TORONTO -- Litton Systems Canada, a contractor on the U.S. Cruise missile project, resumed production Monday at its northwest Toronto plant which was dynamited last week, a company spokesman said.
'It is amazing our operations are as close to normal as possible considering the circumstances,' said Charles Pittman, director of public relations for Litton, which manufactures guidance systems for the Cruise missile.
'Some people are working in tight quarters, and tarpaulins cover part of the building that was hit hardest, but far less than one-quarter of the building is not functional and we are at full staff,' he said.
Pittman said the blast at the three-building complex Thursday caused a loss of no more than a 'a couple of days' work on the Cruise guidance system, which comprises about 30 percent of the plant's production.
The plant has been the scene of numerous anti-nuclear protests in recent years.
He credited Litton employees and construction contractors for holding the company's lost production time below the week's duration anticipated.
'We had a hard time reaching our contractors because of the fact most of our phone lines were knocked out by the blast, but they sent crews out over the weekend without being asked. Seven of our staff even brought vacuum cleaners from home to help sort out the debris.'
Pittman said extensive repair work would be required to the factory, following the blast, which police estimated contained blasting caps, a timing device and between 100 and 500 pounds of dynamite,.
The blast blew a 60-foot hole in the building's wall and damaged two other Litton buildings in the complex, which employs 1,500 people.
Two of eight men injured were still in hospital, one in serious but improved condition with a fractured skull, the other in fair condition following surgery for multiple injuries.