Case Studies

The experts at AREPA have over 25 years of experience providing insurance claims professionals, risk managers and corporations comprehensive recovery following property loss to critical equipment and systems. Read below to learn about some of the work our experts have worked on. 

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University Server Room Contamination
A university server room experienced extreme contamination when the kitchen, located directly above the server room, experienced a leak and a form of sticky syrup dripped along the pipes onto the server room equipment including the CAT6 cable and fiber optic cabling requiring professional technical decontamination.

Fire at First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas
The morning of March 8th was a typical Sunday morning as worshipers gathered at the First Baptist Church. Just hours later, a fire started in a control room sound booth on the second floor, spreading to the main broadcast area as well as three offices. Smoke and soot spread throughout the church’s ventilation system, affecting nearly every area in the facility including electronic equipment.

University Data Center Flash Fire/Arc
When a large university data center experienced a flash fire/arc in a power distribution panel, soot and smoke engulfed the entire facility, affecting network and server equipment. This particular data center operates approximately 50 percent of all university computer traffic as well as critical operations for the university’s hospital call system making it vital to get the data center fully back up and running as quickly as possible.

CNC Machine Fire Contamination
A CNC machine caught fire causing smoke damage throughout the production area of a facility. The fire department successfully extinguished the fire, but now the machines were also contaminated with water. With the need to get the production area of the facility back up and running as soon as possible, AREPA was tasked to perform equipment restoration.

Chemical Manufacturing Facility Contamination
At a chemical manufacturing facility, an employee attempted to redistribute 2,000 pounds of a powdered chemical into four 500-pound containers. The hopper used was not properly cleaned and the therefore, the chemicals reacted with each other causing a fire and chemical cloud to engulf the facility.

University Planetarium Struck by Tornado
In March 2018, an EF-3 tornado hit Jacksonville State University, severely damaging 23 buildings and affecting 50 more. Martin Hall, a three-story building housing the University’s planetarium, had extensive room damage above the dome causing various contaminants to affect the equipment inside. AREPA was called in to evaluate the damage and restore the dome and equipment.

University Laboratory Fire
When a small fire developed inside a vacuumed hood, the fire spread and caused fumes and soot to contaminate two laboratories inside a university. Envista Forensics UK was tasked to perform the investigation, and approximately 100 items of lab equipment were listed and samples were sent to AREPA’s lab in Silkeborg. Following the results of the samples, AREPA was requested to perform the decontamination.

Oklahoma Manufacturing Plant Flood
When torrential rains caused the Arkansas River to reach some of the highest levels on record, levees overtopped causing flooding to several areas of Oklahoma including a manufacturing facility whose entire 160-acre plant was flooded with approximately three feet of contaminated water. In less than 48 hours of receiving a signed agreement, AREPA was on site working to get the plant back up and running.

Ohio Chemical Manufacturing Plant Fire
When a product inside a heated high pressure manufacturing machine caught fire in an Ohio chemical plant, smoke and soot contaminated surrounding equipment. The production floor was also exposed to water when the fire suppression sprinkler heads activated. AREPA was immediately dispatched for expedited equipment decontamination.

South Carolina Manufacturing Plant Fire
A manufacturing plant in South Carolina experienced a fire in one of its two large production lines. The plant, which specializes in hygiene products, had to resume production as quickly as possible in an effort to fulfill open orders. Missed shipment deadlines would result in product shortages on client retail shelves.

Honda Engine & Transmission Plant
A large Honda Engine & Transmission Plant in Celaya, Mexico suffered substantial flooding after heavy rains overwhelmed nearby dams. Water was released, and homes and business in lowlands were severely impacted. Various buildings within the automotive facility campus were under more than two feet of muddy, river water.

Owens-Illinois Glass Manufacturing
The Owens-Illinois glass container manufactory in Maastricht produces glass packaging for the food and beverage industry. On the night of May 13th going on the 14th of 2015, a fire broke out at one of the production lines that used molten glass from the furnace to mold glass containers. AREPA was called to help get the plant up and running as soon as possible.

Pré Pain
On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, around 1:30 PM, a fire started in a fridge-freezer unit. While the fire was first thought to be relatively small, it soon grew into a catastrophic mult-million € fire. One production hall was lost, two were severely damaged and six production lines suffered heavy smoke and soot damage. The next morning, AREPA was engaged to salvage what could be salvaged.

Promens is a global leader in the design and engineering of plastic products with 188 operations in over 30 countries. They create packaging for pharmaceutical, household and industrial chemicals, as well as components for electronics and automotive. As a result of an extensive fire at one of Promen’s European locations, hundreds of highly specialized and expensive plastic molds were severely damaged.

AREPA and Danish State Railways – A Unique Co-operation
IR4 trains in Fredericia started on fire following a horrific wreck. The trains themselves were almost 20 years old, so finding parts to replace was quite difficult, but full replacement would be extremely pricey. Getting the trains up and moving again saved millions.

"It has been a great experience and pleasure working with the AREPA team. The activities performed by AREPA assisted the Honda Engine Plant in resuming a normal production environment quickly and to plan. I would recommend them to any Company that requires some form of recovery assistance."
Andrew Silver, Engine Plant Manager, Honda

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