Local company overcomes devastating fire

Local company overcomes devastating fire
Local business ready for Valentine's Day

NORTH CANTON, OH (WOIO) - The strawberries, ruby red and plump, are being dipped in milk chocolate at Harry London's North Canton production facility, ready to be devoured on Valentine's Day.

"We're ready to go and fully stocked," said company president Kevin Coen.

But it has been a corporate challenge to get here.

On Thanksgiving day, Harry London's distribution center in Maple Heights went up in flames.

It was, according Coen, a major setback for the company.

"It was in terms of timing and the devastation the fire did to our business," he said.

All of Harry London's Christmas product was destroyed. So were raw materials, ingredients and packaging.

Tens of millions of dollars were lost just a month before Christmas, the busiest time of the year for Harry London.

"It could have crippled us had it not been for the resiliency of the team, the amount of coordination, the passion, the commitment to team," said Coen, recounting a critical time for the company.

Production went 24-7. Coen credits employees and the company's vendors for coming through.

By late December Harry London was at 90 percent capacity and that includes being ready for Valentine's Day.

"It's really a remarkable feat in terms of what we were able to accomplish. We were able to get back on our feet in a very short period of time," Coen remarked, also noting that all of the Valentine's favorites are fully stocked.

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