Year in Review: In January 2017 Compass Pools had a close shave, with a fire running through their stores warehouse at Tomago, which had become their sole manufacturing site for their pool shells.
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The fire took hold of the warehouse on School Drive at 11pm on Friday the 13th January – and while it seemed black Friday would be an ill omen, there was also some good luck involved.
While the stores warehouse was demolished, none of the pool stock was affected, and neither were any of the moulds, offices or the new factory.
Additionally, no-one was on site at the time and all losses were covered by insurance.
Anthony Cross, Compass Pools Australia CEO, says the biggest inconvenience was the loss of gelcoat chip stocks.
“Fortunately we had reserves at our Yatala distribution site, so we resumed normal production on our Sunday night shift, with no interruption to production,” he says.
The fire appears to have started in a distribution board on the outside wall of the warehouse.
Cross says that as a precaution to prevent this type of incident occurring again, they are now implementing a thermal scanning schedule for all their switchboards and distribution boards.
“This is relatively cost-effective insurance that I would recommend for all businesses,” he says.
“The new stores warehouse should be completed within four to six months. But we’ve relocated our stores area to another building onsite, as we have a lot more space now, since we purchased the adjoining block in the last two years.”