In August, Hurricane Irene did a number on the eastern United States. Heavy winds and torrential rains knocked out power, damaged buildings and flooded roads. While most PPAI member companies made it through without any serious effects, some were not so lucky. The building of supplier Marlo Plastic Products, Inc. (UPIC: Marlo) in Manalapan, New Jersey, suffered heavy damage, including a collapsed roof. However, through the hard work of its employees, less than a month later the company is back on its feet.
Left: The roof caved in at Marlo Plastic Products, Inc. Right: The company processing orders at the temporary facility it secured while repairs are underway.
Just a few days after the August 27-28 storm, the phones, internet and computers were back on at Marlo and the company re-opened its doors. While the clean-up continues, the company has secured a temporary facility to resume production on September 6. By September 9 production was at 40 percent of pre-Irene levels. By September 16 production was up to 75 percent as the company moves toward a 100-percent recovery.