STURBRIDGE, MASS. - A late-night fire Aug. 13 destroyed the warehouse and shut down the production of G&F Industries Inc., but a day later the custom injection molder and mold maker had detailed plans in place to take care of its employees and customers.
``Despite this unfortunate incident, I along with my family are extremely grateful that this fire caused no loss of life or significant injury. We are all very grateful to the firefighters and police officers who did an outstanding job containing this fire,'' President John G. Argitis said in a news release.
About 25 second-shift employees were on the premises when the fire started.
``They fought the fire intelligently. They did not just throw water at it, but they fought the fire so as to make the mold and tool area salvageable,'' said spokesman Larry Morrison.
On Aug. 14, company officials determined that although the warehouse was destroyed, tools, machinery and the computer mainframe in other buildings on site ``were in good shape,'' Morrison said.
The company was waiting for the state fire marshal to determine how the fire started and then for a structural engineer to give the OK to resume business.
Morrison said provisions were made for 200 employees to be paid Aug. 16. The following day, Sturbridge, state and federal officials were on hand to detail employee options during the temporary shutdown.
He said all customers have been notified of the fire and arrangements were under way to assure production and delivery. Morrison said the company is covered by insurance and plans are in the works to rebuild as soon as possible. The company also has received offers of temporary office and warehouse space.
G&F, a privately held company founded in 1962, works out of a 50,000-square-foot facility. It makes injection molds and precision molded parts.