Rural New York lumber firm finally
gets high-speed internet
As part of New York’s new broadband program, a small
woodshop in rural New York is finally able to connect
to the internet.
Whitesville Wood Products manufacturers lumber
primarily for Asian markets, sending over 80 percent of
its products overseas. The company says having access
to high-speed internet is crucial for communicating
with its buyers.
“This is absolutely huge,” said Whitesville Wood
Products manager William Meunier. “That’s how we
correspond with the Chinese. Because of the time difference, phone calls are almost impossible. The internet
makes it simple. Every month probably 25 containers of
lumber go to China.”
Massive blaze completely destroys
Cana Cabinetry plant
Thirteen fire departments unsuccessfully tried to
douse a massive blaze at Indiana-based Cana
Cabinetry last Wednesday. The building was a total
loss for Cana.
The blaze was exasperated by the cold and by
the area’s lack of fire hydrants. Water had to be
trucked in by fire departments.
“The closest hydrant is approximately 2,500 feet
away,” Cleveland’s fire chief Rich Newman told
local news. “We had to set up relay pumpers to get
water up here, as well as drop port-o-tanks.”
“We had a warming station that the crews would
be working so long and then they would have to go
back to the warming station, get a bite to eat, some
hot coffee, stuff like that,” said Newman.
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