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Printing company fire could endanger jobs

November 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Employees at the Chatsworth printing factory that burned down Wendesday night were feeling concerned for what the future holds for them as they gathered in front of the charred remains Thursday.The owners said that they will do everything to ensure that their long-time employees stay with them and stay employed.

Little was left inside the burnt shell of the building. The fire was so intense it melted the printing presses.

"You look at this devastation here it's absolutely extraordinary. It's one thing to have a fire but it's another thing to just burn right to the ground," said Lenny Slatko, who owns Coronet Printing. "There isn't a piece of paper left or a printer."

The blaze broke out at the commercial complex around 6 p.m. Wednesday. The flames devoured the building which is home to a direct marketing and printing company that specializes in political materials.

"We just finished all that political campaigns and we're just in a clean-up mode," said Slatko.

Many of the employees gathered outside in a show of support.

"We're all just rallying together like we always do. We've gone through hard times before and we'll just stick together as a family and just move through it," said employee Martha Johnson.

Most of the employees have been with the company since they moved into the building 13 years ago.

While the owners said it was a devastating blow, they're going to make sure their working family stays together.

"We've been at this a long time and we're going to rebuilt and we're going to do our best to keep on the payroll and go forward," said Slatko.


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