Four Days After Fire, Eastwood Co. Re-Opens

Summer Cruise-Ins occasionally held outside The Eastwood Company’s Pottstown warehouse (above) might resume in the future, as operations begin to return to normal after last week’s fire

POTTSTOWN PA – With initial clean-up work completed after a fire last week that its president and chief operating officer acknowledged as a “setback,” The Eastwood Company re-opened the doors Monday (July 13, 2015) to its 263 Shoemaker Rd. store.

In its 38-year history as a retailer of automotive restoration tools and finishes, “we’ve had other setbacks,” company President Brian Huck said. “We have always come away stronger than before and I have no doubt that will once again be the case. Eastwood is well on its way to recovery and our team is doing an amazing job.”

Thursday’s (July 9) early morning, two-alarm, four-hour fire inside Eastwood’s Pottstown headquarters was contained to what company spokesman Nick Capinski described as a “small section of the building. However, parts of the warehouse and distribution center were severely damaged, affecting the company’s ability to ship customers’ orders.”

“Smoke and water damage as a result of the fire also affected the company’s offices and contaminated merchandise in the adjacent portions of the warehouse,” he added. No one was injured.

Although shipping from Pottstown was disrupted, Eastwood noted its retail store in Alsip IL remained open and customers continue to place orders from its website. The company is providing them with shipping dates as soon as they become available, according to Capinski, and is working with vendors, business partners and local authorities “to be fully back in operation, as soon as possible.”

Customers with any questions should send an e-mail to Eastwood’s staff, here. “Being able to serve our customers and help them ‘do the job right’ on their projects is our top priority,” Huck reminded employees in an e-mail distributed Monday. “Eastwood apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks our customers for their business and understanding during this temporary setback.”

Local officials’ investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.

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