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Private[1][unreliable source?]
Industry Property Restoration
Disaster Recovery
Founded 1946
Headquarters 185 Oakland Ave., Ste. 150, Birmingham, Michigan 48009, USA[2]
Area served
Key people
Chief Executive Officer - Sheldon Yellen
Chief Operating Officer - Mike Yellen
Chief Financial Officer - Joe Ciolino
Revenue Not Available
Belfor branch office, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Belfor is a disaster recovery and property restoration company.


The company began as Quality Awning & Construction in 1946, which became Haniel EnviroServices by 1980. All of Haniel EnviroServices' restoration operations were eventually consolidated in 1998 under the BELFOR name.[3]

In 2011, Belfor's CEO Sheldon Yellen was featured in CBS's primetime show Undercover Boss.[4]

Role in natural disasters[edit]

  • 2000: Hyderabad, India flood – Recovered 100,000 books and manuscripts in the 17th Century Khan Collection at Urdu Research Library.[5]
  • 2001: Tropical Storm Allison – Performed water damage recovery projects from severe flooding including major medical district buildings in Houston, Texas.[6]
  • 2004: Hurricane Ivan – Performed thermal vacuum freeze drying to restore more than 4,000 boxes of documents, half of the vital records in the Cayman Islands National Archives.[7]
  • 2005: Hurricane Katrina – Restored more than 500 commercial buildings over a two-year period. The largest project – Tulane University – involved 104 flood-damaged buildings and required 75 percent of the campus be restored in 122 days. A total of 20,000 cubic feet of paper materials were recovered in the Tulane University Library, including approximately 120,000 books, microfilm in the Latin American Library Collection, an historic New Orleans music collection, and valuable government documents. Over 6,000 cubic feet of archive materials were recovered from the Jones Hall Archives at Tulane University.[8]
  • 2010: Chile earthquake – installed more than 753,000 square feet of shrink wrap protection and restored one of South America’s largest data warehouses, including millions of documents and data media.[9]


  1. ^ "LinkedIn Belfor USA". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  2. ^ 1-1njg4g.html "BELFOR Company Overview —" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  3. ^ "BELFOR History". BELFOR Property Restoration. 2015. Retrieved 12-4-2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Undercover Boss Episode List". IMDb. IMDb. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
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  7. ^ "Canadians to restore Ivan-damaged documents". Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "BELFOR USA" (PDF). Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "BELFOR UK: Be on RED ALERT - Alasdair Phillips - Chief Executive Officer". Retrieved 25 December 2015. 

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