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June 1, 2011

June 2011 Export Newsletter

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from E. B. Atmus. Co., Inc.

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June 2011 - 'Rare' Tornado strikes western Massachusetts.

workers checkingbuildings for damage Emergency Workers checking on businesses in downtown Springfield after the storm.

Springfield is known as the ‘City of Homes' because of its many fine examples of Victorian domestic architecture. But, Springfield is also the city of trees - large and truly majestic trees line most streets in the city and its suburbs. This recent storm - the Tornado of 2011 - destroyed hundreds of old growth trees throughout its almost 40 mile path through our region. In addition, countless homes were destroyed or damaged extensively, as well as many schools.

As of Thursday, June 16, the state's Division of Insurance estimates residents have filed 8,200 insurance claims totaling $140 million for damage caused by the June 1st tornadoes.  

From all of us at E. B. Atmus - may your summer be fsusan with sig redree of danger and full of enjoyment!


On June 1, 2011, a supercell thunderstorm developed over western Massachusetts. The storm produced an EF3 tornado that cut a 39-mile (63-kilometer) track of destruction across southwest and south-central Massachusetts. Not only did the tornado remain on the ground for many miles, but it also widened to roughly 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) at one point.

Tornadoes are a rare occurrence in the northeastern part of the U.S. and most of us that live and work here in western Massachusetts have never experienced anything like what hit us a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully, although the physical and economic damage was extensive, there was a miraculously small loss of life or serious injury.

I am happy to report that - although we watched in apprehension as the tornado seemed to be heading directly towards our building - E. B. Atmus itself was not damaged by the storm.

However, many businesses were severely damaged, including several food-related businesses located in the South End section of downtown Springfield - very near to our building. These included Milano's Fine Foods and Red Rose Pizza - both family-owned and operated businesses that have been popular and long-standing local establishments.

Red Rose  - a very popular spot - which suffered damage to its windows and exhaust system but was the less damaged of the two businesses, was already open and making pizzas within a week of the storm striking.

Milano's - a second generation fine food importer and grocery - did not fare as well and has had to close and lay off workers while it repairs the damage. It will probably have to re-open in stages. These are just a couple of the many small (and large) businesses that were affected by this devastating storm.

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