Hurricane Needs Your Help To Win “Best Hauling” In Marin For 2013

Vote for Us in the ‘Home Maintenance’ Category in Pacific Sun’s Annual Competition

For the fifth year in a row, Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc is nominated as “Best Hauling” in Marin County by Pacific Sun readers. We need your votes again! Please do the follow steps to show your support:

1. Vote here.
In the Home Maintenance category, 
select “Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc.” from the drop down menu 
in the Best Hauling section.

2. You must vote for at least 15 categories.

3. Submit your vote!
(Voting ends January 27, 2013 at midnight.)

 4. Go to your email and confirm your votes.
(Your ballot will not be counted until you activate it by responding to
a confirmation e-mail from

The Hauling category in the Home Maintenance section includes eighteen hauling companies in Marin County of varying size, locations, and business models. Hurricane won this category three years in a row: 2009, 2010, 2011. But in 2012, the competition opened to non-local corporate companies, like winner 1-800-Got-Junk, to participate. Being awarded and “locally-owned” is difficult when infinite resources are not readily available as they are for nationwide enterprises. This year, Hurricane is trying to change that. Vote local!

Hauling is the only category that Hurricane is nominated in, although our services stretch to demolition, deconstruction, hauling, tree and yard services. Our other awards also include the John M. McPhail, Jr. Green Business Award from Marin Conservation League; Best of the Bay by BayList; Bay Area Green Business certification; and Sustainable 6 Award by CA Legislature Assembly Member Jared Huffman.

Please call our office if you have any troubles with voting. Thanks for your support!

About Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc.

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. specializes in deconstruction, demolition, debris hauling & cleanup, tree and yard services. A licensed, bonded, and fully insured Bay Area Green Business, we operate in the greater Bay Area. Since 1989, we have been salvaging materials from residential and commercial projects. Our mission is to provide high quality service at affordable rates with the goal of reducing, reusing, recycling, and re-purposing materials for the benefit of our customers, through incentives like tax write-offs, and our environment. Visit


Media Contact:

Tiffany Douglass

Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc.

55B De Luca Place San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 456-3407



Thanksgiving Feast at Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc.

The employees of Hurricane gathered around a candlelit table with a 16 pound steaming turkey, kale mashed potatoes, gluten free stuffing, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and chocolate mousse. It was an evening to recognize our fellow colleagues under one roof – and what better place to celebrate it than under the roof of our warehouse! Twenty-six people enjoyed the evening playing foosball and going back for second helpings while our resident dog, Mia, happily lapped up fallen crumbs. Gatherings like these are rare, but cherished. There’s never a day in the office here where a laugh isn’t shared and high-fives aren’t given.

We feel especially blessed that we are able to salvage many items that can help others who are less fortunate.  Between the employees’ contributions and clean items that come in, we donated four bulging bags of sleeping backs, sheets, towels, shoes, jackets, and warm clothes. The bags were brought to the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy and the San Rafael Salvation Army to be distributed to Marin’s homeless population for the winter months.

Thank you to our loyal employees, customers, suppliers, and business contacts. And to our family and friends who get to experience the tailwinds after hours!

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Bank of Marin

  • Mill Valley, CA
  • Removed and salvaged interior built-in cabinets, safety deposit boxes, office furniture, and counters
  • Demolished and hauled all flooring, reinforced concrete, and partition walls
  • Removed vaults and safes
  • Salvaged exterior awnings and signs

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Hurricane Featured in’s Spotlight

An intimate interview explaining Hurricane’s best practices

November 2012 – This month, is featuring Hurricane in the Spotlight, a premier space on their website dedicated to giving a more intimate introduction of a selected business for customers.

Thumbtack isn’t like typical local search directories; it actually gives you the ability to vet, contact, and book service professionals the moment you find them. For a customer, it’s like shopping for services and asking companies to bid on their request. Quite frankly, it’s the new way to do on-line shopping for homeowners!

In the last few months, Hurricane has being experimenting with Thumbtack to enhance our list of customer leads in the Bay Area. To see Hurricane’s Spotlight, click here and see the right column entitled “Thumbtack Spotlight.”

Or read the whole thing here:

How did your business/company start, and what was the greatest challenge that you encountered along the way?

Paul Sonnabend started a hauling business in 1989 and his brother, David Sherman, signed on as co-owner a few years later. Originally, Hurricane Hauling & Demolition, Inc. serviced only Marin County but with extra manpower and a growing need for demolition, we added the deconstruction, demolition, tree and yard services for Marin, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. We saw an opportunity to keep everything we were hauling out of the landfill by recycling or repurposing items.

Besides maintaining our own family-business during a fluctuating economy, the greatest challenge we encountered along the way has been competing against non-local, corporations in the same industry. For any small company, corporate franchises with nationwide support and unlimited, financial resources are a realistic threat. We have managed to keep our loyal customers and reach new ones with personal service, efficient work, and competitive prices.

How would you describe your usual clients in terms of status, needs, and level of satisfaction toward your services?

Our commercial clients are often general contractors looking for subcontractors to do large-scale demolition or deconstruction projects in the Bay Area. They can also include restaurant, gallery, school, museum, and store owners.

Our residential clients are homeowners, property owners, real estate agencies, or renters who are doing remodels, renovations, or site cleanup. Their needs usually peek during the summer or fall months when they need us to do the heavier, seasonal debris hauling.

Not many other demolition companies can offer specialized deconstruction or the ability to recycle 80%-100% of the materials that are hauled away, in bio-fueled trucks no less. Homeowners can receive a tax dedication for 30% of the value of the salvaged materials, which is usually assessed by a professional appraiser. Although deconstruction costs are higher than those of demolition because of time and labor, that cost is offset and sometimes surpassed with the tax deductions in the end.

What do you think is the most effective strategy to keep your customers happy and satisfied with your service?

Our most effective strategy to provide high quality services is to be professional throughout our entire relationship with our customers. To us, this means maintaining responsibility for our crew and site; showing up and finishing on time; being responsive to requests; and communicating clearly with clients. And most of all, it means leaving a site cleaner than we found it! We value having our residential clients tell us how they love having our friendly crew around their house! The best compliment they can give us is referring us to their friends and family.

What was your most favorite and successful project? 

One of our most favorite projects was the recent deconstruction of a 3,500 square foot house in Mill Valley with James Josephs Construction. All the lumber, fixtures, appliances, and other salvaged items were donated to charities or salvage yards. The fact that hardly anything ended up in the landfill was validation enough that deconstruction really does work and that there is a true need for demolition companies to rethink their idea of “unusable.”  The homeowner even ended up getting a significant tax break because he didn’t demolish the house. Plus, it’s always a success when everything runs smoothly, on time, and without injury. The space we cleared was even more beautiful without the house.

In a short line, how would you entice your potential consumers to book your service?

  “We are in the business of sustainability.” We approach our services with the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. Every time a potential customer contacts us, we see it as an opportunity to keep waste out of the landfill and educate others about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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