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November 12, 2013

Schluter expects plant to reopen soon

Controller says plant could start production by Friday

PLATTSBURGH — Employees could be back to work by week’s end after a fire that destroyed a warehouse at the Schluter Systems L.P. complex Saturday night.

Edmond Martin, controller for the company’s offices at 194 Pleasant Ridge Road, said there was no visible damage to the interior of the manufacturing plant that had been connected to the warehouse.

“If power is restored tomorrow, we might start production on Friday,” Martin said Monday.

Of the roughly 20 full-time employees who work at the facility, Martin expected 11 employees to have their schedules disrupted by the repair time. He said they would be fully compensated for any lost work time.

PARTNER’S PLANT

Martin emphasized that both the manufacturing plant and the damaged warehouse are the property of SSF Productions LLC, a partnership between Schluter Systems L.P. and Selit, a German-based producer of polystyrene foam.

“Schluter Systems, as a whole, has suffered no loss whatsoever; it’s one of our affiliated companies that manufactures the Styrofoam product for us that’s suffered a loss,” Martin said.

The two companies share the Pleasant Ridge Road complex with UMS Manufacturing LLC, a subsidiary of Schluter Systems that primarily produces the company’s KERDI-BOARD waterproofing panels.

Along with being a component of the company’s KERDI-BOARD panels, the foam produced at the SSF Productions LLC facility is used as cushioning material for laminate flooring, a synthetic flooring product.

In all, 205 people work at the complex.

RECONNECTING POWER

The company was working on installing new power-line connections to the production facility. Schluter Systems L.P. General Counsel C.J. Madonna said that once power is restored, the next step would be testing.

“There will probably be a day of testing the machines, making sure everything is OK, and then we’ll probably be right back at starting production,” Madonna said.

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