Southwest Solutions Group supports “don’t text and drive” initiative through ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

southwest solutions group on extreme makeover home edition Sundays 8/7c on ABC Don't text and drive Alex Brown FoundationSouthwest Solutions Group isn’t known for installing their high-density storage and materials handling products in residential settings, but they were eager to help a family in need when ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (click here to watch program) came calling.

The company donated and installed a sophisticated carousel storage system typically used in hospital and manufacturing environments as part of a home makeover for a family in Wellman, Texas, whose 17-year-old daughter was killed in an automobile accident while texting and driving. The episode aired January 30.

“Many at our company have teenage children and we feel deeply for this family’s tremendous loss,” said Rich Riemer, Vice President and principal of Southwest Solutions Group. “Texting while driving is incredibly dangerous. We wanted to be involved because we can identify with this important issue.”

The carousel system was for the family’s 11-year-old daughter, an avid craftsperson traumatized by the death of her older sister, and provides compact storage for all of her craft items in a special “craft suite” created during the home makeover.

For every vertical carousel it sells during 2011, Southwest Solutions will be making a monetary donation to a new national “don’t text and drive” organization founded by the Texas family in honor of their daughter.


The company was initially contacted by Nate Galui, a design producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, who had seen the carousel system on the company’s website. While touring the company’s showroom in Dallas, Galui also saw a unique automated product that the company donated for use in a future episode. Join Southwest Solutions Group in supporting Don't Text and Drive donate to the Alex Brown Foundation

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Southwest Solutions Group specializes in materials management equipment, supplies and software that help commercial and industrial facilities save space and enhance productivity. Its customers include government, manufacturing, distribution, museum, healthcare, public safety, military, and educational institutions throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Mississippi.

Southwest Solutions Group ( is headquartered in Dallas, and operates offices in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

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