The manufacturing plant at longtime power sports manufacturer Carter Brothers in Hamilton Crossroads, Ala., caught fire around 3:30 a.m. July 12. More than 50 firefighters from neighboring towns worked throughout the day to put out the blaze, but the plant sustained severe damage. Plant employees had been off work since July 2 and were expected to return later that morning. At the time of the fire, there was no one inside the building.
While the fire did not consume the workshop or paint department, it is believed to have begun in the finished goods and shipping department. The stock of finished products is a total loss. State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk has begun investigation into the cause of the blaze. There were 43 employees before the plant closed for the week-long vacation. The company has closed its joint venture in China and was moving all manufacturing back to Alabama.
This is the second fire to affect Carter Brothers. The plant was rebuilt after a fire in 2000. The decision to rebuild has not yet been made.