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Perrysburg Twp. company is rebuilding after tornado

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People are still picking up the pieces more than two weeks after an EF-2 tornado tore through part of Perrysburg Township. A number of homes and businesses were damaged. The heaviest damage is concentrated at the corner of Oregon Road and Route 795. Many of you saw what the storm did to the Circle K gas station, but its destruction didn't stop there. Clean up work will go on for months at some of the businesses that were hit. Video Products Distributors or VPD seems to have taken a direct hit. Both of the company's buildings sustained heavy damage. There was so much damage to one of them that it will have to be torn down. In the meantime they're working out of a makeshift warehouse and it could be next summer before they're back up and running at their home site.

The tornado tore through the company's two buildings on Ponderosa Road, Sunday November 17th. Larry Belair is the Distribution Center Manager and he says the amount of damage wasn't clear until the next morning, "A lot of employees showed up on Monday and it was emotional for them. We weren't sure when we could get everybody back to work. We had a handful back on the job helping with the clean up the next day and everybody was back by Thursday of that week."  Less than 3 weeks later those employees are working at a new location in Ampoint. Human Resources Manager George Sabback says it's a building the company had just finished leasing, "Fortunately the building was still available. Since we had it before we were familiar with the building and what it could accommodate."As for the buildings hit by the tornado, Belair says there is a lot of work to be done "We're going to have to do extensive repairs to one building and the other building will be torn down and we'll have to rebuild from the ground up."

Sabback took us inside one of the buildings today, "Walls were down, large walls and there were huge holes in the building. Some of our products were all over the parking lot, it was devastating." The timing is tough for a couple reasons, the holidays and its VPD's busy season, "The fourth quarter is the busiest time of the year for us. We are our company's primary distribution center. We have an operation in California too but we handle the entire east coast and Midwest out of this facility."

VPD is in the process of leasing a second temporary building and that should be done by next week. Company leaders hope to be back at the Ponderosa Road facilities by late spring, early summer. Hundreds of thousands of videos move through the Perrysburg Township facility every day. VPD is one of the nation's leading wholesalers of home entertainment products like video games and DVD's

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