SALINAS, CALIF. (Aug. 8, 2 p.m. ET) — Denham Plastics Inc. is operating in a temporary location and evaluating “what to do for the next couple months,” said co-owner Mike Hutchings.
A July 26 fire impacted Denham Plastics' storage yard and its leased unit at a Salinas, Calif., warehouse.
“We will take the opportunity to grow the business and get an ideal facility,” Hutchings said.
Mostly, Denham Plastics resells agricultural bins, pallets and totes. The firm distributes the plastic material handling items, rents containers for use during transitional crop seasons, provides repair services and recycles unusable items.
“About 90 percent comes from plants back East and goes directly to customers,” Hutchings said. Some garbage bins come from suppliers in the West.
“Insurance adjustors will work out reimbursement for what we lost but it will take a while,” said Hutchings, who declined to make an estimate.
“The fire burned so hot that they brought in a bulldozer to finish (extinguishing) the fire,” he said. As a result, the remains pose a challenge for those sifting through evidence and trying to determine a cause.
“The chief and I talked to investigators” for insurers, said Jesse Pinon, deputy chief for the Salinas fire department. “We have no additional information” regarding a possible cause or a damage estimate.
Hutchings and Jeff Denham, a Republican now in his first term representing the 19th congressional district of California, established the business in December 2000. Denham Plastics began occupying the now-destroyed unit in 2004.
Los Gatos, Calif., entrepreneur Thomas Yuki and others own the multi-unit 2,304-square-foot building on 9.97 acres. The Monterey County assessor's office values the structure at $543,000 for tax purposes.