Fire, Lee & Cates Doesn't Miss a Beat
A fire broke out at Jacksonville, Fla.-based Lee and Cates glass
last week (see previous USGNN story), resulting in much damage to
the building, but as Tom Lee III, chief executive officer and president
of the company, told members of the industry, the company never
missed a beat.
"The fire was contained to the back half of the building and was
stopped about 10 feet from three trucks. Five more minutes and everything
would have been gone. Insurance will cover everything we lost,"
Lee said that the biggest obstacle for the company was relocating
the workspace. The company's auto glass warehouse nearby was modified
to fit the company's needs, creating openings for roll-up doors
and setting up a temporary trailer with electricity and computer
"The shop actually never quit functioning," Lee said. "It happened
on a Thursday night and on Saturday morning we had 20 of our employees
from 6 different shops downtown moving everything from one building
to the next. It was an awesome sight to see that many of our employees
come together just to help out their fellow employee. A contractor
friend put a crew on the job working through the weekend and on
Monday he cut the holes and completed the job."