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Cadet files Chapter 11

Feb. 1, 2003
Cadet Manufacturing Co., a Vancouver-based manufacturer of electric heaters, filed Jan. 14 for protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy

Cadet Manufacturing Co., a Vancouver-based manufacturer of electric heaters, filed Jan. 14 for protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

The filing was precipitated by costs related to the recall of a discontinued product by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), according to Hutch Johnson, company president. The recall of product manufactured between 1985 and 1992 was initiated by the CPSC due to 44 complaints of sparks, smoke and/or fire caused by the failure of a limit switch made by an outside supplier, says Johnson.

Cadet Manufacturing could not pay the labor to replace limit switches for all consumers at an estimated cost of $10 million. Instead, replacement switches were sent to affected consumers with instructions for installation. To date, more than 870,000 replacement switches have been delivered to consumers, according to the company.

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Doug Chandler | Senior Staff Writer

Doug has been reporting and writing on the electrical industry for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing since 1992 and still finds the industry’s evolution and the characters who inhabit its companies endlessly fascinating. That was true even before e-commerce, LED lighting and distributed generation began to disrupt so many of the electrical industry’s traditional practices.

Doug earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas after spending a few years in KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism, then deciding he absolutely did not want to be a journalist. In the company of his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats, he spends a lot of time in the garden and the kitchen – growing food, cooking, brewing beer – and helping to run the family coffee shop.

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