Explosion damages MGP Ingredients plant in Kansas

RP news wires, Noria Corporation
Tags: workplace safety

A packaging facility owned by MGP Ingredients Inc. at 13th and Commercial Streets in Atchison, Kan., was damaged by a small explosion that occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. on September 7. There were no injuries.

The cause of the incident and the total extent of damage are still being assessed. However, the most visible damage is at the northwest corner of the structure, where sections of metal siding were blown out. Damage to equipment used for packaging is being evaluated but appears to be minimal. According to company officials, the structural integrity of the building did not appear to be harmed. Products being stored in adjacent warehouse space are undergoing a thorough inspection, but so far show no signs of being damaged.

The packaging facility is used for bagging the company's wheat protein and wheat starch products. It was constructed in 1987.

"Although this accident has momentarily disrupted our packaging operations, we do not anticipate any significant or long-term impact on our business or on our ability to effectively supply customers," said Tim Newkirk, chief operating officer. "Most of all, we are extremely grateful and most fortunate that no one was injured." Newkirk praised workers for their alertness and also commended local firefighters for their immediate response to the situation."

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