Losses have been estimated $2,000,000 in a 5-alarm fire that completely destroyed a 14,000 square-foot North Central Wood Products manufacturing plant in rural Fountain City last week.
Owner Steve Duellman said the company planned to be back in operation this week using temporary building facilities in Winona and Tomah.
The plant is located along Indian Creek Road in the town of Milton where Duellman lives
Insurance investigators were still trying to determine cause of the fire, which was during the early morning on Jan. 29th.
No one was injured in the blaze that consumed the building, contents and left 21 full-time employees temporarily without work.
Duellman said estimated loss approached $2 million, including $500,000 of inventory and nearly $900,000 in equipment.
North Central Wood Products opened 10 years ago as a division of Steve's Construction. The company manufactures custom millwork that includes interior and exterior doors, moldings, casings, trims, cabinets, countertops and other wood products as well as steel and fiberglass doors.
The fire destroyed everything inside the building, nothing was saved, Duellman said. Millwork equipment including assorted precision saws, routers, shapers, finishing spray booths, forklifts, computers and offices were a total loss.
While locations at Winona and Tomah will temporarily house manufacturing, the company hopes to have a new building erected on the same property in the Town of Milton within four months.