Kawneer Co. Inc., an Alcoa business, recently dedicated a new floodwall at its Bloomsburg, Pa., facility. The floodwall was designed to protect the facility and surrounding area from potential storm damage and was funded through a partnership between the town of Bloomsburg, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, local and state government and Alcoa.
More than 280 guests, including Pennsylvania State Sen. John Gordner, Pennsylvania State Rep. Dave Millard, Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr, Columbia County Commissioners, local business owners and Kawneer customers and employees, attended the dedication ceremony.
“Bloomsburg is an invaluable flagship location for Kawneer North America. One in every three doors you walk through in the U.S. are Kawneer doors, and, more often than not, those doors were manufactured here in Bloomsburg,” says Diana Perreiah, president of Kawneer North America and vice president, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems. “This floodwall is the result of strong community partnerships and mutual investment. Thank you to all parties involved for helping us provide our employees a safer, more stable place to work … ”
According to Kawneer, in September 2011, Tropical Storm Lee brought heavy rainfall and historic flooding to Pennsylvania, resulting in extensive damage to the Bloomsburg community and the Bloomsburg facility, which employs approximately 395 people.
“It took a lot of hard work, resources and time to make this floodwall and recovery happen,” says
Glen Morrison, president, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems. “I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our Bloomsburg employees and our loyal customers for their patience, diligence and commitment to one another, our company and to the Bloomsburg community which helped us build a safer and more stable facility.”