The owners of Bevin Brothers Bell Factory in East Hampton announced Wednesday morning that they are back open for business, nearly five months after a fire ripped through the complex.
"I'm happy to see bells ringing again," said Matt Bevin of Bevin Brothers Bell during a press conference Wednesday. "We are happy the bells are back in Belltown."
Several employees from the company, which produces the notable Salvation Army bells, attended the press conference along with guest speaker Sen. Richard Blumehnthal (D-CT).
"Lightning struck the plant across the way four months ago and Bevin Brothers was given up for dead," he said. "And now it's back."
The company has setup a temporary site, which is a short walk away from the nearly 200-year-old building that was reduced to rubble by the fire.
"It is so critical that we rebuild the business," Bevin said. "And what that means is keeping up with clients, delivering products and maintaining to those lines of communications. So when we can build a new facility, we have a reason to do it."
The company received a grant from the state to purchase equipment and start producing immediately. The Bevin Brothers have already produced 50,000 bells including cow bells, farmers' bells and sporting event bells.
Interpro, which is a plastics company in Deep River, presented Bevin with a bell to honor them for commitment in the face of adversity.
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