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Damage on east coast has Parsons manufacturer working in overdrive

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A Four States business is helping the northeast recover from Superstorm Sandy and keep residents warm during tonight's storm there.

Power Flame Incorporated is based in Parsons, Kansas and manufactures burners for steam boilers that heat apartments and other buildings.

The company employs about 192 workers and so far has received about 50 orders from the northeast to replace burners.  One client is New York City's Housing Authority.  They also help heat Giants Stadium.

The company's president, Bill Weiner, grew up in the northeast.  He says one advantage the company has to attract this type of business is Power Flame is the largest domestic manufacturer for commercial combustion systems.

This often means a cheaper cost to the buyer and quicker shipment.

"Some of our foreign competitors who build their products in other lands would have to ship them - we just have to put them on a truck and get them to the location," Weiner says.

"You'll find a lot of these back in the northeast - in the older buildings it was the most common way to heat large buildings," says Mark Dunlap, sales for Power Flame Incorporated.  "Once the burner goes underwater, like in the flood, most of the parts on it are useless."

The burners produce 1,355 times more heat than a conventional burner.  To say the burner is "big" is an understatement.

Orders from the northeast started coming in Tuesday and Power Flame hopes to start shipping out its products within two weeks.

"It's the apartment houses, it's the manufacturers, it's the schools, it's the police department, because all of the those places are under water now," says Weiner.

Because of the cold, the burners are needed now, but there is a problem.

"There is no in-house inventory of our burners, we start from scratch," says Weiner.

So the company is working on pre-made stock.

"We worked with our rep on the ground in New York to come up with a set-build for us," says Dunlap.

The burners range from $15,000 to more than $100,000.

Power Flame Incorporated has been a part of the Parsons community for a little more than 40 years.

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