shingles, plywood, trusses and studs, reducing everything to a pile of rubble within minutes. Toole then switched to the New Holland D95B crawler dozer to clear the rubble and build the pad for the family’s new 4,800 sq. ft. home.

“New Holland is proud, and expresses its appreciation for Bane Machinery, to be part of such a generous effort for this deserving family,” said Ion Warner, senior director of marketing. “Giving back to the community is part of our organization’s mission. Improving the lives of the Carr family is rewarding on many levels.”

“Kobelco is proud to be part of such a generous effort for this family. We extend our appreciation to Eugene [Toole] and Bane Machinery for their help and support,” added Alan Jenkins, territory sales manager.

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