SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

August 31, 2013

Early morning fire damages Beverly machine shop

BY TOM DALTON
STAFF WRITER

---- — BEVERLY — A machine shop damaged in an early morning fire yesterday could be back in business after the Labor Day weekend.

“We’ll be up and running Tuesday,” said Philip Standley, a quality manager for Standley Brothers Machine Co., which has buildings on both sides of Park Street.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 3:12 a.m. in the company’s large, two-story brick building at 93 Park St.

“There was heavy fire showing out of the roof and out of the second floor,” said Beverly Fire Capt. Chris Halloran.

Firefighters responded from Salem, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Hamilton, Wenham and Middleton.

“Salem (firefighters) could see the fire coming over the bridge into Beverly,” Halloran said.

Although the fire was contained to the second floor and one end of the long building, there was water and smoke damage throughout the structure, according to Standley.

The section of the building that was on fire is used by a tenant, he said.

Standley Machine makes precision parts for manufacturers in the semi-conductor, bomb detection, telecommunications, medical, and electronics industries, according to the company website.

The family business started in a Georgetown garage and moved to Beverly in 1956, according to the website. It has about 30 employees, Standley said.

“Every time a new smartphone comes out, we get real busy,” said Jake Standley, another family member who works for the company.

By mid-morning yesterday, workers in white jump suits were inside cleaning up the building.

Standley Machine is located directly behind the Italian Community Center on Rantoul Street, where cleaning crews also were busy.

“We had some smoke damage” throughout the building, said John Bianchi, vice president of the ICC.

The fire is under investigation.

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.