The rebuilding of Thuro-Web, the printing plant destroyed in the Aug. 20 tornado that swept through Durham, is underway.Doug Rowe, General Manager of the Southwestern Ontario Division of Metroland Media Group, made the announcement last week. Metroland Media Group owns The Enterprise News and several other area newspapers including the Mount Forest Confederate, Walkerton Herald-Times, Minto Express, Listowel Banner, Wingham Advance-Times, Fergus Elora News Express, Elmira Independent, Exeter Times Adocate, St. Marys Journal and Stratford Gazette, all of which are printed at Thuro-Web.First General Services (Grey/Bruce) of Hanover, the company that demolished what was left standing of the plant following the tornado, has been hired as general contractor."We will be using all local trades, in Durham and within a 20-minute drive," Jeff Durrer, company president/owner, said. "If all goes well, we anticipate it will be up and running in six to eight weeks."West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles said he "very much welcomed the news" that Metroland had decided to rebuild in Durham."Thuro-Web is one of the cornerstones in Durham's Industrial Park, they're part of the community and it's good news that they want to stay and be part of the community," he said. "It's good cheery news when there hasn't been very much good news on the weather, disaster and labor front in West Grey."Thuro-Web employs up to 38 people at peak times, seven of whom were inside when the tornado tore the roof off the building and blew out several walls. Miraculously, no one was injured. Most of the employees took shelter under the heavy pieces of press equipment.One older press did receive some damage but another multi-million dollar press, just being installed, was not damaged. The large pieces of equipment have been tarped, and the new plant will be built around them on the existing cement pad."All of the staff who wished have been placed (at other Metroland-owned plants)," Rowe said, "but we will have them back here working as soon as the construction is done."Twenty-eight community newspapers are printed weekly at Thuro-Web, including The Enterprise News. Also printed at Thuro-Web are the popular large print telephone books published by Metroland's community newspapers and other specialty publications such as tourist guides and advertising flyers. Arrangements have been made to have the community newspapers published at other Metroland printing presses in Toronto and Barrie until Thuro-Web is re-built.A temporary office has been opened in Durham and "for any printing needs people can still call Thuro-Web. We will ensure the work is done at our other plants and we will honor our pricing commitments," Rowe said.Thuro-Web has been in Durham since 1990.
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