Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group has announced a major fire destroyed a New Albany, Mississippi, warehouse where Master-Bilt leases warehouse space, on the morning of Wednesday 26 June. The fire apparently started in a neighboring business and quickly spread, before totally consuming the warehouse. No employees were in the warehouse at the time and there were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
The fire has not interrupted manufacturing significantly and Master-Bilt returned to full production on the following day. Master-Bilt is currently receiving calls from its corporate neighbors and vendors offering assistance.
Hard work and dedication
“Our employees are the best in the world and their work ethic is so strong that we should be able to quickly replace the lost inventory,” the company said in a statement. “To our employees, customers, representatives, dealers, corporate neighbors and to the first responders in New Albany, we thank you for your hard work and dedication to help us get past this very difficult time for our corporate family.”
There are 16 warehouse employees whose jobs are affected and it is likely they will be either reassigned or back at their regular job within days, according to the company.
As a part of the Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group, the company has manufacturing facilities at other locations around the country who can assist if necessary with inventory replacement.
About Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group:
The Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group consists of industry-leading brands Master-Bilt and Nor-Lake with facilities in New Albany, MS and Hudson, WI. The Refrigerated Solutions Group provides a complete selection of foodservice equipment to diverse markets throughout North America.