Dutailier: St. Pie wood glider plant fire - Limited damage



    SAINT-PIE, QC, le 4 mars /CNW Telbec/ - Dutailier Group inc., a
Quebec-based manufacturer of wood gliders, accent leather upholstery and
juvenile bedroom furniture lived through some terrifying moments Monday night
as part of its wood glider plant caught fire at around 8:00 PM.
    "Fortunately, there were no workers on the site at that time, so no
injuries or losses of life are to be reported!" declared Mr. Fernand Fontaine,
owner and president of the company. The fire seems to have started outside the
building in a recycling container. It then spread to the exterior wall, and
affected a large portion of the fabrics warehouse used for the wood glider
cushions. "We were extremely fortunate because the firewalls and fire alarm
worked perfectly to stop the propagation of the fire and alert the fire
department." Mr. Fontaine explains. "Furthermore, the local and regional
firefighters did a tremendous job." The owner and founder of the company,
which distributes its products throughout North America as well as in a number
of countries in Europe said he was actually amazed at how limited the actual
damages were. The firefighters took exceptional care to ensure that most items
in production as well as key equipment were protected from fire and water
damage.
    In fact, no major equipment was damaged by the blaze. The production line
itself is located in a separate part of the building and was completely
spared. Only the section devoted to fabric cutting and cushion preparation was
affected, and all the equipment from these departments will very soon be
relocated in the other plants, either in St-Hyacinthe or
Ste-Anne-de-la-Pérade.
    "The good news", explains Mr. Fontaine, "is that none of the nearly 200
jobs are at risk in the St. Pie plant and the effects on our customers will be
fairly limited. We presently have an important inventory of finished products
that are ready to ship, and we will be able to resume production in a fairly
normal fashion in a few days." Limited damage is the conclusion for the leader
of its category.




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For further information: Raymond Hébert, Vice president Sales, (450)
772-2432

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