TAMAQUA, PA - Silberline Manufacturing Co. Inc. said an Oct. 17 flash fire at its Tidewood production facility only affected manufacturing operations for the company's StarBrite vacuum metallized flake products, with no interruption in production of other products.

The fire was extinguished quickly, and all materials were contained in safe vessels inside the plant, with no danger to the community, the company said. Four Silberline employees were working in the plant and were treated at nearby hospitals. Silberline said it promptly initiated an investigation into the incident.

Also known as the Ernest Scheller III Center for Technical Functions and Advanced Manufacturing, the Tidewood facility is the site of the company's Research & Development, Quality Management, Sales and Technical Service departments. The company said production of the StarBrite product line would resume "once all issues related to this incident have been properly addressed."

Lisa Scheller, Silberline president and CEO, expressed her appreciation for the quick response to the fire on the part of local fire, rescue and emergency-management personnel. Scheller also commended the Silberline employees who responded quickly to aid in the emergency effort.