Lakeside Trailer Continues Manufacturing After Fire
Around 5:45 a.m. on Saturday (4/23) morning, a fire happened at one of the two buildings owned by Lakeside Trailer Manufacturing. “We’ve been in business here since 1986. You hope something like this will never happen to you, but in this case it did,” said Lee Kinsman, owner of Lakeside. “The good news was that no one was hurt.”
A large cleanup effort is currently underway at the facility, but Kinsman is confident they won’t be down for long. “Fortunately, only one of our two buildings was affected, so we can start up production again very quickly,” said Kinsman. “There’s also another building nearby where we can set up additional manufacturing operations.”
Temporary offices are being brought online today and should be fully operational in the next day or two. In the meantime, any potential or existing customer can call the main number (573-736-2966) and it will be routed to employee cell phones. “We’ve had several of our large customers already call us to offer support and to let us know they aren’t going anywhere,” said Kinsman. “As any small business owner can attest, that loyalty means everything when something like this happens.”
Kinsman indicated they were insured and plan to begin rebuilding as soon as possible. “Thirty years ago, we were the first company to produce stretch roll-off trailers with sliding tendems for the components industry. As soon as I heard this had happened, my first thought was how we would rebuild and improve,” said Kinsman.