FORT ERIE, ONTARIO - Vinyl Works Canada is relocating production to a second facility at its Fort Erie site after the roof of its main plant was damaged by a massive buildup of snow.
The molder and extruder of vinyl swimming pool accessories has resumed production and expects all its equipment to be moved during the third week of January, said founder Fred Pettit. The roof cave-in occurred Dec. 28 when the company was closed for the holidays. The incident was the result of several days of heavy snowfalls that were widely reported as having shut down the city of Buffalo, N.Y., across the Niagara River from Fort Erie.
Pettit would not comment on the damage, reported to be about C$550,000 (US$355,000). A 100-foot section of roof caved in, and the building is beyond repair, he said.
Vinyl Works supplies molded and extruded vinyl pool ladders, stairs, railings and other parts, some of which it makes in Fort Erie and the rest it contracts out.