Tensar plant returns to full operation following fire
Geogrids produced, shipped at normal capacity.
GeosyntheticsMagazine.com | June 28, 2011
The plant was cleared to re-open by the Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Department (FESD) on Saturday, June 25. Manufacturing restarted on Sunday, June 26, and shipping resumed on Monday, the release stated.
“For our plant to be back to full operation less than four days after the fire was extinguished is nothing short of miraculous,” said Don Meltzer, Tensar CEO. “My thanks to the extended team for a job well done.”
While the company did lose some geogrid inventory, the fire was contained primarily to the external storage yard, according to the press release. Tensar plants in the U.K. and China increased production to help replenish supply.
The fire ignited the afternoon of June 22, was under control by 8 p.m. that day, and was finally extinguished in the early hours of June 23. All employees were safely evacuated.
The FESD concluded that the fire started accidentally as a result of sparks or heat generated when the plastic material, or the metal basket in which it was being moved by a forklift in the yard, came into contact with the concrete pavement.