WOODBRIDGE – A paper recycling business was destroyed by fire Monday at a Crows Mill Road facility in the Keasbey section.
In a statement from the Bayshore Family of Companies facility in Woodbridge, President and CEO Valerie Montecalvo said the fire ignited in the paper recycling building about noon.
“The fire did destroy our paper recycling business and offices. However, and most
significantly, no one was injured,” Montecalvo said in the statement. “We are also very fortunate that our core businesses, Bayshore Recycling Corp and Bayshore Soil Management are operational for processing of Class B materials (brick, block concrete, asphalt, clean and contaminated soil, along with aggregate production) and were unaffected.”
The multi-alarm fire produced smoke that was visible for miles.
Montecalvo said the company’s fully automated Class A recycling operation (Bayshore Single Steam Solutions) and metals processing business (Coastal Metals) are located on the other end of the property and were similarly unaffected.
“We are happy to say that these operations are open for business today and email is working,” she said in the statement.
Montecalvo thanked all the firefighter units and first responders from
throughout Middlesex, Monmouth and Somerset counties who responded
to battle and contain the fire.
“We also wish to personally thank Woodbridge Township Mayor John McCormac and his Chief of Staff, Caroline Erhlich, for all of their assistance and support during this crisis,” Montecalvo said in the statement.
“A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated employees, customers, countless fellow businesses, non-profit organizations we champion, friends and family of Bayshore who have reached out to offer their concern and sympathy. We are humbled by all of the kind messages and offers to help which we will use as inspiration to recover on nearly an
immediate basis to continue serving our customers with critical recycling services,” Montecalvo said in the statement.
In a Facebook post, the Keasbey Fire Department also thanked all the mutual aid companies, all of the coordinators, dispatchers, support services personal, and everyone else who assisted at the scene and coverage for the district.
Suzanne Russell covers crime, courts, and other forms of mayhem from throughout the Central Jersey area for the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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