The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Snyder County

March 26, 2013

Keller Marine rises from the ashes; Back in business three days after blaze

PORT TREVORTON — Keller Marine & RV was back in business Monday morning, assuring customers that Friday’s fire may have destroyed a large portion of a warehouse and office area but not the company’s spirit or livelihood of its 75 employees.

“We’re very blessed,” said Lori Morrow, co-owner with her brother, Michael Keller, of the boat and recreational vehicle accessories business founded in 1958 by their parents, George and Margaret Keller.

A six-alarm fire sparked Friday morning while a crew was repairing the roof of the warehouse at 2712 Main St. burned up millions of dollars in inventory and brought out volunteer fire crews from Snyder, Northumberland, Union and Perry counties.

“Everybody walked out of that burning building. God has been very good and we have so much to be thankful for,” said Morrow, expressing gratitude that no one was hurt as well as for the firefighters who responded to the blaze and community and church members who have supplied food, prayer and offers of free labor.

Boat and recreational vehicle company representatives from across the East Coast reached out to Keller Marine with offers of aid and prayer, many posting words of encouragement on social media sites after reading news reports of the fire.

Keller’s information technology crew was able to keep the company computers in working order throughout the crisis and by Monday morning a new office area was established in one of several buildings that had been used as a conference center.

In all, five buildings owned by Keller were not affected by the fire and will be put to use as the company rebuilds the warehouse.  

New deliveries of stock will be going out before the end of the week, Mark Keller said.

On the phone with a Keller company sales representative Monday morning, Morrow advised her to assure customers “everything is good.”

Due to the overwhelming support and “non-stop prayer” from the community and other business owners, Morrow said sadness has been kept at bay.

“I just feel a lot of peace,” she said.

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