Mangalore: Baikampady candle factory rebuilt in 6 months, production commences
Mangalore, Jul 9: It was on January 10 six months ago when the lights seemed to go off the lives of several hundred people who worked for Primacy Industries – the country’s largest candle export house that illuminates millions of homes world wide.
Then: Fire that destroyed Primacy candle factory (file photo)
Now: Primacy factory rebuilt
The factory and offices of this world-class facility at Baikampady were gutted by a devastating fire accident. Fortunately there were no casualties, neither did anybody sustain injuries but the entire plant and machinery, equipment, raw material, packaging items and finished products worth several crores were reduced to ashes.
Within six months the factory has now been rebuilt and production has commenced, bringing back happiness to hundreds of employees of Primacy which is one of the largest employers at the Baikampady Industrial Estate.
"The fire destroyed everything and we felt devastated but it kindled our determination to build the factory all over again at the shortest possible time and we have now done it," said V K Talithaya, president, Primacy Industries.
Commending his team’s achievement, Gautham Pai, chairman, Primacy Industries said, "I am delighted with the resumption of operations and hope to see all the happy faces back at work soon." He added that this stupendous feat of the management team draws inspiration from the Group’s guiding philosophy that regards ‘People First’.
"We could not have accomplished as much but for the unstinted support of the local communities, authorities, financial institutions, vendors and customers who have trusted our Group's credibility and reposed confidence in our abilities," said Sagar Mukhopadhyay, vice-president (corporate affairs) at The Manipal Group of which Primacy Industries is a constituent enterprise.
It had taken marathon efforts lasting about 40 hours to douse the massive fire completely. The fire had left the entire factory in ashes.
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