Eden, NC -- October 23, 2012, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast.
The storms, winds, and rain leveled parts of New Jersey and New York. Fires after the storm burned houses and neighborhoods to the ground. As people started to pick up the pieces and re-build, the weather started the change, ushering in the cold season.
Enter Weil-McLain. The boiler company with a manufacturing plant in Eden started processing orders for boilers the week right after the storm hit. The ship 700-800 units daily, and this is usually their slowest time of year! Right now, they're seeing four times their normal demand, and have had to hire extra employees to handle the demand.
Bob Somers, VP of Operations said, "Not only have we been able to provide help to those in dire need up north, with the local economy being what it is down here, we've been able to put a lot of people from being unemployed to having a job now, especially as we approach the holiday season."
While they're enjoying the increased business, Somers said their primary focus is helping those affected by Sandy.
WFMY News 2