Record snowfall and an accumulation of ice collapsed a portion of the roof at DSM-Sheffield Plastics Inc.'s Salisbury Road facility in Sheffield, Mass., at about 5 p.m. on Jan. 14. No estimates on the dollar amount of the damage were available at press time.
Although there were 16 employees in the plant, all exited the building safely and there were no injuries, according to the company, which extrudes PET and polycarbonate sheet.
Damage was isolated to Sheffield's secondary process fabrication area and production of-fices, which temporarily will be relocated to other areas. Independent structural engineers have determined that all other buildings at the site are sound and safe to re-enter.
The collapse did not affect the company's production or warehouse areas, and there will be no interruption of service to Sheffield's customers.
DSM-Sheffield's President Dennis Duff said, ``Our prime concern is the safety of our employees. The fact that no one was injured is a credit to both quick-thinking employees in the area involved, as well as the ongoing safety training that is an important part of Sheffield Plastics' business culture.''
DSM-Sheffield tied for 59th place in Plastics News' 1995 ranking of North American film and sheet manufacturers, with estimated sales of $75 million. It operates two North American plants and employs 140.