Glenray Industries fire has slowed staff down, but not stopped them from working

WORKING HARD: Glenray Industries CEO Susan Williams with staff, seen sorting linen at the former St Catherine's Nursing Home site. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 051518cglenray
WORKING HARD: Glenray Industries CEO Susan Williams with staff, seen sorting linen at the former St Catherine's Nursing Home site. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 051518cglenray

GLENRAY Industries has amazed even itself with how quickly it has been able to bounce back from a devastating fire on May 5

The fire, which has since been ruled accidental, completely destroyed the building on the corner of Browning Street and the Mid Western Highway, the site of Glenray's commercial laundry and main offices. 

On the day of the fire, the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst approached Glenray to offer the use of the former St Catherine's Nursing Home facility, which is equipped with a commercial laundry.

Within 48 hours of the fire, Glenray was able to resume its operations from the new location.

On Tuesday, CEO Susan Williams said everything has been running as smoothly as possible.

"It is an amazing achievement in just seven working days," she said. 

Glenray's staff, which included a high number of people in supported employment, are able to sort and pack linen in the new location, with trucks then able to distribute the linen to clients all over the Central West. 

"The guys have had very long days, but we've reached a stage where our clients know they are going to get their laundry," Ms Williams said. 

She said everyone is looking forward to ordering new equipment and continuing to regrow the business. 

At this stage, exactly what caused the fire is unknown.

Ms Williams said Glenray had very strict practices, was regularly audited and has always been complimented by others about how well-run and clean the laundry was. 

A lot of the machinery was new at the time of the blaze, having been upgraded in February. 

"The fire has been an absolute bewilderment to us," she said.

"We're waiting like everyone else to find out what has caused it." 

Glenray, while it did lose the new machinery, was lucky to have only lost a small amount of its linen as around 85 per cent of it was out with clients at the time of the blaze. 

In the first week of working out of the new location, staff processed more than 25 tonnes of linen.