Area company hit by tornado to spend $2.9M on repairs

Crown Equipment Corp. has filed a $2.93 million building permit to repair damage to its building sustained in the tornado that struck Celina last November.

The permit for work at 410 Grand Lake Road was filed March 7, but appeared online only last week.

The tornado hit about a mile south of Celina on the afternoon of Nov. 5, injuring eight people and causing significant structural damage. It was deemed an EF-2 that produced top winds of 120 mph and was on the ground for more than 5 miles.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado Nov. 6.

Authorities at the time observed a funnel cloud near Main Street and Schunk Road. Multiple tree limbs between Main Street and West Bank Road were knocked down.

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Survey team members said they believed the tornado skirted nearby Grand Lake St. Marys, producing tree and structural damage near Lake Shore Drive at Elmgrove Avenue and elsewhere.

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Crown Equipment almost immediately said it was committed to restoring production to its damaged plant.

“Cleanup and recovery activities are underway, and Crown is committed to restoring production at the plant,” the company said in a release Nov. 10.

By the Tuesday after the tornado, Celina schools were back in session and 90 percent of the power had been restored.

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