Hurricane Irma provided a test for the employees and the polypropylene siding they make at Derby Building Products.
Both workers and product passed.
The Miami-based business was without power for nine days after Irma slammed into the region with 100 mph winds and torrential rain, President Ralph Bruno said in an email Sept. 26 to Plastics News.
Fortunately, all employees were safe "after this monstrous storm," he said of the 110-member workforce, which had evacuated the plant per a local ordinance. Impressively, he added, employees returned to work and shipped orders without air-conditioning or lights every day of the outage.
The Tando and Novik brands of PP siding, which mimic shake and stone, are manufactured at the facility and shipped throughout North America. Bruno called the employees' dedication "nothing short of extraordinary."
"We shipped during the dark, hot blackout after the storm," he said.
Meanwhile, at the rear of the facility, Bruno said a demonstration wall covered with the newest Tando product, "beach house shake," passed a big test when Irma blew through Miami.