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Merrill company back on its feet after April's storms


MERRILL (WAOW) -- Workers at Lincoln Windows in Merrill have spent the past four months getting things back to normal after April's storms. On Tuesday, their efforts finally paid off.

Lincoln Windows workers still remember the scene left behind after a tornado tore through back in April.

"The truck bays were demolished and they actually tipped over and that's what was the biggest part," said Todd Metz, a sales manager for the vinyl brand.

After storm clouds brewed over their building, workers came back to find quite a mess. But that didn't deter them from helping out.

"Everybody became a specialty engineer in something else than what they usually do," said Metz.

"A lot of them volunteered their time, some brought out snacks, that kind of thing," said Lincoln Windows VP and general manager Dennis Krueger. "Without this joint effort, without all of the contractors and without all of these employees, we couldn't have accomplished what we did in as short of a period of time as we did."

Workers pitched in to get the entire operation back on its feet, a task that took weeks and now months to get back up to 100 percent. Now, they get to taste the sandwiches and salads of their labor. Hands accustomed to glass making and other tasks, now accepting plates of free food -- a sign of appreciation.

"Everything is up and running," said Metz. "We're fully functional and we have been all except for about four weeks of production that we lost completely."

Some stopped to take a look back, reflecting on how far they've come in the past four months. Workers donned matching green Lincoln tees, because after all, they're not just coworkers. They're a team.

"We didn't have heat, roof repairs were going on over their head, they had to work with hard hats and things of that nature that they're not accustomed to," said Krueger. "Conditions weren't ideal but everybody banded together."

Leaders with Merrill's Chamber of Commerce said they're still taking applications for homeowners in need of help after the storm. To find out how to contact them or how you can donate to the cause, you can click on this link.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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