Janesville-based company says fire will not affect home production

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Marcia Nelesen
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

JANESVILLE--Officials at a Janesville company said their business would not be affected by a Tuesday fire in Madison that destroyed one of the company's warehouses on the city's far east side.

“We are very fortunate that the fire we experienced … only damaged our truss manufacturing building and some offices at this location,” according to a release from Windsor Building Systems/Amwood Homes.

Firefighters spent hours fighting the blaze in subzero temperatures.

All of the workers at Windsor Building Systems, 314 Atlas Ave., got out safely, and nobody was hurt.

Amwood builds floor deck systems, wall panels and roof tresses in its manufacturing facilities and then ships them to building sites.

“Our wall panel and floor deck production buildings and our interior products warehouse did not have any damage,” according to the release.

Accounting, drafting and estimating are done at corporate offices at 2017 N. Harmony Town Hall Road, Janesville.

“The bottom line is that we are open for business, and we actually shipped a home the day after the fire from our Madison facility,” according to the release.

The company will purchase roof trusses for homes in the next few weeks and is ramping up roof truss production at its plant in Toleda, Iowa.

“The best thing that happened yesterday is that all employees are safe and sound,” according to the release. “No one was hurt, and none of the firefighters were injured.

“This is a seasonably slower time of the year for our business, so we feel we will be 100 percent operational by the time the building season picks up this spring.”

Fire officials did not have a damage estimate or cause of the fire Tuesday evening.

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