TRUMANN – After a tornado destroyed much of Camfil Air Pollution Control’s industrial facility on Airport Road in Jonesboro in March 2020, the company rented part of the Columbia Forest Products property on Poinsett Avenue in Trumann for manufacturing and welding.
The company is again looking for temporary space as the tornado demolished this facility on Friday, said Sandy Hogan, HR manager. Around 110 of Camfil’s 267 employees worked at the Trumann site.
“I’ll get all of the staff a shirt that says, ‘Been there, done that, twice,'” Hogan said.
But seriously, Hogan said no one was in the building when the storm hit because the company was sending workers home early as a precaution.
“If they had been there we would have died,” Hogan said, adding that there would normally have been 35 workers in the building during the night shift.
As of Monday, these employees were working at the company’s facilities in Jonesboro.
“We’re working on starting all over again, ordering more gear and getting things moving,” Hogan said, adding that the 2020 tornado experience taught them what to do.
“From our headquarters, we have a clear mandate to quickly mobilize all resources and do whatever is necessary to keep us going,” said Hogan.
Camfil, manufacturer of industrial dust, smoke and mist collection systems for industrial processes, is building a new manufacturing and office facility at 3200 Nestle Road. It is scheduled to open in about eight months.
âWe just wish the new factory out there on Nestle Road was ready so we could just move in and start over. What a happy day that would be, âsaid Hogan.