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Moore business re-opens after 2013 tornado

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MOORE, Okla. -- Monday May 20th, 2013 the employees at First American Title and Trust Company were in the middle of their work day as an EF-5 tornado blew through their office at I-35 and SW 6th Street in Moore.

Twenty employees, 15 citizens and three dogs hunkered down in the basement while the tornado destroyed the building above them.

"I don't think anything could have prepared us for the destruction we saw when we walked out of the basement," said First American Operations Manager, Pam Phillips.

No one was seriously hurt, but their building was toast.

"The whole middle of the portion that was glass was completely gone. it was amazing to see," said First American Escrow Assistant, Michaela Mesa.

First American Title and Trust CompanyThe company decided to re-build on the same land.

Employees have been temporarily working in another location for about two years.

Movers brought the furniture to the new facility over the weekend.

Employees finally got to move in Monday morning.

"It's is moving day. It's like moving into a new home. It's gonna take awhile to get organized but we'll get there," said First American Construction Assistant, Donna Butler.

Almost everything is new. They kept a few vintage pieces for nostalgia. There is a basement for storage and safety on storm days.

The new building is 19,000 square feet, nearly double the size of the old 10,000 square foot facility.

The new building has more rooms for closing loans, more offices and a conference room for training.

"We're excited to be back in this location," Phillips said. "This is home. We're excited to be back."

First American Title and Trust Company hopes to add several new employees at their new location.