Modine Gets Back to Business Following Devastating Fire

A bright future for Airedale

MODINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY

Since 1916, Modine Manufacturing Company has specialized in thermal management solutions, bringing heat transfer technology to the vehicular segment, producing components and systems for vehicles and other off-highway products, and building HVAC components and equipment for mostly commercial buildings. In 2005, it diversified its portfolio with the acquisition of Airedale International Air Conditioning LTD, a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative, high-efficiency cooling solutions, which was established in 1974. In 2013, a major fire destroyed the Airedale factory in Rawdon, a village in Leeds, U.K.

Getting back to business

“Mitigating and minimizing risk is at the core of our conservative values,” says Margaret Kelsey, vice president, legal and corporate communications at Modine. “That philosophy served us well in the wake of the blaze, as we immediately launched the recovery process. We have business interruption coverage under our insurance policy, and FM Global made it very clear that it was in everyone’s best interest to get our operations at Airedale up and running as fast as possible. That became our collective focus—not to worry about that pile of rubble that used to be our operations or about the rebuild, but to get into a temporary location and get back to business.”

“FM Global’s goal was to move Airedale into a temporary facility within an eight-week time frame. It was really quite amazing how fast that happened,” she says. “To find the building, get the lease done, get our equipment in, and get back up and running again was a remarkable accomplishment. The temporary facility was critical for us, not only to get back to production but to get our employees engaged again.”

“Four months later, our manufacturing output from Airedale was back to its prefire levels. The Rawdon site was cleared, and by January 2016 we had a new fully-operational, highly protected facility.”

“That became our collective focus—not to worry about that pile of rubble that used to be our operations or about the rebuild, but to get into a temporary location and get back to business.”

Margaret Kelsey, vice president, legal and corporate communications, Modine Manufacturing Company

A bright future for Airedale

Modine’s partnership with FM Global was pivotal. “Anthony Cole, our operations director at Airedale, recently told me that he thinks Airedale would have gone under without that collaborative support,” Kelsey relates. “And we knew that livelihoods and businesses in the area depended on us bouncing back. Nobody would wish a fire like this upon anybody. But the best thing that can happen is that you rise out of it, and you say, “We’re going to be better.’ And I know we will be.”