Des Moines-Based ServiceMaster by Rice Included in National Disaster Recovery Network Expansion

ServiceMaster by Rice was announced this week as part of a major expansion of the ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) network. SRM is a national leader in large-loss commercial disaster remediation and restoration.

The SRM expansion more than doubles the size of the network, from 9 to 21 approved providers nationwide. Applicants for the network had to meet stringent requirements involving experience in commercial loss recovery projects, equipment, staffing and capabilities.

“Achieving the SRM brand is a significant step for our company,” said Austin Rice Jr., Vice President. “As part of the network, we will be called on for major commercial restoration projects throughout the country. These situations involve highly specialized skills, special equipment and experience. Every company in the network is well qualified to manage and perform large-loss restoration jobs.”

ServiceMaster by Rice’s home office is located at 7555 University Avenue in Clive, Iowa and has been in business for 66 years. The company was founded by Austin Rice Sr. and is owned by his sons Austin Rice Jr. and Joe Rice. The company currently has 13 locations across Iowa and southern Minnesota.

SRM is often called after catastrophic events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, earthquakes and similar disasters. The company is a single source for all necessary recovery services, including heavy equipment, generators, decontamination and engineering. They clean, remove water, eliminate smoke and other odors, and coordinate repairs so that facilities can reopen faster. Typical SRM customers include major industries, educational and healthcare facilities, worship centers, hotels and large office buildings.

“Adding these new, approved providers greatly expands our capabilities,” said Jim Boccher, President, Commercial Restoration at ServiceMaster. “We’ll be able to respond faster wherever disasters occur, with much greater capacity and with great consistency of service.”

About ServiceMaster Recovery Management

SRM is the national commercial large-loss division of ServiceMaster Brands. With commercially certified locations across the country, SRM provides commercial restoration and recovery services such as water and fire restoration. From more frequent, smaller commercial damage to large-loss catastrophic events, SRM provides a single-source solution for national commercial clients. SRM has responded to every named storm to impact the United States over the last 20 years. More information can be found at srmcat.com.