Plastics operators in North Carolina and elsewhere in the Southeastern U.S. shut down plants as flooding and high winds from Hurricane Florence made landfall Sept. 14.
Companies such as Rowmark LLC shut down as early as Sept. 12 so employees could heed evacuation warnings ahead of Florence.
A manufacturer of plastics that can be engraved for awards and signs, Rowmark has a site about 25 miles from hard-hit New Bern, N.C., where rising waters were waist high in a matter of minutes and people were being rescued from cars and homes.
Rowmark is closed until further notice, according to an employee who answered a phone call forwarded on Sept. 14 to the company's Findlay, Ohio, location.
"The safety of our employees and their families is our primary concern," she said, adding that about 10 employees work at the small site. "All of our employees are okay. Most of them evacuated the area."
The status of many facilities near New Bern were not immediately available.
New Bern, a city of 30,000 on a river inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, was hit by 10 feet of storm surge and more than 7 inches of rain by daybreak on Sept. 14.