Recovering From a Fire
The risk of an unconfined fire in a textile warehouse is high, due to flammable fabrics. Ken Kline, CEO of VHC Brands, knew of the risk, so his business had taken precautions such as having structural firewalls installed, maintaining clear records of assets and storing the records off site.
Unfortunately, in October 2016, VHC Brands experienced a fire, and its entire 30,000-square-foot warehouse, including a recently-built showroom, had to be torn down and rebuilt.
Kline and his staff reassured their clients that a burned-down warehouse did not mean a closed business. VHC Brands rented out a vacant facility, and within 10 days after the fire, the company began shipping nationwide again.
“It took us about a year to recover,” Kline says. “When this is all said and done, if that was just one year out of 60, 80 or 100, then it's not that big of a deal. But you need to have that perspective.”
David Bixler, the owner of Bixler Corporation, specializes in helping businesses recover from fires and water damage. “If you have fire or water damage, call a restoration company quickly because time is of the essence,” Bixler says. “You are in charge of who you want to call. Calling them quickly and getting them there as fast as humanly possible is the cornerstone of positive resolve.”