Fire Contained At Ethan Allen Manufacturing Plant In Orleans, VT
May 5, 2013 | 1:55 am UTC

DANBURY, CT – Ethan Allen (NYSE: ETH) Ethan Allen reported that a fire last night at the company’s manufacturing facility in Orleans, Vermont was contained inside two sawdust silos located outside the plant. The fire was caused by a failed bearing that overheated an auger motor.

The local area fire departments responded quickly to the call and flooded the silos from the top, supplementing the fire suppression system within the silos. Because of the smoldering nature of the fire in the confined space, the fire department has stayed onsite to provide support during the removal of the sawdust from the silos to make sure it does not spark up again.

“We are pleased with the quick response by our fire watch crew and the outstanding response from the local fire departments. Together they kept this fire contained within the silos, causing only minimal damage,” said Ethan Allen Chairman, President and CEO, Farooq Kathwari.

The American Red Cross of the Vermont and New Hampshire Upper Valley Region were on the scene providing food, beverages, and other assistance to firefighters.

The maintenance crews expect to finish emptying the silos and making repairs today and the plant is expected to be back in operation tomorrow.

Ethan Allen is one of the largest employers in the Northeast Kingdom and the manufacturing facility in Orleans employs almost 400 people. The facility manufactures many of the company’s wood furniture products which are sold at Ethan Allen Design Centers all over the world.

About Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE:ETH) is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through and a network of approximately 300 Design Centers in the United States and abroad. Ethan Allen owns and operates eight manufacturing facilities, including five manufacturing plants and one sawmill in the United States plus two plants in Mexico and Honduras. Approximately seventy percent of its products are made in its United States plants. For more information on Ethan Allen's products and services, visit

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