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Address error yields free siding

Workers start job at South Franklin by mistake

May 20, 2011
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer ( , The Journal

NEW ULM - Naoko Meyer found two men removing siding from she and her husband Jim's home at 210 S. Franklin St. on Tuesday afternoon.

"They were working very hard, but the problem was we didn't order the job. The (roofing) company got a wrong house. The house they were supposed to work on was 210 N. Franklin St, but they got our house which is on 210 S. Franklin St.," Meyer wrote in an e-mail.

Winthrop natives Cory and Clint Schmidt own Schmidt Roofing Inc., which came to New Ulm Tuesday to replace home siding at 210 N. Franklin St. as a subcontractor for Design Home Center, Cory Schmidt said.

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The Naoko and Jim Meyer home on South Franklin Street is getting a free siding job after a Burnsville roofing firm mistakenly removed portions of the previous siding earlier this week.

"We've done a number of jobs in New Ulm, We had the address right, but maybe the GPS (Global Positioning System) didn't get our workers to the right place. They removed about half the Meyers' siding before we heard about it and got in touch with them," he said.

Schmidt said his firm contacted the Meyers and will install new home siding at no charge. It will also do some flashing work and window wrapping for them.

The old siding was treated as if it were asbestos shingles and properly disposed of, Schmidt said.

When the work is completed, the Meyer home should look new in several ways.

Two years ago, they put on new metal shingles and recently installed new windows.

"That's why people have insurance, and they're taking care of it for them. It's the second time this has happened in about 20,000 jobs over the past 20 years," Schmidt said.

Based in Burnsville, Schmidt Roofing also does siding and gutter work.

The firm has other locations in the Brainerd lakes area, Mankato, St. Cloud, Winona, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Colo., Wichita, Tulsa and Houston.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at



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