ARLINGTON, VT. (Aug. 30, 2:30 p.m. ET) — Vermont molders Mack Molding Co, Inc. and GW Plastics Inc. have shown their tenacity while weathering the wind and rain from Tropical Storm Irene over the weekend.
Mack Molding Inc.'s main plants in Arlington are fine, according to Julie Horst, director of communications. She said that the plants are in operation, but noted that its Cavendish site did close for some cleanup from some flooding from the Black River. However, she said Monday that it should reopen within hours or possibly a day or two.
GW Plastics facilities ran through most of the weekend, according to Larry Bell, its vice president of business development and marketing. He said in an email that “the GW Plastics Bethel and Royalton, Vermont plants were able to run through the weekend due to the tremendous dedication of our associates.”
He said that it lost power Sunday in Bethel and the Royalton plant elected to shut down to safeguard its employees. Power was restored Monday and the plants began start-up procedures. Washed out roads have hampered the ability of people to get to Bethel, but he expected both plants to be fully operational by Tuesday.
The state was declared a federal disaster area by President Obama on Aug. 29.
According to Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin's website, there are more than 250 road closures on both the state and town roadway systems. There is also major damage to the rail lines with Amtrak discontinued until further notice.
Are you aware of any plastics companies that suffered damage in the hurricane/tropical storm? Contact Plastics News editor Don Loepp at [email protected].