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Bell Company, Tenant, Destroyed In Fire Get State Grants To Resume Production

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Fire destroyed the Bevin Brothers bell plant in East Hampton. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Fire destroyed the Bevin Brothers bell plant in East Hampton. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

The 180-year-old Bevin Bell Company in East Hampton, destroyed by fire last month,  will be getting a state grant as the firm resumes production.

Governor Malloy’s office says Bevin Brothers Manufacturing and a business which was a tenant at its complex,  P.S.I. Plus, also destroyed in the fire, believed to have been touched off by lightning  each will receive $100,000 in matching grants from the state’s “Small Business Express” program.

The program assists businesses with fewer than fifty employees through loans and matching grants.

Bevin Brothers,  with twelve full-time and three part-time workers,  will use its grant to buy machinery and equipment so bell production can resume in a temporary facility. P.S.I. Plus,  with seven full-time and two-part time employees plans to purchase new equipment and pay for renovations to resume production of high-pressure specialty gas cylinders.

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