UK aerosol Manufacturer LMA made headline news earlier this summer after a fire broke out at the factory’s site in Pocklington Industrial Estate, causing damage to its buildings and wares while leaving the firm with a hefty insurance claim.
Two months on and the company, which cans many well-known aftermarket brands, reports that it is on the mend with staff and suppliers ‘pulling together’ to get the warehouse back up and running, according to Fraser Todd, Owner of LMA Services: “Everybody has been very flexible and positive about the situation. There’s things that are obviously inconvenient without some of the warehouse and storage, but everybody has pulled together and made an extra effort to keep customers supplied”.
Todd told CAT that although the accident caused some ‘inconvenience’ to customers, they have been ‘very understanding’ with most of its aerosol and chemical products now back on the shelves. “We had a very grateful understanding of customers, some of whom suffered and continued to suffer an element of inconvenience”. Todd continued: “Most materials are back in stock and production is more or less at the level it was before the fire even without the warehousing. Some elements of lead times and suppliers, raw material and delivery have compromised our ability to meet previous obligations that we made to customers”.
The firm looks to a brighter future and is exploring some redesign options to make the factory bigger and better than before. “We have plans to grow and clearly this has been inconvenient on a number of levels, but we view it as an opportunity to learn. We’re working to rebuild to be better and learn from some of the mistakes that our competitors and we have made in this area. We are still very optimistic about the future”, Todd concluded.