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De Leo Textiles CEO finds way to work in storm's aftermath

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FAIRFIELD, N.J. — Neither Frankenstorm Sandy nor Hurricane Irene could keep Craig De Leo from his duties as CEO of De Leo Textiles, a New Jersey fabric supplier.

Last year, De Leo borrowed a kayak and paddled to his office when Irene flooded Fairfield. When Sandy hit the city last week and caused widespread power outages and gas shortages, De Leo once again chose a non-automotive travel method to make the trip to the office - his bicycle.

"It is 17 miles each way," said Cathy Smith of De Leo. "We're fortunate to have a CEO who's physically fit!"

According to company officials, the main De Leo office in Fairfield didn't sustain any damage from the storm but was without power until Tuesday. The power outage also took down the company's computer server, so the High Point sales and design office handled incoming customer needs, assisted by the South Carolina warehouse.

"Since the night of the storm, we've had no way to access our server," Smith said. "But we're working through orders and requests, and our customers should expect to receive confirmations shortly.

"We were even able to ship an entire container before the power was restored," she added. "We had physical copies in the warehouse, so we were able to get 187 orders on the way to our customers."

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