Scott Burton had the scare of a lifetime a few weeks ago. Not the kind of scare when a skeleton jumps out from behind a spider web at a haunted house. Not the creepy ghosts and goblins that wander through neighborhoods every Halloween. Nope, Scott Burton’s family business, Burton Metal Finishing, was on fire - and he was stuck inside.
The finishing facility, located on Woodland Avenue in East Columbus, caught fire on Friday, October 4. The employees had all gone home at the end of the work day and Scott was closing up for the weekend. Fortunately, workers at a neighboring business called 9-1-1 when they spotted smoke rising from the building. What they didn't know was that he was still trapped inside. “I couldn't see anything because the smoke was so thick and I couldn't find any of the doors. I ended up climbing out the window to safety,” Burton said.
Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the three-alarm fire, but confirmed that it originated in the air compressor room. Fortunately, only ten customers had fire damage to the finished parts they had entrusted to Burton Metal Finishing. The family is pleased that they still have about 50% functionality and the ability to complete approximately 75% of their orders. The employees and a clean-up crew from EQS (Environmental Quality Services) are very busy helping to clean the machinery and begin the process of rebuilding. Burton shared “We are trying our best to keep all of our workers on the payroll during this rebuilding process. It’s been difficult but we’re doing the best we can.”
To provide a little relief from the cleaning efforts, Heartland Bank provided a picnic lunch for both the employees and the cleaning crew on Thursday, October 10. Not only did Heartland Bank Chairman, President and CEO Scott McComb help out behind the grill, but he brought some of his co-workers along with him – Bob Crow and Kim Davis from the Grove City office as well as EVP/COO Steve Hines and VP Compliance Officer Jennifer Eckert. “We really appreciate Heartland Bank for coming out and doing this. It has raised the spirits of every one of our 40 employees,” said Victoria Burton, Scott’s sister and co-owner of Burton Metal Finishing.
Heartland Bank is proud to service businesses like Burton Metal Finishing and wish the Burton family and their employees continued success during the rebuilding process!
More About Burton Metal Finishing:
Burton has been a family owned business since 1987. Scott Burton, current owner and operator, and son of the company founder Dallas Burton, stated “We are proud of our third generation family-owned business. Value has always been the driving force of our company. Most metal finishing companies provide either plating or powder coating, but few provide both. Burton Metal Finishing has developed the expertise to make this two part process available to their customers at one convenient location.”
QUALITY Metal Finishing is their business! They give customers the best possible service at competitive rates.
- ISO 9002 Certified
- Prompt turnaround
- Full tech support
- PICK UP AND DELIVERY within a 100 mile radius of Columbus, Ohio
With over 150 years of extensive knowledge in the industry and a well-versed knowledgeable staff, they offer a complete selection of finishes including Anodizing, Chromate Conversion Coating and Zinc Processes.
Visit Burton Metal online at www.burtonmetal.com.