K-Tec completes scraper for Rosenort Habitat build
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A family of eight will have more space to themselves this fall after moving from a two-bedroom apartment in Winnipeg to a brand-new home, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity and Rosenort-based business K-Tec Earthmovers Inc.
“My mom said, ‘you won the lottery’ and that’s pretty much how you can explain it,” said Magda Rozmyslowicz, mother of the family receiving the low-mortgage home.
The family, who moved to Winnipeg from Edmonton in 2010, applied for the Habitat home after meeting requirements for the program at last. In Manitoba, families with a total taxable income of less than $84,000 quality for a home.
Rozmyslowicz said with rental prices increasing, finding a space which fit their sizable family was a difficult endeavour. Now, they will have ample room.
“I’ve learned for a while to manage with little space…I feel like now I’m gonna get lost in all the space,” she said.
The Habitat for Humanity project, the first of its kind in Rosenort, will be built by and large from funds generated in an unconventional way: the auction of a scraper built by K-Tec.
The local business, which sells their products worldwide, unveiled the 29,000-lb scraper—built in part from $50,000 of donations collected by the company through suppliers—to employees, Habitat liaisons, and the recipient family last Thursday. Employees signed the rear tail of the machine with black Sharpies to leave their own mark on it before it goes to auction.
Machines like this can fetch anywhere in the neighbourhood of $200,000 USD. K-Tec expects the profit will pay for the build and then some.
Shane Kroeker, director of strategic initiatives at K-Tec, said the project was the first, but hopefully not last, way to give back to the community.
“Everything really got kicked off with a kind of unique idea of giving back to the community,” he said.
Employees of K-Tec will be assisting Habitat volunteers in the build over the coming months, including helping with their “blitz build” in June, a five-day stretch of nothing but building to keep the project moving.
The family is expected to move in to their new home in October.
Kroeker said the equipment auction was a tangible way to bring the donation to life.
“Scrapers is what we do, we build them all the time and they have great value.”
Sandy Hopkins, CEO of Habitat Manitoba, also called the arrangement distinct.
“It’s one we wouldn’t have dreamed up, it’s going to work beautifully,” he said.
Habitat has been quietly searching for a partner family since October when the project was announced—a common problem for projects in rural areas. Hopkins said the Rozmyslowicz family fit all qualifications to receive a Habitat home: they have steady employment, good credit, and were willing to pay an affordable mortgage. In return, there is no down payment and zero interest for 15 years.
“It’s both exciting and a relief we were able to find a family for this project,” Hopkins said.
Construction will begin as early as May and continue through the summer.
Hopkins said he hopes the presence of a home in Rosenort means more builds in small communities elsewhere in the Southeast.
“The community has to be supportive, but we’ll be happy to build in every community in this part of southern Manitoba if there’s an interest in having us do so.”
Habitat currently has 13 homes under construction with plans for 25 to 30 homes in 2022. Since its establishment in Manitoba in 1988, Habitat has built 455 homes for low-income families.
Rozmyslowicz said the family looks forward to having more space and living in the rural town.
“I was never one for the city anyways.”