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Bell Factory Resumes Production Four Months After Fire

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Dies used to cast bells were salvaged from the wreckage of a fire at the Bevin Brothers plant in East Hampton. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Dies used to cast bells were salvaged from the wreckage of a fire at the Bevin Brothers plant in East Hampton. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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By SUSAN HAIGH,  Associated Press

EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) _ A 180-year-old New England company
that made a bell for the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful
Life” has resumed production, four months after its factory in
East Hampton, Conn., burned down.

Employees of Bevin Bros. Manufacturing have begun turning out
bells at a smaller, temporary factory. They are filling the annual
order from the Salvation Army for the steel and brass bells the
organization uses during its kettle drives.

That’s welcome news to people in East Hampton, which has long
called itself Belltown USA. East Hampton once had more than 30 bell
manufacturers. Bevin Bros. is the last one.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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