Mullican Flooring partnered with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) to build homes for more than 120 families affected by the 2016 West Virginia flood and Great Smoky Mountains wildfires.
To date, 42 new homes have been completed in Rainelle, West Virginia, with another 19 homes currently under construction. Four homes have been completed in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and three are in progress. In an effort to reduce project cost and increase the impact and reach of ASP, Mullican donated hardwood flooring in excess of 100,000 square feet.
“Mullican Flooring has been a valued and consistent supporter of Appalachia Service Project and our mission of making the homes of low-income families in Appalachia warmer, safer and drier for many years,” says Walter Crouch, ASP President/CEO. “In the next year, more than 40 additional homes will be built in West Virginia and another 18 in Tennessee. When done, more than 120 families who lost their homes to disaster will benefit from the partnership between ASP and Mullican Flooring.”
In October 2017, the third and fourth of 25 new homes committed to being built in Gatlinburg and Sevier County were dedicated. The second and third dedications were for brother and sister Ernest Ogle, 75, and Trula Mae Bible, 84, who grew up in the same house and will now reside as neighbors in the newly constructed homes.
In June 2016, the West Virginia floods accumulated up to 10 inches around the state in 24-hours and claimed 23 lives, while also forcing a state of emergency in 44 of 55 of the state’s counties. In the same year, wildfires swept through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in November of 2016. The fire killed 14 people and destroyed over 2,800 buildings and burned over 17,000 acres of land in total.
“Mullican Flooring has tremendous belief in Appalachia Service Project’s vision to continue to rebuild communities hit by natural disasters. Walter Crouch’s leadership ability has enabled ASP to restore hope, enthusiasm and energy to the people in these areas. The organization truly does God’s work here on Earth,” said Neil Poland, President of Mullican Flooring.
In recent years, Mullican has also donated and installed new flooring in both Appalachia Service Project’s Jonesville, Virginia, and Brenton, West Virginia, volunteer and staff training centers. On October 20, 2017, Mullican Flooring was awarded a Medal of Distinction from Appalachia Service Project in recognition of the company’s efforts and investment in the Appalachian community.