Ziegenfelder ‘secretly’ opened production two weeks after the fire

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It’s been one month since a three-alarm blaze devastated the Ziegenfelder headquarters along 18th Street in Downtown Wheeling. 

Their office space, which is now but a pile of charred rubbish, was a total loss. Two of the company’s production lines were destroyed in that fire leaving them with five to continue production. 

On Friday, representatives held a press conference offering a satisfying progress report for both the company and consumers of their frozen treats. 

According to representatives, the company is back up and running with production. In fact, they quietly began production nearly two weeks after the incident.

“People from the outside estimated an 8-12 week process and we did it in two weeks,” said Kevin Heller, COO. 

Because of the change in work space employees were required to go through re-training to adapt to their now crowded environment. 

“Our biggest concern was making sure that all of our employees knew what was going on, how things were progressing and so we met with them every single morning and kept them up to date on how we were doing,” said Brice Mills, Plant Manager. 

During this time, Ziegenfelder employees continued to get paid as the company held daily paid meetings, according to representatives. 

“Even though they were getting paid, they wanted to go to work,” said Heller. 

Looking forward, the company said they have not decided whether or not they’re going to re-open the other two production lines or continue working with what they have. 

Stay with 7News for updates. 

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