Standex’s refrigeration plant in New Albany, Mississippi, was due to be back in full swing this morning, just 24 hours after a devastating fire took hold at the premises.
The site serves as the main production hub of Master-Bilt merchandisers, walk-in coolers, freezers, reach-ins, prep tables and ice cream cabinets.
Staff were prevented from gaining access to the plant yesterday after a fire spread from a neighboring furniture wholesale business. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated by officials.
Master-Bilt said the fire had “engulfed” a finished goods leased warehouse, but confirmed that there had been no injuries.
“Our manufacturing facilities were not damaged, and we will resume full production [today]” it stated.
Local press reports suggested the finished goods warehouse is manned by 16 staff.
The value of equipment damaged by the fire is not clear, but Standex is confident that any lost inventory can be quickly replaced to avoid any significant delays in customer orders.
The company, which also owns the Nor-Lake brand, has an additional facility in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Master-Bilt has been supplying retail and commercial refrigeration solutions since 1938.