U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is scheduled to join the president of the Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Co. to announce efforts to help the 200-year-old East Hampton bell company recover from a devastating fire in May.
Blumenthal and Matt Bevin, the sixth-generation president of the company, will announce the "Keep the Bells in Belltown" initiative during a news conference Friday by a waterfall overlooking the former 19th century bell factory.
Bevin said various companies from Connecticut and Canada have stepped forward to help Bevin Brothers, which was founded in 1832 and makes sleigh, hand, house, cow, sheep, door and ship's bells. Last month, the state provided a $100,000 matching grant.
Bevin said thousands of surviving sleigh bells are being individually packaged with a book about the company and will be sold.
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