February 26, 2018

Enfield mfr. sued over tools lost in 2016 fire

An Enfield aeroparts maker that sustained a devastating fire two years ago is being sued by a Pennsylvania company who claims its dies and other tools were damaged and that the Connecticut company lacked adequate insurance to pay for them.

Triumph Group Inc., of Berwyn, Pa., and its property-casualty insurer, Factory Mutual Insurance Co., of Johnstown, R.I., filed suit Feb. 19 in Connecticut federal court against Yankee Casting Co. Inc.

Triumph's suit asks for unspecified damages and losses from the destroyed dies, molds and fixtures says it incurred when the March 8, 2016 blaze struck Yankee's offices-production facility at 243 Shaker Road. No one was injured in the fire and Yankee vowed not long after to rebuild, according to published reports.

According to Triumph's suit, Yankee Casting possessed certain "valuable dies, molds, and fixtures" that Triumph owned. Yankee used them to produce specialized metal castings for aircrafts parts and components, the suit said.

Triumph claims a Yankee Casting employee allowed hot sparks from metalworking to contact the building's wood framing, causing the fire that destroyed Triumph's dies, molds and fixtures.

The plaintiffs claim Yankee failed in its duty to secure and protect those assets.

Triumph said in the suit Factory Mutual reimbursed it $977,373 for the lost assets; however, it also had to meet a $250,000 deductible.

Triumph's and Factory Mutual's Winsted attorney, Gregory T. Nolan, declined to comment on the suit.

A message left with a woman who said she was a Yankee Casting employee was not immediately returned.

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