Helping hands: TIC donates shed to seniors foundation

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— Jim Severson has a new home for his tools and lawn equipment, and maybe -- as friends joked on Friday -- a new home for himself, too.

"Jim's going to live in there," quipped Strawberry Park resident Geneva Taylor, referring to a spotless 10-by-14-foot wooden shed built by students at The Industrial Company in Steamboat Springs. Taylor is treasurer for the Routt County Foundation of Senior Citizens, an organization that provides housing for senior citizens.

Severson is the foundation's maintenance director, and although he won't be living in the shed, he'll definitely be glad to hang his tools there, thanks to a gift from TIC providing the shed free of charge.

"It'll definitely withstand the snow load," Severson said about the sturdy cedar shed with a tin roof and wide double-doors.

Ray Dix, manager of mechanical and civil training at TIC's training facility, said the value of the shed, including labor and materials, is $9,100. Five TIC students built the shed in about a week as part of a carpentry class, Dix said.

Taylor said the donation would allow the foundation to upgrade water heaters and refrigeration units for seniors at apartment complexes in Steamboat and Oak Creek, with money that, before the donation, would have been spent on a tool shed.

"Every time we turn around, they're doing something for us," Taylor said about TIC. The new shed will store tools and equipment at an apartment complex on Rollingstone Drive, she said.

As one of TIC's founders, Dix has worked with the company for 32 years. He said about 200 students are taking classes at TIC this summer. Many of the students are TIC employees brought in from job sites across the country, Dix said. After completing a four-year program, students are certified construction journeymen and often land quality jobs, he said.

"Most of the students, by the end of the fourth year, are lead men or foremen," he said. "I'm definitely proud of our facility here."

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