News: ARS Completes Historic Rehabilitation of the Old Bedford Battery Company Building (Circa 1900)


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


The rehabilitation allows ARS to expand its Contents Cleaning and Restoration Division as a service to customers. An open house with free food and games is set for Tuesday, August 9, beginning at 11 a.m.

BEDFORD, IOWA — Advanced Restoration Services, LLC (ARS), winner of the 2011 Main Street Iowa “Best Business Success Story” Award, has completed the historic rehabilitation of an approximately 110-year-old building, saving the landmark Bedford structure from further deterioration and putting it to modern use. The old Bedford Battery Company Building, located at 510 Central Avenue, Bedford Iowa, will house ARS’s expanded Contents Cleaning and Restoration Division (ARS CCRD), which has been growing in service contracts at a double-digit pace every year for the past several years.

An open house to unveil the new ARS CCRD Building is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. ARS will provide hot dogs and hamburgers from the Taylor County Cattlemen. The open house is free of charge and open to the public. It will feature a Disney® Bounce Castle, a popcorn machine, Sno-cones and door prizes. The top prize drawing for those attending will be a 37-inch Vizio LCD 1080-pixel television.

“We’re proud of our rehabilitation work on this building,” says Rob Villars, ARS President. “Being in the restoration services business, it’s only fitting that we bring back to life and put to modern use a turn-of-the-century, circa 1900s building. It’s good for the community, good for employees and great for customers.”

Originally Built More Than 100 Years Ago

The old Bedford Battery Company Building was built around 1900. Since that time it has gone through a number of different owners and building occupants. Most recently, the building served as headquarters for Burroughs Plumbing & Heating, which remained in the building until the early 2000s. The ARS Properties Division bought the Bedford Battery Company Building in 2008.

ARS’s historic rehabilitation project began in the fall of 2009 and extended into July 2011. ARS served as general contractor on the project. Phil Robbins Construction, Coin, Iowa, did the majority of remodeling, electric and plumbing work.

The Bedford Battery Company Building historic rehabilitation included new period-looking windows, new period-looking garage door, repair of damaged lintels and cornices, exterior brick tuck-pointing with period matching lime-based mortar, structural repair of sagging roof trusses and installation of new tin ceilings. Materials were carefully chosen to match early 1900s building design styles and proportions.

In support of the project, ARS qualified for and received assistance from several government programs, including a grant from the State of Iowa and various federal and state income tax credits.

ARS Contents Cleaning and Restoration Division

With the rehabilitation completed, ARS has moved its expanded Contents Cleaning and Restoration Division into the building. The new 6,000-square-foot facility allows the ARS CCRD to expand its processing services in behalf of customers. The building houses ARS’s:

  • Hand-cleaning restoration operations
  • 3 high-capacity residential washers and 3 residential dryers
  • 1 commercial washer and 1 commercial dryer
  • An expanded drying chamber
  • 2 deodorization chambers
  • 1 ultra-sonic cleaning system
  • 1 reverse osmosis water filter system
  • 1 de-ionizer for cleaning delicate electronics
  • A records storage room
  • A new employee locker room

For optimal environment control, the rehabilitated facility features four new rooftop HVAC units. Each HVAC unit has modern 3-phase economizers which, along with new fluorescent lighting systems, provide for energy-efficient operations.

In addition, the building has a new climate-controlled storage area with 12 storage bays, each of which can hold up to a standard truck trailer’s worth of boxed contents for customers as their homes are readied for re-occupancy.

“Since our business is growing, having the old Bedford Battery Company Building rehabilitated and ready for use comes at a great time,” says Villars. “The building increases our capacity to do quality work. Of course, we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to keep a landmark building alive and well in Main Street America.”

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About Advanced Restoration Services

Advanced Restoration Services, LLC, Bedford, IA (, is a full-service restoration company certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Family owned and serving customers in Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri, 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. A proud member of eight leading cleaning and restoration organizations, ARS abides by the IICRC Code of Ethics and provides ongoing education and training leading to certification for all of its technicians.

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Photo Captions

In May, Robert Villars, President, Advanced Restoration Services, stood before the old Bedford Battery Company Building at 510 Central Ave., Bedford. ARS will celebrate the building’s historic rehabilitation with an open house featuring free food and games on Tues., Aug 9, 2011, from 11 am – 2pm. (300 dpi image)

Credit: Phil Nealey Photography

The old Bedford Battery Company Building, built around 1900, has had a number of occupants, including Willard Auto Supplies. (Photo undated) (low-res image)

Courtesy: Taylor County Historical Museum, Bedford, Iowa

Rob Villars, President, Advanced Restoration Services, and Sales and Marketing Manager Ryan Miller hold one of the old Bedford Battery Company Building’s new tin ceiling panels. (300 dpi image 1, 300 dpi image 2)

Both photos credit: Phil Nealey Photography