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RigMaster survives tornado scare

TORONTO, Ont. - With some help from its Canadian staff, APU manufacturer RigMaster Power has restored operations at its Kansas production plant after it was badly damaged by a tornado earlier this yea...


TORONTO, Ont. – With some help from its Canadian staff, APU manufacturer RigMaster Power has restored operations at its Kansas production plant after it was badly damaged by a tornado earlier this year.

The tornado ripped through RigMaster’s facility May 2 and caused extensive damage to the building that houses the company’s production and parts operations. Nobody was injured.

Production was restored less than two weeks after the tornado hit, with the parts department reopening a few days later, the company reports. Both the production and parts departments are back to full capacity.

“Our people have been remarkable,” said Gary Lisson, general manager of RigMaster. “The progress they made was far above my expectations; but everyone pitched in, determined to get back to normal as swiftly as possible. To get us back this quickly has been the result of the determination of each individual employee. We are very proud of them.”

Lisson was quick to point out the silver lining to this “The damage was extensive and we lost a lot, but I now see this as an opportunity which has made us stronger. During the restoration we revamped the facility and are refocusing our operations to improve efficiencies. The dedication and teamwork of our staff, the local community and our vendors to remobilize our operations along with the support of our dealers has brought out the best in us and my gratitude goes out to everyone.”


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