Saturday, January 2, 2021

Fire Destroys One of the Country's Oldest Wall and Panel Plants

Allensville Planing Mill is picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed its manufacturing plant Tuesday night in Allensville, PA.

The company, which was founded in 1959, released a statement from its board of directors Thursday vowing to move forward, but expressing how the company is overwhelmed by the outpouring of community support.

“On Tuesday night as we stood watching our manufacturing plant be devoured by fire, we could not even begin to imagine how we would emerge from this devastation, but we knew we would,” the statement read in part. “We were prepared for the tediousness of the tasks before us — we know that recovering and planning for the future has many details to it. But what we had not been prepared for and what we want to share with you is how overwhelmed we have been. Not by the devastation or the loss, for this is shared by the entire APM family and our community. We have been overwhelmed with gratitude for the many hands and voices that have been reaching out to us.”

APM said there were no injuries in the fire and that the cause of the fire still is not known, but the blaze remains under investigation by the fire marshall.

APM said it is still formulating a plan forward and will release the details of that publicly when it is determined.

“This gratitude continues to feed our energy as we move forward,” the statement said. “The support and care of our APM family and those around us — reminds us that we are in this together. This is not a problem for an individual to solve or devastation for a few to carry. This is something that we will emerge from and move forward from together.”

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