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Wis. crews adding power to East Coast in wake of Irene

Tim Waterfield (left) and Byron Wilson, an employee with Dare Building supply, load plywood into Waterfield's truck in Buxton, N.C., Wednesday. Hurricane Irene spent the weekend on the East Coast, dumping heavy rains with high winds. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin electric generator manufacturer has employees working the weekend to ensure a steady flow of products to the East Coast where Hurricane Irene is bearing down.

Forklifts are humming and trucks are on the move at Generac Power System Inc. in Whitewater.

Company spokesman Duane Nelson said employees are working hard to meet the demand for generators on the East Coast. Nelson said electricity is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Northeastern utility companies have asked Wisconsin crews for help. A Madison electrical power and mechanical contractor sent more than three dozen workers and several trucks to Albany, N.Y.

Hooper Corp. Vice President Steve Lindley tells WISC-TV the company is being asked to send as many crews as possible.

Information from: WISC-TV, http://www.channel3000.com

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