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Tornado damage to bring economic boost to Tulsa

Although so many homes and businesses were affected, construction companies say they’ll help even out some of the losses. (KTUL)

There might be a silver lining to all the tornado damage we’ve seen this week.

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Although so many homes and businesses were affected, construction companies say they’ll help even out some of the losses.

Jeremy Parchman has been in the construction business in Tulsa for more than ten years.

“I started with a pick-up truck and hand tools doing this catastrophe stuff with a couple of local disaster companies and have built this company up to about seven to eight crews, ” said Parchman.

Business has been steady over the years but nothing compared to right now.

“This is the first natural disaster to hit Tulsa in years," said Parchman. "For us we haven’t seen any of this work in years.”

His company, Aspen Electrical Services, just took on some of their biggest projects yet– like TFI Friday’s and Petco, along with about eight other commercial buildings damaged in Sunday’s tornado.

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“We're going to be busy for the next eight months," said Parchman.

Jonathon Knapp with Residential Repair says the same thing. In fact, he’s looking for more workers to help take on the task.

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“We’re hiring," said Knapp. "I know a lot of construction industry people were hiring before the storm. We’re very short handed.”

With so many damaged businesses near 41st and Yale, it’s hard to think of anything good coming out of this tornado but that’s where these guys come in -- both Parchman and Knapp say a positive boost to the economy will come from construction.

“It’s terrible, I hate this for anyone involved," said Parchman. "This is what a company like mine and others out here do, we rebuild you guys. “

Yes, they’re going to profit but their main goal is to make sure everybody can get their business back and run and people get their jobs back.

“Somebody has to help," said Knapp.

Many of these construction companies are looking for more workers to help with the tornado damage.

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