Archive for Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fire on roof reported at Hallmark

September 17, 2009, 12:01 a.m. Updated September 17, 2009, 5:36 a.m.


Emergency crews responded Wednesday evening to a report of a structure fire at the Hallmark Cards production center, 101 McDonald Drive.

The fire occurred just before 10 p.m. when a sodium vapor light caught fire. The light was on the roof in the northwest corner of the building. Employees worked to douse the fire, which was completely extinguished by the time fire crews arrived according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Doug Green.

Green said no one was injured in the incident and that the fire had been contained to the light fixture itself. Damage was estimated to be $400.


bigdave 8 years, 4 months ago

Thank god to $5.00 a hour employees!!!!

weatherguy48 8 years, 4 months ago

When it's all you've got, bigdave, you fight hard to keep it.

labmonkey 8 years, 4 months ago

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don't need no water let...........

Sharon Aikins 8 years, 4 months ago

I worked for Hallmark in the 60's and made more than $5/hour then. And that was at a menial job. Unlike Uncle Wally, they paid insurance and benefits since we were mostly all full-time employees. And they provided free beverages at break time for a lot of people. Course, times could have changed there too.

hallmarker 8 years, 4 months ago

If you've been a full-time employee for a year at Hallmark, (unskilled labor) you're making at about $12.00 - 14.00 per hour. You've got medical, dental, & vison plans that are comprehensive and an on-site cafeteria with gourmet food. Next year, I get special parking based on my seniority and I'm making over $24.00 an hour with no special training. How many factories this large are air conditioned? Now with Obama, we don't even have to work!

Practicality 8 years, 4 months ago

Hallmark is a decent job to have in Lawrence.

LOL at lab and weather :)

UfoPilot 8 years, 4 months ago

Gourmet food? That's a good one. And EVERY factory that size is air conditioned. Oh, and by the way the Warehouse (Where the fire was) is Not air conditioned or heated. It's an OK place to work, but I'll be glad when I can work somewhere else. They don't treat their employees as well as they used to. Loyalty means nothing to Hallmark Cards.

Kim Gouge 8 years, 4 months ago should quit. No one has to put up with that

shortone 8 years, 4 months ago

UFOPilot, you obviously have not looked for other work or worked for another manufacturing facility. If you did, you would realize how lucky you are to work for one of the most stable companies here in Lawrence. Where else with your skill level will you make the wages and obtain the same benefits including your profit sharing? You are the type of employee that should give your job up for someone else who has lost their job due to the economy. Then you can be the one whining about how bad the job market is and that you can't find a job comparable to what you had. You're right, wwwd, UFO should quit because with that attitude they are soon to be let go anyway.

puddleglum 8 years, 4 months ago

the day hallmark decides to move the rest of their production to china will indeed be a sad day...(I think it is coming soon)

UfoPilot 8 years, 4 months ago

I spoke nothing but the truth. Don't like it? Tough. Why don't you quit your job? If I could buy insurance elsewhere I'd have quit a long time ago. I've worked for Hallmark for over 35 years, Sadly it is no longer a good place to work.

shortone 8 years, 4 months ago

There you go, 35 years, take your profit sharing and move on. Hmmm, so you do have good and you need that, don't you? Simply said, if you're that unhappy go. You are probably making your co-workers miserable and bringing them down with you.

Kim Gouge 8 years, 4 months ago

shortone, while there are a few, most Hallmark employees I know understand how good they have it in these tough times. Very few will be brought down by ufo's negativity. Ufo, if you are that unhappy and Hallmark is that bad what the heck are you doing still hanging around there. It can't be good for your health if it makes you that unhappy. Go...find something obviously think that won't be too tough.

riverdrifter 8 years, 4 months ago

I have a cousin that worked there 32 years and retired as a millionaire. Another friend did about the same thing. She retired and moved to an apartment. In Rome, as in Italy.

parrothead8 8 years, 4 months ago

UFO, 35 years is enough.

It would be great if you'd wife could use your job and benefits.

Reuben Turner 8 years, 3 months ago

there was a fire on the roof? i was working last night and didn't no one tell me about a fire. ain't that something! anyway though hallmark has changed, like just about every other company, it still is a good job. im working on my 10th year and have minimal complaints. some of these folks that are complaining center their lives around hallmark and need to find something to do w/ there leisure time instead of talking about work all the time. not only that, but some are stuck because of life choices, them made and them they are afraid to make. hallmark offers school help and a lot of folks would rather complain than to get up and learn a new trade or acquire some education to get another job. all in all hallmark is weathering the storm of these times pretty well and i can say, though i not proud of all the decision being made, at least they forewarn us when they are going to happen. and i can't believe that there was a fire on the roof and i didn't know.

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