Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

Verla International, Ltd. released a statement on Dec 5, 2017 regarding a system alarm that was triggered at the facility on Monday.

NEW WINDWOR – “Yesterday morning, a fire suppression system alarm was triggered at the Verla International manufacturing facility in New Windsor, New York.

The alarm was triggered by a surge in water pressure coming from outside the facility.

The alarm worked exactly as it was intended to, and at no time was anyone at the facility in any danger. Yesterday’s alarm was in no way related to the fire that occurred at the facility on Nov. 20.

As of Nov. 28, the Town of New Windsor cleared Verla to resume operations in those areas of the facility that were not damaged on Nov. 20. We are working closely with investigators and reviewing all of our safety protocols and procedures with our employees.

Last May, we hired an outside electrician to ensure the appropriate electrical grounding was in place throughout our facility and at that time we also reinforced our safety procedures with our current employees. The safety and well-being of our loyal and valued employees has always been our top priority.

Our efforts to rebuild and resume full operations will proceed promptly, but only as fast as permitted by the various federal, state and local agencies that have authority over the situation.

We are grateful for all of the support provided to us by the New Windsor and Newburgh communities, especially our first responders. We will provide additional information as it becomes available and as appropriate.

This has been a very difficult time and our Verla family has been deeply saddened over the loss of William “Bill” Huntington, a wonderful friend and colleague. Our hearts and prayers are with his family.”

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