Tornado-ravaged firm reopens amid new storm threat
Posted September 6, 2011
Sanford, N.C. — An eerie sense of deja vu was present Tuesday morning at one Lee County company.
As tornado warnings were issued across the Triangle, Static Control Components Inc. opened a new warehouse in Sanford on the site where an April tornado leveled the company's previous warehouse.
Static Control, which makes parts for laser printer cartridges and is the largest private employer in Sanford, lost several buildings to the April 16 tornado.
Owner Ed Swartz, who started the business in his basement 20 years ago, decided to rebuild, and none of the 1,000 or so employees was laid off. Within three days, the company was talking to customers by phone and shipping products.
"(I'm) extremely proud," Swartz said Tuesday. "All of the employees involved came together (and) worked unbelievably hard to get us where we are today."