Red Lion, Pennsylvania - Apex Urethane Millwork was back to normal manufacturing operations and running at full capacity on 12 May 2008, following a 6 May fire that caused an estimated $1.3 million in damage, announced the Red Lion-based company's chief operating officer Michael Sampere Jr.
Apex Urethane Millwork, which claims to be the largest US urethane millwork manufacturing facility, was forced to stop operating for four days after the fire, which started in or near a dust-collection system and forced the evacuation of all staff from the 440 000-sq.ft (40 900-sq.m) facility.
Neither the origin or cause of the fire have been determined, said Sampere, in a 14 May announcement. The "PA State Fire Marshall's office along with the company's insurance fire forensics professionals continue to investigate and examine possible causes," he explained.
Sampere thanked his staff for their help in the clean up and re-organisational efforts the day after the fire. Just 25 hours after the start of the fire, "our employees had the entire facility cleaned of all debris on all floors affected," he said. An immediate re-start was impossible because of the need to completely dry all electrical panels and conduits, he added. These had been soaked with water by the multiple fire departments responding to the alarm.
Damage was contained to about 15 000 sq.ft of the factory, and Sampere commented that the fire could have caused "a worse scenario." He assured customers that the company's standard 5-day shipping schedules would be back in place within a week.
The company makes milled trim parts in polyurethane, for decorative architectural uses, for example as interior and exterior window surrounds, fireplace mouldings, and to customise stairways, in residential and other buildings.