GSH, or Green Structure Homes originally began as Stokes Development. Barbara Stokes began building the business in Cullman by opening a manufacturing center. She firmly believed in green homes, and backed her beliefs by hiring eighty employees locally for an $8 million investment. By her third year in business, she expected to have 300 employees working full-time. Barbara Stokes praised Cullman for their substantial efforts. Along with her husband, she had considered numerous locations in Alabama for the plant, but chose Cullman because she had once owned a home on Smith Lake. She like the area and the people. In a press release she said Cullman soon became the obvious choice. Read more about Barbara Stokes at WDRB.com.
Barbara Stokes plant encompasses 99,000 square-feet in the Cullman Industrial Complex. Every year the company constructs five to six hundred steel homes. The homes resist mildew and hurricanes, are high quality, and can be constructed in just two days. Barbara Stokes purchases most of her materials locally, or from Decatur or Birmingham. She ensures the content is from sixty percent recycled materials. The steel she has chosen can resist most environmental aspects in addition to fire.
Barbara Stokes has been just as careful with the design as she was with the materials. The home resembles a little cottage, the design is modular, and she can make the buildings four-stories tall for use as a hotel or condos. Sixteen investors believed in her vision, and invested in the company. She received congratulations from the county officials, the city, and Jim Folsom, the Lt. Governor regarding her contribution to the community. Follow Barbara Stokes on Facebook.
Stokes Development is now Green Structure Homes, and Barbara Stokes has provided individuals in eight states with jobs. She has been awarded a $28.5 million contract with FEMA, and has given her support to the relief efforts necessary after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Barbara Stokes is excited about the assistance she is able to provide, her ability to give support to the local businesses, and her acceleration of the employment growth throughout the surrounding area. Her homes are being safely delivered to the families in Texas who are in desperate need of assistance.