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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.

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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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