Businesses damaged by fall tornado making repairs despite winter storms

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LEBANON – Central Indiana is bracing for more snow this weekend.

“We’re just getting prepared for this weekend -again,” Lebanon Street Dept. Commissioner Larry Lee said.

Lebanon has been hit with rollercoaster weather since November.

“You know we had a tornado, then all of a sudden we had snow and then we (had) high winds and it’s just an ongoing thing,” Lee said.

Hoosiers have not had a break from snow storms, ice, or cold temperatures. Many people have had to work in these conditions like the crews repairing tornado damage at CNH Industrial in Lebanon.

Those crews have been working in these elements since November, when a tornado damaged their building.

“My hats off to them. I see them out there daily working,” Lee said.

CNH Industrial and the company that owns their building suffered extensive damage. CNH Industrial Master Depot Manager, Stephen Lincoln said, the total amount in repairs is about $30 million.

“It just wasn’t the contractors that we had in here trying to get the building back up and running, but we had our own employees in here that would volunteer to try to minimize what mother nature was doing to us,” Lincoln said.

Since November, crews have been working around the clock. Lincoln said everyone worked together to get the company practically back to normal.

“Despite things that happened related to the weather, we continued on. We did not stop. It was a night and day effort for months,” Lincoln said.

CNH Industrial expects to finish repairing the damage within a month. Lincoln said whenever they have a break in the weather, it helps them get more work done. Lincoln said this weekend’s weather should not impact their progress.

“The credit goes to not only the contractors that we had here, but our own employees that pitched in and didn’t complain. Their sole focus was to get the business back up and running,” Lincoln said.