Lincoln Windows Struck by Tornado

April 18, 2011
Companies

The corporate offices and final assembly plant of Lincoln Wood Products were severely damaged by a category F3 tornado that hit Merrill, Wis., April 10. Officials report the company is currently repositioning departments that were affected and plans to resume production within three weeks. 

 
  Tornado damage at Lincoln Wood Products' final assembly plant.

Contrary to negative marketing being conducted by some competitors, Lincoln’s production facilities are not a “total loss” and have not been “destroyed,” Lincoln executives emphasize.  The company maintains multiple production locations in Merrill and fortunately only the final assembly plant and offices were damaged.

The company's Timeline facility was not damaged by the tornado and is fully operational now that shared computer operations have been restored, it is noted. Production has already resumed on existing and incoming orders.

The tornado that hit Lincoln's facilities is was one of 11 confirmed tornadoes that hit Wisconsin that day. Locally, more than 60 homes and 12 businesses were either damaged or destroyed. Even though the area was heavily hit, only minor injuries were suffered in the community and the only injury at Lincoln was sustained by a security guard. Luckily, the tornado impacted on a Sunday evening when personnel were not working, officials note.

"The community has really come together in the support of the businesses and homeowners affected by the tornado and we are once again reminded how blessed we are to live in this area," Lincoln executives state. "We also wish to thank our dealers, vendors and even some of our competitors who have so generously offered to assist us during this time. Their thoughtfulness will be remembered."