Quality Model Group is trying to determine how badly a fire damaged molds at its Lakeshore, Ontario, injection molding facility 10 miles northeast of Windsor, Ontario.
Fire destroyed the QM Plastics plant in Lakeshore on July 23-24. A company spokesman said officials were trying to get onto the site the afternoon of July 26 to uncover the molds from piles of debris and find out if they can be repaired. The firm's investigating team needed permission from the provincial Ministry of Environment to enter the extensively damaged plant site.
Fire struck the QM Plastics operation about 10 p.m. July 23 and burned for some 20 hours, according to a news report. Local residents were told to stay indoors to avoid heavy smoke and possible chemical emissions. A skeleton crew working the night shift was able to evacuate the building without any injuries.
Some of QM Plastics' molds were used to make parts for all-terrain vehicles for Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing Inc. in Timmonsville, S.C. A Honda official said his firm is hopeful the molds can be salvaged and repaired.
Tool shops in South Carolina could handle the repair work, and Quality Model's plant in Orangeburg, S.C., has capacity to run the molds for Honda, he added.