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Rainbow International Restoration of Columbia holds ribbon cutting in Chapin

Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) - Rainbow International Restoration of Columbia held a ribbon cutting for its new facility at 450 East Boundary Street in Chapin Wednesday afternoon. It was planned by the company with the assistance of The Greater Chapin Area Chamber of Commerce.

There were a number of the company’s officials, dignitaries, and other business leaders from Chapin and the surrounding area in attendance. They include Mayor David Knight of the town, Representative Chip Huggins who serves the area in the SC House of Representatives, and Christina Chappell who is the executive director of the Greater Chapin Area Chamber. The town welcomed Rainbow International with a certificate that expressed the town’s gratitude for becoming a member of the Chapin business community. Representative Huggins also presented company president Reed Mattingly with a resolution from the SC House in appreciation for his deciding to locate his businesses’ headquarters in Lexington County.

Rainbow International Restoration is a company that does water damage, fire damage, and mold restoration services. They have franchises across the nation and some in other countries. Whether you’ve had a burst pipe in your bathroom, a major flood from a natural disaster, a fire, or mold growing in or out of sight, they can help. They even do reconstruction services if floors, walls, ceilings, or structural elements have been damaged by your own personal disaster.

The Chapin facility is a major investment for the business. They have locations in Charleston and Myrtle Beach, but Chapin was selected to relocate the headquarters of the company. The building has more than 30,000 total square feet of space for administration, training, storage, and the equipment that’s used in their amazing restoration process. In total, this business brings approximately 34 of its total of 45 full-time employees to the Chapin area. Their business covers approximately 50% of our state through their three locations.

Their total restoration process is amazing. If you have a fire, a flood, mold growing, or any other type of disaster, they can pack up all your belongings, truck them to Chapin, and run them through a total restorative process. This includes everything from industrial style dishwashers, to processes like dry-ice blasting, and deodorizing. Once they’ve finished restoring your items, they pack them in clean “vaults” for the return to your property which has itself been rebuilt and restored by their crews. It’s actually a wonder to behold. Everything is very orderly and efficient, and employees work in what appears to be a military style command center directing projects in process across their coverage area.

Mattingly himself is a phenomenal man. Sit and talk with the man for just a few moments and you immediately get a feel for how smart, thorough, and caring he is. He’s a man that enjoys getting up and coming to work each day and knows the value of people. He strongly believes that everyone, especially business leaders, have a responsibility to give back in some way to the community. He’s been involved in a number of charities consistently, but his most heartfelt cause is young women with end-stage cancer. In its first seven years, his Rainbow International Charity Golf Classic has raised over $230,000 for fourteen different families from our local community and for their charity partner, The Sparkle Caps Project. This year, they added another $60,000 to that total and were able to help even more families who are holding on and searching for answers as they fight cancer. Mattingly said as he sat down for a quick interview Wednesday, “Individually it’s hard to make a difference in the world but together we can do so much to make a change.”

Besides the money raised through the golf tournament, Mattingly and his team actively support the Ronald McDonald House at Palmetto Richland by laboring there each year to help with the maintenance of the home. They’ve done everything from paint, to fixing the plumbing, and even brought in heat and air experts to repair problems at Rainbow’s expense. Mattingly serves on the Palmetto Health Foundations Board of Directors and gives back in numerous other ways also.

For a man that does so much, he comes across as very humble. Mattingly is very quick to thank his team for their hard work, his customers for their patronage, and the community he lives in and located his headquarters. “Chapin is such a wonderful community,” Mattingly said before the ribbon cutting. “It has that small-town feel, great schools, wonderful people, and a workforce who understands the value of hard work. I don’t think I could have found a better place to live, raise my family, and run my business.”

Rainbow International Restoration of Columbia is positioned to grow into the future while calling Chapin its home. Mattingly is quick to give praise to his team, his family, and the higher power that has made him successful. Now that he’s in his new headquarters in Chapin, it seems as if he’ll be there and willing to give his resources to the community and state that he feels has given so much to him. You can see additional information on Rainbow International Restoration of Columbia by going to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rainbowcolumbia.

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