Chapman’s has workers covered

Ice cream maker’s insurance covers wages, benefits after fire
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/18/2009

With a welder’s misplaced spark, Chapman’s Ice Cream saw its production facility go up in smoke. The 90,000-square-foot facility was destroyed in the Sept. 4 fire, with only about five per cent of the equipment salvageable.

But fears about employment and wages among the 350 or so employees of the Markdale, Ont.-based company were soon dispelled when they were told the insurance company would cover the wages and benefits of salaried employees in full for one year and hourly employees for four months.

That’s because, about 10 years ago, Chapman’s decided to invest in business interruption insurance that would cover all the angles should a disaster occur, said vice-president Ashley Chapman.