Steve Peer has a very interesting take on the 1971 fire that destroyed the Crown International factory in Elkhart, Indiana. Steve just joined the company a few months before the Thanksgiving Day fire but was told the factory started in two chicken coops. Over the years the factory was expanded a little here and there with add-ons in every direction. After the fire the company was able to rebuild after planning out the factory with shipping and production areas. He felt that the new building design was the foundation of the success of the audio gear company. Steve retired from Crown in 1998 after serving in several departments and in several key management positions including as a division manager.
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