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Henderson Plant Fire Does Not Extinguish Holiday Spirits For Workers

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HENDERSON, N.C. — A plant fire in Henderson was not enough to extinguish the holiday spirits for the company's workers.

A fire tore though the ETC of Henderson plant on Dec. 15. ETC makes janitorial supplies.

Despite the devastation, owners Penny and Peter Demetriades said all 71 ETC employees will keep their jobs and are even getting Christmas bonuses.

The company held its Christmas party Tuesday at the old Lowe's building in Henderson. The mayor, fire chief and police chief were also invited. Despite the devastation, the owners said they were determined to celebrate the holidays.

"We do this every year. I guess I'd have to be on another planet not to have the Christmas party," Penny Demetriades said.

It could take months and millions of dollars before the company is back up and running at full capacity, but Peter Demetriades said he is up to the challenge.

"We can't lose. We have to win and that's what we're going to do. We're going to come back and we're going to win," he said.

Many of the employees are already back at work. Some people are helping with repairs while others are focused on production.