News: Advanced Restoration Services Wins the 2011 Main Street “Best Business Success Story” Award


Rob Villars, President
Advanced Restoration Services
(712) 523-2057

The Southwest Iowa restoration services company is recognized by Governor Terry Branstad for its business excellence and community leadership.

BEDFORD, IOWA— Advanced Restoration Services, LLC (ARS) has won the 2011 Main Street Award for the Best Business Success Story of the past year. State of Iowa Main Street awards recognize companies for their dedication to community revitalization and economic development.

“We are honored to be recognized for our work in Bedford, Taylor County and the State of Iowa,” says Rob Villars, ARS President. “Giving back to the community is an important goal for our company, and this award testifies to our commitment.”

The annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration, held April 1 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, was attended by more than 500 individuals. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, and Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development presented the awards.

“As a result of the hard work of countless local leaders, Iowa’s Main Streets in communities large and small are flourishing,” said Branstad about Main Street Iowa’s 25-year history significantly increasing the state’s job and business base.

Advanced Restoration Services was recognized for its rapid growth as a company, increasing from one employee in 2007 to more than 30 employees today.

In addition to the current award, ARS is in the middle of the historic rehabilitation of the former Bedford Battery Company building located at 510 Central Avenue in Bedford, IA. Once completed, the revitalized building will accommodate business expansion of ARS’ Contents Restoration Division.

In 1985, the Iowa Legislature adopted the National Main Street Center’s Four Point Approach® to downtown revitalization by establishing Main Street Iowa within the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Since its inception, the Iowa state program and its communities have been considered examples of excellence in the national effort to revitalize historic commercial districts across the country.

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Advanced Restoration Services President Rob Villars and his wife Leah receive the 2011 Main Street “Best Business Success Story” award from Governor Terry Branstad (left) and Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Department of Economic Development (far right) on April 1 in Des Moines. Below: Main Street “Best Business Success Story” award.


About Advanced Restoration Services

Based in Bedford, IA, Advanced Restoration Services, LLC ( is a full-service restoration company certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Serving customers in Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri, family-owned ARS takes a personalized approach by offering everything from basic cleanup service to A-to-Z cleanup, storage and reconstruction. The company’s goal is to restore property quickly to pre-loss conditions. The company provides ongoing education and training leading to certification for all of its technicians and abides by the IICRC Code of Ethics. ARS is a proud member of seven leading cleaning and restoration organizations.