Eagle laundry set to reopen after fire
EAGLE, Colorado” Western Slope Laundry may well be back in business in Eagle, Colorado by Thanksgiving weekend.
The site on Sawatch Road is a bustling construction scene with a crew of 24 carpenters, electricians, plumbers, pipe fitters, welders, drywallers and other mechanical workers toiling away. The building now looks like a commercial laundry as opposed to the charred shell it was only five months ago.
On July 5, the laundry was gutted in an accidental fire. But within days the business owners Bob, Beth and Ed Matthews made arrangements to temporarily operate the laundry from a closed commercial facility in Montrose. They then launched the process of rebuilding in Eagle.
“We actually grew our business during the past couple of months,” notes owner Bob Matthews. “What started out as a horrendous nightmare actually turned to a much improved facility.”
That’s not to say its been a simple process. Matthews credited his wife for her tenacity in dealing with insurance claims, interim business arrangements and myriad details that arose over the past five months. “She’s been the force behind a lot of this getting done. Without her, a lot of this wouldn’t have been possible.”
According to John Brgoch of C and H Construction, the general contractor for the Western Slope Laundry reconstruction, the facility should be back in business by Thanksgiving weekend.
“You hear so many horror stories about trying to rebuild after a fire, but everybody has been extremely cooperative in getting the laundry back in business,” Matthews adds.
And while most of the people milling around Western Slope Laundry are construction workers, potential employees are also showing up. The laundry is currently
advertising for full- and part-time workers for both the day and night shifts.
Matthews said a core group of about 20 laundry employees have been relocated to Montrose while the Eagle facility is rebuilt. They will be coming back home next week, and will be joined by about 50 seasonal workers as the laundry gears up for the busy winter season.