ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - Workers at a local foundry are out of a job for the holidays. Firefighters were called out to Elyria Foundry, in Lorain County, on Filbert Street Friday night.
All of the employees were immediately evacuated. No injuries were reported.
At the time of the fire, witnesses told us flames could be seen from the highway, and they could hear explosions near the factory. Crews remained on scene Saturday morning checking for hot spots. The cause remains under investigation.
Bruce Smith, President & CEO, released the following statement Monday morning.
Although Elyria Foundry has not yet been able to fully evaluate the extent of the damage caused by Friday night's fire, it has become apparent that operations in the part of the facility where the fire occurred will have to be shut down temporarily. Due to the temporary shut-down, we have unfortunately been forced to lay off a number of associates. We care deeply about our associates and are doing what we can, such as continuing health insurance benefits and working to expedite the receipt of their unemployment benefits, to ease the burden of these circumstances.
We are also working diligently to rebuild operations so our associates can return to work as soon as possible. In the end, we – as a team – will overcome the challenges presented by the fire and become stronger and better than before. We sincerely appreciate the concern and support the community, our customers and vendors have given to the Foundry and its extended family of associates. We will continue to provide updates as appropriate.
"The safety of our people is and always will be our primary concern, and we are incredibly thankful that no one was injured during this incident. We are in the process of conducting a thorough investigation as to the cause of the fire and will not resume operations in the affected areas of the facility until we are certain that we can do so safely," the company released in a statement Saturday morning.
Elyria Foundry has been in business for more than 100 years and has always been a vital part of the local economy. We currently employ over 350 employees, and just this year, have invested more than $2 million in facility improvements, a significant portion of which has been safety-related. Although we do not yet know the extent of the damage caused by the fire, we intend to rebuild and return to normal operations as soon as possible.
Founded in 1905, Elyria Foundry is a leading producer of medium- and large-sized complex gray and ductile iron castings. Elyria Foundry's castings are primarily used in energy market applications such as natural gas compression equipment and coal pulverizes for electric power generation. Other applications include refrigeration and air conditioning, mining, agriculture and transportation, air compressors and power transmission equipment. Elyria Foundry is ISO 9000-1:2000 certified. Elyria Foundry and Hodge Foundry in Greenville, Pa., are portfolios of Silverhawk Capital Partners, an independent investment firm headquartered in Greenwich, Conn.