a ceremony at a recent Florida Home Builders meeting in Orlando, the Protecting
People First Foundation Safety Award was presented to First Home Builders of Florida,
of Cape Coral, Fla., for "leadership in providing passive opening protection,
through the use of impact-resistant laminated windows, as a standard feature to
first-time home buyers for safer living in hurricane-prone regions." The
award was sponsored by Solutia Inc. of St. Louis, who manufactured the polyvinyl
butyral (PVB) interlayer KeepSafe Maximum® that was used in First Home Builder's
Michael Guyet, purchasing manager with First Home Builders of Florida, accepted
the award on his company's behalf.
"We disliked the thought of thousands of First Home homeowners scrambling
to find storm panels, properly installing them, or trying to find someone at the
last minute to get it done for them," Guyet stated. "After witnessing
the devastation that so many Floridians experienced during the '04 hurricane season,
we'd rather have our homeowners be able to concentrate on keeping themselves safe
without having to worry about securing their homes and belongings."