Employees are back to work

MANCHESTER, TN – After the fire that took place on Wednesday, June 6th in the evening, the 1st shift employees are already back to work at KIRCHHOFF Automotive’s plant in Manchester.

The fire, that started outside in the container storage area was wind spread as heat radiated inside propelling the damage. Details on the cause are still under investigation. The 116 employees in the plant at the time were evacuated safely under 6 minutes.

At this time, the plant has been cleaned up of fire residue and smoke, with regained electricity since yesterday equipment testing is still ongoing. Although damages were less than expected an overall assessment is still being conducted.

With employees now back to work safely, the plant’s focus is now on minimizing the impact to their customers. “Once we have completely stabilized the situation, we will start to rebuild the plant. This will not be a quick fix, our goal is to rebuild the plant to be a better one – this will also include building a new press shop with new presses. KIRCHHOFF Automotive will secure current jobs in Manchester and is fully committed to growth in the future.” shared Stefan Leitzgen, Global COO.

Erika Montiel, Plant Manager would also like to thank the Fire Marshall’s Office, the Mayor’s Office, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office and all our employees for their support in this time.

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