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In 1937—during the midst of the Great Depression—Roy Bates was one of thousands of men constructing the Grand Coulee Dam. An industrial accident that year claimed his right arm, ending his work on the project. Seeking employment, Roy spoke with an acquaintance who mentioned that he needed a barn moved. With characteristic determination, Roy replied, "I can do it." He gathered a team of mules, a truck, some screw jacks, and wooden beams, and he did just that. Thus, Bates House Moving was born. Roy Bates built a reputation for excellence throughout Central Washington—a reputation that has been continued by his son Don, who took over the business in 1960. Don has been moving buildings ever since.
Don has worked tirelessly for over fifty years and has moved many historical structures throughout Central and Eastern Washington and in Northern Idaho. In 2013, Don sold the business to Andy Davidson. Don remains heavily involved with Bates House Moving as a trainer, mentor, and technical advisor. His fifty-four years of experience are an invaluable asset.
Andy has experience as a General Contractor and he studied building construction in college. He has been a professional firefighter for over ten years. During his career he has trained in lifting heavy structures—such as collapsed walls, aircraft, and vehicles—to perform search and rescue. His study of fire science gives him an acute understanding of how buildings are fitted together. He and Don will build on this knowledge as Andy works to continue the reputation for excellence that Roy and Don Bates have established with their business.
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