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Mentor business reopens after industrial fire

The fire could be seen for miles. (Source: WOIO) The fire could be seen for miles. (Source: WOIO)
Multiple viewers sent us photos from the scene. (Source: Tim Sawicki) Multiple viewers sent us photos from the scene. (Source: Tim Sawicki)

On Saturday, Metal Seal Precision, Ltd. announced it has resumed production, following a fire on July 25 that caused more than $50 million in damage and destroyed about one-third of its plant in Mentor. On July 28, the company was officially cleared to prepare to resume production by Mentor's Building Department, Mentor Fire Department and local office of the Environmental Protection Agency.

"I am eternally grateful that no one was hurt in the fire and that the proactive safeguards we had in place worked to protect our people and preserve our business," said John Habe IV, president of Metal Seal Precision. "We are working to replace the damaged equipment as soon as possible and we have quickly gotten our employees back."

Habe says the fire only damaged about one-third of the facility.

"The remaining two-thirds of the plant were not directly affected by the fire and only suffered minor water and smoke damage. The company's headquarters offices, which are also located at the facility, were not damaged by the fire," said Habe.

Habe thanked local fire and police departments, along with the EPA, for their fast response and dedication to minimize the damage.

"Without their heroic efforts, our employees would not be able to quickly get back to work. We would especially like to recognize the outstanding efforts of Mentor Fire Chief Robert Searles and his entire department, as well as Reginald Brown of the Ohio EPA, for their help, support and continued assistance."

According to Habe, the company has another plant on Tyler Boulevard in Mentor and is already in the process of setting up a temporary facility there to enable Metal Seal Precision to continue meeting customer needs, while the main facility on Corporate Drive is being repaired.

All of Metal Seal Precision's full-time employees have returned to work on either a part-time or full-time basis, says Habe. Employees who are not back to work full time are being compensated by Metal Seal Precision at full salary, including benefits and any overtime they normally work.

A special website has been linked to the company's main website to keep employees informed.

"While a fire is a major disruption for any manufacturing company, it is also an opportunity to show customers what we are made of as a company. We are determined to emerge from this crisis as a stronger, even more capable supplier to the customers we serve," said Habe. "I could not be more proud of the dedication displayed by our employees during this crisis, and the way everyone is performing under pressure. I have no doubt that our team will successfully complete the rebuilding process."

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