Local businesses disrupted for evacuation order after Chemtool fire in Rockton

Local businesses disrupted for evacuation order after Chemtool fire in Rockton

“I didn’t think it was worth being open for business,” said restaurant manager Danielle Brown. “So we just decided to shut down for the day, give it another day, do some cleaning inside and outside, and for the safety for our customers having to come so close.” Other businesses are welcoming customers once again. Mark’s Pizza reopened Wednesday afternoon, after being closed Tuesday as employees picked up fallen debris.

But Brown thinks fallout from the blaze is convincing customers to stay away. The Chemtool plant employs around 200 local workers.

“Mostly it’s delivery. I’m in that building two, three times a week taking food inside the building and going through security there, and food for the security guards as well,” Brown said. “It’s definitely going to be a change not having that Chemtool number pop-up.” Source www.mystateline.com

Another factor that could be hurting business, according to Brown, is a loss of orders from Chemtool employees. Some of her regular customers are plant workers. “There’s still that effective going on with the one-mile radius, to wear a mask or not wear a mask, so it’s definitely had an impact on the business,” she said.

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