Orlando, Fla. — Plastics-related businesses in Florida are just starting to gauge the losses caused by Hurricane Irma over Sept. 10-11, but preliminary assessments shows the storm had spared industries from major damage.
Lasting power outage was the main challenge still preventing some companies from resuming activities. Almost 4.4 million homes and businesses in Florida did not have power as of the evening of Sept. 12 , according to Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Inteplast Group's two locations in Orlando suffered no damage, with the exception of dock shrouds, awnings, and a fence that will need repair or replacement at one of the sites, according to Brenda Wilson, senior director of human resources and communications.
"The damage is so minimal that the repairs can be done in-house," she said via email. The company resumed production for its second shift on Sept. 12.
Orlando was under a curfew until 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 after the storm had passed through the region, and many processors hadn't been able to reach their sites any sooner than Sept. 12.