LIFE AF­TER $500K FIRE

Print shop back in busi­ness

Windsor Star - - FRONT PAGE - DALSON CHEN dchen@post­media.com

It’s been just over three weeks since Ho­gan’s Print­ing was dev­as­tated by a fire that caused an es­ti­mated half-mil­lion dol­lars in dam­age — and busi­ness is hum­ming along nicely.

“When you think you’re down and you can’t do it any­more, the com­mu­nity just rises and picks you up,” owner Dan Ho­gan said on Thurs­day at his print shop’s tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion at 1636 Te­cum­seh Rd. East. “We are truly blessed.” Ho­gan said the shop’s new space was do­nated by Jeff Casey, pub­lisher of snapd Wind­sor, in a great act of gen­eros­ity.

Ho­gan said Casey con­tacted him about the space within 24 hours af­ter the fire hap­pened on Oct. 16. In short or­der, Ho­gan and his staff were able to set up their equip­ment and con­tinue pro­duc­tion. “Now we’re rock­ing and rolling,” Ho­gan said. “We printed our first T-shirts here on Mon­day.”

It wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out other lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses gen­er­ously do­nat­ing ser­vices, such as Syles Me­chan­i­cal and Brook­dale Con­struc­tion. “There are a lot of great peo­ple in the com­mu­nity,” Ho­gan said grate­fully.

The cause of the blaze that struck the long­time home of Ho­gan’s Print­ing on Drouil­lard Road re­mains un­de­ter­mined. Fire of­fi­cials said the in­ci­dent re­sulted in an es­ti­mated $500,000 dam­age. Ho­gan said the “main hub” of the busi­ness, where they did their screen-print­ing, was de­stroyed. Although the print shop has been lo­cated at 1409 Drouil­lard Rd. since 1980, Ho­gan said the build­ing it­self is much older. “I can’t tell you what hap­pened,” Ho­gan said. “The ex­perts were there for a long time, and they couldn’t tell us.

“The bot­tom line, to me, is that we lost stuff — we didn’t lose life,” he con­tin­ued. “The best thing about it was there were no ca­su­al­ties.” Ho­gan’s sis­ter and an­other fam­ily were liv­ing in a con­nected res­i­den­tial struc­ture at the time of the fire, but all were safely evac­u­ated. “It was a bit of a set­back. But we’re pretty re­silient, and we’re back up and run­ning,” Ho­gan said. Asked if Ho­gan’s Print­ing will even­tu­ally re­turn to Drouil­lard Road, Ho­gan said he has no doubt. “Drouil­lard Road is our home. Ford City has come a long way. We’re part of the neigh­bour­hood. It’s fam­ily. We’ll be back.”

The Ho­gan fam­ily has long been in­volved in lo­cal char­i­ta­ble fundrais­ing. The an­nual Joe Ho­gan Me­mo­rial Char­ity Golf Day has ben­e­fited the Wind­sor Can­cer Cen­tre Foun­da­tion and the Wind­sor Spit­fires Foun­da­tion, and the Sher­ron Ho­gan Schol­ar­ship helps high school stu­dents whose lives have been af­fected by can­cer.

NICK BRANCACCIO

Sherry Re­naud of Ho­gan’s Print­ing pro­duces sport­ing ap­parel on a printer at the com­pany’s tem­po­rary home at 1636 Te­cum­seh Rd. East. Jeff Casey, pub­lisher of snapd Wind­sor, do­nated the new space.

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